November was my first month without my sweetheart. I was hanging out here in Portland while he was beach combing and snorkeling on Oahu. OK, so he may have been doing a little bit of work at that new job of his. While it was quite the solitary time, I did manage to have some fun. I did yoga 3-4 times a week and was blessed to have great friends who still wanted to hang out. 🙂
Here are 10 things that made my month:
- Best friends – this couple rocks
- Mt. Tabor in the fall
- Rain or Shine Coffee House – a great post-yoga indulgence
- Veritable Quandary – one of Portland’s best kept brunch secrets
- Pyro Pizza – brick oven pizza cart
- Small dogs and the people who love them
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas
- Stumptown Coffee – you can’t start winter without it
- Going out to eat alone – it can be fun!
- Yoga Union – amazing teachers and a great studio
- Spending Thanksgiving with my favorite guy
Who loves a challenge? Me! The ladies over at Young House Love and Bower Power have teamed up with Ana and Erin for a new Pinterest Challenge. The idea is to do something crafty and inspirational based on something you’ve pinned on Pinterest.
I have a board for art projects and DIY ideas and have been trying to tackle a new art project every couple of months. Here’s how my latest project started. I tumblred upon this “Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost” piece* awhile back and also found it on Pinterest. It took some digging to figure out who made it – designer Shaun Sundholm.
Anyway, I love the strong typography combined with the photo. It’s the perfect wanderlust piece – makes me want to go somewhere great. I also have a thing for maps, so I decided to combine my inspiration to make a personal art piece of beautiful places I’ve gotten lost. The letters are cut out of an old United States atlas. I started with places that are important to us – where we were both born, cities we grew up in, places we’ve lived together and then added in favorite trips we’ve taken together like Yosemite, the San Juan Islands, Victoria and San Francisco.
I did the type layout in Illustrator and then printed the words on plain paper. Then I cut the letters out, traced them onto the atlas pages and cut the letters out again. To mix things up with the words “Let’s” and “lost,” I used bright photos from a couple of our favorite trips outside the U.S. — Greece and Nice! Then I lined everything up on a large piece of paper, taped the letters in place and framed it.
Hurray! I love it and have it displayed proudly on my mantle with adventurous things like a bicycle photo, travel guides and vintage binoculars.
I can’t wait to tackle another Pinterest-inspired project. Thanks, all you creative Pinteresters, for the inspiration!
*And – credit where credit is due – go buy Shaun’s poster on 20×200 if you like it, although it’s currently sold out.