Wednesday, July 25, 2012

an almost Wordless Wednesday

I went to my first Jewish wedding this past weekend! The traditions were new to me, of course, though knew about most of them. I loved seeing the chair dance, and everyone had such a marvelous time!

Mazel tov, Jaime and Josh!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

would you eat these???

I saw these in the grocery store recently and was intrigued...

I'm not a huge marshmallow fan, so I didn't...but would you??

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

current favorite

Have you seen these new cranberry sparklers? I discovered them at cvs last week and I think I'm obsessed!

I can make them easily at home, but these are nice for at work!

Go find then, you won't regret it!

Any great new finds for you lately?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

dip your chip!

I was in NH this past weekend and found these at a local market. I'm not a gluten-free person, but my mum has started eating g-free (not totally, but some). We saw these and decided to try them...

They were SO good!

Plain and with salsa ;)

Now I need to find them here in DC....

Any fun new food discoveries for you?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

pillows are the most fun!

In the last year or two, I've taken part in some swaps set up on flickr. There are some seriously talented people out there, and I find so much inspiration from seeing what they've made on their blogs, flickr sites, pinterest boards, and even instagram! (I'm lexilooo there too, if you use it!).

The Pillow Talk Swap is my favorite, and round eight just ended. I haven't participated each time, but this was my 5th time playing along! This is one pillow  that I made most recently for the swap. Here's an earlier one. Apparently I didn't blog about the others, so I will have to post pictures of those too!

Each time, I've received really marvelous pillows, one that I loved so much that I decided to hang it on the wall of my sewing room! I suppose I should post a photo of it, right? Maybe photos of my sewing room too? Anyway, I digress.

This is the pillow that I made and sent off to its new owner, a woman living in California. It's with a fabric line called Vintage Modern, and I think it's just darling. Lots of red and turquoise, which is such a fun color combination! The pillow is big, about 20" x 20," which is what she had asked for.  As you can see, we make coverings for people, and then they can buy the pillow form at JoAnn's, since it's much cheaper to mail a folded cover than the entire pillow!

Here it is stuffed, before I sent it!

This is the pillow covering that I received! It's so perfect for me! You may remember the cute pineapple wall hanging that I made not too long ago. My partner saw my photos of it, and go along with that theme. She did some hand stitching too, writing out welcome, along with witamy, which means welcome in Polish! She saw that I had lived in Poland, and turns out, she had as well! Super fun connection. I love this one so much. I'll need to go get a pillow form for it, as mine are all occupied right now! Actually, I think I need two forms, now that I think about it. I have another empty cover that I never bought a form for!

Side note- see the pineapple cutting board in the background of the above photos? See? Perfect!

Thank you so much Kristen, this pillow is just marvelous.

Pineapple! LOVE!!!

I really like making pillows. They are small and easy, for the most part, and still good practice for me, though I didn't do binding on this pillow, like I should have. See the red "edging" around the pineapple? That is the binding, and I have a hard time with it. I know how to do it, but always have problems with the corners! I can usually do a pillow in a day or so, if I am not distracted by other things that are going on. I should make more I think!

Want a pillow?  :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

flash those fingers!

Lately, I've been really into painting my nails. Along with that, I've bought some new nail polish here and there. Of course, I wanted to find a fun way to store all of the polishes, so where did I turn to?

Pinterest, natch.

I saw this, and just loved it. A hurricane jar! Perfect!

I went to Michaels and found one that I loved. It was $24.99, but I had a half off coupon, which was even better. As you can see, it is about half full, so there is plenty of room for more polish purchases in the future  ;)

Also, please note our turquoise walls! We painted the bedroom, and I love it. LOVE it!

This photo above, and the last one, are a bit dark. Sorry about that. The one below shows the color the best! So, so fun.

That photo above, in the frame? My siblings and I, circa 1988 or so. I was wearing what my family called my "Pilgrim dress," which I adored. It was brown courdoroy with a white lace bib front, and a sash around the waist. I LOVED it. 

They're on my dresser, which is so convenient, as I can grab a polish on my way out the door, as I usually paint my nails downstairs at the kitchen table, for some reason. It seems  I almost always have polish on my nails these days. Though, when I take it off, I usually wait a day before painting them again. It seems like a good idea to let them breath for a bit before painting them again!

Do you like to paint your nails? How do you store your polish?

Also, thanks to those of you who let me know about the malware that had somehow found its way onto my blog...I had several links to a crafty website that had been affected, leading the bad messages to mine. I've removed all of the links to that site, and my blog seems to be back under control again. I hope this didn't cause any trouble on your blogs!