Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I must be dreaming...

...or perhaps I was in the middle of a nightmare.  When i got home from work last night, it was snowing, big wet, white snowflakes & I was not happy, to say the least.  I heard we were to expect a good 5 inches!!  OH NO!!!  We had the snow tires taken off the Jeep a week ago!  I suppose it was a blessing in disguise that Brad needed my Jeep today & that he needs new summer tires for his car because, that means, his snow tires are still in place.  So, it was just me, the Scion, & the snow this morning.

I was not happy to wake up to see this:

(Sorry about the poor quality... this was a rushed picture on the little point and shoot as I ran out the door to get to work)

Not only was it snow... IN APRIL... April 28th, to be exact!  It was wet & soooo heavy.  It took a good 5 minutes for me to clear the car off this morning (not including the time it took me to track down an ice scraper).  Now, remember how beautiful our hike was the other day?!?  I wore flip flops for the rest of the day after our return from the top of the mountain... not today!!!



Nope... somebody had to dig her boots out!  And to think I was days from packing my winter clothes away... Maybe I'll wait until June.  The south sounds more and more tempting everyday!!!  It was nice to see that it had only been raining in Massachussetts, so honestly, I had forgotten about the snow throughout the day (which is always a blessing when there's one less thing I have to stress about).

Now, my day wasn't all bad... and with the bad comes the good, right?  I mentioned how Brad needed the Jeep this morning?  That's because he was delivering my birthday present... TWO WEEKS EARLY!!! :-D  I came home from work to this:



Nothing like my old sheets from college hanging from the walls in the dining room... hmmm... what could it be?



It was even signed with lots of love!  Are you anxious to see what it is?!?  I know I was!!!


Isn't it stunning?!?  Brad and our friend, Jamie, made it with their own two (errr.. four?) hands!!!  I've wanted a hutch for years & was so close to getting one last year for my birthday, until we were forced to replace it with the Jeep... so, when Brad asked what I wanted, I did not hesitate to jump right on this request again!  If you haven't been to our apartment, you don't know that our cabinet space is slightly limitted (well, for our liking anyway), & you also don't know that all of our canned & boxed food sit on a bakers rack in the corner of the dining room area.  I hate it, seeing as the majority of our apartment is open... our kitchen, dining room, living room & office are all one big room.  I love the layout, I just hate that when I sit on the couch, those cans and boxes stare me in the face each and every day!  Well, not anymore!  The whole purpose of the hutch was to have that much more space for storage... and for all of that Bennington Pottery that I fear will get broken due to lack of a place to display it... now I have a safe home for all of it!  This hutch was designed entirely for me & I couldn't be happier with it!  Lots and lots of thank yous to Brad & Jamie!  I truly LOVE it!

Oh, and another favorite piece of it?!?


How many hutches have you seen with a wine rack in them?  So, after a fresh coat of country red paint & some antiquing, I can finally say buh bye bakers rack & HELLO hutch!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

bald mountain


Which direction will we go?!? 

Brad and I spent our morning hiking to Bald Mountain yesterday.  This was the trail head that I came across on our road for the first time, on Easter.  And to think we have lived on, ran, and walked this road sooooo many times for the past 3 years.  It was a beautiful hike!  Trails.com said it would take us 4 hours, however, either we did it really quickly, or they're wrong because we weren't gone for 3 hours (and that included some admiring time at the top).  The weather was somewhere between 65 and 70 degrees with a nice breeze.  It really was the perfect hiking weather!



This was the view Brad was admiring:


We made it to the top & decided to scope out a camp site (someday we'll come back and do the 10 mile hike to Glastenbury).  A stop, along the way to camp, would make it a much more enjoyable trip.  I think doing the hike in one day (unless we got up rediculously early), would be pushing it, but since this trail is a part of the Appalachian Trail, camping is allowed!  Who wants to go back packing?!?


Finding a spot wasn't very easy, as you can see all of the white rocks when you get to the peak.  Surprisingly, it is very sandy at the top, too!  I read that Vermont has 4 Bald Mountains... none of which are actually "bald" at the top.  This particular Bald Mountain, had forest fires back in the day, but has since been brought back to life.  It was beautiful.


(I wish I knew what happened to my pink Red Sox hat... My hair is not a fan of nature... hense, why I'm usually the one behind the camera).

etsy

It's that time... I was hesitant when starting this jewelry hobby, wondering if I would actually take it to the step of opening an etsy shop, but I know if it's something I want to do frequently, I need to be able to fund it somehow.  For those of you not familiar with http://www.etsy.com/, it's like ebay for homemade and vintage items.  You can find the most amazing items on there.  People are soooo crafty!  I could spend a fortune on that website!  I have had such a large outpour of requests since starting this hobby from bridesmaids gifts to Mother's Day gifts.  This is soooo much fun!!! :-)  So, here I am, at my next step... I need a name for my shop.  This is what I have come up with & I want your opinion.  Which one is your favorite?  Do you have any ideas of your own?


I have my favorite... what's yours?

Now, my most recent creations:

Damon got a name tag:


(Please don't pay attention to my attempt at a little security on the big bad world wide web)...



Feeling a little lucky?:

(With my Irish background, I find this one a little special).


And, finally, I made this one for a giveaway for Relay for Life.  I will also be selling them on my etsy shop with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.



I should be getting lowercase stamps in the mail this week, so I am super excited about that.

earth day

I have so much posting to catch up on, so don't be surprised if it becomes a little overwhelming... sorry in advance!

Brad and I decided, on Earth Day, we were going to spend every moment we could outside.  We were so blessed to be given a beautiful day to enjoy.

So, when we got home from work, Brad went fly fishing:


I enjoyed the opportunity of taking some outdoor pictures of him.  And we finished the night off with a walk with Damon up our road... only this time we were welcomed by a dog that wanted to show us the neighborhood.  With a nervous owner, having her pup wandering the road without a leash, we cut our walk short and returned the stranger home.



Aren't these flowers just beautiful?  They were a gift from my co-workers for Administrative Assistant Day.  I just love all of the green in the arrangement (the greener the plants, the less likely I'll be to kill them). :-) 
It was a nice touch on Earth Day & very thoughtful of my co-workers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

an announcement


This is Mike... Brad's best friend from high school.  They lived down the road from one another & spent many waking moments together.  Brad has ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS spoken so highly of Mike (even before the day Brad introduced me to him).  I knew he must be somebody very special for Brad to be so fond of him... and I must admit, Brad has always been a very good judge of character.  Over the years and miles, Mike is one of few people Brad has been able to stay in contact with from high school & I am so glad they do (even if they are a "bad" influence on each other when they get together). ;-)  Those boys are one of a kind... or two peas in a pod (whichever you prefer).

About two years ago we had the pleasure of meeting Carly over dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.  They were late... we were starving! :-)  But, we didn't let that ruin the evening!  We knew from the get-go, over conversations about pickles in a bag & the importance of wearing make-up to work (or lack-there-of), that Carly was the one for Mike.  When we left the restaraunt and Brad and I were in the car, we agreed that they were the perfect couple... I think the exact words were, "I hope they get married!"

And here we were, this weekend, in Pennsylvania, for their big announcement...


We couldn't be happier for them and we're so excited to be able to celebrate their special day with them!  They really are a beautiful couple!!!  And we're so excited to have been given the opportunity to find a new friend in Carly (have I mentioned that she's just FABULOUS??).


Now, if only that piggy bank would fill itself...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

FYI:

In case I don't tell you enough:


**believe**


One last one... This was my last blank (a new shipment was ordered last night)!  I thought I would make one with my favorite word.  It's the one word my mom used to say to me on a regular basis.  She would tell me, if I just believe, everything will be ok!  I try to remember that with everything I do!  And when I forget, I have little reminders placed throughout my house to help me remember... and now I can carry it with me everywhere I go!!!  I'm very excited about this one!

And to all of my family, I will be happy to make you anything your little heart desires once I get more supplies!  I'm actually really excited to make everyone a little something!  Be sure to send me any/all of your ideas if there's something in particular you're looking for!!! xoxo

Friday, April 9, 2010

**Love**


If you remember, a few weeks ago, Brad bought me a beautiful necklace that was stamped with "je t'aime."  I LOVE that necklace & have been really inspired by the hand stamped look of jewelry ever since.  I have been looking for a hobby for quite some time now (and since Bennington no longer sells fabric in their Walmart, I would have to commute an hour just to find a fabric store... so, needless to say, sewing is out of the question... for now).  So, I have taken up hand stamped jewelry!  It's pricey, but fun!  And, yes, selling them on Etsy has crossed my mind more than once to offset the cost!  Aunt Carol always told me that beads weren't cheap... now I understand completely!!!

I was ready to buy every piece of hand stamped jewelry that I came across... but, instead of spending all of my money on somebody else's creations, I figured I'd make them all myself.  It gives me an excuse to be creative! :-) 

Isn't it adorable?!?

Friday, April 2, 2010

ahhhh...



...it was out there all along!  Mother nature was just playing games with us!  We had the most beautiful weather today (the kind of weather that makes you enjoy Vermont for what it's worth).  And this was the first flower I have seen of the season.  Spring is my all time favorite season.  It's a moment I look forward to after a long, dreadful winter without enough sunlight... I love the sound of the birds chirping when the sun is rising just in time for me to leave for work in the morning... all of the colors that paint the landscape is enough to put a smile on anyone's face!  I could name a million reasons why spring beats any season for me, but most of all, it's because you know that you have a few warm months to look forward to before returning to that dreadful white stuff.  Now, since the stock market is closed on Good Friday, I had the luxury of enjoying a day off.  Brad and I decided to make the best of it by enjoying the great outdoors today!



We played for a little at the monument!  It really is one of Bennington's prized possessions that isn't utilized enough!  I think I could spend hours laying on a blanket, reading at the base of the monument (which could easily be how I spend my weekends this summer).



Brad and I did some geocaching, which we haven't done in a long time.  Now that there are new caches to be found, we went exploring.



Apparently, this still wasn't enough sunshine, so at the end of the day, right before the sun went down, we took Damon for a walk in the Hollow.


And he couldn't have been happier.  I love our quiet road.  Going for a walk was a great way to end the perfect day.  In case you didn't know, the Long Trail begins at the end of our road, yet surprisingly, I've never been on it, until tonight!



What a great spot to go camping (if it's even legal... something we'll have to look into).  In the meantime, Brad is counting down the days to fishing season (for those keeping track, it's 8).  However, if the rain keeps up, he won't be going anytime soon...



...however, white water rafting may be an option. ;-)