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.
October – our last month living in Oregon together. Much of the month involved getting the house ready to sell, but we made time for some great trips, Portland experiences and meals out with good friends.
Here are 10 things I loved about October:
- Walks at Powell Butte Nature Park – our neighborhood spot for the last seven years
- Nuestra Cocina – best fish ever, and a pretty good pumpkin soup
- Kayaks – we bought ourselves presents for our new life in Hawaii
- A walk at the lake – a great weekend with the parents
- Lark Press – great little shop with “designy” gifts and letterpress cards
- Beautiful autumn drives – one last road trip
- Laughing Planet – Cuban bowl and PB&J smoothie
- Scootering with my best friend – Comma Mr. finally bought a scooter
- The Oregon coast – I love my chilly beaches
- Screen Door – always a favorite
September was a wild month. Last month’s interview trip turned into a job offer … aaaaaaaand my husband and I decided to move to Hawaii!
Here are 10 things that made me happy in September.
1. The EMP – shows are so much cooler when they are at the Experience Music Project
2. Fashionable people who march to their own beat. Purple man-pris? Why, yes!
3. The Space Needle – my first trip up since toddlerhood
4. Free Starbucks at the “insider lounge” during Bumbershoot
5. A wonderful kitty who forgives his parents for making him go through surgery
6. Subtle reminders that you’ve made the right choice
7. Outdoor concerts with best friends – Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival
8. Cooking things that I grew
9. Painting and picking the perfect shade of white
10. La Isla Puerto Rican restaurant – nom!
It was a life-changing month. It also involved a few trips. Things were bittersweet. Did I mention life might be changing? Here are 10 things I loved about August.
1. Foggy mornings at the Oregon coast
2. Tomatoes from my garden
3. Road trip to Crater Lake
4. Camp food – grilled corn on the cob
5. Hiking down to Crater Lake and wading in the icy, clear blue water
6. Pancakes at the Crater Lake Lodge restaurant
7. Celebrating my sweetheart getting old (turning 31)
8. Portland Bridge Pedal – the 10-bridge ride
9. Last-minute trip to Hawaii for husband’s job interview
10. Throwing our plans out the window