Sunday, January 31, 2010

the kind of sunday...

see the mountains in the background? that's my view when i look out our kitchen window, out onto our balcony back porch.

(summer months, i can not wait for you)



maverick asking to play in the snow.

she hops around like a rabbit, trying to keep up with Bubbles.




Today was a pretty day... A kind of sunday that calls for staying in your pajamas. The kind of Sunday that calls for grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Sharing Sundays... Every Little Counts.


in Amy's words:

Every Little Counts is about love. This is a collection of loves, obsessions, memories, and influences.

one of my favourite posts was when she shared pictures of her beautiful Mom, circa 1972, when she was single in her 20's and roaming around Europe:

"while cleaning the house, she just found a cedar box full of love letters from around this time period. i am dying to read them...she was such a heartbreaker. "



Every Little Counts is obsessively nostalgic (as am i).


Not only does Amy own one of my favorite little corners of the internet, but along with her Adam, they have a fashion line (that can also be found on etsy). Everything they make is by hand from their Brooklyn Studio.

My favorite tee has always been this one, which just seems to describe the girl i am.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

my valentine card creations.

this is what i woke up to this morning. A white Narnia just for me.


You should know that i am the least bit crafty, which is half the reason i signed up for the handmade valentines day card swap i told you about here. And today was the perfect weather to work on it. i was thankful for a project.

i thought, i've got 5 to send out... what can i do similar but different for all 5 girls? and then it hit me... a theme.

I'm very much a cinema girl. I chose 5 films that expressed love to me. Classics of course (like Franco Zeffirelli's' Romeo & Juliet), but also Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Atonement. I picked out a quote from each film that stuck with me and wrote it on a piece of torn page from a romance novel.

Each card also has an envelope inside where i'll write a little letter.

I'm not a crafty girl, but i put a lot of heart into each one, so i hope they like them. Here's a few sneak peeks of each one:


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

inside: "Clementine: "Wish me a Happy Valentine's Day when you call. That'd be... nice!"


Romeo & Juliet.


The Notebook.
(front/inside/back)



one girl who's name i got listed When Harry Met Sally as her favorites...

so that one was easy



Breakfast at Tiffany's.


Atonement.
(front/inside/back)

this last one i made for M, just because.

"Questions of science, Science and progress, Do not speak as loud as my heart ."

text message from bestie a few weeks ago: "M, why is it called "The Scientist?"

i giggled because i have often wondered that very thing.

for you Marisa. xo




i must have listened to this version ten times today.



and i cried.

because that's what happens when i hear this song.

when i hear this voice.

when i hear these opening lines:

"Come up to meet you, 
tell you I'm sorry 
You don't know how lovely you are. 
I had to find you, tell you I need you, 
Tell you I set you apart."

a·tone·ment [n] Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong.



"Dearest Cecilia,

the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame."


(images : verdoux)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fill in your answers.


1. If I weren't a public relations assistant (though currently unemployed in my new city) I'd love to be a writer for PEOPLE/Glamour magazine or do my dream of opening up a doggy daycare .

2. When I'm super upset I tend to overreact and cry while listening to music (husband-to-be knows if Coldplay's "Lost" is on, something's wrong) but usually calling my twin sister works (she makes everything better) .

3. My favorite thing about myself is my ability to open up to anyone. Feature: my Nationality- how many people can say they're half hispanic/half filipino?

4. If I found a $100 in the pocket of last winter's coat I'd spend it on etsy. A valentine's gift for Max .

5. Even though some people might consider this a flaw, I love my scars.

6. I love the way I feel when I look down at my left hand. I still can't believe i'm blessed with the love of a good man and my best friend .

7. I love my hair most when it's rumpled like bed head but works just right .

*Join in Lauren's Friday fun and link up at The Little Things We Do.


Happy Friday Lovies!!! you deserve this weekend. What are your plans?

We're expected up to 10 inches of snow, and since fiance is a meteorologist, he'll be working this weekend. I'll be snowed in, but I plan on practicing my craftiness while creating valentines for a couple of home made card swaps.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

{simple things}


wearing my hair 2 days dirty and uncombed...



my new boots i scored for $1.25

(that will keep me warm in the up to 10 inches of snow we're expecting this weekend)...



that my puppy maverick seems to like them too...





a package from my momma who sent it to me c/o my fiance.

isn't she cute? with my fave coffee cookies from italy

& my coffee mug (a giveaway win from The Novelista Barista) ...



hanging up art tonight with Max, our house starting to feel like home...


roadtrips... that Max always drives us to where we're going safely

& let's me control the radio....


photographs of my parent's wedding...

my mother's smile in this one especially.



a reply from a soldier in Iraq... thanking me for the letter I sent her.
Getting to know her through the sweet things she shared with me...


the baby smell of my nieces...
and sophia's little personality.




Simple Things that make me Happy. Deliriously Happy.

and because of Erin's sharing, this happy list of mine will donate $1 to Doctors without Borders to help those in Haiti thanks to Christina at Soul Aperture. Amazing hearts out there in blogland. Amazing.

thank-you Christina! xo

a gift from my husband-to-be.

isn't this red apple tea kettle the cutest thing you ever did see? i thought so, so when i saw Cori of mushroom & moss vintage did a shop update and mentioned this darling kettle, we had to have it. Actually, it's an engagement gift from my husband-to-be.


Did i ever tell you that Max's grandfather had a running apple orchard right outside Atlanta, Georgia? The property was bought at the end of the Civil War. In fact, the house they owned was once occupied by the Union Army.

Remember my last name-to-be? there's a street there, leading to the house.

i fell in love with this red painted house with a front porch and swing... i felt it's history and the memories kept on the walls, on the book cases. i loved seeing pictures of my future husband when he was in grade school. I loved hearing the stories of how his grandfather built machines to harvest during the season. How he would stay with his grandparents during summer break when he was an undergrad at Georgia Tech.

we dreamt of us settling down here one day and making it our home.

it's here on the grounds next to this beautiful house we envision a smaller wedding ceremony. With fairy lights and love... a lot of love. A small gathering of our family and closest friends. We'll do it big in Texas for the official wedding, but it's this intimate setting i am already dreaming of....


inspiration from Once Wed

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