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Inspired by this past weekend’s Etsy: Made In Canada craft fair, I made a few jewellery pieces of my own.
For a limited time: if anyone is in the Vancouver area, and is interested in purchasing a bird’s nest necklace (similar to image above), I’ll be taking orders: $20 for the pendant only, with silver wire and three 6mm beads in various shades of blue and/or green. The bird’s nest is approximately 2.5cm in diameter, hanging off a 1.5cm bail. Please private message me on facebook, or DM on twitter to get in touch!
I was experimenting with wire jewellery, so I also made Three Peas in a Pod – representing me, Mike and Derry!
This month, Mike and I went to a wedding of his old schoolmate’s. I love making wedding cards, because I can really focus on something that makes the couple so unique. In this case, Jen and Gary are avid Canucks fans, and I wanted to bring that part to life so the card above was born! Congrats again!
Congratulations to my awesome friends, James and Anna, who got married yesterday! Since he originally proposed with a Mickey Mouse ring, I thought it would only be appropriate to make a card for them that was inspired by the famous Disney couple. Turns out the wedding was heavily Mickey Mouse themed, from married couple hats, to silhouettes in the bouquet, to the gorgeous wedding cake topper – I loved all the details!
Photo by Andy Tsai
And here’s a selfie of me and Mike at the wedding!
Getting to Lisbon required an overnight train from Madrid, so it was a first experience for us! The quarters were extremely spacious, as you can tell from the photos (we basically didn’t have anywhere to walk once the luggage was in the cabin). We also had a ensuite shower on the way back so that we wouldn’t be smelly on the plane, which was much fun at 300 km/hr. Anyway, we survived to tell the tale.
We started our adventure in Belém, a half hour tram ride away from the downtown core. The above picture shows Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), which stands by the ocean and is a celebration of the Portugese Age of Discovery, which led to a global mapping of the world.
Two of the main attractions were the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower (above), both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Belém Tower was built as a defense system and ceremonial gateway to the city. Inside, we found some great views, as well as some claustrophobia-inducing niches.
A trek up a mountain brought us to the eerily empty Palácio Nacional da Ajuda (Ajuda National Palace). Seemingly forgotten by tourists, the palace was filled room after room with untouched furniture and exquisite art. Some of the rooms were in decay, and the silence of the building makes it seem almost haunted.
Back in the city’s core, we learned that tour tips weren’t joking around when they noted that Lisbon is a very hilly city. We got quite the workout from trying to navigate the maze of back-alley streets. There are many districts, such as the festive Bairro Alto pictured above.
The benefit to walking up numerous hills is the fantastic view from the top. From the above photo, you can see Castelo de São Jorge on the hill on the left, and the Vasco da Gama bridge on the horizon. Lisbon is famous for the red rooftops on their buildings.
The best part of Lisbon was the food – the Portuguese sure know how to use butter! I fell in love with pastéis de nata, their egg tart pastries – and I would greatly appreciate a tip on where to get these in Vancouver!
Our third city on the trip was Valencia, which also happens to be the third largest city in Spain. We stayed in la Plaza del Ayutamiento, right in the city centre. Two sides of the downtown area are surrounded by Jardín del Turia, a city park alongside the Turia river. The above photo was taken in Plaça de la Mare de Déu, the plaza next to the city’s cathedral and basilica.
The city is full of old remnants, with one of the most iconic being the above Torres de Serranos from the 14th century, historically used as Valencia’s main entrance, being one of twelve gates in the old city wall.
About half an hour away from the downtown core lies a cluster of futuristic buildings known as Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences). Among these buildings are Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, top left) and L’Hemisfèric (top right), an IMAX theatre, planetarium and laserium.
Mike and I went to L’Oceanogràfic, the aquarium in this area. We particularly enjoyed walking through the shark and rays tube, as well as watching penguins waddle around.
The weather forecast for our time in Valencia was thunderstorms, and I was joking that their thunderstorms sure contained a lot of blue sky…
But alas, I spoke too soon. It wouldn’t be a real Guimond vacation without a bit of rain (or in this case, buckets and buckets of rain accompanied by lightning and thunder). We were out shopping and got caught in a downpour and had to race back to the hotel. At least that held off until we had seen most of the city!