Monday, May 11, 2009

the mother's day alley crawl

(and a weekword...i'll get to that in a minute...)










yesterday was a low-key and low-drama mother's day full of pizza, beer, chocolate chip cookies and little surprises (good ones!) from my girls. then i wound up loitering in the downtown alleys for a while, probably not the way most people spend mother's day, but i was well rewarded with a few shyly hidden treasures between the weeds and broken glass. even the dumpsters had colorful things to say - and i squealed when i found that marvelous piece in the last photo...

and now, the weekword! this week, it is FAKE. if you want to participate, just post your interpretation this friday, and let me know so i can link back to you. if you're curious to see the previous weekwords, visit fruenswerk, who started this a few weeks ago. and while you're there, take a look at her amazing world - she's another one of my favorite dailies. her sense of humor hits me in just the right way and she is an extraordinarily talented illustrator.

happy weekword - have fun faking it!

31 comments:

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Ah - fake. I'll think about it!

Love your photos!

peggyfussell said...

Your special eye is magical. Belated Mother's Day wishes to you!

SueBeads said...

You live in the coolest place! Pizza and beer too - what a weekend!

painted fish studio said...

the alleys of Lawrence are pretty dang sweet! happy {late} mothers day!

ps. i ordered our soap making supplies last nite!

ambika said...

That honestly sounds like the best day (as well as mother's day) ever.

I wish our alleys were so full of inspiration.

●• Tiny Red said...

happy mother's day! great pictures :)

fake sounds good... i can have fun with it!

Claudia said...

Love your photos and artwork! Thank you for sharing =)

~Valentina~ said...

Oohh.. I have been so busy and totally miss the weekword! Hopefully I'll play around this week.
Your Mother's day sounded PERFECT!... And as usual the pictures are great. No I have to make a print with that "You really can do whatever you want”, *LOVE IT*

aimee said...

as you can imagine, there was a lot of stuff i didn't show, like the four teenagers who were up to NO good and were positively alarmed when i came barreling down the alley with a stroller...they dispersed quickly... lots of smelly trash and junky cars, too...

thanks all... and welcome suebeads and claudia!

jess gonacha said...

i swear, aimee, you either live in the most interesting town full of interesting people, or you just have a serious talent for finding all the amazing hidden spots! sounds like such a fun day. :)

Veja cecilia said...

oh, fake! Nice wordchoice, I´ll se what I get out of it... I´m in!

cindy : quaint said...

i love your finds, especially the butterflies. fake it til you make it as they say. whoever 'they' are ;).

glad you had a great day!

Dawn said...

You're right. That piece in the last photo is a TREASURE!

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog so often. It means a lot to me! I really admire your work!

L'Atelier said...

happy mothers day!

sounds like the perfect day- i agree with jess... but came to the conclusion i will have to come to artsyville to check that out ;)
love the last photos is brilliant!
feak?! argh- i am drawing a blank... will ponder and see if i can come up with something!

Bella Sinclair said...

Is it because of all the beer and chocolate that you found yourself in an alley? ;)

Who knew there'd be so much cool art hidden between those buildings. Maybe that's what those four teens were doing, eh? Putting up art? Naaah. That last one is fantastic! I also like those allium-looking flowers and the "me" that someone scribbled on Franken-head.

Low-key and low-drama is always a good thing!

Annie Pazoo said...

What great finds!

joanne said...

you live in such an amazingly cool place... i'd want to hang around the alleys too!

do days get better than this?? chocolate, pizza, beer, and wonderful surprises from your girls? ... sounds like bliss :)

FruensWerk2 said...

Great weekword girl...And thank you so much for too kind words...I haven´t got time to post before friday...got a lot of work...and bad days...but I will put my head in thinking position :) hug hug

heather smith jones said...

you're so good at finding all these interesting and beautiful type pieces strewn about. you have an eye for lettering :)

Doug said...

You're an inspiration to get me back to the Lawrence alleys. Love the last pic + message. And since I fake stuff everyday - I should be able to participate in weekword.

-doug

Esti said...

fake, hmmm... we'll see...

jennifernew42@mac.com said...

Stole your image. Hope you don't mind. HUGS!!! http://aurevoirgoodbyesolong.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/you-really-can/

Nina Crittenden said...

What a fun idea! I am impressed with all the fun things you see on your wanderings. I think I better start paying closer attention to my surroundings!

kendalee said...
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kendalee said...

What great alley finds - that last one is really special! Alleys round my way don't yield the same delights. Or maybe I just need to look again...

Also wanted to say that my copy of artful blogging FINALLY arrived and I flicked directly to your article. SO exciting to see you there, in print, in all your glorious technicolour Aimee. And what a great story it is. I love that you ended the piece with how blogging is "an excuse to explore and dream every day. What could be better that that?" Indeed.

Katrina said...

happy post-mother's day.

Aris said...

great finds Aimee as always and as for the weekword- count me in!!!!

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful signs and portents in the alley.

Anairam said...

I really like the "We'll Tow" - it sounds so very kind and helpful - but I suppose it can also be meant as a threat - like in "Just think of parking here, buster, and we'll tow!!! and I can quite imagine the burly guys behind that notice ...

aimee said...

yeah, it probably had something to do with the pizza and beer and chocolate that sent me alley hopping. kendalee - i didn't know you could get AB in the UK! thanks for checking it out! and thanks all for stopping by!

i'll see you soon for the weekword :)

BT said...

Wonderful photos of the backways. As you say, the last one is brilliant.