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Friday is Art Day on Ocean State Bride

May 10, 2008

Since the lilacs are in full force here in RI I thought I would post my “Self Portrait with Lilacs” that I did today.  This was the most fragrant painting experience I’ve had yet.


Breakin’ dishes!

May 8, 2008

Spoke to the coordinator of the reception site yesterday and he made me feel much more comfortable about the wedding planning process, partly because he kept saying in various permutations “we want to help you have the day you’ve dreamed about…” Finding out that they will make the wedding cake there also helped to allay some anxieties, I think because the more ‘extras’ there are the more it seems like $2000 here, $2000 there. So we scheduled a tentative and ominous date in June (Friday the 13th) for me to go down to Narragansett to check out the scene and see some photos. An event will be going on that night so I will be able to see what things look like in the prep period.

(from Hull Grenier Studios)

Since I feel much calmer about the wedding planning, I thought that today I would muse on something more nesting-related: dishwashers. In June A. and I are moving to a gorgeous neighborhood of old, gingerbread-y houses near Jamaica Pond, and everything seems great except that there is no dishwasher. When we lived together before there wasn’t a dishwasher, and I would say that about once a week one of us would spend a half hour doing the week’s dishes. Maybe this sounds energy efficient, but this article on slate indicates that hand-washing dishes rarely is more water or energy efficient than using a dishwasher. Apparently, in a German study they found that the average handwasher uses “27.2 gallons of water, which requires 2.5 kWh of electricity to heat” while an efficient machine washer uses “3.96 and 5.81 gallons of water, and between 1 and 2 kWh of electricity.” Interestingly, in the study “the most careless hand-washers were Spanish and Portuguese, while the most economical were German.” Well, I am not German, and the washer with the most positive consumer reports on Amazon, the Edgestar model, uses a maximum of 3 gallons of water, according to the specs on It is a smaller dishwasher, and can only hold a 4-person ‘service,’ but sounds like a good idea to me! One common consumer issue is that the tube that connects the washer to the kitchen faucet sometimes falls apart after a few months, but Edgestar sends an extra for free (it has a year long parts warranty). Let’s take a look:

Anyone have any experience with this type of thing? Any words of wisdom?

Tag that doesn’t end in a sprained ankle!

April 21, 2008

Engagemental has engaged me in a game of blog tag. Here are the rules she posted:

1) you link back to the person who tagged you.
2) post these rules on your blog.
3) share six unimportant things about yourself.
4) tag six random people at the end of your entry.
5) let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs

So let’s get started!

1. When I’m not paging through bridal mags and updating my blog, I like to spend my free time painting. Usually I paint with gouache (an opaque water-soluble paint that dries in a snap), but this spring I started an oil class, which I love. I love painting, but I only really started using gouache 4 years ago! This has been a lesson to me in terms of never thinking that it’s too late to learn something. So, especially if you are a person who draws a lot and you think painting is too hard to learn, it’s not! Like everything, it takes practice. This year’s holiday card (in gouache):

2. I am scared of going too fast which makes me scared of: roller coasters, skiing, go-carts and fancy cars. Yesterday A. and I went sailing for an hour in Jamaica Pond in Boston, and I kept getting mad when he would heel the boat for too long. I think this fear originates from the time I sustained a concussion after a teenage boy hit my own go-cart with his and sent me flying into a pole. Here’s the heavenly Jamaica Pond:

Does this mean that our getaway vehicle won’t be a sailboat? I can’t totally rule that out, certainly not after seeing these photos on tying the knot.

3. Maybe I went to too many Texan weddings during my childhood, but my ideal wedding day spread is a fajita buffet. Ah, the guac, the beef, the salsa… But I guess ‘fajita’ doesn’t really go with Victoriana-prep. Raw bar is prob more appropriate.

4. Thanks to my mother, I have become addicted to the Providence and Boston craigslist. Yesterday I bought a French easel (for landscape painting–never mind the fact that in 6 weeks I become a physician!) from the Boston craigslist. I check the furniture listings daily–sometimes multiple times a day!–for tufted chairs, down-filled ottomans, and a heavy dose of schadenfreude. Today I got a particular pleasure out of the listing that said the following: ” Many fine items, pick up only” Poetic isn’t it?

5. I picked out this dress for my engagement party. Isn’t it gorge? It’s from a strange store in Hartford, CT called B. Moss. Has anyone ever heard of it? The dress is 100% cotton, looks even better on–very cinched at the waist.

6. My fiance and I share the same first names as my father’s parents. Doesn’t this remind you of an Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel? Where the names keep repeating and take on additional surnames.

Buendia family tree from One Hundred Years of Solitude:

(Note the number of Aurelianos…)

Okay, I’m tagging:

Don’t Be That Bride

Rookie Bride

With this Ring

Della Stella

DC Nearly Weds

Violet’s Vows

Wedding inspiration from the pages of Vogue Living

April 11, 2008

I think I subscribe to Vogue just so that I can received the quarterly Vogue Living which is awesome.  This spring’s issue is kind of about layering and shabby chic themes.  There is a great article on the decoupager John Derian who bought an old house in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and just kind of let it’s antiquity ooze.  I love his aesthetic, especially how he carries over his trademark decoupage eye into decor.  There was also a section of the magazine devoted to the look I’m interested in achieving at my wedding.  Here it is: a Victorian theme to go with my Victorian ring.

This picture also illustrates the color scheme I’ve been considering (light blue, coral and white) without evoking Howard Johnson’s.  As much as I love the parasol/umbrella presence, I’m not sure that I have the gall to carry a parasol, but there are huge umbrellas on the deck of the club where we are planning to have the reception.  And although my dress is definitely from the 40’s, I think the gold buttons and pintucked silk organza are very Belle Epoch.

Home decor

March 23, 2008

Happy Easter! Today I am at home in Austin and my mom and I have been scouring the Rhode Island craigslist for cute French Provincial armchairs (bergere, fateuile styles). When I came across a pink velvet arm chair (below) I showed it to my mother.


Mom mom, on seeing the picture, said, “I’d be careful with that… You don’t really want someone else’s velvet.” And on the next listing I discovered why: