One of the many great traditions in Toledo is the annual Old West End Festival. The Old West End is an historic landmark consisting of twenty-five blocks containing the largest collections of Victorian homes in the country. I would consider it a living museum, featuring examples of Colonial, Georgian, Italian Renaissance, Queen Ann, Dutch Colonial and Arts and Crafts styled homes. My first apartment was in the Old West End, near the Toledo Museum of Art (pictured above).
The Old West End Festival has something for everyone. Home tours for the curious. A parade that includes art cars, marching bands, performance art as well as King Wamba and Queen Sancha. I personally enjoy the art fair as well as the yard sales that pop up in the morning. Don’t forget the food! Lots of good food that’s bad for you.
The Old West End is a richly diverse neighborhood and this yearly festival is a great opportunity for area residents to see what makes OWE so incredibly special.
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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.
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!
Where the hell did summer go? I know, I know. I’ve been neglecting my writing duties but I have some pretty good reasons. I started a new job!
My crafting was also put on the back burner. My craft time has been eaten up by all the paper goods I have been designing and assembling for my cousin’s early October wedding all summer. I’ll share pics, I promise!
It seemed like we had friends and family visit us every other weekend, too. Don’t get me wrong, I love showing the city to these very special people and it has been beneficial to us as well. Free concerts in Millenium Park, architecture tours, museum exhibits, killer shows and good eats. Have I mentioned how much I love Chicago?
Oh, and we’re moving. Again. The new place is twice as big as our current apartment but we’re also getting a roommate. I’ve convinced one of my sisters to move here. Yes!
Somehow during this busy and hectic summer, I found the time to dream up and sketch some new items for Sirius B. I’ve got lots of goodies planned – dogs toys and collars, comfy scarves and funky hair accessories, stationary and pet portraits and much more. I can’t wait for that Midwest winter to hit so I can hole up and actually get some work done. I’ll update you here as new goodies become available. You can always visit my Etsy shop, too: http://siriusbstudio.etsy.com. Oh, and you can find Sirius B on Facebook. And Twitter.
I promise, I will post again and it won’t take me two months to do so.