Sunday, November 28, 2010

All the Buildings in New York

Well maybe not ALL, but quite a few. A recent transplant from Australia to Brooklyn and an artist who claims "he feels horrible when he's not drawing", James Gulliver Hancock is attempting to draw every building in New York City to commemorate his move and the release of the below print. I approve.
All the Buildings in New York

Keep updated with each building sketched at

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Home For The Holidays

Nothing like being home for the holidays: familiar faces, comfort (often free) food, no huge responsibilites, freezing temps...well, at least in the Midwest!

A few things I'm looking forward to this week:

Testing out the newly released 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau. According to Wikipedia, "wine critic Karen MacNeil has compared drinking Beaujolais Nouveau to eating cookie dough". Wait--is that supposed to be a bad thing?

Family time in Iowa. Rockwell City, The Golden Buckle on the Corn Belt.
The Rafferty Clan many moons ago (I'm in the middle on the lap).

Finally making an apple pie. Probably going to follow THIS recipe's lead although I am bound to quadruple the amount of spice. That's the way I roll with pie making.
Quality dog time. As Modern Family's Gloria would say, "It's a doggy-dog world out there". 
B and I are having fun with the challenge of puzzle toys. The latest play things are:

Hoping I may get a glimpse of the Dunberry Lane turkeys. Here they are in September:

My last turkey count was 26. That's a lot of bird.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mini Martha

This is such a great idea for a wee one:

This mini me kitchen originated from this:

I loved my play kitchen as a child.
Image found HERE

I made many a delicious pancake breakfast and washed numerous dishes in that green & white made-in-China plastic world of domesticity. But how cool to engineer your own design and recycle a dated piece of furniture? I have to say, I know a lot of New Yorkers who would kill for that kiddie kitchen. Afterall, it is far more equipped and massive than most city kitchens.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Fort Tryon, NYC - November 2010


Dunberry Lane, MN - November 2010

Oh, how I love them both. Do I have to choose?

Friday, November 12, 2010


Some mornings in between taking care of the dog, running around the city doing errands for myself and others, unpacking (yes, still), cleaning, cooking, catching up with friends and family, and sleeping, I think about shoes. A lot.
Like these. Love the wedge, love the elongated cuff, love that the color is called "cognac".

And these. For when you can't decide between silver and gold.

And sometimes these. Is it odd that 80s boots make me smile?

OK, I'll admit it - it's every morning.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I love these:

Cute, no matter which letter happens to stand for...well, you!

I found these letter accessories ala THIS blog, which I also love as much as letter purses.

Along the same lines, I ran across this poster the other day and it makes me smile:

xoxo, L

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kate the Great

I'm not sure how she manages to do it, but Kate Spade's designs somehow are ladylike yet whimsical, mod while being classic, vintage feeling with fresh newness, and overall, something I crave. Dresses, shoes, bags, glassware, and especially jewelry. Here are some examples of her FABULOUS cocktail rings:

Speaking of cocktails (What? You can have cocktails at Sunday dinner hour? Yes!), I made the simplest of beverages tonight, inspired by a Springtime post of this BLOG. I know it seems like an al fresco/summer-is-happening sort of drink, but believe you me, it is so delicious and EASY that it gets bumped up the list to anytime-anywhere. Like a November Sunday at 6pm.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


While leaving the market this morning, my arms already full with groceries and no turning back, I noticed a variety of apples for sale. One bag was entitled Lemonade Apples.
= ???

Of course, I was interested. Very interested. I like apples! I like lemonade! But as of yet, I've not been able to find any information about this

Friday, November 5, 2010


 Now that I live near a Starbucks, Bryndal and I enjoy our morning walk to grab a cup of sugared caffeine (for me, not him). 

I'm not even a huge Starbucks fan, but I do become quite enamored this time of year when they break out the red cups.
 Starbucks (there is no need to provide a link, you all have one within a .001 mile radius of where you are currently standing)

I don't know what it is about the red and white design, but it makes me want to buy it and whatever is contained in it. Especially if the contents end up including gingerbread, pumpkin, toffee, or eggnog along with the expected coffee.

One day a couple of years back, I even realized that I was dressed as one.
circa 2008

After placing my order this morning, the extremely cheerful and alert (she must have knocked back a few of her own products before work) cashier looked me directly in the eye and stated,
"That'll be $5.39."

Ouch. Guess I'll put that fiver back in my pocket and reach for the credit card...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Truck Stop

My walk across 59th Street to work just got a little better:
Food Trucks Galore!

One of each, please.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An Apple a Day

I love my MacBook Air. Even when the hard disk fills up each time I add a single picture or song, I still am loyal. With all of the traveling and rambling about I do, its sleek and unobtrusive form is not lost on me. So light and...well..., airy!

The new version is killer.

Oh, and how did I miss the release of the new nanos? So cute.
They are so nubby, I just want to eat one. OK, that sounds weird - I just want to own one. Better?