Cherry Blossoms by Boat

Cherry Blossoms from a Boat
Last night my husband and I did something a little different than in years past, we took a boat tour of the Potomac at dusk to see the cherry blossoms. You may remember previous posts about the cherry blossoms and we typically get up and close during peak season. This year, peak was late and a bit off but we can’t resist being like everyone else and taking in the blossoms. I thought seeing them via a boat would add a new spin.
Cherry Blossoms from a Boat
I love DC and even after being here this long I realize there’s so much of the city I have yet to explore. I’m on a quest to take a picture with every statue in the city and my husband seems down for the task. It’s a fun way to go to different parts of the city that we bypass or seeing an old area in a new light.
Cherry Blossoms from a Boat
Cherry Blossoms from a Boat
Cherry Blossoms from a Boat
Photographing the cherry blossoms and this city never gets old to me. It’s just so gorgeous in the spring here, I can’t help but want to pull my camera out. And anytime I get to spend an evening with this guy means I’ve had a great day.
Cherry Blossoms from a Boat
Have a good weekend!

Feeding My Creative Soul

I’ve been blogging now for five years – FIVE YEARS. I can’t believe it but I’ve gone from the Art of Accessories to I AM DWJ and have had a million adventures and experiences in that five year period. It has been great. It started as a class project and a way to share my love of makeup and accessories, things I’ve always been obsessed about. As I’ve gotten older I’ve fallen in love with even more things and have found ways to explore my creativity and find what I really love to do in life. The biggest thing I’ve learned about myself is that I thrive off of creating things.
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I read this post the other week about finding out what you want to do in life, what brings you joy. I’ve always been jealous of the fact that my husband loves being an engineer – he LOVES his work. Even when he is frustrated and tired, I still have to say ‘let’s go home, it’s quitting time,’ knowing he’s fully ready to get up and do it all over again the next day. He designs building structures and loves seeing the finished product – I realize I love knitting. Odd but true.
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For my day job I work in websites for an association in DC. I like seeing the finished product, I enjoy figuring out a bit of code that was tricky or helping to create a new development tool for our site but if I didn’t have this job tomorrow I honestly wouldn’t miss it. I have always been able to move on to the next project or job with ease and use that experience to help me move forward. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job but I don’t LOVE work the way my husband does. What I do love is having a set of knitting needles in my hands on a daily basis. Since I learned to knit two years ago (something I wanted to learn for ages but was too intimidated to learn) I haven’t stopped knitting. I have bins with yarns, full sets of needles and a running list of patterns, projects and ideas I want to create. I knit in the car in the morning or on lunch breaks at work. It brings me joy to finish a blanket for a baby, a hat for a friend, a scarf for a sister – it calms me after a long and crazy day in the office. My hands seem to crave the clicking of the needles and at first I thought it was weird but I’ve slowly started to realize it’s what I love to do.
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I don’t know if I will ever fully be able to turn this knitting “thing” into a full time or even part time job but I definitely know this isn’t a phase and it’s definitely something that feeds my creative soul. I’ve got an Etsy shop up (I was having issues with my in-blog shop). I hope to share my love of baby blankets, hats, scarves and accessories beyond my little inner circle.
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I still love makeup and accessories and will share that as well but my knitting adventures will be on this blog more and more as I expand more in the store. So thanks for being supportive and thanks for reading!

A Vivid Point of View

I am mildly obsessed with @berrocodesign Versa yarn. Now I need to make a scarf for this hat. #yarn #knitting #colorful
If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time or you know me in real life you are quite aware that I’m very colorful. I pride myself on the fact that sometimes in a sea of grey and black coats I’m the one wearing hot pink, or apple green, or orange. My collection of tights is like a rainbow. My home is full of color and the artwork that I love is also colorful.
New colorful rug for the kitchen sink, a lovely @target purchase on clearance. #livecolorfully
Yesterday we went to a celebration with friends in the afternoon and everyone kept commenting on how colorful I was. I had on a colorblocked dress with shades of pink, dark orange and purple, pink tights and a bright pink coat. That was just my normal work attire, nothing special but sometimes I forget that my normal isn’t everyone else’s standard of normal – and I’m totally okay with that.
Colorful kicks
This morning in the car with my husband we were discussing colors. He has mid range colorblindness, he knows colors but has difficulty deciphering them when they’re close together or too similar in tone. He saw something as black and I told him it was navy blue. His response to me, “the world you see must be really vivid, huh?” I laughed, realized it really is a vivid world I see and had to smile. I hope I always see the world in bright vivid color, it makes it so much happier to me that way.

2 Green Things

Spring Green
Um…this doesn’t feel like spring to me right now. How has it gotten colder in March than I feel like it was in February?! There was snow in the morning on the first day of spring. It might’ve just been flurries but I wasn’t happy. My solution? Dress bright and cheery anywhere. Today I decided to rock a green pattern shift dress with a green cardigan and my favorite green ballet flats. Some women wear red to feel bold, I wear green!
Fried Brussel sprouts with horseradish sauce. #hotdamn
Another green thing I love, brussel sprouts! And yesterday at lunch I had fried ones with a horseradish sauce. Soooo good. So bad since they were fried but still super yummy. I really need to spring to have sprung already, I’m in need of much warmer temperatures and lighter layers. Hopefully that weather is just around the corner. Have a great Friday!

Being Nerdy With Good Things

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Since Thursday was 3.14 (Pi Day) and since my husband and I are kind of nerdy I decided to make pie to celebrate being nerds. I mean, when else do I have a random reason to make pie?! I bought a premade deep dish pie shell at the grocery store and made a chocolate chip and hazelnut pie. It was delicious.
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I also made a great discovery on Thursday, apparently I come in pillow form! My favorite sale site is Fab.com and I found the My Name is Simone pillow in Josephine but realized she bares a very close resemblance to ME!! How hilarious is that? I decided since this might only happen once in a blue moon I should just order the pillow. I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Project Snuggle Brooklyn

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One of my husband’s close friends recently had a son and when I asked what colors he would like in a blanket for his baby boy he asked me to honor the Brooklyn Nets. I had recently been to Brooklyn and bought some Brooklyn Nets gear with my husband so I knew I had a black, white, and grey color palette to work with. Fortunately, I saw the pattern for a reversed chevron stitch blanket to make a cool textural baby blanket on the Fibre Space blog.
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Chevron is super popular right now and I love that stitch pattern so I thought this was a fun way to mix it up a bit. I also loved that I used the black as the main background color so that the white and grey stripes would really jump off of the blanket.
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I didn’t follow the pattern completely and my blanket is a little smaller but it was a pretty quick project to knit up. I’ve been contemplating making a larger version for myself. It’s just so darn soft and snuggly.
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And since the Dad is Brooklyn, I had a to find a ‘No Sleep Til Brooklyn’ reference for the baby and I found a No Nap Til Brooklyn onesie on Etsy. You gotta love Etsy. I can’t wait for our friends to get their package this week! Project Snuggle Brooklyn was a success in my book! You can also find my finished project here on Ravelry.