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Monday
Jan302012

Ferrara, Italy

Hi friends! How is everyone's Monday going so far? Today I have some photographic inspiration to share with you, some of my own photographs that I took a few years ago. When I was living in Italy and going to school there I was based in Como but being in Italy you have to travel around to experience as much of the insanely beautiful country as you can. Today I'll share a few of my pictures from Ferrara a small, medieval town in Emilia-Romagna (close to the Veneto). 

I spent most of my weekend editing these images and compiling them into a Blurb book. This will be my second book with Blurb. I just loved seeing my Amsterdam pictures bound together so I'm on a role now with my second one. Hopefully a third, fourth, fifth will all come soon after too. For years these images lived on my external harddrive but I wasn't able to appreciate them. Now these books can sit on my shelf and I can open them up whenever I need a pick-me-up. 

Ferrara is the perfect, quaint Italian town. The historic center is easily walkable and bicycles are everywhere (it's the Amsterdam of Italy!). There is fantastic Renaissance architecture, as well as even older buildings. Cars are not allowed into certain parts of the center so it is quiet and very pedestrian friendly. It is not a main stop on Italian tours but I am so glad that we stopped there. 

We were part of the bike culture and rented our own. Hours of entertainment ensued.

The old city walls are now converted into a raised walkways for bikers and pedestrians. You can see up over the city and get away from cars. Such a nice spot. I wish my walking route looked like this every night. 

And yes, that is me on a zipline having the time of my life. We found this children's park on the edge of the city with this mini zipline and an oversized slide. Good thing there weren't any kids around because these twenty-somethings sure got a lot of use out of these toys. 

Aw, these pictures make me happy. A good way to start off a Monday. Has anyone ever been to Ferrara? What spot are you dreaming about this week?

Friday
Jan072011

Little Bikes

This morning I was busy running a bunch of errands for upcoming projects.  Of course that involved a trip to Joann's (seriously, I could live there) but another fun stop was at a local scrapbooking and paper goods store called Collective Journey.  This store has been a favorite of mine for years (it used to be called Cracker Jack's).  In middle school and high school I was into scrapbooking and would buy all kinds of fancy papers at this store.  I've veered away from scrapbooking but still do a lot of projects involving paper goods so I stop in occasionally.  I was excited to find all kinds of lovely things!  They had an amazing ribbon and twine collection, including multiple kinds of bakers twine, velvet ribbon, and gold glitter ribbon which was to-die-for fabulous!  I definitely checked out their cardstock, manila tags, and paper embellishments but my eye was particularly drawn to these cuties:

I rarely justify buying stamps.  They are kind of expensive and usually I figure I can print out an image on paper instead of stamping it.  Also, usually I only want to use them for a one-time thing and then you've just bought this $10 item that you'll never use again.  But these I just couldn't resist.  The bikes are too adorable!  I have no idea what I'm going to do with them but no matter what it is, I think it will be cute (and worth the purchase).  Along with the bikes, there were some stamps of vintage typewriters and phones but sadly I had to walk away from those (for now!).  Sometimes items really just call to you in the store and you cannot walk away from them.  I try not to let too many things do this to me (I have some control) but every once in awhile, you're hooked.  These bikes had me at hello!

The stamps are made by a company called Hero Arts.  I was checking out their website today and they have a wide collection of stamps with all types of themes.  They have some vintage-esque stamps that have great project potential.  Take a look at their catalog which not only shows you their products, but also gives you examples of how to use the stamps.   

What items have spoken to you lately?  Have you fought the urge to buy or caved? 

Happy weekend friends!

Friday
Apr092010

What I Want...Friday, April 9th

This post is the first in a series for Fridays called "What I Want Fridays."  Like most people, I have a huge, long list about things I want to experience, places I want to go, and items that I want that will enrich my life.  If money were no object (this is SO far from my reality right now) this list would be much shorter because I would no longer have to wish for these things.  But not everything on my "wish list" is expensive.  Sometimes I want to just spend a day relaxing in a park.  Clearly, I could fulfill this wish on the cheap and go to a local park but more often than not, my true wish is to be relaxing in Paris in the Place des Vosges in Le Marais (the best park in Paris).  Ok, so I cannot fly off to Paris right now so instead, I have to learn to appreciate the things I can do.  But I can still dream.  These posts will document what I would like my weekends to be, in a perfect world.  So this is what my perfect weekend is looking like now:

 

Where I want to { go } :: The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Ok, this hotel is absolutely fantastic.  I've heard of it before but just recently started ogling over the pictures.  The mid-century modern vibe is perfect for Palm Springs and the decor and casual atmosphere is so inviting.  I always feel slightly uncomfortable in hotels, probably because of the hideous floral comforters, but this hotel would make me want to lounge around and relax.  There are branches of the Ace Hotel in Portland, Seattle, and New York (I'll add those to my wish list too) also.  Check out their website for all of the awesome room pictures and the 360 degree video. 

Photo: Ace Hotel 

 

What I want to { do } :: ride a bicycle with a basket

As long as I'm not pedaling up any wicked, intense hills, I really like bike riding.  It can be kind of peaceful.  Some of my best memories from studying abroad in Italy were the adventures we had while bike riding.  I cannot resist a bike with a basket...you need somewhere to put your stuff.  I have a couple of bikes at home but their tires are in desperate need of some air.  And my bikes don't have baskets.  And my house is surrounded by wicked, intense hills that would kick my butt.  This white bike has to be my favorite, it's beautiful.  Whenever I get some disposable income (eons from now) I would love to have a beauty like this.  

Photo: Fisher Bikes, Simple City 8 model 

 

What I want to { eat } :: penne + mint + parmesan + peas & mint mojitos

I am craving mint!  Mint mojitos are my favorite cocktail, by far.  They are so refreshing and now that the weather is warming up, it is mojito season (yes, there is a season).  The penne + mint dish was invented by my friend Pat who is a food genius.  I tried the recipe the other night and it is so good.  I don't have any specific quantities but here are some simple directions.  Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil.  Once the onions start to brown, add chopped mint and the peas.  When done, put this on top of your penne pasta and garnish with parmesan cheese.  Yum! 

Photos: Mojito from Buena Vida Comida found via foodgawker

Penne from The Zest found via foodgawker

 

What I want to { hear } :: Mykonos, Sun Giant EP, Fleet Foxes

I love the Fleet Foxes.  Their music has an old sound to it which I totally appreciate.  Mykonos is probably my favorite song from Sun Giant.  The only downside to this song is that it makes me want to go to Mykonos, Greece.  Add it to the list!

Photo: Fleet Foxes last.fm page

 

What I want to { buy } :: Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex Camera

I am so intrigued by this camera.  I love the colors although I'd probably buy the white one.  It is a new take on a classic twin-lens reflex and the best part is it takes 35mm film instead of 120mm.  120mm has to be developed at specific camera stores while 35mm can be developed at Target.  It is not an unreasonable price, being only $120.  I could actually save up and buy this sometime soon...and I plan to.  Check out the website for photo examples.

Photo: Blackbird Fly Camera  

 

What I want to { watch } :: Mad Men, Season 3

Season 3 just came out on DVD which makes me so happy because I was only able to catch a few episodes when they originally aired.  The costumes, the acting, the photography...everything is just so beautiful and sexy and intriguing.  The best part is that I'll be able to watch all the episodes without having to wait each week. 

Photo: AMC Mad Men

 

Ok, so a few of my wishes could actually be accomplished this weekend.  Bring on the music, Mad Men, penne, and mojitos!