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  • The Making of a Home
    games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday May 4 2006 By Sandy One part inspiration one part perspiration and one part spray glue With nothing to do on a Saturday night our default course of action is to slip in the latest offering from Netflix Last week we tried something different a craft project We have this room in our house we call the Art Room it s really our sunroom but it s where we keep the cabinet that stores all of our cardmaking and knitting supplies When the need for the occasional card comes up we ll drag out the supplies make it then file everything away again It s not an efficient process and often the effort to get started prevents us from going through with it My idea was to create a stockpile of blank homemade cards Right now we probably send cards half as frequently as we should With a file of cards to choose from the turnaround time will be significantly lower and even the tiniest act of generosity will earn the gift giver a dash of our homemade gratitude So with a dining table arrayed with an impressive collection of papers string grommets adhesives a Xyron and other trinkets of the scrapbooking generation we sat down and got to crafting The first edition Two hours later we had created about a dozen different cards It doesn t sound like a lot now given that there were two of us and we were skipping the hardest part of making a card writing the message But we took our sweet time

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  • The Making of a Home
    the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Sunday April 30 2006 By Sarah Sarah makes a passive agressive online plea for our readers to talk some sense into Sandy regarding our lovely new antique oak coat rack Sandy is the master of the spatial He can fit more items in a moving truck than anyone else He can find ways to arrange the cabinets so they are like an interlocking puzzle of containers He would like very much to reorganize our bookshelves based solely on size of book so there is no empty space unaccounted for I don t share this talent or the associated compulsion This occasionally leads to tension So right now we re feuding over a new item of furniture Sandy s cousins have given us a lovely antique coat rack I think it should go in the front hall where it can be shown off to its best advantage But we have this table in the front hall and it exactly fits the space between the door and the corner In Sandy s mind removing a useful piece

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  • The Making of a Home
    I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday April 26 2006 By Sandy The saddest little tomato plant Here you see a tomato plant seedling only three days in the ground filled with sorrow because its overzealous owners planted it in a garden in Chicago Horto in Urbs in Horto in mid April well before the final possible frost date and because now the forecasters are prediciting a chilly chilly night against which it has nothing to protect itself Have no fear little one We take care of our charges Sarah and I do Before the light went down last night we brought out our stash of kitty poop bags you may know them as grocery bags and created a bootleg sanctuary for all the young plants We crossed our fingers and went inside for the night When we

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  • The Making of a Home
    my hands dirty and enjoy the environment if I could learn a little about letterpressing in the meanwhile all the better The plan worked and by the time I found the need to make use of the equipment the invitations to our housewarming party I had accumulated enough hours to get the job done More than enough actually so we went again a couple months later to produce our 2005 New Year s cards done simply with white inked woodtype on black paper I put in a few more hours over the next year knowing that some kind of wedding invitation project would be on the horizon soon enough The Save the Date cards were the perfect opportunity We knew they could be done simply enough for our novice little hands So in mid March with Matthew at our side to guide us through the mechanics it had been a while for us and he was fresh out of a letterpress class we took to the machines As is my ethic with almost all design projects I opted for simplicity over clutter We needed to convey three things the what the when and the who Everything else would come later in the invitation or on the website the URL of which we d need to print also I was able to convince Sarah that we could combine our names and the domain name into one element certainly even our grandmas know what a URL is by now So it was decided three elements two colors the date in a big gothic woodtype colored baby blue and the rest in a small serif metal type colored brown All on an ivory card Despite my adherence to simplicity I wasn t able to keep everything perfectly in line I found it necessary

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  • The Making of a Home
    other hand she s fond of snuggling with us in bed which I like although I could do without the fright of having her tongue on my face at four in the morning Then again she s a poodle and poodles can t do no wrong by me While my mom was off cavorting in San Francisco I got to revisit one of my favorite parts of growing up living with a dog We were a dog family through and through and as far back as I remember that meant poodles Moving in with Sarah meant changing teams a switch that seemed to go against everything I knew to be just and true Yes the cats have grown on me and meanwhile we ve discussed getting a dog of our own someday when there s a big enough yard and room for it to stretch its legs We got a little preview of that life these past few days and I m happy to discover that a dogs are still awesome and b I haven t gone soft from all that kittie lovin See if you can spot the scaredycat Winnie is a terribly easy dog to take care of probably since she s been in the dog being business for so long She doesn t shed she doesn t bark she doesn t even mind cats so much As for the cats minding her that s a different story She mainly wants to sit and be petted and snuggle Occasionally she ll shift positions and sleep in a different way which is kind of an ordeal when you re five feet long and 100 pounds But when there are other parts of your back that need petting a dog s gotta do what a dog s gotta do What

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  • The Making of a Home
    up Sandy Will you Sarah Um maybe you could Sandy Really I was thinking maybe you could So it sat by the door for four days Then on Wednesday while home making matzo ball soup I realized I was a few eggs short I seriously thought well maybe our neighbor has a few eggs Because an out of town neighbor is apparently like a full service mini mart to me Anyway no eggs but there was a note on the counter from the neighbor s cleaning lady See where this is going Where is your vacuum cleaner There was also a note from some other neighbors who were helping out with her cats Our cell phone wasn t working so we had to borrow your phone to make some long distance calls Let us know what we owe you Apparently out of town neighbor full service mini mart to everyone Chapter Two Sarah proves to be really really susceptible to salesmanship and it is increasingly clear that her paternal grandfather could have sold her any car on the lot What I was going to do was buy another cheapie vacuum cleaner at Target But this little part of me wanted a Dyson That advertising is so persuasive But it s so expensive I just couldn t do it So I did a little research we asked around about Dysons checked Craigslist Lo and behold I discovered that Chicago is home to a Vacuum Cleaner Store Levi How do you know you re in Chicago There s a Vacuum Cleaner Store How do you know you re in New York There s a Vacuum Cleaner District I could tell that this place was high end just from looking at the website but I figured I d just go and get some

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  • The Making of a Home
    obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday April 13 2006 By Sandy That slew the ox that drank the water that quenched the fire Passover is a holiday of tradition The centerpiece the seder dinner is a structured event made up of dozens of small traditions that we repeat and build on every year But they re not so rigid that we can t mold them to include our own customs At my grandparents house growing up it was the way we found and redeemed the afikomen or how we blurted out the last verse of Who Knows One in one breath or my grandmother s signature eggplant dish which for me meant Passover as much as any shank bone or Elijiah s cup Sarah and I have now enjoyed four Passovers together and each year is another chance to learn each other s traditions and make them part of our own At her parents house there s the yearly inscribing of the haggadahs and then opening them up a year or two or four later and reading touching or funny or ironicly appropriate inscriptions There s the ritual hand washing with Sarah s mom walking around with a basin and a pitcher of water requiring you to wash your hands on the right but get them dried by the person to your left And then there s the singing Oh boy do they love to sing In English in Heberew in Yiddish At the seders I went to growing up there was singing but only at the end mostly in English and kept to a few common ditties At Sarah s house it s all they can do to not sing every piece of

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  • The Making of a Home
    lowest of low tech It d be a party first and foremost but time and money wouldn t be spend worrying about the accoutrements No need for a professional photographer when so many of our friends are brilliant amateurs No need for a DJ when I ve got my own vast music collection and an iPod No need for a florist we ll handle all the decorations ourselves Only one of those ideals still hold the DIY decorations Meanwhile we ve given in to custom and acquired the services of a photographer and a DJ both really really good at what they do and both recommended to us by trusted friends and acquaintances While it won t be as cheap as relying on friends and iPods to do the work for us it ll be a remarkably calmer operation since our friends won t be worrying about being in the right spot to frame every shot and I won t have keep one ear on the iPod in case the shuffle decides to go cerebral and play some OTM In the beginning I said that I wanted the wedding to be casual I d been to plenty of monstrous affairs where the couple appeared to merely be going through the motions smiling when they re told to smile and dancing when they re told to dance It was very important to me that our wedding not be so rigid I believe the word I used was organic I still feel that way though I d be foolish to say we haven t let the formality slip in a little bit But it s okay I ve come to embrace it Luke wondered recently what the ratio of planning to event must come out to be given all these meetings after

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