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November 27, 2012

NYC Trip, Pt 1

I've been meaning to post about my NYC birthday trip, but frankly, I just didn't feel like doing much of anything last week. And I decided there's just WAAAY too much stuff to fit into one post, so I'll cover just the first day of our trip in this post.

Long story short, we had an amazing time, but discovered 29 ain't 21, and I'm gettin' too old for this crap! Found out the hard way that I can't run around major cities for days on end with scant hours of sleep like I used to *sigh*. We got home on Sunday the 18th and worked Mon-Wed, so it seriously took through the end of the Thanksgiving week for us to fully recover!

There are a TON of photos, so I'm just gonna toss them up slide-show style with minimal comments :) Our first full day in the city was Thursday, and we covered Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza, MoMA, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Serendipity 3 (yum!)



Stayed with my college bestie and former roommate Meghan in Brooklyn (Carroll Garden). Woke up to this gorgeous view of the skyline every morning (nice to know there was at least one perk to walking up 4 flights of stairs to get to her apt every time, lol)
 

Took the train over to Manhattan and stopped at Rockefeller Plaza. Ate a tasty breakfast @Dean & Deluca. Their Chai Tea was the bomb...extra heavy on the Cardamom - just how I like it :)




Walked out of Dean & Deluca, and randomly stumbled into a Today Show segment featuring the Radio City Rockettes. There was literally NO ONE around, so we walked right up to the gate and watched them perform - couldn't believe our luck!





Ray was mesmerized by the 24/7 Apple store on 5th Avenue.



And also by The Plaza, since he LOVES Home Alone 1 and 2.


This was Ray's first trip to NYC, and hands down his favorite part was walking through Central Park (eating goldfish crackers)








Aforementioned Goldfish crackers. Skyscraper size.


Now this photo is really random, but we couldn't stop laughing over this sculpture and its disturbing morbidity. Ray and I kept making sarcastic remarks in a redneck voice "See this?! This is how we roll in America! We eagle talon your face!"




Me pretending to sit on the spikey anti-pigeon railing.


WALL OF MARIMEKKO (@Crate & Barrel)!!!


Mmm...delicious bolts...


Classic.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

My favorite piece in the museum. It was painted on a mirror, so it looked different from every angle. So awesome.



Times Square. Ray and I were most excited about the giant Hobbit billboard.


Now here's where things get really fun. Through a coincidental Etsy purchase, I ended up getting tickets to my favorite late night show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!!! Someone from the show bought some pillows from me a few weeks before our trip, and was kind enough to get enough tickets for me, Ray, and my two college friends Meghan and Dana to go! I was beside myself with happiness...couldn't believe how kind this person was to do this :)


It's a live audience so naturally they have to be really strict about phones and cameras in the studio, so unfortunately I don't have any photos, but it was a total blast! We went to the taping for Nov. 15th and Katie Holmes was the guest. The best part is that they did a musical skit that night (about Bob Seger), and Ray and I nearly peed ourselves we were laughing so hard! We watched the show later, and the live performance was SO much funnier! So appreciative that I got to have this experience :)

Everyone associated with the show was really nice (and hilarious), and I have an extra special fondness for Questlove now after seeing his lack of tolerance for two stupid groupies that were hitting on him with wild abandon before, during, and after the show. HI.LARIOUS.


After the show taping we hit up a Japanese restaurant where you grill your own food over a little coal pit (yum!), and then randomly decided to hit up Serendipity 3 for dessert at 11 pm. Apparently the wait here is usually 2-3 hours (and even worse during the holidays), but I guess going in the middle of the night has it's advantages because there was virtually no one there!

I got a sundae that included a giant piece of MILE HIGH CHOCOLATE CAKE SMOTHERED IN HOT FUDGE AND SUGARY GOODNESS!!! Yes, you heard me right. There was an entire piece of chocolate cake jammed in there. NOM NOM NOM....FATTY LIKES!

The sundae on the left belonged to Meghan. It was an entire piece of homemade apple pie paired with cinnamon ice cream and warm caramel. Delicious, but if these two were to arm wrestle for the title of World's Tastiest Sundae, chocolate would still win because it's, well, chocolate.

Ray got a frozen peanut butter hot chocolate. I told him he should stick a canine in each straw and pretend to drink it like a vampire. He just gave me his "you're a weirdo" face.


And that concludes our first day. Phew! I'm exhausted just writing about it!

November 14, 2012

Pouchie Presents :)



We're flying out this afternoon to New York, and I was up late last night frantically finishing these gifts for my friends Meghan and Dana (and I had to pack my suitcase after that because I'm a procrastinator, so I didn't get to bet until 1 am...blehhhhh). I've talked about them on here before - they're two of my college besties and I roomed with both of them at one point or another during my 4 years of undergrad. I lived in a sorority house, so it was pretty common to swap roommates every year...so long as our posse ended up in the same hallway, we didn't care which friend we actually ended up rooming with.

I'm about 99% sure neither one of them will actually look at my blog any time soon, so I think I'm safe posting these now without ruining the surprise :)  The Melody Miller Typerwriter pouch is for Dana, and the Modern Meadow Oak one is for Meghan.



Dana and I both love kitschy things, so I thought the Typewriter print would be perfect for her. And the lining I dug out couldn't be more perfect, because the text looks like it's from a typewriter! It's a Sweetwater print from their Sunkissed line.



And Meghan is as obsessed with Modern Meadow as I am, so this print was a no-brainer. It's the Majestic Oak print in Sunglow, and the lining is Herringbone in Maple. (is it sad that I've used so much Modern Meadow over the past few years that I was able to precisely recall the fabric names and colors without so much as a pause in typing? Nine times out of ten I have to google that stuff!)




November 13, 2012

Happy Things



Happy Thing #1 - Elf coffee holder. I made this for a special friend who shares my affinity for Elf culture :)  Buddy's hat is made from felt, and the text is a mixture of applique and free motion quilting.

Happy Thing #2 - I got a new sewing machine!!!! And it's awesome! And I got it for a total steal!!! My beloved mother-in-law has a bit of an eBay addiction, and she bid on a couple different machines and ended up winning them all...LOL! So when I was at her house the other day, I started playing around with the Pfaff (which she'd planned on returning) and fell in love. Sooooo we're buying it from her as my Christmas present - have I ever told you all how much I love my hubby? And how I *heart* him for supporting my sewing dreams?



The thing looks & runs like new, and the seller had it serviced right before she listed it (she included the service slip in the box). It's a Pfaff Creative 2140, and it kicks my rinky-dink old machine's butt.

Watch out, the yellow ones don't stop!

Happy Thing #3 - Ray and I are flying to New York City for my birthday tomorrow night! My birthday isn't until Friday, but we added a few days to our trip so we could spend time with two of my best friends from college. I'm SO excited that I've been singing the Peaches & Herb song "Reunited" in my head for WEEKS because I haven't seen either one of them in several years. "Reunited and it feeeels so go-ooooood..." 


And the best part is that through a roundabout Etsy connection, we got tickets to for the 4 of us to see Late Night with Jimmy Fallon live at the Rockefeller Plaza! YAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

I hope to have lots and lots of fun photos to share when we get back :)

November 12, 2012

Simply Color Winner!

Eep! Sorry I forgot to announce the winner on Saturday! I pulled a number, but with all the pre-birthday celebrating and prepping for our trip to NYC (more on that later!), it slipped my mind. So without further ado...



Comment #28 - Bea Gargia
"Love the colors!! Thanks for the chance to win..."



Congrats to the winner (I've already emailed her), and thanks to everyone for participating. I hope to have another REALLY good bundle giveaway soon that I think you guys will be excited about ;)

November 8, 2012

Catching Up


I'm catching up on my Dessert of the Month stitching (as of two weeks ago I'd only done through April)....


...while Sir Whiskers has been catching up on the neighborhood gossip. This is what he spends a good portion of his day doing, now that he has access to windows due to our recent furniture rearrangement. He stares out at the street and barks constantly at whatever's there...dogs, cats, my 90 year old neighbor on her riding lawnmower in a floral muumuu, the garbage man, squirrels, rustling leaves....*sigh*. Not to mention there's a perma-smudge on the window where his doggie snout rubs from all the heavy breathing of his outrage.

All he needs is a pea green rotary dial phone, a bathrobe, and some curlers in his hair and he's officially a 1960's housewife. Betty Draper, eat your heart out.

"Well pinfeathers & gollyfluff! This Crate & Barrel sofa was obviously purchased for me to ruin. What better to spy on you with grandma than an expensive down-filled cushion *mash mash* And after I have this good and tenderized, I shall nest on top of it for a long puppy snooze. Barking in indignation at everyone like Bill O'Reilly really wears a dog out."

November 7, 2012

Simply Color Giveaway!


My friend (and sponsor) Caitlin over at I Don't Do Dishes just got Vanessa Christenson's new Simply Color line in her shop, and she's been gracious enough to offer a 1/2 yard bundle to one of my lucky readers! The winner will receive 1/2 yard cut of each of the lovely green prints shown above.

She's also offering for a limited time Free US Shipping on all Simply Color fabrics and LOW discounted International rates (end date is TBD). No coupon code is necessary because she already has everything set up and ready to go :)

Also, if you purchase 8 yards or more, you'll receive an additional free yard of fabric (huzzah!). To get your free yard, you can either complete your purchase (including the yard you'd like for free) and Caitlin will send you a refund for it, or you can simply leave her a note at checkout naming your free yard choice. 

(and don't forget she just got in Lotta Jansdotter's Bella a few weeks ago, so you might want to slip some of that in your basket when the hubby's not looking)

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY for the Simply Color bundle, simply leave a comment! Any ol' comment will work, but links to your favorite fall Pinterest recipes or compliments for Sir Whiskers are always appreciated *wink*

The giveaway will close at Midnight on Friday, Nov. 9th, and I will draw a winner courtesy of Mr. Random Number Generator on Saturday morning (11/10).

Good luck! :)
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