Friday, May 27, 2011

California - Beaches, Creatures & Artichokes!

There are so many interesting sites to see in California.  Each time I travel to this diverse state with the WCK team I am fortunate enough to be spoiled with a tour of something fun and unique.  This time the beach was Monterey - 17 Mile Road offered so many gorgoeus scenic views my head was spinning.  Ana and I stopped at each one - and my favorite had to be this little cove where we watched a mother seal teaching her pups how to fish and play.  It was such an amazing sight - everyone should have a chance to see something this special in their life!  We also saw sea lions, pelicans and an assortment of other sea birds, and these adorable little squirrel-like critters which I have yet to positively identify. My eye always seems to be drawn to the unique flora in the state of California and I am always asking Ana and Scott to identify some plant or tree I see.  I photograph as many as I can too!  In addition to the beautiful vistas, we enjoyed many tastes of California!
I saw my very first artichoke fields, and yes, was enough of a tourist to take photos.  We stopped at this little roadside stand and Ana and I ate fried artichoke hearts - YUMMY!  We brought some fresh artichokes home too and later Ana gave me a lesson on the best way to enjoy this treat!  We also enjoyed pizza right on the beach from Pizza My Heart - complete with a commemorative t-shirt!    Last thing that evening, we stopped at a great frozen yogurt place and I enjoyed Key Lime and Cheesecake frozen yogurts topped with fresh pineapple and sliced almonds.  Mmmmmmmm good.   Laughter with a friend, beautiful places, and tasty treats - the makings of an amazing afternoon exploring a new part of California!  For a peak at lots more photos from my recent California adventure - check my Facebook page. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

California, Here I Come!

Phew!  Been AWOL for a while as I am in full scale madwoman style preparation for a trip to California this week.  The When Creativity Knocks team will be attending Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA.  We will be bringing the Airstream trailer and offering fun make & takes sponsored by great sponsors like Elmer's, Blumenthal Lansing, C&T Publishing/TAP Paper, Judikins......., as well as taping several episodes while we are there.   Lots of prep work ahead of time, but Maker Faire is always a truly unique experience and I'm sure this one won't be a disappointment!  I will share photos when I return next week.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cinco de Mayo - Celebrate with Custom Dyed Balloons in Fiesta Colors!

Ole'! RIT Dye features my technique for custom dying balloons, this time in their new Fiesta colors - on their home page this week - Read more and find out how here:  http://www.ritdye.com/blogs/posts/ole%C2%B4-cinco-de-mayo