Yearly Archives: 2014

Coffee-Dyed Sashiko Embroidered Napkin

Coffee-Dyed Sashiko Embroidered Napkin

Are you looking for a way to upgrade those boring white cloth napkins? Bob’s your uncle with this simple project that is a combination of techniques-dying fabric with coffee and sashiko embroidery. Both are easy and perfect for a beginner…

Sashiko Embroidered Book Page

Sashiko Embroidered Book Page

Sewing paper makes a really interesting and simple craft. I typically use this technique for temporary projects, like these book pages that will be discarded at the end of a dinner party or event. Something that I’ll enjoy creating, but…

Raw-Edge Sashiko Embroidered Table Runner

Raw-Edge Sashiko Embroidered Table Runner

What fall table is complete without a sashiko-stitched table runner? Until last week, mine! After realizing I had not a single tablecloth or runner, I decided to DIY my own version in preparation for a dinner party. This project is…

Easy Sashiko Projects for Fall Entertaining

Easy Sashiko Projects for Fall Entertaining

Do you get obsessed with ideas or skills? Every few weeks or months I focus obsessively on something–a TV show, hobby, or topic–and spend a lot of my free time researching the topic until my curiosity has been satisfied. My hubby…

The Sudden Clear Blue of Idaho

The Sudden Clear Blue of Idaho

When anyone in Ireland asks where they should go in the States, I immediately say out west: skip New York City, avoid Los Angeles, go straight to Idaho. It’s unlike anywhere in Europe, with a wide openness that can be…

An Afternoon at the Dublin Zoo

An Afternoon at the Dublin Zoo

This summer at the Dublin Zoo, everything was coming up babies! It seemed like every animal enclosure had a baby in it, with monkeys, giraffes, and elephants joining in the fun. It was a perfect way to spend a summer…

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

Instead of sweltering temperatures, withering gardens, and mosquitos, high summer in Ireland is filled with cool temperatures and gardens where creativity and passion take center stage as flowers tumble over stone fences. Gardening is part of everyday life here and a majority of houses…

Touring the Beaches of North Corfu

Touring the Beaches of North Corfu

There’s a famous Greek island off the coast of Turkey that is known for its centurions, despite what the Western world considers indulging in bad habits; a bottle of wine a day, cigarettes, soft drinks. The residents make up for the…

A Simple Greek Inspired Dinner Menu

A Simple Greek Inspired Dinner Menu

Over the past year I realized I was repeating dinners over and over because I sometimes I find it difficult to pair recipes together. I have so many I want to try, but deciding what starter would pair with an…

A Simple Registry Wedding in Dublin

A Simple Registry Wedding in Dublin

A year or so ago, I attended a blogger meetup in Dublin. I’m one to avoid networking simply because the anxiety of being in a room of people I don’t know and feel responsible to meet is a bit overwhelming….

The Best Latte in Marylebone

The Best Latte in Marylebone

Experiences and food are two of the best reasons to travel, and so when my lovely husband came up with the idea of visiting great cafes while traveling, I signed up as fast as I could! Out of ten posibilities, Monocle…

Beautiful Container Gardens in London

Beautiful Container Gardens in London

Those of you who live in cities know that gardening space is usually very limited. We recently moved from a country cottage with virtually unlimited space to a row house in the heart of the city. The move forced me…

A Guide to Watching Trooping the Colour

A Guide to Watching Trooping the Colour

Imagine the quiet excitement filling my chest when I looked up an events calendar and saw that Trooping the Colour would occur during a June business trip to London. I recruited a few friends to come along, and for the…

Dining American Style in Dublin

Dining American Style in Dublin

Two Americans, an Irish man, and a French woman walk into a diner in Dublin and order Cuban sandwiches. It sounds like a start to a joke! But on one rainy Sunday in Dublin, it was real life. After spending a…

Tuilleries to Luxumbourg; A Day Well Spent

Tuilleries to Luxumbourg; A Day Well Spent

Paris is a city made for walking. The metro makes it convenient to hop around, but staying underground means you miss out on most of the beautiful architecture and side streets of Paris. Nowhere else can you get as much…

An Afternoon in the Musée d’Orsay

An Afternoon in the Musée d’Orsay

Does it count as tradition if you’ve only done it twice? If so, we have a tradition that involves the steps of the Musée d’Orsay and a sweet treat and latte from a nearby shop or bakery. Stuffed full of sugar, we head into…

A Surprise Trip to Paris in Spring

A Surprise Trip to Paris in Spring

I can count on one hand the times my husband has surprised me. But when he does, he goes all out. Like the proposal I wasn’t expecting, or a birthday dinner with my family just after we moved home from Nicaragua. This…

La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

From every angle, the Eiffel Tower is a marvel, keeping watch over Paris as tourists come and go. Meanwhile, Parisians go about their business, oblivious to the charming lady in the center of the city.     The view of…

Swell

Swell

The island appears and disappears in the distance as our boat rises and lowers with the swells. An offshore storm has made conditions just rough enough to make the journey to Skellig Michael feel adventurous. We’re unable to land on…

Valentia Island and Portmagee

Valentia Island and Portmagee

By now, the rows of colorful saltbox houses hardly warrant a second glance. Instead of charm, I see old plumbing and drafty windows. I see the cost of replacement slate, and toilets you can barely turn around in. I’m starting to…

Rococo Parrot Tulip

Rococo Parrot Tulip

The tulips that we planted last November came roaring into bloom this month: white, orange, cream and tinted with purple. But my favorite were these Rococo Parrot Tulips purchased at a bargain shop in town. They bloomed like an exotic…

April Skies

April Skies

I stand away from the group looking over the edge of a cliff, my eyes burning from the sun, while I listen to the wind as it rushes around me, lifting strands of hair away from my face. April is my reward for enduring…

Break

Break

I know things have been rather silent here since Christmas. It’s not a reflection of my offline life, which is a hustle from day to day. I just haven’t had time to create as I focus on other projects. I’m…

Simple Valentines

Simple Valentines

For Valentine’s this year, I wanted to do something simple for our team members in Ireland. It wouldn’t be a proper Valentine without sweets, and I had a few miniature takeaway containers (purchased from Michael’s) in my craft armoire.  So…

Lula Kebabs

Lula Kebabs

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We have a staff meeting every week that is a bit atypical. Instead of in a stinky conference room, we meet in our homes, alternating each week. Sometimes we cook together, sometimes we order out, and…

Sunsets and Snowdrops

Sunsets and Snowdrops

The pace of my life has slowed down dramatically over the past week. We’re back from a visit to the States for the holidays. Christmas was celebrated, New Years Eve was slept through, and a new team was launched from…

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