Wednesday, June 27, 2012

~ Journeys ~

Fresh fruit at a roadside market in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is alive with color. It's literally everywhere. From the gates, to the shops, to the clothing, bright colors greet you everywhere you turn.
Shops in Addis Ababa
We had a beautiful day of sightseeing with our guide, Abel. We visited the Ethiopian National Museum, which is home to Lucy, the oldest hominid ever found.  Full of historical relics, culture and art, I loved every second of it.
Grave markers carved from wood
I found these grave markers very intriguing.
17th century painting on canvas
This is a portion of a painting that was the entire length and height of one wall in the museum.
Abel, the walking encyclopedia
Abel literally knew everything about everything in the museum. The man is a walking encyclopedia. Listening to Abel talk about his love of Ethiopian culture and history was the highlight of the day. He made the entire trip more fun. It wasn't easy to adjust to the time change. I think my sister and I were both fighting the urge to lay down in the street and take a nap, since it was the middle of the night at home.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

More beautiful color. The weather for our entire trip was pretty perfect. 70 degrees during the day, 60s at night. We slept with the windows open for 12 nights and had ONE, yes, ONE moth come into our room during that time. There didn't seem to be any bugs, but there were goats and donkeys everywhere. On the roads, in the middle of town! You haven't lived until you wake up at 2am because a donkey is losing his mind outside your window. My sister and I had many a belly laugh in the middle of the night after waking up to the manic braying of a donkey. I wanted to capture it on film, but I was always too busy laughing. At 5am, the Islamic and Orthodox Christian churches started a call to prayer. It was such a beautiful way to wake up every morning. And entertaining, since the singing over the loud speakers encouraged every dog, rooster, and donkey to join in. Bring on the Ethiopian coffee!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

~ Journeys ~

Boarding the plane in Germany. Next stop Ethiopia!!!
I was given the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with my sister this spring. After watching my brother in law and sister go through the adoption process for years, I was incredibly honored to take this journey with her. I've had a dream of visiting Africa in my heart for a LONG time. I always knew that I would go, it was just a matter of when and why. The why had arrived!
The gentleman in red will be in my story in a bit.
The plane from Frankfurt had quite a few empty seats. This equals an insane amount of food and wine heaped onto the few passengers. Delicious fish curry, gourmet pizza, bottomless glasses of red wine and after dinner apertifs are not something that this American associates with airline travel. The airline attendants were amazing. For a LONG flight, all of this was much appreciated.
This is a LONG flight.
Our nerves were a little on edge, just thinking about what we were doing and where we were going? Excited, nervous, anxious, happy, sad, my emotions were all over the place. The rest of our family was home, we were adding another sweet face to the group of people that we love. And I was going to be there to watch my sister become a mother!
The sun sets over the Sudan
I mentioned that my emotions were a bit of a mess, remember? Exhibit A: me. *clearing throat*. I moved around a bit, trying to find an empty window and got to see the amazing windblown deserts of Egypt. Then, the Sun began to set and it seemed to last forever. We were over the Sudan and the windows seemed to be on fire. It was intense and absolutely mesmerizing. I kept looking over my shoulder and the gentleman sitting near the window offered me his seat, so that I could get a better look. I've never seen the Sun set from the air and it was magical. After a while, tears started making their way down my face. I was watching the Sun set over Africa. Surreal. The gentleman came and sat next to me and wanted to talk about me, about Africa, about life. He was so lovely, and I will never forget his kindness and our conversation. Next stop, Ethiopia!!!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

agatha fold over bag by arebycdesign on etsy
The most fabulous eco-friendly bags on the planet, made by the loveliest artist in Oregon. I have this purse in a dark brown and I'm more in love with it everyday. If you are looking for a forever purse, then this is your shop!
two nesting ceramic bowls by catherinereece on etsy
Just adorable. I love this artist's whimsical ceramics. These bowls are fun, versatile and sure to come in handy in your kitchen. Take a look at her sale items, too.
colorful street by reflectionsoflight on etsy
I want to explore this street. Visit the shops, meet the people who live in such a colorful, happy place. It's the perfect time of year to take a trip.....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

~ Words ~

pretty stuff by patterson maker

Carry laughter with you wherever you go.  
~Hugh Sidey

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

~ Inspiration ~

ocean photo by eyepoetryphotography on etsy

There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
—Herman Melville

I have never been drawn to the ocean. I'm not sure why. I was born in the mountains, they are part of my soul. I adore the mountains. Seeing them just makes my heart sing. But lately, it seems that water, the sea in particular, is calling me. New summer and fall designs are coming from the place that I didn't know existed. The ocean part of me. Maybe it's time for a road trip?
blue mineral eyeshadow kit by noellabeautyworks on etsy

These colors are so peaceful and lovely. They inspire your to breathe. Just breathe and know that all if well. 
in the sea print by maechevrette on etsy
Click on the links below the photos to visit the websites for each artist. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

~ Words ~

turquoise maple leaf photography by galleryzooart on etsy

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.  Coco Chanel

Monday, June 4, 2012

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

chevron clutch purse by allisajacobs on etsy
I love blue. LOVE it. This sweet little clutch is perfect for summer.
you are amazing hand crafted card by ashleypahl on etsy
This card is adorable. Wouldn't receiving this in the mail make your day?
aqua serving tray by suiteonestudio on etsy
This beautiful blue tray would be a perfect gift or adornment for your home. The color is stunning.

You can visit each artist's shop by clicking on the link under each photograph.