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getaway … antiquing in Fredrick, Maryland

As our due date is approaching I am trying to make more time for the husband and myself to do things that are nice to do. Not just projects that we need to do. Sure those projects need to get done, but the big stuff has been checked off. Now I am trying to focus on us as a couple and the freedom that we will not again have for quite some time. We plan on trying to keep our lives as close to what they are as possible, all current parents may laugh here, but know that a lot is going to change and that is much easier said than done.

A long time ago one of my friends posted a mouth-watering Instagram from a restaurant in Frederick, Maryland. Since then it has been on my places to go for the day, you know, when I actually remember that I have that list. We tried to make the trip a few weeks ago but it didn’t work out, and with limited weekends left I decided this was the weekend.

I started researching other things to do in Frederick but all that I came up with was Civil War related activities. Those we can definitely do when we have a child, so I said pass. Katie told me about an antiques sale that she was going to in that area and I said great! I am sure that there are a ton of things to do in Frederick that are not Civil War related, if you know of some please let me know. 

So off we went. I found some great things, but only came home with one item. A GIANT enamel tray. I have a thing for blue and white enamel, it could be a problem. I am trying to deal with it. The tray was just so big, and perfect, and I knew it would be great on our coffee table. I washed it and set it out last night. Perhaps it is a little larger than I thought. I’m trying to make it work…

And here are a few other things that caught my eye but I left for someone else, so generous I know.

Metal Basket Lights These vintage metal basket light looked so lovely hanging in the barn. They are not unusual to see now, but I liked that the sizes and styles of baskets were mixed for this display. Also a really quick and easy project to change a room, and when you are tired of it you have a great storage bin.

Paper Whale Tale BannerNot vintage to be sure, but this whale tail counting paper garland was adorable. Sadly I have no space or need for it.

Children's Metal Truck A few years ago when my friend Melissa got married she collected vintage metal trucks to use for her centerpieces. I was lucky enough to help arrange them with flowers and immediately decided that I needed trucks in my life too. I collected a few but have never really found a great place for them in our house. But now that we are going to have a little boy in the house it seems like I should start collecting again. Rust if okay for children right?

Industrial Cart TableLoved this industrial table. It would make a lovely coffee table, a bit high for the standard measurement ratio, but sometimes that’s fine.

Children's Wheelbarrow And then there was this amazing blue metal children’s wheelbarrow. I thought of ton’s of things to do with it, but alas in the end decided that I really didn’t need it. Boo.

Vintage Softballs There were also all these great softballs. I have been on the hunt for really good vintage baseballs for the nursery and when Katie told me about these I was really excited. On closer inspection I realized just how much larger a soft ball is than a baseball and decided to pass. Also, earlier in the week, when I was putting the finishing touches on the nursery a baseball fell and hit my foot, it hurt. Those things pack a punch when dropped. It was then that it began to dawn on me that they might not be the best thing in a child’s room. But to heck with that. They are there for now and I will remove them when the little guy becomes active. My mom rolls her eyes here. 

Vintage Lace DressThe last item that caught my attention was this lace dress. I am not usually a vintage clothing shopper but admire people who are. It is just not a talent that I have. Anyhoo, I saw this dress and thought that it would make a lovely wedding dress. Sure it would need some alterations, but I really think it could be something quite special.

Later this week I will share details of our meal, the whole reason we went to Frederick, and boy are they good.

Have a great day!

 

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With love from Paris

Hello there! It’s been a while. Currently I’m in England but wanted to share a few photos from a quick trip to Paris last week. I really didn’t do a great job of taking photos while I was there. Other than these I only managed to snap two more. I was busy gabbing with my best friend whom I have not seen in a year and didn’t manage to take out my camera often.

We had a lovely leisurely lunch at Ladurée on a rainy afternoon and I managed to snap a few shots!

Laudree Paris

Macarons at Laudree Paris

I popped into the shop next door and picked up a few to go. I came away with raspberry, pistachio, chocolate, and lemon. They were all amazing.

Raspberry and Rose Macaron at Laudree Paris

I chose this lovely lady as my dessert at lunch. A full-sized raspberry macaron with rose cream and fresh raspberries, yes please! I wish that I could have one everyday.

Desserts at Laudree Paris

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getaway … pender island bc

We just got back from a wonderful week in Pender Island which is one of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The Gulf Islands are located just off the coast from Vancouver and are the northern islands in what in America are the San Juan’s. My Grandmother lived in Seattle for most of my childhood and it is always a favorite place for our family to visit. It also helps that we always seem to travel to the Pacific Northwest at the end of August or beginning of September when the weather is perfect. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the week.

Modes of Travel | K. Flick Studio

Nautical Shots | K. Flick Studio

Poets Cove in BC | K. Flick Studio

Sunset on pender Island BC | K. Fick Studio

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Bread at Farmers Market on Pender Island BC | K. Flick Studio

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getaway … telluride, Colorado

So it is not really a weekend getaway for us, but a getaway so I think that I’ll count it.

We just got back from a long and fabulous vacation in Telluride, Colorado. You probably already gathered this from the 4th of July post. At this point I have been visiting Telluride for about half my life, and it feels like home. (We even got married there). There is always someone to see, something new to explore, and great food to eat. Oh, the views are not bad either.

Unfortunately I was not as good at taking photos as I should have been this trip. This is generally due to the fact that I leave my wallet, and gasp, phone at home most days. I hardly check my email, and only stay connected through instragram. I love it.

The first day for breakfast we headed downtown to The Butcher & Baker. It opened a few years ago and quickly became a family favorite. Using locally sourced foods, and preparing everything fresh it is hard to go wrong here. Stop in and pick up some salads, or a sandwich for an afternoon hike, be sure to grab a molasses cookie too! Or have a leisurely morning. Fill it with coffee, fresh bloody marry’s with pickled vegetables, and a warm breakfast sandwich on a croissant.

We also went on a number of hikes…

On the last day, after a large lunch of mexican food we headed up the face of a mountain. I am not kidding… So we started on the trail. On this hike we gained 1,800 feet in altitude over 2.6 miles. I live in a city that at its highest point has a difference of 480 feet. It was very quickly obvious that we should not have eaten lunch. We moved slowly, very slowly, but eventually made it. By the end we decided that we will do the hike annually, without lunch.

These pictures were taken from the same spot mid hike. The left is looking back down into town, and the right is looking up to the top of the mountain.

The other highlight of the trip was a visit to Orvis Hot Springs just outside of Norwood, just about an hour from Telluride. The natural lithium hot springs were amazing. Sadly I do not have any photos because use of electronics if strictly forbidden. Why you ask? Nudity, my friends, nudity. These hot springs are clothing optional. Which for the first time in my life I realized meant… we are naked, but you can wear something if you want. Somehow I always thought it meant… we are wearing something, but you can be naked if you want. In all seriousness, we had a great day filled with many new sights. Unlike some hot springs that are commercial and have large pools and slides, Orvis is based in nature and is serene. The springs are open year round and nightly to the public until 10pm. They have a few rooms available and when you stay there you have 24 hour access to the springs. We put this on our list of things to do in the winter and can’t wait!

So that is about all that I have. Not much I know. I have a bunch of other suggestions, and tips for the town. Next time I am there I will be sure to take more pictures and share a guide to the town with you.

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it’s my favorite … 4th of july

My favorite place to be for the 4th of July is Telluride, Colorado. It is perfect. Beautiful setting, fantastic people, and a parade that will knock your socks off. It’s so homemade, and everyone gets involved, to me it is what a parade should be.

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

Everyone comes out super early to set up chairs, drop off coolers, and claim their spot. We got there about an hour and a half early and this is how the street looked. People are serious about it.

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

Right before the parade starts jets fly over the town and go up valley. It is super special and the closest that I have been to a jet flying over.

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

No parade in Telluride is complete without tons and tons of dogs! Towards the end of the parade the sky’s opened and delivered some much-needed rain. (Fireworks were canceled because of drought and threat of fire) We then tramped down to town park and the barbecue buffet that the fire department puts on.

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

4th of July Telluride, CO | K. Flick Studio

How was your Fourth? I hope it was full of good food, family and friends.

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weekend getaway … lewes, delaware

Last weekend we went to Lewes, Delaware with my husband’s family. It was great to catch up with everyone and have a bit of rest and relaxation. Lewes is a beautiful little town, actually the first settled in Delaware. There are a handful of little shops, and wonderful restaurants that we enjoy visiting each year. It seems like it is straight out of Gilmore Girls. If you are in the area be sure to put it on your list. We stayed all day on Monday to soak up all the sun and were treated to a beautiful drive home. The perfect ending to a great weekend!

sunset drive Lewes, Delaware| K Flick Studio

Sadly I was not very good about snapping photos this weekend. But thought I would mention a few of our favorite things to do when we are in Lewes.

we ate at…

Agave - fantastic Mexican, wish that we had a location in Baltimore. We always have relaxing flavorful meals here. Start off with a tequila flight, or margarita. Be sure to try some fresh guacamole. I had the fish tacos, JP sampled the chicken mole enchiladas. Both were fresh and beautifully presented. I should also mention the amazing black beans. They are perfect. I could eat them everyday for lunch and be happy! We were surprised and excited to see an addition to the restaurant from the last time we are there. You now walk into a small little market area where you can take home some fresh salsa, or desserts made in small jars for the perfect take home treat.

Half Full – great pizza. The family always gets take out pizza the first night at the shore. This year we decided to try a new place and I am so happy we did. With pizzas like the Dublin Pig and Corn and Crab it is hard to go wrong. The Dublin Pig was possibly my favorite. With dubliner cheese, slow cooked pork, granny smith apples, and a balsamic glaze it is hard to go wrong.

Kindle – a sister restaurant to Half Full and local favorite Striper Bites means that you are going to have a great meal. We stumbled into Kindle for lunch on Sunday when JP was getting a bit hangry and it was the closest restaurant. So happy that we did! With a menu serving seasonal american fare it is just what we needed. I had a wonderful fish BLT, and some of the best french fries that I have ever eaten. JP had the Dublin Pig, a huge pork sandwich on a butter brioche bun. The sandwich version of the pizza it is not to be missed. We will be going back again next year for sure!

 

we visited…

Cape Henlopen State Park – a beautiful state park with walking trails, a WW II lookout tower that provides 360 views, and beaches. Just a quick walk, bike or car ride from where we stay this is one of our favorite places. I would recommend packing a picnic and going to the beach around 6pm for a leisurely dinner and evening swim.

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