Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Get Made.

It's that time of year again! Time for holiday shopping and parties! Come out and see me and tons of other fabulous Cleveland artists at the MADE in the 216 Holiday shop! The kick off party is this Friday and here's the scoop from the one and only Jennie Doran, shop owner extraordinaire!

It's MADE's 6th Birthday!!
Join us this holiday season as we celebrate great design and the Cleveland artisans that make it happen at R/S's annual MADE IN THE 216 HOLIDAY SHOPPE!! There is tons to do in our fabulous Ohio City neighborhood, and MADE is right in the thick of it!
We've got THE gifts for everyone on that list, and we are open 7 days a week, 11-6!! Located inside Room Service at 2078 W. 25th St.
(Extended evening hours beginning 12/8)

Do be sure to join us for our OPENING NIGHT PARTY shenanigans on "Black Friday" NOVEMBER 29th at 4pm. 

Our favorite DJ Peter Pleasurecruise is on the tunes, and we'll have very own MADE brew on tap, wine and hot toddy's! Scrumptious treats provided by the fabulous Becca Ritterspach of the newly launched Save Room!!
Afterparty goes down at The DUCK ISLAND CLUB, just a skip from R/S at 2102 Freeman Ave in Tremont. 
Don't miss it friends!!!   Love Local. Shop MADE.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Measuring the Day.

I had a very happy return home to my favorite boys and was happy to spend the day solo with O on Wednesday. My patience was restored from my little getaway and it was funny to pay close attention to just how our minutes are spent.

We spent 30 minutes trying to put on a pair of socks. 10 minutes running outside avoiding getting into the car. Two 20 minute chase scenes, one was about putting pants back on, the other was just laughing, hiding, and chasing. 20 minutes at the BMV, behaving and making friends. 30 minutes on task doing some sort of desired activity. 22 minutes walking home from the playground looking at sticks, acorns  (coconuts he calls them for some reason), leaves, and squirrels. And so on. I did my very best to just laugh at just how very determined he is not to do what I ask, even when it's something he wants to do. Happy Monday, may you measure your day in happy moments!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Away We Go!

Last week I did something just for me. Me and seven of my favorite gals flew to Florida for what was deemed a "mama break" although we weren't all mamas. It was so wonderful to feel the heat of the sun and hear the waves crashing in while enjoying my ladies. No chasing babies, no real cooking, and lots of cocktails that kept the laughter flowing. Here are a just a few of my favorite photos I took that do not include any unauthorized bikini shots. 

It was such a treat to hang out with my friends without having to entertain our children (that we do love dearly) or worry about the time. It was a generous gift of time from my friends, the home owners (my friend's parents), and most of all my husband. He made it through the weekend without a hitch and even had some surprises upon my return that I'll be sharing soon! Now back to the grind.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wedded Bliss.

I am so very excited to finally start sharing photos from some of the weddings that I had the pleasure to make ties for! Thanks to the lovely bride and groom, Terri and Ben, plus the amazing photographer Jeff from Dovetale Photography, I am able to show off. The amazing photos and the beautiful people really make the ties look great. 

Ben and Terri had a beautiful wedding day in Cleveland back in May. I was lucky to see a photo or two the night of the wedding and was amazed by how happy and love-filled the day was.

These two were a breeze to work with. The mission was to match the coral dresses with a cool fabric that wasn't too feminine. I honestly showed them two rounds of samples and the choice was made! Ben wanted to wear a bow tie and all of his men wore skinny neck ties. On my end, we picked and ordered the fabric...then we bought the house and moved! So the project spanned two homes and a lot of stress but I was really pleased with how they turned out. Thank you SO much for letting me share your special day. There are more to come. Happy Friday, friends!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Halloween Adventure.

I'm so late on this post. I've been late on many posts lately and then just don't end up sharing. But this is just too good. Our first real Halloween "trick 'n treatin'." He was way too excited to get over to Scareborough and get the fun started but once it was time to go, it took a little convincing. He didn't quite understand that he 1. had to walk 2. had to walk in the ran without an umbrella. He must have thought we were totally nuts but once he got that first morsel of candy he was off!

The wet streets were packed with families enjoying a warm October night collecting goodies. This neighborhood is serious about their decorations! There was music, haunted houses, giant spider webs, and a guillotine graveyard scene that was pretty brutal.

But it was awesome! We were out for an hour, I was ready to throw in the towel after a small block but JJ was not about to let that happen. O was amazed by the costumes of the other kids and kept stopping to say things like "look at that banana!!!!"

This is him ignoring me that the umbrella was just going to slow him down and a detail of the cute little tail I made for him. 

Eventually the soaking wet clothes and the dark night got the best of him and O said "that's enough candy, let's go." I loved it. I hope your night was great too!

And in case you were wondering what we wore...mama deer and papa wolf were trailing behind. I found the masks here in case you are in need. Have a great Wednesday!