A “New” old piece

Cassia gave me this vintage sewing machine.

I think it is going to be a great display piece in the store.

 20160629_182426We just have to figure out where to put it first!  Always a challene to fit pieces into th store but I do love the old pieces with history.

National Stationary Show

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Met up with the owners from Foxy Fix.  It was their first time at the stationary show as well.  It is always great to meet someone that you tak with on the phone or via email.

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I went to a few tourist spots in the evenings.  I love New York City, the streets have their own song and everything is so vibrant.  I always feel that I could move here and then I feel the crowds of people and realise I could never live there.  Way too many people for me.

 

I did manage to a little journaling in the hotel

My Moleskine Planner

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New York

I am staying in North Bergen, NJ and taking the ferry over to New York.

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The Javitz Center is a couple of blocks away from the Ferry terminal and as long as I have this I am fine!

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Saw a huge peaceful demonstration while I was here:

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They are part of the Falun Gong demonstrations.

Some time off

I was able to play hooky this past Monday and visited the Wynwood Walls project in Miami for a few hours.  The Wynwood Walls is a community revitalization project located in the warehouse district of Miami.  Huge murals and graffiti cover the sides of buildings and shipping containers.

What an inspiring place, full of street art both on a large and tiny scale.

Here are just a few of the photos I took.  The images that were taken inside the walls I have named the artists but those on the streets unfortunately I do not know who the inspiring piece came from.

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side of a building

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Side of a building

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walking down the street



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these photos were taken inside the walls
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Puerto Rican artist…  Alexis Diaz

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Lady Pink

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Swoon

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Miss Van

We ate at a lovely little Bistro for lunch – Zak the Baker, Avocado on toast with marinated tomatoes and red pepper.  The tomatoes had great flavor and there was just a little kick to the bread with the flaked pepper. . . . .  YUM!

I have a million art journal and canvas ideas running through my head and I left feeling very inspired and can’t wait to go back and explore the neighborhood again.  I just have to figure out a way to play hooky again :)

 

 

Random Images from the show

Here is Anaheim and there is inspiration everywhere, I thought I would share just a couple of images from the show with you

 

Managed to get a couple of hours off and met up with another store owner from Seattle and we decided to have dinner at downtown Disney

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Graphic 45 – their booth is always fabulous

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Love this piece by Jim Hankins

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Ranger Designer Challenge

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The fountains at night just outside the convention center

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Wonderful texture

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The Prima booth was awesome

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and I loved this display by Floracraft

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Off to the Trade Show

It is that time of the year again when I head to the Winter Trade show to buy products for the store.  Exhausting times but oh so good to see my colleagues and get inspired by all the art goodness around me.  This year the show is being held in Anaheim, California

This is the week from my planner

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View from my window seat

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This white stuff is snow!

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Another Long Absence

It seems my intentions are great for this blog but, my execution leaves much to be desired.

I have been trying to get more organized about this site so that when I have the ideas for the blog I am actually in a place where I can write them down and get them done.

Since I have been gone I have taught on a cruise ship headed to Alaska.  That was at the end of July and it was just this past friday that I was able to get my photos off my camera :)

I have designed and had manufactured (and SOLD OUT in one week, yeah me!) a line of stamps  for planners and a set for Art Journaling.  If you would like to see what they look like please click here for the online store:

How Does She Do It?  – this is the stamp set that is helping me get more organized

PS-107 – this stamp set is for people attending school or the parents

Ready Set Go – to help me with planning my next working vacation

and this is the set I designed for Art Journaling – Imperfection

They are BACK IN STOCK

This is a sample of the Art Journal Set which I have used just for fun.

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Will try and post more images as I get them photographed. . . . and based on my track record it might be a while, so no one hold their breath!