Archive | September, 2012

It’s Fall!

27 Sep

A few short weeks ago, I was quite depressed about the idea of summer coming to an end. Fall is my favorite time of year, but everything around me still said summer.

The Universe read my mind or something, because suddenly-  without a warning- it became fall. And just like that, I was ready.

Because it’s still peak wedding season, we’re spending a lot of our weekends shooting. (Correction: Doug is shooting, and I’m assisting.) Last Sunday, we miraculously had a day off and crammed in as many fall activities that we could. We apple picked. We got a sizeable pumpkin to carve. We went to Nashoba Valley Winery to take a stroll and taste some wine. We stopped at few farm stands. We took Bentley to the dog park for some swimming and a hike through the woods. We fertilized the grass and cleaned out the garden. We watched football, drank cider, and took naps.

Although that seems like an exaggerated list, we somehow fit that all in without being rushed or having any particular agenda.

It was a magical fall day.

What is on your fall to-do list? Any special traditions you have?


Glittery tags and hand-painted ombre spoons

26 Sep

This past weekend, we celebrated the wedding of our good friends, Didi and Henry. I met Didi during the first month of freshman year, after our audition for the dance team (we both made it). Henry became a part of our circle after he and Didi met during a first year class at Case Western. They are insanely smart, loyal, good-looking, fun, and easy-going, and I couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of their day.

Being in the wedding party, I got to be involved in the behind-the-scenes planning. For her shower, we wanted it to reflect the colors of her wedding (purple) with a little dash of sparkle. Enter: ombre wooden spoons with glitter tags! I cut a corner and ordered the spoons already painted. I highly recommend Heather at oMEandoMY.  Sure, you could paint them yourself but if you’re short on time or want a guaranteed awesome end-product, go to Heather for well done, reasonably priced spoons. She is easy to work with and will paint the handles in whatever colors you’re looking for.

What you’ll need:

Printable business cards (and a computer/printer/ink)

Hole punch

Glitter tape (washi tape would be great too)

Wooden spoons, spatulas, or other kitchen tools


–         Design your tag! Paper Source has a downloadable template that works perfectly with their product. Keep in mind that you’ll need room to add the tape and to punch a hole.

–         Print the cards. Fold along the perforations and gently tear them apart.

–         The glitter tape had a protective back. Peel of a short section of the backing and affix the sticky half to the tag, with the straight edge as close to the edge of the tag as possible. Trim the tape as close to the edge on the other side of the tag. This will cut down on wasted glitter tape.

–         Punch a hole in the top of each card.

–         Cut your ribbon. Do a test run with one ribbon to figure out the length you will need. For this project, I used 7” of ribbon per spoon.

–         Tie the tag to the spoon! I looped the ribbon through the tag, crossed the ribbon behind the spoon, and tied a bow in the front of the spoon. You can tie however you think is easy or attractive to you.

For the party, I put them in a couple of large, clear glass jars so people could see the pretty handles.


Scenes from the Summer, Part 1

11 Sep

Here’s a quick look at some of the things I’ve been up to this summer.


Doug and I bought our first house in May! It moved way faster than we ever thought it would. We started looking to get a feel for the market and what our money could buy us, but after looking at four houses, we put in an offer.

The food truck scene is really gaining traction in Boston, and I am a HUGE fan. Here’s a picture of lunch from one of my favorite food trucks, Bon Me. The first thing I ever had there was their banh mi (tofu and mushroom, hold the pate), and it’s so good, I can’t venture away from their other offerings (although I’m sure they’re delicious too). Add a cold ginger lemonade, and I’m happy.

My brother came to visit Doug and I in July, and we played tourists for a day. One of the stops was to the Sam Adams Brewery for their tour (free!).

Double rainbow!!


11 Sep

In honor the lives forever changed eleven years ago, here’s an excerpt from a fellow Holy Cross  alumni and accomplished poet, Billy Collins’ poem Names:

Names etched on the head of a pin.
One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled into the skin.
Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.

I’m baaaaaack

5 Sep


This has been a crazy summer. Between the craziness of work (for both Doug and I), celebrating upcoming nuptials for three of my closest girlfriends, and settling into our new house, I have fallen sorely behind on blogging.

That’s not to say that I’ve forgotten it though! I’ve been documenting projects that I’ve been up to, and have a lot of cool (or at least, I think it’s cool) content coming up in the next few weeks. (Disclaimer: It’s actually coming this time, unlike my last post which promised content but was followed by dead air.)

Stay tuned!