Archive for December, 2008

Farewell, 2008


What a wonderful year you’ve been, 2008! I’m a little sad to see you go. Here are a few highlights/favorite things from this year (in no particular order):

I started blogging
Barack Obama was elected President
Nolan and I tied the knot
We moved to Durham
Favorite album of 2008: Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago”
Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals in Beijing, the most won at a single Olympics
I learned to sew
Favorite movie(s) of 2008: “The Dark Knight” and “Milk”

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, however you celebrate! See you next year!

oatmeal pecan pie


Most of my husband’s side of the family lives in Western NC, so on Christmas Eve everyone gets together for a delicious meal and White Elephant gift exchange (sooo much fun with 30 people). We were in charge of dessert, and made this Oatmeal Pecan Pie. It looks amazing… I don’t want to wait until after dinner to try it!!

{recipe and photo from here}

Heather Knight ceramics


While walking through Woolworth’s last weekend, these 3-D wall tiles from ceramic artist Heather Knight caught my eye. I am completely enamored by the texture of her nature-inspired designs. The tiles are by far my favorite of Heather’s work, but she also makes beautiful bowls, platters and other decorative ceramics. See more of her work here and here.

almost there…


I have a few loose ends to tie up today, so posting might be sporadic… Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

{fall thread from Emmalynne}

weekend in asheville


Although we’re spending Christmas with the in-laws this year, the hub and I wanted to squeeze in a visit with my family before the holidays, so we all snuck away to Asheville this past weekend. Despite being cold, wet, and windy we had a great time exploring the city.

Asheville has a large art community, as evidenced by the number of galleries we saw while walking downtown. I especially enjoyed walking through Kress Emporium and Woolworth’s, where dozens of booths displayed fine art, jewelry, and ceramics from various regional artists. I will highlight a few new {to me} artists in the next day or so.

I couldn’t believe how many antique and second-hand stores Asheville has. I would have loved to gone in every single one but our time was limited. A few favorites were Voltage Records (this shop had an incredible record collection – it’s too bad we don’t have a record player), Captain’s Bookshelf (a well-organized bookstore specializing in fine and rare books), and Studio 5 Imports (a cool antique shop with all sorts of vintage collectibles). Another highlight was a delightful little boutique called Minx, where I bought my mom a cute pair of earrings (and would have bought a few things for myself if it wasn’t right before Christmas!).

All in all, a great weekend! I can’t wait to go back and hit some of the places we missed this time around. Any recommendations?

{paper dresses window display at Minx, Voltage Records}

Friday Finds: vintage jewelry


Lovely vintage {and vintage-inspired} jewelry from Dinosaur Toes

paper moon invitation


This invitation from The Paper Moon Project is oh so lovely.

obama: college years


What a handsome young man Mr. Obama was (and still is)! Time has released a few photos from Obama’s college years, taken by an aspiring photographer named Lisa Jack. See them here.

richie tenenbaum


These engraved wood figures are so darn cute. From TheMountainLabel.

kitschy winter table trend




I’m loving this warm, rustic table trend for Once Wed by Courtney of Flush Designs… The details are just amazing. See more pics here.

{via Once Wed}