Inspiration

A Weekend In Nantucket

A few weekends ago, I headed down to Nantucket for a mini-reunion with two college friends who I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I was doubly excited because this was also my first time visiting the tiny island.

Ferry to NantucketThe 2-hour ferry ride to Nantucket was actually very nice and relaxing. I stayed on the top deck for most of the ride and enjoyed the views.

BeetleUnfortunately, it was a pretty rainy weekend, but we were still able to enjoy ourselves and made the best of it. We stayed in my friend Kasey’s apartment which was walking distance to the downtown area. On the first night Kasey and I had dinner at Millie’s. I ordered the Tuckernuck tacos and of course had to order their signature Madaket Mystery to drink – don’t ask me what’s in it. One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new restaurants; Millie’s did not disappoint.

Starbuck House NantucketOn my first full day on the Island, Kasey gave me a great little walking tour. Our first stop was at the Museum of African American History, which unfortunately was not open at the time, but resides within a newly restored meetinghouse (so far I have to go back to Nantucket if only for another dinner at Millie’s and a visit inside this Museum). We also spent some time enjoying the many historic and notable houses along the streets, like the Starbuck house (above). Yes, those Starbucks.

WIdow's WalksWIdow’s Walks, everywhere.

Nantucket GiftshopOf course we visited several shops. I was able to exert some self control and survived this sopping trip only having bought a magnet, a sticker and a bookmark. What I realty wanted was this bird beautiful birdhouse. I don’t even really LIKE birds, but this simple clay abode was calling my name. I’ve started to realize that the best way to avoid frivolous purchases while on vacation is to pack your bag so full of your own clothes and necessities that there’s not even a remote possibility of anything larger than a bookmark, magnet or sticker fitting inside your weekender tote.

Birdhouse in NantucketNantucket

Nantucket ArchitectureOur day also involved a trip to the ferry docks to pick up the third amiga, Rebekka, and a trip to the Cisco Brewery (add that to my list of things to do again).

Guitar BuddyKasey even serenaded us with some Darius Rucker on guitar while we waited for the rain to stop and the sun to come out again.

The Old Mill WindmillMore sightseeing included a trip to see this windmill – the Old Mill. I later learned that this mill is the oldest functioning windmill in the country, built in 1746. After taking a few photos of the mill, we headed to east to the village of Siasconset.

SiasconsetSconset NantucketSankaty Lighthouse‘Sconset is where the Sankaty Head Light is located. I promise the lighthouse is not leaning – that’s just my handy camera work.

Sankaty Head LightSee?

Mystery BerriesStrolling the roads along the shore in ‘Sconset we saw these berry bushes(??) everywhere. I’m still not sure what they are. If someone knows, will you please tell me? I’m very curious.

Goodbye NantucketSunday afternoon, after an ice cream treat at the Juice Bar, it was time to get back on the ferry and start the trip home.

Nantucket SoundSteamship Authority Ferry FlagThe weekend went by in a flash, but I had a fantastic time discovering a new place and reminiscing with old friends!

kimberly

 

Inspiration

A Short NYC Getaway

I thought I’d share a few non-iphone photos from our 3 day trip to NYC at the beginning of July.

Central Park NYC

One of our first stops on the first day was Central Park. The weather was beautiful.

Central Park NYC

This view (also from Central Park) was one of my husband’s favorites. Something about how the building with the two towers was used in the movie Ghostbusters…

Times Square, NYC

Our hotel was in Times Square, and very close to Broadway (we saw Wicked on Broadway our second night in the City, it was fantastic).  We were close to just about everything, and Times Square at night is certainly a [very busy] sight to behold.

Martha Stewart at Today Show

On the morning of my birthday, the Hubby and I headed over to the Today Show Plaza near Rockefeller Center to catch the Today Show (my favorite)! As luck would have it, we managed to park ourselves right behind an area where Matt Lauer would be hosting a short segment with Martha Stewart. We took pictures of her, she took pictures of us, it was awesome.

Jeff Koons' Split Rocker

After the show, we walked around Rockefeller Center for a bit. Jeff Koons’ “Split Rocker” is on display in the center, covered in flowers. I can only imagine how lovely it will look when all of the flowers are in full bloom.

Food Truck in NYC

Food trucks galore in NYC. I wish we had more like this in New England.

Econo Lodge Times Square

This was our hotel in the City. In terms of price and location, it really can’t be beat. The staff was friendly and the room, although very small, was clean and had all of the necessities. Although it may lack a lot of the fancy frills that many pricey NYC hotels probably have, I found it to be a perfect place for D and I to stay. Saving on the hotel definitely allowed us to have more fun (and more food) elsewhere!

Top of the ROck, NYC

Later on in the day (on our second day), we headed back to Rockefeller Center to head to the Top of the Rock and take in some beautiful views of the NYC skyline. From the 69th (I think) floor we had great views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center site, the Statue of Liberty and the rest of lower Manhattan. On the north side of the roof deck were great views of uptown, including Central Park. That same night we went to see Wicked.

Mood Fabric NYC

Before we left Midtown on our last day, I decided I needed to have a fangirl moment and visit Mood Fabrics. Those of you who watch Project Runway will recognize this place right away. When the show is filmed in NYC, this is where the designers shop for their fabrics before challenges on the show! I even met the little dog, Swatch, who roams the store.

9/11 Memorial NYC

On our final day in the city, we took the subway downtown and visited the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial itself is breathtaking and does a great job in conveying a sense of sorrow, peace and resilience all at the same time.

9/11 Memorial Birthday Rose

At the memorial, a white rose is placed by the name of the deceased on what would have been their birthday.

City Hall Subway Station NYC

We took the subway to get to and from downtown (the R train I believe), as we were catching a train back toward home at Grand Central Station later that day.

New York Harbor

Our last little excursion was on the Staten Island Ferry. We had great views of the shoreline from the New York Harbor, and the ferry passes right by the Statue of Liberty. Best of all, the ferry is FREE and runs on a very convenient schedule, about every 30 minutes or so back and forth to Staten Island.

Staten Island Ferry Boat

We took the Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island, then got off and back on again to head back to Manhattan. We rode the same ferry both times.

Life Jackets on Staten Island Ferry

I loved how the life jackets looked, stored overhead on the boat deck.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, in all her glory.

Although it was a short trip, it was a lot of fun. We packed a lot of sightseeing and activities into a few short (and HOT) days. I certainly dragged my husband all over midtown – and I love him for putting up with me. And…

Liberty-IslandI learned how to make a GIF, ya’ll! Ha. It’s actually not too difficult but I’m still proud of myself. This one isn’t too exciting, but I like it anyway.

kimberly

 

DIY, Inspiration

A Recent Walk with Radar

The weather has certainly improved over the last week or so here in the northeast. Weather with highs in the upper 60s through the middle of the week, although today is pretty dreary…But I’ll take it. Since it’s been a lot nicer, I’ve been trying to get out of the house more often on longer walks with the dog. Lately I’ve been bringing my camera along, too.

The road

I can’t wait until the rest of the snow melts and everything gets green again. The pictures will be a little less brown then, which will be a nice change, don’t you think?

horses

We live in a right-to-farm community, so there are lots of horses and cows (and other animals) nearby. I always ask Radar if he wants to walk down to the “horses” and he gets very excited. I’m not sure how much the horses enjoy his company, but I like being able to photograph them from time to time, and Radar has learned a new word, so it’s a win for us. Depending on the length of the walk, we pass at least two different stables. There are also some Scottish Highland cattle a few miles from our house, but I haven’t made it that far on a walk yet. Hopefully some photos of those guys soon – before they lose their shaggy winter coats! I’ve seen some Belgian draft horses near there too, but they’re a bit more elusive…

Wood Pecker

And if you look closely, you’ll see the woodpecker who almost flew away before I could snap his picture.

I’m still getting used to my camera and lenses. I’m finding that just getting outside and taking photos of whatever I find interesting really helps. And generally photographs of nature come out pretty nicely, anyway, so that helps too! I also found a free photo-editing site called BeFunky and I’ve been playing around there, in lieu of photoshop (I had been using picmonkey, but they’re not so free anymore [sadface]). I still have lots to learn, but it’s a start!

kimberly

Inspiration

Inspiration Sunday // 3 DIYs

Today we are headed to a another wedding expo! Hopefully I’ll get some good ideas for a florist, dj, and maybe even a limo company. Those are the last big things on the list. In the meantime, here are some fun DIY’s for the week ahead!

Bronze Memory Wire Bracelet by Happy Hour Projects

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie from Gimmie Some Oven

Double Exposure How-To from Bubby and Bean

1.// Bronze Memory Wire Bracelet from Happy Hour Projects. 2.// Pineapple Ginger Smoothie from Gimmie Some Oven. 3.// Double Exposure How-To from Bubby and Bean.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

kimberly