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03 November, 2011


02 September, 2011

Art Crawl and our anniversary!

My husband and I are celebrating our17th anniversary today…actually 17 years since we met!  We started out our anniversary weekend with attending our first Art Crawl--a Meetup group that meets monthly for an event in Santa Barbara called 1st Thursday, described on their website as, “1st Thursday is an award winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month”

Our group toured local art galleries, experienced great art, people, wine, cupcakes (!), and music.  The cupcake was courtesy of The Project Fine Art Zone gallery of my favorite galleries last night.

I was so impressed by the caliber of art, so much talent! And the space itself! This gallery is superb; it’s a nonprofit, run by nine local artists with 20% of their proceeds going to an organization that helps girls)!
On our way to another gallery, we saw this: 
This is a quilted van! I have a friend that will adore this!  Described as a mobile art installation by Laurie Hill Gibb. Go to her site to read more about her adventures:

Our night ended with a stroll back to our car, and a side trip to a small gallery called Casa Magazine, the sound of a violin drew us in.  The art on exhibit here was by Craig Rudholm, and his subject was fish printing, originating in Japan where it’s called gyotaku.  The fish is inked, and then pressed with cloth or paper (yes, the actual fish). Mr. Rudholm then uses collage as the background. To view Craig Rudholm’s site go here:  They were beautiful! It was lovely and a perfect way to end the night.

We had a really grand time and will definitely do this again.
If you are not familiar with Meetup, and are interested in social gatherings of all varieties, check out their site: for meetups your city.  

26 August, 2011

wee bit wednesday, with my leigh ashley

(or wee bit Friday)!

{one} what's your guilty pleasure tv show?
Downton Abbey--so looking forward to the new season!

{two} ear piercings on men: yes or no?
Whatever the man chooses that makes him happy and confident! 
{three} do you have dish or comcast?
{four} what's your favorite current fashion trend?
Miu Miu dress

{five} if you could learn to do anything, money not being an issue, what would it be?

{six} red or white wine?
Red. Apothic!
{seven} what type of food is your favorite (ex. italian, mexican, etc.)
{eight} hp or mac?
{nine} what color is your bedroom?
varies, currently ivory
{ten} what's your favorite form of exercise?
yoga, walks, and  elliptical trainer

23 August, 2011

Santa Barbara Harbor

Husband and I went to for a stroll last night. Here are some photos, enjoy!
The sculpture of the boy riding the seahorse was a gift to Santa Barbara from its sister city, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 
Puerto Vallarta had an original that was lost at sea, thus Artist Rafael Zamarripa was commissioned in 1976 to create another version to replace it.  It has become a symbol of the city of Puerto Vallarta.