Category Archives: No-waffles

Today’s no-waffle: SoHo loft pin party

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Take a look at this SoHo loft. If you could decorate this space, would you go ultra modern, industrial country, vintage, eclectic, or something entirely different?

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Are you thinking a cozy sectional? Bright colors or lots of neutrals? And what do you do with that odd corner under the stairs??

Unfortunately, we can’t all fly to NYC to take measurements and visit the local furniture stores, but we can design this loft through the magic of Pinterest. Yep, I’ve created a collaborative pinboard called the SoHo Loft Project that we can all contribute to. So look through your pins– what couches, rugs, art, lighting or color schemes do you want to see here? What new pins can you find to liven up this space?

Here’s how to join the pin party:

  1. Let me know your Pinterest username/handle by leaving it in a comment to this post or by sending me an email here; I will add your name to the SoHo Loft Board.
  2. Start pinning or repinning! You can use the “comment” button to point out a particular item you would use from an image or describe where you would put it.
  3. Invite some fellow pinners if you think they would enjoy collaborating.  Just pass along my contact info or a link to The Waffler so I can add them to the list.

Now what are you going to add?   This 3 bedroom, 3 bath loft with a private terrace costs $15,000 month to rent (see the listing here), but we can enjoy designing it for free!

Here are some of the awesome bloggers who have already joined the pin party and started the mood board going…

Kelly from refresheddesigns
Suzy from Worthing Court
Lorraine from Bread and Buttercups
Keridwyn from Seattle Pockets
Kelly from Restyling Home by Kelly
Amy from Blogging with Amy
Carol from TheDesignPages
Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea

Oh, and if this is your first time to The Waffler, make yourself at home! There are lots of fun waffles to look at under the Categories section on the right sidebar; you can also subscribe to The Waffler via email, sign up to follow me via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS Feed, and of course follow my other pins.

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Today’s no-waffle: a visit from grandma

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Six years ago when we still lived in Boston a trip to my parents’ house was not a big deal because we lived about 15 minutes away from them.  Now that we’re in Seattle, a visit from grandma is a Very Big Deal.  In fact the entire week she was here Will and Tessa were in a heightened state of excitement — for much of the time I think only the neighborhood dogs could hear Tessa’s voice it was so high pitched.

But mom was patient with them. She told the kids Little Joey stories (Little Joey being the rascally boy who is the star of stories mom has been telling since my sister and I were kids), played endless car games with them on our road trip to Portland, and didn’t bat an eye when Will and Tessa yelled and fought vigorously disagreed with each other.

I hear from the grapevine that grandma-ing is a pretty good gig. You can heap tons of love and attention on your grandkids but then when they’ve fully exhausted you, you get to return home to peace, quiet, and a lego-free living room.  Well being a good grandma might be easy, but my kids are lucky enough to have a truly great one.

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Today’s no-waffle: yarn bombing

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My mother is visiting from Boston this week and as we were doing some sitesseeing in downtown Seattle, these bright bolts of color caught our eyes and made us gasp:

yarn bombing suzanne tidwell Seattle

And there were more of them:

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We just had to get out of the car and look up close.  The kids had a blast running around and exploring these tree sweaters.

yarn bombing suzanne tidwell Seattle

After doing some research when we got back home I discovered that this ‘knit graffiti’ is part of a national movement called Yarn Bombing, which is the activity of covering things in public places (lamposts, trees, statues, etc.) with knitted material. The trees above were knit bombed by local fiber artist Suzanne Tidwell.  Check out these pics that I found of other yarn bombed items:

closeupcrab pole yarn bombing

yarn bombing subway seat

I think my favorite are the trees, though. The bright burst of colors are just so happy and a wonderful balm against the gray winter sky.

yarn bombing tree

Have you seen any knit graffiti where you live? What do you think about it?

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Today’s no-waffle: Bridesmaids

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A few months ago one of my book clubs decided to get together for a movie night. Our choice? Bridesmaids. Our consensus? Hillarious.

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Written by and starring Kristin Wiig from SNL, this movie has an amazing cast of actresses. Melissa McCarthy (who I had last remembered seeing on the Gilmore Girls…yes, I watched the Gilmore Girls) is especially hysterical. I highly recommend seeing this movie with a bunch of girlfriends because it really is a movie about female friendship. Yes, there’s a “love interest” but that storyline pales in comparison to the portrayal of how women relate to each other — for better and for worse.

So if you haven’t seen Bridesmaids yet — or even if you have — call, text, or email some friends and set up a date to watch it. Well, vote first, and then you can email them.

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Today’s no-waffle: Check Your Boobies.org

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Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. That’s a fact, not a political statement. It is with great pleasure that I share Check Your Boobies — a wonderful non-profit dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

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Check Your Boobies was created by Heike Malakoff, a Seattle-area mom of three who found a lump in her breast when she was breastfeeding her daughter. The diagnosis of breast cancer came as a surprise — she was 34, healthy and active with no family history. As a result of her experience, Heike created Check Your Boobies to empower women to know their boobies, know their options, and take charge of their own health. Happily, Heike has been cancer-free for six years.

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One of the most genius things about Check Your Boobies is their monthly email reminder to…yep, you guessed it, check your boobies. It’s something we all know we need to do, but — at least in my case — often forget to, especially at the most optimum time of the month (you’ll find out when this is when you register). The monthly email is a great kick in the pants to do a self-exam and get to know your breasts. And it’s so easy to sign-up for! Just click here to register.

Pssst….pass on this post or a link to the Check Your Boobies website  to some women you love so they can sign up for the monthly reminder, too.  It might not be chocolate, but it’s a great Valentine’s present.

Today’s no-waffle: Jessica Beels’ Jewelry

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When I was in elementary school my older sister, Jessie, had a best friend also named Jessie. This Jessie came to be known in our household as Jessie B.  It wasn’t until I was embarassingly old that I had the epiphany that the B. stood for her last name — I had always assumed her whole first name was Jessie B.

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Branch Pin

Well Jessica Beels now hand makes amazingly beautiful jewelry. I mean it’s actually quite ridiculous how lovely her jewelry is. More like works of art. Just look.

Flower Button Necklace Jessica Beels, beaded jewelry,

Flower Button Necklaces

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Triangle Earrings

Microscopic Forms, Jessica Beels Jewelery

Microscopic Forms

In addition to beaded jewelry, Beels creates one-of-a-kind pieces from paper.

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Dahlia Pendants

Flax with Gems earrings jessica beels jewelry

Flax with Gems Earrings

To see more of Beels’ jewelry as well as her paper sculptures and vessels, you can visit her website at Jessica Beels Design.   Thanks for letting me showcase your beautiful jewelry, Jessie B!

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Today’s no-waffle: my mom’s book!

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Growing up, it was not unusual for our family to be out on a drive when suddenly my mother would shriek, “Wait! Stop the car!” Did we run over a small child? Were we about to drive into a giant pothole? None of the above. “Just look at that Greek Revival,” my mother would enthuse. “Must be 1841. It’s in great shape.”

The Poorhouses of Massachusetts Heli Meltsner
These sudden stops were not surprising, given that my mom is an architectural historian (some parents drill their kids in the multiplication table; I was quizzed on what style of house we were driving by). Well, now my mother has written a book about one of her architectural passions and I am so proud.

Massachusetts poorfarm

Like the “town farm” above, many communities in the nineteenth century created poorhouses “in a valiant but ultimately failed attempt to create a critical social safety net to shelter the destitute, including the sick, elderly, unemployed, mentally ill, unwed mothers, and the orphaned.”  Or in other words, housing for society’s outcasts.

Amherst Poorhouse, Heli Meltsner The Poorhouses of Massachusetts

My mother’s book documents the poorhouses of Massachusetts, examining their architectural significance as well as the social life that went on inside them.  Many poorhouses are still standing, like the one below, and mom spent years driving around Massachusetts taking pictures and researching their histories.

The poorhouses of Massachusetts heli meltsner

Congratulations mom! Now that the book is finished you’ll have more time to spend on other pursuits…like teaching your grandchildren the difference between a Queen Anne and a Colonial Revivial style house.

For more information about her book, please see The Poorhouses of Massachusetts. It will be out in the spring; you can also ask your local library to order it.

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