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    make-believe: thanksgiving outfit.

    1. silk blouse 2. scarf 3. necklace 4. apron 5. triangle hoops 6. skinny cords 7. sam sifton’s thanksgiving 8. flats Thanksgiving is such a good holiday. No presents, but hefty portions of good…

    November 15, 2012 13 Comments
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    clutter-free holiday decorations.

    We needed to take things up a notch with our holiday decorations this year. I knew we’d put up the usual lights and candles and tree, but I had a hankering for something extra sparkly,…

    December 6, 2016 34 Comments
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    a peace and justice advent calendar.

    The season of advent begins on Sunday and this week, when I pulled the pieces of the advent calendar that I made last year out of the cardboard box where we stash our holiday decorations,…

    November 23, 2016 32 Comments
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    gift wrapping alternatives.

    Christmas is on Friday. And I have a hunch that some of you might be in the midst of wrapping presents. Or, at least, starting to gather together the gifts that you’ve slipped into various…

    December 21, 2015 16 Comments
  • thankful squash | reading my tea leaves


    Delicata squash with rosemary and thyme. Waiting for olive oil, a roasting pan, and a hot oven.In case a bit of quiet-seeking finds you on the internet today, a word of gratitude for finding…

    November 26, 2015 6 Comments
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    gifts for the host from mouth.

     This post is sponsored by Mouth, a company that’s committed to helping folks find the best indie food products on the market.We’re still firmly in the pack-a-bag, search-for-tickets, and try-not-to-get-underfoot-in-the-kitchen part of our lives when…

    November 19, 2015 3 Comments
  • nails reading my tea leaves

    my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week.1. this sourdough.{because james is back at it.}2. these fancy nails .{but really the chance to spend a weekday morning out of the coffee shop office. nail tutorial forthcoming thisaway.}3.…

    October 16, 2015 16 Comments
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    life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #115: Downsize holiday decor.December in New York practically begs for more light. When it gets dark by 4:00 in the afternoon and when the sky’s still pitch black when you wake up in…

    December 10, 2014 12 Comments
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    my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this basket. {useful anew now that we’ve got a very wriggly little bug. good for sneaking a shower and other things.} 2. freshly laundered blankets. {because it’d been an…

    November 21, 2014 13 Comments
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    life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #114. When there aren’t enough chairs, put your plate on your lap.  This is a photo of my mom on her wedding day, eating from her lap. Extreme cuteness of my mom aside,…

    November 19, 2014 10 Comments