some progress, but not done

um, i’m not even sure i like sewing.

i think i like the idea of sewing.

just not the execution.  not the actual act of sewing.

i like finding vintage fabrics. 

i want so desperately to be one of those women who can crank out quilts like nobody’s business.  it’s a trait and skill to be admired.  i am so  S  L  O  W.   i never would’ve been employee-of-the-month in a third world country sweat shop.   

that said, those 148 little fabric squares of hell are cut out and pieced together for a pillow.  found and admired this gorgeous pillow here, which led me to the tutorial here, which led me to think i could do this no prob.  i’ve still got a back ache from cutting out all those dinky pieces of fabric.

i need to put this one away for awhile before i finish it.  some projects you just need to take a break from before you hate them. 

which reminds me, this was also supposed to be a pillow, but i ended up needing to walk away from it as well.  no idea how to finish it. 

 

i took the pattern from a vintage drinking glass.

  

is it any wonder i can’t commit to a human being?  i can’t even stand to be around fabric for any length of time.


new pot

 

 

trés retro. 

i gave it a test run.

i made some eggs.

i am chef extraordinaire.

2 poached eggs atop 2 homemade  frozen (but cooked, duh) wheat-free waffles atop a vintage north star plate atop a faded out vintage vera tablecloth. 

i’m my own little adorable breakfast bistro for people who eat bland food.


outdoor art

driving back from jersey we hit some stop and go traffic on I-95.  rather than end the birthday celebration in high-volume traffic, we opted to take the new haven exit to grab some lunch and extend the birthday festivites.  i had wanted to eat at a restaurant i’d heard good things about (zinc,) but upon getting there, it was closed. 

so – we’re standing there at zinc, see it’s closed, see that they’ve opened up a sister pizzeria (kitchen zinc, clever) located in the back, down an alley.  i glanced down the alley and i literally jumped back.  this is THE ALLEY where an outdoor art installation created by felice varini was located, where i had wanted to try and find after reading about it a month or so ago on design crisis.  (seriously, click on that link and read about it.  the pics and how-tos are incredible.)  and then *WABAM* here it was staring me right in the face.   

yet another unexpected birthday treat for me. 

we managed to find an open restaurant.

and we managed to beat the heat.

the traffic, on the other hand, was still waiting for us several hours later. 

in crafting news –  i’m cutting little itty bitty teeny tiny pieces of scrap fabric.  it is endless fun.

 

and when i say endless, i mean endless.  and when i say fun, i mean hell.


antiquing

obviously i prefer to go thrift store shopping rather than “antiquing,” as i have a tendency to get much better prices in thrift stores, and for me the thrill is in the bargain, as well as in the hunt.  while in red bank, NJ, we stumbled upon an antiques block, with several buildings housing antiques.  we opted to stroll through one of the buildings and while i’m not willing to pay antique store prices, lori spotted a cute little box she called “a small table.”  it was a vintage sewing box.  she decided she had to buy it for me for my birthday.  i objected.  it was too much money.  i like a bargain.  i needed to do research first.  i fought her tooth and nail.   no i didn’t.

my current hi-tech system of thread organization (zip-loc freezer bags) now has a much more stylish replacement. 

btw, i must recommend red bank as a nice place to visit if you happen to be in jersey.  great little downtown area with an indie theater – we saw “the kids are all right.”  thumbs up.  currently my new boyfriend is mark ruffalo.  whoa.  the dude looked GOOD.

i mean, GOOD. 

i had good dreams that night.

red bank offers plentiful restaurants (late lunch at eurasian – they catered to my numerous food allergies and created a delicious dish for me,) loads of shopping, beautiful views of the river.  i took zero pictures.  here are some i took from the hotel website:

our exact room at the oyster point hotel.  seriously, the views were incredible.  although now that i think of it, i didn’t get a robe.  rude. 

 

 photos via oyster point hotel

long branch and red bank.  within 15 minutes of one another.  i definitely preferred red bank, it had more character, although both towns proved fun.  bungalow – yikes – i’m not sure i can recommend it.  beautiful decor to be sure, but sadly lacking in service.  and cleanliness.  and working clocks.  how do you have two clocks in a room and neither of them work?  when i called down to the front desk to ask how to set one of them, the front desk gal, lauren, giggled and said, “oh yah, one of the rooms is like that.  the clock doesn’t work.  do you want a wake up call?”  that’s not the point.  for $447 a night, i want a clock that works so when i wake up in the middle of the night i know what time it is.  is it too much to ask?  a working clock?  or a clean, stain-free rug?  or drapes that aren’t busted?  

there were good aspects.  the fireplace, the adjustable wall-mounted flat screen tv, the artwork, half-price drinks at happy hour, the outdoor seating.  i’m definitely going to try my hand at some flag artwork.  we had the hawaii themed flag in our room.

ann carrington hawaii flag art 

long branch is mostly an upscale beach resort.  i can’t fathom spending more than one night there.  that’s why my mini few day getaway was perfect.  a day here, a day there, a taste of this and a sampling of that.  and then a clean getaway.  leave wanting just a little more.   

 

 


good fries

can i just say NJ did not disappoint in the gourmet fries category.  fries in a bucket, fries in a cone (and some sweet potato fries on a plate.)  i was pleased.  i have simple wants.

you almost feel sorry for the sweet potato fries cuz they’re just on a regular ol’ plate. 

and a nice watermelon martini to wash it all down.  mmm mmm.

again – i cannot stress this enough – fruits and vegetables – potatoes, watermelon, grapes – it is essential to healthy living.  i’m adamant about getting plenty of fruit and vegetable servings per day.  i have listened and i have learned.


early morning, jersey shore

there is nothing quite like the beach in the early morning.

went here to hoop on my birthday morning. 

the views were spectacular.


season 4

mad men.  tonight.  10 PM.

another little birthday gift to me from the fine folks at amc/mad men – the season premiere on my birthday weekend.  i thank you.