Friday, November 26, 2010

Post Thanksgiving

We had a great Thanksgiving here in Texas. The rain held out long enough for us to do our family tradition of grilling fajitas. They were so good. Since then we have been staying busy. We saw the new Harry Potter film at our favorite Alamo Drafthouse last night, and today we day-tripped out to Fredricksburg, Texas. We had a great German lunch before touring around the Main Street shops.

Tomorrow our plans are still unset, however, Georgia Tech will be playing Georgia, so whether we watch the game or not we will be cheering for our Yellow Jackets. So in an effort to spread some GT cheer I thought I would share the song that we sing at the end of the 3rd quarter. Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

I'm sad my sister wasn't able to join us for Thanksgiving this year, but I anticipate we will still share in the joy of the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade together even though we won't be watching it from the same living room.

Here are the top five things I look forward to seeing during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
1- The Rockettes... I always wanted to be a Rockette when I was younger
2- Some of the "Talent" hopefully lip syncing
3- The Smurf balloon...when did the Smurf's become popular again?
4- A possible runaway balloon... a girl can dream
5- Santa... I love seeing his float every year; it's always gorgeous

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2 nights and 1 day

... until Thanksgiving is here. I am excited to start the holidays. For some reason, it seems like the momentum around the holidays has been gradually building and now the holidays are finally here. Although, with temperatures in the 80's here I still don't feel completely prepared for it to be Thanksgiving.

Tonight we are having dinner with some friends before they leave to celebrate Thanksgiving in Georgia. Then Ryno's brother should be arriving to Austin late tonight or tomorrow morning. Lots of holiday excitement!

I'll give a recap later of all the happenings we have tonight.

Monday, November 22, 2010

East Austin Studio Tours

Ryno and I had a full weekend of activities. Saturday he and Elton went to visit a friend and brew beer while I went to the Austin Craft Riot as well as the East Austin Studio tours with a co-worker. I had a great time at the studio tours. We saw such a broad spectrum of amazing art, but my favorite part was actually seeing the artists' studios. Some of the studios were even in homes, which felt very intimate and personal in such a great way. I love seeing the spaces where people create.

Also, my parents arrived in town Saturday evening, so we went to Z Tejas near the Arboretum. The patio where we were seated had a large stone fireplace and the view overlooking the hill country was gorgeous. I wish I had taken some photos, but the sun had already set unfortunately.

The photo below is of a large metal tree we saw at our last studio stop. It was absolutely gorgeous. I want one just like it in my yard one day, so I can sit underneath it all the time.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Middle Distance Runner - Sea Wolf

While I was away last week, Ryno was sending me little notes through text. One of the notes included a few lines from the lyrics of Middle Distance Runner by Sea Wolf. I found them incredibly sweet and made me miss him even more. The funny thing about it was that I received his note just after hearing the song myself, so the timing couldn't have been more perfect.

I thought it would be a great song to welcome the weekend. I know I will be listening to it a lot this weekend, since it has become my current favorite. Also, I found this video on Vimeo. It belongs to Hard to Find a Friend and is part of their Backstage Sessions. I definitely recommend checking their videos out; they have some great performances in their collection that I will probably share in future posts.



Backstage Sessions : Sea Wolf - Middle Distance Runner from Hard to Find a Friend on Vimeo.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Traveling

So I am on the road this week, and as it turns out I may be unable to post every day. I am going to do my best of course, but fair warning that it will probably be a slow week on here.

As I promised last week I am planning to provide some holiday gift suggestions. I thought it would be fun to start with the gift that keeps giving. Martha Stewart's series of encyclopedias. I really love the sewing book, but she also has a great craft encyclopedia too. So even if you don't buy the book as a gift, both books have great ideas for gifts you can make for your friends.

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing

and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, 

Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, 

and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects

from A to Z[Hardcover]

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bar 96

Last night we went to Bar 96 on the east side of downtown to watch the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech football game. We went with a group of friends and had a great time munching on Mexican food from a nearby taco truck and drinking some great 512 beer. It's definitely a great bar and the bartender was extremely accommodating to our larger party.

We have plans with the same friends to visit wine country this weekend. I'll fill you in on that Monday. Also to come next week the start of holiday gift ideas. Have a lovely fall weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Holidays

Halloween has passed and it is officially the holiday season; time to start gift shopping and planning family gatherings. Every year I seem to fall behind in purchasing holiday gifts. So I thought that if I dedicate some time here to finding and posting some items I feel could be great gifts to give it would help me be inspired to start my holiday shopping too. I thought a fun way to kick that off would be to start with a top five of the traditions I love the most during the holidays.

1. Hanging our stockings
My mom hand stitched each of our stockings, and when Ryno and I got married my mom, my sister and I all worked on hand-sewing his out of an extra pattern my mom had saved from the 70's. It is a perfect match even though it was made decades later!
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2. Game nights
Every year we choose a holiday puzzle and allow it to consume the kitchen table until it is finished, whether that be a few nights or a full week. Everyone sips hot chocolate and scours the table for the perfect puzzle piece.
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3. Merry Cajun Christmas Album
When we were younger we lived in Louisiana for a couple years, and while we were there my dad got a hold of a record and book combo called Merry Cajun Christmas. Every year he still plays the record, and I find myself flipping through the book too. It is a subtle, but great holiday tradition of ours.
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4. Topping the Christmas Tree
We have a vintage, Italian Christmas tree topper that we put on our tree every year. It is a beautiful glass Santa topper that goes on after all the ornaments have been placed on our tree. Early in our childhood my sister and I had to develop a system of trading off each year putting the topper on the tree, because it had become such a dispute. To this day we still take turns.
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5. Santa comes
When we were little my parents went all out during Christmas. One of the things I loved the most was that there were always ash footprints leading from the fireplace to the tree. I loved to check for them when I was little. I would place my feet next to the prints and imagine Santa being there. I never caught on they were the same size as my dad's shoes until much later.  PS- it was a close call between this and the neighborhood light competition, so I thought I would throw in some Christmas lights.
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Although I already listed my top five traditions with my family, I don't want to leave out Christmas with Ryno's family. This will be our second Christmas with his family, but what I loved about our first one was the one night his entire extended family gets together at his grandfather's home and exchanges gifts. I love how big and warm his family is, and it is great to all spend the evening together eating and laughing.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gifted Magazine from Creature Comforts

While I was going through my reader last night, I came across a post from Creature Comforts. They just released their Holiday Magazine & Gift Guide titled Gifted Magazine. It has a great article with one of my favorite artists, Anna Bond, from Rifle Paper Co. Also, the gift guide is truly inspirational for a girl that hasn't started her holiday shopping yet. I definitely recommend checking it out, there are some great DIY's too!

Gifted Magazine by Creature Comforts

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

This weekend Ryno and I signed up for the Sketchbook Project organized by Art House Co-op. It costs $25 to buy your sketchbook. Each book has a barcode, so you can track it as it goes on an exhibition tour to the above locations. I believe it also includes Washington, D.C and Winter Park, FL. You can find information about it at Art House Co-op. Anyone in the world can participate and once the tour is over the sketchbooks are placed in the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library.

I'm really excited to do this, because sketching has always been my weak point in the arts. Therefore, every time I have tried to discipline myself to sketch I usually get discouraged and give it up quickly. However, I think having a theme, a deadline and Ryno joining in on the fun I will be able to stay focused.

If you think you could enjoy this project I really recommend checking out the information on their website. I thought it was very inspirational to see the theme options and watch the CNN piece on a previous year's tour. Also, the deadline to apply has been extended to November 15th, so it's not too late to sign up. Enjoy!