Since I last typed in you, we went a bunch of places and did a bunch of stuff. It was more exciting that I just made it seem. Would you like to know what was included in all those bunches? Okay. Here is a whirlwind recap that in no way includes all the fun and adventures we've experienced. It's good to keep some things a mystery though, right? I think it will keep the fire in our relationship.
First, we released some new animals that I never told you about. They were our "Shout-Out to Australia" trilogy, though I'm fairly certain Australian animals probably appeal more to non-Aussies. (I've even confirmed this with some actual Australians.) We have received so many nice orders and notes from our Australian friends over the past couple years that we wanted to do something nice for them. We looked into doing a helicopter drop of lollipops over the entire country but it was a bit cost prohibitive so animals ended up being our second place idea.
The gals and I swept it up for Chloe's birthday party in May. And while the updos were fun, I was almost as enthralled with the hair aftermath that came the next morning:
We didn't have time to canoe all the way there so we settled for a brief afternoon row on Ladybird Lake. (Though, it sure looks like a river. I'm still confused about that. But doesn't Ryan look cute in a life jacket?)
We met the world's cutest skunk family at Uncommon Objects, everyone's favorite antique store. This picture is technically contraband - I think you're supposed to get permission to take photos there - but I was willing to risk antique jail for these guys.
The reason we were in Austin at all was for their first ever Renegade Craft Fair. It was loads of fun, we met great people, and got lots of creative inspiration.
One such fun item was meeting the fellas of Public School and doing an impromptu interactive activity book.
They photographed the whole thing (because they are awesome) so if you are so inclined, you can check it out right here.
In somewhat lamer news, we visited the Whole Foods flagship store and it. is. GINORMOUS. (Being vegans we sometimes get a little nerdy with excitement over accommodating grocery establishments.) While this photo is terrible, we felt it was important enough to share:
THIS IS ALL HUMMUS!!!!!!!!!
Some of this
And a new hat!
Maker Faire is pretty insane what with their giant rockets, Tesla coils, and traveling porches.
I wish we'd had time to wander around and witness all the fantabulous contraptions more but Droids are impatient customers.
Of course, it's pretty much impossible to sum up an eight day trip to New York so this is going to be the ridiculously abbreviated version.
After having lived in NYC when I was little and visiting tons of times since then, I had never been to see the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island in person. Up close, she looks some thing like this:
We couldn't get a good look at her face from our angle, but luckily the museum inside had an artist's rendering of what we were missing:
Elsewhere in the city, we went to the American Folk Art Museum for the first time and really regretted not having been there sooner.
The museum is full of well curated and fascinating pieces but Ryan and I really went out of minds in the Henry Darger exhibit (above).
Like Austin, our main purpose of this trip was for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. It was an outdoor show and we did some battle with the wind and a bit of rain but overall it was really fun and we met lots of cute gals and guys like these ladies:
One of my favorite parts of sitting in our booth is watching people sort out which animals they like and which go together. The above ladies did a fabulous job modeling this scenario without being asked!
And, of course, what trip to New York would be complete without Ryan adding to his collection (that he just started on this trip) of photographs with supporting players of Late Night TV shows?
End Part I.
Part II coming soon!