cherchez la femme

one more reason

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on September 19, 2011

to visit my london friends

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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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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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roast a veg!

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on July 17, 2011

We visited my sister-in-law and her family a few weeks ago in Princeton NJ.  It was a great weekend away from the late-June heat of Manhattan and, as always we had the best time hanging out with our nephew and his beautiful little sister, whom I got to meet for the first time.

Joseph and Nora share a CSA basket with some friends of theirs, and  our second or third day with them, the veggies arrived in all their glory. While little August began to demonstrate how many vegetables he can call by name (he’s due to surpass me in intelligence by the time he’s 8.) Nora started chopping things up.  Part of the excitement and challenge of having random veggies every week, she told me, is figuring out new ways to integrate them into the meals she prepares…. and this particular night, we were fortunate enough to watch her use them all.

“Roast a veg!” is the exact term.  Nora learned it from a friend of hers back in Cambridge, England… and aside from having quite the catchy name  (you might find that, like me, you’ll get the urge to roast a veg just so you can say you’re roasting a veg)  it’s so easy and so delicious and so good as leftovers the next day that, like me, you’ll probably become addicted.

Here’s how to roast a veg:

1. Buy a bunch of veg (zucchini, brussel sprouts, carrots, peppers, onions, shallots, potatoes, green beans… you name the veg…)

2. Chop it all up, toss it in olive oil and salt, don’t forget a generous serving of coarsely chopped garlic.

3. Roast it! Go for heat and go for time: the roastier the veg, the better.  You’re checking the 450 degree oven for crispy, caramalized, half-their-original-size veggies, an impossible-to-clean roasting dish, and probably-no-leftovers-because-its-just-that-good.

ready to roast!

Seriously, this is the simplest thing in the world, but it’s made such delicious summer meals for us in the past few weeks… as a side, or stirred it into some couscous or quinoa for a complete meal, I just can’t help being this excited about it. I would like to note that it’s highly recommended — if you have no A.C. and your kitchen is your entry way is your living room  is your apartment and your oven acts like a furnace bumping up the temperature in the entire place by 20 degrees — that you head up to your rooftop and have a cocktail or two while it cooks. Gotta get creative with enduring the summer heat.

forgot to photograph before we served ourselves & so excited to eat all the shots are blurry. eh.

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easter sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on April 24, 2011

For I,  I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

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imogene cunningham

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on April 12, 2011

I was struck the other day by this photograph, taken by American photographer Imogene Cunningham (1883-1976).

The word sinuous had come up for me in several different contexts last week. I had a vague idea of what it meant but still found it very intriguing.  I suppose this photo is now attached to the word in my mind.

Cunningham began her career circa 1906, a twenty-year old paying her way through college by photographing plants for the botany department at the University of Washington.

When she later focused her work on portraiture, it feels like she approached her human subjects in the same way she looked at plants and flowers:  gentle curves and organic lines, living and breathing in shadows and light.


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