Monthly Archives: December 2007

Meet Pacha

Pacha

I adopted Pacha from BARC in Williamsburg on Saturday. She is a 2 year old tortoiseshell persian cat who was abandoned at the shelter with her “sister” a siamese cat who has already been adopted. When she was found she was very matted and flea infested. The nice people over at BARC took very good care of her. Unfortunately her fur was so bad that she had to be shaved but it will grow back soon enough! Pacha is a very petite shy girl that is slowly getting used to her new surroundings. So far she loves perching on the window sills, playing with her carrot and loves to snuggle with me when I go to sleep!
Pacha
Pacha Plays

About BARC Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition’s (BARC Shelter’s) mission is to provide safe haven for homeless animals and find permanent, loving homes for them.

The animals in BARC’s care receive quality food, shelter, and medical attention. BARC meets the needs of the animals through the assistance of dedicated volunteers, revenues generated from the success of our onsite SHOP, BQE Pet Supply, and from private donations.

Established in 1987, BARC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, no-kill, privately funded animal shelter, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.For more information about BARC, visit their website The people and animals over at BARC are both equally wonderful!

Pacha

Pacha and I wish you a wonderful 2008! Happy New Year!

Massimo Giacon + Alessi Nativity + Brooklyn

nativity set

I am back in Brooklyn!

Ok I know it is no longer christmas anymore but can we please appreciate the above nativity set it can be found here

How to Knit Portuguese style

Christmas day

Until probably a month and a half ago I thought there were only two ways to knit, continental and english style (which is how I knit) and then I stumbled upon a very peculiar you tube video on someone’s blog which showed a woman knitting with two crochet hooks, using a knitting pin, and putting the yarn around her shoulders and she referred to it as the Portuguese style. I searched the internet but couldn’t find out much about this variation of knitting. I had to know and wasn’t going to take “I haven no idea what you are talking about” for an answer, since I knew my grandmother who passed away when I was 8 would have known the answer, I HAD to find out. So I went to my personal knitting know-it- alls, my other grandmother, Grandma Honey and her friend Marie who lives next door. My grandmother had no idea what I was talking about and Marie accused me of making it up! Marie is quite the character, to sum her up she is the wonderful hilarious italian woman who lives next door to my grandmother (they have a path between their houses, isn’t that cute?!) she shows up whenever she wants with her portable phone and is not afraid to grab knitting out of your hands and rip out hours and hours of sweat and tears if she sees a single mistake, even if you just learned three hours ago! That Marie is fierce more on that later before I go off on a tangent. Next I went to my dad, now I knew that my dad probably knew nothing about knitting but I thought I would at least give him a chance considering that Portuguese was in fact his first and only language until he was 5 and grew up in Stoughton/Canton MA which has one of the largest portuguese populations in the US and my grandmother was always making me pray novenas to the lady of fatima every time I visited, while knitting or crocheting up a storm AND blessing me with holy water at the same time! That is talent. Whew this is another tangent I could go off on, refer to two posts back about crazy catholic upbringing, but back to knitting. Nothing. To make my story short, I asked a lot of people and got lots of dead ends. To my surprise on Christmas morning, I opened a dvd shaped present from under our teeny tiny christmas tree and was surprised to find “Learn How to Knit Portuguese style”. I immediately called my grandmother (pictured above) and spread the news. Sadly the woman in the DVD knits with regular knitting needles and not crochet hooks oh well. I’ve watched most of it sans knitting needles in my hands but when I get back to Brooklyn am going to break out my yarn stash and prized wooden needles. Stay tuned.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I am in NH for a few more days but will be leaving either Friday or Sat and be back in Brooklyn soon enough.

One Year

mom last thanksgiving

My mother died a year ago today. It is still a bit surreal.

mom, kristen and myself last thanksgiving

pma chapel

The nuns at PMA where my mother was the librarian and I went to school for 9 years had a mass in remembrance of her today at 6:30 am and I felt my life flash by me through my eyes there. I don’t consider myself religious but 13 years of catholic school leaves a lasting impression on you. I thought of myself when I was 5 sitting restlessly at mass staring at the ornate alter especially the angel paintings and wondering why there are stars on one side of the alter and flowers on the other side, my mom sitting in the pews watching me read the first reading (something from ephesians I remember, this is a big deal getting chosen for 1st reading when you are 7) at mass when I was in second grade, my mom watching me receive my first communion in my white dress with the champagne colored flowers that I picked out in my hair, my mom attending mass as a teacher when she taught there, my mom watching me receive my diploma when I was in 8th grade in the shrug that she made, my moms funeral last December 27th with her casket in the middle of the aisle and me bawling my eyes out in the front pew that I cleaned every friday afternoon with sister lucy when I was 10, me sitting at the one year mass admiring the angels on the altar feeling like I am 5 and still wondering what that that phrase in latin painted around the chapel really means when I should be listening to the homily but I have no recollection of it at all. It made me laugh, my mom would have laughed too.

mommy dearest

Rest in peace mom, I love you.

Pod + desk chair

Chair and diaper bag

Here is my newly reupholstered desk chair in action with Pod, my diaper bag. Plans for the rest of the night include finishing my product book for critique tomorrow and getting a good nights rest. Tomorrow is going to be ever crazier than today!

Teaser!

I have been working extremely hard all morning shooting photos, getting together my portfolio, and working on my product book for Pod the diaper bag I have designed. Here is a sneak peak of what to expect!

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