Saturday, October 20, 2012

Maker Faire NYC 2012


Maker Faire......A two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

If you have never been to a Maker Faire I strongly recommend going. This is the second time I have made it to the NYC Maker Faire and it was AWESOME!

This was especially neat-o.

A Woman converted an RV to a moblie park. How cool is that??

What an awesome place to sit and relax.....

So creative!

There are so many cool exhibits from some super creative people.
This is the Hall of Science building. I have always loved it. The building was part of the 1964 World's fair and all those little rectangles are blue glass. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture. Maybe next year :)

These are a collection of some antique patent application models.

Check out the 'coffin with a window" in the photo above. I was totally geeking out on these.
Adult rides. Who doesn't like a little danger :)

The Coke Zero - Mentos Fountains!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apparently Coke + Mentos = Geysers. It was so fun I watched it twice :)

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If you have never been to the site. GO NOW. They are too cool!

Next..... the Life Size Mouse Trap Game.....

Using bowling balls ;)

Too cool for words. Instead of catching a mouse, it crushes a car..... :-)

(see first photo)

There were lots of crafting booths for kids, like make your own soap with little toys in it.

One of my favorite things every year..... 
The Maker - Bot 3D printers!!!!

I geek out a LONG time over these.
Everyone makes such cool things!!

There are also lots of great crafters with all kinds of green and upcycled creations.

And Finally the food!! I can not express enough how great all the food vendors are. There are amazing organic, vegan and vegetarian options for everyone.

This is my personal fav. The Treats Truck.
Oh. My. God. Can this girl bake. I was a total piggy. Got cookies at 10:30 AM. Really??? Couldn't even wait till after lunch.....and a stash for later on our way out the door.

One day I hope to make it to the Bay Area Maker Faire. It is the original one and I imagine it to be even more awesome :)

Mark your calenders for next year kiddies!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pool Garden Phase 1

The Before photo.....

New pool cover, grass around all sides of the pool. Grass looks nice but is only practical in a design magazine :)

First up. Some really great bushes
for privacy. We settled on English
Laurels and I am really happy with
them. They are evergreen, will get
up to 12 feet high and can be pruned
into a nice hedge.

Next, we dug up all the grass in the area to make way for the garden and patios.

Work in Progress!!! The Mister unloads all the stones and I lay them in sand and fit them. It's like a giant really heavy puzzle :) Then we fill the spaces in between with pea gravel.

Even Roxy likes to get in on the action!

Almost there.....


When we moved I brought 4 car/ truck loads of plants from my old house.
My old garden was starting to get crowded and needed dividing  so I gave some away and took the rest. It probably could have used some more but at the end I was so overwhelmed with the move I just didn't have it in me.

So we didn't buy much other than the Laurels. We used one pallet of flat stone, lots of sand and paver sand, and 1/2 a bucket load of pea gravel.

I think my little Tiki guys just make it, don't you?

Phase 2 will be at the back of the pool behind the diving board. I will be putting the rest of my plants under the Sycamore to build a shade garden. Hopefully this will happen this month. those poor plants have been in pots for over a year :(


Monday, October 1, 2012

Brimfield Antique Show

A few weeks ago we went to the Brimfield Antique Show. It's held every year in May, July and September in Brimfield Massachusetts. It is one of the largest in the country with over 5,000 dealers covering 21 fields and is over a mile long.

We stayed at the Sturbridge Host Hotel 10 miles down the road. Brimfield is pretty small and only has a few B&B's that fill up quickly.

It is a cute old hotel on Cedar Lake.

They're common area is pretty unique.....

It's looks like it was originally an outdoor area that they inclosed.

The center section is several raised areas with gazebos over them and the pool at one end. It looks like they do events... would be a cute place for a wedding ♥

The whole area is surrounded by hotel rooms that have cute little balconies over looking the courtyard.

It has a nice lake you can swim in ans a restaurant inside and one right next door.

Now to the important stuff.......

Here's a shot of the road........

A really awesome vintage camping tent. how cool is that thing???? The mister was totally smitten♥

Some cool old Mason jars......

And some great vintage Christmas ornaments....

Some great outdoor chairs.....

The MOST amazing jukebox I have ever seen.....

It was, of course, SUPER expensive but admiring it is free...

Now for my purchases....

Totally amazing vintage string art. I have been itching to make one and this one is great inspiration, plus I absolutely love peacocks.

My find of the weekend..... I needed new dining room chairs and oh, did I find some!

 Super awesome 60's vinyl chairs, each one a different color. Yay me.

A few pieces of Fire King luster 
for really cheap.

The Mister found a banjo that someone never finished making.

A super cute black chalk ware poodle...

Some cool vintage
kitchen gadget that
I have NO idea what it does..... but it looks cool :)

A vintage drying rack. The photo doesn't do it justice... 
I will have to post it once it's hug up.

I had a super good time and I highly recommend it if you get the chance to go.

Now....... I just need to make it to the World's Longest Yard Sale..... :)

Happy shopping!