A favorite xmas gift

My husband is the best.  Even when he’s being the worst, he’s the best.  We don’t really do Christmas gifts with each other — we’ve been together a long time, so there’s no need to go nuts, and we’d rather expend the energy, time and money on gifts for our friends and families. 

That said,  the guy is crafty and can still surprise me. I’ve been collecting silhouettes since we moved into the house,  and have a nice little wall collage going.  They’re not as easy to come across as you’d think! I haven’t added to the collection in a while. 

One of my most favorite things,  besides my new nephew,  is the ancient cat who has lived with us the past year and a half.  My dear friend couldn’t keep her,  we became her stewards.

I love this stupid cat so much it kind of makes me glad I never had children.  I think my heart would have burst a million times. 

Enter Creative Husband with an awesome silhouette of our awesome cat, and you had one giddy Larsen on Christmas!!

A photo, a piece of plywood, some craft paint… I  swoon.

Summer Weekend Trip to Albany …

 

 

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A couple weekends back, we hopped an Albany-bound Amtrak at Croton-Harmon and headed up to Troy, NY to visit my dear friend Jeffrey, who recently relocated there.  The train ride was a comfortable and quick 90 minutes, and the town of Troy is completely adorable.  We made it up there just in time to catch the end of the Farmer’s Market, and I loved shopping our way through town.  I especially liked the indie bookstores, the nicely curated collection of original art and posters (and welcoming vibe) at Clement, and the fun wares and equally fun owners at Weathered Wood.

One of my favorite spots was the Way Back Gallery at 169 River Street in Troy.  Definitely go like them on Facebook right now!  The space and shop in the front are beautiful.  The gallery in the back is a great space.  There is a fun exhibit there now featuring two artists who do a cool thing:

She does work like this and he does work like this and now they paint together on the same canvas and make things like this!  I just loved it, and have been thinking about those paintings ever since I saw them.

The front entrance of the shop/gallery  is also really pretty:

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The Way Back Gallery

I love the way the colors in the planter reflect the colors of the building– it gave me front porch inspiration!

We enjoyed some of Troy’s famous and super-delicious DeFazio’s Pizza (everything you read is true) and took a stroll …

 

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And that’s not even including the seat of power… where the magic happens … the one & only Albany, New York!

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Train Delay = Wednesday morning art walk

Our usual train had mechanical difficulties this morning and after a few delay announcements, was canceled altogether.  We had over a half an hour until our next train, so decided to take a walk down closer to the river and see a few of the pieces that are on display as part of The Peekskill Project V.  It made a gray, rainy morning wait much more enjoyable.