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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Randoms

So much to do, so much to blog, so little time! I have a lot of random bits of things to add.

First, I'm honored to say that Mrs. Mordecai awarded me the Brialliante Weblog award. Mrs. Mordecai is an inspiring digital scrapbooker. I love her blog's look and the adventures of her "Red Chief." Thank you Mrs. Mordecai!
I nominate:
  • Shannon at A Maiden's Musings for the award. I am always inspired by the ideas that Shannon dreams up. Check her archives for all the gorgeous blouses she has made - most by altering ONE pattern! Check out the little baby shoes she made recently as well - precious!
  • Hillary at The Gleam of Rose Tea for the award. She always has something new and creative to say or suggest.

Secondly, I got a book called "Sew U" for my birthday. It's a great sewing source, especially if you are a sewing novice. I'm not a sewing novice, but Wendy gives great technical advice and explains how to make and alter patterns. The book comes with Simplicity patterns for a skirt, shirt, and pants. She takes you through how to alter these patterns to achieve your own look. That's something I am not good at and something I want to improve about my sewing. The book is Highly recommended by me!

Wendy has written another book called Sew U Home Stretch - all about sewing knits. I ordered it and it came in yesterday. I'll review it soon.

I still have to tell about my incredible anniversary present that my husband found for me. He is the ultimate deal finder! This present takes the traditional "Paper" 1st anniversary present to a whole new level. It deserves its own post though!

I did another Dressing Like a Girl week a while back, but didn't get the time to post pictures. I'll do that soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Irish Fest

This past weekend I participated in an Irish festival, full of Irish music, singing, and dancing. I saw Riverdance in high school and always wanted to learn how to dance like that. So a few years ago I found a local theater that offered lessons. We started with soft shoe lessons and then progressed to hard shoe. We've done a few exhibition dances, but never at a festival.

We aren't Riverdance perfect, but we try hard and we have fun! It's great exercise too!!

(It was also 95 degrees that day, which is evident on our faces!


Soft shoe


Hard Shoe (My teacher is the soloist)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Newport

The Sea, Once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques Cousteau

For our vacation/ anniversary trip this year, we took a trip to Newport, Rhode Island for a few days. Newport is famous for its "summer cottages" (castle-like mansions to us non-Vanderbilts ;) ). We stayed in a mansion that was converted into a bed and breakfast. The interior was furnished and decorated beautifully. One sitting room - where guests could play a board game, game of chess, read, or play piano


Another sitting room , with a door to the porch just out of sight to the left

The breakfast room set for the next day's breakfast

The fireplace in our room

One of the summer "cottages" at night

We had a relaxing time, going to a grass tennis tournament (seeing Michael Chang and Todd Martin), sailing on an America's Cup sailboat, reading on the beach, walking on the Cliff Walk.

Sailing! We had to do work. We were the grinders. Grind Grind Grind Grind! That just means that my husband had to turn the handle and I had to pretend that my efforts were helping too!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Different Type of Bag

So much activity, so much to blog! In the past few days I have:
Gone on vacation
Celebrated my birthday
Celebrated my first anniversary

First, Sunday was my birthday so my mom made me this incredible cake:It's a tote bag! How cute is that?

My husband found a hard to pass up deal on a serger (used only a handful of times!) on Craigslist. So that was my biiiiiig birthday present. I'm still learning how to use it to its full advantage. It's a complicated machine!!!
I'll be back later with an anniversary post, plus vacation pics!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hydrangeas

We had hydrangeas in our wedding. One of my husband's coworkers remembered that and thoughtfully clipped some of her hydrangeas for our first anniversary (which will be Monday!).

Aren't they gorgeous?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fourth of July - Medieval Style

Link, meet the blogworld. Blogworld, meet Link.

This is our new knight. Yes, thanks for asking, it WAS my husband's idea to buy a 5-foot-tall knight for our apartment! He found him at Homegoods.

Here he is bringing him to the car:Needless to say, we got lots of stares on the way to the car.

He's named Link as a nod to the Zelda video games (my favorite) and a railroad photographer that my husband likes. I think he's interesting and certainly a conversation piece! We figured we should dress him up for holidays, so he's sporting some Americana.

Here's a picture of the handsome fella - I'd better keep him away from Josephine the dress form!

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