Stroll Through the Hood – December 2018

Phew what a month ! I love December with all it’s craziness – but a Stroll through the hood always helps me a bit to cope with this busy time. Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

I have to sneak in a picture of Bobby Pretzel looking at our new ornament – A Pretzel LOL

A fun Saturday selling my prints, ornaments, mugs and original artwork at the Holiday Market here in the city.

We brought those handmade candles over from Japan and I love how they look on the mid-century candle holder I found at my friend’s booth at the market.

speaking of Christmas decoration – my aunt made these napkin rings in the 60s and they crack me up so much. I pinned them to the christmas tree skirt this year and I am in love. My Friend Sandra said they look evil – I think Santa looks mischievous LOL.

Funny Mural Kim and I saw when we were in the city.

A new cafe opened and I love their tin ceiling – can I just lay on the floor while I sip my coffee?

More gorgeous details to see while house hunting – that fireplace- OMG- I love everything about it! The pattern, the carving, the ironwork , the color!

this really cool old stove – a model from 1939-1945 – and yes – I looked it up hahahaha – I love it! I am swooning of a new kitchen themed stamp set- LOL

I also loved this window – look at those colors and the pattern- so cool!

Speaking of house hunting we saw soooooo many houses, didn’t get houses, almost got houses, gave up on houses …but I learned so much with every single one. Like the Victorian way of A/C and keeping the houses cool and little things about the neighborhoods – I love it and so I started a sketch book about the houses we really loved and what I learned and found out.

I also went to my friend’s baby shower – and since part of the family is Peruvian this table decoration made me so happy. I kept it and will paint it for an ornament! Llama fun!

I hope you have a gorgeous week and don’t forget to breathe and step out for a minute!!! Loves!

Comments (2)

  • Janene


    I love your “Strolls through the ‘Hood”. You’re lucky to live in an area where older architecture still exists, and that the residents appreciate it enough to retain it. It kills me to look at the real estate section of the Washington Post on Saturdays, when they often feature an old downtown row house that’s been renovated on the inside to the point where it’s unrecognizable as an older, vintage building. The outside and the inside don’t match or even compliment each other, to my taste anyway. But I guess that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream, right? Everyone likes something different. :-)


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Yeah – there are some gems but we have also seen some really sad “updating” where a house was totally turned into a horrible characterless box and exactly what you say, happened. You see the house from the outside and you are excited and then you go in and just think WHY? But yes you are right, everyone like something different. I don’t want to live in a house that is exactly decked out in the style of 200 years ago – but I do want to keep a lot of the architectural elements that make the house special and visibly old. I think that is part of the charm.


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