Well hey you guys. Look what I cooked up over the weekend. No, not another burger. A new look. What do you think? Let me know if anything looks wonky and I’ll get to fixing it. There will be some more tweaks in the coming days, so just hang with me while I get this new space all nice and comfy for ya.
A special welcome to any new faces that I met on Monday night at the Boston Bloggers meet-and-greet. I prefer to call this my “girls’ night out,” but there were actually a few fellas in the crowd at Scampo at the Liberty Hotel. Note to self, plan a special dinner here.
Emily (above) from The Great Wide Open and I are coworkers, so we went to the meet-up together. But get this, even though we work within 100 vertical yards of one another, we really only met because of our blogs. That’s the silly, crazy blogosphere for you. Be sure to check in on Emily’s blog this week… she sat down with Kenneth Jay Lane last week. I know, right?
One more item to check out. Kristyn Ulanday and Max Esposito are two BU grads who are making a name for themselves. And that name is Full Frame America. We hit up the premiere of their first documentary, The Druid City, over the weekend. It’s the story of T-town (Tuscaloosa, for all those non-Alabamians) rebuilding after a massive tornado moved through a couple years ago.
Since part of the film’s focus is about the Crimson Tide, Max & Kristyn commissioned me to make two crimson elephant business card holders for the event. They looked pretty snazzy amongst all their photos. If you want to check out the film and you’re in the Boston area, make arrangements to be at the Boston International Film Festival this April. The Druid City just got accepted.
And speaking of elephants, check out this prototype I’m making for the Etsy shop. What do you think? An elephant pencil holder. Pretty great, huh? Still working on the kinks, but I have a feeling these guys will fly off the shelves.
If you live in Boston, or you’ve visited, you know that it’s a city of many neighborhoods. And though I’ve lived in the area for almost seven years, I fell like I have hardly glimpsed some neighborhoods—Charlestown is one of those. So the other night, David and I had dinner there and took a brisk, both cold and speedy, walk around “the town.” Some of the photos are a bit grainy, but I don’t even mind.
Now, if you’ve never been to Boston, the Freedom Trail is the red line of bricks that winds through the city all the way to Charlestown, giving you the opportunity to see the city and 16 historic sites along the way. It begins in Boston Common and ends here, at the Bunker Hill Monument.
Perhaps my favorite part of our stroll was looking back on the city. When you’re in it every day, you forget what a beautiful skyline you are actually sitting in, working, being a part of it daily.
I’m excited to go back to Charlestown in the spring when it’s a little warmer. It also made me want to explore other neighborhoods. Who’s with me?
The other evening I took the night off from making Toyidermy to take a quick stroll around Boston. I wanted to get caught up in the holiday spirit, and that’s just what I did. The city can be a magical place during the holidays—I’ve got photos to prove it. Just take a look.
I love these reindeer. I may have to go back and get one. But enough about me. Check out the lights.
This is one of my favorite houses in our neighborhood and it’s even better during the holidays.
The holidays can be so hectic, it’s nice to stop and enjoy them once and a while. I suggest you and yours do the same. Happy Holidays!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Toyidermy workshop—from a custom order of 46 miniature dinosaur place card holders, to a record amount of metallic zebras being shipped worldwide. Yes. Toyidermy has gone global.
More updates to the shop are coming this week, like some extra shiny dinosaurs and candy-colored rhinos.
Remember when I went to SOWA a few weeks ago and picked up something from the vintage market? Well, this is it. A lil retro metal fan. I promise I took some before photos of this guy, but I cannot seem to find them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you the base was a rustic light green color. Well, most of it was. The other parts of it were bare metal that was starting to get a little rusty.
So, I grabbed a can of spray paint, and voila. I was originally going to use a golden yellow, but I thought the metallic gold really classed it up a bit. A $20 retro fan given new life. Thanks SOWA Vintage Market!
So often I hear friends talking about how they don’t take advantage of where they live. Be it New York, Florida or right here in Boston. Lately, I’ve been feeling the same way between work obligations, trips away from the city and just plain being busy. But recently Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I made time to enjoy what’s steps from our front door—Boston’s Emerald Necklace.
The Emerald Necklace is a series of parks that winds through the city and is just lovely most any season of the year. Filled with walking paths, water features, bridges and open space, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day, or week, at the office.
We were in “The Riverway” park which is accessible by the Green “D” Line from the “Longwood” stop. It’s a quiet place that’s great for families, dogs and joggers alike.
The day we were there it was also a great place for ducks. And geese. Apparently the park’s designer, Frederick Olmsted, designed each park as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle not only for people but for birds too.
Olmsted believed strongly in democracy and thought that parks could be a meeting grounds for people of all classes and backgrounds. And, ya know, I think I agree with him. The Emerald Necklace boasts much beauty throughout the city. Perhaps we’ll find time to explore another park this weekend. And I suggest you do the same.
This past weekend, Labor Day Sunday, I took another trip to Boston’s South End to check out some more of the goodness that is SOWA. My friend, Jill, and I had been planning an outing for some time and we picked the perfect Sunday to go.
We started by checking out some local artisans including Fiber & Water. Their designs were great their product value unbeatable—one print, with matte and frame for $35, or 2 for $60. Love it. They do custom orders too, so be sure to check out their burlap prints.
We spotted one of our coworkers showing off his fantastic prints at Upside Down Grin and after a quick chat we were back to hunting down some girlie things, like great jewels from Camla. Her designs were light, natural and ethereal. Definitely everyday wears.
Then, we spotted these great wool-felted bags from Sarah Kingsley Designs. In a way, they were a bit nostalgic of the woven purses I carried in middle and high school. But, the bright colors and bold combinations brought me right back to 2012.
Finally, we headed indoors where Jill and I both snagged some vintage goods at delicious prices. (more on that soon, promise) and speaking of delicious, a trip to SOWA, just wouldn’t be complete without swinging through the fresh, local food stands. This may have been my last trip of the season (a busy fall coming up), so I’m thrilled we made a point to go. There’s always new sellers to check out, so it’s a great way to start any Sunday in Boston.
As I may have mentioned before, I work at an incredible ad agency here in Boston. And sometimes, we get kinda crazy busy. That leaves me writing 8+ hours a day and not too much time to write here for you, dear readers. Other times, we get kinda crazy in general. And that’s just what we did a few weeks ago in Boston Harbor on The Spirit of Boston.
So, while we work hard Mondays through Fridays (and sometimes through the weekend), we also party hard a few times a year. Namely for our summer party and holiday get-together, but also on random Thursdays, Fridays, snow days and pretty much any other day in between.
It’s not all Mad Men-esque, but I know some of my friends and family think it might be. But, as evidenced from these few photos, it’s clearly more Mad Woman than Mad Men, right? Speaking of photos, a huge shout-out goes to Nick Minieri for these and other great shots. He’s a DJ, designer, blogger, photographer and all around great guy.
And that’s our fair city during a summer sunset. Quite lovely, indeed. Keep up your 9-5 grind and I’ll do the same. Until next time, Boston.
On Sunday, the Mr. and I were lucky enough to spend a day soaking up some sun and fun with our family. We lounged on the beach, dug in the sand with our nephews and hunted for crabs when the tide went out. All while managing to only get a little sunburnt–no small task for our Irish-blooded selves. Here’s our take on the beautiful coast of Mattapoisett.
Summer is speeding right on by. How have you been enjoying the dog days?