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Going to the Drive-In

A quick note, as it’s been weighing on my conscience that it’s halfway through the year and I haven’t posted about my yearly lists yet. I didn’t put together a list this year because I wanted to take time to finish the things on my previous lists. I’d rather work away at items that are important, rather pile on more obligations to the point that it is no longer enjoyable. That being said, earlier this week I was thrilled to cross off an item from last year’s to-do list. I went to the drive-in movies for the first time in my life. After driving past the Cascade Drive in (West Chicago) over 10 years ago now, I’ve known that was the drive-in I wanted to attend.

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Talking to people beforehand about the drive-in, I gathered that it was fun enough, but nothing amazing. I tried not to build myself up as much as one can, when they’ve been wishing to go to the Drive-In their entire life. Honestly, I’ve wanted to go for so long, but it had to be with just the right person, and for the right movie and at the right time of the season, etc. Matt and I have been together now for 10 years, so I think it was finally safe to say he was the right person, lol.
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Like I said, this item was on my to-do list from last year. I added myself to the Cascade Drive-In movie theatre email list and for over a year they’ve been sending me the movies they are playing each week. Last year, without fail, when a movie that I’d finally want to see came to the drive-in, it would turn out that I had already seen it in the regular theater weeks before. So this year, I told myself not to rush into the theaters to see everything and save it for the drive-in. When it came down to it, I finally said if I wait for the perfect day and the perfect movie, it will never happen so when I saw the new X Men movie was playing I thought it would be good enough.
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I think most drive-ins are usually double headers and this one was no different. Bridesmaids was the second movie, and although I wanted to see it, we ended up going on Wednesday, and we both had to work in the morning. We left it up to how we felt at the time to leave after the first movie or stay for the second feature. Also the movie theater was over an hour’s drive away from us.

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Keeping low expectations of the experience worked out because immediately driving in I knew it was going to be awesome and even better than imagined.  The lot was all gravel so you didn’t have to worry about mosquitos. They had the posts with speakers attached and before the movie began they were playing classic hits from the 50s. Both Matt and I really enjoyed that. The theater really made their best effort to make it like it had been back in the day. You could listen from your speaker on the post, put the speaker in your car or just tune to 88.5 on your radio and listen that way. We played the movie through our radio and had our windows open so we could hear from all the other speakers in the theater and it was almost like stereo coming from all directions.

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We got there about 20 minutes before the first show was supposed to begin (8:30 p.m.) and there were a few cars there before us. By the the time the movie began we heard an employee’s walkie-talkie announce that there were 110 vehicles and I saw more cars still pull in after that. So, they did decently for a midweek showing.  That day had been unusually hot, but by the evening it was so nice out. We were able to have the windows down and sunroof open and there was a cool breeze. If we go again I’ll try and remember to bring a blanket and pillows.

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They had a snack shop where you could buy all sorts of goodies, and they didn’t seem too expensive either. Popcorn for a dollar! Who’s heard of that at a movie in the last 50 years? But beforehand, heading to the movies Matt and I picked up some sandwiches to bring with us. It’s a perk you can’t enjoy at the regular movies. You can also bring your pets and lawn chairs. There were several groups laying in truck beds or SUVs to watch the movie. Before the movie began I even saw people that brought a baseball and mitts to play catch. They also had picnic tables in a grassy area and permanent BBQ grills for anyone to use.

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Probably because it wasn’t dark enough yet, the movie (or rather commercials) began about 20 minutes late. But once again to my enjoyment, they played all of these old classic commercials from long ago advertising things they carry in the snack shop. It filled in even more than in this picture above, but they kept all the cars in certain rows. I’m not sure, but I’d guess they could probably pack over a thousand cars in there. I can imagine how full it would be on a Friday or Saturday night.

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Here is a picture I snapped of the moon as it was getting darker. By the end of the movie the wind had REALLY picked up and  it had been so hot and dry the last few days that dust from the gravel started picking up. A couple times I got stuff in my eyes, and that’s not good for this contact lens wearing girl. X Men was good and it ended a bit after 11, even though Bridesmaids was supposed to start at 10:30. We were more than content with our experience, so we decided we were fine leaving early. Good thing too because a few minutes after we left the sky opened up and rained and poured the whole way home.

I had such a good time and I’m so glad that it was just Matt and I, but I’d definitely want to go again. I think it would be fun to get a group of people in multiple vehicles.  Also, I think they open up a full 2.5 hours before the movies begin so you really could make an evening of it with BBQing and everything.


I’m dropping in to share some GREAT news today :D

1.Claire from Bicoastally is going to be giving away one of my Bunting Stationery Sets (pictured above) AND a reproduction print to one person through her blog. Visit this post to enter (it’s really simple, and you have 3 chances to enter. Subscribe to her blog, add my facebook fanpage, AND/OR tweet or blog about the giveaway to promote it, then comment about how you entered, on her post here.) Claire is such a sweet-heart and was the person who brilliantly gave me the idea to turn my bunting notepads into a stationery set. So hop on over to her blog and enter to win!

2. Last week was a trip. First my bunting notepads were featured in an Etsy article by themogulmom. That was pretty exciting, and garnered lots of hearts and attention to my shop. After being open for 4 years, my Etsy shop finally reached 1000 shop hearts. This was a goal of mine from the beginning of the year. Then that same article was used in an Etsy Sellers email, where my notepads were featured top and center. Woah! This was my first time being featured in an Etsy email and I was so honored and so excited. That feature resulted in a handful of sales! I had over 10 sales in one week, and that is HUGE for someone who usually averages 1-2 sales per week. I got a mini taste of what it would be like to run Robayre as a full time business, and that was a delicious taste, mmm.

Thank you for letting me dork out about my good news.

Renegade part II

Okay, back with the last few items from my shopping spree at Renegade Chicago. See the first part here.

I bought four of these tree magnets from iamhome.etsy.com,

and now, gah!!! I picked up tons of business cards, but I still have two more products that I bought, but can’t figure out who the sellers were. If you know who sold these items please leave a comment and let me know.

These hilarious Double Rainbow pencils, and lastly,

I bought a bunch of these mini projector slide books. So tiny, so cute, so inexpensive at only $1 each=so irresistible to buying a ton.

Okay, so that raps up Renegade for this year. Fun times.

Renegade 2010

As annual tradition dictates, my sister and I hit up Renegade Chicago this weekend. Last year we went on Sunday and there were vicious, pushy crowds, while vendors were left with little variety in product. So, this year I vowed to make sure and go early. It worked. For better or worse, I dropped almost $200 bucks.

(the pictures below are all credited to the sellers, and items can be found by clicking on links AND pictures)


The digital photobooth, provided by Renegade. They had a suitcase of props. I can never pass up a photobooth opportunity.

I got this t-shirt by gnomeenterprises.net,

one of these chalkboard quotes from RedVelvetArt,

a cute shoulder bag by Gerbera Designs. It is not this bag, but uses the same strawberry fabric, and has the coolest pockets and is reversible,

a brass necklace from RagTraderVintage.com (once again, not this particular necklace, it’s filigree instead),

A Bent Feather Ring from EricaWeiner.com ,

dork-dance by Zoo-Mouse-Key, but my book is handbound and an original intaglio print book,

a couple prints from Paul Friedrich (onionhead monster).

Okay, check back later for part two of the things I got at Renegade.  Dinner is done and the Mr. is getting restless.

Day Twenty – Second yoyo pouch

I’m almost complete with this second yoyo pouch. I’m pretty excited because I’m getting much better and adding extra touches that really finish them off. I’m going to wait until I have three entirely complete before listing any in my shop.

Off to work on another. I’m addicted.

Day Fifteen & Sixteen

Trying to play a little catch-up here. I’ve finished two spreads in my mini book. You can see the other pages from the book so far in this flickr set.

I’ve been working on another project in the background… another yoyo pouch. I’ll post it when it’s complete, which will probably be tomorrow.

Day Thirteen – Circle Series 15 & 16 complete

I finished the piece I started for day 12, which I was going to post and call day thirteen (because it did take me two days) but my sister thinks that’s cheating. This is Circle Series No. 15, you can see the whole series here.

Here you can see exactly why it took me another day. I dyed cotton string to go with the piece and hand-stitched the last circle. This concludes day 12.

Which brings us up to Day Thirteen. I created Circle Series No. 16.
and a detail shot

For two weeks I’ve planned on participating in Illustration Friday. After two weeks, and two words (star gazing and atmosphere), I came up with and created this piece inspired by both words. I’m not submitting it, but hopefully I will be able to create something and participate next Friday.

Day Ten – Banner Flag Notepad

Once again, I’m really stoked about the project I came up with for today for day 10 of the “create something every day in August” challenge.

I was at work and thinking about how we print notepads for customers occasionally. I immediately decided to create some as a new paper product for my Etsy shop, but it took me a bit more time to come up with a design for them. At first I was just going to look through my old artwork and use a cropped thumbnail as an image on each sheet. Then I got the idea to make a banner flag notepad and was just so excited to get home and start working on it. I actually made little banners, photographed them, photoshop-ed them, designed them on the computer, printed them out, cut them down and padded them, all this evening. I want to make tons of them. I’d actually love to get some professionally printed and padded, but I don’t know if they would be successful enough to sell. This is a dilemma I often have. I have the constant passion to design and create, but lack the exposure and/or buying demand for the things I make.

I made four pads all together (two different images, and lined and unlined), just to test the water. I’m so excited to offer them in my Etsy shop, there’s one pad there now. I’ll post more tomorrow.

Day Seven – Hoola Hooping

Okay, you may be looking at me with a tilted head and questioning glare, “Hoola Hooping?” For day seven I am thrilled to share that I have taught myself the very beginning of hoola hooping, which is to say that I can keep it up for longer than 5 seconds, lol. I’m so embarrassed to share this video of me, but here it is anyway. Please disregard all the camping stuff still scattered all over our living room floor.

Last year during this same month I shared a video of some pretty amazing hoola hooping as dance and I’ve wanted to learn how to hoola hoop ever since. Even as a kid I think I had a hoola hoop but couldn’t really keep it from falling immediately. Fast forward to the age of youtube and now I have step by step instructions right at my fingertips and within minutes I was able to actually do it! I actually screamed with delight when it didn’t immediately fall down. I just simply googled hoola hoop instructions and came to this series of videos here.

I have a long way to go to do any sort of acrobatic movements, heck I’m still trying to master turning in place while hooping. But I’m having fun and so excited to progress.

Day Four – Canvas Bag

This is a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I bought a pack of 3 small canvas bags and I wanted to customize them, similarly to the shoes I did last year.

I love stripes, that’s a given, so for my first bag I wanted a simple pattern of fat horizontal stripes. I wanted the image area to be pretty loose, look handmade, and PENCIL marks make up the pattern. My hopes are that, like my shoes, people have to look again because they are surprised how much like pencil it looks…only to be informed that it is indeed pencil. I was so pleased with my shoes because the techniques I used resulted in a very permanent mark, and the pencil never smeared or wore away and still look great to this day, just more worn in.

I love how the finished bag looks. It was one of those things where I had the vision, but while I worked on it I kept changing my mind, “I’ll post in my etsy shop.” then a few minutes later “No, I love it too much, and it’s SO ME. I’m gonna keep it for myself.” and lastly “I shouldn’t be selfish, I should give it as a gift to so-and-so.” I prewashed it before doing this, but I think I will wash it one more time before deciding, just in case it doesn’t like going through the washer.”

I apologize for the pictures and colors being kind of wonky, but this bag took me over 3 hours and I began it after work, which left me no daylight once I was complete.