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Stroll Through The Hood – November 2014

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

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Always fun to take a stroll through the hood here in New Jersey- here is what inspired me since my last post :)

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Bathroom humor …good one ;)

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beautiful new street art- this one is by faith47

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And another one that I love by Sean Lugo .

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spent a fun afternoon at Mana Contemporary- awesome the building

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and dreaming of spending an afternoon in the silk screen room

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getting all over those amazing colors (I stink, I lost the paper that has the name of the artist scribbled on – and I couldn’t find the information on Mana either )

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Indulging seen colors by cooking a stew with American fall veggies …because…I don’t wanna be a starving artist- you know ;)

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spending every possible but rare moment in the last couple weeks in my studio and on the deck !

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Sometimes though just taking a bike tour to a close by secret beach in JC

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Learning of the existence of Horseshoe Crabs 

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and starting to dread the coming winter already …

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But as long as artists like Mr. Mustart bring some color to my hood – like here changing the look of an ugly construction wall- I will be good and see lots of inspiring things on my strolls :)

 

Have an inspiring day

 

Nat

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  • Kathy P

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    WOW! How awesome is all this! You are truly one artist with the camera, too! And I have always been fascinated with horseshoe crabs! TFS, Nat! Started my day off happy seeing this post!

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Nat, Your strolls are always inspiring! I love your colorful veggies and your photo of studio and deck- oh beauty! All of the art on the walls, so nice to see, art and not just random scribbles and unsightly words-
    and as for the impending winter- my hub thinks it will be an easy one- he is usually right. We live upstate close to Lake Ontario, so right in the snowbelt-, we’ll check back on this in the spring! heehee xo

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love your studio and so much natural light!
    Horseshoe crabs were a part of my childhood growing up in Gloucester, MA and finding them on the beach. Nice photo.

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  • Sandi Miaskoff

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    Nat, don’t let the winter deprive us of your beautiful pictures, it will only bring another view of the same sites – just as beautiful

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Stroll Through The Hood – July 2014

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

DISCLAIMER: In this Blog Post I make fun of Americans…or maybe more about their vegetation…or maybe it is just nothing – anyway– some might think that nothing is totally inappropriate . If you have a problem with this, you might be better off reading something else . Don’t email me to complain and don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again  !

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This Paste Up made me smile

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And for the next one I had to do a double take – so fun!

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And I love the frog by Mike Maka

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And mural next to it is by Case

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Other than that I really enjoy the summer here ….and you know since everything is bigger in America …

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This flower is as big as my head- and believe me – my head is not that small!

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The tomatoes grow like weed and they grow so fast…they need to develop stitches to keep intact. This one is probably a Frankenstein species. Delicious – Jersey Tomatoes are awesome!

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And these are …Red Noodle Beans …I mean come on…these are not beans anymore…these are gigantic NOODLE Beans  -very yummy and the whole name is Chinese Red Noodle Bean …so maybe they are not really from America ;)

And now the kicker for my European friends….

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They put LOBSTER in a sandwich roll! Yes…you heard right…Lobster- the stuff that is super duper luxurious and expensive in Europe. The stuff you eat at a fine dining restaurant …they sell that out of a food truck in a sandwich…and it is pretty delicious ;)

Guess they have enough Lobster here .

And what does the Cat say to all this?

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Oh ..sorry Niles-I forgot you are on a diet and you are mad with me

Well -I wish you a gorgeous day and see you soon for the next stroll…I promise I won’t make no fun anymore…;)

Nat

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  • Jean Marmo

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    I just love your strolls! That lobster sandwich looks so delicious!!

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    • Cheryl Waters

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      Was fun seeing you here Jean and I agree. The stroll made me chuckle.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Well you better make some more fun next time too.
    Hello Niles. How do you like your new home?

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  • Laura S

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    I want to go on a stroll with you! We don’t have Lobster Sandwiches like that in Texas, but I’d eat one in a New York minute!!! Yum!

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  • fran

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    Oh Nat, you are such a classic….love your humour, and being an Aussie I really appreciate your take on the American “bigness” . Gwe sometimes see them that way LOL

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  • Ursula

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    Hallo Nat, sind die Blüten von letzter Woche? echt riesig – und die Lobster scheinen hier wohl der “Ersatz” für Backfisch zu sein ;)) und im Chelsea Markt konnte nur Tims Kommentar “iss sie und du stinkst drei Tage nach Fisch, da kannst du bei meinen Eltern schlafen, seine Fee vom Stürmen des Hummerladens abhalten …………….. Bin gespannt auf weitere “Nachbarschaften” …………… und HH ist ein Dorf sag ich dir, weiß ich jetzt ;)) LG Ursula

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Stroll Through The Hood … the new and old one

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains a picture with a peeing panda – some might think of it as totally inappropriate . If you have a problem with this, you might be better off looking at something else . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again and for sure shield your precious kids’ eyes !

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A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live . This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!

This time I am showing you some pictures of my stroll through my old hood in Germany – Hamburg (as I was there in May) and through the new hood in Jersey City :)

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Love this paste up by El Bocho and yes it was so right …because I saw it the morning I came into Hamburg right after the red eye flight…gotta love jet lag…not ;)

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Love this – one of my favorite junk stores with this fun sign reminding me of how much I miss German costumer service …not ;) – Sign reads: “The letters cost 1EUR and up! If you want to bargain because you think that is fun, you pay a higher price!”

If you know the rules you are fine, don’t you think? LOL

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Fun fun fun colors and tile art

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Miss this old squatted theater in the hood…yes, I know some of you might think of it as a terrible eye sore…I love it because this building is it’s last domain standing against tearing down wonderful old buildings in this hood and putting up new unaffordable apartment houses or another expensive empty office building.

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This paste up just made me laugh ….a lot

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and this

And now back to Jersey City – I love my new neighbor hood – there is so much to discover still:

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Here is a street in Little India- so colorful and oh the food ….so good!

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I love this probably 50s sign – and the fire stairs…

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The cast iron around the entrances – so beautiful – I guess it makes sense that this is also referred to as the New Orleans Alley. I met Walt who lives here all his life and is a “bit” older, he told me that the steel workers that lived here a hundred years ago, didn’t like this at all because this reminded them of work. I find it so fascinating how these things change with different people – I sure love it but I might think different if you would put computer screens around my entrance or easels !

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I love this mural by Alice Pasquini  – the colors make me swoon!

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Some pictures of a recent bicycle tour on Liberty State Island. It was beautiful -just a couple minutes and you are out there in some nature and you see the city skylines (Jersey City and New York City) and it is amazing – what a million dollar view…for free :)

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and another one for free

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and this…this is the old train station in Liberty State Park. After the immigrants arrived at Ellis Island and went through the whole ordeal of immigration, all the people that would not stay in New York would start their journey to the rest of America from this train station. Which is now falling apart. Sad…such an amazing place, so much history and so many stories behind it! You can almost hear the hustle and bustle.

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And then there is time for a picnic…with a free view of the Lady and crowded tourist ferries landing at her feed…or mine …or whatever.

I hope you enjoyed this stroll through my old and new hood , you must have liked it…I mean… I showed you a peeing panda, that is pretty impressive, don’t you think?  ;)

have a beautiful day!

nat

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  • Kathy P

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    Awesome eye for the artistic elegance of a place, Nat! Loved that beautiful mural, too—AND that cute panda!!! You should some day take a trip to Charleston and Savannah- I think you would enjoy much scenic beauty in the homes and wrought iron and cityscapes there so much! Thanks for sharing this again with us here!

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      I love Charleston and Savannah. I have been there on my very first trip to the U.S. in 94- but def wanna go back ! Thanks for visiting me Kathy :)

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  • Laura Strack

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    I love going on your strolls. Thanks for taking me with you. Some day, I would love to visit Hamburg or New York and your strolls entice me more and more.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    It’s so fun to see what you see Nat. I love the wrought iron and it’s interesting to think about it from a worker’s perspective that they don’t wish to see (at home). I tend to take pics with one shoe in the field of view too so I liked that one especially.

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  • Gerit

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    Love all of it, the peeing panda make me lol

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  • Vicki

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    I’ve never seen a peering Panda! Thank you!!

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