Summer Snapshots

  Hello, hello, hello! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend! I've been getting behind in my blogging about all the wonderful adventures and (tedious) projects we've been working on this summer. This summer, like that blueberry pie, disappeared quickly. It never feels like we've made progress on our renovations, but when I list all the things off it sounds like we have. We have nearly wrapped up our bathroom renovation (YES!), fixed the guestroom that Read more ...

A Handmade Colorful Bathrobe (And My First Wearable Sewing Project!)

I think I've made it clear that I'm a fly-by-night kind of sewer. When my sewing expert best friend was living in Boston for a few months, I made it my mission to learn how to sew from patterns from her, and I already shared my first pattern project: a Drawstring Beach Bag, which has already been in use this summer! Today I am sharing my newest endeavor - a bathrobe! This friend of mine is AMAZING at sewing clothes. I knew I had to try to make at least one clothing item with her Read more ...

Three Renovation Years Later: Downstairs Before and After

It's CRAZY that we've been working on this house for over three years now! It only seems like yesterday that we got the keys to the house - and immediately tore out the built-in bench in the old sunroom, and starting ripping down the wallpaper in the dining room. Every few months, when certain projects get too overwhelming to even think about, I look back at the photos I took when we first bought the house and I realize just how much we've gotten done.   Yes, there's TONS left to do, but Read more ...

Fourth Anniversary: Unique “Fruit & Flower” Themed Gifts

This week my husband and I celebrate four years of marriage - woo-hoo! As I've posted about in the past, I'm here to share some creative ideas for anniversary gifts. This year the theme is fruit and flowers. Without further adieu, here are some creative gift ideas to celebrate your fourth anniversary: Wine Tasting Night Buggy Designs wine glasses | Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese board | Le Creusut wine opener Maybe you can't fly off to Tuscany, or Napa Valley, or even the Finger Read more ...

Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate

This past weekend we went to the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. The party was organized by Boston Swing Central. We went with friends and brought along our own picnic. If you haven't been to the Crane Estate yet, GO! Castle Hill on the 2,100 acre Crane Estate is located on Boston's North Shore in Ipswich, MA. The undulating, perfect hills, "Grande Allée", leading out to water are my favorite part. (Perhaps because that's where my husband proposed!) I've Read more ...

The Great Outdoor Messmakers

Lately our life is made up of dirt. Pants, shirts, shoes, gardening gloves, socks, you name it - it's covered in dirt. This month we seem to embody the motto "work hard, play hard" because if we aren't ankle deep in the yard, we're at the beach or a theme party, but never in-between. Like most people, we're angling to get as much outdoor work done before we have to worry about leaf clean-up and - don't say it - snow. Most of our free time has been outside finishing up the deck, weeding, mulching, Read more ...

Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton

I'm a bit of a cookie diva. My motto is homemade is always best, and it better be soft and chewy. Enter Tates, which is store-bought and crunchy. The opposite of what I love, yet insanely delicious. Tate's Bake Shop is a bakery in Southampton run by Kathleen King. They are famous for the cookies - ranked the best cookie by Consumer Reports (so you know it's true). The crispy cookies are excellent for dunking and can now be purchased in gourmet grocery stores. While my sister-in-law and I were Read more ...

Modern Quilters

via Design Houston - Modernism emerges in quilting world Is there such a thing as a hobby-crush? Because I have a hobby-crush on modern quilters. And as soon as I finish up my current sewing projects, I'm going to finally take a running leap into the quilting circle. I've made two t-shirt quilts, so I understand the basic concept of how to make a quilt. But I've always wanted to design and sew my own quilt. It's on my list of 101 things, and I have a whole Pinterest board dedicate to quilts Read more ...

Pucker Up: Lemon Ice Cream

On a trip down to the Cape earlier this summer I discovered a new AMAZING ice cream place. The Ice Cream Sandwich, in Sandwich, MA. (FYI: the perfect plate to stop when there's Sunday evening traffic due to the exodus of tourists crossing the bridge.) Ice Cream Sandwich is all homemade flavors and I tried the Lemon Mousse Shortcake - and oh-my-icecream - it was fantastic. I loved the creamy take on a citrus flavor, as lemon flavors usually come in tart sorbets or italian ice. I Read more ...

Love Vintage? Visit the Crompton Collective

Whenever I come across an awesome vintage / antique place to shop, part of me wants to shout about it from the rooftops, and the other part of me wants to keep it all to myself to keep the crowds away. Crompton Collective is "curated boutique marketplace" made up of 80+ stalls belonging to local artisans and curators of vintage goods. At Crompton you'll find everything from vintage clothes to awesome paper goods to handmade baby booties to chalk paint to antique collectibles. It's the perfect Read more ...