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Back In Brooklyn

Posted on June 04, 2010 | 0 comments

Hey guys and gals...sorry for the delay in posts, but we've been up to our armpits in weekly shows and such. To add to the mix, we were lucky enough to sneak into the ever brilliant Renegade Brooklyn and are currently meandering in that direction now. This show was basically the kick-off to acquiring some phenomenal crafter friends (all of whom we still canoodle with today), so Brooklyn is quite near and dear to our lil hearts =). Anywho, as their banner ad points out, the show will feature over 300 artists from around the globe and will take place in McCarren Park (Brooklyn) from 11am - 7pm tomorrow and Sunday ; be there or be a jerk and don't come at all (even if you do come we'll prob. throw a variety of soft fruits and veggies at you though). Also, keep your darn fingers crossed for delicious weather and perhaps an occasional windstorm full of $20 bills and dollar coins. Seacrest Out.

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Yay For Craft Fairs

Posted on May 13, 2010 | 0 comments

Finally, the lovely time of year has reached where all the DIY-ers can run around like giddy school children (clothing optional) without getting those 'what-the-heck-am-I-watching' expressions from onlookers; that's right folks, it's stinkin' craft season and we're starting off strong with the oh-so-wonderful Renegade crew in a pristine new Austin location! Now before we get ahead of ourselves, it's important to point out that first time locations aren't always the biggest of draws, BUT if the other Renegade shows scattered among a number of delicious states are any indication, this should be another home-run for the exceptional talent attending. Sooo, if you're going to be around the Palmer Event Center this weekend (5/15-5/16), or even if you're not, I would highly advise taking a gander at what will be nothing short of sensational offerings in a plethora of categories.

Additionally, and not to be overshadowed, the SOWA Open Market will also be kicking off their 7th season this weekend in the always-trendy Boston, MA. While one part of Fuzzy Ink will be dancing around the Renegade booths in muggy Austin, another will be galavanting the northeastern streets in nothing but a Red Sox cap (that may be a lie). Although we don't expect everyone to make both shows this weekend (slackers =) you should really do yourself a favor and skip on down to one if the timing / vicinity fits (as both shows are FREE of charge). We hope to see a ton of your smiling faces!!!...and I suppose frowners are welcome too, but don't make it a habit!

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Cuddle Monsters

Posted on April 24, 2010 | 0 comments

So after finally getting back to North Carolina after a three day drive, I returned to find Zoey (the cat) canoodling with her new beau Archibald (the monster) on MY bed!!! At first I was a little steamed, but honestly who can stay mad at that image longer than a few seconds. Certain apologies were made and then we all watched a few episodes of Silver Spoon to warm our hearts.

The glorious Archibald (Archie) was birthed by the artist-extraordinaire Diane Koss who may or may not be helping us with a little side project (wink wink). Excitement?!?!

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The Grandest of Canyons

Posted on April 21, 2010 | 0 comments

As my trip slowly wound down, I finally made it to the mecca of sightseeing spots - the Grandy Canyon. I would love to describe how monumental this crack in the earth was, but words honestly can't do it justice; it's really one of those things where you have to see it in order to inhale all of the awesome floating in the air. Anyways, after looking over a few of the hikes downward, I decided to go with the one that the ranger said I didn't have enough time for in the day =). Needless to say, since I'm typing this now (as a human and not a howling ghost) - Mike 1, Ranger 0.

A view from the top right before I made my descent; I did the trail that goes right to the tip of the cliff (upper middle of the picture).

Some of the stair-like terrain scattered among the hike; not surprising my shoes and socks became similar in color.

Part of the Indian Garden camping site roughly 4.5 miles into the canyon; a great place to take a breather and replenish the h2o.

Right before I reached the apex of the site and chewed on a few sticks of jerky, mmm.

Next time I'll def. pack my camping stuff and mosey on down to the Colorado River; not shown, I spotted 4 rafting groups taking on a few of the rapids.

Taking a quick breather to absorb the view and some calories before sprinting back up to the southern rim (yum yum).

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Checking Out the Red Rocks

Posted on April 17, 2010 | 0 comments

After checking out some things in the Scottsdale / Tempe / Phoenix area, I made my way north to beautiful Sedona to see the famous red rocks. It had been far too long since I got in a good hike, so this was just what the doctor ordered. Most of the trails were pretty heavily marked as well, so I only had to off-road it a few times for better views.

The lengthy wooden bridge dropping you off into Red Rock State Park.

Some delectable rock formations off in the distance; I would have loved to have made my way over and up them!

A nice view from the top of one of a few summits; two things to consider though: I would advise against white shoes and I would consider hiking in something other than running shoes.

A quick shot of me somewhat smiley right before a neck-tied bear decided to snag my bag lunch =(

A view from the tippy top of everything; I actually had to do a bit of free climbing to get to this point, but it was def. worth it with the panoramic view. Overall, the place was an absolute gem and I really only saw a handful of people during my many hours there.

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Zooing It Up

Posted on April 14, 2010 | 0 comments

After getting settled in the Scottsdale area, I was roped into checking out the Phoenix Zoo. I must note that as an animal lover I absolutely enjoy seeing a plethora of wildlife up close and personal, but I can't say that I'm super smiley about the prison-cell size of some of the housing quarters. Nonetheless, it was a really enjoyable day and I got loads of great pictures, along with a super sexy farmer's tan =P

This majestic beast was giving me the bedroom eyes the minute I came into sight.

These little guys were absolutely hilarious, tackling and fighting each other during the entirety of our stop; additionally, they both looked to have wee white mustaches (future Fuzzy Ink models perhaps?!)

Yeah yeah, who hasn't seen a billion flamingos; well, my camera certainly doesn't do it justice, but the whole flock had this wonderfully vivid orange-pink color (plus they have chicken legs like myself so back off =)

Supposedly, the tortoises were all over 100 years old which helped to explain the adult diapers and nonstop war stories; I jest, but there is something really powerful about that prehistoric look they pull off oh so well.

For me, the anteaters stole the show; this particular one was strutting around the entire time and made me wonder when exactly they became so crazy cool?! I would have uploaded my video, but the loading time was giving me convulsions; maybe I'll try again soon.

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Arizona Adventures

Posted on April 11, 2010 | 0 comments

So after a fantastic time in Austin, I was off to Scottsdale, AZ via the western Texas / New Mexico route. For those of you unfamiliar with this section of the US, the posted speed limit rises to a rather quick 80 mph and thus mostly everyone on the road is hovering around 90. In its defense though, the terrain is pretty flat and straight with sections of beauty and brilliance (among the somewhat boring and monotonous desert qualities).

A glance at the New Mexico scenery through my bug-covered windshield; my experience was somewhat soured though, as I was caught in a speed-trap with out-of-state plates.

Having reached Scottsdale, I celebrated my bday in style with a delicious artery-clogging ice cream cake; how am I possibly this close to thirty already?!

With a million golf courses around the area, we tried our luck at one of the cheaper ones; here's a look at my playing partner and one of the two demon drivers =)

When checking out new places, it's always interesting to see the common animal-life roaming around; these somewhat domesticated suckers are literally everywhere bouncing around for a grassy snack.

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More Adventures in Austin

Posted on April 08, 2010 | 0 comments

Let me just reinforce the fact that Austin was an uber chill and relaxing place to hang for a bit. I took a few strolls into the Southern Congress (SoCo) area and munched on a ton of delectable foods and snacks. I can't really put my finger on it, but there really was something enchanting about the place; above anything else, I just got a ton of positive vibes from everyone and everything I encountered and I can't wait to pop back into town in the very near future.

I stayed with my friend Nate and his cohorts at his lovely abode just outside the city.

Here's a good look at my work station / sleeping quarters; yes, that is a huge box of legos. Jealous?!

One of the many interesting stores in the SoCo district; why didn't I think about a jackrabbit-riding cowboy?!

Another fancy building-topper in SoCo; I hope that dress comes in an 8 =)

We took a lengthy stroll down a section of the Colorado river; it was an excellent adventure and really the first time in months I've enjoyed a good paddle (although technically I wasn't paddling during the picture-taking ;)

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