cherchez la femme

salt cellar and rye

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 23, 2011

Our friends, Nick and Brenna, are traveling this year, partaking in long, drawn out meals with good people around the United States and the world, and blogging about it.

Nick recently wrote about Sam’s punch we all enjoyed when they were visiting us in Paris… I love what he said and I love how he said it.  Thanks, Nick.

(full post here)

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baby

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 23, 2011

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon photographing my dear friend Laina’s niece, who happens to be the sweetest little peach in the world.  She is one week old.

  

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nantucket rope

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 14, 2011

I was sewing a few weeks ago and began suffering from the same headache I always get after bending over at my sewing machine for too long (posture, people, it’s harder than you think!).  I took a break, and being the unable-to-actually-stop-when-I-take-a-break kind of person that I am, I  started figeting with some scraps of fabric and within minutes, I had something I could I wear around my wrist.

(oh, you say, such resourcefulness!… if only you knew how the fabric originated from the bulk fabric section at ikea 3 years ago, hung for a year as curtains in our sunroom in Chicago, served as moving pads twice (Chicago-Nashville then Nashville-Minneapolis), then was used to make christmas ornaments, a pillow case and two quilts… resourcefulness? my middle name. And yes, in this process, the means derives far, far more pleasure for me than the end.)

But back to the bracelet… as it turns out, I was making my own little make-shift version of a classic Nantucket rope bracelet.

(You know, roughly.)

Who knew??

Available for $10 at jcrew, or $12 at  ralph lauren, or for free in my sewingroomlivingroomkitchencausethey’reallthesameroom-room. (ah, the buzz I get from living in new york.)

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boids, boids!

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 14, 2011

Now I know the whole bird thing isn’t new … I first started liking bird decals a few years ago, followed by an obsession with owls, and then a little thing for crows, creepy as they may be.  But these days, I’m really into pelicans.

 

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girl crew

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 12, 2011

I never wanted to be a skater… and I still don’t.  But how cool are these girls?

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quilt x2

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 12, 2011

A year and a half ago, I made my first quilt for my first nephew…  This spring, with the addition of my new little niece, Esme, it came time to make quilt number two.  The design for this one was a little less ambitious, although I actually spent much longer perfecting it.  I used some old fabrics my grandma let me sample from her vast collection a few years ago — the royal blue is one of my favorites and reminds me of Esme’s blue eyes.

post-sewing, pre-quilting

working at the kitchen table… with a pretty nice view

before finishing the border

the quilt, where it belongs!
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