Tuesday, July 11, 2017

10 Things I Miss - volume 3

After spending a little more than seven weeks abroad, I can tell you I'm starting to look forward to being home again. There are a few things about the USA that I've really missed and will look forward to when I get home. They aren't huge things, just little things that I take for granted when I'm at home. (And I'm not listing people, hello, because this post is about stuff; there's a difference between the two, eh?)

1. Sitting in comfortable chairs pretty much everywhere I go; it's like Europeans are afraid to get too comfy or something, even in their own homes

2. Changing out my purse to suit my outfit and mood vs. selection based on theft deterrent and having just one choice with me 

3. Top sheets because sometimes I need just a sheet when it's hot, but no cover at all feels wrong; can we talk about this whole duvet thing while we're at it?

4. Buying what I want without worrying about luggage overages and shipping constraints

5. Soft toilet paper, 'nuff said

6. Most of the tv channels being in English because it's disappointing when Sheldon Cooper is speaking German

7. Unlimited soft drink with ice refills; I always feel dehydrated after spending much time in Europe

8. Using a soft, fresh towel and washcloth each day instead of making one rough towel last a whole week (ick!)

9. Surfing online with no thought to data overages or wifi accessibility 

10. Playing with my scrapbooking supplies and other artsy things; I'm itching to create some beautiful things

Give me a few weeks at home, and I'm sure I'll be thinking about my next big adventure. For now, I'll just focus on the things I'm looking forward to at home. Although I love to travel, there's always something magical about coming home to your space and your people!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Possibly the coolest store I've ever visited - Raw Materials in Amsterdam

On a whim, Tonia and I stopped into this interesting looking store as we set out for our first full day in Amsterdam. I am so glad that we did! It is quite possibly the coolest store I've ever visited in my life, and I don't say that lightly.

Take a look at some of the delicious photos I took as we browsed around:

All of the sales clerks spoke English very well and were helpful but not overpowering. They even explained the shipping process to us in case we wanted to buy something large and/or bulky. I was impressed at how friendly and kind they all were. In fact, my sales clerk even wrapped up the item I bought after I told her it was a gift for myself. She said I deserved a pretty package to open when I got home. (How cute, right?!)  Before I left, they even gave me a Dutch design magazine and some postcards that they offer as their business cards. I almost refused the magazine since I don't read Dutch, but the clerk implored me to take it because the photographs were so inspiring in it. How did she know the way to my heart? I mean, I carried that heavy magazine around for the next ten hours, so I hope it was worth it. I could imagine myself decoupaging items from it on some crafty project, so I hope I can bring that image to life somehow. Haha!

I drooled over and caressed these cushion covers (and matching plant bags) for a ridiculously long time but just couldn't justify the suitcase space they would've taken up if I'd bought some. Sigh. I kind of already regret that.

Of course, this is just a sampling of their fabulous displays and items for sale. It was three floors of shopping with multiple rooms that just kept winding around in the building space. Every time I turned a corner, it was like stumbling onto another treasure trove. It sort of reminded me of a World Market meets Country Living kind of place except I think some of the furniture was truly old and not just reproduction pieces.

And, yes, before you ask, I did buy a little something, something. I'll share my purchases with you all when I get home from my European adventure. Suffice it to say that I adore the little treat I bought myself and could have easily spent thousands of euros in this store if money and shipping were no object. Yes, they do have an online store too. If you'd like to check it out, visit them at http://www.rawmaterials.nl/. It was a totally dreamy place, man. I wanted pretty much everything in the whole store.

**No kickbacks or sponsorships led to this particular blog post; I spent about 30 euros in the shop, but they don't know I'm alive otherwise. ;)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Videos from Budapest, Vienna, and Prague

I've been posting videos about my experiences in the European cities I've been visiting since my trip with students ended. If you haven't checked out what I had to say about Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, I hope you'll click the links here and watch/listen. There are a few funny stories and maybe an insight or two. :)

(And on a side note, why does YouTube always choose the weirdest facial clip of me for the video preview? I mean, these are hilarious!)

I'll be checking in with videos from other cities soon!

Friday, June 16, 2017

100 Days Project - Sketching Days 26-55

I thought I'd flip through my sketchbook and share days 26-55 with you. I haven't kept up exactly on pace and have had to go back and finish up some sketches later in the project than I should, and I haven't been posting on Instagram since I've been traveling with students. For those reasons, I thought it might be fun to show you the progress I've made via a short video. Take a look if you're so inclined!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The 100-Day Project - days 14-34

These aren't posting in numerical order even though I've tried a couple of times - my apologies. Hopefully, you care more about seeing the sketches than whether they're truly in chronological order or not. Right? Am I right? Here's a look at days 14-34. (At least I think I managed to add all of them - whew, blogger is giving me fits today for some reason.) I hope you enjoy checking out my sketch results. :) 

Monday, May 29, 2017

What I wore - 4th edition

Sunglasses - Cato $6, Spring 2017
Animal print blouse - Kohl's
Black cropped pants - Lane Bryant
Black patent leather sandals - Clark's from Marti and Liz

Salmon and gray striped tshirt dress with handkerchief hem - Macy's, summer 2016
Multicolored necklace - ??

Gray tshirt with floral front - local boutique, spring 2017

Black knit babydoll dress - Old Navy, spring 2017
Bird scarf - TJ Maxx, spring 2017
Floral leggings - local boutique, spring 2017
Black Camper ballet flats - Paris, summer 2015

Official ScrapGals merchandise - spring 2017
Selfie necklace - gift in fall 2015

Red and white striped tee - Old Navy, spring 2017
White skinny jeans - Primark in Madrid, summer 2016

Black botanical babydoll knit dress - Old Navy, spring 2017
Pink cardigan - Old Navy, spring 2017

Black striped dress - Talbot's, summer 2015
White lacy cardigan - Kohl's, spring 2014
Pineapple necklace - belonged to my mother in the 1980s

Blue and white striped maxi sundress- Kohl's, summer 2014
Black short sleeved cardigan - Kohl's, summer 2014
Hibiscus floral sandals - Primark in Madrid, summer 2016

Navy floral tank - Ross, spring 2017
Navy cardigan - Kohl's, spring 2014
White skinny jeans - Primark in Madrid, summer 2016
Navy and white sandals - Cato's, summer 2015

 Asymmetrical taupe tshirt - Kohl's, spring 2015
Floral denim skirt - Ross, spring 2017
Brown sandals - Clark's, Marti and Liz
Pearl-style necklace - Cato's, spring 2017

Peach tunic - street market in Madrid, summer 2016
Floral leggings - local boutique, spring 2017

White cardigan - Target, spring 2016
Lavendar peplum style tank - Kohl's, spring 2014
Khaki cropped pants - Lane Bryant
White lace tennis shoes - Target, spring 2017

Taupe dress - Old Navy, circa spring 2014
Tropical print cardigan - Target, spring 2017

Black layered tank and sweater set with flyaway back - Lane Bryant, circa 2015
Black cropped pants - Lane Bryant, spring 2015
Silk scarf - Madrid street market, summer 2016

Black and white geometric print cropped pants - JC Penney, circa 2014
Black rosette print swing tank - Lane Bryant, spring 2017
Gray cropped cardigan - Old Navy, circa 2014

Pink print tunic style blouse - local boutique, circa 2014
Black skinny trousers - Macy's, circa 2012
Tassel style necklace - I made it in winter 2016

Blue babydoll knit dress - Old Navy, spring 2017
Multicolored necklace - boutique in Madrid, summer 2016
Patterned espadrilles - boutique in Madrid, summer 2016

And with that, May is pretty much a wrap in terms of wardrobe choices for me. :) I'll have to attend one meeting on Wednesday of this week, but I'm just going to go ahead and predict that it won't be photo worthy. Hahahaha!