Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beehive Brunch

Back by popular demand: The Beehive Brunch.  Or Linner since church gets out at 2:30pm and it was between Lunch and Dinner.  We had Belgian waffles with fruit and sausage.  These girls are delightful.  #ilovemycalling #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Elvis Cookies

Cookies are not part of #themattdamondiet but sharing them is.  These are Elvis Cookies from the Food Network Magazine and they have bananas, chocolate chips, pretzels AND bacon in them.  #EPtreatofthemonth #bakesomeonehappy #amireallynoteatingany #iamreallynoteatingany

Gifts and Givers

Today at the antique shop I saw this book called Gifts and Givers from a wedding.  My favorite part is the right column"Acknowledged".  Every single gift had a check mark.  #sendthankyous #iloveantiquing


I went antiquing today at OMG Antiques with my friends Natalie and Alyssa.  We all found treasures!  #iloveantiquing

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fun fabric

I saw this fabric three days ago on Sunny Day Fabric and today a yard was in my mailbox!  #ilovesewing #ilovefabric #youcantmakeanythingifyoudonthavefabric


I love that my friends think of me when they are ready to part with their typewriters. #icollecttypewriters

The birthday boy

Happy Birthday to my younger brother John who I call "Walt".  He's the other half of "the Reds" (my mom's name for us), a good friend to all, and one of the best singles ward bishops in the church.  And he can rock a Peter Pan collar.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Studio Carta

 A few years ago I saw an article about Studio Carta in Martha Stewart Magazine and it looked like the coolest place.  It's not far away in Brookline.  Today my friend Aimee and I had an appointment to go and it was amazing!  Angela Liguori is so gracious and lovely and it was like ribbon heaven! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sister Missionary panel

Tonight's Young Women activity was a sister missionary panel with nine amazing women in the ward: Sisters Dunavin, Parent, Palmer, Daybell, Browning, Taylor, Parry, Johnson and Sweeney.  They shared spiritual experiences, embarrassing moments, told what their best piece of clothing was and something about the culture of where they served.  It was fantastic!  The girls were captivated by the stories.  I had my friend design missionary tags and I gave them each a fake mission call.  It was a great night! #wearemormon #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #plustwovisitors #sistermissionaries

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Smitten with smittens

These are repurposed sweater-mittens that I found in Newburyport. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Too bad it was closed.  #iloveantiquing #beentherebefore

Friday, January 22, 2016

Have you had a Sumo orange?

Have one!  They are delicious!  #wholefoods

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nike Outlet

I got some $80 workout pants for $20.99.  Thanks, Chuck.  Now I need to go work out.  And stay away from Burger Dive.  It's not part of #themattdamondiet

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

YW Activity

Tonight we had a lesson on conducting music, did a swap with things we didn't want anymore (the girls took about a dozen of the shirts/sweaters that I brought), and had a little farewell party for Hazel (she's the one in the middle of the photo).  Her family is moving two towns and one stake away.  We will miss her!  #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #hazelwillbethreeblocksfromkimballs

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Matt Damon Diet

I've been on the Matt Damon Diet for two weeks (no soda and no dessert).  Don't bother googling it; I made it up.  He's the Commencement speaker at MIT in June and I hope to be in better shape in case he wants to hang out after his speech.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cute little giraffes

I made some giraffes tonight for my baby gift stash.  #ilovesewing

Fake Aunt reporting to duty

Missing Marjorie

I took this photo at Marjorie's 1st birthday party.  Today marks one year that she's been gone.  A few months after my brother passed away I was back in Florida visiting and my three year old niece Adrienne said, "poor all of us"when we talked about her dad being gone.  That's how I feel today.  #marydstaples #derekostaples #everyonelovesmarjorie #MOS #familiesareforever

My healthy-ish breakfast

On a Christmas plate.  At 11:20am.  #whatyouseeiswhatyouget

Friday, January 15, 2016

My nephew is visiting!

My nephew Sumner texted me tonight asking if he could visit in June.  I sent him this photo of my calendar and then he sent me the photo of his.  I'm excited to show him around Boston; he's never been here before.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

TBT: Ellen at 12

All this talk about the Beehives so I found my 7th grade Mulholland Jr. High photo.  #nofilterneeded #hahaha

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Valentine's Day photo cards for sale

You can buy them HERE or email me or call me with your order.  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Map banner

I made another map banner tonight for my niece Hermana Patton who is serving her mission in Salt Lake City.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to do this very simple project.  #done #ilovesewing

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My 2000th post on Instagram

I love these Arlington Ward Beehives.  I teach and learn from them and enjoy their vibrant personalities and love of the gospel.  They all have a zest for life and are so delightful.  #luckyme #wearemormon #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #2000instagramposts!

Saturday, January 09, 2016

I joined today

#theY #ymcaofgreaterboston

Friday, January 08, 2016

Chimichanga City

Dinner and games with the Vails tonight.  These were amazing.  

Thursday, January 07, 2016

TBT: Nan cutting her own birthday cake perhaps

Happy Birthday to her today.  #pattonmemories

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Arlington Ward Young Women

We are sad that Katherine will be heading home to Central America next week.  We have loved her being part of our Young Women's group.  We all signed a copy of Make Way for Ducklings for her.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #pleasecomebacknextyear

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Trouble with Emmett

I finally got over to play Trouble with Emmett tonight.  He has three more radiation treatment and heads home to Albuquerque.  I'm looking forward to seeing him when he's back in Boston again and playing more Trouble.  #iloveemmett #smartestfiveyearoldiknow #bravelittlelion


I looked at some brand new conference space today.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

My last vacation project is done

My friends the Ures went on their first big road trip from New Jersey to Utah over the summer with their seven kids under age 11!  Lisa told me that her 7 hear old was so excited about the trip and I've had this idea to make her a banner from a map (thank you AAA).  It's going in the mail tomorrow to sweet Jane.  #whydidittakemesolongtomakethis #sewsomeonehappy #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #thejerseyures

New coin purse

I can't go back to work tomorrow without getting a few more projects completed some I'm doing some sewing.  I just made myself this new ID/T pass holder slash coin purse out of my mom's jeans.  #ilovesewing #imissmymom

Saturday, January 02, 2016


I'm tidying up and getting rid of some things.  I offered these packets of 25 cards each on Instagram and they went like hotcakes! 

Friday, January 01, 2016

Brooklyn was really good

#ilikemoviesaboutstrongwomen #itremindedmeofleavingLAandmovingtoBoston

New year, new window garland