Explore Burlington: Take 1

I finally got those photos Nancy took in Burlington sent to me! I’m excited because this will give you a little bit of a better idea of what we did other than party, which included relaxing on North Beach and walking through Church Street to look at an art gallery and fill our bellies with some good eats. I’ve called this post “Take 1” because I’m heading back this weekend! I’m so excited because it’s a great place, I hope you guys make it someday!

on our way!

pit stop

on the roof

we love art

beautiful

beauty on beauty

can’t go to Burly without your board

Corbin ❤

“not a worry in the world, a PBR on the way” -Zach Brown Band

hello!

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DIY: Feather Earrings

First it was feathers in the hair, now it’s feathers everywhere! Two years ago I came back from a visit to Boulder with these particular feathers in my hair and have been planning on getting them put back in, but since I’ve been too lazy to, I decided tonight I would make them into earrings. I’m pretty excited about the outcome! Here’s how you can make some yourself:

Materials:

  • wire cutters
  • round-nose pliers
  • chain-nose pliers
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 earring hooks
  • 2 earring pins
  • 18-20 rooster tail feathers (or any kind of feathers you’d like, make sure they’ll fit in a crimp)
  • 10 inches 20 gauge copper (or any color you’d like) wrapping wire (you can find this at most craft stores, it’s very inexpensive)
  • beads of your choice (I used two glass green beads and 4 copper-colored pony beads)

Step by step:

(1) create the beaded part of the earring by putting the beads on the earring pins. next, put use your round-nose pliers to make a loop at one end, cut off the head of the pin using the wire cutters, and make a loop on that end as well. cut off any excess. (2) next, take your feathers and bunch them together. put the crimp around the ends, and pinch it together about half an inch down from the top. (3) using your wire cutters, cut the wrapping wire in half so you have two 5″ pieces. starting just underneath the crimp, wrap the wire around the feathers until you reach the top of them using your chain-nose pliers. [this part can be a little bit difficult; if you don’t have any experience you may want to use a thinner wire, possibly a 22 or 24 gauge one. if so, you will need a longer piece of wire. cut 10″ per earring to be safe and trim off any excess.] once you reach the top of the feathers, use your round-nose pliers to create a loop. trim off any excess. (4) open the top loop of the beaded part of the earrings and attach one to each earring hook. (5) open the bottom loop of the beaded part of the earrings and attach to the feather loops. (6) repeat steps 1-5 for the second earring. (7) admire my beautifully painted nails.

Congratulations! If you made it through this relatively simple tutorial, you now have a beautiful pair of feather earrings to sport! If not, don’t worry! Either comment on this post to ask for some tips or just retry it again after reading a chapter of your book, watching your favorite movie, or maybe even treating yourself to a margarita. Give yourself a break and come back to it.

I love these earrings because not only do they make it look as if I have feathers back in my hair, but I can wear them both together or just one at a time! Also, they’re only in when I want them to be. Enjoy 🙂

Rolling Hills

I’ve been living in Hamilton, MA since I was eight years old. Although it’s a small suburb and while in high school I complained more than once about having nothing to do, it really is a safe and beautiful place to grow up. The photos below are of someone’s personal property, so I’ve never had the guts to hop out of the car and walk through them, though I have a burning desire to do so every time I pass this farm. I hope you think it’s as beautiful as I do!

Sea Kayaking Exploration

My friend Marissa lives on a cliff on the ocean (I know, not a bad life…). Have you ever seen the movie The Proposal? Well, it wasn’t filmed in Alaska, but at her neighbor’s house in Manchester, MA. That should give you an idea. Anyway, we like to go on all sorts of outdoor adventures around the North Shore, and this time we acquired some sea kayaks and went kayaking around the small islands just off shore. Here are a few shots from Sunday night!

man overboard! helping Marissa bail about 10 gallons of water with 2 Nalgenes…

we made it!

finish it off with a quick paddle battle

“The Woman With the Tatt…

“The Woman With the Tattooed Hands”

I used to know this woman who had the most beautiful
tattoos on the top sides of both of her hands
she was forty three years old and as far as I know
had never yet been with a man
its not that she wasn’t attractive she was beautiful
but its the way that she interacted
she was aggressively passive to the point where she
would of intimidated any mitt that ever tried to catch her
on the right hand she had a tattoo of a nude girl
she claimed it is what God resembled
but on the left she had a mirrored image of the same female
and this one she explained looked like the devil
I remember once watching her touch her own breasts
how the tattoos smiled as they stared down her stomach
as if anticipating would they be allowed to caress
the sweet flower that they both seemed to hunger (sweet flower)
now maybe I was high but it felt so right
heaven and hell both take to this womans womb
it didn’t make sense how she could commence
touching herself with me wide awake in the same room
now if I’ve learned anything in my years (my years)
I learned I no longer believe in surprise (in surprise)
but what happened next damn near stole my tears
the tattoos came alive right in front of my eyes
they both slowly stood up and climbed off her hands
and showed me why she never took some time with a man
they climbed deep inside of this woman’s garden
she closed her eyes and she gently bit her bottom lip
I stepped I left and I don’t regret leaving
and I’ll never forget all the things I saw that evening
a glimpse of religion a piece of coming closer
to understanding more about what intrigues me most
I didn’t get turned on I just got turned
I wasn’t as aroused as I was concerned
for each one of em I’ve hurt
and every time I’ve been burned
I’ve got a lot to teach but even more to learn
so now I keep my eyes open hoping to take in all I can
about Woman taking in all she can
and for as long as I breath i’ll save a seat in my memory
for that woman with the tattooed hands

[chorus: repeat 5x]
There’s good and evil in each individual fire
identifies needs and feeds our desires
as long as we keep our spirit inspired
she can bite her bottom lip all she wants

written by: Slug
performed by: Atmosphere

“The Woman With the Tattooed Hands” is an insurmountable piece of poetry written by the great rapper Slug. I’m usually not much of a rap fan, but Slug’s poetry tells stories and is backed by catchy beats and great instrumentals. This particular song is one of my favorites, and when he played it near the end of his show at Red Rocks Amphitheater this winter, I just about peed my pants. It’s extremely complex with many layers and interpretations. I’d love to hear what you all think of it! Like it? Dislike it? What do you think it means?

Treasure Hunting Take 1: Rowley Flea Market

Today I went to a flea market for the first time! Don’t ask me how it was only my first time, but I will certainly be going to more of them soon. It’s truly like treasure hunting, but instead of digging through sand, you’re sifting through (mostly) crap. There were some great things there today though! I only wish it wouldn’t be so much work to get anything to Colorado in August!

only $5, what a steal!

so many things!

such a cutie

bikes!

“But it’s sand! and Native American!”

my favorite animal

thiiiis close to buying this moped to ride around Boulder on! (maybe next week?)

test drive!

so fun!