29 September 2007

Six Pic Saturday: A Crafty Renegade Affair

Renegade owl
Originally uploaded by Katherine H
15 September 2007

Feeling assured that I could find my way back to the hotel, I set out to explore the Renegade Craft Fair in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

I must admit a bit of a fascination with an online website for all things handmade. Twice a year, the crafty folks at etsy, host two Renegade Craft Fairs. I missed the one in Brooklyn, but the one in Chicago? Uh, sure, I could make that one.

blue line buddha

The CTA Blue Line Buddha greeted me each time I emerged from the underground station to catch the #8 bus on Halstead Street.

ricotta tart

A quick stop at the Milk & Honey Cafe on Division Street yielded a tasty ricotta tart for breakfast before I hit the pavement to explore the booths.

three sheets

One could find all manner of handcrafted items to expend their hard-earned cash on. Myself, I'm a little partial to letterpressed cards and stationery. This booth had lovely linen pillow slips, canvases, and bags.

hardy boys

This trio of college students was gleefully searching the bins for old Hardy Boys books deconstructed into spiral-bound journals.

business cards

It was almost as much fun to examine the unique business cards I collected from the vendors once I returned to the hotel!

13 September 2007


calla lilies
Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
In a handful of hours, I will leave my car in long-term parking and settle into travel mode as I point myself eastward toward Chicago. A self-imposed break, of sorts, although I need no reason nor excuse to fuel my wanderlust.

Why Chicago? I could cite a list of opportune circumstances convening to make this possible, but none of them will reasonably explain the trip. A cheap plane ticket. Free hotel nights. A reluctance to let go of the carefree days of summer and succumb to the fading daylight of autumn.

I have been to the Windy City once before, on an extended weekend trip with my sister. We stared upward at architectural icons, and gazed downward across Lake Michigan. We ate deep dish pizza and admired exhibits at the Art Institute. We took a boat tour on the river and watched Buckingham Fountain. We walked a lot.

This time, I want to see the city in a different light. And so, with recommendations from a friend who calls the city home, I am off on a solo trip…

09 September 2007

The Extended Summer Season

Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
Today I ventured to southeast Portland for the Belmont Street Fair. Held every second Saturday of September, it easily evokes the spirit of summer even though school doors have opened and work schedules resumed.

This neighborhood street fair seems to say, "Hey, we can't get enough of that summer silliness! The calendar may say you have to settle into a routine, but there is still fun to be had!"

September is often a glorious weather month in Oregon, and today was a terrific example of blue sky and sun. It was perfect for walking the blocks while admiring art, inhaling the aroma of street cuisine, and listening to local bands.


The fair was my first exposure to Tingatinga paintings. I loved the vibrant colors and distinctive, lyrical painting style that originated in Tanzania.

01 September 2007

Summer Road Trip: The Road Home

Parma Police
Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
20 August 2007

After ten days, it was time to turn westward and return home.

By the numbers:
  • Miles driven: 1,825
  • Speeding tickets: 0
  • Contented travellers: me!

Visual Serenity

Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
19 August 2007

A short list of highlights from my time in Utah:

  • Sun-warmed plums plucked off the neighbor's overhanging branches (thanks, Alycia!)
  • People-watching at a packed outdoor concert at the Gallivan Center
  • Pedal-pushing up City Creek Canyon with a stunning view of Capitol Hill and downtown
  • Grazing at the bread buffet at the Farmers' Market
  • Art-hopping during the monthly Gallery Stroll
  • Four-legged lovin' from Mikey (cat) and Lulu (dog)
  • Reconnecting with some of the most interesting, independent, and vibrant women I know! I am lucky to have such friends.

Six Pic Saturday: Salt Lake City

18 August 2007

9th East House

Alycia and I set out this morning on foot along 900 East, the first street I lived on when I moved to Salt Lake City as a new college graduate.

I lived in an attic apartment, one of four spaces created out of the house. I had a Pullman kitchen in the corner of the living room, recessed into the wall and hidden behind two metal doors. The ceiling of my bedroom followed the conical shape of the front roofline, and the only place to stand up in the shower was directly underneath the showerhead -- the rest of the tub was tucked beneath the eaves. After a year and a half, I was ready to move on to more space. But for my first solo adventure, it was a great place to start.

I was happy to see that the owners have stripped off the ugly siding to reveal the original brick, and are applying a fresh coat of paint. New windows, too!

craft market

Our second stop of the day was the Farmers' and Artisans' market at Pioneer Park. I've written about this before, but I never tire of visiting. Today's purchases followed a theme in green: zucchini, green apples, wasabi peas, and dill cottage cheese bread.


A popular attraction at the market: the greyhound adoption booth.

Rico Market

Alycia and I had to get our burrito fix from Rico Market. Frozen and packed for the trip home: Chicken mole (yum!), Potatoes con crema, and Black beans/rice/cheese. I also highly recommend any of their banana leaf tamales.


The afternoon found us in West Valley City to watch Heather perform along with her troupe at the 27th Annual Belly Dance Festival.


True to tradition, we completed the evening with some gelato and a quick stroll through the booths at Ferragosto. A perfect Saturday in the company of good friends.