Field Trip to Abbot Kinney + Crafting after

Amy Tangerine's Traveler's Notebook

Took a little field trip to my favorite street in Venice yesterday with Jamie, did some crafting when we came back to the studio and finished editing the video of it all today! I am in love with my new camera, the Canon G7X. After much research on YouTube, I found that it's apparently the best vlogging camera on the market right now. I am hoping to just do more videos in general for all of you, as you may have noticed!

The three stops we made on Abbot Kinney were on the Venice Blvd side, so it was super easy to hit up all three spots in just over an hour. We went to Urbanic, Ilan Dei Venice, and had lunch at Lemonade. Yes, we had a pot roast sandwich with mac and cheese on it.

Let me know what you think of this video. From the comments on the Color Run + Crafting video, it seems like you enjoy this format. So yay!

Supplies: Midori Traveler's Notebook | American Crafts adhesive | Alphabet stamp set, similar one here | Dear Lizzy roller date stamp | Simon Says Stamp inks | Stamp set | and my newest obsession, the Canon G7X 

urbanic field trip

amy tangerine - urbanicAny chance I get to take a little trip to Urbanic, I do a happy dance. This place is a feast for creative gurus and anyone who appreciates good design on a greeting card. Wanna dress up your gift with some cute paper and ribbon? This is the place to go. Wanna have them customize your stationery? Done! I spy a bit of Amy Tangerine product on their shelf! amy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanicamy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanicamy tangerine - urbanicJack still likes hanging out and going on adventures in the Ergo. Lucky us - we bumped into the lovely Sarah of smitten studio!amy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanicAnd the goodies that made it home with me. I wish I could bring home the entire store! Ahhh, self restraint! Photos by Jamie Waters

4 years in 500 square feet

When I first moved to this tiny, little apartment in Venice exactly 4 years ago today, I hardly imagined it would be home for this long. The street has since changed, from being mostly residential to a fairly hip and happening stretch where I can walk out the door and within 2 minutes, arrive at a few of the best restaurants in town. There are so many pluses to living here for 4 years, including being walking distance to Whole Foods in one direction and the beach in the other. It's about a 5 minute bike ride (or 20 minute walk) to my favorite street, Abbot Kinney Blvd. The only downside to being just a short bike ride to the Santa Monica Pier, is that my pink beach cruiser has gotten more rusty living outside.courtyardAnd after 5 months of dating, in September of 2009, JC moved in. Now there were 2 of us in this tiny place and we somehow managed not to get on each others' nerves too much. Though it was little, it was a place we both called home. living room this moment is more precious than you think kitchensofaphotos by Tara Whitney Last Friday, JC and I found out that we finally had everything we needed to drop contingencies on the house we have been in the process of buying since the beginning of April. Buying a home in Los Angeles County is a doozy. I am sure it's not an easy, smooth process anywhere in the world, but for some reason around these parts it seems extra difficult. The inventory is really low right now, and competition is fierce. When I say fierce, I mean many places are going for well OVER asking price. As in you have to bid higher to even be in the game. This is the 3rd place we had put an offer on, and the 2nd place we went into escrow on. And really, the only place we both truly fell in love with (although were afraid to admit it right off the bat).

So we are closing next week, we get the keys, but not the ability to move in just yet because there are still tenants in the main house. And tenants in the guest house. Yes - there is a guest house! And a converted garage that is larger than our current place, which we may call home for a few weeks. We are thrilled since our little family will be growing and we will be able to have my mom and cousin living on the property and close by, but not sharing a roof or walls. We all need a little space. Speaking of little spaces, dear Venice apartment, you will be missed! Thanks for the memories and an incredible 4 years.

One Splendid Sunday

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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 was 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)

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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.

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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.

Weekend Snapshots

I can't tell you how nice it was to be home this weekend. I suppose I can - it was SO nice! We managed to not get in the car all weekend, walking everywhere we went. We strolled down my favorite street in the neighborhood, Abbot Kinney Blvd, and I made a conscious effort to take some shots with the iPhone. You don't have to take my word for how lovely it was, you can see for yourself. My favorite shot was put on Instagram (I'm @amytangerine). It's currently my favorite app. And it's free! If you don't have an iPhone or Android,  you can also see my feed on extragr.am.Hope your weekend was wonderful too!