our little thrifting expedition didn't produce a mountain of treasures but rather a lovely little paper trail. we had more fun rifling through the magazines and manuals than anything else. here are a few of our finds.
and the piece de resistance? this sex education book from 1967.
so if you're looking for a cheeky gift or a snarky little coffee table book, this one will be hitting the shelves soon. warning, it is not filled with modern nor politically correct advice. it definitely leans waaayyyyyy over to the conservative side...but that just adds to the fun.
have a super rest of your day!
oh, hello there stranger. yes, we are alive and well. camping was fabulous. it was wonderful and satisfying knowing that we can survive and have such an amazing time with so little. the bear boxes at our campsites were equal parts thrilling and concerning. the quiet was relaxing. being away from technology was liberating (obviously). and we can't wait to do it all again.
i just picked up my diana pics today. my pretty little plastic camera certainly turned some heads out on the road and i had a blast using her. here are just a few.
this last week at home has been entirely devoted to getting sophia ready for school and finding our rhythm again. thanks for sticking with me.
i am click-clicking away with dirty fingernails as we plow on down the highway. i really do think i could get used to this. give everything away, load up and move on out. here are just a few images from our first couple of days. i'll have to load our camping pics soon.
did you read about this couple in the new york times? maybe you saw the piece about them on the today show? the strobels broke out of their work-spend cycle and whittled down their possessions to only the essentials. could you do it? would you be happy? i'll just keep up with my purge and see where that takes me.
let the kids get in on the fun!
this little people camper is from OopseeDaisies.
perhaps a tonka winnebago? you can find it here.
maybe an rv? it's got a rockin' mural! find it here.
a fun poster from totalvintage.
maybe your little campers could earn badges. i found these at dustylorraine.
let them see the world...through a vintage viewmaster.
pack it all up in a fantastic vintage suitcase. this one is from ModernUpCycle.
you've seen lots of her beautiful photos. i write about her all the time. she's such a good friend, my neighbor, and one seriously talented and creative woman. now she's starting a big, bold new adventure. rachiesplace is shutting down and RACHEL MASON PHOTOGRAPHY is moving on in. follow her adventure and check out her amazing work. i'm so happy for her!
it's time for me to start packing up and pulling together car-friendly activities. we do have a dvd player, but i try my hardest to use it only as a last resort. i usually create out-the-window scavenger hunts or bingo games. this time i'm adding a new "something". a kid-friendly travel journal.
as usual, i started with a brown paper shopping bag, flattened out.
i decided to use regular copy paper for the pages. i folded them in half then measured out a cover, leaving a large flap folded toward the inside.
next, i "hemmed" the edges of the brown paper and got to punching holes.
i chose heavy-duty string to tie the pages together though you really could use anything. when cutting the cover, remember to leave enough overlap to create a pocket. it will be a perfect spot for maps, brochures, leaves, etc.
once the book was constructed it was time to move onto the fun part: creating prompts!
be as creative and wacky as you want with your questions and prompts. fill the book or leave lots of blank pages for the kids to tape fun things in later. or better yet, bring along a roll of masking tape to add treasures along the way.
i'm going to have the kids decorate the front of their journals with stamps i picked up at anthro last winter.
have fun creating your own keepsake on-the-road journal!
these picks may not be rugged, but they would make for some luxurious camping.
a cozy hat from anthro.
pretty lace-ups from charles david.
fabulous vintage cooler from SKnightsVintage.
a bodum french press from williams-sonoma.
a classic airstream designed by ralph lauren. these were found on classic driver.
of course we would need a '63 wagoneer to pull it. the image was found here.
that's my short list...what would you bring along on your fabulous road/ camping trip?
another lazy morning followed by a pretty creative day filled with color. when asked what they wanted to do, the kids said "paint!". so that's what they did. usually we set the easel up outside with a side for both of them, but the already near 100 degree weather kept us indoors. i am so glad. they produced the most beautiful, grand-scale piece of art- collaboratively. it is already stretched across a wall in the dining room. i wonder how much it would cost to frame a piece this size. hmmm...
after a quick trip to the camera shop (had to pick up some 120 film for my new "toy") and a jaunt to the market, we broke out our classic sesame street library, volume 5. the kids followed cookie monster's recipe for butterfly cookies complete with cookie paint.
per cookie's orders, the dough was mixed with a fork, the paint was simply evaporated milk with a bit of food coloring, and they tasted just "yum, yum, yum, yum". simple and vintage. i am a huge fan of the sesame street library. i grew up with it and so have my kids. i highly recommend piecing a collection together (there are always random volumes at the thrift stores) or finding a complete set on ebay or etsy. there is no equal to sesame street.
i fired up my diana today. it is so hard to get used to having to wait for an image. i am used to the instant gratification of digital cameras- as we all are. i'm so excited to see what i caught along the way.
if you look hard enough, you will see two tiny little toads on these elephant ear leaves. the kids and i scooted over to my parents' for dinner tonight and enjoyed all the froggies lounging around. this is an image i snapped with my diana. well, hopefully i got this image. we'll see!
what a day.