Saturday, February 22, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Art

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Happy almost March! I don't know about you, but I'm very much looking forward to some warmer weather and less snow. It's absolutely gorgeous in Albany today... we hit 54 degrees! Andrew and I went for a walk through the snow and it seemed like everyone was out enjoying the unseasonably high temps. Unfortunately, it's not going to last long as we'll be dipping back into the 20's this week. In other news, I apologize for the long hiatus. Over the past month, I've been putting in close to 80 hours a week at the hospital on the pediatrics floor. It's been incredibly rewarding and affirming that pediatrics is absolutely the career for me!

Anyway, on to the project!

Over the summer, my grandma gave me some embroidery hoops that she isn't planning on using. I don't do cross stitch, but I figured I could come up with something creative.

I decided to browse the internet for a retro camera image and settled on this one

I converted it to black and white, added "smile," printed it out, and taped it to the back of some cross stitch fabric that I had placed in my hoop.

Holding the hoop up to the window, I traced the camera image onto the fabric.

Next, I used double thick black sewing thread to stitch over the pattern. As you can tell, it's definitely not perfect.

(As I said, I don't really do embroidery... and I was in a bit of a hurry since this project was really me procrastinating on some major med school work that needed to get done.)

Even with the imperfections, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I hung it on the wall with the other embroidery hoops Grandma had given me. I placed a photo from a family snow adventure in the larger of the three hoops, and left the tiny one blank. I'm still thinking about what to do with that one, but seeing a blank canvas on the wall reminds me to keep the creative juices flowing regardless of how busy life can get sometimes.

Also, I know that spring doesn't officially start for about a month, but I'm really longing for it now, hence the Mark Twain spring quote. If you're looking for another easy project, this is how I made the tiny burlap print.

Hope you find this simple project inspiring!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Photo #9

Friday, January 17, 2014

Well, I definitely missed a couple of Fridays, but that's okay. I've had a great few weeks enjoying time with family and friends, so my Friday Photo blogging has taken a back burner until today.

I returned back Albany to find winter in full force. It's not my favorite, but I'm doing my best to enjoy the good parts. I like snow if I don't have to drive in it. I don't mind the cold temperatures if I can be cozy inside with a warm drink, but I am not a fan of frozen nose hairs. I actually really enjoy the sunny days that accompany Albany winters.

This photo is from our first winter on the East Coast. The snow does make for a peaceful photo excursion around the neighborhood. Definitely planning on more winter photography again this year!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NYC for a Day

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, we went to NYC to visit some friends. I flew in from Los Angeles and Andrew picked me up at night in the pouring rain. Unfortunately, I had acquired a cold virus somewhere along my travels and was not feeling up to par. Still, we made the most of our brief visit to the city.

North Face twins

We meandered around Brooklyn, explored DUMBO, walked the Brooklyn bridge into Manhattan, ate delicious food, fought the crowds to gaze upon the tree at Rockefeller Center, and saw a Broadway show.

Most of these photos are from the bridge. I love that thing.

Andrew bought a hat that made it really easy to spot him in crowds. It was kind of like playing where's Waldo.

"The tree! Wait. Wrong tree."

Sorry for the blurry photos. There was very little (no) personal space to get a decent shot.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cinnamon Yum Yums | Recipe

Saturday, December 21, 2013


I hope you are enjoying your holiday season and preparing for Christmas! I love this season for the extra music and baking. In terms of music, if you're looking for some new Christmas music, our church is putting together an Advent Album. My hubby and I are in one of the church bands and have really enjoyed playing and singing with these folks! Find the free downloads here:

Along with plenty of singing, I've been doing a little baking recently. I'm still in the midst of interview season for Pediatric Residency, but I had a dream about these Cinnamon Yum Yums that my mom makes every year, so naturally I asked my sister to send (text) me the recipe.

1 cup butter
5T sugar
2 cups flour
1t vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cream together sugar and butter
  3. Add flour and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. Form into balls, pressing slightly, placed on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes.
  6. While still warm, roll in 1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

I can't believe I've never made these before. Talk about delicious and easy!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Photo #8

Friday, December 20, 2013
Well, it's the Friday before Christmas and I can't wait to be headed home to see family in just a couple of days! 

This Friday photo is from way back in 2004. Growing up, our family had the tradition of going up to the mountains to cut down our own Christmas tree.

Most years it rained, but occasionally we had to brave the snow to find our perfect noble fir.

I'm looking forward to seeing the tree this year! What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

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