Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Free Shipping

Just in time for the holidays...
Free shipping on everything in my store (excluding cheese plates).
That's photos, purses, notecards and magnets, delivered to you for free, through Sunday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part VII

Despite the fact that fall ushers in winter, I do love the seasonal mums that bloom enthusiastically when the temperatures begin to drop.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part VI

It was just a few days before Halloween when I was in Yellow Springs, Ohio for a short visit. It seemed that everyone had decorated, which just amplified the cheery feel of the town.

There were lots of older homes in town, including a few that didn't need any extra help to look spooky. And a few scary dogs that made me walk faster...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part V

So Yellow Springs is a bit of a hippie town, but in that more grown-up sort of way, like Austin, TX. It's the kind of place where you see Birkenstocks and VW vans, sure, but it has a real sense of community. Some hippie enclaves feel transient, but Yellow Springs feels like the sort of place you'd move to raise your kids.

The community is mostly older houses, in various conditions. I saw houses being renovated, surrounded by scaffolding, and others that were quite tattered. They all seemed to fit it, with no pressure to be a perfect little neighborhood.

There were sidewalks along every street, making it very conducive to walking. It is sort of place you'd find a manicured "Enchanted Walkway." (See the sign in the above photo). The whole place had a sense of playfulness and a comforting feel that was really pleasant.

All the yards were well-cared for, and there were so many quaint details, like the garden gate above, and ivy-covered trees. I'm sure it all took work by the homeowners, but it looked effortless, like a place that aged naturally. I love that sort of place. It's no wonder Bri was so eager to show it to me.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part IV

It was a perfect fall day when I was walking around Yellow Springs, OH.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part III

Yellow Springs has cool, thoughtful murals around every corner.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part II

Brian wanted me to see Yellow Springs, Ohio, just a few minutes from Dayton. It is a very hip little town chock full of art galleries and restaurants and I had a great time exploring it while he was at work.

We stayed at the cutest refurbished motel, The Springs. It is owned and operated independently and was lovingly restored to its mid-century feel. It was such a special place to stay, and at such a good value! We also had a great time playing with the Sleep Number bed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ohio Trip, Part I

In the midst of moving, my husband had a business trip to Dayton, Ohio and we found a few good reasons for me to tag along. One of my best friends had a baby in June and I had yet to meet the little guy. So they came out from Pittsburgh to visit with us while we were there.
Also, we scored some tix to the Pittsburgh/Cinci game and of course had to go.
We also met up with our brother-in-law who is in Columbus doing a short residency and drove down to Chilicothe to visit with my husband's best Marine Corps buddy and his family. We crammed quite a bit into four days and saw a lot of Ohio, and it is always nice to see something new. We saw a lot of farms on our drives to and fro, and every one was just beautiful. This one was right along a highway in Dayton and was drenched every morning with beautiful sunlight.

Friday, November 14, 2008


I was tagged by Smilemonsters sometime during the move/computer revolt, but I am finally ready to play along.

So here's the deal:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird.
3. Tag people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Oh here we go............

1. I just moved to a house in town, on the edge of the business district. I have never NOT lived in a subdivision or in the suburbs, so it is a bit strange to look out the windows and see firetrucks and law offices instead of kids riding their bikes.

2. I hate snow. I know I should relish the time I live in Wyoming and embrace winter, and yes, it is pretty every once in a while, but deep down, I hate the snow and the cold. And yes, it just snowed last night and it is still on the ground. Grrrrrr.

3. Despite hating snow, I desperately want to go on a sleigh ride. Like in a Currier and Ives painting.

4. I once aspired to be a writer and I thought after college I would move around all the southern states to discover what, collectively, the "South" was. Then I fell in love and life redirected itself.

5. I am an only child. But I have two half-sisters and one half-brother who are all much older than me. So sometimes I tell people I am an only child and then later in the conversation I refer to one of my siblings. I imagine it confuses people.

6. I cry when I visit home and drive over the Isle of Palms connector on my way to the beach or a concert. It's the smells so good and I think it is the most beautiful thing in the world.

7. I have a huge pile of art I have bought (mostly from Etsy) that I need to frame. I shouldn't buy any more until it is all hanging on my walls but I believe I am addicted.

And a bonus (because I'm really lousy at math):

8. My favorite band in the world is Cowboy Mouth. I have seen them live more than 40 times. I have actually lost count. GO SEE THEM if they are ever in your area. Their message that life is short and you should enjoy it and let go of all the bad things has really made me a positive person and enriched my own life.

I tagged these blogs, but there's no pressure, folks:
The Silly BooDilly
A Little Rhinestone Never Hurt Anybody
Hometown Girl
Alina Jolie Photography

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rainy Day

Today I was just touching up the paint in the master bedroom along the ceiling and I had left the door open so the dogs could come in and out. Little Bear has taken to following me around the house and laying as close to me as possible, even if that is outside a closed door. So I was surprised when I looked around and didn't see her. I investigated the rest of the upstairs and found her and Happy snuggled up on a painting drop cloth in the guest room. They had been out in the rain a bit and I think they wanted something to lay on and that looked perfect at the moment.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Up And Running

Hooray! I'm back from my computer-imposed Internet exile. I knew I had become pretty dependent (read: addicted) to the Internet but I had no idea living without a computer would really affect me so much.

I stressed out nonstop about not being able to check my Etsy shop, and was for once grateful that I had no orders to fill as they would have been sitting in cyberspace for who-knows-how-long, just waiting.

I really missed looking at the photos I have taken. I do remember my film days, when I could think of nothing else for days while my photos were off to be developed. I've been doing digital photography for the last year and the instant gratification that goes along with being able to see them as soon as I can connect up to my computer is, well, awesome. I've got so much to go through and I'll be sharing soon.

I've missed being able to look up any random thing that comes to mind. Are The Killers touring near here? How far away is the only winery in Wyoming? What are the movie times in Cheyenne? And is it going to snow this week? I guess I could have turned on The Weather Channel for the last one, but I may have had to sit through forecasts in 50 other cities before I saw a map of the Rockies.

And also, dear friends, I've missed blogging! Thanks for all the condolences about the computer. We replaced the power supply so it is working just fine and I didn't lose anything. I'd like to share that I keep my most important info on an external drive (for me, that's my photos and my music) and unplug it when I'm done using it, so this whole time without a computer I at least knew those things were safe.

To update you, all my belongings are at the new house, so I can say we are done moving! We fixed up the old rental to the satisfaction of the landlord, I assume. I just finished painting the master bedroom and I finally get to unpack my clothes! I've been living out of two garbage bags full of clothes and occasionally rifling through a box or two. That's another good thing about living in Wyo...all you need are jeans and sweatshirts!