a winter bird

I carved this little bird out the other night during the snow storm.

I drew the outline freehand and then set to carving. I bought a few rubber blocks from Pearl Paint on Canal Street and practice my carving skills whenever I have a moment.

Winter Bird

To make this I used: Speedball carving tools and Speedball Blockprinting Ink in Black + Speedball Rubber Block.

All products were bought at Pearl Paint, but you can also get them at your local Michaels Arts and Crafts or AC Moore.

Lily loved watching me carve this and thought it was such fun that in the end there was a little bird on paper. Ah the joy of creating!!!

I can’t wait to put a stack of cards with this little guy in someone’s gift bag this season.

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Book

I made this with some scrap paper I had laying around.

These little books will be tucked into gifts for friends and family and teachers this year.

Cover of book
Pages and a little pocket.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of my little books?

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Water from above

I love NYC. I love NYC. and I love NYC.

Not just ‘heart” NYC. I love it. I love everything about New York City.

I love the secrets, the noise, the dirt, the gross stuff, the art stuff, the food, the opportunities and all the many many surprises that are everywhere!

I worked as a Concierge at a fab boutique hotel in Soho for about 3.5 yrs. I loved that job and I hated that job. I met , fun people, celebrity people and people who do great things. The hotel was not a tourist type of place. You either knew about it  or you didn’t. There was no advertising, no sign, nada.

It was great!!! I had some of my best times in that place. Maybe one of these posts will be me dishing all the dirt.

Anyway, when I moved to NYC in 2001, it was during the towers crashing down. I remember looking up all the time and seeing ash, smoke and fire. It lingered for months. The action of always looking up while walking through the streets became sort of a habit. You could see the smoke from the towers from every place in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I got my directional bearings based on the smoke. It was an overwhelming experience…but again, that story is for another post.

While  trying to find my directional bearings by looking up, I found nice surprise in the streets of Manhattan. Water Towers. Yep! They’re everywhere. It’s amazing!

I have decided to do a photo series about them. So here is just a sampling.

I am really hoping to post more Water Tower pics soon. It really is such fun once you discover them. Lily, Matt and I love looking for water towers in NYC.

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Dance advent calendar

Ok so I am three days late but whatever!

I decided to do a dance advent calendar to keep the dance alive up in here. Everyday for the next 23 days I will be posting on dance related activity for you and your loved ones to do. Lily and I dance around all the time and lately we have been putting off our dancing duties for more mundane things like, cleaning or laundry folding. So this is for Lily and me and matt and Jonesie(our dog).

Here is my DANCE advent calendar  to help  me, get my dance mojo back.

Day 3 of the season: Clear out the coffee table from your living room and turn on some kickin music (loud) and dance for 3 mins straight. This works best when no one is looking so your dance diva self can rock it!

go get yer dance on people!

Are you going to do it?? Come on do it and post me vids or pics about it.

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cuz i am Superwoman, yes i am, yes i am…

I made it through the week without ONE..not one single meltdown!

here was my week:

Monday: Woke up with back spasm.

I went to Target..for my daily meditation…and had a full cart of things I sort of needed. As I was headed to the checkout, the always punctual ,”i gotta go potty NAAAAAO” was requested by my four year old wonder. So of course I stop in my tracks for feear of public pee pee embarrasement and head..no no no sprint to the bathroom at Target.

I leave my fully stocked cart outside the bathroom.

I could not get the family restroom, but fortunately, as you will soo see, I did score the spacious handicap bathrom.

Lily poops and then says, “i don’t feel good mommy”.

Me, being the kind and caring mommy that I am, squat right in front of her to kiss her and say, “it’s OK honey, we’re going home after you potty”.

Without warning, my four year old wonder projectile vomits all over me. Oh, she had a red slushy that day. (only her third slushy ever, i do not condone slushy’s but she was soo good all day and I had promised her one)

I was covered in red throwup of course. she then continues throwing up all over the wall, the toilet, floor. the red looked like a crime scene. thank goodness for the spacious handicap stall.

After it was all over, Lily said, ” I feel much better mommy”. Yea really??

We ran out the door to the safety of our car and headed home straight to the shower.

that was my Monday!

Did I lose it? Nope, I was superwoman!

Tuesday: I had a coffee date with my friend at the swanky Richard Gere restaurant Bedford Post and it gave me enough inspiration for the rest of the day. Lily and I went to Muscoot and watched  “Rob” the Pig loose his tooth because he got his mouth stuck in the fence. That was traumatic.

Oh yea I also got peed on by Lily and Matt had a stressful day.

Oh and I “just said NO”. It felt good.

Did I lose it? Nope, I was superwoman!

Wednesday: Had a crappy day because I was tired of cleaning everyday just so I could be like Martha and decided that i am not Martha Stewart and never will be.

I ate Tacos with great people and sang christmas songs. I can still hit those Soprano 1 notes…yeehaw!

Lily had a meltdown at the end of the evening and Matt came to my rescue!

Did I lose it? Nope, I was superwoman!

Thursday: Awoke to my 85 lb St. Bernard puppy stepping on my face. Not a good way to wake up.

Got a quicky massage from a friend, did a quick cleaning of the downstairs and did the groceries in 30 mins (amazeballs) and made a fab lunch. Had a friend over for lunch, played dollies with Lily, spent the afternoon with friends of Lily and played with her and then came home, had pancakes with Matt and Lily and put Lily to bed and now am enjoying a well deserved glass of wine.

I did all this all week without losing my cool. Mom’s of the world Holla if ya hear me!!! Hootie hoo!!!!!

Pretty superwomanish if you ask me.

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Advent Calendar

Here is my DIY project for the week.

I made an advent calendar for Lily this year. I’m going to make 2 more for my god kiddos.

It was quite fun and surprisingly I didn’t lose interest. My love for craftyness has been growing leaps and bounds lately. I am afraid it’s caused by  boredom or maybe just the need to create. I am voting for the latter.

Anyway, I’m happy with the results. Lily loves it and has already started to stuff it with goodies.

I was inspired to make this one by the Pottery Barn Kids calendar. I tried to cut out intricate shapes and things of that sort, but alas…my crooked numbers coated with love will have to do!

 

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new find

It was birthday last week. I had a wonderful day that started with lots of sweet drooly kisses from Matt and Lily and doggie Jonah.

An indulgent breakfast at a fancy place and then some fun adventures with the fam.

On my adventures I came across this antique metal press.

I can’t wait to get this on some of the books I am making.

My ink was low and I was so excited and in such a hurry to brag about my find.

I’m sure with a little bit o work this little press will print real nice.

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ullu; owl

Matt made this great sketch of a cute little Owl. So I decided to carve my own stamps and make something.

Here he is.

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my first carving.

The end result.

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tada! I have some work to do on the nose.

 

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I am hoping to do some printing with his mug all over. Maybe I’ll start on some cards today.

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fall-ing

I love Fall.

Growing up in Florida, I had two seasons. Super hot and hot.

So when I moved to NY 8 yrs ago. I fell in love with the changing of the seasons.

Fall being my fav.

Since I can’t express what i feel in words, here are a few pics of me falling love with the season.

 

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running errands...this is what I was surrounded by.

 

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nothing's softer than a pile of leaves.
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my haunted house!
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princess come out in the Fall.
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Dog's can swim in the water bodies after labor day!

oh i could go on.

i’ll save it for another post.

 

 

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a man and his dog.

I have captured some amazing moments of Matt with Lily. I love my subjects and each photo speaks expressively about Matt and Lily and the two of them together.

Now I can add a third subject for my lens to capture.

Jonah eagerly waiting for Matt.

 

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a man and his dog

 

 

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