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Things’ll Be Great When You’re Downtown

Downtown is dead. That’s what most people will tell you if you ask them about downtown Toledo. They will say that outside of Mud Hens or Walleye games, there’s nothing to do or see.

Au contraire, mon ami.

As a matter of fact, there is quite a bit of action happening Thursday and Friday evenings this week.

Etsy Craft Party (etsycraftpartytoledo.wordpress.com)

This is the first Etsy craft party to happen in Toledo. Area crafters and artisans will have their wares on display at Gallerie 333 (part of Toledo School for the Arts) as part of The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Thursday Art Walk. Speaking of which…

Thursday Art Walk (www.acgt.org)

It’s the third Art Walk of the summer! The Art Walk gives area residents a prime opportunity to explore downtown Toledo and visit locally owned galleries and business as well as purchase and support area artists. The Art Walk takes place between 6 – 9 pm. A map of the participating galleries and other spaces can be found here.

Art Depo Grand Opening (artsupplydepo.com)

Also folded in with the Art Walk is the grand opening of a new art supply store in the Warehouse District. I have been looking forward to the opening of this store for months and can’t wait to visit! RSVP for their grand opening party on Facebook.

Downtown SoundTrek (www.acgt.org)

Another brand new event! Downtown Toledo will be turned into an audial smorgasbord this Friday. Thirteen venues will be hosting non-stop musical treat, featuring over 30 live musical acts —  rock, pop,  hip-hop, folk and bluegrass, blues, jazz, country, DJ & dance music.

Wristbands are $15 through Thursday, $20 the day of. You can purchase wristbands online or at any of the participating venues:

  • Attic on Adams
  • The Blarney Bullpen
  • Bozarts Gallery
  • Bretz
  • Glass City Café
  • Manhattans Restaurant
  • Ottawa Tavern
  • Pizza Papalis
  • Table Forty4
  • Toledo School for the Arts
  • Toledo City Paper
  • Truth Art Gallery
  • Wesley’s Bar

Downtown SoundTrek runs from 7 PM – 1 AM. More info on the event can be found here. RSVP for SoundTrek on Facebook.


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Around Town: Garage Sales, Dogs, Jazz and Cherries

Old Orchard. West Toledo, Ohio.

Tomorrow is the Old Orchard Neighborhood Garage Sale. If (and this is a BIG if) we ever decide to move somewhere else in the Toledo, Old Orchard is high on my list of possible new ‘hoods. The location is great and the eclectic mix of home designs adds diversity on an aesthetic level.

Old Orchard Neighborhood Garage Sale

  • Saturday, June 11, 2011
  • 9:00 am — 3:00 pm

For more info on the garage sale, visit the Facebook Event page.

Here are some other event staking place in the Toledo region this weekend:

*100% of the monies raised at the Blues & Jazz Festival will go directly to help feed the hungry in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Henry, Williams, Defiance, Sandusky and Ottawa counties.

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We Prefer Beaches Without Sharks

We Prefer Beaches Without Sharks

It's obvious we share the same DNA, isn't it?

The waves might be smaller (and the water a hell of a lot colder) but the beaches along Lake Michigan are a great way to spend a Saturday morning. What makes the trip even more fun is getting to pass the time with good people. Visits to the beach at Foster Avenue have become a tradition whenever my sisters travel to Chicago in the summer. It’s a relatively quiet spot and a small section of the beach is allocated as a dog friendly area.

Some people read at the beach (like my husband). Some people spend 45 minutes trying to figure out how to hang a volleyball net (like the four frat boys who, upon finally figuring it out, quit playing after five minutes of volleying). Others like to talk way to loud on their cell phone about things you shouldn’t really talk out loud about in public. Trust me, you don’t want to know about the conversations my sisters overheard while laying out. I like to put my ear buds in and tune the rest of the world out while soaking in the rays. Don’t worry, I use an SPF 478 sun block. I’ve worked hard to stay this pale.

Here is a playlist of songs I’ve been coming back to over and over again this summer.

Belle and Sebastian — Another Sunny Day — The Life Pursuit
David Bowie — Sound and Vision — Low
Built to Spill — Big DipperThere’s Nothing Wrong with Love
Camera Obscura — French NavyMy Maudlin Career
The Flaming Lips — When You SmileClouds Taste Metallic
The Head and the Heart — Lost In My MindThe Head and the Heart
The Local Natives — Cubism DreamGorilla Manor
Mndr – “I Go Away” – E.P.E.
Owen Pallet — Tryst with MephistophelesHeartland
Pavement — Summer BabeSlanted and Enchanted
The Temper Trap — Sweet DispositionConditions

So tell me, do you have any summer traditions? What strange behaviors have you observed at the beach? Do you have any summer tunes you’d like to recommend?

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Ninety Seven Days

Yes. It’s been ninety-seven days since my last post. Unacceptable, I know. And I really don’t have a good reason or excuse to explain away my absence. There were/are some big changes going on at the office which have taken up a lot of my time. Unfortunately, postings will continue to be sporadic over the summer months. With work, a couple of weddings out-of-state and (fingers crossed!) a couple big life changes in the works, it will be hard to squeeze in as many posts as I would like.

To make it up to you, I’m giving away a few images (designed by yours truly) that can be tiled for your desktop, Twitter background, etc.

Vintage Thermos

Vintage Thermos

Porch Swing

Porch Swing

Picnic Blanket

Picnic Blanket

These patterns were inspired by one of my favorite summer activities in Chicago.  Most Monday evenings, Jeff and I head down to Millenium Park with a bag full of snacks, a blanket and six-pack of some Goose Island brew and enjoy a free concert courtesy of the Downtown Sound Series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Last year, our ears were treated to performances from The Sea and Cake, Dirty Projectors and Shellac to name a few. This year’s series kicked off three weeks ago with The Ponys and Besnard Lakes. She + Him played last Monday to a packed crowd. I have been anxiously awaiting tomorrows concert: Great Lake Swimmers. And! In two weeks: The Thermals with Disappears. Can’t wait!

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Mixed Tape Monday!

Phew, what a weekend! You can read about our Friday and Saturday antics over at sowonderfulsomarvelous. Great food and wine taste better when they are shared with dear friends.
Sunday turned into one of those days where you make a list of things to accomplish and you end up crossing nothing off your list. I spent a decent chunk just staring at my sewing machine, searching for the inspiration to finish a project. However, I did manage to put together a playlist. Here are just a handful of tracks (with links!) that helped make my weekend fly by.

What do you have in store for this week? Me, I’m hoping that some hardware I ordered shows up before Friday. I will finish these dog collars.

Oh, and someone’s birthday is coming up. Do you have any suggestions on what to get a 30 something gadget geek for his birthday? I need all the help I can get.

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My Favorite Things (This Week)

I’ve been infected. No, not infected like some of those Losties over on The Island. I have spring fever — bad. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who curses cold temps and gray skies. I relish them. The more snow the better. You don’t want to know how many knit hats with ear flaps I own.

There is just something about spring time in the city. After hibernating for months, Chicago comes alive. Free concerts at Pritzker Pavilion. Beer gardens and eating brunch outside. Visits to the dog beach. Did I mention flip flops? I wear a pair from May until September.

How was I able to diagnose my fever? My picks for this week’s “My Favorite Things” post clued me in. Just take a look!

I ❤ this band. One of my favorite parts about my previous career was working with developing labels and bands like these guys. There’s nothing flashy about this video but I think that’s the beauty of it. You really focus on the music and get drawn into the sound. I picture myself driving down Lake Shore Drive, windows down and listening to their self-titled debut (cranked up to 11, of course).


Yellow Branches Reuseable Lunch Bag

I pack my lunch every day. While my snacks are nicely organized (thanks Pyrex!), they get tossed into whatever plastic grocery bag I can find. Usually, it’s a nice white and red Target bag. I think it’s time I invest in something a bit more attractive. What do you think?


Dog Holder Hanger

Thanks to Google Buzz, my friend Michelle shared with me a new blog — Dog Milk. Dog culture PLUS modern design? She knows me too well. This pup can hold more than just a couple of tea bags. He was designed by Soon Mo Kang. My iDog does need a friend…


Rosedbud Belt In Marigold

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with this belt. Mere hours after I added it to my list, it was sold out! Visit heartofight’s Etsy shop and browse around.


Spring Chick Necklace

This must be an off week for me. Another Etsy find sold out before I had a chance to purchase.

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Mixed Tape Monday!

Well, I suppose it should be called Mixed Tape Tuesday instead. I thought I had this scheduled to post Monday morning. Operator error! Just wanted to share some tunes that have been seeing some major action on my iPod as of late. Enjoy!

How as your weekend? My trip back to Ohio was, umm, interesting. You know when your bus driver gets into a screaming match with another driver you’re in for a treat.

I’m always up for hearing about new bands or your old favorites. Let me know what you’re listening to these day by leaving a comment.

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