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I came across this awesome video by Ninian Doff today on Anthology’s blog, and had to share.  It’s kind of crazy and kind of the best thing I’ve ever seen,…

I came across this awesome video by Ninian Doff today on Anthology’s blog, and had to share.  It’s kind of crazy and kind of the best thing I’ve ever seen, mostly because I could never figure out how to ride a bike with no hands!  Big ups to these crazy kids who seem to have no trouble with it whatsoever.

Enjoy!  (And Mom, don’t get freaked out at the end.  It’s fake.)  :)  xoxo

 

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beautiful fall

There are about a million reasons why fall is so wonderful.  There’s the kids going back to school, which always makes me want to buy pencils and binders.  And then…

There are about a million reasons why fall is so wonderful.  There’s the kids going back to school, which always makes me want to buy pencils and binders.  And then you have the weather cooling, and days getting a little shorter, which somehow makes everything a teensy bit magical.  And there’s that certain smell in the air — kind of a cross between dry leaves and fireplace and binder paper.  (And do I even need to mention the return of pumpkin-flavored everything?  The absolute best.)

Fall in NYC is just wonderful, and I’m so looking forward to pulling on my boots and crunching through falling leaves, at least for a few weeks before winter sets in.  These lovely photos from Elle Moss Photography’s Etsy shop got me all excited for the impending season change — what are some of your fall faves?  xoxo

{Images by Elle Moss.}

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diy “heart attack” garland

My sister recently had a birthday.  I gave her a heart attack.  I mean, not literally a heart attack — it’s more like I attacked her with hearts.  Keep reading…

My sister recently had a birthday.  I gave her a heart attack.  I mean, not literally a heart attack — it’s more like I attacked her with hearts.  Keep reading if you wanna know how to give a heart attack to someone you love.

Cut out a bunch of hearts, in different sizes and colors.  I used scrapbooking paper, but cardstock or plain paper works also.

Fire up your sewing machine and put it on the zigzag stitch setting.  Feed the first heart through, backstitching slightly to lock the end.  Let the heart feed all the way under the sewing machine’s foot, then keep sewing after the heart feeds through, to create a chain of stitches before the next heart.  After about 10 “blank” stitches, begin to feed the next heart through.

Continue creating your garland in this way – one heart, 10 stitches worth of chain before the next heart – until the garland reaches your desired length.  On your final heart, be sure to backstitch a bit to lock this end, just like you did the other.

That’s it!  Hang it up as a surprise for someone you love on a birthday, holiday, or…  well, just any old day would do!  Give ‘em a heart attack — the good kind.  xoxo

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blogshop lovin’

You know the best way to spend a weekend?  With brilliant, creative people, making cool stuff, eating crazy awesome food, and learning more than you can fit in your brain. …

You know the best way to spend a weekend?  With brilliant, creative people, making cool stuff, eating crazy awesome food, and learning more than you can fit in your brain.  Lucky me — that’s how I happened to have spent Saturday and Sunday.

Bri and Angela (assisted by Bekka) brought Blogshop to NYC, and I was super stoked to snag a spot.  Joined by a handful of other blogger-type gals, I learned blog-specific Photoshop techniques from our fearless leaders.  I knew it was going to be a good weekend when, on the first morning, a mimosa got plopped down right in front of me and my computer.  During class.  Boom.

Somehow, amid 16 awesome hours of a crash course in Photoshop, the girls treated us to all kinds of fun goodies — a mini photo session with Angela, a goodie bag stuffed full of fun treats, delicious meals from Radish, a group outing to the park, and a fun compilation video of the weekend.  (I swear, I learned lots, too!)  And much to my surprise, I won a copy of Photoshop CS5 of my very own!

And on top of all that (as if that wasn’t enough) it was such a treat to hang out with all of the excellent girls who were there taking Blogshop as well.  Every time I meet a fellow blogger in person, I’m always taken by the sense of instant community and kindness that abounds.  So thanks to Bri, Angela, and the whole gang — it was a ball!  xoxo

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Ooh! Aah!

Check me out.  I learned how to animate.  Isn’t it fancy? I took Blogshop this weekend, which was totally a totally inspiring kick in the pants.  We’ll get into it…

Check me out.  I learned how to animate.  Isn’t it fancy?

I took Blogshop this weekend, which was totally a totally inspiring kick in the pants.  We’ll get into it a little more tomorrow, but for today — well, this is how I wanted to start off my Monday.  xoxo

{Awesome photos by Angela Kohler, at Blogshop NYC.}

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friday favorites

A few of my favorite things from this week.  And by the way, I love love love when you play along and comment with your faves from your week.  A…

A few of my favorite things from this week.  And by the way, I love love love when you play along and comment with your faves from your week.  A good exercise in stopping and smelling the roses, don’tcha think?

What did you love this week?  Here are mine.  xoxo

{Image taken at Gallery Hanahou in NYC during the opening of Samantha Hahn’sA Thousand Ships” show, using Vignette app for Droid.}

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travel // back home in nyc

Well, it’s been about 8 months, but I’m back in NYC, and back in our very own apartment.  My suitcases are getting unpacked, the place is getting scrubbed down, and…

Well, it’s been about 8 months, but I’m back in NYC, and back in our very own apartment.  My suitcases are getting unpacked, the place is getting scrubbed down, and we’re putting away all of our wedding gifts — making ourselves a happy little nest.  It’ll take a couple more days, but it’s so nice to be home (even amid piles of cardboard boxes and stacks of stuff to give to Goodwill).  Here are a few snippets from around the house.

Where are you today?  xoxo