Say Cheese!

Or as my little one says when the camera is out, "Say Pizza Pie!". Why pizza pie, I have no idea. But if she at least looks at and acknowledges the camera, then we are one step closer to getting a picture of her. Because getting pictures of kids is stressful, not to mention the fact that I am rarely in the photos because I am always the one behind the lens. 

We are here to help you take the stress out of the holiday photo this year. Treat yourself to a thirty-minute photo session with Shannon Gray at Express Yourself in Downtown Basalt. On Saturday, November 12th from noon - 4 p.m. {during BASH!} we will be offering thirty-minute slots for you and the kids (or just the kids - go ahead and sneak into The Brick Pony for a much deserved glass of wine). For $125, the lovely and talented Shannon will then give you eight of the best photos in digital format. You can print, re-print, gift, re-gift and oooh and ahhh over them as much as you want. All without having to do a crazy dance behind the camera. Now that is the best gift I will give myself this year.

Call 970-927-2533 or email 
to reserve your spot today!


Artists to Watch: Brianna Martray

This past April and May, we traveled through the pedestrian bridge from the main terminal to the A Gates at Denver International Airport. A beautiful, peaceful bridge that easily transports you from the hustle and bustle into the gate area without much effort, yet it was clear that there was someone busy at work. An art installation was occurring. Tiny paper cranes, floating from one end of the bridge to another. But it the early stages of the project were evident and the concept was still clearly taking shape; ladders were tucked to the side and blue painter's tape marked the future path of the art.

Over this past weekend we finally made it back across that bridge. It was subtly impressive to see the cranes float their way from one end to the other, seemingly traveling with you as you yourself journeyed on. But the most impressive part of this art installation is the story behind it. The story of the artist, Brianna Martray. Here it is in her own words:
Once upon a time, I wrote a novel. I took me eight years and upon completion a New York City Literary Agent asked for a copy. I reread it again, decided it wasn’t good enough and never sent it. In 2006, I started folding the stacks of manuscript pages lying around my house into origami cranes. Fast forward to the summer of 2010 when both my computer and my back up hard drive are stolen and the only finished copy of my novel lives in 10,000 folder paper cranes, the shadow of thousands of hours of work, the history of my creative journey, remnants of a former self.

It is only fitting that this art installation be in a place of movement, travel. A place of going forward. Visit it the next time you visit DIA. {travel on}

Track a Package: Camera Mail

We have an ongoing courtship with our US Postal Service, Fed-Ex team and UPS delivery service. In the sense that we spend a lot of time at the post office, on the phone, online tracking packages, or wondering when they (lovely drivers, they are) will arrive at our doorstep. We know phone numbers by heart and recite tracking numbers like vital stats. We wield a tape gun like the professionals we are and loathe those packing peanuts. We are always in the know about when items are shipped, how long they will take to arrive and how quickly it can all happen. But we don't really put too much thought into that time in transit. Until now.

This is an interesting story on Camera Mail. You attach a disposable camera to a piece of cardboard, affix some postage and implore the postal workers to take photos as the package is moved along in transit.

Results? Here is a camera mail project that had one very helpful postal worker only too eager to participate in this social experiment. 

Now we want to see what brown would do in an experiment like this. Perhaps it's time to try and find out for ourselves!

{carry on}

Watch This: The Unseen Sea

The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

We have always been partial to time lapse videos, such as this one here and here. But we came across this time lapse video of the San Francisco bay area this morning via @anthologymag. Whether you love San Fran or have never been, this video is beautiful enough for all of us to enjoy the beauty of nature in contrast to the modern life of a big city. Get out there and enjoy your weekend! 

Try This: Pumpkin Spice Latte

It's that time of year. We're not talking sweater season, the changing leaves or prepping for Halloween. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks. And for those of us that love this drink, we all know it's only here for a limited time. But we have good news...a few bloggers and recipe hackers out there have (re)created our favorite fall drink. So when you need your fix, you can try this Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe or this one here. Because we all know it takes at least a cup of coffee to endure one trip to the pumpkin patch.


"The year's last, loveliest smile."
- William Cullen Bryant

Feeling the Love

After we wrote up our Mini Emergency Kits last week, we were spotted over on the Destination Inspirations blog today! Obviously, one cannot go wrong with including these mini "first aid" kits for wedding guests. Order yours here on our etsy store!