Days off ‘ are meant to explore, wander, and de-stress. We must allow ourselves time to decompress from work and daily life stressors. I know . We feel like we have so much to do. That we don’t have time. But .. It’s important.
(You know , that whole work-life balance thing. )
It can work in your favor. It already is. You’re taking time to read this post. Treat yo self.
Also .. you’ll have more energy. You might not lose your cool, as easily. You might even be happy , like smiling. Voluntarily.
Sounds fun, right?
The husband and are getting back into the routine of work-life balance , dating each other , and truly enjoying our free time together.
Join us – as we escape to – BainBridge Island.
We’d heard wonderful things about Bainbridge . Bainbridge Island is one of the neighboring islands near Seattle. It’s about a 30 minute ferry ride. So happy we jumped on the Seattle Ferry & headed over. (It’s only $8.20 for walk on pedestrians. And free on the way back.) You can either pre-load your Orca card (at various locations) or purchase tickets at the Seattle ferry terminal.
There are some wonderful boutique shops , equisite restaurants , beautiful green spaces and lovely events on Bainbridge. This is our first trip , so I’ll be unveiling cool spots to check out on this feature series.
1) Harbour Public House
[ 231 Parfitt Way SW . www.harbourpub.com ]
Get thee to the pub house! Fantastic selection of local micro-brews, wines, eats in a historical lil out house. They have a versatile menu for GlutenFree too. Unbelievable seafood with an unbelievable view. (21 & up only)
His : Bainbridge Island Kommuter Kolsch with Bo Burger with Bacon and side of hand-cut Washington fries.
Hers: flash fried (GF) calamari with the Eagle Harbor Pubordeaux ( a 50/50 mix of merlot & cab. Blended on island)
[139 Madrone Lane N.
Best ice-cream ever. It ’twas Fresh , flavorful , and light. Local ice cream shop. hand-crafted (48) different ice creams , sorbets , milkshakes & desserts. Almost all flavors are gluten-free. Also, they deliver. Yup. You read that right.
Hers: mint chocolate chip
His: orange (he ate it before I could snag a photo ! )
4.) Fun Stuff – BainBridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)
[550 Winslow Way East. www.biartmuseum.org ]
Contemporary art museum filled with interesting world-renown collections. Rotating collections often feature prominent local artists. The art museum is free & open daily, which is amazing. (Woop) .What is more amazing is the additional programs they feature on a daily basis. They offer workshops & art classes for students of every age. They also have lectures / readings , book arts programs , and a podcast series.
We happened to catch the opening night of the SMARTfilm series , comemorating the age of the classic movie musicals.
You guys know.. “I’m all about film”..
So, I was excited to see this was an ongoing series that they use to educate and spark conversations in the community.
Opening Night – Sept 20- Animal Crackers
Animal crackers : the Marx brothers comedy caper . Loved all the physical comedy. And the audience interactive response between musical numbers. A talk-back was featured with Frank Ferrante (award-winning professional Groucho Marx impersonator)
Sept 27: Gold Digger’s of 1933
Oct 4: Top Hat
Oct 11: Stormy Weather
Oct 18: On the Town
Oct 25: West Side Story
Tix can be purchased through a link on their website & Facebook event . (Only $10 each)
We loved our first visit to BainBridge.
can’t wait to show you more next on the next feature of “Escape to BainBridge Island” II.
Where is your favorite escape spot?
Quirky and wanting another Island Day,
It’s Monday. You wake up last minute.
Coffee spills on your outfit. You just throw on whatever. Some manufactured over-worn t-shirt. It works. It doesn’t matter. Or so you think.
You go about your day. Meetings. Office small talk. More coffee. You get home .. Just to realize .. You’ve had a huge hole in your shirt. (Along with a sizable rip) “I’m cool. So cool.”
As you start to hurl the worn t-shirt into the trash.. You stop to think..What if this wasn’t trash? What if this could be more? What if this simple and basic fabric could stand for something.
This stance resonates with the ladies (Janelle Abbott & Martha Lucas) of This Then That Studio. This Then That Studio is an Eco and Ethical Fashion line based in Tacoma. I had the pleasure of catching up with them at Urban Craft Uprising in downtown Seattle.
Over 13.1 million pounds of textiles end up in landfills annually.
Abbott and Lucas are on a movement to re-purpose such a fabric as a “worn t-shirt”. Their on a mission to salvage waste and transform it into zero waste hand-made fast fashion.
First, their process begins with the idea of a white worn t-shirt. They cut out the seams and assemble into various geometric shapes. Shapes are placed on various other fabrics and a new creation is born. Once the garments have exceeded their use, the garment can be de-constructed and turned into a t-shirt once again.
The beauty of the “This Then That Studio” is magical. Giving a purpose to possibly a piece of discarded ‘trash and turned into a working piece of ‘art . Their movement is renewable , sustainable , hand-made , and a zero-waste piece of clothing.
Sounds like a win-win if you ask me.
Helping the environment .(Check)
Helping local small business. (Check)
Helping /Supporting gifted artisans. (Check)
Helping attribute to a beautiful movement . (Check)
It’s inspiring. I’m inspired.
Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Facebook & Instagram : ThisThenThatStudio
( I had to snag a piece from Janelle’s prior singular season)
Quirky , Happy, and feeling fashionable ,
The world is full of opportunities.
Every minute, of every day , the possibility of “something” is upon us.
We take a path. The path twists and turns . We then make a quick judgement .
Do we take the path in front of us?
Do we take the off-beaten path? The road less traveled?
Do we create our own path? Hoping it collides with a highway to the unknown?
Do we take that main highway? [The one we’ve been on a million times]
But as we see it .. That road ‘ less traveled’… Is unknown to us.
Others [might] know it. But we do not.
It is a new horizon.
And that is when inspiration can strike.
Inspiration comes in many forms.
A dogs kiss when you arrive home.
Seeing a beloved family member after many years.
A hot meal. A smile. A laugh. A movie.
[Yes. A Movie. Three words.]
A road less traveled.
An unknown destination.
A handmade product.
Made with care.
Made with Love.
Made just for you.
My world got the pleasure to collide with Alicia Waltz [Etsy Boutique ~ Dawn and Copper]
The designs are refreshing . Such creativity.
Her decor and handmade jewelry captures the beauty and spirit of the breath-taking Pacific Northwest. The rebel’s heart. The adventurers eye. The wanderlust spirit.
Ethical Fashion that fits you. Eco Fashion that fuels you. And your Lifestyle.
A land that ‘my pack ‘ will soon call home.
It was pleasure to feature Dawn and Copper on my Instagram and Blog.
I look forward to our future collaborations together next year.
Thank you Alicia for your work.
A small piece of inspiration.
A small piece of Art … That I can take on my small unknown trek.. Called life.
Go take a trek through these Instagram shots.
[And see how The Force inspired this photo series]
-Dawn and Copper Brass Necklace | White & Pink Beaded Hoop Earrings
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC
” Chewie, We’re Home” – Han Solo
“Rey, May the Force Be With You.” – Leia
“Every generation has a story.” – The TagLine to a Great Film
“Same thing I always do, talk my way out of it.” – Han Solo
“It’s True. All of it. The Dark Side, The Jedi. They’re real.” – Han Solo
“Alicia, you rock.” – US
Quirky and inspired by collaborating & lifting others up,
Last weekend …. I got to adventure around a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains….
[Yay! Cabin in the woods! Cue: horror music interlude]
I had family in town , that I hadn’t seen in a long time.
[It was a blast to run around and act all ” touristy” in a neighboring town of Chimney Rock, NC]
So , let’s see .
Where do we start?
We got lost trying to find the cabin.
I got several bouts of motion sickness. [blargh]
But , we had wonderful weather.
And I had my trusty Pink Westie Sunglasses.
When you’re in a pinch, and feeling woozy from car sickness, it’s amazing how a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of ginger [can be your friend]
I stumbled upon Ramsey Supply Co. [Ramsey Supply on Instagram]
Each pair of sunglasses are hand-made, hand-crafted , and unique.
No two pairs of sunglasses are the same
[yes. That means no one will have your exact pair]
Each piece of wood is different, and they have a great selection.
They’re affordable , and come with a lifetime guarantee.
And here’s the best part about the company .
Their kind, compassionate, and a portion of each pair of Sunglasses …
Is donated to charity!
[I absolutely Love this]
[1mwave on Instagram]
One More Wave Surf Co. is a 301C Non-Profit organization the provides wounded and injured veterans with surfboards [customized for their needs]
Soooo [let’s sum this up]
*My sunglasses we’re hand-crafted and hand-made ?
*They are ethically made , family-run, and made in the USA ?
*The bamboo wood is renewable and sustainable?
*Ramsey gives back to those in need?
Just knowing that by getting a pair of sunglasses, you’re helping multiple people? …
They say , ” She saw the world full of rose-colored glasses”. I mean, they are pink. [Yes. Kind of like a baby/ rose pink]
And my weekend family vacation?
My mom & stepdad came to visit.
My stepdad has suffered close to 9 strokes this year.
He has gone from complete paralysis , losing his speech, motor functions, and has gone thru months of physical therapy.
I hadn’t seen them for over 8 months…
I saw my stepdad walk for the first time.
He is up and walking around. He is talking. He is laughing.
And my “Pink Westie” sunglasses were with me.
Sometimes …something as small [as Sunglasses] ….can be so much more.
Thank you Ramsey Supply Co.
We need more good.
We need more good companies like you.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,
It’s our day off.
What’s any good day off involve ?
Well , let’s see…
It might involve that whole ” Adulting ” thing.
[Ya know] Like paying bills , running errands, and grabbing groceries.
Closely followed by an amazing Enchilada lunch [I’ll blog later] and a good cup of coffee.
I almost forgot about the puppies.
…Somewhere in between that Enchilada Queso sauce and a Venti Vanilla Latte ..
We stopped for puppies.
We just happened to be driving past Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue.
[Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a wonderful no-kill rescue facility located in Asheville, NC ]
Me: “Let’s stop by. We can visit the puppies . We can give them treats. And show them some Love”.
The husband [so smart]: “You’re going to get attached. You’re going to want to adopt all the dogs. And we can’t right now”.
Me: yea. No . I’m totally fine. I just want to say hi [he’s totally right]
[Have you ever had a vision of running in a field filled with Puppies? Doesn’t that sound like the best dream ever?!]
So. There we we’re at Brother Wolf.
Just walking thru. Visiting & handing out treats.
And then we saw her.
A little smiling face . Wagging tail.
The cutest little furball in the world.
She looked like some kind of mini- Aussie & Lab mix
Body and mannerisms of a mini-Aussie. Fur of a lab.
She had this twinkle in her eye.
We’d continue looking around, and we’d look over, and there she was smiling at us.
My husband couldn’t stop smiling.
As we we’re leaving, we talked about how she would be a wonderful addition to our family.
We named her Lexi. “Little Gray”. And talked about picking up an adoption application.
I want to rescue all the puppies.
Sometimes , you have to know when to give up, throw in the towel, or get a new sweater.
Which brings us to sweaters.
Do you realize how many sweaters are out there?
Specifically dog sweaters.
We ended up at Petsmart. Surrounded by dog sweaters.
We sat and debated all the different sweaters for our dogs.
Salvatore needs a rain slicker. The border collie doesn’t like getting his fur wet. Spencer [our mini Aussie] loves wearing sweaters. Plus she gets cold. And the one she has now is a little worn. So she is due for an upgrade.
You know , you’re that ‘Dog Parent’ when you spend 30 minutes debating over dog sweaters. Literally.
Pink doesn’t fit her’. The Velcro could be uncomfortable. The argyle square print . The argyle square is perfect.
We leave with one sweater.But want five sweaters. Sound familiar?
***[Luckily till tomorrow, Petsmart , is having a 40% sale ,on coats & sweaters. plus an additional 15% for PetPerks Members YES. So we got a $20 sweater, for $10] ***
Some things are unresolved. Timing is everything. We’d love little Grey. But, right now ,we have two dog sweaters. We don’t want to overstuff the closet. But we’d love a bigger family. Maybe sometime soon. I’m grateful for the beautiful family I do have.
Quirky and in love with adorable dog sweaters,
Celebrations are a time to celebrate.
Sometimes these celebrations will result in cake.
I mean, they should involve cake.
[In fact] I think everyday is a great day for cake.
I mean .. Why not? …
Bad day? Cake. Monday? Cake.
An already awesome day , like , Your husband’s birthday? A super large Cake. [duh]
I’ve made cookies, but would consider myself , a new baker.
I’m the cook of the house , my husband, is the baker.
Like. A fantastic baker.
I swear he secretly takes lessons.
He’s that awesome.
Considering he’s an esteemed “Hungry Man Dinner Alumni”.
So I had to step up my game for his birthday.
Snicker doodle Cookies + Husband= favorite cookie.
And considering ,I’ve never made him a cake, SnickerDoodle Cake it is.
We tend to not keep to many treats in the house.
[I have a bit of a sweet tooth] Meaning, I’ll probably eat it all.
So here you go:
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And My Grocery Bill]
#5 The SnickerDoodle [Gluten-Free] Cake
+King Arthur Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix
+ Whole Foods Large Brown Cage-Free Eggs
+[3/4 cup ]Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
+[5 Tablespoons] Frontier Co-Op Ground Cinnamon
+[2 Teaspoons] Frontier Organic Vanilla Extract
+[8 Tablespoons] Earth Balance Organic Butter Spread
+Topsee Tulip Cream Cheese Frosting [Icing]
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Mix cake mix, cinnamon, milk, butter, eggs, vanilla
-[I started to use an electric mixer, and it started to fling all over the kitchen [yup], so I hand-mixed
-Transfer to pan, Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon, on top
-My bake time: 42 minutes [varies , use your best judgement ]
-For example, If the cake is still jiggling, it’s not done. Put back in the oven.
-Allow to cool , icing
Enjoy! [Try not to eat the entire cake in one sitting]
*Organic *Gluten-Free *Non-GMO *No white Sugar included
All my ingredients we’re purchased at my friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market.
Fresh local ingredients – Always have a pleasant shopping Trip- Thank you !
What’s your favorite baked good?
What are some of your favorite celebration sweets?
This cake would be an awesome addition to your next holiday family event , party, or just because , CAKE
Excuse us, we’re gonna go eat cake [for dinner]
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
Quirky and ready to bake more ,
[I mean… I don’t want the milk to spoil]
It’s wonderful when you get a chance to collaborate with others.
This past week , I had the opportunity , to feature my first boutique on my Instagram [and Blog] [YAY!]
I fell in love with the jewelry of FableBay on etsy.
One day it scrolled across my Insta newsfeed , and I was like ” Hey. ”
And the pretty wire-wrapped gemstones necklace was like “hey”.
It was like ..Love at first sight.
I like the idea of supporting a hand-made product, supporting small business. Products are made in the USA and you are supporting business owners, artists & creatives. By supporting small business, these businesses are able to thrive and in turn , support their family.
Amber who runs FableBay Jewelry was so sweet. She was open to collaboration, willing to make time ,for my little newbie blog. She personalized my stone , and got to work that day, and shipped the next day. Professional & Super efficient. The idea that two creatives could collaborate on a first name basis, across the country, is fun and inspiring. Girl Bosses unite.
Go check out her jewelry. It’s beautiful work. Http://www.fablebay.etsy.com
[Plus no stone is the same. Wire-wrapped. Totally fit my bo-ho rocker style …Unique pieces , what up?!.. I got your number now]
*[And if you follow my Instagram Feed, you’ll see a present discount code , if you make a $50 purchase by the end of the day. ] *I’m just saying.
Plus. You should be following my Instagram.
I post too many cute dog photos. [oh , & there’s the photographer, my husband ♥️]
Quirky , creative , and happy to collaborate ,