American Museum of Natural History


Some of my extended family are vacationing in NYC this week, and since I almost never get to see them I took off yesterday afternoon to check out the American Museum of Natural History with them. What a fun place to go with a six-year-old! At first, when we entered the “Mammals of Asia” area with all of the old-school dioramas and taxidermy I was a little worried about how much fun it would be, but the dinosaur exhibits made up for the somewhat boring start and definitely kept Alex (the six-year-old) interested. I have been told that a lot of the dinosaur bones on display are not real, but the exhibit sign said I was touching a real dinosaur egg fossil in the interactive section – that is good enough for me!


cute goings on

twocutiesWhen I am bummed out I do not post on my blog. So, if I haven’t posted in a while it might be because I am bummed… or I could just be busy. Anyway, I am NOT bummed out today! Travis and I accomplished a lot this weekend on Swap-bot and I got to work on this cute little robot for a super-secret project. I have named him “robit.” As always, we still have tons of work to do on our websites, but I have come to terms with the chaos – at least for the time being.

On Saturday, we also got the most delicious sandwiches from Blue Apron Foods. A good sandwich can really make your day! There are so many restaurants and food places around our apartment. We have not even tried a small percentage of them, but two other places that I can recommend are Root Hill Cafe for sandwiches and Long Tan for Thai food. Travis and I went to Long Tan last night on a little date (against Crusher’s wishes) and we had a lamb curry dish and a noodle dish with scallops. Both were awesome and surprisingly very affordable! We will go back.

Another bright point in my life: Travis convinced me to purchase the Brooklyn print by Jim Datz that I was coveting yesterday. I think it is just so cute and clever! I can’t wait to get it framed.

One more note on fun and silliness: I just started playing around with Photobooth on my Mac. I want to take a photo of myself everyday just for fun and documentation. Below are some of my first snaps. The only problem is that I am usually working at the computer in my exercise clothes with icky hair… oh well. Posterity will just have to deal with the truth. 🙂


long weekend!


I am sore. Yesterday we walked all about New York City. First we took Crusher to doggy fun time at Prospect Park. Then, Travis and I went to Manhattan to check out two crafty stores, M & J Trimming and Tinsel Trading Company. I have been hearing about M& J for years and Tinsel is supposedly one of Martha Stewart’s favorite stores in the world! Both stores had a large selection of sewing notions, but I really didn’t find much that I had to have. I don’t have much use for vintage metallic thread or sequin trim… I did pick up some lovely grosgrain ribbon, though. Travis and I also went by the New York Public Library’s main building and Grand Central Terminal. Both were very beautiful. We also shopped a bit at the 5th Avenue Sephora (Travis’ fave store, obviously) and the Lincoln Center shopping mall at Columbus Circle. It was a great day, but we really wore ourselves out. Five hours of walking turns out to be my limit.

More good news: I ordered some beautiful Japanese masking tape and mini post it notes from a really great Etsy store and they arrived yesterday. I can’t wait to use it, but I also don’t want to use it because it is so wonderful – I am too fearful of wasting it! I will probably hang onto it forever, just like I did with some fancy bobbi brown body oil I had saved for special occasions for the last five years… well, I opened it yesterday to use and it smelled awful! It had gone bad. Yuck. I had to throw it away. So sad. Lesson learned: I should just jump right in and use the tape!


cupcake craft night


Last night I attended Etsy Labs craft night for the second time. The theme of last night’s event was cupcakes and it was sponsored by Cupcakes Take the Cake, a (very sweet) blog all about all things cupcake. I had a lot of fun making cupcake cards and tags and eating a delicious peanut butter and chocolate cupcake from Ivy Bakery. (All of the craft supplies and delicious cupcakes were provided for free! So generous!) I got to meet Nichelle from Cupcakes Takes the Cake, and Swap-bot user, luluvision. Meeting swappers in person is the best! I also got to chat just a bit with Danielle and Julie from Etsy. They are the cool people who run the Virtual Labs and do all sorts of Etsy community stuff.

Overall, it was another fun, relaxed night of crafting and chatting. I even got to spread the good word about Swap-bot a bit. If you are in New York City and you like making things and meeting fun, crafty folk, I definitely suggest checking out Etsy Labs’ Monday craft nights.

Etsy Labs craft night


Last night I trekked over to DUMBO in the rain to attend my first Etsy Labs craft night. I was a little nervous to walk into a new place full of strangers, but it was totally worth it! The event was completely laid back and everyone was very friendly. I had a lot of fun meeting new people and I learned how to make a tote bag out of recycled tyvek mailing envelopes. Betz White (author of Warm Fuzzies and Sewing Green) was there teaching us how to make the totes which are featured in her book. My tote turned out slightly wonky due to some not-so-careful sewing, but it was kind of a thrill to walk away from the evening with a cool thing that I had made! I plan to attend more Etsy Labs craft nights in the future. If you are in the Brooklyn area and plan on going to any of the upcoming craft nights, let me know – I’ll bring you some Swap-bot goodies!