1. I'm a big fan of lists.  It's a good idea to make them, even if you never pay attention to them afterward.   At least you've made a mental note.  Today, as my skin is rather sunkissed from an amazingly full weekend, I started making a list of Summer goals.  In September I'll revisit this list and see how many of them I actually accomplished.  Ready.  Set.  Go.

    1.  Paint a new piece of art for my studio.

    2.  Run another half-marathon.

    3.  Learn how to tie a cherry stem with my tongue.

    4.  Buy a new camera // Take more pictures.

    5.  Visit the Great San Dunes National Park.

    6.  Stop at a lemonade stand. 

    7.  Read a "fun" book... something that is not web design, online marketing, SEO, or blogging related. 

    8.  RELAX - STOP TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH & LEARN TOO MUCH!!  ...maybe it doesn't make sense to have that on a "list."

    9.  Hike a 14er.

    10.  Buy boat shoes...  Okay universe, okay Adam, YOU WIN!

    11.  Write an eBook.

    12.  Visit the Water Park.  Twice.

    13.  Go white water rafting!  

    Is it un-lucky to stop my list at 13?  I feel like it's complete... If I had to add one for good luck, It would be:  14.  Spend as much time as possible building relationships - don't take friendships for granted... who knows where we'll all be in a year.  

    Ninth and Bird

  2. Memorial Day Weekend is finally here!  Which means Summer is finally here!  And.I.Love.This.

    I always feel alive this time of year -- full of plans, goals, and Bliss!  Life is good and there is so much to be excited for!  I say the same thing every Summer, "This is going to be the best Summer of my life!"  ...it always is.

    Exciting Denver Events:
    13th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival - Yaaa, for Colorado artists! Showcases over 130 artists all weekend long!  I took a walk downtown to check it out.... some really beautiful stuff!  In fact, now I feel inspired to paint again...
    The Boulder Boulder - Why haven't I done this yet? It's a 10k race + beautiful Boulder scenery... Not gonna make it this year, BUT NEXT YEAR IT'S ON!

    I just love living in Colorado.  We have the best weather.  I spent the day at the park sitting on a blanket with friends, playing music and throwing a football.  It almost felt cliche, like, if only someone would have packed a picnic then we'd be the cover of Better Homes & Gardens.  The whole situation was pretty much adorable.

    Of course I didn't wear sunscreen.  Five hours at Cheesman Park seemed to fly by and so did my winter white skin.  Some lessons you never learn and today I'm sunburned.  Also, side note, I'm okay with it.

    Summer Sizzle. Tans. Tank Tops. Swim Suits. Bike Rides. BBQs. Friends...

    Ninth and Bird

  3. Making a Mess

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    I can't remember the last time I was this productive in such a short period of time!  My mom came for a two day visit and together we went shopping, made jewelry, poured candles, and enjoyed some much needed catching up.

    She brought her wire bending tools and taught me how to make jewelry.  I shared with her my knowledge of the "internets" and started her a blog and Etsy store... a fair trade, I thought.  Here is a look at some of our creations and the process behind them, all soon to be found on Etsy, my Ninth & Bird shop.
    If only I would have known how cool my mom was when I was younger!  We had such a blast together.  Ironically, she's the one that wore me out.  Check out her new store on Etsy.com, Rosemary Station.  She's a beautiful women, talented, and one of my best friends.

    Ninth and Bird

  4. We're an Art Show

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    The last time I was at a water park, I couldn't help notice all the tattoos.  Nearly everyone has one.  The water park has become a walking art show and, despite some really tragic illustrations of the Twilight vampires and belly button doodles, I really feel society has come a long way from the tramp stamp.  I guess that's another reason to love hipsters... gosh, they're so ironic.  Now, if we could just keep FAILblog from finding our tattoo spelling errors...  Nevertheless, there are some great ones out there. 


    What is interesting about tattoos is how the status of them has changed over the years.  They were once considered more of a low-life public gesture, maybe even sacrilegious.  Now you would be hard pressed to find someone who wasn't sporting a well thought out, inked body part.

    It's too bad they're so permanent, I'd have a lot more then this little flower on my foot.  Believe me I think of a lot of artsy quotes I would love to tattoo all over my arms and legs, but then the next day I think of another, which makes yesterdays less significant.  To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. What meant something to me years ago can have no affect on me today.  So I guess you could say I have commitment issues... when it comes to tattoos.

    That being said, I do love them.

    Check out more great tats at fyeahtattoos.com.  And for comic relief, be sure glance at some of the tragic ones elegantly placed on failblog.org.


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