May 31, 2011

This weekend we (Melina Townsend, Sara Huntley and I) went on an adventure to the Gorge.

We arrived late Friday to catch the Foo Fighters as the sun set behind the mountains.

We met up with some friends once we got there.

Audrey was there to rock out with me to Bassnectar. Never in my life have I seen so many glowsticks! But Robyn was definitely my favorite performance.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. And the crowd watching opportunities were outstanding.

So many people got sunburned! Red man had the right idea.

We also stopped at a few wineries for tastings. Here we are at Cave B.

The wine also helped us take the edge off our stereotypically-classic-horror-movie hotel room in nearby Ephrata.

We finished off the weekend watching the Flaming Lips.

And somehow ran into both the WaggEd designers that came up from Oregon for the festival, Tyler and David.

Thankfully we all survived the sea of hipsters, bros, stoners and ravers, and after a long weekend in sunny eastern Washington, we are definitely happy to be home! Thanks for the memories Sasquatch!



Infused booze

March 7, 2011

And the countdown begins… in a couple weeks it will officially be spring and my weekend project will be ready to pop open and enjoy. The pic above shows the results of a couple of hours work prepping mini wine bottles and slicing tropical fruits: four gorgeous bottles of homemade infused vodka. These little guys should be ready to drink after they sit for a couple weeks, and if they taste anything like they smell, they should be delicious! The specific ingredients used are listed below (from left to right).

1- Lemon, lime, blood orange, vanilla

2- Kiwi, strawberry, mango, lemon, basil

3- Rosemary, lemon, blood orange, apricot

4- Vanilla, mint, pear, apricot, mango

Goodbye 2010!

December 31, 2010

Some holiday photos to send off 2010! Cheers to a year that brought many changes, including graduating from college, moving to Seattle, and landing my first professional job!

Happy Thanksgiving at the James’ household! I celebrated this Thanksgiving with the fam up in Bham, including my Aunt Barbara who recently moved there

And my two puppies, Olive (who is terrified of the camera)

And Jasper (note the one ‘bad’ ear)

Mom made some tasty baked goods

And the tree was trimmed

We survived a family reunion in Vegas (barely)

And an unexpected snowstorm

All in all, it was a lovely holiday season. Happy New Year everyone!

New Camera!

November 9, 2010

After many years and many memories with my trusty Canon Powershot, I finally gave in and invested in a shiny new upgrade. I’d like to introduce you to the Panasonic Lumix  LX5:

I’m not an expert photographer by any means, but after weeks of research this lil guy came out on top. I still have a lot to learn about how to use it properly, but so far the photos it has produced are leaps and bounds ahead of what my old point-and-shoot can do. I’m posting a couple new photos of mine below. I’ve yet to take it out and really break it in… since I bought it I’ve either been sick or the weather has been awful!

Aqua, oh my!

September 18, 2010

I just finished painting my old table and mismatched chair set! I’m going with a dark red and aqua theme in the kitchen. Still looking for that fourth chair though…

Here’s the before pic:

Also, I love waking up to sunshine in the morning!!

I spent this weekend back up in Bellingham absorbing some of the local culture. We checked out Sh’bang… which I can only describe as equal parts circus, soapbox derby races, and gypsy music. I had the opportunity to take some photos of the locals, one of which is pictured below.

We affectionately called this fellow Gandalf the Purple.

After spending nearly five hours hanging out at the Lookout Arts Center Quarry with all of its colorful inhabitants, it became even more apparent to me that Bellingham has a certain vibe you wont find anywhere else. It also leaves me with the question, if Bellingham is the city of ‘subdued excitement’, what does that make Seattle? What makes my new home special?

Regardless, I am thankful to live in such a unique and beautiful corner of the globe. I’ll leave you with a photo that perfectly captures the hippy paradise that is the old quarry:

Not pictured, a sign that reads: Danger! Deep water, sharp rocks, possible landslides, fish!, naked people. Have fun (carefully).

Hello World

September 7, 2010

I’ve just recently graduated from college, moved to the city, and begun searching for a job in web/interactive design to start my professional career. In this light, I though it would be valuable to start a blog not only to chronicle my journey through Seattle, but also to keep on top of the latest in the design world and keep in touch with friends and family up north. So here goes!