Category Archives: new year



i thought it fitting
to share our holiday card here
this blog has been such a cathartic space for me
most especially in 2012

thanks and love to each of you…
and hope.
hope for 2013.

just seeing that this is my 500th post!
how fitting- looking back, moving forward…

fresh start

not gonna lie…
2011 kicked my heiny.
loss. illness. drama.
(i know, i didn’t get into it here. i try and keep this my “happy place.”)
left me floundering.
it’s done.
i’ve learned. i’m loved. i’m letting go. i’m oh-so-lucky.
i am so in love with 2012.
bring it.
here’s to: a blog face-lift, house projects galore, travel, tutorials, singing in the shower…
*hang a few sprigs of fresh eucalyptus in your shower- the steam + their menthol-y scent are a perfect mid-winter wake up!


can you believe it will be february TOMORROW!?!
i can.not!
seriously, this month has FLLLLOWN by.
oh, all the good intentions…
(a few catch-up posts coming your way)
like these (now) month-old pictures
from our new year’s eve celebration
it was quiet and simple
good food
great friends
mum * tay * me

Photobucket Photobucket
(yes, totally breaking fire code)
a wonderful welcome to the 2011
that left everyone pooped:
nellie can barely lift her lids
and jack didn’t quite make it to bed

busy, busy!

for a gray, mid-january in new england, it has certainly NOT been hoo-hum around here!
last friday morning, i received a very early (1:30am) phone call from my dear friend, deb, who was in labor… i was on-call to watch her daughter beatrice when the time came.
max charles was born at 7am!

photo by amanda… blanket by rikshaw!

friday night i headed downtown to craftland for a screening of handmade nation.

i had goosebumps 15 seconds into the introductory credits. i am so inspired by the craft-revolution of our generation… i’ve been filling pages in my moleskin ever since!
later that night, our landlords threw us a lovely little potluck “going away” party. i can’t believe we’ve been in this quaint little apartment for over FOUR years! wow.
saturday was our re-inspection- SO good to get one last look at our soon-to-be home!
then, a quick trip to the farmer’s market with a girlfriend to dish on prospective dates from the night before. the rest of the day was spent with my new best friends: packing tape + corrugated cardboard. at least we’re seeing progress!
sunday i spent the morning with bea, who anxiously waited for dad to bring mom and brother max home!
then, i got busy making good on my new year’s resolutions… cooking up a storm! on this week’s menu:
* coq au vin (for the new parents, not for us!)
* yummy vegetarian chili with local, seasonal veggies
* 2 meatloaves- one for the week and one to freeze for some hungry uncles who are coming in to town to help with home improvements
* chicken chilaquiles
since then, this week has been full of lovely little surprises and get-togethers… a quick visit and lunch with amanda, who came into town to photograph max, impromptu dinner party with girlfriends and the hubbies, studio time…
tomorrow is our closing! i SERIOUSLY can’t believe the day is almost here and that it seems as though it will be drama-free. wooo hooo!! i’ll post pics ASAP and the before and afters will begin!

so far, so good….

Sunday, January 3rd:

* tub of egg salad
* lasagna w/ homemade sauce
* (extra) meat sauce
* ribollita
that should last us a week, no?
reid also requested clam pasta to be on the week’s menu, but that will be made the night-of and break up the left-overs.
off to a good start, i’d say!
and to be honest, i loved my day in the kitchen.
with my apron tied, i chopped onions in bulk, put all my burners to use and didn’t even mind the 20+ times i did the dishes. i had my joni mitchell blaring and a cup of warm tea- it was wonderful.
as was my long walk in the snowy woods, with the dogs frolicking off-leash, while the lasagna was in the oven!

ten for twenty-ten

1. sunday soups
i’d like to make sunday my day in the kitchen. each week, make a big vat of soup that will last me a week worth of lunches. while i’m in there, make up the week’s batch of yogurts and a few meals that i can throw in the oven when i get home from work. when we plan ahead for meals, and stick to it, we save so. much. money. not to mention, needless, daily grocery store trips, gas and time!
2. blog 5x a week
i really DID get a bit better about this since last year, but i am aiming even higher… more projects, crafts, food, DIY, renovations, decorating, fashion.
i’ve got to chart it all out in my head, but i know i can get all my passions in there!
and, hopefully, this year will be FULL of inspiration!
3. train penelope!
she is becoming QUITE the little teen… very defiant!
4. catch. more. waves.
get out in the water more! on cape. in little compton. somewhere warm? please?
and be brave about it.
5. read
growing up in a home without a tv, i have always adored reading. nothing, NOTHING is better than curling up in front of the fire on a winter evening with a good book, a cozy blanket and a steaming cup of tea. but, i haven’t done it in AGES. and i crave it. that getting lost in a world outside of what we can imagine on our own? finding new places to love, getting deep inside another person’s head, even learning new strategies for running my small business. by the time i tuck myself in at night, i am asleep before my head hits the pillow- literally.
so, i need to find another time to do it… maybe i give myself an hour in the morning, after my husband leaves for work and before i need to be out the door. or maybe it’s in the afternoon to unwind… now, if i can stick to my sunday meal-making plan, THIS could work!
6. make a quilt a season
for our home, to give away… start trying all these bookmarked patterns and digging deep into my stash!
7. write letters
honestly, is there anything better than receiving a hand-written letter in the mail?
a birthday card that arrives ON your birthday?
thank you notes within 24 hours…
this year, i strive to do my part to keep my local post office branch in business.
and put smiles on friend’s faces.
8. dress up
i work for myself.
and babysit for friends.
it is all TOO easy to live day after day in yoga pants…
this year, even if only for myself, i will look “put together” when i go to the studio.
and “do it up” when i go out to dinner (for girls night and/or date night).

9. be prompt
i WILL return all calls and/ or emails within 24 hours.
even the ones that i know will take 3 hours.
and the ones that make my stomach go all woozie.

10. it’s personal
this last one, is just for me.
perhaps someday, i’ll let it be known.
but for now…. no.


one of my new year’s resolutions is to read more.
(more resolutions to come…)
my bedside stack is getting unreasonable and my library requests insane.
in the age of all-digital, i am so drawn to this :

a book-due calendar! LOVE it….
you can personalize, and keep track of all that you read and aim to every month.