Hey there, pals. Sorry for the radio silence. July and this first part of August were truly so, so busy. I told myself I’d write this post before leaving for a big road trip (post coming soon), but that week ended up being busy with friends and packing. And when we got home from that trip, my evenings were filled with design projects I either neglected or had just taken on. This is really my first free night since! Which feels great. I’ve really been enjoying planning or starting craft projects and I just finished that 100-page booklet for H2O I mentioned in June.
Now for some photos!
We went to Mary Coyle one evening after an art show! This place is quite nostalgic for me… Alex, a friend, and I visited Akron on a rainy evening my freshmen year when I was supposed to be making a presentation for class. I sat in the middle row of his big blue van, windows down because they were typically held up by velcro, which was failing in the rain. Sun Giant played on repeat in the CD player (“Mykonos” always reminds me of this drive). The trip ended with Mary Coyle and me daydreaming about this cool, artsy, old-souled guy from Ohio.
Friends watching the 4th (2nd) of July fireworks. We realized our studio’s fire escape would provide a great view, but were not aware that centipedes love living in brick walls. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Our apartment came with dark brown curtains in this room, and I was starting to get really bummed out by them. I hated being in here. So we just took them down! I’ve since realized this room has the best lighting in the house, so I end up with a lot of photos of Eleanor on our bed. 😂
(Actual) 4th of July celebration! I knew I could count on our friends to dress festively. Especially impressed by Sam & Andrew, who matched us perfectly.
We took a day trip to Columbus to see our friends Bekah & Mike! This is at Seventh Son Brewery. We also went to Dough Mama, Jeni’s, Fox in the Snow, Bookloft, a few vintage stores, Homage, Lineage, and Tigertree. It was a great day. 😊💖
The first of our tomatoes and kale! The first of very few. Something ate our kale and cabbage while we were gone, and a few other plants didn’t make it. I’m bummed, but it’s our first year gardening, so it’s not that surprising.
The weekend after returning from our vacation/road trip, we went to the bachelor & bachelorette parties for a wedding we’re in in September. 😊
The ladies rented a cabin at Mohican State Park. We cooked out, played games, and went kayaking (while wearing flower crowns 🌸💁)
For me, being the adventurous person that I am, the best part was sitting around the campfire talking. 😌 Especially when Katie’s mom brought us pizza.
Our succulent favors from Ryan & Bethany’s wedding, lovin their new spot on the bench.
I had big plans for this shirt. According to this blog post, it’s supposed to be that nice dark green color next to the spinach. But here we are.
Sometimes I forget how giant these windows are 💕
A few weekends ago we hiked a bit of the Buckeye Trail and then stopped at Blue Hen Falls for a lil snack. 🍏 My instagram photos did not do it justice but that panorama comes close. It’s my new favorite spot in the Valley… it’s just so small and quiet.
One Thursday we went to Downtown@Dusk at the Akron Art Museum with our friend Jason. There was jazz and $3 craft beers(!), and we ended up looking through a bit of the museum as well!
This past weekend we went to the Cleveland Flea to find a jewelry box for this diy project. I was looking for something concrete, but believe it or not, no one was making concrete boxes. C’mon, CLE! You’re missing out. (I heavily considered this one from Etsy but, “buy local,” shipping costs, etc.) Anyways, we stopped at one last tent and they happened to have this great brass box for only $5! It looks so nice on our dresser. I’ll hopefully have a complete project to show next Lately post.
After the Flea, we went to our friends Dan & Halle’s wedding! Their ceremony was so beautiful, and we got to see so many friends (many of whom have moved away since college, so it was extra fun!). Unfortunately, I only took two photos, both of signs… I really need to get better at that. 📸
Stay tuned for a post about our 10-state road trip (and hopefully more consistent posting in general).