You guys, it's feeling so much like spring! I'm still surprised when I look outside and still see leafless trees and brown fields. On Sunday, we took a walk and I wore a short sleeved shirt... it felt so crazy! Utah's late-winter identity crisis is maddening. It's a tantalizing peak of what's to come, with major storms in the next few days' forecasts. And yet my soul yearns for fresh mountain air and dappled light through branches full of twinkling leaves.
I threw this little arrangement together the other weekend to quench my thirst for springtime and living things. It sort of worked, but now it's gone and all I have are these photos to remember it by.
Hello lovelies! I've been avoiding these parts for a while now, because I'm cooking up lots of new things. There are going to be some MAJOR changes around here very soon. Hopefully good things, but I guess we'll find out!
Back in December, I attended a small wreath-making workshop at Sarah Winward's studio. The event was hosted by Kinfolk Magazine and shot by Leo Patrone. We walking in from the cold snow fluries outside to some simple, yummy refreshments including piping apple cider (my favorite this season!) and amazing local cheeses from Beehive Cheese Co. My favorite was the Barely Buzzed cheese, which is rubbed with hints of lavender and espresso. After getting to know everyone, Sarah shared a few techniques for creating beautiful winter wreaths and foraged natural home decor. It was really laid back, and lots of fun to meet and mingle with other local creatives while working on our own, unique projects.
Oh, and I did leave the class with my fingers throbbing because I chose to use mainly blue spruce, but thought I was tough enough to do it without gloves. Not smart, my friends. But the results were worth it.
Thank you Sarah for providing such a wonderful, intimate gathering!
A few weeks ago during our vacation to visit family in the majestic PNW, we left Greyson with his Nana and took a day trip to the Emerald City. It was nice to spend some alone time and we fit a lot more into our day than we usually do. I think knowing we had those precious few hours motivated us, despite the always-frustrating Seattle traffic.
We started our day at Land of Nod. If you haven't heard of it, you should. It is the cutest children's store with the most adorable things I've ever seen. I love how all of their toys require children to use their own creativity. And they are well made. I was so tempted to buy everything for Greyson (or myself.) I am absolutely in love with their children's instruments. I fell hard for the little ukelele, accordion that sounds so real, and the piano that I know Greyson would love pounding away on.
We were basically kids in a toy store, trying out all the fun things.
Next we hit up Top Pot Doughnuts, a Seattle icon. I'll be honest, I was hoping for something like Doughnut Plant in New York. This wasn't even close, mostly just your pretty basic variety of doughnut flavors. The most interesting flavor was the apple cider. But even if I set my expectations too high, we bought a box and snacked on them as we drove around UW's campus and admired the beautiful collegiate architecture. And I ended up with a face covered in powdered sugar.
Next, we headed to the historic district of Pioneer Square and took the Seattle Underground tour. We'd been wanting to try it for a few years, but didn't know what to expect. It was so so fun. I won't give away any spoilers, but it was so interesting, our tour guide was hilarious, and I have to say hooray for historic preservation! I highly recommend it next time you're in Seattle.
As the sun began to set, we walked down to the waterfront and rode the Great Wheel. This tallest ferris wheel on the west coast juts out over the water and has gorgeous views. Being there at sunset was a breathtaking experience.
Finally, we ventured up near Pike Place Market. Instead of going to the market, which we do every time, we explored the Seattle Gum Wall. It's really more of a gum alley, and is so disgustingly fascinating. We explored little side streets and corners we've never seen before and found an awesome antique market with tons of old ship anchors, buoys, travel trunks and interesting oddities.
Finally, we ended up back at the waterfront for seafood in a deserted and dimly-lit restaurant, then rushed home to snuggle our sleepy little boy.
What are your favorite things to do in Seattle? We go quite often and always want to try new things.