Saturday, February 20, 2010

My favorite park

I was at home for the long weekend, which happened to encompass Valentine's Day. I saw the people I love - my family, my friends, and the places I love. I found myself shutting my eyes so I could memorize little exact moments and times. Because these things are so brief. I went to my favorite park with my sister, and we stared at wildlife and I searched the water for hidden things:

frog hiding in the light on the water

I sat by a spring, basking in light and warmth.

Something about this brilliant blue-green - just says something to me.

light in the spring water

Hope your long weekend was every bit as full of the people and places you love. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Catch-up Madewell post

stitched to pass the time

This post comes a bit late as I was pokey about getting my pics uploaded, but I still wanted to share them with you. I did a Denim After Dark event at Madewell the first Thursday of this month, and as usual, it was awesome. Above, you see the complimentary beverage of the evening, atop a scrap of jeans I stitched with variegated thread to keep my hands busy.

I loved the way I'd set up my sign and mini-embroideries this time (ahem, I forgot to take pictures, but it was similar to last time.) Anyway, it must have looked cute, because a girl approached in a rather squirrelly fashion, said not a word to me, snapped a few pics of my display, then scampered off. It was quite amusing. :)

I love the collaboration that strikes up when a really excited person has an idea and you just run with it. I usually stick to smaller initials, but this time, a girl sketched out a great idea for two large, disguised E's and I had to try it.

I love how it's a design with a hidden meaning:
last jeans of the night

Here's a closeup of that variegated DMC floss my sister sent me, which contains all my favorite colors - a nice deep 321 red, which softens into a vivid coral-ish pink:

And, on the red theme, here's a snap of a red dress I bought in honor of Valentine's Day (although I of course did not wear it on Valentine's Day:


I like how the Christmas mittens made an impromptu appearance in that one. :)

Do you ever buy clothing you have no intention of wearing anywhere? I do this kind of often, and until I started photographing my clothing, I thought it was pointless. :) But maybe there's something about the texture and feeling of the clothing, the enjoyment you get from it, and the excitement of playing dress-up that is a joy in it itself, and doesn't need to be shared. And plus, where, would I wear this? Come to think of it, it would be kind of fun to just go grab a burger in this dress. ;)

What's the last crazy thing you bought that you have no intention of wearing anywhere? :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Central park in the snow

Central Park

In the (almost) 6 years I've lived in NY I've always wanted to walk through Central Park in a snowstorm. But not owning any snowboots, or indeed knowing anyone foolhardy enough to attempt the quest with me, I'd never done it - until yesterday. I thought: I have the afternoon off. I have snowboots on. I have a coat on. Gloves. Hat. Camera. Nothing to do. Why not?

And unlike so many things in life which one plays up in their head to be more than it actually is - it was every bit as beautiful as I thought it would be. Even more. It was early in the day - around 1 PM, so the snow was coming down thickly, covering every surface with powder, but it was just before the wind kicked up and the real blizzard started. So, it was perfect timing.


I walked my familiar path, the one I have memorized in my head and could almost walk blindfolded, determined to see all of my favorite things draped in the unusual contours of the snow.

a tobogganing incident :)

By the way, on all of these pics, be sure to click through and see the large size, because the small version just doesn't cut it. :)

I loved the white strangeness of this world, the soft wetness in the air as clumps of coldness hit your face and eyes. I walked so long my coat was damp and snow began melting on my hat and dripping into my eyes. I boarded the subway a soggy mess, having to remove my coat, hat, and gloves, hanging them on the seat next to me to dry. Lucky for me it was a long ride home. In Brooklyn, the blizzard had started and the snow was painful, hitting your face like a thousand jagged edges. I arrived home looking like a human snowman. :) I think it took a full 10 minutes under a hot shower for my hands to return to normal body temperature. But, it was worth it.

You inspire me: Feb. 11, 2010

You inspire me: Feb. 11, 2010
1. Snow Hat DIY by .elsie*cake., 2. coffee break. by aga_d
3. explorer. by aga_d, 4. Férias! by Carol Grilo

From time to time, certain pairings of colors just leap out at me. I've always found this deep apple red and light olive-y, mossy green so appealing together. They just seem made for each other....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Also inspiring me...

Oh, I think I love this dress. If I had a spare 54 dollars (which I don't) I'd totally be buying this dress from Fred Flare.

Although I'd most likely buy it in gray:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

You inspire me: Feb. 4, 2010

You inspire me: Feb. 4, 2010
1. drink me by incywincystitches, 2. spring is coming........ by .elsie*cake.
Le Rêve Rêversed detail by Peggy Dembicer, 4. Cameo on sweater by kittykill

These colors together are gorgeous, no?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Inspiring me today

1. A Little Sweetness Color Palette by sarachung, 2. I'll Give You All I Can... by Brandon Christopher Warren
make do and mend brooch by Kitty Blossom, 4. Cerejinhas by Primeiros Pontos

Ok, I'm just gonna do what I always do when I'm uninspired - share beautiful pictures from other Flickr users. So, here you go! Here's what's inspiring me today. :)

Winter doldrums

I think my winter blehs are in full-bleh right now. I'm enjoying the sharp cold, days of fog, sudden snows, and pearl-gray skies, but I feel more comfortable hibernating with a book and a cup of tea instead of crafting. So, that pic above is actually a craft from December - a handmade sign I made for my friend's store at a craft fair.

I did not make the owl. She made the owl. It's rather punch-in-the-gut cute, no?
cute owl

I keep wondering if it's my camera's fault that my pictures are so dull. But no, I think it's a combination of the weather and the fact that my access to natural light is so limited these days.

I'm really amused by this cup that followed me the other day:

It rolled right up as I was walking by. I'm sure onlookers were thoroughly amused that I photographed the trash, rather than pick it up. :) Call it the winter doldrums.

How are you guys doing? Inspired? Bleh? Meh? :)