oh, nostalgia

posted June 30th, 2014

nostalgia...
the other night i found these mrs. grossman’s stickers, and started to get nostalgic for things i didn’t save. the top of my list? my first swatch. it would be so fun to find that in a box or drawer. then i got to thinking: what else from my childhood would i love to see again? my list:

an esprit totebag
a benetton sweatshirt
my “pretty in pink” movie poster from the winsted theater
esprit denim ads, collected from teen & fashion magazines
cassettes (but only a few, not all of them)
my sticker books
rainbow sheets
pazzaz mousse
verve (the teal one)
the big, chunky jewelry i would wear
trapper keepers
maybelline purple eyeshadow

my list is circa age 12-14. it was such an exciting time for me. no longer a little kid, i guess, and starting to really figure out the stuff i like. i miss that “me” from that time. and i miss my swatch.

all that from a few heart-shaped stickers.

previous pinings for the past:

the eighties…
basement finds
duran duran

door

posted June 27th, 2014

there are details everywhere
wandering
mittenwald de
may 26, 2014
impossible project color film for 600-type cameras

germany & austria, continued

posted June 25th, 2014

like i mentioned in the last post, i’m obsessed with the color of the glacial streams/rivers. this is the partnach again.
like i mentioned in the last post, i’m obsessed with the color of the glacial streams/rivers. this is the partnach again.

see above.
see above.

this is thomas, proprietor of zum nachtwächter (the night watchman) in mittenwald. he made sure we had plenty to drink that night, and i developed a tiny crush while i drank grüner veltliner from austria.
this is thomas, proprietor of zum nachtwächter (the night watchman) in mittenwald. he made sure we had plenty to drink that night, and i developed a tiny crush while i drank grüner veltliner from austria.

the next day was a hangover day, so we took it easy and drove to linderhof palace, and i learned about king ludwig #2 (he was very misunderstood!)
the next day was a hangover day, so we took it easy and drove to linderhof palace, and i learned about king ludwig #2 (he was very misunderstood!).

here's the view of linderhof from the other end.
here’s the view of linderhof from the other end.

that night we hiked in the buckelwiesen. the fog/low clouds were amazing. we heard a cuckoo that night.
that night we hiked in the buckelwiesen. the fog/low clouds were amazing. we heard a cuckoo that night.

hiking in leutasch, austria. again, the color! and not the partnach.
hiking in leutasch, austria. again, the color! and not the partnach.

this day was probably the roughest, weather-wise: wind and rain. but the views made up for it.
this day was probably the roughest, weather-wise: wind and rain. but the views…

on my last day in germany, we hiked up to schachen house. this was the point where we could finally see it.
on my last day in germany, we hiked up to schachen house. this was the point where we could finally see it.

see it now? there was snow at that elevation, and the hiking trail had been open only for a week due to heavy snow.
see it now? there was snow at that elevation, and the hiking trail had been open only for a week due to heavy snow.

once at the schachen house, we were surrounded by fog/clouds, and could barely see garmisch in the valley below.
once at the schachen house, we were surrounded by fog/clouds, and could barely see garmisch in the valley below.

we explored a bit, and then it got chilly so we left pretty quickly. it's a little embarrassing as you make your way down the mountain and you encounter german gentlemen of a very advanced age making their way up, sans walking sticks and gear, wearing every day clothes, as if they were walking to the bakery down the block.
we explored a bit, and then it got chilly so we left pretty quickly. it’s a little embarrassing as you make your way down the mountain and you encounter german gentlemen of a very advanced age making their way up (minimum 3-4 hours one way), sans walking sticks and hiking gear (no water bottles!), wearing every day clothes, as if they were walking to the bakery down the block.

the ferchensee. i love this green lake. it’s amazing.
the ferchensee. i love this green lake. it’s amazing.

there were only 3 ducks on the entire lake. 2 of them, a pair mallards, came over to see if we had any treats to share (that's not my foot)
there were only 3 ducks on the entire lake. 2 of them, a pair mallards, came over to see if we had any treats to share (that’s not my foot).

my last dinner was at gastof stern in mittenwald: white asparagus and boiled potatoes smothered in hollandaise sauce (and beer). my fitbit said i walked 18.94 miles that day, so calories were not a concern.
my last dinner was at gastof stern in mittenwald: white asparagus and boiled potatoes smothered in hollandaise sauce (and beer). my fitbit said i walked 18.94 miles that day, so calories were not a concern.

it was a good trip. it was not as magical as the first trip to the region in 2012, but i’m glad i went. it’s time to explore other areas, and i likely won’t be back to bavaria any time soon. and for now, personal travel is on hold. summer arrived when i was away. i left our so-so spring and came back to temperatures in the 80′s, long sunny days, and green everywhere. it’s been amazing here and i don’t want to leave (and i don’t want it to end). winter was the worst on record (personally and literally), and our summer is 3 short months. and only 2 of those months are grad-school-free! so i’m staying put. i hope to resume travel when the days get short and cold.

germany & austria

posted June 24th, 2014

my trip to germany at the end of may was a nice break from the norm. we hiked all day on 4 of the 5 days i was there. and when we hiked, we hiked an average of 16 miles, up mountains, around mountains, along rivers, and into austria. some photos:

crazy rainbow on the other end of the eibsee.
crazy rainbow on the other end of the eibsee.

the eibsee is crystal clear, and the colors reflecting from the sky and surrounding trees are insane.
the eibsee is crystal clear, and the colors reflecting from the sky and surrounding trees are insane.

 pink snail in mittenwald. pissed at my iphone camera’s inability to get the color/focus right.
pink snail in mittenwald. pissed at my iphone camera’s inability to get the color/focus right.

early morning run on the buckelwiesen before a long hike. i heard a cuckoo bird that morning!
early morning run on the buckelwiesen before a long hike. i heard a cuckoo bird that morning!

let the hiking begin!
let the hiking begin!

trail signs near partnachklamm. that day we hiked past schloss elmau and almost made it to reintalangerhütte (if only we had known how close we were when we turned around). later in the trip we hiked to schachen.
trail signs near partnachklamm. that day we hiked past schloss elmau and almost made it to reintalangerhütte (if only we had known how close we were when we turned around). later in the week we hiked to schachen.

the partnach. i'm obsessed with the opaque teal color of the water caused by glacial deposits.
the partnach. i’m obsessed with the opaque teal color of the water caused by glacial deposits.

there's very little wildlife in bavaria: very few squirrels, and i didn't see any rabbits, deer, robins, racoons, etc. -- it's eerily quiet compared to city life in saint paul. but there are a lot of giant snails and slugs.
there’s very little wildlife in bavaria: very few squirrels, and i didn’t see any rabbits, deer, robins, racoons, etc. — it’s eerily quiet compared to city life in saint paul. but there are a lot of giant snails and slugs.

enchanted forest.
enchanted forest.

the partnach, again.
the partnach, again.

obermarkt, mittenwald
obermarkt, mittenwald, with its glacial stream that goes thru the little town.

a few more photos will be posted tomorrow…

gasthof

posted June 19th, 2014

after i had some amazing tomato soup...
the typography!
seefeld austria
may 27, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

more on why i don’t have the urge to blog: my favorite polaroid camera was destroyed in early may, and the packs of impossible project film i brought with me to germany were defective. only 2 photos of 18+ i took on my trip turned out. (strangely, they all look like the polaroids i took on the same trip in may 2012, when the film was just starting to show promise.) this is not one of them: it just so happens that the building was white and the lettering was brown. i’m so discouraged with the film and my broken camera that i haven’t taken a polaroid since my last day in germany (may 29).

1 2 3

posted June 12th, 2014

later that day, the bunnies destroyed them
my favorite tulips
my backyard
may 21, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

thank you for all the comments on monday’s post. i won’t disappear completely, i promise!

. . .

posted June 9th, 2014

the first half of this year was full: graduate school, a demanding job that i enjoy most of the time, personal travel (which i avoided last fall because of grad school), and work travel… add to that i have a niece i want to spend time week at least once a week, i maintain a house with a yard by myself, and i want to test the limits of my liver with friends now and then. the purpose of this blog was to make sure i wasn’t getting swallowed by all of the above — to make sure i’m thinking creatively and making stuff when i can. but i don’t want to maintain this blog daily anymore. i need to simplify. i’m not even sure anyone reads it, so …

i still want to make stuff and i still want to take polaroids. i still want to celebrate other creative people. when i’ve got something that is share-worthy, i’ll post it here. but the M-F thing isn’t going to happen anymore, at least for the foreseeable future.

(those of you still reading: thank you!!!)

‘roid week! day five + mittenwald

posted May 23rd, 2014

i need this trip so bad
near the train station
mittenwald germany
may 2012
impossible project px70 color shade cool

last night i got on a plane to munich, with mittenwald being my final destination. i’ll be hiking in the bavarian alps, eating spargel (white asparagus), and drinking bier until late next week. i’ll post on instagram when i can. i’ll be back in june. xo

‘roid week! day four

posted May 22nd, 2014

these guys were so photogenic!
orange gerberas
my house
may 1, 2014
impossible project color film for 600-type cameras, gold frame

it’s not as painful as it sounds! this week is polaroid week, aka ‘roid week.

‘roid week! day three

posted May 21st, 2014

haven't watched the sun set on the ocean in so long
sunset
san diego ca
may 13, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

it’s not as painful as it sounds! this week is polaroid week, aka ‘roid week.

‘roid week! day two

posted May 20th, 2014

trying something other than tulips
pink peonies
my house
may 18, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

it’s not as painful as it sounds! this week is polaroid week, aka ‘roid week.

‘roid week! day one

posted May 19th, 2014

the view was amazing
la valencia hotel terrace
san diego ca
may 13, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

it’s not as painful as it sounds! this week is polaroid week, aka ‘roid week.

empire

posted May 16th, 2014

this film... is so hot & cold
midtown, 6th ave
new york ny
april 21, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

la valencia hotel

posted May 15th, 2014

pink!
love the colors -- no filters used
more pink!
sunset
i was in san diego (la jolla) for a quick work trip on tuesday, and i had the evening free. i asked my friend glen where i should go, and he said the la valencia hotel had one of the best views. he was right. my coworker and i had dinner on the terrace and we watched the sun go down. i should mention the temperature was 90 degrees. it was so amazing. i don’t know why glen (and jean) moved from there to minnesota. they are nuts!

willamette

posted May 14th, 2014


along the river
portland or
march 24, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

etsy : sketch.inc

posted May 13th, 2014

etsy : sketch.inc : fade out nesting doll
fade out nesting doll

photo credit: sketch.inc

farewell friend, for now

posted May 12th, 2014

sigh...
i was in southern minnesota last week for work, and as the caravan prepared to make the trek back to minneapolis, for some crazy reason we were all hugging, all of us who have met each other no more than 3 times but work in different states, and i had my sturdy sx-70 in my left hand, and as a coworker from chicago reached out to hug me, she accidentally knocked my camera out of my hand (i was about to document albert lea with instant film). i’ve been carrying this camera with me everywhere, everyday, for 3+ years. it bounced back after a bottle of oj leaked in my bag in amsterdam in 2011. it didn’t bounce back after a bottle of water leaked in my bag in new york last year (i need to stop putting bottles of liquid in my bag), but i was able to send it out to be repaired and it came back as good as new. but this might be the end — the number of pieces leads me to think that a fix would be too spendy. so farewell friend, for now, but i will save you and your pieces. maybe we’ll connect again someday.

moleskine

posted May 9th, 2014

my favorite ones
i’ve been wanting to put my work on moleskine cahier journals for a while, and last weekend i made a bunch of art history houses (that’s what i’m calling them now) on paper. they look pretty good, but i’m not feeling the OH MY GOD I MADE SOMETHING I LOVE feeling i got when i made the wood version.

so, i’ll wait a bit, see if they grow on me. if they do, they’ll end up in my etsy shop. if they don’t end up there, guess what you’re getting for christmas?

stairs

posted May 8th, 2014

missing new york
somewhere between broadway & 7th avenue
new york ny
april 20, 2014
impossible project color film for sx-70-type cameras

for the makers

posted May 7th, 2014

yay!
kristin
gave me a for the makers box for my birthday! it’s my first, and i love the idea: diy projects, with all the materials, in a box. i’ve already made the earrings, and i look forward to making the other projects!