Archive for the ‘local’ tag
So my morning started early and abruptly. My little Lyla woke up before 5am sick as a dog. Ah, someday these will be fun memories, right? Anyway, because of this derailment in all things planned for Thursday, this post will be of two attributes – short and sweet.
Awhile back, somehow I stumbled upon the state mottos collection called 50 and 50, and I was enamored. It is a curated project of 50 designers’ individual modernized takes on each of the 50 state mottos. A slight confession: I didn’t know the state motto for Arizona, which is Ditat Deus, Latin for “God Enriches“. I like it. Then layer in beautiful typographical artwork, and you could say I really like it. Plus, there are so many other interesting options… like 49 others.
So go check them all out, and buy a print for a fellow citizen who might appreciate “something steeped in history but completely modern and unique: A kind of designer’s atlas” (taken from the State Mottos Project website).
I have to confess I am a touch baffled by the whole Airstream trailer craze. At first glance it seems so charming to have your own little gypsy caravan. However the thought of committing to owning and actually utilizing it, well it is just a bit incomprehensible. Airstream trailers as temporary accommodations? Yes, please!
In Bisbee there is this crazy amazing trailer park / motel called the Shady Dell. It is a shrine to midcentury modernism and houses nine trailers, a tiki bus and a yacht for overnight accommodations. I have never been there but have heard wonderful things about it. Everything at the Dell is very particular to being period specific which helps create an ambiance lending to time travel. You’re going to get a percolator to make your coffee. For your dose of media there are record players that play period music and a TV wired to a camouflaged DVD player so you can view 1950’s movies and shows.
The Shady Dell even has its own greasy spoon, Dot’s Dinner, where you can chow down on hamburgers and shakes.
Basically this place is kitsch in all of its glory. I don’t know about you guys, but I kinda feel cooler just looking at this place. I am pretty sure I would be convinced I was a through and through beatnik if I ever stayed here.
Today is the last day for the See Jane Work giveaway!
Several weeks ago, the HLB team converged on San Diego to bask in cooler temperatures, eat yummy food, and shop, shop, and shop some more… specifically at the Queen Bee Market. And it was a blast. Fast forward to today, and we are already itching once again to spend a Saturday morning taking in handmade and vintage-y goodness. This time though it’s local, which is ideal because that means all of you who are Phoenicians (or willing to travel) can join in the fun as well. Yep, it’s the very first official HLB Meetup. Yay!
Here’s where we’re going… The Vintage Market in North Scottsdale. It’s self-described as “everything chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade”. Sounds great, right?
If you want to join us, here are the details:
When: September 17th at 9:00am
Where: We’ll meet at the Starbucks at Thunderbird & Tatum, and head over from there.
Who: Us + You, we hope…
Just let us know in the comments if you plan on joining us, and put it on your calendar!
One of my favorite memories of growing up occurred when we lived in Michigan. My dad was a singles’ pastor at the time, and one of the men that had been involved in his ministry was a strawberry farmer. I don’t know if he farmed other things too. But to this six-year-old who could (and was planning to) eat strawberries by the pallet even with the knowledge that they are after all a fruit, all that I cared about was this particular crop.
Anyway, one day we piled in to the car, drove to the country, and spent a good chunk of the day picking strawberries and loading them in to large containers to transport as many as possible back to the suburbs of Detroit with us. This sweet man, I think his name was Abel (how perfect is that), had told us we could have as much as we wanted for free. So we picked and we picked and we picked. The sun shone on our backs, the cool breeze through the farm fields refreshed us, and then we picked some more.
I don’t know how many we actually took home. The amount could very well be inflated in my school girl memory, but I do remember having strawberries and strawberry jam and anything else you could think of strawberry related for a long, long time. And it was glorious.
All of this reminiscining to say, the other day I found (gosh, I wish I remembered where) this website called Pick Your Own that lists all of the farms in your state that will let you come and pick produce for yourself. Amazing, right? Well, you might say, why would I hike my family out to the sticks to pick what I could just as easily find in the store a half a mile from my house? Well, there are so many reasons, but one would be so your kids could have a memory like I do 30 years later. For some reason, that experience has stuck with me and, I hope, always will.
Today I think I may have found my long lost best friend… and she doesn’t even know it, or me, yet.
Tandie Nesta, of NestaHome on Etsy, is a Phoenician. Commonality #1. She grew up in the south. And as I spent many formative years in Memphis, I consider this to be Commonality #2. She majored in Sociology. Creepy now, because that’s Commonality #3. She has a little girl and obviously has a love of urban settings. Commonality #4 and #5; I mean I live downtown and have a Lyla in tow! You might as well consider us sisters from… another… mother. Hmmm, that saying doesn’t work as well as it does with the word brothers. Oh well, I’m sticking to it. But the most important detail, and really the point of this post, is to ooh and aah over her creations.
I’ve been trying to narrow it down to highlight one or two things you can purchase/snag from the confines of her genius mind, but I’m at a loss. It’s all so good. So, you get a smorgasbord. Yes, it’s the first time I’ve used that word in a post, so I automatically get 500 points. My gain and your gain… really. Enjoy!
Oh, and then buy something from her. You’ll be supporting a handmade and local (if you are blessed to also be a Phoenician sweltering in the 112 degree temperatures today) business. Yay to all of us!
Let’s start with the funnest. (And yes, I am aware most fun is the correct term. But I think funnest sounds…you know, funner.)
One of my favorite bloggers and blogs, Jordan at Oh Happy Day! is kicking off a contest to win an amazing free trip for two to PARIS. Enter here. And if you win, you have to bring me. Please?!
Speaking of Paris, have you seen Midnight in Paris, the new Woody Allen film yet? C’est si bon! The opening city scenes filled me with an overwhelming longing to go back there. All the more reason to hope I win the free trip above. Seriously though, the movie is a delight. People clapped at the end. Isn’t it so sweet when that happens?
Another thing I wanted to share with you in case you hadn’t heard of it yet is Zulily. It’s kind of like the more affordable mom version of Gilt. Every day there are tons of new special deals added on everything from clothes to toys to decor. Check it out before you pay full price!
Lastly, if you are a local Phoenix reader, take a trip to the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert. With the scorching summer already haunting us, I imagine this might be one of the few outdoor spaces that could be tolerated in the morning and evening hours. You won’t even feel like you are in the Valley. Imagine 110 acres of water filled basins, shaded pathways, fishing, lots of birds and wildlife, great picnic areas, and even an Observatory for star gazing. Here’s a glimpse:
and here is a little Vender family photo op for good measure.
Have a splendid week!
I took a little field trip downtown to a place that would be any home baker’s heaven. ABC Cake Decorating Supplies is a tiny shop packed to ceiling with more baking items than you could ever imagine.
I got lost in rows of endless sprinkles, fondants, and candy molds.
And if you need any sort of pan for pies, cakes, cupcakes, and the like- this is your place. I saw everything from guitar pans to castles.
I can’t believe I had not heard of this wonderful place sooner! It is obviously well loved because in the middle of a weekday there were a constant stream of ladies coming and going. I loved all the cupcake liners and an endless array of cookie cutter shapes that they stocked. Here is what I ended up purchasing:
Supplies for an upcoming cake pops order, some cute polka dot liners, and a couple heart cookie cutters for Claire’s third birthday party theme. The prices were by far better than the big box craft store baking section, the employees were super friendly, and you can’t beat the selection of products they offer! Visit them if you live in the Phoenix area. ABC Cake Baking Supplies: 2853 E Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ. They also offer a lot of classes that I hope to check out some day!
I was heartsick yesterday to hear about the Picket Fire that burned near Superior edging around the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. I am so very grateful it was spared. I don’t really know how to write about how much the Arboretum means to me with out sounding horridly cheesy. I first visited the Arboretum at a point in my life that was very significant turning point for me, when I was there I felt like I was coming up for air. I will always cherish that piece of Arizona.
I can’t tell you how many times I have passed by the Picket House, half heartedly wondering what exactly it was. It just was a part of the landscape. I had no idea beneath it lay one of the most beautiful places in Arizona.
The Arboretum is situated on over 300 acres and it dense with beauty. There is a feeling of peace and serenity that overwhelms me when I am on its grounds; the atmosphere is hallowed and pristine.
Honestly, this place is a complete masterpiece. The grounds’ keeping has been curated carefully and passionately. There are acres of brambling beauty, miles of meandering trails, and infinite opportunities to be astounded by the majesty of nature.
So the point of this post is, go. This weekend. Before it gets too hot. Pack a picnic, your sketchbook or camera. Be prepared to be overwhelmed and grateful that we have access to such a wonder filled place so close to home.
Here is a little additional information:
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is about a 30 minute drive from the east valley.
Entry fee is 7.5 per adult and 3 for children 5-12
There are always events going on, so check their website before going to see if there is anything you might want to check out.
There are picnic grounds with bbqs, so really do pack a lunch.
Oh and my photos are atrocious. They are in no way showing any of the beauty of the Arboretum. If you want to see some truly spectactular photos visit here.
This last weekend at the suggestion of my too-fabulous-for-words family friend, Courtney, we made it up to the Camelback Market with our mothers. It was the perfect morning out.
Located in the parking lot of Vincent’s, this market has a very European street market vibe. While there is some fresh produce, it isn’t really a farmers’ market. It is more eclectic than that. There are vendors selling handmade jewelry, scarves and paintings. You can buy homemade mustards and jams while strolling through the market listening to the live music. You can pick up some olive oil from The Olive Mill, a variety of cheese or olives. It begs to be said, if you are going to go, go for the food, you will not be disappointed.
Here you can order paninis, omelets, savory or sweet crepes, and pizzas all made on the spot and in front of you. This is pretty much where it is all at. Stop by and pick up a coffee or some fresh orange juice or perhaps a mimosa. When you are through noshing on your delicious meal toddle on down to the pastry case and treat yourself to an absurdly delectable baked good.
Words of advice: parking is a complete nightmare. I believe you can park next door for $5, it is worth it. Bring cash. Hurry! The season is almost over, ending May 21st and not reopening until October. For a little more info head to Vincent’s website.
Have you heard of the fabulous new artisan’s boutique in the valley, JAM? Housed in a historic home in old town Scottsdale, JAM is part boutique, part educational and social forum. When you drive up to JAM you know you are somewhere amazing. In our little world of white stucco and red tile roofs, the facade of JAM is a welcome reprieve. Complete with white picket fence and a front porch, this vibrant historic building exudes character. Owner, Shauna Kupetz, conceived the idea of JAM and brought it to life with a passion and motivation unique to only Miss Shauna, herself.
Inside of JAM you will find a collection of merchandise created by a myriad of artisans, local and national. There is handmade jewelry, one of kind paintings, the cutest line of aprons I have ever seen, and so much more. If you are looking for a meaningful, one of a kind gift, JAM is your go-to store.
Perhaps what sets JAM above and apart from many local boutiques is that it provides a venue for learning. There is a wide array of classes offered daily. To give you a small sample of the classes, next week hosts creative writing, beginning chess, Pilates, welding, upholstery and table setting classes. This is a one of a kind venue that will feed the soul of those with a passion for learning and creating.
If you are looking to host an event, a baby shower or book club for example, JAM’s adorable meeting room is available.
So, go, post haste to JAM! You’re going to fall in love with this extraordinary space.
6938 E. 1st Street
Scottsdale, AZ 8525