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Living Creatively Together - 3,000 Miles Apart


With every summer comes schedules packed with vacations, barbecues, parties, family get-togethers, and the list goes on.  Keeping up with our artwork, and each other, becomes especially difficult this time of year.  More than ever though, this summer has provided me with a new hurdle.

This summer my family and I moved across the country from Philadelphia, PA to Portland, OR. Goodbyes proved to be difficult, but Navona decided we would still make it work with Skype, Face Time, and all the other perks of technology.

Farewell Dinner with Navona and Our Honorary Member - Mike


On May 27, my husband Chris, five month old son Asher, and I headed off on our one week cross country road trip.  Like a lot of people, I've always romanticized the idea of driving across country, and the views did not disappoint.  It was as beautiful as I could have ever imagined, but traveling with a five month old baby proved to be difficult.

Sheep and Pigs and Horses, Oh My!

Our first stop was at a Owen's Sheep Farm in Sunbury, PA for my nephew's second birthday party.  We got to tour the farm, learn about the animals, and have a picnic with family and friends.  It was such a great way to spend time with loved ones before we hit the road.

What a great idea for a kid's birthday party!  I mean come on, just look at this guy!


After saying our goodbyes to family, we hit the road and spent the night in Ohio.  In the morning we woke up early and drove straight through to Minneapolis.

Wisconsin

Of course we couldn't drive through Wisconsin without checking out the roadside attractions! I've never seen so many styles of cheese hats in my life! Cowboy hats, fireman helmets, baseball caps…you name it, this place had it.

Wisconsin was so beautiful.  So much green, and I've never seen so many pretty farms! Our dog Rosie was terrified of this cow.

 


Exploring Minneapolis

We spent a relaxing day in Minneapolis visiting family, drinking great coffee from Black Eye Roasting Co., walking along the river, touring the downtown, listening to Chris' cousins band Treading North, and eating Juicy Lucy's for dinner.  It is an artsy city with great food and nice people.

After two long days in the car, this was a much needed break!

After leaving Minneapolis, we headed west through North Dakota and into Montana. What amazing views of the mountains!

 

And of course, we had to head down through Yellowstone National Park.  If you haven't gone, go!  It might possibly have been one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.  It looked more like a movie set than real life.  I'd have loved to spend much more time there, but with a screaming baby on board, we had to drive straight through.  Next time...

 


From Yellowstone, we drove through Wyoming into Idaho, and straight across though Oregon to Portland.

 

 


We've been spending the last three weeks here exploring all there is to do and see.  We've been to Art Shows, Pride Day, drank great beer at great breweries (our favorite so far being Burnside Brewery), hiked parts of The Multnomah Falls, drove to the Oregon Coast, and waded in the water of the Columbia River Gorge.  I couldn't ask to live in a more exciting place with never-ending options.

 

Back to Work!

Now that we are all settled in, it's time to get back to creating.  Due to our new 500 sq. ft. apartment, I unfortunately had to sell my loom.  This has forced me to experiment with basket weaving, macrame, and small handwoven pieces.  I'm feeling truly inspired these days, and excited to incorporate some alternative weaving techniques into my work.

Even though I'm nearly 3,000 miles away, I'm determined to keep working, stay motivated, and be involved with Navona as much as ever.  I was not able to physically attend our meeting on Friday, but I FaceTimed in, and it was almost just as good!  (almost…)

I'll forever be missing my girls, but it's great that they're only a click away!

Stay Inspired!

Julia