Weekly Inspiration: The power of small kindnesses

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A few months ago, a family member suffered a deeply personal tragedy and I wept in sympathy upon hearing about it. We were not that close but kept in touch from time to time, usually during family gatherings, Facebook, or the occasional phone call. I knew I wanted to be there for her somehow and visit her on the other side of the country once the dust settled down. Continue reading

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Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

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DSCN1306Are you familiar with your birth flower? Like birthstones, your birth flower is determined by the month you were born. The theory is that the month that a flower is assigned to is based on each flower’s natural growing month. I was born in November and my birth flower is the Chrysanthemum. I wasn’t really crazy about it when I first found out because they seem to be very common and not as exotic as I wanted my birth flower to be. This changed after I saw Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden, and then learned a little bit more about the flower’s fascinating history. Continue reading

Halloween Day Trip: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

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DSCN6383It’s that time of the year again when the air is cool and crisp, trees are aglow with golden colors, and pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks.  This means it’s The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze season! Now what is it, you ask? It’s an evening outdoor walking tour through a breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated, hand-carved pumpkins, laid out on the estate of the Van Cortlandt Manor. Continue reading

For fabric fans: True Up blog farewell

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One of the blogs that truly inspired me to take a closer look at fabric design is True Up by Kim Kight. She featured lovely fabrics from all over the world that I otherwise would not have heard of, and also had a regular listing of fabric sales for you crafters and quilters out there. The sheer amount of information is impressive, and I always look to it when I need a shot of creativity in coming up with my own textile designs.  Continue reading

Vegan Experiment: Banana Date Spelt Muffins

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Vegan Banana Date Spelt Muffins

Now, now..I know that is not the tastiest sounding muffin ever, but hear me out. My husband has turned vegetarian this year because of health reasons, and he’s normally a meat and potatoes kinda guy.  I wanted to make the transition easier for him, and for me too so I decided that we will both be mostly vegetarians at home. I will just get my carnivore on when we’re eating out or when I’m hanging out with friends.  At that time, I was actually looking to eat healthier so it was a good kick in the behind to get started. Continue reading

Happiness is made up of tiny successes…

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I hope you are having a good start to the week so far! This morning’s sunrise view at my building’s rooftop was a great way to begin my day, and it’s a small pleasure that I’ve only discovered surprisingly recently, having lived here for many years.  I have been chasing the sunrise whenever I go on vacation, never knowing that I can actually see it everyday, given great cloud conditions of course. Take time to enjoy a small pleasure today, even something as simple as taking a walk to the park, or grabbing a caramel macchiato on the walk back to work. You deserve it! Continue reading

Day Trip: Hiking at Minnewaska State Park

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Happy Friday! The weather here in NYC seems to be oddly heating up these days (over 80 degrees in October??), so if you are like me and fantasizing about what you can do to get out of NYC this weekend without traveling too far, spending too much or being in a big crowd, then look no further. I recommend that you check out Minnewaska State Park, a low-impact hike yet very rewarding in an instant-gratification kind of way. If you have a bike, this is actually a perfect spot for you because there are a lot of carriage roads that are wide, paved and cared for so it’s easy to share the road. More importantly, there is one keyword you need to know:  WATERFALLS. Continue reading

Constellations contest: Spoonflower & Designing your own fabric

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As the weather gets cooler, I am looking at more time indoors and it’s the best time to focus on DIY projects. If you are a print lover and would like to create your own fabrics for projects, then check out:

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