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Stroll Through The Hood

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

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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!

It has been a while since I did this….why? Because of this:

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and this

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perfect days to stay inside and work in the studio…or travel (NOT!) but sometimes it looked like this:

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and then I bit the bullet and bundled up to go outside ;)

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It was COLD- but I was rewarded with fun stuff like this

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Who could have PERDICTED? And then with a friend visiting you – it is even more fun to stroll through the hood :)

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Especially when said friends likes the same grungy stuff as I do …btw- I do love the background to this- it already inspired me to something :)

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And since they are big here on Security cameras…this is a good advice me thinks :) :) :)

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I do love this building- It will be in one of my canvases some time- I am sure.

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And a little view over to Manhattan…YES…we are the Sixth Borough…so there Hoboken…don’t even try to claim this…LOL (I figured a bit of local patriotism doesn’t hurt ;) )

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And an insane walk through snow and ice and wind chills in Liberty State Park rewards you with this view…

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I mean…all in all it is all about

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And as for Spring…well…gotta make your own spring at home I guess ;)

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Hope you had fun strolling through my hood – until next time…in J.C. :)

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    It never ceases to amaze me that cool street art that you find on your strolls. Love the Native American and the Open Your Mind ones.

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  • Leigh Pogue

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    Nat, I really love to see what other artists see around them through their eyes! I think it’s ‘Über’ cool to do this sometimes. TFS this little stroll. What a view of NYC ! Wow. Very niceand btw, I so enjoyed Creative Jumostart 2014 with you ! I will def do it again. I promise I will get around to uploading my pics, even tho they aren’t great, they were very fun and inspiring. Thanks. Leigh

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  • jackie

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    a great stroll! even if it was cold and windy! look forward to see that building in one of your pieces!

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  • LindaBrun

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    Thank you for sharing Nat and I can just imagine all the inspiration you would get from a big and interesting city like NY. Can’t wait to take a stroll.
    Hugs

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  • Kathy P

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    So awesome….so inspiring….you have such a great camera eye! I love when you do this walk-about!

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  • Leadonna Kimmel

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    Nat, thanks for the stroll! It makes me want to take a stroll in my neighborhood and look for some inspiration. It also makes me want to go to our downtown area and walk around with my camera and capture some inspiration there, too. We have a small downtown as Winston-Salem is not a big city but we do have some lovely architecture. Inspiration can be found all around us, we just have to open our eyes and look with our hearts and our creative minds. I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I enjoyed Creative JumpStart. I’m already looking forward to next year! Thanks again for the walk-about and some giggles along the way!

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    Laurajo

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    That was loads of fun. I just can’t imagine the cold. i am a weeny!! It looks like the antarctic! I still want to visit but I will definitely wait until Summer. Thanks for you inspiring stroll, braving the elements, even when you weren’t feeling great. You’re such a trooper.

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  • Mary K. Parker

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    Thank you do much for the pictures and narrative of your stroll thru the hood. I don’t do much mixed media anymore but loved it at Art Venture. When taking your canvas class, I futzed around with materials a bit until I came up with a friend. She loves roses and calligraphy which were on one sheet of paper. I immediately selected it, and knew it was going to be for her.

    Your question made me realize that I am most of the time inspired by the people for whom I make things. Even cards. When it is scrapbook pages, generally it is materials and ideas for titles that come together. I don’t even worry about matching my photos to papers. I like all the colors together.

    Good question! But again, living on west coast, I enjoyed your stroll… you can keep the white stuff, though!

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  • Jan B

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    Hey! You can come stroll through my neighbor in PA anytime! I’m so excited to see you tomorrow, by the way! As I lay here in bed in the Jane Hotel (talk about eye candy – oh my gosh!), I can see your ‘hood right across the Hudson! Love seeing your strolls…

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      it was so good to see you again Jan! Thank you for coming <3

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Winding Down: My Top Ten Photos of 2013

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Photos

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It has become a tradition for me to wind down the year on my blog by posting some Top Ten Lists before the year ends. It makes me go back and look at what I have done and accomplished and it also makes me dwell in memories. Too often we forget about the things we did and accomplished throughout the year- often just bashing ourselves for not fulfilling all the wonderful new year’s resolutions from last year.  Maybe this makes you wanna do it too – if so – share :)

2013 was for sure a CRAZY year for me. With a move from Germany to the USA and all the preparation for it – there sure was a lot of emotional moments. When I looked back at the photos of 2013 I was astonished how much else happened. But here are my faves not because they are super good photos (hahaha)- no but because they have meaning for me :)

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My hubs laughing hysterically (and me shaking with laughter as you can see – because no way was I able to take a non blurry photo) because I said something funny …We had a wonderful romantic day celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary in Paris and this photo for me says it all :)

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My 40th (waahhh) birthday party with some of my best friends – terrible photo but I love it and who knows when we will ever be together like this again.

My friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer‘s visit in Hamburg- gosh we had so much fun! So happy that we live so much closer now and I can see her way more often!

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Our Shipping container pulling away in Hamburg, Germany after preparing this move for 9 months. We were exhausted and also just relieved that this was done.

First strolls through the neighborhood and falling in love with it…

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After 10 years of being a lazy girl…I started going to the gym again- I go now five days a week as the gym is part of our apartment complex – including some kick box workouts. I love it and I have lot’s of fun. Besides I am probably the slowest, most uncoordinated and oldest (they are all like mid-20…geeee) person there ;)

I just love this photo I shot in Washington Square Park – old lady with an old lady puppet feeding a squirrel

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After a month without our stuff, living with 2 plates, a folding table and two folding chairs in our apartment we couldn’t have been happier seeing our container pulling up in the United States :) Even the cat was happy getting his fave chair back

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My sweet grand-aunt Margot two weeks ago at her birthday. I miss her so much and it is very sad to see how she is loosing her memory – but I cherish every time I talk with her daily on the phone and when I see her.

Our new home – I love it – and sitting in front of the fire….falling asleep ;) : priceless – LOL

That was it- my fave pictures of 2013- worst photos ever- but good memories. Every year I am amazed how photos can trigger so many memories. It is not just what you see on the photo , it is all around it. Love it.

Have a gorgeous day

huge hugs

nat

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  • Sylvia

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    I hardly comment anymore, sorry about that! :(
    Loved looking at your photos again! Wonderful tradition…i should do the same. Have some wonderful last days of the year and all the possible best for 2014!! Huge hugs sylvia

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Oh Nat, I just love the memories that you shared.
    We were looking through some pics this past week and laughing at all the good times we’ve had. Some were sad as well. My MIL is having issues with her short term memory and it is not fun, but we are getting used to enjoying the moments we have with her.
    The photo of the old woman with the old woman puppet feeding the squirrel is my fave of yours.

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  • Tsila

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    Great post. Thanks.

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  • Jackie

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    How fun to see your year in review, glad to see Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is closer to visit and your aunt Margot is still around to talk to!

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    Happiest of New Year’s to my favourite LGL … Loved the peek into your 2013 & look forward to seeing you in 2014!

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  • Laura S.

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    Oh Nathalie, I love your pics. Thanks for the happy glimpse into your world. I too had a big milestone this year; turned 50! So, for my B-Day, my hubbie is taking me to Art Venture. Yoohoo. I can’t wait to meet you and all the Prima Chicas. I just know it will be a blast. Looking forward to CJS 2014. January is looking pretty darn good :)
    Hugs, Laura

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      Happy Birthday!!! Looking forward meeting you at ArtVenture- so much fun! Happy New Year!

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  • Trena in Naperville

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    Nat!! Welcome to USA. (I know I’m late ;o)). Wishing you and your husband much happiness and success! God Bless you!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

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  • Karen

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    I love all the pictures in the post, but that lady with the puppet is priceless. Promise me you will take there to find her. I must speak with her!!!

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      Karen – she is as I was told very regularly in the warmer weather in Washington Square Park. Apparently she was even featured in something called People of New York City. If I recall right she used to come and watch the puppeteer who comes regularly and they bonded and then he made her this puppet and now she is there once in a while and plays along. I just heart this so much! We should go in spring :)

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    Debby

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    Wonderful review. I went back and read about your experience with Fallen Leaves. This is one of the most powerful experiences I have read about. The use of art to get across the horror of the past while facing and addressing the current issues of a group of people is mind blowing.

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  • Eniko

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    You Have had an amazing year, Nathalie! Full of adventure and change. Thank you for sharing your most treasured moments. Have a terrific 2014!

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Stroll Through The Hood

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

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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!

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This bathtub used as a planter in front of a neighbor hood florist always makes me laugh…I see this funny face with a funny nose …hilarious! – You should know by now I am a weirdo…if not…LOL- Welcome to my world!

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I did n’t even see those faces hidden in our stucco at our apartment building till my friend Marsha visiting me from The Netherlands pointed them out. There are several different ones…very funny. I am intrigued to find out about the story here…

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On the way to the Hamilton Farmers Market, I saw this sign…this makes me giggle ..I want this- LOL

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My sis in law and I took a screen printing class in my favorite store in J.C.  – Kanibal Home . The store is filled to the brim with wonderful home decor items, beautiful gifts, vintage furniture and cool clothing. The owner is amazing too and she probably thinks I am a weird stalker because my strolls through the hood let me end up in the store every second day – LOL.

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I love this old advertisement in the brick wall – you see a lot of those fading away in J.C. .

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Last saturday we were at TEDx Jersey City. A lot of great and inspiring talks- my favorite one was by Ben Figueroa. Ben “Broken English” Figueroa is a self-taught writer, spoken word artist, and stage performer. His talk was on “Step Your Art Up: Creating Honest Art for Today’s Youth”. It was such an amazing and inspiring speech  – I hope it will be soon available so I can share with you. BTW – it blew my mind that there almost no people at TEDx here…if you ever have a chance to go to one in your hood- GO!!!!

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Some of the street corners still have the old street signs- I love them – I hope they will keep them!

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A new mural- I saw the progress of it and it was pretty cool how they sprayed it –

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Other than strolls November was pretty crazy busy – so here is a stroll through our living-dining room where we hosted our house warming/home coming party and our first Thanksgiving Dinner in the states with our family. It was wonderful and we had a great time with our loved ones!

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Time to snuggle up in front of the fireplace for a moment…before the next crazy bit of the year begins. Looking forward to my December strolls through the hood…although…the weather here is something I have to get used to. While cold weather in Hamburg is like Needles in your Bone, in NJ/NYC it is like scissors in your lungs and the wind is like a shovel in your back…or …actually …it is more like a shovel right in your kisser ;)

Have a wonderful day in or out :)

nat

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  • wilma Voermans

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    Love your strolls through the neighborhood! I like the housepainting(spraying), wowww!

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  • Jean A Marmo

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    I love your strolls through the hood! What a gorgeous apartment!!

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  • Barbara L

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    Your neighborhood is such fun. I love that bathtub pic and the “eat locals” sign. Let us know what you find out about the stucco faces. Interesting. You’ll eventually get used to north Jersey weather. It can be tough, but enjoy it anyway.

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  • Liz

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    Did I ever tell you that I worked at a screen printing place one summer? Oye! Enough screen printing for a lifetime, I tell ya.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I so enjoy your strolls that you share with us.
    Zombies eat locals…too funny.
    The face in the stucco is kinda creepy to me.
    The mural on that wall is gorgeous.
    Your table setting is simple and elegant.
    Your fireplace looks like the perfect place to snuggle with cat, hubby, a huge mug of tea and a good book.

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    Hi Nat
    love the eat local sign hmm I could use that sign here
    you are so funny
    thanks for the stroll

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  • Nancy Sapp

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    LOVE your “Hood” posts! Yes, IF we have the time to look, there are so many neat & interesting patterns, odd shapes & funny signs in any neighborhood.
    LOVE YOUR apt! It looks so roomy – compared to my house!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts & art every day.
    Grandma Nancy

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