The Pinball Hall of Fame

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

The Pinball Hall of Fame

  Growing up, I thought it’d be awesome to have an arcade game in my house. Even though I wasn’t nearly as into video games as my brother, I enjoyed an occasional game of Ms. Pac-Man or Tetris or pinball. When we were waiting for our pizza at my family’s favorite spot, we’d both be bugging our parents for quarters. I’m not sure where the idea came from that I needed one in my house, but, apparently, I’m not the only one who thought about that. The majority of people who responded to my Twitter...

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Violet

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Craft, Travel | 5 comments

Violet

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I thought I’d share some art, food, destination, and DIY ideas inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet! 1. Berries, Le Marche, Italy. 2. Pantone Ultra Violet. 3. Chocolade Van Brugge, Scottsdale (photo: Stephanie Haworth). 4. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.   5. “Victoria” painting by Mari Orr. 6. Photo transfer tutorial. 7. Ed Mell art for Riders of the Purple Sage. (Photo: Tim Trumble).   8. Yuma Garden Company’s colorful carrots....

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MLK Day: Where to Volunteer in Phoenix

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

MLK Day: Where to Volunteer in Phoenix

I was looking to see what kind of service projects were planned in my community for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I found a bunch at handsonphoenix.org! I’ll share a few you might be interested in below.     You can sign up on the site to volunteer if you’re over 18. Check the individual project for age restrictions and waivers required for younger teens and kids. If you live outside of the Phoenix area, you can search nationalservice.gov for opportunities in other states.   Sort and Pack at St. Mary’s...

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Love Lock Update

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

Love Lock Update

After researching how the love lock trend has gone out of control in many European tourist areas, I’m happy to report that we barely saw any locks weighing down bridges or monuments when we were in Italy. Venice I was honestly a little worried that the Venice bridges Mark and Dawn Hawk cleared last spring might be covered again. Thankfully, that was not the case. We only spotted a cluster (or two) of rusty locks near Piazza San Marco (the eye of the Venice tourism hurricane) and a few stray locks on railings here and...

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The Way Trees Grow

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Life, Travel | 3 comments

The Way Trees Grow

  My elementary school art teacher didn’t like my trees. The drawing I had been working on was of a whole forest of them – with trunks that were bent and twisted all different directions. “Trees grow straight up and down,” she criticized. “Not like that.” She made me start my drawing over. I remembered this while I was hiking recently. And I wanted to laugh every time I passed yet another example of nature showing that I had been correct all along.   Find more trees over at Happiness and...

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November 2017 Photo: Autumn Tree

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Travel | 11 comments

November 2017 Photo: Autumn Tree

Fall color tends to come to Arizona a little later. When we were at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum over Thanksgiving weekend, most of the trees were still green or yellow. But that just made this stunner stand out even more! PS Also linking up with Tree Love...

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Winter Celebrations of Light

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Travel | 10 comments

Winter Celebrations of Light

When the nights get longer, so many traditions celebrate light. Elements like candles, lanterns, and bonfires – as well as the sun, moon, or stars – often play an important part in autumn/winter holidays. Think of Christmas (and Advent), Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Lucia, Moon Festival, and Yule. In the Southern Hemisphere, this season happens around their winter solstice in June with traditions like the Andean Inti Raymi (“Sun Celebration”) and the Maōri New Year, Matariki (“Pleiades...

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Antique Gold and Forest

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Antique Gold and Forest

Since I got some great feedback from my autumn and indigo color palette, I thought I’d make color-themed posts a regular thing. Currently on my mind is the combination of vibrant greens (from kelly to forest) paired with softer golds – think mercury glass, champagne, tarnished jewelry, candlelight.   While this combination could go modern, I particularly love it as a complement to rustic decor. It looks fabulous with natural materials like birch bark, adding just enough sheen to make it all feel chic and festive. For a woodsy...

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7 Things to Love About High Speed Rail

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

7 Things to Love About High Speed Rail

[Some thoughts Phillip wrote down during our journey from Rome to Venice on a high speed Italo Treno train. –S] How do I love thee high-speed train travel? Let me count the ways! After my first trip on high speed rail in Italy, I’m a believer! Here are some things I loved about traveling on a train instead of flying: 1. You don’t have to check your luggage, so it’s way less likely to be lost. 2. Quick boarding and deboarding time. 3. You can move around. Since there’s no turbulence, there’s no “fasten seatbelt...

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October 2017 Photo: Sedona

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Travel | 9 comments

October 2017 Photo: Sedona

During a mid-October camping trip in Sedona, I took this photo from the terrace of a coffee shop that closed just before we got there. At least we still got to enjoy the view! Speaking of which, I was trying to take a panoramic photo of the same view and this (I’m sure perfectly nice but totally oblivious) couple just stepped right into the frame when I was mid-pan. Oh well. Bob and Doris, you’re part of this now. Finally, I also messed around with time lapse shots a bit on the same trip. I propped my phone on the hood of our car...

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