Sunday, October 31, 2010


Happy Halloween everybody!

Justin and I decided we're gonna dress up as Victorian zombies. Or, more accurately, as the ghosts of Lieutenant Roache and his wife...the original owners of our house when it was built in 1890. We are going to stay at home and hope for trick-or-treaters. So if you're in the neighborhood, stop by!

I was REALLY hoping to watch the 1987 masterpiece, “The Worst Witch”...but it's not available instantly on netflix OR on itunes. BUMMER. Maybe we'll go join a video store. Do those still exist?

If you are not familiar with the awesomeness of this seminal film, please see below:
(NOTE: The REALLY next level effects start at the 1 minute be patient)

* The title of this post was inspired by the Shaggs song. So here it is, for your listening pleasure:

The Shaggs, “It's Halloween”

Monday, October 25, 2010


Justin and I are REALLY hoping we get a few trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Unfortunately, we live on a tiny dead end street that's off the beaten it's definitely possible that no little ones will venture down here. But if they do I want our porch to look I gussied it up in the spirit of the season.

I got some really beautiful pinky purple mums and a couple of ornamental cabbages. I love the purples and minty greens with the bright orange of the pumpkins.

I decided to stick with that color palette for my Picasso inspired jack-o-lanterns.

I ended up painting them with screenprinting ink because I happened to have some lying around the house...but I doubt it's I gave them a good coat of matte varnish. Hopefully, now they will be able to withstand the elements.

The only part I actually carved out are the eyes. I LOVE the way they look all lit up at night.

I took Martha's advice and used a strand of twinkle lights wrapped around a jar to light the inside of the pumpkin. It's much brighter than a candle...and I won't be quite as worried about burning the house down.

We finished off the porch by hanging up some colored globe lights in orange, pinky-purple, and clear.

They make the front of the house look a zillion times happier. Justin and I are kinda tempted to leave them up year round.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Fall is truly magical upstate. I love waking up each morning and seeing the bright, beautiful leaves out my bedroom windows. And with all of the trees up here it's like every room in the house has a brand new view!

This is what I see when I walk out the front door...

And this amazingness is right around the corner...

I'm not that into the earthy palette usually associated with fall---browns, burnt oranges, yellows, maroons---but I REALLY respond to the crazy neon oranges and electric reds that I see on these trees around town. Apparently it's impossible to capture with my camera...but I swear, they look radioactive.

Monday, October 11, 2010


My accessories game has become really predictable. I pretty much ONLY wear necklaces. Specifically long jangly pendant necklaces. Every once in a blue moon I'll throw on some bracelets or a brooch or two...but thats about it. As far as rings are concerned, I just wear my wedding band. Never anything else. And I haven't worn earrings in like a decade.

But I'm ready for a change. Dare I add STATEMENT EARRINGS into the rotation?!

I'm talking Edie Sedgwick style over-the-top, long, dangly, shoulder-grazing earrings.

Go big or go home. Who's with me?

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I know posting has been spotty around here lately....but we've had LOTS of guests the past few weeks. So much entertaining means we've had a chance to try our hand at cooking some new seasonal dishes. Our latest: pumpkin, sage, and pecorino ravioli.

Justin and I make homemade pasta a lot but this was our first attempt at ravioli. It turned out pretty darn delicious...and now all we can do is talk about all the things we can fill ravioli with. FIGS! KALE! GOAT CHEESE! PROSCIUTTO! So many possibilities!

The recipe we used came from the cookbook In Season, by Sarah Raven. Her recipe isn't available online so I scanned the page from the book with the ingredients and directions in case anyone wants to give it a whirl. It's posted here.