Sunday, May 30, 2010

Crafting al fresco

The weather is gorgeous today, so I decided to move my office outdoors for the afternoon.

Finally took the time to make some more recycled jewelry.

The gold and peach cameo and the blue and gold beads came from pieces that were given to me by friends and coworkers who didn't want them anymore and thought I might be able to use them. Thanks, guys!

My weekend has been going great so far. Did a little gardening yesterday morning, then some of my friends from college came to visit. One of my friends brought her dog, Finn, and we took him and Elvis to the dog park. After that we went to The Bookstore, where we shared a bowl of Knickerbocker Punch, which was delicious, strong, and full of fresh raspberries. And I had the brie grilled cheese, which was kind of amazing.

Tomorrow we're going to a Memorial Day BBQ out in Bergenfield, then it's back to work on Tuesday.

I need more long weekends in my life. ;-)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Balancing Act

Now that the weather's warm, I've had to spend more time working the outside of my house (didn't have much time for it when we first moved in last year, too much work to do inside!), and it's leaving less time for jewelry. So sad. Now I really need to strike the right balance between "real" work, projects around the house, and jewelry-making.

This means it'll probably be at least another week or two til I really get cracking on the whole recycled jewelry thing. The necklace and earrings from my previous post already sold and I haven't had time to do more, so now I'm pretty much back to square one. I brought a bunch of jewelry along when I got my hair cut least week, and one of my cousins, who owns the salon, bought them.

On the bright side, though, I did manage to post some more non-recycled pieces on Etsy during the past week.

So at least I'm not a total slacker, right?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I finally made a jewelry set from one of the old necklaces given to me! Hurray!

Originally it was just a bunch of these beads strung together, sort of like the bracelet at right. I think that style worked for the bracelet, but I didn't want the necklace to feel so heavy, so I broke it up with a chunky, textured chain and used a link from the chain on each earring. Once I get some better pictures and/or make additional "recycled" jewelry, I'll add it to my Etsy shop.

On a completely unrelated note, this past weekend I went to a fun little place with my husband, my friend Hannah, and her boyfriend Matt.

I've been to a couple of speakeasy-style bars, but so far The Bookstore is officially my favorite. The reason should be obvious.

It has more going for it than the whole fake-bookstore-as-a-disguise-for-all-the-no-longer-illegal drinking thing, though. The have live music, and the band playing that night was The Hot Sardines. So much fun!

That's Matt on the left. Pretty sure he has no idea I took that picture.
Another plus is that they don't let the place get overcrowded. At any given time, there are only as many people in the bar as there are seats. No sense of claustrophobia, and no fear of being trampled. Can't say that for a couple of other bars I won't name here but no longer frequent. ;-)

Mixed drinks are a bit on the expensive side for this geographic area ($11 each), but you can order punch bowls of certain drinks for $40 and get 5-7 drinks per punch bowl. So provided everyone can agree on the same drink, it's a decent deal.

That's me with Hannah, one of my very best friends/maid of honor in my wedding!

Another thing I enjoyed was that I could get all dressed up without feeling like it was inappropriate for the occasion. Of course that never stops Glen from dressing up! I don't have a picture of him from Friday night, but he wore pretty much the same thing the previous Saturday (and every day), so here's a picture from then instead.

Dress shirt with a vest and/or jacket and a tie and hat is his "uniform." Doesn't matter where we go or what we're doing, the boy pretty much always manages to out-dress me.

Well, it's past my bedtime. I should at least get ready for bed, but that 1-hour nap I took at 6:00 this evening kind of threw off my sleep schedule. Oops?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sick Day

I was looking forward to having such a productive week, but it's not off to a good start.

Last Friday my throat was feeling a bit scratchy, which I chalked up to allergies, but by yesterday afternoon my throat started to feel better and my nose and chest got super congested, which is the normal progression of every cold I've ever had.

On top of that, my husband's car had issues last night. It's pretty old (time to get a new one, really) and the windshield wipers broke in the middle of a torrential downpour after a show, leaving him stranded in downtown Bethlehem. So at midnight I drove all the way out there to pick him up.

Today I am sleep deprived and I can barely breathe. Needless to say I didn't go into work this morning. Maybe if I'm feeling ambitious later today I'll try to do something all the old jewelry people have given me to recycle.

Or maybe I'll take pictures of the pieces I've been meaning to post on Etsy forever now. The truth is, it's just as likely I'll lay on the couch for the rest of the day feeling sick, but maybe if I put this out there on Blogger I'll feel more motivated? I hope?

Oh well, at least I had a fun Saturday.

Met up with my mom to go to opening day of the Easton Farmer's Market, which was delightful. Didn't buy too much, just a couple of potted herbs to get my little garden on the front porch started, but I'm looking forward to many more weekends.

In the afternoon Glen and I went to New York with our friend Pat Jannsen, because Pat was doing standup at the Broadway Comedy Club that evening.

We got there way early, so we wandered up to Central Park and sat down on a big rock in the shade in an attempt to stay cool.

The show was good, Pat was very funny, as always. On the way home we walked past this piano bar, and I just had to take a picture of the sign:

I've never heard of this place before, which is weird because I'm sure I've walked past it many times in the past and just didn't take notice, but piano bar named after a Cabaret song?? Sounds like it could be a good time! Has anyone out there ever been there? If so, is it worth my time to go? (Don't worry, Glen, I won't drag you along, but I'm sure I can get some of my theater-loving friends from high school and/or college to join me!)

In less fun news, we walked through Times Square on our way to Central Park (well actually, halfway through, then got frustrated with the crowds and walked a couple of blocks west to avoid it) about an hour and a half before this happened, then couldn't walk back through Times Squareafter the show because it had been cleared out by the police. There were huge crowds all around the area, and we had no idea what was going on until Pat overheard someone say something about a bomb scare. Lovely. Obviously the bomb did not explode and we are all still alive, but now I have yet another reason to avoid Times Square whenever possible. :-P
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