Thursday, July 28, 2011

Etsy Shop: Nahbi Craft

In the spirit of simplifying my life and letting go of material things, I've listed a few (and I do mean only a few) vintage items in my Etsy store.  More items, both vintage and handcrafted, will be listed soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Currently Coveting: Turkish Peshtamel Towels

Jon is flying in tonight for a long weekend in Brooklyn.  We're planning on making the trek out to Rockaway Beach this Saturday.  I wish I had that lovely grey peshtamel towel to take with us.  Do you know about these towels?

These towels are traditionally used in Turkish bath houses.  They are lightweight, super absorbent, and can be used in a number of different ways.  I've seen them priced as high as over $100 but a quick Etsy search led to many sources that are available at $25 or less and in a variety of patterns and colors.  My boss just left for a vacation to Turkey.  I put in my request for one peshtamel towel, straight from the source.

Monday, July 25, 2011

What I Saw: The Muppets Exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image

Mayor Bloomberg in Muppet Form

Sunday I met up with a few of my friends at the Museum of the Moving Image to see the museum's newest exhibit, Jim Henson's Fantastic World.  It will be on display through January 16, 2012 so you have plenty of time to make it out to see this amazing exhibit.  

I have never been to an exhibit where I have been around so many smiling and laughing adults.  Seeing the different characters that I recognized from my childhood in person definitely brought up some long forgotten memories.

I appreciated being able to see this comprehensive look of Jim Henson's evolution as a puppeteer.  It was really great to see the process by which these characters and fantastic worlds were created.  You are able to see the entire process, from the first original sketches to the finished props and puppets.

We were also able to see The Muppet Movie on the big screen at the museum.  Lots of people were singing along and laughing outloud, young and old.  Watching the movie as an adult was definitely a different experience, probably better as I understood all the gags and jokes that I didn't catch when I was a kid.  

If you have some time, get out to Astoria and see this exhibit before it's gone.  We got there around noon and it was not at all busy.  By the time we left a few hours later there was a long line for admission to the museum. It's $10 for admission to everything.  Just remember to request a ticket to the movie when you pay for your admission.

This is fast becoming one of my favorite museums.  I'll be back soon.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recent Random Points of Interest

Can you imagine waking up to this???  For a very steep fee you can sleep under the Indian Ocean when visiting the Maldives.  Adding it to the wanderlust list!  (via Apartment Therapy)

I recently saw a documentary about the Hood to Coast relay race at Indie Screen in Williamsburg.  (By the way, this is a great theater that is less than a year old.  They have a great selection of movies and it's actually a very pleasant experience going to see a movie there - read: not crowded or annoying - as opposed to going into the city to see a movie.  If you're local, please consider checking them out!)  This relay race covers a 200 mile course starting at Mount Hood that winds its way through Portland and then out to the coast (hence the name Hood to Coast).  You have a team of 12 people, all who run three different legs of the race.  The movie itself was really inspiring, enough so that I am going to start training for long distances again in the hopes that my friend gets a team together for next year's race.

The Museum of the Moving Image has a fantastic Jim Henson/Muppets exhibition on display this month.  On Sunday I'm meeting some of my friends to go see it!  Jon and I were able to attend the museum's opening this past winter and I'm anxious to go back.

Finally, I've been itching to get out to Rockaway Beach.  The weather has been atrocious as of late and I am dreaming of an afternoon by the ocean, preferably with an excellent book, a bunch of friends, and at least one frozen cocktail (although a mango on a stick would suffice in a pinch). 

Currently Coveting: Theater Clouds

Elly MacKay produces miniature tableaus by inking yupo paper and then cutting it into layers creating a miniature theater.  The subsequent results are dreamy escapes filled with children and their animal friends, oceans filled with sailboats, and romantic vistas.  You can buy her work through her Etsy shop.  

Some of my favorites:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How Do You Reboot Your Life

Mao at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Not a lot of pictures from the weekend as I forgot my camera.  It was a busy weekend per usual.  Hung out at The City Reliquary with some friends for the latest installment of Friday Night Lights, followed by an amazing late night bike ride over the Williamsburg Bridge with two of my rad ladyfriends.  Saturday was filled with some serious crafting and a quick trip to The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Sunday was a day at the Met and the Alexander McQueen exhibit followed by pina coladas on the roof and some lunch in Greenwich Village.  

Yeah, so lots of fun summer activities.  Pretty wonderful.

I also got a chance to talk to some friends about some things I had on my mind.  I read a post on Pink of Perfection where the question was asked - How do you reboot your life?  A pretty timely post for me to read.  

From the post:

"...Sometimes you crave more than just a little reminder of what you care about. You crave a reboot, a clean slate, a pressing of the restart button. And despite being someone who loves familiarity and routine––the ritual of coffee in the morning and pulling the sheets back at night––the desire for a fresh start sweeps in in a way that surprises me.

The craving for neat, tidy newness must in some way be a reaction to life’s messiness. When we are overwhelmed with the reality of what is––the constant email flow, the what’s for dinner question, the pile of mail on the desk––the prospect of what could be is enormously appealing. A fresh start, for sure, would make things more manageable, more organized, happier, lovelier. That’s the thing about the unknown: we always think it could be better."
The thing is, I feel that as lovely as our lives are they actually can be better.  I'm not saying that I'm not satisfied with my life because it is a very full and wonderful life.  I count myself extremely lucky to be where I am and am so thankful for all that's led me here to New York.  However, I am a planner.  I've always had some kind of loosely held timeline or long-term goal that helps me to challenge myself and to push outside of my routine and of what I find comfortable.  For a long time that was moving away from Ohio.  It took the better part of a year but with a lot of diligence and planning I was able to move, totally on my terms and with a good job in place.  The city is still new to me and I'm sometimes overwhelmed with everything that's going on, especially in the summer.  I'm feeling the need to focus, to really hone in on finding the path to a place where my passions are integrated with my work-life so that finally they are one and the same.  I guess my question is more than just finding a "reboot" but more about "What do I want to be when I grow up?"  
I had always assumed I would have that figured out when I hit my thirties.  Apparently that's not the case for me or most other people I've talked to about this.  The one thing that I understand right now is that by living here in New York there are so many opportunities for me to find the answer to that question.  It's up to me to take the leap and to discover what's waiting on the other side.  I'm so excited to see what happens.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Weekend

Holy crap it's Friday already.  Seriously, where did the time go...  

Anyhow, there's been a sweet reprieve from the heat as of late and I'm hoping that it will continue through the weekend.

I'm planning on heading down to The City Reliquary again this evening for another installment of Friday Night Lights.  This week they'll be screening Urban Cowboy with a country music performance from Austin McCutchen and Alana Amram.  There is a suggested donation of $7 at the door.  All proceeds go to The Reliquary.

Saturday I'll be heading to 3rd Ward for the MakerBot Make-A-Thon 2.  Have you heard about MakerBot?  It's the first affordable 3D printer.  This video explains it all:

There will be several of these guys set up for the event.  I'm really excited to see them in action.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Sunday I'm going to finally see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at The Met.  I'm hoping to make a stop on the roof to enjoy the view of Central Park and the city.

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Currently Coveting: Corduroy

These mugs make me laugh.  This La Bamba Bear mug could easily become my favorite for my morning coffee.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cool Summer Treats

Holy hell it's a hot out there.  Hot and sticky and not the most encouraging weather to get me to cook (not that I do much of that normally...).  Anyhow, I found some delicious no-cook treats that I think will help beat the heat, like those Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins popsicles (no vodka necessary of course) pictured above.

High Flying Antics

Aerialist Seanne Sharpe performed a crazy silks routine over the Williamsburg Bridge Monday evening.  From today's article on Gothamist:

"After climbing some 300 feet up, the leotard-and-ribbon clad Sharpe performed a 15-minute acrobatic routine suspended between the two towers closest to the Manhattan side, tethered by a 90-foot, white silk rope. The cops arrived around 7:20 p.m. and stared up with a throng of cyclists and pedestrian passerby until Sharpe and Skinner (in a black suit and bowler hat) descended—and promptly took off running. They were apprehended mid-bridge, charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, and taken into custody.

Sharpe said in an interview prior to the climb that “My goal is to face my fear and to inspire others to face their fears,” adding that she recently had two test climbs up the bridge in the middle of the night. She told the Journal that she chose the Williamsburg Bridge out of respect for the safety of rush-hour drivers. “It’s not the ideal bridge but I was obscured from traffic," she said. "I didn’t want people in cars to look up and see me and crash and cause accidents.""
Some photos and videos (via Gothamist)

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Weekend

New Hampshire in July

Wow, summer is has definitely arrived!  Jon is here this weekend and I'm so excited for all of the things we have planned in and around our neighborhood.

This evening we'll be heading to The City Reliquary in Williamsburg.  My good friend Lindsay (who is also an amazing photographer and artist) has arranged movie and live music events every Friday at The Reliquary for the rest of the summer.  All of the movies have a New York theme.  Tonight's choice?  GHOSTBUSTERS.  You can get all the information for tonight's and all future events here and here

Saturday we'll be attending the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast in Williamsburg.  It will be happening through July 17th and promises to be filled with delicious Italian food and pastries as well as crazy street fair rides and excellent people watching.

Later that evening I'll be taking Jon to his first Brooklyn Boogie at The Gym Park in Greenpoint.  There will be an Acro Yoga class followed by a dance party.  I always have an awesome time and have met some really lovely people through this event.

Enjoy your weekend and take advantage of that sunshine!  xo