Really enjoyed the first stop on my tour with Spotlight, Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ve tried numerous times to put the visit into words, but feel it’s best to just show the 2 store sessions through photos for now. Thanks to everyone who came from near and far!
Digging: the two quotes you see above from Pinterest. And this one.
Drinking: lots of water, some Crystal Light
Eating: what seems like everything in sight – salty, sweet, it all really sounds good right now
Watching: this video of animals trying to stay awake
Wearing: some maternity clothing, some regular clothing
Reading: halfway through Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar and relishing The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles
Feeling: like 3 days at home is probably not quite enough, but grateful to be able to travel
Wanting: to continue to feel healthy and energized
Needing: to continue to feel healthy and energized
Wishing: the best for closing on a house we love
Hoping: the little guy decides to continue to dance around for us some more – feeling him move around is all at once strange but so darn cool
Thinking: about how excited I am to be teaching with Kelly Purkey at Paper Tales in San Diego again on June 15th!
Enjoying: this ride
Loving: family, friends – both new and old, blurring the lines between work and play.
And the fact that we are Barcelona bound!
the paper with the months on it will be in the June Studio Calico kits
While at Camp Calico last weekend, Kinsey brought a notebook full of amazing sketches. She didn’t quite understand why we were going all crazy for her work, but believe me, it was all amazing. Her “rough” sketchbook of ideas rocked our world. Then she gave much of the credit to the pen that she uses. She swears by the Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pens. And let me just tell you, after just seconds of scribbling, I was in love. Shanna and I ended up ordering a bunch immediately on our phones through the Amazon app. And apparently there are Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Markers too! Crazy. Just so you have an idea of how amazing Kinsey’s notebook is, she whipped this up quickly to demonstrate the Pilot FriXion Erasable Highlighters!I got my pens in the mail yesterday and am convinced they will make my notebooks look as amazing as Kinsey’s. One can only hope.
Last week I received a super fun package from Elsie & Emma of A Beautiful Mess. This week, their fun new photography app launched on iTunes and it already hit #1! Here’s their blog post about the app, which will answer any questions. I only played around with it for a few minutes last night. It was fun and already feels addictive. The app is only $.99 and has tons of awesome features built in. You can purchase additional design packages within the app as well. Huge congrats to Elsie & Emma, and lucky for us, they’ve once again put their talents to work and have shared something amazing that we can all enjoy!
What also might interest you is this old post on how I write on my Instagrams.
The last time I was at home on a Sunday was in April. (In fact, there isn’t a single weekend in May when I will be home.) The morning was leisurely, spent doing what we usually do – reading the NY Times, having some breakfast and catching up on tv watching. Then it was time to shower and get ready to venture out to enjoy 3 various activities.
First stop: Barnes & Noble Marina Del Rey
I found out through Twitter that Kelly Oxford was going to be doing a book signing just 10 minutes down the street. I arrived about 15 minutes early and did some browsing. I picked up a few blank books, mostly because I felt as though I should make a purchase instead of just going for a signing for a book I purchased in advance through Amazon. They made an announcement over the loud speaker that she was in the store, so I moved over near the table where I thought the line would begin to form. Because I felt a bit silly going first, I am actually glad a woman and son walked right up to her table after she sat down so I could spend a few minutes just observing. Not in a creepy stalker-ish way, but more in an admiring awe, this is so cool, kind of way. When it was my turn, I walked up and said hello and told her I brought something for her. It was a bookmark that I had made that said, “YOUR not A IDOIT”. It was based on a tweet where she responded to someone who told her “Your a idoit”. She laughed and told me that the tweeter had actually since closed her account down after 3 grammatical/spelling errors in a 3 word phrase. I found the whole thing to be quite hilarious. Then we chatted about my belly/pregnancy/kids. She was a delight and I could have stayed longer, but thought it was best to get my giddy butt out of there to give the heaps of others in line a chance. (photos taken by a Barnes & Noble employee who rocked these candid shots but mucked up the one where we’re both posed and smiling for the camera, oh well)
Second Stop: Calligraphy Class at Urbanic
This is something I was also super excited about – my first calligraphy class. It was taught by the superbly talented, Molly Thorpe, the hand behind Plurabelle Calligraphy.It’s probably pretty obvious, but the “watercolor” was not written by me, but everything else was. At the end I asked her to write “travels” on the cover of a blank moleskine. She was so sweet and I really enjoyed the 3 hour class. Hoping to get some more practice in and use the techniques on various paper projects.
Third stop: Gjelina
A business dinner on a Sunday at my favorite restaurant? Sounds good to me. Because I parked strategically on Abbot Kinney, I was able to just put my caliigraphy class goodies in the car and walk down to the restaurant. Thankfully I had made the reservation in advance for 6 (JC came too), because at 5:30, there was already a line out the door. We enjoyed a whole slew of favorites – the spinach salad, mushroom pizza, ribs, fries, along with lots of others, and of course finished off with my favorite dessert ever – the Butterscotch Pot de Creme. Sigh. Not bad April 21st, not bad at all.
Thanks to you all, there are now over 3000 images using the hashtag #amytangerine on Instagram. So much goodness and inspiration, thanks for sharing! Right now I am in Gatlinburg, TN for #campcalico. As always, you can follow my adventures on Instagram. And here are some that have caught our eye recently.
from left to right, top to bottom
1. @missladyv | 2. @mojosanti | 3. @happiescrappie | 4. @leslieashe | 5. @richluvem | 6. @mariabi74 | 7. @marieeve17 | 8. @neeceebee | 9. @mercytiara
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The timing for this class couldn’t be more perfect. Just like many of you, I love taking photos. Since my iPhone is with me at all times, it’s been the easiest way to record random moments. And what a line up – so many inspiring teachers.
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In case you missed the last Project Life video I made for Two Peas In a Bucket, here it is. Week 15 | Copyright Two Peas In a Bucket. It was fun mixing manufacturers and adding an artsy touch.
I got home from Australia on Monday morning and 48 hours later I am already on another airplane. Staying in the country this time, but traveling and being away from home can be a bit tough. I crammed a bunch of catch up into the last day and half. Managed to finish another PL spread:Supplies from Two Peas In A Bucket.
I also got started on a new one using Kelly Purkey’s awesome April/May kit, which had these awesome alphabet stickers in it. Posted this on Instagram and found out that the alphabet stickers are indeed available separately, and I plan on stocking up.The April/May kit that I am going to finish playing with when I get back next week is sold out. But that’s why I am giving you ample warning so you can grab the June/July kit. And shop for her other amazing goodies exclusively at Simon Say Stamp.
Can’t wait to get my hands on this new book by Jenny Doh, Stamp It!: DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps. Though I have attempted stamp carving a couple times (let’s just say there is MUCH room for improvement), I think this book will be just what I need for inspiring more confidence and practice.
Spoiler alert, it’s also my pick of the week for a conversation I had on the Paperclipping Roundtable this morning. Had a blast chatting with Allison and Noell (and Izzy too) for Episode 158 where we discuss the design process and give insights on how we created Yes, Please (my collection) and Allison’s 2 collections – Composition & Color and Sweet Things. Enjoy!
When I awoke at an hour I shouldn’t have, I saw on both Ali’s and Elise’s Instagram feeds that they were doing #dayinthelife. Decided it would be fun to join in. Here is how my day in Perth played out.
3:00am – woke up and could not go back to sleep. Decided to stay in bed and get some work done.
7:44am – breakfast in bed | also thankful to have fallen back asleep for a few hours.
8:17am – made some fancy coffee. (Yes, my doctor says I can have a cup a day – just not to exceed 200mg of caffeine a day)8:35am – off to Spotlight with driver extraordinaire Eva Daly8:40am – on our way to Joondalup.
(Spotlight store visit not photographed on my iPhone, but on my camera.)
12:00pm – Caversham Wildlife Park – “What do you mean we can’t stay here all day?”. I seriously loved hanging out and feeding the kangaroos and joeys. Cute overload.12:20pm – apparently it’s exhausting being this adorable 4:05pm – And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much to all the Spotlight stores and people who came out! 5:03pm – got to Fremantle and ordered a Choc-A Block per Emily’s recommendation. It was so windy (and maybe I am a bit clumsy) that the first one spilled so I had to take a photo of this second one. Delicious in case you were wondering.5:45pm – dinner is served. And I am the only preggers in the Monk Brewery, but there are a ton of kids. Food is excellent.6:33pm – got to the car with 9 minutes to spare. So glad we got this little visit to Fremantle in. Less than 20 minutes back to the hotel.7:19pm – kicked off my shoes (alternated between pairs today) and am so happy to be barefoot and back at the super comfy Mercure hotel room.8:11pm – trying to stay up until at least 9, but far too tired to pack. Will regret it tomorrow morning, but I’ll get over it. 8:37pm – can’t stay up a second longer. Loved documenting today for #dayinthelife – hoping I sleep as well as these 2 joeys.