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My bag is a drunk

I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled program (a.k.a. “The Move”) to share some travel pictures with you.

I absolutely love love love it when people who have purchased something from Fat Orange Cat send me photos of themselves using, wearing, holding their apron, tote bag, whatever. For some reason, it makes me giddy to get actual photographic proof that my stuff is being used and loved.

My friend bought a market tote from me and took it on vacation with her as she and her boyfriend (a very good friend of mine) traveled from New York up to Maine. And the bag had many wonderful adventures, starting at a winery.

Apparently, the bag is a bit of an alcoholic. Er….wine connoisseur.

That’s him passed out in the background.

He also took in some gorgeous New England scenery.

I heard a rumor that he may have taken a couple of pint glasses too, but it’s hearsay, there’s no evidence, and I don’t like to gossip.

Thanks for the photos, E & M! You guys are the best!


July 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm 1 comment

Happy birthday, Mom!

I spent today with my family and Alex celebrating my mom’s birthday. We toured a beautiful historic home in Gainesville, Fla., and then had a leisurely lunch – and amazing desserts – outside at a local cafe.

The special gift I was working on in this post became a set of coasters for my mom.

My parents’ family room has touches of burgundy, their kitchen is pale yellow, and their master bedroom is sage, so I chose fabrics that would coordinate with the main colors of their home. Plus, I just love how these colors look together.

This evening, Alex and I bought strings of lanterns for the courtyard. The only source of light we had out there was a bright, obnoxious spotlight, and we’ve been wanting a more subtle way to add some light at night.

Even though we were exhausted by the time we got home, we wanted to string the lights up tonight so they would be ready for tomorrow evening’s dinner party.

And then we decided to hold our own party a day early.


I suppose that’s what the right lighting and a cozy courtyard does. 


December 8, 2007 at 11:43 pm 3 comments


What. An. Exhausting. Week.

On top of having set the goal of opening my Boutique by November 1, I also had an insane week at work. Our member newsletter (which I’m completely in charge of) went out this week, and our annual meeting (which I helped plan and implement) was today. This week was good/fun hectic, but hectic nonetheless. So, as you can imagine, I am thrilled that it’s Friday. And for the first time in months, the weather is breathtakingly gorgeous!


Air conditioning off, windows wide open! The kitties are loving the fresh air.

Opening the Boutique (on time!) was an exhilarating feeling. Thank you to everyone who has given me such positive and encouraging feedback.

And speaking of the Boutique…I’ve updated it. Yes, already. Are you wondering when I sleep? Yeah, me too.

If these look familiar, it’s because they’re similar to the ones that I sent to Jox at the Knitted Blog about a month ago. I loved them so much that I decided to make more.

If you look at the right-hand side of this page, you’ll see two badges under the heading “Handmade stuff rocks!” The first is for the Handmade Pledge. If you’re willing to vow that you will buy handmade gifts this year — or make the gifts yourself — click over to and take the pledge.  Support handmade!

The second badge is for “Handmade Holidays” at Sew, Mama, Sew!, an awesome site that is featuring an entire month’s worth of resources and ideas for sewing your own holiday gifts. Each day is a different theme — yesterday was aprons, today is pincushions, etc. I’m very excited and proud to say that my owl coaster tutorial will be featured in their November 12 “For the Table” post!

My brain has been working overtime all week, and it hasn’t yet slowed down. Alex and I are heading over to our friends’ house for dinner tonight. Some good conversation and a glass of wine should help mellow me out a little.

November 2, 2007 at 5:00 pm 2 comments

Barbeque in the courtyard

Alex and I hosted our first dinner party/barbeque for about 20 friends on Saturday evening, and it went off without a hitch.

I was planning on taking all sorts of photos during the party, hoping to post them here. I managed to take a few “before” pictures…

…but once people started showing up, I got so busy with a million other things that my camera got put to the side.  

Everyone seemed to have a good time, and my two biggest fears — rain and not enough food — were quickly quelled. It rained in the afternoon and cleared up in plenty of time for the party, and Alex and I will be eating leftover spinach and Portobello mushroom frittata, turkey meatballs, veggie pasta salad and grilled red potatoes for a week. We don’t mind at all.

Many of our guests brought bottles of wine, which we appreciated very much. It was a lovely evening with great friends, food and conversation, the rain stayed away, and the cats didn’t get out. My only complaint is that I didn’t take enough pictures, and that can’t possibly even count as a real complaint. Who could ask for more?

Thank you to everyone who graced us with your presence on Saturday, and a special thank you to Kristen, Megan, Candice and Peter for helping the evening go so smoothly!

July 30, 2007 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

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