The first of November.

Hello all.  I realize that this space has been quiet for quite sometime now.  I apologize for this.  Life just got a little too crazy, I suppose.  Expect more posts on here from me in the coming weeks because I've got lots to share (including all of the recipes I made with our home garden produce).  I've also got a big, big announcement to share!  But first, I wanted to let you know that my time on the interwebs has not been completely stagnant these past few months.

Doe Run Farm makes some outstanding artisan cheese.
I'm a new contributor for Handmade in PA- a blog from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen!  It's an exciting new venture for me since I love sharing handmade adventures and stories with anyone who will listen.  

Autumn Splendor at Terrain at Styers.
Today's post is about an autumn visit to Terrain in Glen Mills, PA.  We visited a few weeks back for Terrain's annual Autumn Bounty Festival.  We got to taste some really delicious cheese and take in all of the delights of the season.  And since today is the first of November, I thought it might be a nice post to share with you all.  Click here if you'd care to read it.


Etsy's new "About Me" page

Have you seen Etsy's new "About Me" page in sellers' shops?  I somehow just noticed this yesterday- it's been around since early June, at least.  This shows you just how bad I've been this summer with maintaining my shop.  Shame on me!

The new "About Me" section really allows the shop keeper's personality to shine through- which I really like- and serves as a forum for the maker/curator to put a face and voice behind their work or shop.  I set mine up yesterday and I think it can use some sprucing up in the future (I love the slide show in the upper section of some of the pages I've peaked at and I know I definitely need a few more "studio" shots to really take advantage of this).

But for now, here she is.  What do you think?  If you have an Etsy shop, and have set up your "About Me" section, please link below.  I'd really love to read them. :)

Or see it here.




My Moo Minicards

I arrived home from work yesterday to find a special surprise awaiting me at my doorstep.  My Moo Minicards!  It was a surprise because they weren't due to arrive until the 21st of August.  Fortunately for me, I'll have them for this Saturday's Celtic Festival at Spyglass Ridge Winery, in Sunbury, PA.

I've been making my own business cards for the last few years now, employing a variety of media to create them- including rubber stamps (both purchased and hand carved), water color paper, and water color paint washes.  As much as I love these cards, and all of the handmade work that goes into making each and every one of them, I often wished I had something that showcased my work just a little bit better.  

The Minicards by Moo Cards were the perfect solution for this.  Now I will have a set of cards that feature images of my work as well as my original, more simple handmade ones.  

I am seriously impressed with the superb quality of these cards! And with the packaging.  I am already scheming up my next order.

Below is a little montage showcasing their awesomeness.  I just loved the presentation.  


A set of 100 MiniCards cost only $19.99 and believe me when I say they are worth every cent.  I also purchased a Minicard holder (bottom left image) that I can store in my purse without messing up my cards (which are usually shoved in random pockets in my wallet).  The total cost of my order was around $26 after shipping and handling and a promo code that I found somewhere online.  If you are interested in your own set of Moo MiniCards I would hop on over there now.  Seriously.  You need them in your life.

If you've ordered your own, I'd love to hear about them.  If you have links to your own cards, please share them in the comments!


Oh Hello, Mr. Monkey

This week I sewed up a sock monkey for one of two sets of friends expanding their families this fall with their first little baby.


When I was younger, and still in college, I love sewing sock monkeys.  Until this past week, it had been years since I had sewn one of these cheeky little fellows.


I think that this guy right up there is surely one of my favorites.  He's a dandy about town and is looking quite dapper in his polka dotted bow tie.  The bow tie really sets off his personality, I think.


His isn't perfect, of course.  I really don't think any sock monkey should be.  But I quite like him and I hope little Liam will too, some day soon.  I think my other pair of friends are in need of a sock monkey for their baby as well.  Every little one needs a sock monkey friend, don't you agree?

Turks Head Music Festival this Sunday!!

Happy Friday, my friends!  I'm kicking off my summer festival season this Sunday at West Chester, PA's Turks Head Music Festival.  I am really, really excited about this one, folks!  What is better than live music, sun and handmade goodness!  If I wasn't setting up shop at the event, you'd most likely find me sprawled out on the grass with Dan, our pup, and a picnic basket full of delicious treats.  

The festival is celebrating their 30th year on Sunday.  Click here if you are interested in checking out some really great shots of years gone by- all the way back to July 24, 1983. (I turned two years old exactly on that day. :) )  The 1983 shots are my favorite.  Anyways, they have live music planned all day from 11am-8pm with early morning yoga if you anyone is interested.  (Awesome, right?)  

Here is a little peek at what will be included in my booth spread this Sunday:

And here is the rad event poster created by Whiskey and Chocolate:

Finally, because they are just really awesome, here are some of my favorite shots from the 1983 festival:
Source: West Chester Recreation
Source: West Chester Recreation
Source: West Chester Recreation

So, if you find you happen to be in the area, stop on by!  

Coming soon: Lots of zucchini recipes!


From the Garden: A Recipe Series

Happy Summer,  dear readers.  I can't believe that we've nearly arrived at the 4th of July already!  Dan and I kicked off the summer with a bottle of wine and a quiet night on the evening of the summer solstice. We spent the better part of the spring and the first few days of the summer tending to our little garden.  

I haven't been very good with the regular garden updates on here that I had hoped to do, but things seemed to be moving so slow out there and then all of a sudden- bam! - we have a full blown bounty of plants on our hands! It's incredible, really.  The other day Dan and I shared a high five after we discovered a beast of a zucchini lurking underneath the plant's lush leaves.  The zucchini must measure 2 feet long, I kid you not!  I haven't cut it yet because we are still working our way through a little zucchini and yellow squash harvest from a few days ago.  Which brings me to the point of this post- this week marks the beginning of a regular series I will be running here on the blog from now until the end of the gardening season.  

My From the Garden: A Recipe Series is just that- a seasonal recipe series featuring fruit and vegetables that have, in one way or another, come "farm to table"-  with "farm" being the little raised garden bed that sits just outside our kitchen door, of course.  

Dan and I had container gardened for the last few years when we lived in the city, but we had never reaped so many bountiful rewards as this season promises us (knock on wood, of course!).  It's really quite fascinating- our four tomato plants are heavy with green tomatoes, the zucchini and yellow squash plants have made several attempts to take over the garden full force.  We've cut back some of the large, umbrella like leaves and have given the sunlight back to our yellow, green and red peppers.  Cucumber vines creep their way around the garden, via the fence, despite the cucumber trellis we were training them on.  And the basil- oh, the basil! I have been making weekly batches of pesto- jarring it up and using as we see fit through out the week before another batch must be made.  Honestly, growing this garden may have been one of the best decisions we've made all year!

So, when ever you see the above badge know the featured recipe and the meal we shared with it, is extra special.  What you can expect: fresh pasta sauce (using our plum tomatoes), seasonal salads incorporating a melange of heirloom, cherry and early girl tomatoes, lots of zucchini and squash dishes, peach pie, perhaps? And many, many more.  

Through out the series I will post photo updates of the garden as well as information on how we constructed the raised bed and what varieties we are growing.  If you would like to suggest a favorite recipe of yours, please feel free to do so!  

In the meantime, here is a glance at what the month of June brought us:

From top left, clockwise: Our first red tomato; Figs; Zucchini Blossoms, freshly picked for dinner; Green Bell Peppers; A handful of raspberries- the birds got the rest; and finally- Our first yellow squash with a trio of figs.

Kayaking on the Brandywine

Dan celebrated his thirty-third birthday a few weeks back.  In honor of his special day the two of us took a day off of work, woke up early, and drove to the Brandywine River for a day of kayaking.


The Brandywine River Valley, located just outside of Philadelphia, is really a sight to behold.  I had been introduced to this region without even knowing it when I fell in love with the work of American realist painter Andrew Wyeth, particularly his scenes of the Kuerner Farm and his Helga series, while studying Art History as an undergraduate.  Wyeth,  a realist painter, was inspired by the rolling hills and farms of the Brandywine Valley and the surrounding countryside.  When I travelled to the region for the first time in 2006, while visiting the Brandywine River Museum (which features a collection of three generations of Wyeths), I felt as if I had just stepped into one of his paintings.  Now, we travel to the region at least once a year for our annual Memorial Day picnic at the Chaddsford Winery or pass on through while traveling to meet friends.  And every time, I still can't keep Wyeth's haunting images out of my head.

Our little kayaking adventure was another chance for me to experience Wyeth's landscapes, but this time via a 13 mile trip down the Brandywine River.  It was a wonderful day, and hopefully the beginning of a yearly tradition.


During our 3 hour kayak trip, we did not see one other soul on the river (aside from the normal aquatic life!)
Northbrook Canoe Company was amazing.  We started our trip at the main office and were greeted by a very nice man from Northbrook at the end of our trip, who drove us back to get our car.
Dan made friends with a few little ducks.
Everything was so, so lush.

Absolutely no one in sight.  Heaven, frankly.  
A happy birthday boy.



Everdeen Earrings in the Shop!

The Everdeen Earrings were received with such great response in my giveaway that I have decided to release them early into my Etsy shop.  The rest of the collection is schedule to be released mid-July so keep your eyes out for them!
Everdeen Earrings

Now in my shop!

The Everdeen Earrings are adorned with hammered copper tear drop shapes that give the earrings a very organic look.  Faceted Labradorite coin-shaped beads are suspended at center and wire wrapped to a vintage, raw brass chain.  The earrings are finished with hand-forged brass ear wires.

The Everdeen Earrings are part of my upcoming limited supply Summer/Fall Collection.  Please stay tuned for more!!


The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair


This is a photo heavy post, so I'll keep my commentary brief!  Since moving out of the city last October there have been certain things that Dan and I have grown to really, really miss- particularly this time of year, when the nights are warm and it's so easy to while away the hours seated outside a cafe or riding our bikes through the city.  But its nights like last evening when I am reminded just how fortunate we are to have found ourselves in our new town- Wayne, Pennsylvania.  

Sure, it isn't quite as exciting as our old neighborhood, but it has its own small town charm and offers us little treasures like the Devon Horse Show that just really put a smile on my face from ear to ear.


We decided to visit the Devon Horse Show last evening, at the spur of the moment, when a few friends asked us to join them.  I'm so happy that we did.  The Devon Horse Show, founded in 1896, is considered to be the oldest and largest outdoor horse show in the United States.  Dan and I, having never been to a horse show, were like children in a candy store.  There was such a charm to the place and it was a prime people watching event.  To be honest, having come just from work, I felt a bit undressed but I'll be prepared to wear my finest sundress next year, and perhaps a nice big ol'hat, too- because, why not, right?

I'll also come armed with a picnic basket full of treats and a bottle of wine and make a nice romantic date out of it.    



The Horse Show is also considered the area's Country Fair (a tradition dating back to 1919) and offers everything you'd hope for in a fair- included fresh cut french fries, cotton candy, and a classic ferris wheel.  But with a mini Capital Grille, Anthropologie, Terrain, and Trove- it sure was the swankiest country fair I've ever attended.  

Anyways, enough rambling- on with the photos:




Our new friend.  Horses are such beautifully fascinating creatures.


A restored 19th century Wells Fargo Stage Coach:
In the mid 19th century, Wells Fargo stage coaches criss-crossed the American West delivering mail.  Stopping only to change horses, the run from St. Louis to San Francisco could be made in 25 days.  In 1869, the Gold Spike joined the rails of the Transcontinental Railroad, bringing to an end the era of the stage coach.


Last evening's jumping event, which featured elite athletes and horses, was incredibly special because it is regarded as one of the deciding factors in who will compete on the U.S. show jumping team at this summer's London Olympics.  We certainly picked a great night to attend!


For a detailed history of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and for some lovely old photos of the event, click here.

A Wonderful Weekend



I wanted to wish you all a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend (for those in the US).  Whether you are celebrating the holiday or not, I hope that wherever you find yourselves, that you are surrounded by friends, loved ones and that you have an amazing and relaxing weekend.

Dan and I will be spending today bbqing with friends.  And I'm currently steeping some rosemary from our garden in a simple syrup to make these tasty Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktails later on.  Tomorrow a few of us will gather at Chaddsford Winery for their annual Blues Festival.  I really can't wait for this- it's one of the greatest days of the year in my opinion. :)  Last year, I snapped the above image while lounging on the winery's grounds.  I love this photograph.

I also wanted to announce the winner of my Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway and thank you all for participating.  I was so excited to read all of your recommendations and I am looking forward to checking into each and everyone of them.  From all of your suggestions, my summer reading list seems very promising!  Also, I wanted to send a genuine welcome to all of my new followers.  I'm so happy to have you here.  Welcome.

So, with that said, the winner of my Everdeen Earring Giveaway is:

Appie, number 72, who recommended the Left Behind Series.  Congratulations Appie!  I will be contacting you shortly. 

Everdeen Earrings Giveaway


That's right folks! You heard it here- Monday marked Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day!  Giveaway Day is awesome, to put it frankly, and it is a chance for you to win many, many amazing handcrafted items from some very talented crafters. Bloggers and shop owners are giving away fabric, handmade bags, items for the home, jewelry, and accessories - the list goes on and on!


I happy to announce that I am participating for a second time.  My giveaway back in December was such a success and I was so happy to make new blog friends through it all.  This time around I am giving away a pair of earrings from my Summer collection, which will be released near the end of June.


Like the Atenas Earrings, this pair is adorned with hammered copper tear drop shapes that give the earrings a very organic look. Faceted Labradorite coin-shapped beads are suspended at center and wire wrapped to a  vintage, raw brass chain.  The earrings are finished with hand-forged brass ear wires.

Now, on to the giveaway, shall we.  One winner will be chosen at random, but in order for you to enter you MUST answer a particular question of mine in the comment section.  I'm looking for new summer reading and I'd love to hear what you all have to recommend for me!  I just finished up the Hunger Games (book one) and once that series is over with, I'll be itching for a new read.  And as a side note, the Everdeen Earrings may or may not have been named as such because of my most recent read. *wink*

So, in the comments, please tell me:

WHAT BOOK(S) DO YOU THINK I SHOULD ADD TO MY SUMMER READING LIST?

It's as simple as that.  I'm also offering up a second chance to win if you are a follower of my blog (as a thank you).  You in no way have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do- please let me know in a SECOND comment! 

One winner will be chosen at random on Saturday morning (9:00 AM), May 26th!  If you do not have an email attached to your profile, please be sure to leave it in the comments so that I can contact you.  Also, if you are running a giveaway- let me know! I'd love to swing on by. :)

And one more thing: I will ship INTERNATIONALLY!

Best of luck everyone!!

Custom wedding jewelry sneak peek

Oh hey, this is my 100th post!! Awesome. :)

I just recently finished up a set of wedding jewelry for a lovely bride from Missouri.  Once all of the photos are edited and ready for viewing I'll post them here with a little bit of background about the design and the brides' inspiration.  But in the meantime, I wanted to share a little sneak peek of the pieces:


Blue and green seem to be the wedding popular colors these last few seasons- which is fine by me because they look amazing together!

In other news, our garden is sprouting up quite nicely.  I think that I may even be able to snack on my strawberries in a week or two!  Dan and I are very lucky that our garden did not suffer too badly in the terrible flood our street experienced the other night.  Unfortunately, our elderly neighbors across the street from us were not so lucky.  Their garden was completely submerged in the flood waters and now they will have to destroy their entire bed of lettuce and all of the other crops.  I didn't see their garden, but Dan did.  From what he told me, our garden pales in comparison to theirs.  Hopefully, since we are only at the beginning of the planting season, they can salvage what is left of this spring and replant.  

Emmaline Bride feature!

As I was going through some unpublished posts of mine I realized that I've been keeping something very exciting from you all!  On March 8, Helen Ethel Studio was featured on Emmaline Bride!!  Here is the link if you care to take a gander.  Emma, who is the absolute sweetest, featured the Art Deco inspired wedding collection that I made last spring.  It was such an honor to have my work shown among the many other artisans on the Emmaline Bride blog.  In addition to the feature, Helen Ethel Studio is honored to be a featured artisan in the Marketplace!  I've been busy working on a new collection specifically designed for bridal parties.  It is all centered around my Allegory of Spring earrings which are proving to be quite popular.  Hopefully we'll see it in the Marketplace soon. :)

Honestly, I can't believe I forgot to mention this on here!  Better late, than never I suppose!

Scooped Ice Cream, West Chester, PA

I've been a bit preoccupied with thoughts of ice cream as of late.  With the warmer weather I was reminded that finally, finally, we have a kitchen with amble counter and storage space to comfortably operate and store a homemade ice cream machine.  I've been wanting one for years but the size of our old apartment's kitchen shattered my dreams of cool, creamy homemade ice cream confections.  

These thoughts were only strengthened when Dan's sister and her daughter took us to a delicious little ice cream parlor in West Chester, Pennsylvania a few Saturday's ago.  I snapped a few shots of the quaint shop to share with you all.


Scooped Ice Cream is a small ice cream parlor that offers housemade ice cream and gelato at their two locations in downtown West Chester and in Chester Springs, where the ice cream is made.  The shop's use of local ingredients (including cream, fruits and chocolate) sourced from a certified free-range and organic farm in Lancaster, Pa is evident in the quality of the ice cream.  My two scoops of Mint Chip were so creamy and absolutely delicious they left me craving another visit in the near future.


Scooped offers an exciting and somewhat unusual variety of flavors that change daily and seasonally. When we visited, there seemed to be the traditional varieties available and less of the more exotic flavors, but all seemed enticing.  I tasted a few, including a raspberry chocolate chip, but settled on the tried and true mint chocolate chip.  

Other flavors that the shop has made are Candied Bacon in Maple ice cream, Bailey's Irish Cream, and Cookie Monster.  Dan's sister raved about their Cantaloupe ice cream offered in the warmer summer months.  Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be any gelato offered when I was there.  I suppose that only means that I need to go back for another visit!  According to Scoops twitter account, which posts updates on the changing flavors, Coconut Macaroon, Chocolate Hazelnut and Espresso are amongst their gelato flavors.  According to a commenter on FourSquare, Scooped also makes a Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt ice cream.  In all honesty, I might actually stalk a business for a taste of that ice cream!

The West Chester location was perfectly quaint and everything you'd expect and hope an ice cream parlor to look like.  According to this article, the location is said to have once been a speakeasy. Even better.

So even though I don't have the capabilities of making my own ice creams and gelati yet, I find comfort knowing that Scooped is there for me when I am in need.  

Address and info on both Scooped locations:

Scooped Ice Cream on Urbanspoon Scooped Ice Cream & Gelato on Urbanspoon

We planted a garden.

Yesterday, Dan and I muscled up and constructed and planted a raised garden.  Here are a few photos of the process.  Later this week I'll be posting a more detailed account of the process, including what we planted, and how it is organized.  From there, I'll be posting weekly updates on it's progress.  We are so excited to embark on our little raised garden bed adventure. :)

The raised garden bed, with a layer of enriched soil.
Arranging the plants.
Plants, after planting.  I'll be adding a few more later this week.
Our helper. :)

Happy Friday


Thursday afternoon, heading home from work.  Shot while waiting for my bus.

Happy Friday, friends. I don't have anything too exciting announce- other than the fact that it is Friday (as you all are aware), and that makes me very, very happy. It's been an odd and busy sort of week and I am extremely thankful for the weekend. I thought I'd share a collection of photos I snapped over the past few weeks with you all. I don't think I do this enough, and I'd like to change that. So from now on readers, please expect a few random photo posts. I hope you don't mind.


Self portrait, snapped Thursday afternoon while playing around with the new Visual Supply Co. app.  Please excuse my appearance- I woke up yesterday two hours late and panicked with no time to get ready for work.  Like I said, I'm very happy today is Friday.

A quite afternoon at Independence Hall.

Heidi, all prepped for her walk during the deluge we were greeted with Saturday night.
Dan took me on a hike two weeks ago.  We walked a trail he had discovered a few weeks back that he has been walking regularly with Heidi.  It's such a lovely, hidden little gem.  

Dan and Heidi, while on the hike.

Flying a kite
My photo of Dan flying a kite in the Outer Banks last spring was featured in the Pioneer Woman's Phone Photos competition.  I didn't win, but it was exciting to see another one up on her blog. :)
                                  

Simpson House Tea Room, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

This past weekend, Dan and I were fortunate to have my parents visit us over the Easter holiday weekend.  On Saturday my mom and I visited the Simpson House Tea Room in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania while Dan and our fathers went golfing.  The visit to the tea room for a traditional English tea was a first for both of us and we really had such a wonderful time.  

The Simpson House Tea Room is located in a restored farmhouse that dates back to the 1890s in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.  The decor is bright and airy without being too overly sentimental.  It recalled, what I would imagine, as an English cottage.  We enjoyed a traditional full afternoon tea, or "low tea", that consisted of a mixture of savory and sweet finger sandwiches, scones, and sweet confections.
Simpson House offers an assortment of over 100 loose teas ranging from Black teas, to Rooibos to a variety of Green teas.  
Our "Royal Tea", as it was described, included a pot of tea for each of us.  We both ordered from the Easter specialty menu which included approximately 6 or so seasonal teas.  My mom enjoyed a Black tea infused with white chocolate chunks and I chose a caramel Rooibos tea that was divine.  The caramel flavor seemed to develop throughout my meal- I really wish I had inquired about the possibility of purchasing the tea to take home!  My mom really enjoyed hers as well and it smelled delicious.  Our individual pots included an ample amount of tea that carried us through the meal and remained warm until the very last sip.
The meal began with a choice of three house made soups.  I chose a tomato basil soup and my mom went with a Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Corn soup that appeared to be lighter than the typical chicken corn soups I am used to seeing.  The soups were paired with salads composed of fresh greens with what I believed was a raspberry vinaigrette.

Next was the delicious tiered tower o'sandwiches!
The tiered tower included a mix of twelve sweet and savory tea sandwiches, including chicken salad on a buttery croissant; refreshing cucumber and cream cheese; vegetable cream cheese; egg salad; apricot with cream cheese; and a cinnamon infused butter between swirled cinnamon bread.  They were delicious and meticulously constructed!

Following the finger sandwiches were two gigantic sugar crusted scones.  Basically a dessert themselves, they were light and moist, with a slight chewiness to them reminiscent of the homemade biscuits my grandmother used to make.  Divine.
The scones were served with a trio of condiments including homemade lemon curd, raspberry jam, and Devonshire Cream.  I'm drooling on my keyboard as I write this.  Seriously.  I could not get enough of the Devonshire Cream.
For dessert (that right, there's more!) we were graced with three different sweet confections.  We couldn't believe the sight of this dessert plate after enjoying the previous courses.  The dessert included homemade coconut macaroons, gingerbread squares and individual pots of cream that were topped with  homemade whipped cream, a fresh strawberry, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.  By this point, we were absolutely stuffed so we decided to enjoy the potted creams and have the other desserts boxed up to take home with us.  Boy am I happy we made that choice.  The potted creams, which were described as a sort of take on a Boston Cream Pie, were so, so good!

I have only good things to say about our experience at the Simpson House Tea Room.  Our meal was purchased through a Groupon that Simpson House offered back in October of 2011.  Even though we payed half of what the Royal Tea is regularly priced at, everyone in the establishment treated us as if we were paying full price (and that is not always the case when it comes to Groupons or other similar deals).  We felt very welcomed throughout our visit- I really can't say enough.  It was also a very special was to spend the afternoon with my mom, who I don't see enough.

I will conclude by saying that I will be back, Simpson House Tea Room- that Devonshire Cream is out of this world!  If you are ever in the Philadelphia/King of Prussia/Chester Springs area, please pay it a visit.  You will not be disappointed.  



Simpson House Tea Room on Urbanspoon

My Weekend in Pictures

Happy Monday everyone.  This weekend was a quiet one for Dan, Heidi, and I.  With the rainy, cool weather on the East Coast we weren't really up for doing too much running around and opted to stay indoors where it was warm and cozy.  I actually preferred this because I got a bunch of work done on projects that I wanted to do for myself.  I thought I'd share a few of the photos with you.

We had an embarrassing amount of brown, mushy bananas is the freezer that were just waiting to be used up so I made deliciously moist Banana Blueberry muffins on Saturday morning.  I'll be sharing that recipe with you later this week - it's a winner, for sure.  I also used some of that banana to make Banana Coconut pancakes on Sunday morning.  Those were also quite delicious.

I nearly finished my Wiksten Tank.  Isn't it lovely?

Wiksten tank, in progress.

I really struggled with the neck line.  I'm not quite sure what happened but I think I'm going to pull out my stitches and try it again.  It's also gaping a little bit in the front and back, but it's nothing that I can't live with and I think with a little tweaking I can get a better fit in the future.  I really like the pattern and for the most part (excluding that curved hemline!) it's a quick one to sew up.  I'll definitely be making more for my spring wardrobe.  

I also turned these little guys:


Into this:

Isn't it fantastic?!  I'm ridiculously excited about my new desert terrarium.  Here are a few more shots:
Aerial View

Detail, showing the terrarium's curious little inhabitant.
Please excuse the photos.  I snapped them with my phone but I intend to get some better shots with  my camera in natural light.  I'll be doing a post dedicated to this terrarium detailing the materials, cacti and succulents used.  Readers, I am seriously in love with this.

A few more highlights included finally watching the English-version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  We saw the Swedish-version a few months back and had been really looking forward to the 2011 film.  I'm completely enwrapped in the second book, The Girl Who Played with Fire, so viewing the film served as a nice little recap for me.  AND Sunday was the season premiere of The Killing.  Ah, yes.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, as well!  I'm looking forward to a four day work week (hooray!) so Monday doesn't seems quite so bad. :)