Category: it’s personal.

NYC spring break!

poppy and miko at Seward Park

riding the Bryant Park carosel

@ two boots, grand central station

NYC is absolutely fabulous darling

gorgeous olives

sol le Witt

moma sculpture garden bertoia

attack squirrel!!!!!

neon!

row row row your boat

I hope so

quilt wall hanging @ la pain quotidien soho nyc

stanley whitney

a massive photo dump from our recent trip to NYC for poppy’s spring break! had tons of fun seeing old friends (aaron, nicole, mike, yufei, nick and danielle), shopping some (marimekko, abc carpet and home purl, polarn o. pyret, uniqlo, etc.), walking lots, going to the MOMA and boating on the pond in central park, eating entirely too much good food at all our favorite haunts (la pain quotidian, velselka, cafe katja, les halles, two boots pizza, and more!). arrived home safely yesterday, after a perfectly lovely 6 day stay.

poppy’s favorite part of the trip? her multiple visits to the very cool updated playground at union square park!

 

 

goals for 2012

it took me a couple days to formulate some plans.

quilting related:

-keep quilting.  quilt more and more as time allows.
-push myself, and stretch myself when it comes to quilting.  strive to keep trying new things, developing new ideas, and follow through with those ideas and finish those projects.
-work toward finding and developing my own personal quilting style.
-improve my machine quilting skills.  move beyond straight lines.

art/photo related:

-take more pictures.  via the slr and via the phone (instagram, etc.).  i.e., more photos by any means necessary.  photos of anything and everything, myself, poppy, peter, anything around me.  just get back into it.
-paint more.  acrylics, gouache, watercolor, whatever.
-take a painting class.
-draw more too, damnit.
-use what I learn in my fabric silkscreenng class to make fabric for art, clothing and quilting.  don’t end the class and not continue on with what was learned.  perhaps use this fabric to as above in the quilting section, enhance my personal quilting or fashion design vision, as it develops and continues to develop.

fashion related:

-try a little harder.  been in too much of a rut the past couple years.   have fallen into wearing “uniforms”.  so, i want to strive to try harder to express myself every day.  maybe even document it again, but can’t promise anything.
-keep making more of my own clothes.  use hand printed fabrics and marimekko stash to make some new dresses.

personal:

-read even more books.
-do some traveling.  preferably out of the country, or at the very least, go somewhere in the states where i/we have never been.
-make new friends.
-spend more time doing art with my daughter.
-eat even healthier.  cut back on the sweets.
-take a dance or yoga class.
-walk more.

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i’m well aware that the turn of a new year is an arbitrary date on which to set goals, as goals can be set and strived toward at any time or date throughout the year.  still, i like it…it’s a time to look back and reflect on the year gone past and formulate plans to make the year ahead as fruitful as possible.  never a bad thing.

happy new year!

this photo isn’t from NYE, but, close enough.  (it was from pete’s work Xmas party back on dec. 10th.)

i have been around, but busy.  i also got an iPad and that derailed my blogging big time…went into deep media digestion mode and created virtually nothing in a virtual sense.  pinterest and Flickr efforts excepted.

it was a crazy year, full of a tremendous amount of change.  good change (moving, poppy growing up and getting potty trained (!), and starting at a new preschool), and bad change (health problems, peter’s dad passing away, etc.).

but overall, the year ended on a good note, i would say.

-poppy’s new school is great.  very urban and forward-thinking, as well as kind of hip.  her head teacher has pink hair!  they even make a point to serve them healthy organic food and emphasize environmentalism, which is a nice touch.  she’s going 5 mornings a week and seems to love it.  yay!

-poppy’s school is about a mile away.  i usually walk back home after dropping her off, and walk back over to pick her up.  lately i’ve been taking the stroller with me to pick her up so i can walk us home too, so I get about a 3 mile walk in each school day.  hooray for exercise!  i need it, as it’s been a non stop sweets and candy fest around here since Halloween…(maybe you can relate???)

-while poppy is at school, i usually head home to sew.  i’ve been getting into quilting, big time.  i made my parents a large quilt for Xmas, and also finished one baby quilt (for my newest niece marabel, born mid-dec), as well as a full size red and white zig zag quilt, which now resides on our bed.  i’ve also finished multitudinous quilt tops in the past little while and have more ideas and quilts in the queue.

-on a quilt related note, i joined the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild in dec and met a fabulous group of ladies there…including one famous quilter, jacquie, who lives in my building.  she and i have even gotten together a couple times since at her place to chat and sew.  she’s amazing.  so happy to make a friend here, especially one as nice as jacquie, and especially one who sews/quilts!

-i signed up for a fabric silk screening class, it starts next week, and runs for ten weeks.  so excited!

i’m off to do some sewing RIGHT NOW.  a perfect way to start the new year.  while i sew i plan to ponder my goals for 2012.  still formulating plans.  *smile*

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what have you been up to?  i’ve missed you.  🙂

putting things back together

plants and broken pictures

my desk in my studio

poppy's room, in progress

above my desk in my studio

we’ve been in our new place here in chicago for two weeks, tomorrow.

my mom came a few days after moving in to help out and take care of p while i set to work putting things in their places. having her here was amazing…i was able to get a lot done. without her here, the same work would have taken me months to complete. because 3 year olds need to be cared for, fed and entertained, you see… 🙂

there’s still a lot of work to be done, but little corners of the house feel settled and for now, that’s enough.

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every day i am surer of our decision to move to chicago. i have and always have had a lot on my mind, but my soul feels more at home and at rest here than i have anywhere in the last two to three years. i believe i’m allergic to suburbs. 🙂

i’m really loving how *close* our new place is to everything. how i can not bother using the car most days, and can just hop on a bus or train to get me where i want and need to go. or just use my feet. it just feels easy and right.

sweet home chicago

on the blue line

we’re here!

we arrived earlier this week, after a two and a half day road trip that took us through new york, new jersey, pennsylvania, ohio, indiana and illinois. sounds like a lot but it wasn’t bad at all, roughly a 13 hour drive (not attempted all at once, thank goodness!).

we started looking for a place on monday and found an amazing ultra modern apartment that same day, in the river west area, kind wedged between wicker park and the loop/river north. we move in late next week. it all happened faster than i had expected. i’m sure it will take a while to get settled. i’m used to it now. 🙂 will possibly post some photos when that eventually happens.

my soul already feels lighter, being back in a big(ger) city. the bustle and movement and diversity are energizing for me.

living in suburbs was difficult; and greenwich, ct is a very tough suburb to get into, no matter which way you slice it. i don’t miss it one iota.

she’s three!

3!

lick

poppy’s THIRD birthday was last friday (august 19th).

we can hardly believe it.

she is the awesomesauce.

favorite activities: reading, painting/drawing, digging in the sandbox, playing with duplos. avid collector of hello kitty stuffed toys. she’s basically a huge hello kitty fan all around. so cute.

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it’s been a crazy summer.

bittersweet news:

we’re moving to chicago next month. pete’s office here is closing, and they are moving everyone back to the chicago office.

i’m a little sad to be leaving (the) new york (area), but happy to leave greenwich (not my scene) and i’m kind of looking forward to going back to chicago. it’s a bigger, urban, vibrant city (compared to greenwich!) and i kind of know it already (having lived there 5-6 months in late 2009-2010).

trying to think positive. 🙂