Monthly Archives: July 2013

{book work} i’m hooked!

i have read some amazing books – – so good that upon completion i find myself dramatically saying “i don’t think that i can ever read another book again – how could anything compare to what i just finished?!?!?” when lamenting to my mother about this subject, she {quite wisely} suggested that i try another book from the author’s repertoire. the creature of habit in me has not been disappointed.

if you are looking for a good summer read that will enlighten, encourage or entertain you … may i suggest a few …

{melanie benjamin}

melanie benjamin

{kate morton}

kate morton

{liane moriarty}

liane moriarty

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pretty in pink

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i am currently obsessed with the images i have seen of lake retba and am adding this to my ever-growing “must travel here” list. lake retba {located 40 km north of dakar} is quite the fashionable lake and is 100% natural. the distinct color is caused by the dunaliella salina bacteria, which is attracted by the lake’s salt content. the bacteria produces a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight. the lovely pink pallete changes throughout each season but is recommended to be seen june – november for the most vibrant colors.

for now, i may just have to put on my rose colored glasses and stare at the beautiful lakes of tennessee!

happy friday!

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the renegade craft fair

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after spending a day at the renegade craft fair i happy tallied the event under –  reasons why i LOVE living in brooklyn. the event was held at east river state park in williamsburg and hosted 300 indie-crafters. the rcf allows attendees the chance to be privy to some of the most innovative artists … heavenly!  after two hours of perusing the aisles {and purchasing some pretty amazing finds!} in the sweltering summer heat, my oldest daughter sophie still could not be dragged away from the scene and to be honest i was glad to have an accomplice while my husband and youngest daughter sought out a place for lunch. i am thankful for the vision of susie daly, mat daly, sarah christensen, justin rathell, madelon juliano and libby alexander for bringing this exquisite event to several cities allowing artists a platform to share their handmade goods in a setting that offers savvy shoppers an experience that is like no other!

in order to best explain the vision behind the renegade craft fair, i have attached an excerpt from their website below.

the renegade craft fair is a curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design. the fairs bring hundreds of makers out of their studios and workshops and into the spotlight for a festive weekend celebration of all things handmade. each individual event is juried from hundreds of applications, then curated to highlight an eclectic array of both experienced and emergent designers producing one-of-a-kind and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media.

renegade is the first, largest, and most well respected event of its kind and has been a major force in pioneering the way for booming DIY craft movement since it’s inception. following the chicago debut in 2003, rcf quickly spread across the us {and “the pond”} and presently hosts events in austin, brooklyn, chicago, london {uk}, los angeles, and san francisco. rcf events attract tens of thousands of people per fair and over 250,000 visitors annually.”

if you happen to find yourself in one of these cities during a renegade craft fair be sure to check it out – it is sure to please!!

the renegade craft fair

a lovely welcome sign

camp renegade

cooling off at camp renegade

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caution … wet paint

“every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – pablo picasso

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we happily began {what i am referring to as} our “southern summer tour” at the lake in tennessee this past week. it was a perfect way to jump feet first into a break from scheduled activities.

each summer, my sister-in-law and i create a themed photo shoot involving our four kiddos and enlist the talents of jennifer crook photography to perfectly capture each tyke’s personality. this year while assessing the ages {and energy levels} of the group we chose to host a paint party. this will probably go down in history as one of my most favorite days!

i have to admit that i have snagged these photos from jennifer’s blog because i couldn’t wait a second longer to share her lovely work!

to see our photo shoot from last year click here!

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27 Cupcakes

cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes. cupcakes.

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