My poor blog! I keep starving it for weeks and then overstuffing it with my escapades. No one complained too much the last time I did it, so I'm going to push my luck on photo-overdo once again, and I'm going to drag you backwards through my summer to boot.
First up: Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio made a huge announcement this morning that 21 Secrets is going live next year! I'm so excited to be part of it! Throughout the year, Connie will host live 90 minute art journaling sessions with past teachers of 21 Secrets via Spreecast -- we will chat and create in real time. I'll show you some of my favorite journaling techniques and materials; you can ask me questions, you can ask Connie questions, I can ask you questions, or we can talk about the moon or sun or whatever you want. And use of margaritas as an art tool has been approved. I love each and every one of the teachers Connie has invited to participate in the series -- it is going to be a fantastic year! Connie is running a pre-sale now and the price will increase later this fall, so if you want to hop on board, now's the time to do it. In the meantime, I must get to work fabricating the illusion of a studio now for the Spreecast backdrop. Or maybe I'll just go to a coffee shop and host it from there!
Working backwards from that: it's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm raiding the school supplies section, stocking up & making a crafty mess of it all, and enjoying watching everyone else go back to school while we still have another month to lounge about and sleep in. (My kids didn't get out until June 26. We have earned this.)
Pretty glass beads I found at a little gallery/shop in Tennessee! Can't wait to string them.
The trip to Tennessee was a one-day 740 miler -- I prefer to barrel through when I can, rather than split it up into two days. (Side note: kids have it way too easy on road trips these days). Out of all drives in this country I think I love the transition from the Northeast to the Southeast the most. In less than a day's drive the scene changes so dramatically and totally: the landscape, the accent, the food, the culture, the history... I find it fascinating. And the scenery is stunning the whole way. It flies by.
I spent a lot of time on this deck with my coffee just gazing...
...and watching mountain mist rise from the cup.
May she always garnish her pigtails with Tootsie Pops.
I got dragged up the Skyline in Gatlinburg, games of mini golf and TWO rounds of go-karting at Cooters.
Candy apples -- Tennessee style!
No trip to the South is complete without at least three trips to Mellow Mushroom! I checked the boxes on the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Asheville locations this time.
Ate more than my fair share of Southern breakfasts.
It was hard to leave.
I've also spent a lot of time this summer pouring out my anxieties into crochet. I made a neurotic bath mat by finger knitting nearly half a mile of cotton yarn and pulling it together with a double crochet.
Also made neurotic gypsy scrunchies. So easy! Found a great video tutorial here. Now you can do your part to help keep the early 90s alive.
Made my way back to the Hell's Kitchen flea market.
Eye candy and color everywhere.
This is one of my favorite spots on the High Line in New York City -- a garden path running from 30th (ish) Street in Chelsea down to 10th (ish) Street in Greenwich Village. It was restored from an old elevated train line and runs along the Hudson. Beautiful graffiti and street art along the way, gorgeous vegetation, wooden lounge chairs for reading & people watching, pop-up art stations for the kiddos, and best of all, no streetlights to obey or taxis threatening to hit you.
Also did my part in puttering around Jersey. I love Hoboken! (One of those phrases I never imagined saying.)
So much color and life on the streets of Hoboken (and the best view of Manhattan across the water!) I could spend days doing a photocrawl there
and having Earth-sized slices of pizza at Benny Tudino's.
Really old bike in front of a really old house.
Mommy mommy mommy a toy store Mommy....
And water balloons! Splat.
I think that completes the summer catch up. Now I'm going to make the kids weed the sidewalk & then head off to the pool. If you stuck it out with me, thanks for that, and I'll see you tomorrow for Glue it Tuesday!