Seattle Bloggers Unite: Letterpress Night with Farewell Paperie

On a warm Summer evening, a group of us Seattle bloggers descended on Farewell Paperie's studio to learn the art of letterpress and to try our hand at making our own set of stationery. I have long since been a fan of letterpress and I love Farewell Paperie's inventive take on finding just the perfect thing to say in a card. 

Throughout the evening, each of us was able to take turns creating our own letterpress notecards. With assistance from Jen we were able to make our cards, by using an one hundred year old letterpress machine. Many of the students came up with clever things to say on their cards, but I decided to keep mine timeless with my name. When you have a name as unique as mine it is downright thrilling to have something with your name on it. 

While spending time at Farewell Paperie's studio one thing I did not realize is aside from cards they also make wrapping paper and festive napkins. One particular wrapping paper which caught my eye read, "sorry it's not cash". I can think of so many people this would be fun to wrap their gifts in. 

After we made our letterpress cards we were shown by Lisa how to make envelope liners for our new cards. In addition to letterpress, we had plenty of time to catch up with other local bloggers and eat delicious bites created by Lyndsey Wells of The Stationery Place.

Jen showing us the ins and outs of using Bill, their letterpress machine. I am happy to report there were no injuries or missing fingers at the end of the night and we owe that all to Jen! Having the opportunity to hang out in someone else's creative space always inspires me in my own creative endeavors. 

If you are in need of fabulous notecards or want to expand your ever growing card collection, check out Farewell Paperie's site and pick up a few cards today. If you would like to participate in future Seattle Bloggers Unite events mark your calendar for our upcoming fall event on Thursday, September 18th. 

Hiking up Granite Mountain and staying active during pregnancy

Hiking up Granite Mountain and staying active during pregnancy

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Argosy Locks Cruise

Argosy Locks Cruise

In the past, we have taken an Argosy Lakes Cruise and a Harbor Cruise, so this time we thought it would be fun to take anArgosy Locks Cruise. The Locks Cruise is a unique tour in the fact that you take off from one place and end up in another, rather than going roundtrip from one point. With the Locks Cruise you start off at Pier 56 and then eventually dock Lake Union to be shuttled back to Pier 56 by bus. In between you cruise along the Puget Sound while you pass Magnolia and Discovery Park. Then you enter Shilshole Bay, pass through the Hiram Chittenden Locks, go up the Lake Washington Ship Canal, pass by Gasworks Park and then arrive at your final destination, Lake Union. 

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Hurricane Ridge

Typically after we have spent a couple of days camping on the beach we head straight to Port Angeles for lunch. After lunch we take the short scenic drive up to Hurricane Ridge for wildflower viewing and wildlife spotting. We can usually count on at minimum seeing several deer, maybe a bear and sometimes a marmot or two. We are always saddened when we see a large crowd of people surrounding an animal and worst yet when they try to feed them a Cheeto or two.

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Let me introduce you to the "Smookie"

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Camping on the Washington coast

A highlight of our Summer is spending a long weekend camping on the Washington coast. It is rural, rugged and teaming with both sea and wildlife. Many an afternoon may be spent watching bald eagles fly overhead or exploring tide pools. Summer is such a fantastic time to live in Washington state that we try to limit all our out of state travel during those precious several months of Summer. In the Summer there is nowhere we would rather be than hiking familiar trails and camping amongst the starry clear skies. 

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The art of spending time alone

When I was a teenager I enjoyed constantly being surrounded by my friends. As I have gotten older I have discovered the wonderful regenerative feeling which comes from spending  quality time alone. Whether it be a hike, a run or shopping I have come to appreciate and understand the benefits of investing in quality time with myself. This time alone allows me the ability to think, reflect and most importantly learn to be comfortable in my own skin.

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Sailing in Seattle

If I kept a list of all things I would like to buy a sailboat would pretty much top any list I could create. When the temperature rises around here, there is no place I would rather be than on the water. Over the past couple of years we have made it an annual tradition to go sailing with Let's Go Sailing at the start of every Summer. It is a fun, convenient, inexpensive and easy way to get out on the Puget Sound. They offer both day and sunset cruises and are unique in that they allow you to bring your own food and drink aboard for your enjoyment. 

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Remembering my Grandma

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A Summer wedding reception

This year, on the Summer solstice we were in Utah celebrating the wedding of Cameron's cousin. I can think of no better way to kick start Summer then by attending an outdoor wedding reception. The evening was a quintessential Summer soiree, including warm weather, a festive atmosphere and relaxed environment. A color palette of whites and green dotted the backyard where there was enough food and entertainment to keep even the most discerning guest happy. 

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Summer hiking

Summer hiking

With Summer in full swing I have been itching to get out and go hiking on a more regular basis. As our schedule has settled down and my baby bump continues to grow larger, we plan to spend the majority of the next several months in Seattle. For those of you who are itching to do a little Summer hiking here are a few of my all time favorite places to go hiking:

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Shopping in Amsterdam

This Spring we had the opportunity to visit the wonderful city of Amsterdam. I instantly feel in love with its charm, like something out of a fairytale. I enjoyed taking a boat through it many waterways, walking over its many bridges, looking out as a pedestrian for its many bicycles and photographing its unique buildings. One of the things I really loved about Amsterdam was it fantastic shopping. 

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