Monday, April 30, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rob Ryan

Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan from Etsy on Vimeo.

 I ran into this artist's work at Liberty of London back in the fall (when I fell in love with the quote on this notebook cover).  I love his work, and I think this video is super charming.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Knife Skills

 Some chefs wield a knife like a magic wand - one flash and they're done!  I picked up a few tricks working in restaurants, but there's still a ton I don't know.  I'm hoping this Knife Skills series by Illustrated Bites isn't done yet!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Relaxing all cool

I don't know about you guys, but I am dreaming of summer right now.
I have big plans for making this summer all magic and pixies.  Seriously. 

images via pinterest

Monday, April 23, 2012

David Whyte

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

I had forgotten this poem.  So glad to have it back in my thoughts.  Thanks, Amy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TED talks

I love Ted, don't you?  I really enjoyed this talk by Brene Brown, on the power of vulnerability.  A lot of good stuff in there.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

good citizen

This weekend I went for a run, and on my way I came across a fire!  It had only just started, just a circle of embers about the size of a dinner plate.  By the time I got off the phone with the fire department, it had grown exponentially, as you can see in that first photo.

Since it was a rather "safe" fire (I mean, it was just a pile of haystacks, and it didn't really have anywhere to go from there), it was not scary, but really interesting.  I'd never called the fire department before.  And I'd never seen a fire managed in the city.  It was intriguing to watch it all pan out: when the police arrived, then the fire truck, then turning on the fire hydrant and connecting the hoses. 

I can tell you this, haystacks burn HOT and FAST.  Just fyi.

Monday, April 16, 2012

a page turn

So, friends, things have settled in for me a bit.  I'm on the other side of looking for a job -- I signed the contract today for a new job starting in June.  I found a job in Manhattan, so I will be staying in the city for the foreseeable future.  This has certainly alleviated a fair amount of anxiety in me.  I really was anxious, my friends - so SO anxious.

The more choices there are, the harder it is to make the decision, don't you think?  (Before you answer, you should know that this is a scientifically proven concept.)  The idea of looking for a job was terrifying to me, because my options were endless.  My next step could have taken me anywhere!  Which makes it hard to take that first step, if you ask me.

Now that I have a job, I'm not going to lie, I feel the tiniest bit disappointed.  Please PLEASE don't get me wrong... I am so grateful to have a job - and one that I think will be fun, educational, and right up my alley, at that!  Honestly, though, I was somewhat looking forward to the notion of venturing off to... wherever!

That said, I'm going to seep my life in the essence of adventure.  Taking classes, cooking new things, taking trips to unfamiliar places.  It's time to sink my teeth in. 

A quote I heard recently...  "Stay hungry.  Stay foolish."


Also, thank you for your patience these past couple weeks. Blogging should be more regular again. :)

image via

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday, Mom!  You're AWESOME.

[via oliviabee]

Sunday, April 1, 2012

a break

Hello friends -- This is me signing off for a bit.  I need to get a real handle on some other things in my life, so I'm taking a little break from the blog. 

I'll be back in a week or so, with bells on!

original image via pinterest
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