Link Love: 5 Favorite Topics

kneadkneadknead Pavel kitty on his fav fleecy pillow. #caturday #catsofinstagram #tw
Be a good human and fetch me my tea, would you?

Well this was supposed to go up on Friday, and I was thinking about not putting it up at all because it was late. But I decided to forgive myself the lateness and just do it.

This one is about five subjects I like, crafty or not.

Topic #1: Knitting (Ya Think?!)
More and more I like quirky, fun knitted and crocheted items.
Like monsters, and toys, and yarn bombs.

I really love reading about massive yarn bombs.

Topic #2: Scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and all things paper.

I’m not a “scrapbooker” but I can’t resist looking at all the lovely layout designs the scrapbookers come up with. I’d like to think my “style,” if I had one would be like Ali Edwards, so clean, and fun, yet managing to still have her wonderful photos shine. Her blog is great to get lost in and whenever she does a tutorial, you can bet you’ll learn something very useful.

Topic #3: Books

Not a big surprise, I love to read books and about books. Lately, I’m loving the people behind Forever Young Adult. They have a book club with local chapters that meet up. If I ever find myself with more hours in the day, I’ll join the local group that meets at one of my favorite local cafés. In August they’re reading Eleanor & Park: a book that’s been getting great buzz.

Topic #4: Art Journaling

Even though I love the elegant and clean lines of Ali Edward’s style, I find myself drawn to the chaotic art journals of Teesha More and Juli Fei-Fan Balzer. I just devour their images, looking at every corner and thinking about how they made so many shapes and colors merge in harmony.

Walking the Brookyln Bridge
Topic #5: Travel
I love to get out and wander, discover, and explore. And reading other people’s adventures can be satisfying when I can’t get out there myself. Kristin Luna over at Camels and Chocolate is a self proclaimed “travel addict” I’d follow anywhere.

Realizing I could go on with other topics, I’m glad it was limited to five. You can play along too, just head over to Crafty Pod. She’s got the goods.

New York Goodies

I lost my camera during this trip so all I have are iphone photos to share. The person who has my camera has the more vivid details of the trip including the BlogHer conference memories. Yet I still love you New York.
I love New York


I have so much love for New York City that I can overlook its suffocating humidity. I have been adding to my list of places to eat and things to do for over a year and my plotted list ended up looking like this:
Bookmarked NY things to do. #gonnaneedmoretime


With all this on my menu plus all the fun stuff that BlogHer had to offer, I needed at least a month to make a dent in the list. Here are a few of the highlights of what I did manage to squeeze in:

Madness from the waffle truck ny

From the @waffletruck – Belgian waffle, strawberries, banana and nutella – fresh fresh fresh and good good good

trio of rolls s'mores made to order
In the lower level of the Plaza Hotel there is a Food Hall with all types of delectable treats. We shared a trio of rolls: crab, lobster, and shrimp. And then I had a s’more made to order from the Three Tarts counter where their gourmet marshmallows are the stars.

PDT - Entrance through the phone booth

Through the phone booth of a small hot dog shop you can enter a speakeasy style bar with silly taxidermy (jackalope) and specialty cocktails. I had the “mescal mule” a mescal laced concoction with passion fruit puree and house made ginger beer.

bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll

I’d be big as a house if I had easy access to the N.Y. Deli quick and delish breakfast of bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll.

Getting into the New York state of mind

Walking the Brookyln Bridge

Getting ready for a trip means researching fun places and (especially) good eats.

New York Magazine’s Where to eat 2012

Eater.ny (partner of NY Mag)

New York: Where to eat – Saveur Magazine

And I also want to re-visit a few of the great places from my last trip.

Any personal recommendations out there?