Sunday, October 31, 2010

never too full of vermont

Seems like months since I was in Vermont. And it has been, but still I want to post these now ancient pictures since it is so beautiful at Anne's house and I always have such a wonderful time. Anne lives the life I wish I had, but could probably never handle with all those chickens and snow plowing and weeding... I get to go and pretend it is my life for a few days. She pretty much laughs at me and my non-rural skills while I am there (especially my complaining about mosquitos in the house).
Anne makes bagels that sell out within the hour she drops them off. Here are some she was making in her kitchen. Very tasty at any time of the day.
Funny when I tried to get my chicken shots the hens and roosters were not very thrilled. They kept walking away from me as I got closer to them so this is the best I could do.
One night I got to sleep in the milk room a few yards from the house. It was pretty incredible sleeping there with the noises of the country and the moon shinning down. Almost like camping, but no tent.

I've been reading a lot about blogs and how it is best to have some type of theme or subject you stick to so you don't confuse your readers, like all art or all cooking. I am sorry readers, but I obviously don't do that. Thanks for sticking with me when you don't know what you will be reading or seeing from week to week. Think of It as a potpourri of unpredictable accounts from this most likely ADD blogger.

Ah I am in love with a house. It is white with blue trim. I will have to take a photo of it this week. The only problem is that I am sure it is way out of my budget (as most things are out of my budget- even a new bike), but I just feel this is the house I should be in, so I am trying to figure out how I can buy it. Any ideas? Yeah I know, if you knew you would be doing it...Still it is my new dream. I guess I should go look inside of it
Since this was a surprise post I guess I should say goodbye. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week and of course remember to vote.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Chicago was a fast but mostly pleasant trip. The purple ribbons on this tree symbolize the number of victims of domestic violence. Looking at all that purple in one place was quite amazing. Mostly it was a shopping trip for Chloe who had shopping depression once she ran out of money and no longer wanted to shop. Here she is with her goods in our hotel room.
We did not really buy anything from Juicy Couture. She saw the bag outside a hotel room and made ME take it- It was empty.
Poor Chloe was dragged to a vegan restaurant. Here is a picture of the carnivore with my father at a different restaurant that was half vegan/veggie, half meat called Earwax. She got a killer mocha milkshake. When my father got the vegan version it wasn't nearly as tasty. I doubt anyone from South Carolina would even go to a restaurant called Earwax.
I must confess, I snook off to the American Girl store for a few minutes which horrified Chloe. I love watching the little girls walking into that place. It is also good for entrepreneurial (is this word actually spelled correctly?) ideas. Now you can set up a time for a hair appointment for your doll and watch her get a new do. Some of the dolls came in looking very scraggly. I also got to see the new American Girl doll's semi-vintage trailer. I wish I could live in it.

I got to see my friend Joy for a few hours. She was in town for a family thing and we were both staying in the same part of town. We went to Sprinkles, a cupcake store with yet another cupcake line. I had a very delicious peanut butter and chocolate cupcake.
My family took Chloe and me to Second City and some of the skits were quite funny. Not all appropriate for a young lady of Chloe's age but I am sure she has seen similar on TV. I was also fortunate enough to go to a cool book/zine shop called Quimbys. And hence, Chloe was less fortunate to have to come with me. Would have liked to stay there longer...
This is my school journal page(almost finished) for a project I am starting at school based on the 1000 journal project. I will be sending this journal home with a different child each time for him/her to work in. (Families can help). I think I may also make one that will wander around school and when you find it you can take it home and work in it. I hope the kids will be as excited about this as I am.
So that's about it for this week. No trips for awhile a except to the throat doctor tomorrow.
Great week-ends to all.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

3 full pages

Journal page(s) from NYC. I used a bus map of NYC as my background page and since it was folded I actually got three pages out of one. This page below is inside of the first page you see.

Next weekend I am going with Chloe to Chicago. Please offer any suggestions of great places to visit (shop, eat). I heard we are going to Second City on Friday night.
I know you hear an awful lot about Chloe. Here is the other one. Riley with his beloved girlfriend before they left for a dance.
I'll be looking forward to any Chicago suggestions. Have a great week.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New yawlk full

Back from our New York City weekend. We had a great time and the weather was wonderful. Spent a lot of time walking around and shopping. I did the most damage within the first hour of getting into the city when we hit the Japanese bookstore. Oh boy that was heavy duty. I couldn't even think how to rationalize it, I just had to do it.
Later we walked over to Soho and went into Bloomingdales so my friends could purchase some new make up. Some how they got me involved and I actually am now the proud owner of three make-up products. Who knows, maybe on our next trip I will get a hair make over. Chloe would be happy about that.

Lorraine wanted top spend some time photographing so I managed to take a few pictures myself, but not many. I am anxious to see her pictures. I took a photo of this cute pink door near NYU at Washington Mews. It reminds me of France.

The restaurant we ate at on Friday night was so loud that we couldn't even hear each other so we mostly ate in silence(very sad). I'd tell you the name but we are trying to forget it- permanently.
Luckily, the next morning Renee spotted a cute restaurant, Le Pain Quotidien, which became our most favorite. Just look at this granola! We also discovered there are quite a few in the city (and elsewhere) but of course not South Carolina. I am still trying to figure out how such a nice cafe can also have so many branches and nothing near me.
Saturday night, first we had a slice (of pizza) and then waited on line at Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes. They were really delicious. I was the only one who managed to make mine last longer than 10 minutes. I wish I had taken a photo of mine.
We managed to visit many of the wonderful shopping spots such as anthropologie, Tinsel Trading, Purl Soho (fell head over heels in love with some $70 a skein cashmere), ABC, the lomography store, and Renee's favorite Muji.
Aren't Renee and Lorraine the cutest? We got rather gloomy towards Sunday knowing our trip would be over but we are thinking of a new place.
The worst part of the trip was getting on my flight home and finding out it was cancelled after listening to the flight attendants tell us we all needed to be seated so we could take off. That made 250 passengers trying to deplane and find a way to Atlanta at the same time. It was insane. There was nothing to Charleston and I needed to get back to work today (finding a sub is not as sweet as a cupcake) so I flew into Columbia, SC and rented a car for the two hour drive. Gotta love air travel.
Thanks for reading about my travels to NYC. Let me know where you suggest for the next week-end trip.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

full to do

Woo hoo (rhymes with moo moo) - Here's what a gal buys at the store for her weekend alone. It is such a thrill to be home alone. I can leave stuff out, buy ice cream and know it will be there the next day, plan my very own non chauffeuring day... it's amazing.
Only problem was with my wine when I realized that I did not have a corkscrew so I had to trudge back to the grocery store to buy one. This after being a good citizen and walking to the store (and taking pictures of my town) to avoid using the automobile all day. Ah well c'est la vie.

Love how this mostly red journal page came out on the top of the post.

I made this Queen picture for two teachers at my school who are expecting a Khloe Elizabeth (How did they know my Chloe's middle name was Elizabeth too?). I put it in a wild van Gogh Iris frame. Hope they liked it.

So next on my list for today is organize for NYC next week-end and to finish up some other art stuff. Tofu for dinner. You may be cringing at that but I love tofu. Hope you are having a great weekend aussi.