Leave it to me to start thinking about vacation now that fall is here again, but I do have to think about the holidays and whether we’ll spend them here at home or make the trek to a relative’s house. Because we live so far from family, I’m on the mailing list for a couple sites like Travelzoo, but I honestly have yet to put any of their deal alerts to use. Maybe it’s just because I get too many emails already, so it’s easier to simply ignore them. Generally, we tend to use Expedia to book our flights, rental cars, and hotel, though it’s mainly for convenience. Am I missing out on sites with super travel deals? — Mary T.
Photo: The suitcase sofa!
Last week, I was fortunate enough to score an exclusive (albeit whirlwind) tour of famed Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly‘s Boathouse on Lake Union. Say what you may about his work, but I was blown away by the space — the colors, the glass, and the collections (oh, the collections), as well as the design aesthetic. I’ve got so much to show from such a quick run-through I’ve decided this *has* to be broken up into appropriate parts. We’ll start our journey the way I did: through the hot shop, the studio portion of Chihuly’s live/work space.
Seen above: samples of Chihuly’s forms and his custom molds. Click for more photos of Chihuly’s Hot Shop! (more…)
Back in April Erica P. asked what types of gifts she should (or shouldnâ€™t) register for for her upcoming wedding. In addition to great advice, a few of you suggested making use of Amazon.comâ€™sÂ universal wish list button and Tula of Whorange linked to her incredible roundup of unique stores that offer wedding registries. Hereâ€™s one more to add to that list: according to this tidbit on Glamourâ€™s wedding blog, the MoMA Store will begin offering a gift registry option on July 13th! Great news, considering our love of everything they make. Have you ever given something from the MoMA Store to rave reviews? Tell us about it in comments! â€“Sarah C.
Know someone with a thing for public radio and travel? I do. That someone is my dad. While he wouldnâ€™t leave home without his trusty new GPS, heâ€™s a map man at heart and in a few weeks, heâ€™ll be embarking on a road trip with his brother to do some hiking in Washington. Fatherâ€™s Day turned up some jazzy new hiking boots, and this NPR Map would be the perfect complement on the man-trip. You know, the koozie to his brew. The Bengay to his fit fifties. For just $7 at Uncommon Goods, heâ€™ll be privy to the locations of more than 600 local public radio stations, and Iâ€™ll rest easy with the knowledge that heâ€™ll never miss â€œA Prairie Home Companionâ€ no matter where he roams. â€“ Sarah C.
image via radio-map.com
Last weekend I attended a beautiful bridal shower for a childhood friend. Held at the home of one of the bridesmaids, the event was highlighted by a few personal touches that I really enjoyed. First, each guest brought a recipe (baked oatmeal from me!) that we wrote on printed cards that accompanied our invitations, as well as an assigned spice to round out the bride’s spice rack. We each also created scrapbook pages that were then compiled into a lookbook detailing the bride’s “single years”, and between each gift, the bride answered questions about her relationship and we compared her responses to those of the groom, who had been asked separately. A mix of common traditions and new twists, it was a wonderful few hours spent celebrating the bride-to-be. With many friends who have recently become engaged, I’m just starting my run of the wedding gauntlet and am looking for some inspiration,Â so tell me: what are your favorite bridal shower traditions? — Sarah C.
Pictured above: the wedding dress cookie favors made by the bride’s sister. Gorgeous!