Archive for May, 2011
Hello, World! I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend (if, of course, this weekend was a holiday for you). I had a wonderful stay-cation which included well-deserved massages, long-overdue manicures, and lots of grilling and wine! I hope you all saved your corks from all of the partying you did because I have some fun wine-centric projects!
A few weeks ago, at brunch, I snapped a quick photo of this cute cork table. The table is a frame lined with wine corks and topped with a piece of glass. Pretty simple idea but super cute result!
It got me thinking and here are some other wine-spired projects.
First is this bath mat. Very fun! There is a great tutorial for making your own at CraftyNest.
Next up, this cool cork ornament posted at Green Wedding Shoes.
And lastly, this handy trivet from Whole Living. Very easy to make!
I’m excited to start crafting these corks! But the first step is collecting them so bottoms up!
What cork designs have you seen? I’d love to hear some more!
Hope you are all having a magical holiday weekend. I am so excited to have extra time to relax! But I’m working on an exciting project with the blog so I get to put a lot of extra energy towards it!
While we are all having a great mini-vacation, I’d like to share this song with you. I think it’s perfect relax/road-trip/lay-by-the-pool music. The band is called Starfucker and while their name is a little R-rated, this song “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” is A+.
Take a listen. I think it’s super fun! You might remember hearing it on a Target commercial and then saying “I wish I knew who wrote that song!” and then you said “Boy am I glad I stumbled onto it here!”
Last weekend I got to celebrate my good friend Ashley’s graduation. I am so proud of her. I just wanted to share some photos of the party because we had so much fun!
Ashley and I have been friends since I met her in fourth grade. She and I both went to school in New York City so we have been able to spend a lot of big events together. It’s really cool that we are passing this milestone together! Doesn’t she look beautiful?
Her family is just so much fun. It was so great capturing how excited they were for her!
I love this photo of the girls’ tattoos. Ashley, her sister, and her mom all have them!
I wish I could’ve captured the party even more. I was having too much fun enjoying it myself!
I’m so pleased that we got to spend time with some of my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time! I love picking up where we left off.
I am so happy that Ashley and I live close enough now that we can see each other more often. I feel so lucky to have a great friend that I know will always be there whether we’re getting tipsy at brunch or helping each other through bad break ups. Every girl needs a best friend!
When we started working on our apartment, we made a few rules. No more dirty dishes lingering in the sink. Chairs are not closets, put your clothes away. And tupperware without lids are garbage.
Because, really everyone, what is the point of having an unpaired piece?! There is no leftover storage in just a lid. You cannot carry just the bottom to work in your bag. They are lies and I cannot stand for it any longer! So I threw it all out. Everything that once held lo mein or burritos went into the trash. And it was time for an upgrade.
Look at these beautiful containers. I fell in love with them. We invested in some Oxo Pop Containers and I love them. It made so much more sense to use some well-made and design-friendly containers instead of beaten up, discolored ones that came with cheap take out.
Do yourself a favor and toss your old tupperware! It’s time to get your tupperware under control!
Good morning, lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and I’m ready to take Monday by the horns. We’ll see who’s laughing on Memorial day, Monday!
Today I’d like to share a cool project my friend Andrew Escoto is working on. I posted his work a few months ago but recently he’s been working on all kinds of new collections and he could use your help.
Andrew is putting together a collection of works called “The Romantics”. It looks like it’s shaping up to be totally awesome. Here is his statement on the project:
The Romantics are emotionally identifiable representations of relationships that are caught in ‘the mixed emotions period’. The physical, sexual aspect of relationships are just minute moments during countless hours of mixed emotions.Masked with their own insecurities, The Romantics portray those feelings of loneliness and self doubt.
The artwork is based on real relationships. And right now, Andrew is collecting stories to create artwork around. He is using all different mediums (most recently photography and video) to represent the friction in our relationships. I can’t wait to see more of his work.
He’d love to hear your stories so he can keep the project going. Feel free to email him at hello (at) andrewescoto (dot) com to tell him about an argument or fight you had with a loved one. Maybe you will see some of his work that’s oddly familiar!
If you know anything about me, which most of you know a lot about me, I’m sure, then you know that I absolutely adore high-speed photography. My full time job lets me look at the cameras that make such beautiful images but there is never enough play time with them. That being said, this video by Bruton Stroube Studios is a combination of two of my passions. I love watching it and imagining myself in a dreamy, deliciously messy, beautifully soft dining room.
Check out the additional video on Gizmodo for a must-see behind the scenes clip!
Have a dreamy weekend!
I’m not amazed by anything. I’m a New Yorker. I grew up with computers. Nothing is regional anymore and everyone can access everything all of the time. I stumbled upon this website over the weekend and I was finally surprised by something the internet had to offer.
Everyone knows this famous photo. And everyone that’s spent time across the pond has tried re-creating it. Now when I stumbled upon The Crossing by Abbey Road Studios, I was expecting just a blog of reenactment photos. But it is all that and more. The Crossing is a live webcam of that famous crosswalk and you can watch people taking wide steps and swinging their arms and generally making fools of themselves for their vacation snapshots.
I have to say, this is the most extreme people-watching I’ve ever done. And it’s amazing to see the pilgrimage to this spot. It is such an icon that it is difficult to comprehend until you watch the site for ten minutes! And I certainly watched for a while.
This is definite proof that you can find ANYTHING on the internet! Enjoy!
Things have been so busy around here for so long that I haven’t had two minutes to bake! I finally made some time to whip up some delicious lavender shortbread cookies and I am so in love with them. They are salty, sweet, and a little exotic!
I used the Martha Stewart French Butter Cookie recipe. I love Martha’s cookies (her iPhone/iPad app is to die for but I’m not allowed to use my phone as a cookbook anymore! Oopsies!) and I feel like I can follow her blindly into any dish. She’s my hero.
I took the plain butter cookie and I added about 3 tablespoons of dried lavender along with the vanilla. (The second time I made it I was feeling frisky so I added about a teaspoon more. Why not!) The lavender adds another dimension to the flavors. It’s subtle but it’s definitely there and everyone notices it. Lavender is not something that people are passive about, though. They either love it or think that it’s soapy.
This recipe is so great. It’s so quick and requires so few ingredients, I’ve made it twice recently. It’s not fussy at all.
I hope you make them and I hope that everyone loves them. How do you feel about lavender? Love it or leave it?
Jon and I graduated this week. I’m so excited that school is over! Thursday was the big day and I’d like to share some pictures with you all.
The commencement ceremony was at Lincoln Center. We refused to put on our gowns for the longest time because we hated how red they were!
Please enjoy the photos of my friends who you may or may not have met!
Will’s cap was probably the best part.
Jon and his parents. They look so proud!
And here I am with my family. I’m so glad that they could all be there but I know they’d never miss it!
The whole thing came and went so quickly. I can hardly believe it’s over and it seemed a little anti-climactic after four years! But what a great day. Perfect weather! And it was so amazing being surrounded by all of my friends and family for one last bang! Congrats to the class of 2011!
Happy weekend, everyone! This is an excited weekend, for sure! Jonathan has spent all day giving Knit York City a big make over and I cannot thank him enough for it. I love the new look and I hope it makes it easier for me to post more often.
And I certainly will have more posts for you this weekend as I’m having a roller coaster of a week! We’ve spent a lot of time making sure everything is in working order so hopefully we haven’t missed anything! It’s been fun looking back on my first posts. I think I’ve come a long way and thank you to everyone who’s helped me make this pet project into something real.
Let me know what you think of the new site and please take a minute to join me in thanking Jon for being awesome!