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Around Town: Garage Sales, Dogs, Jazz and Cherries

Old Orchard. West Toledo, Ohio.

Tomorrow is the Old Orchard Neighborhood Garage Sale. If (and this is a BIG if) we ever decide to move somewhere else in the Toledo, Old Orchard is high on my list of possible new ‘hoods. The location is great and the eclectic mix of home designs adds diversity on an aesthetic level.

Old Orchard Neighborhood Garage Sale

  • Saturday, June 11, 2011
  • 9:00 am — 3:00 pm

For more info on the garage sale, visit the Facebook Event page.

Here are some other event staking place in the Toledo region this weekend:

*100% of the monies raised at the Blues & Jazz Festival will go directly to help feed the hungry in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Henry, Williams, Defiance, Sandusky and Ottawa counties.


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Two Pitties In the City

Over the summer, the amount of content that is delivered to me via Google Reader has tripled. Maybe quadrupled. Pretty scientific, huh? It’s an assortment of reflections, photos, recipes, tutorials, news. Basically, it’s as spastic and eclectic as I am.

There are a handful of blogs that when something new from them pops up in my reader, I get giddy. One of them is a little blog called Two Pitties In the City. If you know me in real life, you know I am an unabashed pit bull lover and advocate. Two Pitties is about, well, two large (and can I say adorable?), “pit bull” type dogs called Ms. M and Mr. B. The posts encompass a variety of topics: having large dogs in a very urban environment (ie — small living spaces with no yards), overcoming breed discrimination, the sites, sound and smells they encounter during their walks in west Chicago and more. Mr. B even takes photos that he shares with his readers. It’s light, entertaining and informative reading.

So if you’re looking for something new to read on the interwebs, I can’t recommend Two Pitties In the City enough.

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My Favorite Things (This Week)

I’ve been infected. No, not infected like some of those Losties over on The Island. I have spring fever — bad. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who curses cold temps and gray skies. I relish them. The more snow the better. You don’t want to know how many knit hats with ear flaps I own.

There is just something about spring time in the city. After hibernating for months, Chicago comes alive. Free concerts at Pritzker Pavilion. Beer gardens and eating brunch outside. Visits to the dog beach. Did I mention flip flops? I wear a pair from May until September.

How was I able to diagnose my fever? My picks for this week’s “My Favorite Things” post clued me in. Just take a look!

I ❤ this band. One of my favorite parts about my previous career was working with developing labels and bands like these guys. There’s nothing flashy about this video but I think that’s the beauty of it. You really focus on the music and get drawn into the sound. I picture myself driving down Lake Shore Drive, windows down and listening to their self-titled debut (cranked up to 11, of course).


Yellow Branches Reuseable Lunch Bag

I pack my lunch every day. While my snacks are nicely organized (thanks Pyrex!), they get tossed into whatever plastic grocery bag I can find. Usually, it’s a nice white and red Target bag. I think it’s time I invest in something a bit more attractive. What do you think?


Dog Holder Hanger

Thanks to Google Buzz, my friend Michelle shared with me a new blog — Dog Milk. Dog culture PLUS modern design? She knows me too well. This pup can hold more than just a couple of tea bags. He was designed by Soon Mo Kang. My iDog does need a friend…


Rosedbud Belt In Marigold

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with this belt. Mere hours after I added it to my list, it was sold out! Visit heartofight’s Etsy shop and browse around.


Spring Chick Necklace

This must be an off week for me. Another Etsy find sold out before I had a chance to purchase.

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My Favorite Things (This Week)

Screenprint from Etsy seller beethings.

Looking at this makes me 1) want to go swimming and 2) chow down on some Goldfish crackers. In all seriousness, beethings has a lot of adorable nature screenprints for sale. Check ’em out!


New Pornographers “Your Hands (Together)”

New tunes from one of my favorite bands. Yes!


I’m a Dog Person T-shirt

Truer words have never been spoken, not that I need a t-shirt to make this declaration. I’m pretty sure strangers already know this about me when they see stray white and black fur on my coat, scarf, sweater, etc.


An acrylic painting from Etsy seller Ummimi.

Bold lines, warm colors and floral patterns. I want it. Now.


For my fellow font nerds:

Be sure to visit The League of Moveable Type for more open source fonts.


Tofino, British Columbia

I want to go to there…

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The Year of the Steph

2010 cannot get here fast enough. I know, I know. Christmas is still two weeks away, why rush it? I’m just really anxious about filing 2009 away in the “done” pile. This past year started off with so much promise but as life is wont to do, those really good things are counteracted with hardship. That’s life I suppose and things could always be worse.

If 2009 was my quarter-life crisis year then 2010 is my response, “The Year of the Steph.” I’m taking the lessons I learned from the past 365 days, storing them away and stepping into 2010 with a new attitude.

This next year is going to be about finding my voice and stepping outside my comfort zone. Luckily, I have a very supportive husband, family, friends and this blog to keep me accountable. So my goals for 2010:

– Cut my credit card debt in half

– Apply for graduate school

– Have an active Etsy store

– Get accepted for the Renegade Craft Fair

Volunteer more (and convince Jeff into becoming canine foster parents!)

And to get things started, I got a sassy new ‘do. Thank you Tiffany at Twisted Scissors. And no, they did not pay me to say that.

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Make a List, Check It Twice

Every year around this time, my in-laws ask me for my Christmas wish list. I’m still not used to this whole “wish list” thing. In my family, we each received three gifts (just like the Baby Jesus – my mom thinks she is so clever). Those three gifts consisted of two “practical” gifts (like gloves, socks, manicure/pedicure supplies, etc.) and one “super special” gift. For example, one year I got an electric guitar (She’s a red Les Paul named Ruby, by the way). Anyways, I’m prepared this year! Below you’ll find my holiday “wish list.”

***Full Disclosure: No one is paying to write these quick reviews or to say particular things in it***

Sewing 101 Beginner Workshop, The Needle Shop

I have been tooling around with my Swinger sewing machine for a few years now but I am not as comfortable with it as I like. I’ve mentioned my love for The Needle Shop previously and would welcome any reason to spend time there. Not only does The Needle Shop have a large variety of designer fabrics available, they also offer a diverse line up of classes.

Shawl Collar Sweater, The Gap

One reason I love winter? Sweaters. Depending when you ask me, I would say that sweaters are my favorite article of clothing. I love the combination of compfy/cozy and simple sophistication. I especially love the versatile sleeves (they can fold up or left down). Perfect for those “office temperature” feuds.

Leaves Fragrance Oil, Bath & Body Works

My sisters got my hooked on this fragrance oil. Love. Any description I attempt to write would not do this lovely little jar justice. If I will say that if I had to bottle up fall/winter/the holidays, this is what it would smell like.

Metallic Dots Rubber Boots, Chooka

I somehow managed to survive my first Chicago winter without a proper winter coat or boots. I am NOT making that mistake again. These rubber boots are tall enough, wide enough and cute enough for me!

iPop Owl Magnets, The Paper Source

I am a complete sucker for stationary and organization supplies. Given an unlimited budget, I could do some serious monetary damage at The Paper Source. These owl magnets will keep my urge at bay.

Expedit Shelving Unit, IKEA

More geeky organization stuff. This little storage case is perfect for organizing yarn and fabric. The square compartments allow you to organize your materialize (color coded!) without hiding it away. You can easily see what you have.

Sponsor an Animal, Best Friends Animal Society

I could not end my list without some sort of dog-related item. Best Friends is an organization that I have admired for a long time. The work the sanctuary does is amazing. They take in animals of all shapes, sizes and species. Best Friends has a Sponsor an Animal program in which you can sponsor an animal of your choice for $25. Last year, I sponsored an elderly border collie mix. I am thinking about an elderly beagle for this year, just to keep things even.

What about you? What’s on your wish list? What traditions do you and/or family practice? Share them in the comments section. Don’t be shy!

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Just As I Promised

Thanks to The T-Shirt Deli, my gift was the hit of the baby shower. Well, after the crocheted and hand quilted baby blankets. I wish I was THAT talented. The “Someone In Chicago Loves Me” onesie Jeff and I made got a laugh out of everyone but that might have more to do with the packaging (the doggie bag and the bag of chips that accompanied the onesie).

I also included a handful of books for the wee one, dog-themed of course. They included Harry the Dirty Dog and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

If you haven’t already, you should visit The T-Shirt Deli. It’s a great place to pick up a gift for someone special. They have all kinds of garments (hoodies, t-shirts, kid tops, dog shirts, etc.). I’m particularly fond of the Chicago designs but they have three ring binders full of prints. You can also add lettering. Every order comes in a doggie bag with a side of potato chips. No joke.

You can check out the shower decorations and what not via my flickr feed (the balloons were all me).

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