2010 Review

December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

I have left the apartment only three times in my week away from work.  The main reason is that I can barely tear myself away from Brutus.  But the other reason is that I am exhausted.  Flat out tired.  I’ve always been pretty hard on myself and I’ve been feeling really guilty about not wanting to do anything for the last seven days.  So I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the year and remind myself how busy I’ve been.  You know, just to be sure that I’m not just being disgustingly lazy.

I give you a heavily edited pictorial review of my 2010:

I finished my first pair of hand knit socks.

I pulled somewhere around 20 shows this year. Including two Fiddlers.

I got a beautiful bouquet from some awesome guy on Valentines Day.

We spent an incredible week in Japan.

And as you know by now ...

Cesar proposed!

We both made some art ...

For ABC No Rio's Ides of March Show

I worked on a short film.

We took in theBaltimore aquarium.

And braved the line to see Shepad Fairey's show at Deitch Projects: the gallery's final exhibition.

I folded hundreds of paper flowers.

Worked on a second short film.

Took in some street art.

Saw some hidden things.

Searched high (Vera Wang) ...

and low for a wedding dress (it's neither of these).

Fed some goats at Bear Creek.

Traveled to Jersey for Cesar's favorite cup of diner coffee (then went to the beach).

 

Started my Etsy shop.

Worked way too many hours for a few months after getting my job at Lovely Bride. But I'm loving every minute of it.

Went behind the scenes at Martha Stewart Weddings.

We spent Thanksgiving in Denver with puppies ...

and babies.

And ended the year with an apartment facelift ...

This says nothing of the craziness that Cesar experienced at work this year.  You’ll have to come over and see his photo presentation to really understand what he experienced over the last 365 days.

No wonder we're all exhausted.

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Brutus

December 30, 2010 § 2 Comments

So here’s the story: Cesar and I were going to get Chipotle and see Black Swan on Christmas Eve.  When we got to Chipotle at 6th Avenue and 14th Street, we were greeted by a locked door and a sign stating the restaurant would be closed from 3pm on the 24th until the 26th.  It was 3:15.  I had the bright idea to try Qdoba on 8th Avenue and whatever the cross street was.  Of course, between 14th Street and Qdoba resides the pet store I pass regularly that showcases irresistible puppies.  Though I’ve always been good at practicing self restraint when I passed this shop, circumstances were working against me: Qdoba was also closed and there was a “$300.oo off every puppy!” sign in the window.  Cesar and I were not strong enough to avoid the tractor beam that must have been emanating from Citi Pups.  We left once, but after much deliberating over Mexican food we returned.

That’s how we came to be puppy owners.  So here’s a silly video of what might keep me from blogging for a little while.

File under: Mood Lighting Resources

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I don’t even remember what I was searching for in order to stumble upon Save-on-Crafts.com, but it’s giving me all kinds of ideas.

Origami flowers will necessitate safe-flame candles.

Would these be tacky? I wouldn’t know what to do with them, but I like ’em.

And what about this idea:

This
Plus a bunch of these
And one of these

Might equal the perfect glowing centerpiece.  I’m so curious to know if the real thing would tun out as lovely as the image I have in my head.

Keeping my eye on: Poetic Licence

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ultra feminine and the right amount of retro flair.

Just thought I’d check back in with Poetic Licence to see what has popped up since my last visit.  I encountered this pair that nearly leapt off my MacBook screen to smack me with cartoon hands only the likes of Justin Timberlake’s Omlettville character has encountered.

Plus a few more:

Christmas Countdown

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Stunning tree alternative.

Four days till Christmas and I can already taste the mole enchiladas and flan we’ll be making for Cesar’s mom.  I just had the dish at Tortilla Flats with the Lovely ladies, but I can’t get enough of it.  I mean, it’s pretty much a Reese’s peanut butter cup in Mexican sauce form, also known as Heaven.  My query is, “Why can’t mole be an everyday food?”

Also heavenly, Not Martha’s Ornament Mobile pictured above and featured on Design Crush.  If I’d seen this a few weeks ago, I may have made one myself in lieu of our little candy-cane swirl themed tree … or maybe in addition to.

Looks great in a smaller space that would be overwhelmed by a tree.

Maybe the idea can be adapted into wedding decor!  If I don’t say it before the end of the week, Happy Holidays everybody!  Eat yourselves stupid!

New York Holidays

December 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

2010 brings my first official Christmas with Cesar.  Last year we celebrated in different states with a lot of texting, and eventually a little Skyping when I opened the wrapped package containing the new laptop he had effectively kept a secret from me.  But this year we have the opportunity to attend Holiday parties together, host small gatherings at our newly improved apartment, and enjoy the season without traveling.  The best part?  Some time to do a little Christmas decorating!

Left over fliers from ABC No Rio's Clothesline show got a new life as garland for our tree.

Gifts from the fantastic gals over at Lovely. The cocktail ring is handmade from vintage earrings. I LOVE the colors.

Getting Orga-ma-nized

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photography from Etsy seller quercusdesign.

The last few weeks have been all about getting organized in the McCabe/Arredondo abode.  Inspired by the new layout of our apartment, I went in search of a more pleasing blog theme.  It’s all in an effort to increase efficiency and productivity in our lives.  Hopefully there will be fewer or at least shorter lapses in meaningful blogging as 2010 comes to a close and the wedding planning picks up in 2011!

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