Friday, December 17, 2010

It's Okay Friday!

It's ok to.....

* Eat animal crackers for breakfast.
* Put a gift under the tree to myself from the dog...she totally went to victorias secret and ordered it!
* Add all of anthroplogie to my amazon wish list...just hoping!
* Make a second pot of coffee once in awhile.....
* Wear my pjs all day when i am home with my baby niece.
* Shake all the presents under the tree :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Miss you maine island....

So for five years i lived in maine on mount desert island where i went to college and worked as a preschool teacher....today i was just remembering some of my favorite places and people and i will for sure have to plan a visit for the spring or as soon as i can get away after the busy holiday season...

Abby Labby ..island mountain top sunshine!
Best backyard ever!
Sunrise a block from my old apt!
Justin and i went for an island hike on one of his trips to see me!

I miss so much from maine and hope to go visit soon!




Sunday, December 12, 2010

On something to think about...

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 11, 2010

On some holiday love.

Saw this on an old blog post, i think it circulated 2008 so of course i get around to it in 2010 :) So here goes!

Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, with lots of whipped cream. I like it made with white,milk or dark chocolate and always with whipped cream or marshmallows!

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
I love wrapping presents! The way you wrap them can be so creative and festive..I also like having them wrapped early, so I can sit them by the tree for a few weeks. So pretty :)


Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I like white lights the most, i think they are always classic and elegant but any color makes me excited for christmas!

Do you hang mistletoe?
I never have...and haven't ever seen it hung at anyones house I don't think!

When do you put your decorations up?
I have always decorated a bit while away at school just as soon as it snows!...The actual tree and such usually waits until i get home for break. This year i am staying with my brother to be the nanny for my niece so we did some decorating here and i will do even more when i am home at my parents and boyfriends houses.

Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Well it's still my favorite memory, but our christmas eve dinner is always so cosy and full of amazing food and sweets! then we go to our towns tiny church for candle light service which is always so humbling and heartwarming.

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't even remember!!! Apparently I wasn't too traumatized!

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
I have silver and blue ornaments, and also a bunch of randoms. I've only had 2 x-mas trees (away from parents home) so I don't have too much stuff.

Snow! Love it or dread it?
Love it like a 5 yr old! but i admit by the end of winter i am ready for it to melt away...

Do you remember your favorite gift?
Each year we get such great but different gifts that i dont have favorites..i have always loves sitting by the wood-stove to open our stockings though.

What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
For sure spending time with family and friends. I just love the holidays for many reasons. The weather,sledding, the lights, wrapping gifts,the hot drinks,backing cookies etc.

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I can never get enough old fashioned sugar cookies but i also love all the pie and the yule log!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
i think having our small christmas eve celebration where we eat tons of yummy food,go to church, and open gifts before we see the whole extended family christmas day is my favorite..i just love the cozy stress-free night.

What tops your tree?
It has changed a few times over the years but it is usually a big wood woven star or straw angel...my dad grew up in sweden so the food and decorations are very classic European at home.

Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I think i love them both! being blessed with great gifts from my family and friends is very heart warming but i have always loved finding the perfect gift and wrapping it up just so:)

What is your favorite Christmas song?
i dont have just one song but i love classic artist ling bing crosby,frank sinatra etc..

Candy canes?
I like the way they look but have never like eating them much ..

Favorite Christmas movie?
I have to say Elf but i love the home alone movies as well and of course charlie brown christmas!

What do you leave for Santa?
We dont set anything out now but we used to set out cookies and clementins.

Have a wonderful christmas full of old and new traditions!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ten on Tuesday.

1. What do you order at Starbucks? most often i order a grande hazelnut latte! Gotta love a simple classic.
2. Where is your favorite place to eat breakfast? In bed but that is rare...or outside on a warm sunny morning.
3. Are you on Twitter? Why or why not? I have a twitter account but mostly to follow some college friends and blogs i love
4. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Elf no question....but close behind are Love Actually, Home Alone and The Santa Claus.
5. Are you a good gift giver? I think i do a decent job of picking meaningful gifts but sometimes i get a bit stumped....
6. Do you like your handwriting? Bonus points for posting a picture. I dont hate it but am not proud of it either....it mostly looks like i am in elementary school.
7. Is your signature legible? Bonus points for posting a picture. The first few letters might be?
8. Have you ever been to New York during Christmas season? Surprisingly no ...since its not that long of a trip.
9. Are there any items that you are completely brand loyal? I love my american eagle jeans but i am not in general a brand loyal girl.
10. Who is your favorite public speaker? Obama or Michelle

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's Okay Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone!

this week It's Ok To....

* Spend lots of time in cozy flannel pjs!
* Get a lot over excited about Christmas!
* Plan romantic getaways online when we dont have the money yet...
* Be a little grumpy at 6am all week but continue to be in love with midnight.
* Buy myself new jeans,undies and cute flannel pjs when christmas shopping..hey they were on sale!
* Drink copious amounts of coco all week :)

Have a cozy weekend everyone!

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's Okay Friday!

It's Ok to...

*Eat a large unmentionable number of cookies..
*Buy myself new jeans on black friday...
*Be homesick sometimes...
*Be beyond thrilled i can get into the christmas spirit now that thanksgiving is over!
*Miss justin more each day..can't wait until the day i move home to him.
*Online "window" shop for a few hours at a time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh how i love my Amazon wish list....a little too much.

Santa letter
..i swear when it comes to christmas i will never grow up...and i hope i never do to be honest i love being a kid on christmas morning...and yes i still try to find out what i am getting! I would still write a letter to santa if it was socially acceptable, but sadly it is not as cute at 24 as it was at 4...so, i just click and smile while adding things to the wonder of my Amazon wish list! I know it pronounces my love for cute things and my need to make lists whether or not they ever get checked off, but alas the adding of little gems makes me smile...part list making addiction part holiday addiction!!


Monday, November 15, 2010

It's Okay Friday!

.....On Monday ...oops.

It's Ok to....

*Not write this post on friday...for no good reason.
*Spend sunday mostly naping.
*Watch the entire first season of Glee in one afternoon off.
*Wait to do the laundry until we have a cold enough day that i don't feel guilty not hanging it and just use the drier :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things....

1. Starbucks.


2. OPI Swiss winter 2010.


3. bumble and bumble Creme de Coco.










It’s Okay Friday!

I saw this over at two of my very favorite adorable blogs, Somewhat Voluble & Not Your Plain Jane, so I decided to do it as well using it as a way of reflecting on the past week and letting things go that i just can not change.

It’ ok to....

* Blog when i should be working on the GRE test.
* Be a little..or a lot terrified of grad school and being a “big kid”.
* Be beyond excited about Christmas when we haven't even gotten to thanksgiving yet.
* Buy your morning coffee out three times this week even when there is coffee at home....i will save by not buying any ebooks this week :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

25 by 25!

So on july 21st i turned 24 and thought it would be a good challenge to take some inspiration from some lovely blog ladies and make a list of things i hope to do before my next birthday! Some big and some small tasks but all doable i hope! Lets see how i do this year shall we?........


~25 things i hope to do by the age of 25~
1 Go camping. (August 2010 with jt)
2 Have fondue.
3 Sew 5 new things.
4 Take a picture in a photo booth.
5 Visit my college town.
6 Throw out all clothes i do not wear or fit in!!
7 Go to a zoo.
8 Read 5 non-academic books.(check!)
9 Learn to make sangria.
10 Visit a new place with justin on a trip.
11 Learn to cook a signature dish!---
more than pasta and grilled cheese...not that those are bad...

12 Buy a date night outfit.  13 Keep in touch with friends from college.
14 Learn how to use my camera to get the pictures i want.
15 Cook justin dinner atleast 5 times. (0/5)
16 Organize my photos.
17 Find a job.
18 Do a tutorial on my blog.
19 Try a new hair cut.
20 Renew my CPR/AED.
21 Build a snowman.
22 send postcards to friends.
23 Master cupcakes.
24 Get some of my photos off the computer and onto my walls.
25 Show justin how much i love him.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The things i want to do this summer!

So far this summer i have not made the time for some summer must dos!....so...just as you might carve a pumpkin in the fall, deck the halls or build a snowman in the winter or dye eggs in the spring time i have come up with a list of things i think one should accomplish over the summer months....of course this is a bit  bias so basically my personal preferences...:)

1 Eat lots of watermelon and ice cream!
2 Paint my nails.
3 Drink iced coffee!
4 Swim.
5 Blast the summery songs!
6 Fireworks.
7 Sun dresses and flip flops
8 Laying on the beach with a book.
9 picnics/cookouts.

I am sure everyone has a list of things they love about summer...this is just the start to mine!

Happy Summer!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Places i have stood....or fallen...

Came across janet's list of places she stood and had a fun time thinking of memories big and small so...i thought i would share a few of my places with you all...


 Coliseum.
 Vatican.
 Spanish Steps.
 Atlantic Ocean.
 Pacific Ocean.
 Top of Cadilac Mountain.
 The Getty-LA.
 Stuttgart-and many more towns(backpacking)Germany.
 In a cow pasture.


I hope to always be adding to this list....




Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer Read....

I admit i am a CASTLE follower and since i am now no longer a college student i have time to read something other than school work!!!(insert happy dance here). I read the sneak peak of this last year but was too busy to read a mystery tv novel mid-term so i mentally filed it away for some other time....which is now! Here is to summer reading!

the book can be bought and also downloaded at CASTLE!

Words of wisdom....not from me....

A friend shared this the other day and i found it to be refreshing, i hope you enjoy it as well.




Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Harper Collins

Friday, June 18, 2010

What I have been up to when i was not here.......

So i admit i got crazy busy, lacked drive to write and was just lazy........

So a few things have happened and so far june has been very busy!

(...not exactly in chronological order but all in the past few months!...)
1) I graduated college! yikes!
2) I had a lot of homework my last term at school!...i mean a lot.
3) My wonderful family and friends have all been up and about visiting to help be celebrate! amazing and busy as hell.....
4) went on a mini weekend trip with my love to a food expo and had some fun and silly stops along the way.
5) My best friend and her little dog moved in with me for the last term of college and we graduated together and had a blast...(-the homework and such).

VT trip with JT

JT my love!

I am a big kid now!

Mom,Dad,Me,JT

Me and my love JT

so i got a bit carried away with pictures but i have like 400 from grad/road trip/spring gaaa

Monday, June 14, 2010

Love....

"to love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
--david viscott 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Do you ever....?

Do you ever have sooooo many things going on in your head and life that you can't figure out how to let just one or two out? That has been me lately which, would explain the lack of blog posts. Lots have things have crossed my path but not so much has been let go so i will try to let a bit out in order to get rolling again and make room for new things to enter my mind and life. As of right now i have 3 more weeks of undergrad and as i am sure many others have experienced, i am now not quite ready to move on. It seems strange to live here for these past years and then just pick up and move without a plan of return. three weeks left, a ton of school work to do, senior gatherings and such, an apartment full of my last 5 years and a lot to miss..... bittersweet time but a step forward in the right direction. Time to get ready for the next chapter!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Baby Plum Lilou Love.....

So good friends of mine had their fourth baby two nights ago! It's a girl! They are my all time favorite family and they named her Plum Lilou. How cute is that? So now i am obsessing over cute little girl stuff which leads me to lots of cute little baby, nursery and cute everything! I wanted to make you overflow with cuteness so here goes the sharing.














Via The Land Of Nod.

















This sling is handmade by Autumn, in Bar Harbor Maine. Autumn started sewing for her wonderful family(my maine family) her creations turned into her passion and are much loved by many! You can find all of her slings,bags,skirts etc here! 

So i am full of a never-ending list of cuteness for the little ones but if i put them all here it would be a gazillion pages! Happy baby love!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Weekly Gems of Life.

So to Wrap up the past week i will share some of the wonders of my crazy week!


1)My bestest friend ashley moving in with me for our last term as undergrads!!!!


2)Having my Love visiting!

3)A wonderful easter dinner(made by my love) and a yummy gluten free Birthday cake for ash!..also made by justin who has way more talent in the kitchen than i ever will!


4)Sunny afternoon Hike with justin and abby labby(my lab) on saturday. We went down to a great little rock beach where abby swam a lot and the views were amazing!


5)Watching Zombiland with justin,ash, ryan, and the pups! really funny movie!


6)Dyeing Easter Eggs today! We had so much fun dyeing eggs..which i realized i haven't really done in a long time except assisting my preschoolers but today was just us big kids having fun!
 







So i could go on to list every wonderful thing from the past week but i just wanted to share some of the things that made me happy! Hope Sunshine finds you all! 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things!

Now that the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, i cant help but think about some of my favorite things that are not wool sox,big sweaters, hot coco, and wood stoves. So i thought i would bring a little spring into the weekend!












Well we are having our easter dinner tonight due to the fact that justin(my love)has to drive home to VT tomorrow and he is the chef and ham man so we are eating lots of yummy food tonight! Happy Easter and Spring!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Dance!

This song just makes me smile! Not only is his voice like buttah but it is so sweet and adorable just a little bit of happiness in a busy day! Hope you think the video it as fun and cute as i do!




Doesn't it just make you wish you could break out in song and dance? Happy weekend everyone!

On Wool and lots of it!

So to explain the wool i will just say i have been wanting to do some felting lately. I would consider myself a beginner in the world of felting but, i have done some basic wet felting with my preschoolers and some basic needle felting for some classroom projects. So while visiting my family and boyfriend over spring break i wanted to go and get some wool at the spinnery,so justin and i went on an adventure first to Green Mountain Spinnery, When we walked in it smelled of that amazing sheep wooly smell! so they didn't have any colors but they did have a huge! i mean bigger than big bag of what they call "dirt wool" (actually not that dirty) which is basically the wool that falls of the edges of the carding machines. So i couldn't resist and bought a bag!

So then we went on a second adventure to find colored wool so that we could make felted easter eggs! Our second trip landed us as Harrisville Designs, a wonderful wool,yarn,weaving etc, place in an old little town full of large brick old textile  buildings right on a river where the water went rushing under them. It was quite amazing to listen to the water below as we strolled about the little store. this is where we found colored wool galore the store was filled from top to bottom with the most beautiful colors of wool and yarn.

                                       

Ok so you would think we could have stopped there but we didn't! we went on to a cute little shop in wilton NH called the 'Color Shop' and got some beautiful colored 100%wool felt! 


                                     


So to top it all off, all of these amazing wool products and to accompany my new bookstore find!


                                    

                                   

I cant wait to start felting! once i actually take it all out and make some wooly little thing i will be sure to share!

happy spring crafting everyone!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mini trip to MD!

So my mom and i flew down to baltimore last night for a few days to see my brother and his wife! They are expecting their first baby in july and i am super excited to be a first time auntie! ok so more than excited i am jumping around and shopping for cute baby things all the time! So we are going to help with the baby's room and all sorts of fun stuff. Right now i am on DIY baby stuff overload! feel free to tell me about any great baby projects you have! I am off to do some baby room redo work!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Old pictures that make my day better!

So honestly i keep starting posts and then getting to this point where i just don't know where to take them next, so...for now i thought i would share a few pics from last summer as i think about this coming summer! Happy monday everyone!
From the garden!


Walk around bubble pond little over a year ago with my love!

Hope to share some of my thoughts soon!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Fun With Photos!

so i treated myself and downloaded "camerabag" a simple photo app that lets you do some fun things with your pics! here is just one before and after of a pic i took down by the pier!

Before


After

Not only is the app fun but you can buy it for iphone mac and pc! and it motivates you to take more pics just so you can do fun things with them!

enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

On Nancy Drew, Esspreso and a Noble Lab

Do you ever pause unconsciously in your day and take a mental snapshot of you and that moment?
     The other day i did just that and realized at the age of 23 i had just waltzed into my local bookshop
purchased a Nancy Drew novel a double shot latte and wandered home to live the dream.
This was a unique moment but to me a moment of bliss.
     I found myself curled up with the pup floundering in the sun that poured in through the large bedroom
windows, honestly relaxed and happy. After days of working hard into the night on an essay i felt it to even be a
bit cleansing to read Nancy Drew and just breath....[side note] Is anyone else as jealous of the fact that Nancy
never really grows up? Yes, my life is blessed in many ways but, I would kill to just jump in my convertible call
my friends and go for a trip to the beach or some other magical place. This dream in no way means i don't love
my life but who out there honestly thinks that dream would suck? no one? that's what i figured.
    So in my little world right now I may not have the ability to grab my friends and go gallivanting about but, I do
ave the ability to sit in my sun-soaked room with a good cup of jo, my noble lady lab and pages full
of my dream adventures!

Thought i would start with a picture!




This is the start to my attempt of a photo a day! i dont think i will post them all but i will make a home for them on my site www.sweetsakurasky.com feel free to join in the adventure of photographing your world either in privet or in public by joining project 365 on flickr!This is my dog on our morning walk!