This is Krogie. The adorably gentle paint I’ve been taking lessons on for the past few months. He has managed to fill a hole that I’ve had in my heart and soul for the past six years. No horse will ever replace Yoshi but I’m so thankful that I have Krogie to help fill the void I’ve dealt with for so long. Every Saturday morning I leave the barn feeling fixed, and I owe that to this handsome giant.
Chris always wins the award for best gifts. They’re always thoughtful and fun and something you never realized you wanted but as soon as it’s yours you can’t imagine not having it. This year one of the things he got me was a stamp kit. It came with a double sided rubber stamp, rubber carving tools and plenty of templates. I decided that I wanted to use the stamp to make some thank you cards to send to everyone who was so generous to Ryan, myself and of course Huckleberry this holiday season. They were simple to make but I always think hand made cards mean the most.
Looking back at the year really makes me realize how fortunate I am. 2013 included so many great moments, people, and places – here is a list and a few pictures of some of my favorites:
Ski trip to Stowe, VT with some of my most favorite people
Gifts for my love
Winter Storm Nemo
Celebrating my brother and Nana’s birthdays in Vermont
Paris & London
Reuniting with the best friends a girl could ever ask for
Buying and restoring a printing press and starting Valor Press
Bringing our puppy Huckleberry home
Skiing in Utah with my mom
Baking Christmas cookies with my Grandmothers
There are so many more things that made this year wonderful. As always, I can’t wait to start all over again in 2014.
Merry Christmas from our happy little family to yours. Ryan and I accidentally acquired matching shirts over the years and when I saw this dog coat in the matching plaid I knew it was meant to be. Christmas was extra special this year with our little Huckleberry in tow, hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well.
I just spent such a wonderful weekend in Vermont – complete with a snow storm that forced me to stay inside and bake Christmas cookies all day long. I’m so fortunate to have to amazing grandmothers that constantly seem to be teaching me new things. Whether it’s how to properly frost a santa cookie or how to eat a proper breakfast (monkey bread is not an option) – they never fail me. Here are some pictures of my Grammy (left) and Nana (right). They’re just the best.
Just finished wrapping the last of the Christmas presents. Having family out of stave means I have to wrap my presents but also ship them to make sure they arrive on time. It seems a little frantic sometimes but not having any holiday stress the week before Christmas is really pretty nice. I get to walk right by the busy stores and spend my time celebrating rather than wrapping and doing last minute shopping.
I love wrapping presents and always look forward to picking out all of the paper that I’m going to use. I try and get two or three varieties that look nice together. This year I found the plaid papers and fell in love. They’re not traditional but that’s what I loved about them. I knew with some red and green ribbon they would look the part. When I found the gold polkadot paper I knew it would make everything more festive.
When Nick asked me if I would pose for a series he was working on I was a little hesitant. Not because I didn’t trust him but because I’m not a big fan of being in front of a camera. Vicky convinced me there would be wine involved and it would be fun so I agreed. After taking about 150 pictures (mostly ridiculous ones of me laughing at myself) this one popped up. Nick had the final say in which picture was chosen and I kind of forgot about the whole thing until a few weeks ago when he asked me if I wanted to see what he’d made. I was completely astonished. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends. I’m not sure how it happened but I really do respect all of the incredible talents they seem to possess. Check out the rest of the portraits Nick created here.
As I’ve continued to add large items (like a hydraulic paper cutter) to my print studio I’ve had to get creative in order to keep everything in my relatively small space. This weekend I built new pallets that were smaller but still allowed for the pallet jack to move things around. It was a fairly simple upgrade that really helped improved the flow in the space.
When my Aunt Suzy called and asked if Ryan and I wanted to go to the Celtics game with her I of course blurted out YES! Only to find out that Ryan had to work late that night. Vicky is my go-to sports friend so I immediately thought to ask her to come along. We had a great time and great seats. Thanks for thinking of us Aunt Suzy!