Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Puppy Love: Daily Miyuki

My pal Ashley happens to not only be  fantastically creative but also the owner of one of the most adorable, squishy faced French Bulldogs around.  Oh Miyuki, you're such a hoot, always silly and hamming it up for the camera! Check out the other puppy pictures here at Daily Miyuki or see some of Ashley's graphic art and delicious homemade ice cream endeavours over here.

The daily miyuki lives on! Reunited with my boo at last!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 It's hard to believe that I haven't celebrated the holiday in America now for four years. 
The last three were in Holland and this year we're adventuring in South Africa! 
Luckily, we had little pre-Thanksgiving party to get my fix of mashed potatoes, 
to-furkey and other treats earlier in the year. YUM!

Well, I suppose it's not quite exactly the same as celebrating on 24 November. 
But it's hard to grumble when thinking about all the amazing adventures and friendships I've made instead of a slice pumpkin pie. Those memories to be thankful for! 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunny St. Augustine

The formula for this fantastic day included seeing old friends and fully embracing the classic American past time of road trips. This autumn, we filled up the tank and headed to St. Augustine, a little Florida city with lots of historical charm. The weather was absolutely, positively perfect for an unplanned day trip and we had just enough time to wander around and enjoy a few beers before the sunset. Our dinner that evening was so spectacular that it deserves it's very own post. I miss my life in Amsterdam so very much, but spending time around my old stomping grounds (and sunshine!!) is so good for my soul.

Cute storybook homes, too many to count!

Spanish moss always evokes memories of home

Colorful ceramics (wish they could live in my kitchen one day!)

Walls made of oyster shells

Enjoying a few beers in a tree top bar just before the sun set

Such lovely ladies to spend a day with

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Video: Autumn in Ithaca

Here's a little video I shot while driving through upstate New York in October.
I love the color of autumn leaves with the sun shining through!

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Murmuration...

Oh my. This lovely video has been circulating around lately but it's so magical I felt a need to share it too. Can you imagine what that must have felt like to experience such a surprising burst of nature? Wow, a murmuration of starlings...believe me, it's beautiful, just watch a see.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf

Moving from a hot, humid climate to chilly, rainy northern Europe rendered a complete wardrobe change.  I could (finally) fully embrace the practicality of layering clothes and it didn't take me long to get hooked on the assorted stylish ways of wearing scarves. Although, many sundresses have sadly been thrown from my closet, a lovely collection of scarves continues to grow! I wanted to share this adorable video full of scarf styling ideas now that autumn has arrived and winter is quickly approaching. Sadly, I must admit most of my autumn/winter clothes were worn far too often during this terribly cold Dutch summer!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sardinian Sunsets

Memories of bright sunshine, warm winds, crisp and cool white wine, delicious cheeses and a few hearty scoops of almond gelato. All in all, a fabulous girls weekend getaway. 

Alghero, Sardinia

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Glassblowing at the Corning Museum

Check out this lovely glass ornament I made! Perhaps glassblowing is my new hobby?


Well, technically, I blew the glass while a professional at The Corning Museum of Glass helped with all the harder parts, you know, with the molten glass and all... I'm pretty delighted with the outcome and am now very tempted to learn more about glass blowing. I was completely mesmerized watching the gooey, melted glass, the artists make it look so easy. Did you know the colors change completely at such high temperatures? 

The museum was very instructional with lots of live glassblowing demonstrations. Honestly, I never really thought much about the history of glass but imagine that in the 19th century every light bulb was hand crafted by a glassblower! What a magical craft to watch in motion, maybe I've found my next hobby. More travel stories to come soon, until then have a happy weekend!

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's always darkest before the dawn

Flying high above the clouds still amazes me, I snapped this picture last week enroute to New York.
It fits perfectly with the song that's been stuck in my head all week...

No surprise that I'm obsessed with the new Florence + The Machine album, Ceremonials. Their first album Lungs was pretty much the soundtrack to my whole life last year. Go on, have a listen.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ketchup Fiets


Has anyone else seen these around Amsterdam? Is there a story behind them, or just a marketing scheme?
Sure, ketchup is popular in Holland but not fanatically loved like it is in the States. Mayo is the french fry topping of choice around here so, I'm dying to know how someone got their hands on a Heinz 57 Ketchup bike.