Archives: Out and About

I Heart Firemen.

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Illustrations, Life, Out and About

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So last Friday I was dropping off baby girl at my parents’ and everything was going great.  I decided to take a different street than I usually do when I leave my parents’.  The street with a Starbuck’s drive thru of course.  All of a sudden instead of feeling like I was driving on pavement, I felt like I was driving on a rocky dirt road.  I was on a two lane street so I pulled over to the right.  I jumped out real quick to see what happened and just as I thought, a flat tire.  I was trying to text my husband because I honestly didn’t know who I should call first.  Before I could send my text I saw flashing lights in the back and instead of the police, it was a fire truck.

The next thing I knew I was being asked if I had a donut in the back, I said yes and one of the firemen said, “Since you have a spare tire on you we can change it for you!”.  I was in shock and still am.  Do firemen really do this?  I guess they do because I was able to sit in my air conditioned car while five firemen changed my tire in less than 10 minutes.  I was beaming from ear to ear when I said, “Thank you!!” and headed to Starbucks after all.

So.  Amazing.  Has anything out of the ordinary like that happened to you?

Do share, such a blessing!

P.S. I have a scanner now and it is the bomb.com.

Thrifting Fun.

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Life, Out and About

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I love thrifting and I don’t go as much as I used to.  We have a Paris Street Market here at one of our outdoor malls, Aspen Grove, on the first Saturday every month (May – October).

Last weekend I was able to go and here are some highlights.

  • I want to call these birdhouses steampunk birdhouses since they have all of the vintage hardware on them.  Love how unique these are.
  • Vintage croquet balls would make a great collection.
  • Had my first shaved ice.  You get to choose three flavors and I picked mango, peach and coconut.  I thought I would have to wait until we took our dream vacation to Hawaii but I didn’t and it was soooo good!
  • Bought two little succulents (one for me and one for my mom) in the cutest stamped terracotta planters from Old House Chic.  This was by far my favorite shop, I wanted every little bit and bob.  There were feathers and keys in glass bottles with corks, what’s not to love?
  • I have a weakness for antique fans as well but I am always leary of old electronics so I just admire from afar.  This one was from The Woodcutter’s Wife.
  • The second thing I bought was a vintage signed edition print of a tree.  The lines in this drew me in and I think I’ll put it up by my desk.

I absolutely love searching and finding art pieces.  It feels like treasure hunting for me.

Crushin’ – Susan Rubin

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Fangirl, Illustrations, Out and About

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Now that I think about it, the DAM exhibit last weekend was just okay for me.  I was expecting more work by the headlining artists but there was one Frida piece, one Van Gogh piece, etc.  When my Mom and I arrived, we got there a little early and looked around. In the artist’s studio area there are big blank pads of paper ready for you to draw with whatever they have available to you.  They also have artists create right there and people are encouraged to come by and watch them work.  We saw the the most beautiful colored pencil botanical illustrations and we were both in awe of the artist, Susan Rubin.  One of the pieces was an illustration of a type of bean and then in the lower corner there was an actual seed packet with the same illustration.  We both thought the artist reproduced the vintage packaging illustration into her own.  We were corrected by one of the workers who said that this is the artist who drew the illustration for the packaging.  The larger version was the original.

The bonus was that Susan would be in the studio early in the day so we would get to see her work.  We did head over there when we were done with the exhibit and to watch her work was a treat.  She uses colored pencils on mylar and the effect is gorgeous.  She enjoys looking through her layers of colored pencil just like I like looking through my layers of watercolor.  So meticulous and soothing.  She told us about her process and how she teaches botanical illustration as well.  I had no idea that profession was so small with about 1,000 botanical illustration artists in the country.  When you consider there are probably 3,000 dentists in Colorado alone, that put into perspective how small that subset is.

Such an unexpected treat!

To Dos.

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Home, Out and About

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Spring is here!  I want to do nothing but pick flowers and twirl around all day to celebrate.  We have been in our house for about four years now I think and we have come a long way with making our house ours.  We have some remaining To Dos that I keep my eyes peeled for whenever we go to Home Goods, vintage stores, etc.  The other bits, cleaning/organizing the basement and garage, I want to tackle by handling two boxes at a time until it is all done.  With us, I am the one with more “stuff” to sort.  What’s on your home to do list this spring/summer?

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to the art museum and I cannot wait.  There is an exhibit called Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  There will be works from Kahlo, Picasso, Dali, Pollock, etc.  Yes!

I need to head out now, have a great day!

Oh, Canada.

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Life, Out and About, Photography

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We took a trip to Vancouver about two weeks before Christmas.  This was our second trip out there.  We flew from Denver to Seattle, then drove to Vancouver.  It was so nice to get away and have my SIL and her family meet our daughter in person for the first time.  I am a warm weather person and I LOVE the sun so not having it was the only downside of the visit.  Out of the week we were there, we only had one day of sun.  The first day.  The rest was cloudy, drizzly stuff that is hard to shoot in.  I do love how everything is covered in moss, absolutely beautiful.  We went to so many shops that we don’t have here like Aritzia, Saje, Top Shop and Brandy Melville.  I am a new fan of Tim Hortons!  I’m kicking myself for not buying a mug since I have a massive collection of mugs.  Their gingerbread white hot chocolate is the best.

We were there for a week so I have more pics over here.*

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Even though you are pretty far away and a bit expensive, I do love you Canada.  You have a fan.

*I went back to my early 2000 days and posted the pics to Flickr but I am not liking the new design of it.  Know of anything else out there for photo sharing?