Airstream Redo

Don’t get too excited. We have not yet purchased an Airstream. The operative word being yet. That being said, I think I’ve successfully impressed upon Ryan my “need” for one. As it is apparent that I will be stuck working a full-time office job until the day I die(ish) and will forever live in a tiny apartment (unless we move to a less desirable area – to me), I think I deserve a treat. Albeit, a very large treat that will cost blood, sweat and tears (and money, obvs), and take a long time to complete. But I need it this year. Unless something catastrophic (or Ryan gets very little work or I am unable to stop buying a ton of dresses from eShakti), it’s on like Donkey Kong. Some days, this thought is the only thing that stops me from walking into my office and saying “Screw you guys, I’m going home” while giving inappropriate hand gestures. It gets more and more difficult every day. First world problems, I know.

ANYWAY, this has given me a renewed excitement when I see things like bathroom tiles.  Guys, I have to see beautifully tiled bathrooms and kitchens constantly because that’s what Ryan does for a living.  It’s torture.  One day, I’ll post some pictures of the things he’s done.  But now, I can look at this and say…total possibility:

bathroom tile love

Will I be able to have a super cool concrete pillar in the middle – no.  Will that tile be out of style in a few years – maybe.  But as of this minute, I love this with all my being.  Maybe I should go a little simpler, though.

bathroom tile love 2Haha.  J/K.  That’s a little too much for a trailer.  Just a smidge.  But for reals simple.

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Right?  Fun fact – Ryan did a bathroom just like this recently.  Well, the tiles were a little larger, but it was beautiful.  He said it was a pain, but…that’s his problem, not mine.  Aren’t I a peach?

As for the interior…hells bells.  I just saw some ideas that blew me sockless out of the roof.

Airstream interiorAirstream interior 2Granted, this is 40′ Airstream that is not moveable, but…I could live here for reals. Minus the shiny walls/ceiling – I think I’d have to wear sunglasses in there. Do yourself a favor and check the Timeless Travel Trailers post out in its entirety.

So…prepare yourself.  Watch, it all turns into a nightmare we wish we never attempted.  Those odds aren’t that small, but whatever.  You’re all a bunch of naysayers sometimes.

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Souvenirs

Every time I go on vacation, I remind myself that whatever I buy there, I have to carry back.  Of course, now that Ryan is around, that isn’t as much of a threat as it used to be because he’ll carry my suitcases if I whine enough.  But still.  I try not to get too nuts with things to bring home.  Things I’ll never use or wonder why I got it once it’s unpacked.  So this time I decided to try to buy one or two things in each port we stopped.  And now I’m going to show you my booty (think pirate, not Beyoncé).

First stop – Venice, Italy.  I actually also bought leather boots in Venice out of necessity (it was much colder than I thought it was going to be), but they’re not nearly as nice as what I got from Murano.

ringAfter a long, windy ride on a vaporetto, I got this gorgeous Murano glass ring!  I was going to model it, but I’m in dire need of a manicure, so I’ll have to leave it to Ted to help you recognize the size.  He was so “helpful” while I was taking pictures.

ted and ringHe wasn’t trying to knock it off the edge or anything.

Next – Dubrovnik, Croatia.  First off, did you know that Dubrovnik is…King’s Landing?!  I didn’t.  But I won’t bore you with my geeking out.  Instead, I’ll show you my next purchase.

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I guess Dubrovnik is known for its hand embroidery.  And who doesn’t love hand embroidery more than someone who actually does it?  So, when I saw these little coasters, I snatched them up.  The lady selling them had about 10,000 products for sale and was hand embroidering more as she sat there.  It was amazing.  She was SO FAST.  Here’s a close-up.coasters closeLOVE THEM!

Next up – Kotor, Montenegro.  We didn’t get to spend much time in Kotor, but we did the coolest thing while we were there – we visited an olive oil farm.  I’ll post pictures of the actual tour in another post, but I bought some of the things they make on the farm – olive oil (obvs), olive oil soap and honey.  It was a highlight of the trip.

olive oil

Last stop – Istanbul, Turkey.  Before we left, I was so jazzed about everything that was going to be at the Grand Bazaar.  It sounded so fabulous!  Honestly, it wasn’t really.  The building itself was gorgeous, but it was like an exotic Venice Beach to me where almost everyone sold the exact same things and were really aggressive trying to get you into their shop.  And everyone smoked which is something I completely forgot about because it’s illegal to smoke anywhere here in Santa Monica.  You forget about how crappy second-hand smoke makes you feel.  And I really hate bartering, but it was necessary here.  Man, I’m a Crabby Patty.  But I did end up getting a couple of really nice things here.

pillowA silk embroidered pillow cover and…

ottoman 2A leather ottoman.  I’ll be honest, the leather ottoman wasn’t really on my list because we have nowhere to put it, but…I love those Moroccan ottomans you see online and decided to just take a gander through a pile of them in a shop for some dumb reason.  Well, the salesman became hell-bent on us buying one that he dropped his price down to $20 from $75.  After he had held a lighter up to it to prove it was leather and not fabric.  It was unreal.  I actually walked away, but then Ryan went back unbeknownst to me to surprise me.  It’s a lot bigger than I thought, but Ted (because he’s a jerk) appears to love it more than any kitty bed he’s ever been given, so maybe we’ll just keep it in the living room after all.  That’s after I figure out how to stuff the thing.  I stuffed it to take pictures, but that’s filled with about 5 blankets and 3 sheets and it’s not nearly to capacity.  Yeesh!

So that’s everything!  I think I did pretty well.  And I promise I’ll show you some pictures of the actual trip.  I’m just waiting to get my film developed.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I decided to bring my Diana Mini with me and see if I could get some lomography shots.  We’ll see.  I took more than one (probably more than 10) picture with the lens cap on, so…there’s that.  But I do have other “regular” pictures and Ryan and my friends offered up their pictures as well.  Remember – patience is a virtue.  One I don’t have, but it’s one nonetheless.

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KletterLetter

Guys.  I know that I’m eyeballs deep in cat “things,” but I saw this on Hauspanther and I had to share.  It’s so awesome and…I’ll just show it to you.

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Ummm…that’s the mother of all cat furniture.  It’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional – my favorite.  And…I want it.  Like a lot.  I’m willing to part with our couch or something (NOT the TV – I haven’t gone that crazy).  Now for he important things.  First of all, do I have a place to put it?  Of course not.  Duh.  Second, can I afford it?  Unless I receive a dead distant-relative windfall of cash, then no.  But look at those scratching sections and the two areas to lay in!  Chubbs Ralph could be on the bottom and Slim Fluffball Ted could be on the top!  I can see it!!!

Oh well.  Yet one more thing glued to my vision board.  Booooooo.

You can see more of their products (they have letters too!) on their website – KletterLetter.

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