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Who arted?

September 15th, 2010

I must be back to [ab]normal… I’m making farting puns. Or it could be because I’m still somewhat full of the gas they pumped into me when my gallbladder was removed (and it feels GREAT to have it gone!). Every time my husband farts - I give him a snarky spewing of “show off!”. Who knew I’d ever have fart-envy.

Art. Recently we were on Bainbridge Island - we met our dear friends from Seattle for lunch. Bainbridge Island is post-card pretty town just a quick ferry ride from Seattle.  A darling town, filled with galleries, killer restaurants, ice cream AND is home of Pink Chalk Studio! You can smell art in the air (and no, not my husband’s version of art). I highly recommend a visit if visiting the Pacific Northwest/Puget Sound.

I love my art dipped in humor. This happens to be a store called “Fish & Chips”.  I also like my art fried and salted. Mmmm… Lay’s chips!
Art ala Bainbridge Island

So beautiful (as my adorable little buddy Chloe points out to me). A concrete quilt - smack dab in the middle of the sidewalk.  I’m rethinking our plans of re-paving our driveway with asphalt.   Oh how I would love to turn my  driveway into a gigantic quilt.  Thought bubble over my head… can asphalt be painted?  Light-bulb. Ding sound. I wonder if my county’s public works will loan me one of those big painting machines they use to make crosswalks and other street marking???
Art ala Bainbridge Island

At lunch, there’s a chalkboard for the visitors. So I penned my name… and felt like I had contributed to art. All those people who penned before me. From places near and far. All of them with a story. My story is not being embarrassed to take a photo of a silly chalkboard while a teenager watches me snapping the photo - and gives me that “I’d be so mortified if I saw my mom taking a photo of chalkboard look”. It was moment I won’t forget. Kind of an AH-HA. That old adage of “beauty in the eye of the beholder”… IS TRUE.
Art ala Bainbridge Island

There is soooooo much art around - I’m glad I found it.
And canvases, too. Hello, driveway.

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42 Responses

  1. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Snicker lol lol….so glad to see you ‘back’ and bubbly again lol….did you ever read that book ‘The Gas we Pass’ my girls still remind me of that book quite frequently lol. Ok I totally think you should make the Happy ZOmbie logo on your driveway with a turquoise flag out front….seriously glad you are healing well and healthy!

  2. The fabulous Nadine allegedly said:

    Love the Pacific NW.!! Glad to hear you are doing fine, all my friends have had gall bladders out this year.
    I am so glad you make jokes about farting, maybe I laugh cause it’s the Oregonian in me, anyhoo I heart your art!

  3. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    Puget Sound always sounds dirty to me. You arted on Puget Sound.

  4. The fabulous jenn allegedly said:

    So glad you’re back and on the mend! I

  5. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    you should get blog post title of the year :) - and I’m so envious of your adventure, here on the other side of the pond …

  6. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    LOL, who arted! You are feeling better! I think the Zombie on the drive would be a perfect touch.

  7. The fabulous kelly allegedly said:

    one thing this house does not lack is gas. in fact, my husband and i laugh at farts so much it’s gotten to the point where my 2 year old (daughter) will push them out just to make us laugh. and we do. hard. i’m thinking we need to work on that before she goes to preschool. i don’t want to be the parent of the farting kid.

    anyways, bainbridge island sounds fantastic! my mother-in-law is from seattle, but hasn’t lived there for 30 something years. we’ve been hoping to make it up the coast sometime before my husband gets stationed somewhere else, because LA is “close,” right? if we ever do, we’ll have to check it out!

  8. The fabulous Kimberly allegedly said:

    Goad you’re feeling better! And I wanted you to know that I made your little treat bags from Quilts and More… I used moda ribbon for the handles and made a bunch for some girlfriends… thay were a hit!
    Blessings, Kimberly

  9. The fabulous Kimberly allegedly said:


    Um, that’s GLAD you’re feeling better!!


  10. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    oooooo I love that idea for the driveway.. HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE????

  11. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    I can’t wait to see the quilt driveway. I’m sure it will be a cinch. And inexpensive, too.

  12. The fabulous Cathy A allegedly said:

    Bainbridge is a great place! Small town feel but just a ferry ride to Seattle. I’d love to live there!

  13. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    So I guess you’re all artsy-fartsy now, huh? (Couldn’t help myself.) Glad you’re doing well.

  14. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Hey, if you can wait til I get out there, I will help you dig up your driveway, then you can invite all your friends and we can mosaic your driveway into a big quilt! fun!

  15. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Like Cindy’s ^ idea!

  16. The fabulous Karen Snyder allegedly said:

    You made me think of two of my favorite sayings. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” So true!

  17. The fabulous Carrie allegedly said:

    ~so happy to hear you are doing better~ Bainbridge is lovely…I am going to take a day trip there soon!

  18. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    After having my umpteenth colonoscopy, I can relate to the giant gas bubble trapped inside. My grandmother had an expression she would use when one of us emitted a posterior breeze. She’d say, “That’s right. If they don’t pay the rent, kick ‘em out!” BTW, I got a red line under the word colonoscopy, but evidently, umpteenth wasn’t a problem! Glad you’re feeling better. I’ve never been to Seattle, but I hear it’s a lot like Minneapolis. Maybe someday.

  19. The fabulous Anen Heidi allegedly said:

    So happy you are better!
    Love the pictures, and a “quilted” driveway sounds perfect!!! That WOULD be fun….

  20. The fabulous Anne Heidi allegedly said:

    ooops what happened to my name in the comment above??? Typing to fast I guess LOL

  21. The fabulous Carmen allegedly said:

    Yay! Fart Jokes! You’re back!

    I’m always getting that look when taking random photos. Better than taking photos of myself with a trout pout which is what most teenagers seem to spend their time doing these days :P Definitely in the eye of the beholder and what you are beholdin’ is FABULOUS!

  22. The fabulous Carmen allegedly said:

    Just for fun you should point your camera at really random things like the sky and see how many people stop and stare to see what’s so interesting. :D

  23. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Welcome Back! So glad you’re feeling better and your sense of humor is doing so well too.

    Thanks for sharing your trip to the Northwest - that stone quilt is wonderful! Can’t wait to see pictures of your new “quilted” driveway one day.

  24. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Yes! A quilted driveway is something you most certainly need. Chloe’s right. It’s beautiful~
    Bainbridge Island is on my list of places in the PNW to go. It just rapidly moved up to the top.
    Sorry I’m such a schmuck and blog slacker that I didn’t even know about your poor missing gallbladder. Hoping things are so much better now that the little bugger is gone! xxox

  25. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    WooHoo — our SW1 is back. Soooo glad you’re feeling better. I say go for the quilt in the driveway. Paint. Mosaic. Whatever. How ’bout a big “Happy Zombie” in mosaic-ish broken dishes right across the middle???

    And btw, due to the demise of our significant other, have you been on the hunt for a replacement? I’m thinking what’s-his-face on White Collar. ;-)

  26. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Welcome back, Tootsie!

  27. The fabulous simone allegedly said:

    Glad your back on your feet! I really had a loud laugh, reading your post. My DH asked what was wrong LOL. xo

  28. The fabulous Leona allegedly said:

    So glad you are feeling better and regaling us with tales of your happy (zombie) outings!

  29. The fabulous adnohr allegedly said:

    You know what, you can buy concrete in tons of colors! my girlfriend works for a company that specializes in it. They build arty walls and floors for fancy-shmantsy art galleries, hospitals and homes out here in LA.

  30. The fabulous Charming's Mama allegedly said:

    Speaking of “arting” you should read what my son told me. If you want to read about it click on the blog post for August 24th 2010. Too funny.

  31. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    Listen, if there’s any one out there that can pull off a driveway quilt….IT’S YOU!

    Now, for a tutorial:)

  32. The fabulous Jenny Limb allegedly said:

    So glad you are better. Can’t wait to see you at Market. I’m ready for some Zombie love!! Too bad I wasn’t around this time when you fell ill. Ha! Ha!

  33. The fabulous Sharon Feigl allegedly said:

    Hi Monica,

    Good to hear you are recovering well :)and you do have a better excuse than most for the gas bubbles.
    Hugs, Sharon

  34. The fabulous sew~amy allegedly said:

    a quilt driveway would be fabulous. Love the cute one on the sidewalk.

  35. The fabulous lindab allegedly said:

    Isn’t life grand without that nasty gall bladder? Went through that last year.
    I spent my summers as a youth in a cabin on the beach on Bainbridge Island. Absolutely storybook. Your name in Fame! Hope it stays there for awhile.

  36. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    I don’t recall having that art problem after my gallbladder was axed–but it was 20 years ago so who knows?

    Thanks for sharing the public art—sidewalk quilting is awesome! I want one of those super-sized Barn Quilts but hang it on my backyard fence, as, alas, I lack a barn living here in the city.

  37. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Yay! Fart jokes! (This mom of three boys has heard plenty…) Glad you’re feeling better. Well enough to laugh is A Very Good Thing :D

    And, if you want to quilt your driveway, you know you can have color added to concrete? I don’t know how vivid you could make the colors, but I’ve seen it done. Making the forms would be the tricky part!

  38. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    i LOVE the concrete quilt. ahhh, i so wish i could have a few of those in my yard somewhere.

  39. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    AH-HA! Little does SHE know, that chalk art is now WORLD FAMOUS! Too bad you didn’t turn around and snap a shot of her snotty look and post it here! THAT would have been CLASSIC!

    BTW…Welcome Back!

  40. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    Thanks for asking us to join you all. That was a great day. Loved lunch,dessert, and your company. I’ll have to show Chloe her photo tomorrow. She’ll be so excited. She just loves her bag that you made her. She fills it and empty’s it with jewelry,barbies several times a day!
    Love you all. Hope to see you again soon.

  41. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    Ohhhhhhh, welcome to the no-GB club! Getting surgery isn’t fun, but isn’t it great not to fear those attacks?

  42. The fabulous monica allegedly said:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle… and now I’m adding Bainbridge Island.

    Glad to hear you’re better!

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