Baby Afghan…. again

I made another baby afghan. Shocking I know. This one was started about 4 months ago, and I finished it just in time! My boss and her husband have been going through the adoption process, and they finally got their sweet little miss about a week ago. I finished the afghan only a few days before they found out. Good timing indeed!

Being as we are both textile designers, I selected this particular crochet pattern because it resembles a woven basketweave exactly. I didn’t use an exact pattern, as I did with other baby blankets, but used a youtube video instead. Find the video here. I used this video to understand the basics of the stitch, and then came up with the dimensions I wanted the blanket to meet. Once I finished the body of the blanket, I completed it by doing a bobble stitch around the edge.

I was pretty pleased with the end result, considering it was my first time not using a pattern. Take a gander!

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I used the Bernat softie yarn, in a light variegated blue. Yes, I used blue for a girl. I cannot stand gender stereotyping colors, so I just picked a nice snuggly yarn. I hope she likes it. Happy Tuesday!

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Boat Shoes On a Boat

I did it! I got on a sailboat and I didn’t get Seasick!

Huzzah!

Before I get to the sailing photos though, what does one wear on a sail? It was a gorgeous day in Seattle, but I knew it was going to get breezy on the boat, so I opted for some light layers.DSCN0594


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kimono: here          Tank: here          Jeans: here          Sunnies: similar here

I swapped the wedges out for boat shoes for the actual sailing, and slipped back into the wedges for dinner later.

My boat shoes have officially fulfilled their destiny, being on a boat.

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My Joel Mchale look alike bf.

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I’d say I officially have a legit mohawk, wouldn’t you?

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Oh Seattle, you do make me swoon.

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Seattle is truly meant to be seen from the water. It was BEAUTIFUL! I’m ready for my next sailing adventure. Perhaps a bit longer than two hours.

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Chicago Part Two

As stated before, we didn’t get much sightseeing done while visiting Chicago. We were busy cracking bad jokes, playing volleyball (poorly), and eating lots of Chicago food (YUMMM). However, we did catch a few sights while there, and oh what sights they were.

Millenium Park is awesome! I highly recommend a stop by if you are in town. It was hot, and super crowded, but a very well designed space, with great installation art everywhere.

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The Bean. Seriously cool underneath.

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We managed to get a group shot in the bean…. with a few others included.

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Popped down to look at the lake. It looks like an ocean.

Speaking of oceans, what did one ocean say to the other?

Nothing, it just waved.

I heard that the other day, it made me giggle.

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By the way, I found my new calling. Professional supersize Jenga player. That’s a thing right?10559681_10154377108765462_6839543082134599419_n

Until next time.

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Reunion, Chicago style

I’d never been to Chicago. I’d never really been anywhere in the mid-west, or middle earth as I like to refer to it. To be honest, I’ve always liked to stick to the coasts in the U.S.. While I still hold that West Coast=Best Coast, Chicago was Lovely. T and I are already planning a visit back to do some more exploring of Chicago and its great surrounding areas.

First things first though, I love my extended family, many of which live in the surrounding areas of Chicago. They very graciously hosted us for a multi day reunion extravaganza. I only see my extended family on my dad’s side every three years or so, and it is a hoot when we all get together. This post is for them.

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Most days we gathered outside, eating, playing volleyball, playing in the grass with the kiddos, and chatting. Perfect summer days.

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The kid’s kept us all entertained, and gave me a good workout chasing after them.

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My Uncle’s sweet cup for the weekend. We are classy folks. End of Story.
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Kiddie pools, not just for kiddies.
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O asked to be painted as fire….

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We young adults managed to sneak away for an evening out. Whiskey shots all around! Proving we are definitely family.family bar

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I miss all these dear faces greatly and I’m counting down the days/years until I see them again.

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M.I.A.

Is it just me, or does june always go a little bit crazy? Lot’s of activities, combined with T and I moving over the last two weeks, with one nutty work schedule, has lead to one chaotic June and beginning of July. Happily, this week should be a bit mellower, and I will hopefully get to enjoy some sunshine! That said, thought I’d share a few pics of what’s been going on the last few weeks.

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Popped home a few weekends ago and watched the little O and F participate in their first bike race. The “Bike n’ Juice”. Pretty much the cutest little race ever. These two were most excited to have sweet numbers attached to their bikes, than the possibility of winning any race.

IMG_2807My mum, one of my sisters, and I, popped into Wenatchee for some  pedicures. Therefore, we had to take the obligatory toenail photo. My polish has held up surprisingly well over the last two weeks.

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Cute new apartment. So clean and so unprepared for all my baking disasters!

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Martha’s peach crumble (I like to pretend Martha Stewart and I are on a first name basis). Seriously delicious recipe.

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Spend the 4th with these lovelies! We try to take nice photos. Then we start giggling (and by we I mean I). We managed to get a few good ones though!

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Happy Monday!!

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Bowlin with My Homies

Bowling alleys. The smell of spilt beer and stale cigarettes, the sallow look of the employees that have spent one too many days inhaling shoes disinfectant under fluorescent lights, and the happy skip of a bowler who just bowled a strike. I like bowling alleys, they remind me of childhood.

Dear M turned 27 not long ago and we celebrated with an evening of bowling and faux tattoos.IMG_2684Nothing but classy 1970’s architecture for us!

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My ball was gold, it’s how I roll.

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The real highlight of the evening came when we discovered that the vending machines carried fake tattoos. Now it says a lot about a girl when she is willing to drop a whole roll of quarters that she had stashed in her purse for laundry on fake tattoos. If you’ve ever lived in an apartment complex or a dorm, you know quarters are pure gold. You pilfer them out of others coin trays, pick them up off the ground,  and hoard them in your wallet. My friend K is serious about the business of fake tattoos, and gladly purchased us a sweet stack of the beauties with her fresh roll of quarters.

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Styling!

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On another note, completed the Susan G. Komen walk/run with my mamma last weekend. Lookin fly pre-race. This rockstar ran almost the whole thing.

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The gang. We look good with pink on!

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Broken

My heart broke a little today.

Another school shooting. This time at my college Alma Mater, Seattle Pacific University. Taking one life and injuring several others. I admit, with all the public shootings happening around the U.S. the last few years, I’ve become a bit numb to them. My heart hurts for the family’s every time, but it just doesn’t seem real. This time it hit close to home. I walked those halls, I sat in that classroom, I had debates with that professor. This time it sucker punched me in the gut. I’m not one to post a status on facebook about these events, or change my photo to a picture of support, it’s not my style. This time though, I needed to say something, and this is my outlet.

My heart broke a little today for a community that helped raise me. The students there are no longer ones I know, but they are a part of a community that knows me. A community that helped teach me how to be an adult. A community that challenged the way I thought, how I look at the world around me, and why I believed what I believe. We didn’t always agree, and we still don’t in a lot of respects, but I am forever grateful that they taught me how to come to my own conclusions, and have reasons to back them up.

I use the word community a lot in respect to SPU instead of the word University or college. It is a university of course, but more than that, it is a true Community. It is one of the areas SPU really excels at, helping its students build fellowship among themselves and with the faculty. Because of this, I believe SPU will bounce back stronger.

I believe they won’t let this shooter hinder their ability to foster strong community.

I believe they will continue to challenge and change their students.

I Believe.

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Leaping for Liebster

Apparently there’s this thing in the blogging community. A bit of a chain letter of awards for smaller blogs. It’s called the Liebster Award, and smaller blogs pass it along to other blogs that they like with sets of questions. Not having heard of  of this before, I was touched when I got a nomination. The lovely Louise of Text Pies and Videotapes nominated me. It’s fun knowing that I’ve a few readers abroad. Goodness knows most of the blogs I read aren’t based in Seattle. After perusing Louise’s blog for a bit, I like to think we’d be friends if we lived in the same city. Girl likes baking, musical theater, and cocktails, I thinks it’s safe to say we’d have some common things to chat about!

Now I’m not big on chain letters, but I thought i’d give the questions a go anyways. Here is what she asked, and my responses.

1. What one movie defines your childhood? – Peter Pan (Old School Mary Martin version). What can I say, I am still a child at heart, and always loved the idea of not growing up. P.S. The whole movie is available on youtube. You should check it out.


2. Do you have a signature drink? – I’m a bourbon neat kinda gal. If I had to choose a mixed drink, it would probably be a manhattan with a twist.


3. If you could pass one law for your city/town, what would it be?- Yikes, that a tricky one. Mandatory fridays off during the summer months. That sounds pretty nice.

4. How do you like your eggs in the morning? – Soft boiled with soldiers.


5. Can you play a musical instrument? – I used to play the piano and the trombone. It would take some serious practice to gain any skill again.


6. Would you be so kind as to summarise your blog in five words? – Shenanigans of a quirky crafter.


7. What do you find the biggest challenge of blogging to be?  – Remembering to take my camera with me, so that I can document my happenings.


8. Do you know the difference between ‘defiantly’ and ‘definitely’? (We can’t be friends if not.) – I do indeed.


9. Do you have a favourite musical? If so, what is it? – I LOVE musicals. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is probably my favorite. Though there are so many good ones it’s hard to choose.


10. What, in your opinion, makes a good blog? – Whatever it is, make it personal. Even if your blog is strictly food, share a little bit about yourself. It helps the readers connect with you on a more real level.


11. Are you going to carry on the Liebster Award chain? – Probably not. Chain letters aren’t really my thing, but I do really like the idea of it and I hope others carry it on!

27 for 27… a Check In

Six months ago was my 27th birthday. Along with It I made a list of goals, here. Well I’m six months in to my 27th year, and I thought it was time for a check in… See how these goals are coming. Yikes!

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1) Hit under a 2 hour half marathon time. – I just started running again after a bit of a hiatus. I’m planning on running a half in October, so I’ve still got time to really start training.

2) Go sailing for the first time. – I still haven’t scheduled this. I was waiting for summer, it’s close enough, so I best get on it.

3) Pay off another one of my dreaded student loans. – I changed my mind and decided to pay off a credit card instead, and it’s going quite nicely. Hurray for being responsible financially…. until I find a really good pair of shoes anyway. 😉

4)Host a 1920’s murder mystery dinner. – Planning this for my birthday party in November!

5) Start posting on my blog once a week. – As of January I have been doing this quite nicely. I like blogging on a schedule. It’s a relaxing way to spend my evenings.

6) Visit another country. Sadly other than Canada, I don’t have any great adventures to other lands planned. Canada counts right?

7) Buy my first pair of Christian Louboutin heels. – Still planning on this as my 28th birthday gift to myself.

8) Become a certified Zumba instructor. – I’m so excited, as i’m registered for training in July! Hurray!

9) Get my first aid/CPR certification. I haven’t scheduled this yet, but i’m planning it for either june or july.

10) Construct a wedding dress. – I’ve got it designed, and some of the fabric and trims purchased, now comes the tricky part of making it.

11) Go paddle boarding. – I’m still waiting for it to warm up a bit in Seattle. Brrrr. Maybe August?

12) Take a ballet class series. – I putting this goal on hold. I’m taking arial silks pretty regularly, and really only have time for one type of regularly scheduled class.

13) Visit K in New York. – I went last month, and it was awesome!! See my adventures here and here.

14) Attend my family reunion in Chicago next summer. The date is set, and i’m buying tickets this week. Cannot wait!!

15) Have my brown heels fixed. – I keep forgetting about this one. Must take shoes to cobbler!

16) Do a photo shoot of the bridal gown I make. – Just gotta complete #10 first!

17) Get to a certain financial goal in my savings account. – Going along quite nicely. I’m sticking to a schedule and making good strides.

18) Complete 10 new pinterest inspired recipes or diy projects. – Going along well. I’ve done 4 of 10. Or I should say, 4 have turned out well. I’ve had a few doozies.

19) Learn to bake French Macarons. I took a class and have had one disastrous batch since. Hopefully my next batch turns out a bit better.

20) Get my second tattoo. I’ve altered it’s location a bit, now I just need to schedule the appointment.

21) Dye my hair a new color. I went white blonde and loved it!!!

22) Set up some sort of Roth IRA or 401K. – Ummmmm I forgot about this one, and I don’t even know where to start. Must research!

23) Refinish one piece of furniture. – So many ideas…. so little time.

24) Take a ariel silk class. – Took a class, became obsessed. I’m developing arm muscles… I didn’t know that was possible on me.

25) Take the BUSMAT. – Must study more. I’ve lost a lot of my math skills in the past few years!!

26) Go to at least two concerts. – I tried to get watershed tickets this year. I’m not going to lie, I almost cried when they sold out in 10 minutes. Now I’m not sure what shows i’ll go to.

27) Start taking more pictures of my various projects to put up on the blog! – I’ve been doing better at this, but still have room for improvement.

 

Clearly I’ve got a lot of work to do. Six months down, six to go. I better get my booty in gear.

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White Walls

I adore a good museum. The stark blank walls and empty floors just waiting for art to fill them, the hushed conversations of observers trying to pay their respect to masters long gone, the more chaotic confused discussions surrounding the modern and contemporary works, the strokes of pencil on paper of art students trying to capture the genius, and I find such peace in these surroundings.

On my recent hop over to NYC, I popped into the big three, The Guggenheim, The MoMA, and the MET. I liked them all for varying reasons, and i’m sure i’ll be back to visit them again someday.

The Guggenheim. Hands down some of the coolest architecture, both inside and out.

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The MoMA. Probably my favorite of the three.MoMA

I”m not sure how I feel about this “modern art” thing?

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Oh wait, yes I do… and I’m EXCITED!!

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So is L. She was a fine arts major in college after all.

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White Walls.

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Observing the observers, observing Starry Night. Not going to lie. Some times I like to watch people look at art. It’s almost as good as the paintings themselves. I love the large groups of people gathering around these super famous paintings, simply because they’ve heard of them. They want to say they’ve seen it in person. We find comfort in what we recognize I suppose.

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Don’t worry, I weaseled my way to the front of this group and took a long hard look at Starry Night myself.

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Picture in Picture. Observing observers again. That’s not creepy right?

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In case you can’t read that, it reads “Perfect Door, Perfect Odor, Perfect Rodo”.

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One of Monet’s Cathedral paintings. Beautiful, though I admit I like the two hanging side by side in the Smithsonian a bit better. Monet Cathedral

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I’m feeling very arty now. Perhaps I’ll break out my paints tonight… Perhaps.


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