Monday, June 28, 2010

back in the saddle

road-trip-to-texas

good morning! we're unpacking here from an excellent road trip to familiar places and faces, up and down the well-beaten path of I-35 (subtitled: that miserable piece of pavement). i love traveling, just about anywhere, old or new - i see and feel things differently when i'm outside of my daily routine and surroundings.

just heard two large thuds from upstairs, which means the kiddies are up, the chaos has started and my thinking time for the morning is now over. ciao and have a great day!

49 comments:

heather smith jones said...

Welcome back! It's been pretty hot here too.
I just was wondering, do you make these pieces in a sketchbook or on individual pieces of paper? I always like to know process. :) Have a great day Aimee!

Nicole Loper said...

Wow! you were in my town - Dallas! And my home away from home - Austin! I know and love all the places you doodled. Guero's is great... my favorite is Shady Grove. Where in Dallas did you live? I love our corner in Lakewood. I think it is as close as you can get to Austin here. Did you stop by the Gypsy Wagon on Henderson?

painted fish studio said...

fabulous! i love the illustrated highlights!

aimee said...

heather, i do these on loose pieces of paper and keep them in binders in sheet protectors - not the prettiest way to keep a journal but i gave up long ago trying to keep a bound journal - this way i can shuffle the pages around like puzzle pieces.

nicole, by dallas standards we were neighbors! i lived in the M streets, not too far from that fab stretch of henderson! loved lakewood too!

rachel awes said...

LOVE your kind
of travel journal!
great to see you
here again
& i know what you mean
about seeing things
differently
when we're
someplace else.
welcome home. xox

Rita A. said...

Love your way of doing the journal. Such fun. I'm going to add some of your technique to my journal when I go to Washington.
Thank you.

Who you callin' housewife? said...

Sounds like an excellent trip. Except hiking in wedges. I can't even stand still in those things.

Like the idea of journaling on a single sheet of paper then sliding into a binder later. Hmmmm. Might, just might, work for me.

Buffalo Lucy said...

Sounds like you had a great trip! The toll booth doodle made me giggle.

Welcome home!!

cath c said...

seems like you had a blast!!

peggyfussell said...

Enchanted Rock! The Czech Stop, Dallas, crepe mytles...good lord i ts all coming back to me. Were the bluebonnets getting ready to bloom???

alarmcat said...

Welcome back!!
You broke the toll gate? More info please :)

Sarah said...

Glad you had a good time! I love a long drive to get away from it all!

oneartistjournal said...

Traveling is a great Refresh button...absolutely! Love this piece Aimee...impressed by the concept of recording a tantrum and other things the way you do it...originality resides in you wherever you go...As always inspiring to be here...it's like traveling to me. Today I visited Artsyville...it was awesome.
XOXOrly

L'Atelier said...

welcome back!
broke the tall gate? DO TELL!!!

S.E.Minegar said...

Sounds like a lovely trip. I was in VA last week and braved the 97 degree/95% humidity. I was zapped by each days end.

lori vliegen said...

it looks like you had a great time.....i can't wait to hear the story about the broken toll gate.....!
xox, :))

aimee said...

as my seven year loves to say, IT WAS NOT MY FAULT! i went through the k-tag lane, the gate swung up, and it shot off its base, straight up in the air like a bottle rocket. damn funny it was.

AG Ambroult said...

Maybe those wedding planner-less folks with decide it was a sign and head off to Vegas to get hitched without all the fanfare. Maybe you'll get some officials mail from the state of KS. Maybe you'll share a recipe kolaches...

Oh those two thuds! I listen for them each morning, too ;)

Bella Sinclair said...

HEYYYYYYYY! You are back! Hahahahaha, you sure know how to memorialize a trip. Holy crap, you really scaled a rock wall? I am incredibly impressed. And if I told you once, I told you a thousand times. You need to dial back those mental powers. Toll booths everywhere will thank you for it.

Kolleen said...

welcome home!!!

from the looks of it....good times were had!

the breaking of the toll booth cracked me up!!

Austin is one of my dream destinations....is it as great as i envision??? lots of great art and music???

xoxo
k

Francesca said...

Love your trip recap:)!

Alexandra Hedberg said...

welcome back!
you don't need a camera, do you? Just doodling your trips should be totally sufficient for you to remember it all...

The Dreaming Bear said...

Welcome home! We have family in Ft. Worth, and also some great success at the Dallas Gift Mart with our "stuff". So we have some fond memories of the big D. (except the heat!) One of the best meals I've ever had was in this little tapas bar in Dallas..the name escapes me right now, of course....but when I think of it....

6512 and growing said...

love your travel doodle-story!

Ecobatt said...

Do wish I could hear the tantrum remix, god knows my sister's and I were in much need of that when we went bug crazy on long road trips. We used to record my youngest sister screaming when we pretended that I was indeed the terribly monster "Grook" from Ook (using Mork from Ork as our naming reference), and play it back over and over till my parents surely begged for the tape recorder's batteries to die :) Glad you ladies are safely home and enjoyed the Congress Bridge-I miss Texas livin.

●• Thereza said...

welcome back! :) sounds like you had a nice time

cindy said...

welcome back and your road trip sounds great. toll booths really are such a hindrance to high speed!

Natasha said...

Aimee! You fabulous, doodling chica! Its soo awesome to have you back. You were missed. I need the tantrum remix ...I feel like it would help me feel more sane with my tantrum monster, wish I could have seen that flying gate and NEED that mango margarita!!

Jill said...

recently updated our blog with a 'stuff we like' tab, and added you! just FYI!

keep up the great work!
http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

hey cutie-
welcome back. it's a bit cooler now this week so you came home at the right time. although i'm sure texas was hot, too. glad you had a great trip! happy week to you and your fam.

Lynn Fisher said...

Texas...never been but would like to go...jusy got back from a family wedding in Chicago...fun!
Have a great day yourself Aimee!

stephanie levy said...

I love how you documented your road trip - much more entertaining and efficient than mine :)

and big congrats on your greeting card line - yoo hoo!
xoxo

hanna-happenings said...

Aimee do You have the time to host next weeks weekword?
I´m glad You´re in for this one :)

Christine said...

welcome back. Glad you had a fun trip. Love what you look like breaking the toll gate + mango margs sound yummy. Sounds/looks great.
:-)

~Valentina~ said...

OK. I really want to hear the Holy Tantrum recording :)

Fruenswerk said...

I love this draw girl...haha...

la ninja said...

hooray for visual recaps.

me. back. too. from a shorter train trip and lots of champagne (can you imagine? a ninja drinking champagne? oh well. I got it, by the bucket...)

suzie said...

welcome back! I love seeing what you're up to :)

hanna-happenings said...

Thanks Dear :)

Bethan said...

Hi Aimee,
Love the travel doodle! I managed to fill an entire pad of delicious slices of Sicilian life while I was away. I don't think my daughter is too happy though - in fact someday she may need therapy to get over a mother whose fetish for drawing means no pad is safe. Even those belonging to nine year olds. Whoops.

Nicky Linzey said...

Love this - it's like a map of your holiday. When we were kids my mum did that with the booth gate but she also drove into the booth with the man in it. I can still remember the expression on his face. By the way, she loved your magnets!

Candied Fabrics said...

You broke a toll gate - how awesome! Did you stop and 'fess up or run away? ;-)

Inner Toddler said...

welcome back sunshine. I love the "strike that, reverse it". Best movie of all time...your trip looks like it was memorable. love that you broke the toll gate. classic.

jasperandblue said...

What a great way to show what you did on vacation. It made me laugh out loud. Enchanted mountain and heels, tantrums and broken toll bars. funny.

Dyche Designs said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Have a lovely holiday weekend.

Christine said...

Hello there :-) Just felt like sayin' hi! Hope you are well and enjoying the cr.. out of summer :-)

beth said...

thanks for stopping by....
and oh, where have you been all my life ?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your art journaling and am totally jealous of it....

you see, i make journals and journal pages all the time, but then i don't want to "mess them up"....yep, i'm a bit of freak that way.....oh well.

hope your fourth was fantastic !

Lisa said...

I love this way of recording everything! Oh...you just OOZE creativity!! :)

BT said...

What a brilliant page that is. You are just sooo clever and artsy and talented. Sounds as though you had fun. I love the remix of the tantrum! What a great idea!!