Dusting off the Camera..

In this adventure we call life, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and not have time for hobbies or little things that make our souls happy.

The one thing I never seem to make time for is art. In any shape or form. That doesn’t stop me from thinking about projects but actually getting to them seems out of reach.

Lately I have gotten out my Canon camera and have started to capture some of these life moments as they are quickly passing by. It’s reminding me not only how much I love taking pictures, but to slow down and make time for things that make me happy.

Fall in New England is the most beautiful time. I am so grateful to see the beautiful trees everyday and I am making a promise to myself to make more time to capture these moments!

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Handmade Housewarming Invitations

A year ago in February we started our biggest adventure together yet, we became homeowners! The entire process was such a whirlwind. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by boxes inside walls that said “home.” I still find myself smiling and saying “This can’t be real!” every afternoon when I pull into the driveway.

While it took some time for us and the cats to get settled, we decided once the craziness faded we would host a housewarming/engagement party. My one goal (besides to hide all unpacked boxes in the basement) was to design our invitation to send out to our family and friends for the celebration.

I used a mixture of Illustrator and InDesign to create the design. I drew the pictures in Illustrator and then placed out the fonts and background images in InDesign. The rustic wood background I found on Etsy from PaperElement.

Overall I was super happy with the design I created (after making about 3 different designs and a bunch of minor changes over and over again…thanks to my fiancé for being patient 🙂 ) Here it is!

View the PDF here: HKF Housewarming

 

We will call this place our home,
The dirt in which our roots may grow.
Though the storms will push and pull,
We will call this place our home.

Smaller than dust on this map
Lies the greatest thing we have:
The dirt in which our roots may grow
And the right to call it home.

“North” – Sleeping At Last

Homemade Halloween

Another Halloween has come and gone and I decided I should share my homemade costume I made two years ago. I am quite the fan of Halloween and the company I worked for at the time always threw a pretty awesome party in the building’s warehouse area. I had won “Scariest Costume” the year before at the party, so I decided to step my game up…and become a life-sized Barbie.

Creating this costume was so fun. I started with two huge boxes I found at work and taped them together making sure it was big enough for me to fit in. I printed out the Barbie letters and taped them to the box.

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Weekend Wedding in Annapolis, Maryland

I had the wonderful opportunity to head to Annapolis, Maryland for my cousin’s wedding in August. While the drive there was stressful to say the least (New York City and the Jersey turnpike around rush hour is no joke!) it was worth it.

We stayed at the Loews Annapolis hotel which is also where the wedding reception was. It was a beautiful hotel; rustic nautical elements around every corner. Just a step outside was the downtown area full of restaurants, shops, and the Chesapeake Bay. The town itself is full of charm. We had a little bit of time to explore before the wedding and even had a chance to try some of that famous Maryland crab. Yum.

My cousin’s wedding was one of a kind. The duo exchanged vows at the beautiful chapel on the Naval Academy. I have never seen such a beautiful church! The organ itself was like none other. It was simply a once in a lifetime wedding and I was so happy to be a part of it.

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Our Engagement on Block Island

Last Saturday my boyfriend and I headed to Block Island to say goodbye to summer and enjoy a day of bike riding and sightseeing. Little did I know he had much more in store for us!

After getting off the ferry we rented bikes and decided to head to one of our favorite spots near the North Lighthouse. Not too many people head out to see the lighthouse since it is on the other side of the island and is quite the trek to get to. After riding out to it, we then walk for about a mile on the beach. Behind the lighthouse is a very private beach where we went last summer to look for seaglass.

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Hot Summer Sunday at Coventry Farmer’s Market

I finally got to experience the magic that is the Coventry, CT Farmer’s Market at the Nathan Hale Homestead. This is not your average farmer’s market; along with local produce, there are crafts, local food trucks, and various food vendors. There is a little bit of something for everyone, plus plenty of farmer’s to stock up your fridge for the week.

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Spartan Super Race 2015

Grant Strong

On June 21, 2015, I participated in my very first Spartan Super Race in Barre, Massachusetts. The course was 8 miles long with 20-something obstacles standing in between my team and the fire at the finish line. The farm wasn’t just an open field; it was full of woods, streams, and mud after a lot of rain. Obstacles included walls to get over, a barbed wire field, climbing obstacles, and strength obstacles. It took us over three hours to get through the course, but the bragging rights at the end were so worth it.

I joined nine of my friends to form the team Grant Strong. Unfortunately our good friend Grant passed away unexpectedly on May 31, 2015. He was signed up to participate in the Spartan Race. We all came together (rather last minute, I might add) and participated in this event in his honor and memory. I know he was watching us all get through it and was cheering us on from the clouds.

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Lithographs Tattoos: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I got to take part in a very unique project. Lithographs, a company in Cambridge, MA, launched a project on Kickstarter to create the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain. They used text from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

After signing up for the project on Kickstarter, I received my temporary tattoo with my line from the book. I was the 534th member of the chain. My tattoo read “while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying” which is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I decided to put the tattoo next to my real tattoo and include a drawing I have of Alice and The White Rabbit.

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Homemade Christmas: December 2014

As I continue my “catch up posts,” I have decided to write about a more recent event from the past year: Christmas.

The holiday came and went in a blink of an eye but it’s always so much fun decorating and getting gifts together for everyone. I always loving finding and making gifts for my family, boyfriend, and friends. I will admit I am a bit of a procrastinator, but I manage to pull it all off every year.

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