It’s Been Awhile


To say it’s been awhile since the last post in April, is, well, the perfect truth. Things have happened, photos have been taken, but no blogging in nearly half a year. What was April rain is now fall foliage whipping through the air with each gust off the Hudson River.  June 1st saw the wedding celebration of Will and I with family and friends (all photos can be found here). And August witnessed the purchase of our very first home. Since then, we’ve been settling into our new abode and finding the rhythm of home and happiness. (Photo at right is the view from the Hudson National Golf course, where the wedding party was held.)

I’ve been collecting photos to share, most on my iPhone due to its ease and availability. But some gems were captured on my DSLR. In good time, I hope to share some interior photos of our new home, an english cottage-style coop in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York- about 30 minutes north of the city.

(Below is a photo of our building, along with a view of a Hudson River sunset from our backyard, and a rose in bloom that was outside our front door.)

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To usher in the fall spirit, we recently attended the Stone Barns Harvest Festival. Stone Barns is a functioning farm located in Pocantico Hills (near Sleepy Hollow, NY) on the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The farm is always open to visitors but during their fall fest, guests can really explore all of the farm’s features, from learning how to raise bees to meeting the pigs, turkeys, chickens, and sheep.













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And of course, no photo update would be complete without more cute (and sometimes hilarious) photos of Marshall and Lily.



Marshall hiding under the couch.

It’s now that I realize that the past six months of my life seem to be vastly dominated by cats.

So that’s some of what we’ve been up to in the past half a year. A lot of work went into purchasing our first home- from navigating the endless paperwork to simply preparing for the move. During the process, we completed a number of DIY projects to get the coop ready, from painting rooms and tearing up carpet to reupholstering furniture. We scored a number of great finds from yard sales and such, and really revamped some older finds by painting or refinishing some old pieces. Our home is still a work in process-  a whole room needs to be resolved and I have some more painting ideas, (like a victorian inspired tree and bird mural near the front door) but I’m hoping to post some photos of where we’re at so far, soon.

Of course, the fall season would not be complete without a day of apple picking (and I don’t mean stealing iPhones). The panoramic photo below is from Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs, NY.

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For those in New England, cheers to the brisk, cool air and colored trees, fall wardrobes  and spiced cider. For those in warmer climates- be thankful you don’t have the impending chore of shoveling snow.

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BONUS photos below!

Random assortment of photos that have been lingering on my camera memory card and subsequently Lightroom for quite awhile. . . barely seeing the light of day until now!


Of Lately

There’s a recent photo of mine that I’d like to paint on a VERY large canvas.


… and then they’re these two cuddle-bugs



… and there’s a blogging idea I’ve been tossing around for awhile. One that would feature a thrifted outfit, ideally one per week.


I would give tips on how and where to search for cool or vintage pieces, and how to mix and match the old with the new.

And that’s of lately.

The Lost Photos

A collage of recent photos that I’ve been meaning to post for awhile now…

1. Painting replica I did of Van Gogh’s still life of a chair.  I love studying his use of colors- especially love his use of blue for shadows. They vibrate against one another.

2. Marshall blending in on throw blanket.

3. Lilly sitting like a person on her favorite chair. Only cat I know who loves using the arm rest.

4. Homemade ice tea with mint. Inexpensive and refreshing. Brew 6 bags of tea (I used decaf. reg) add 3 spoonfuls or sugar (pending on sweetness), fill cold water to top of container,  add a few squirts of bottled or fresh lemon juice to taste. Add fresh mint to cooled tea, but be careful not to drink the leaves- can be hard to digest.

4.5.  Photo of statue/lights in Cambridge Common.

5. Ink/marker poster I did for Will for his Birthday a few years ago. Forgot about it until now. Based poster off illustration from one of his comic books, so despite it being hand made, it’s not orginal.

1. Robert Marc prescription eye glasses Will bought me for Christmas. Best present ever. It was really hard to find that perfect pair of glasses, and it’s of course really nice to be able to read street signs now.  The girl who helped me at Robert Marc even sent a note- talk about customer service.

2.  The MOST expensive thing I ever bought- a leather/wool Nicole Miller pea coat of sorts. It was love at first sight and discounted at TjMaxx, but still cost me an arm and a leg- or rather a gift card + some Christmas cash.

3.  Glittering fresh snow.

4. Sledding at the park.

5. Sledding through fresh, fluffy snow = snow up the pants… and everywhere else.

6. Bedroom light and evening view from window post blizzard.

7.  Rearranged bedroom so that our heads are further from the incessantly CLUNKING radiator at night.

What I’ve been Up To…

Since it’s obviously not blogging.

1. I discovered the most wonderful, relatively healthy sandwich. Roasted zucchini (with salt/pepper/garlic powder) with Provolone cheese on a baguette.

2.  Being on the 4th floor has advantages after all, like being at ‘upper tree height’ and having your window blocked solid with orange leaves.

3. Handmade stockings for the holidays, personalized with ‘monogrammed’ felt lettering and hand beading.

4. Wreath, $6.99 at the grocery store. Small roses, $2, dried and adorned. Silk ribbon is handmade.

5. First time cooking a turkey, and first time cooking the gibblets IN the turkey. Oops.

6.  Turkey coma. The Kitties have been eating left over turkey for days.

7. A family set of stocking’s for my brother, made almost entirely of silk

8. Lilly get’s chilly and hangs out in the lamp for warmth. She doesn’t like to share.

I’ve also started an ‘inspiration board’ filled with things I cut out and collected to reference for ideas.

Yes, that little boy on the bottom left hand corner is indeed Will.

Get inspired, Happy Holidays!