Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mid Century 50's, 60's and 70's

This seems to be a favorite for many.  The clean lines and retro vibe are all the rage.  New items are coming in weekly as many are leaving the shop!

I need an airstream for these!

I love these vintage patio lights!  3 full sets plus extra parts.  

Nice and sturdy love seat, perfect for a dorm room!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Living the Green Life

New Belgium Brewery is one of my FAVORITE places to visit, and it's not because of the beer!  (although it is pretty wonderful.)  This place is all about being good stewards of the earth and to the people who work for them.  We've taken 2 tours and it only makes me love it more, because you learn something new every time.  If you're ever going to take a trip to Fort Collins, CO call ahead and book a tour (even if you aren't a beer drinker, you'll have a great time and it will make you appreciate what they do).  You never see an employee that doesn't look happy.  After one year of employment you are part owner of the company and are presented with the Fat Tire bike of the year.  They have yoga on Thursday nights for the employee's and on and on fun activities planned to promote good health and happiness :)
These are the big steam activated processors, and then they
recycle the steam and the grains after they leave this area.  I wish
you could see the beautiful tile work surrounding these vats.

An awesome table top

Art made from recycled cameras for their snapshot beer

the barrels

our tour  guide

size in reference to my daughter :)

rock climbing wall for the employees!

Most employees ride their fat tired bikes to work but they
also have stations to plug your electric cars!

Awesome light fixtures with recycled bottles 

seating made from bike rims

A light fixture made from a bike rim and beer cans

another perk for emplyees

Sampling the brew

I love their ART!

at the end you can ride the slide.

The CEO is on the Left!

inside the airstream

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Road Trippin-Out West

I've been back for a few weeks now and can finally come up for air!  We had such a wonderful time in Colorado.  I was never really into history until I started exploring old ghost towns when I lived in Dillon in the early 80's, now I can never get enough.  The buildings tell the most amazing stories!  
This was a brand new area for both Ed and I. A friend that IN moved there a few years ago, and spoke so fondly of  the town of Victor, we had to check it out!  It was once a town of 15,000, a busting town with a gold mine, and still has an operating gold mine that harvests about a million dollars worth a day! The town is only a fraction of the people it once had, and lots of stores sit empty, but Judy and her husband have brought so many of them back to life.  We stayed at their renovated boarding house.

The old Assay
A side road in Victor

Judy at her shop The Junk Posse

outside the shop,  Judy and Ed fighting off a chill at 55 degrees!

Some of the homes in the area-Cropple Creek

Cripple Creek is now a gambling town (totally redoing the roads).
Salida, CO is known for its great Art shops and yes we had to explore those too!

This was an awesome Antique store.  Still had all the fixtures from it's former
life as a hardware store.  Leadville, CO

Keystone-Drinking a moscow mule in the proper mug :)

Hiking in Frisco

Lodge Pole Pines

Hiking at St. Johns mine, Montezuma,  CO 
A selfie with the kids,  hiking in Montezuma

Spotted some wild life!

My daughter Rosemary

The School house in Montezuma

We drove up Mt. Evans-14,000 foot road and at the top were rewarded with
these Mountain Goats, they blend in so nicely don't they!