Pattern Thoughts

As I’ve been looking for good designs for the background of my blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about patterns, like those found in damask fabric. This is the nerd in me, but I like to imagine what women would have worn in ages past–when were some of those designs created? What inspired them?

And then I started noticing all the patterns around me just in my own home. Isn’t that funny how that happens? The same thing seems to occur when I learn a new word or phrase–suddenly I see it everywhere. In the article I read online, in the advertisement…does that ever happen to you? Of course, Jay would explain with his scientific mind that it’s just because I’ve started noticing the word or object that I see it so much. I’m sure he’s right.

So here’s some patterns around my house:


I almost didn’t want to show you this. The pillow is so grungy! (thanks Astin for sleeping on it)

I’ll be looking for more patterns as I head off to IKEA. I need to get my office more organized! I know, I know, I’m sure you’re shocked that it’s not a beacon of tidiness, but sadly, I really need my sister to come help me. She is Mrs. Organization. I mean, come on, her name is MARTHA. So, Martha, want to jump on a plane and come with me to IKEA?

martha - Would love to come to IKEA. When you're super rich and famous, you can pay for the trip. :-)

Some Blog Changes and a Preview

I’ve spent much of this morning trying to work on a new format for my blog that will allow me to post BIG photos and allow for easier blog navigation. Also, I wasn’t sure if the old style really fit well with my website. So, it’s still very much a work in progress, but you’ll hopefully notice a few changes. What do you think? Comments are always appreciated.

And because it’s no fun to have a post without a picture, here’s a preview from Crystal and Martin’s wedding this past Friday. See how big the photo is?

Jay Alan - Looks nice!

Steph and Justin’s E-Session

This evening I met up with Steph and Justin at, where else, but my new favorite park. They brought their adorable Pomeranian “Sprocket,” and we had fun traversing the grounds. Though, I think their little puppy was a little hot!

Steph and Justin first met in college in Massachusetts and were just friends in the beginning…but of course, things obviously changed. So, they’ve come a long way, in more than one sense! Their wedding is actually just a few weeks away, and I’m looking forward to it (it’s going to all be on the Gateway Clipper!). Should be fun and beautiful.

Again, I love the moss and bricks!

Justin strikes a pose!

Too cute.

Goofy photo!

Liz and Matt’s Engagement Photos at My New Favorite Park

Jay and I sometimes like to drive to a different neighborhood in Pittsburgh and take walks (with Astin, of course) for a change of scenery. So, Thursday we were walking along Beechwood Blvd. in Squirrel Hill when we discovered what has now become my new favorite park. At least, it’s my new favorite park for taking pictures. It’s part of Mellon Park, and it’s awesome. But instead of describing it to you, I’ll just show you the photos from Liz and Matt’s engagement session on Saturday.

Liz and Matt are good friends of mine, so it was a lot of fun (and very easy) to take their engagement pictures. Also, you might remember that Liz is Rebekah’s younger sister (and they are both gorgeous!).

Don’t you love the brick?

Yes! Those are some BIRCH trees! I love it!

Silly, but cute.

Liz is short–er, vertically challenged–like me (sorry Liz, we both know it).

I just love the way Matt and Liz look at each other!

Um, not the best gift, Matt.

But, Liz can take a joke.

Yes, they even climbed a tree for me.

Liz to Matt: “So, what do you have to bring to the table?”

Matt: “Good taste.”

Besides knowing about every tree and flower at the park, Matt can also scale walls.

Hot Chica!

I’m looking forward to their wedding in September.