neighborhood stroll

Callie girl has been given the okay to start taking strolls. Not only am I delighted to get outside with my girl but I will be back taking pictures again. I am always inspired when I get outside and take in my surroundings. Especially when life is starting to bloom around me.

What I love most about the photos I take while on our neighborhood strolls is that they are a mess of things. Rusty metal, flowers, textures...whatever strikes my fancy as I poke around the area with my phone in hand. 

happy spring!
xo, kim

welcome spring!

This last sunny Saturday got me out of the house and into a little wooded area on the edge of the city.

After a stroll through the dog park we sat by the river to soak up the sun. It was indeed a happy, sun filled Saturday.

xo, kim

ps: how have you been enjoying this new season?

before the blizzard

 when you could still see some green..

..and the slate patio stones..

..and puppy paws weren't yet sinking in drifts..

..clematis seeds were just catching flakes..

..the butterfly bush was still standing.. were the boxwoods..

 ..and pine needles peeked through the accumulating flakes..

..and branches were perfectly accented in white.. was a beautiful day.

enjoy winter. it is here for a while and has some beauty we should take in while we can.
xo, kim


This year's holiday cards were more vibrant than previous years, making them my favorite yet. Not to mention, they may have been the spark I needed to start a new adventure!

While taking some pictures at work I happened to capture vintage holiday lights accidentally hung near a sign reading "Holiday". I posted this photograph on Instagram and was encouraged to use it as a holiday card. Going with the vibrant color theme I decided to order some peacock colored paper, fuchsia envelopes and chartreuse labels which I think is a fabulous combination.

Little does she know, the lovely Amber of Felt Like It gave me just the push I needed to get some of my photographs printed. [see Amber was the one who had the keen eye and suggested this photo be a part of a holiday card after all.] And seeing as I was so pleased with the outcome of my prints I am in the very early stages of starting up a little photography shop called 'a girl in her city'. So, thank you, Amber! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now back to the holiday cards, they are never complete without a Callie stamp. Everyone on my mailing list knows to look out for the postage, you are guaranteed to find my snow pup gracing the top right corner of your envelope year after year. She is the real star of this show.

happy friday!
get out and celebrate!
xo, kim [+ callie too!]

wood and hints of green

Right before the early autumn snow I noticed a pattern on my photograph role. I had captured weathered wood with all of the lingering green hues I could find. Looks like I am not ready to let go of summer just yet. I am learning to appreciate all of the seasons in New England but when summer comes to a close I always miss the colors of flowers in bloom. 

I think that is why I take the time to capture everything, I can always revisit the colors and forms of each season in my photo album. In the dead of winter, during the short dark days all those photos of flowers really make a difference. 

happy autumn!
xo, kim

enjoying summer's end

Callie and I have been enjoying the cooler weather by taking more day time walks. And we stop to capture [or sniff] plenty of flowers along the way while they are still here for us to enjoy.

I am torn wondering if autumn will be a start to something new and good for me or if I am going to spend the brisk days ahead wishing I could have a redo to this year's spring. 

xo, kim

thriftin' in New Bedford

I spent a year living in New Bedford when I was an undergrad. The city had just started to come to life with boutiques and restaurants popping up here and there. Aside from the burritos at No Problemo my other favorite part of living in New Bedford was being so close to four huge antique shops. 

This time I was on the hunt for displays. One of my major display pieces was broken at my last fair.
[big sad face here. it had a cover and was well, perfect.] And I was pretty good leaving with a few displays and one dinged up hammer. For once I was all business, except for all of the picture taking that happened.

I have a hard time keeping to my task when I shop at antique stores.

There are too many bright, shiny objects that catch my eye.

It is probably a good thing that I drive a VW Golf and can't get home with tons of large pieces. 

Everything is so enticing. The furniture is fun and just asking to be refinished. 
And who doesn't need an old dress form just for decoration?

There are four different major antique shops in New Bedford [some listed here] and they are all unique, amazing and overwhelming with treasures to be found.

They manage to all have very different collections than the next one.

Making the adventure even more fun when you are hitting up all four at once.

I so wish this machine were $2. Because, you know, I really need an old register.

I think my favorite part of taking pictures at the Cove was trying to capture the collections people have acquired over time. I am fascinated with the objects one decides to collect.

Do you remember milk delivery? I do. There were many days of carrying glass bottles to our third floor apartment. Was I ever petrified I would drop a quart of milk.

I found the Cove to be a haven of sorts for anyone interested in textile arts or old product design. 

Another odd collection, but this one is my favorite. Color, rust and metal get me every time.

Would any place other than New Bedford have this type of bling in a vintage jewelry display case?

Another great example as to why it is a very, very good thing I drive a Golf.

Same here. How cool is this??????


Crystal haze.

Singa, the way a true New Bedford resident would say "Singer".
[I can crack this joke as a girl born in Fall River, aka Fahl Riva.]

More rust but this time with moss!

How I wish I had more than a fire escape garden. I'd love to mount these on the side of a garage and plant ivy or clematis to wind around the perfectly weathered iron work.

Let's grind.

These boxes completely fascinate me. 

The colors and type are attractive. I keep trying to think of just the right project for these.

Turn me on I'm a radio!

Washboard abs.

I hope you enjoyed my thrifting adventure. 
happy tuesday!
xo, kim

goodbye spring

I didn't do the best at keeping up with my welcome spring posts. So, here's a sad goodbye to spring. 
A sad blue and deep purple adieu. 

It seems like these blooms came and went in the blink of an eye. Is it just me or did the irises seem particularly gorgeous this year?

goodbye to spring. 
xo, kim

hello, poppy!

Seeing as it's a grey week again I thought I would share some brightness with you. 

These poppies were so vibrant I noticed them while driving to the studio from a favorite coffee + roll shop [seven stars bakery!].

I pulled over and squealed in delight. They were just as lovely as I suspected they would be.

I love their fuzzy pods, stems and leaves. And this shade of green is a perfect backdrop for these red blooms. Their contrast compliments these hues perfectly making the red look all the more vibrant.

I'm completely amazed at the intricate stigma surrounded by the dark stamen and anthers. It is beautiful, dark and mysterious. 

The pods, leaves and stems aren't the only parts of this flower with texture. I love the subtle ripple in the poppy's petals. They are also slightly transparent allowing the deep black spots to show through to the back. [These are a huge inspiration for me. My poppy series is soon to be retired and replaced with a series which better portrays this flower's natural beauty.]

I saved my favorite shot for last.

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

happy weekend!

It looks like we are in for a dreary weekend. Just remember, we need  showers to get these gorgeous flowers. Think of the bright blooms and know the sun will be out soon.

happy weekend!
xo, kim

city views + inspiration

A little stroll through downtown gave me some fire escape envy.
The design is simple yet more intricate than my fire escape. In fact, these shapes will soon be sketched out for my brooch series I plan on making one of these days. Although, this form may just find its way into my iron work series as well. It will be fun to use the same forms in different projects.

Seeing the 7 and the 2 askew remind me to always be on my toes with composition. This has a fun, playful quality. My first love (before discovering metals classes) was drawing. I take what I learned in hours of critiques and utilize it in my metalwork.

To add to my envy, this fire escape has stairs. We have a ladder. It's the little things.
It looks like there is enough room to have a little bench here so I could sit and read while enjoying my fire escape garden. A girl can dream.

There was also this really sweet gate in the neighborhood. I would love to have an iron gate to close me in at night, just so I can appreciate its beauty every day.

happy friday!
xo, kim

ps: tomorrow i will be at Providence Art Festival. stop by and visit me under my tent.

welcome spring!

Seeing as there is one day left in May I decided to post a mix of white spring blooms on the blog so I can show off my birthday flower, lily of the valley.

By the way, I had a great birthday. I am ever so grateful for all of the sweet wishes I received throughout the day. Birthdays can be wonderful when a girl receives nothing but compliments, well wishes and love.

happy spring!
xo, kim

welcome spring!

Spring has flown by, flowers have bloomed and wilted as quickly as they came. Since I have been so tardy with my welcome spring posts I thought I would arrange all future posts by color. This way none of our favorite spring blooms get lost in the shuffle.
For no special reason, I am starting with pink...

Pink dogwoods are always a favorite.

They are simple, cheery and just as amazing alone or huddled together on a branch.

These sweet blossoms (someone help me here on the name) are the perfect start to spring. And I love how it looks like pink snow when these trees shed their flowers. 

And the most vibrant of spring pinks are always bleeding hearts.

But these azaleas are quite bright as well. 

Anemone clematis are one of my favorite spring vines. These are the palest of pink and well accented with yellow stamen. I do wish these stayed around longer. 

This yard is always full of lovely color combinations. Everything compliments these blue tiled steps. 

Rainy day walks can make for nice pictures. 

Something must be brewing in our neighborhood. I've been seeing pink spots on the curbs. I suspect there is road work in our future. 

I'm smitten with my pink English Daisies on the fire escape. I check on them everyday to look for new buds. They are so innocent looking.

This iris is certainly more peach than pink but it is a lovely site, especially with its orange accents.

There are so many spring blooms which are so simple yet so stunning.

After being starved for color all winter, any and all blooms are welcome.

With this pink spring photo collection all together I've realized the contrast between the bright and sunny photos...

...and the rainy day photos. I just can't choose a favorite. Well, I can choose a favorite weather to take my strolls in but seeing raindrops collecting on petals is a pretty site on film. 

Which do you prefer? Raindrop photos? Sunny ones? Walks in the sun? Puddle jumping? Or walks right after the rain? 

One of my favorite color combinations are pink, orange and yellow. It's daring but so lovely.

Dahlias are another favorite. I've always wanted these in my garden. Maybe next year...

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

welcome spring!

I have been so overwhelmed with all of the lovely blooms this spring. It seems like everything is popping up all at once. 

But poppies are always my favorite.

There were in a sweet window box I came across one spring evening in downtown Providence.

Pansies are always adorable...

..but they lacking in the graceful gesture of a poppy.

I just love the effect of capturing these flowers with my hipstamatic. Some of the photos seem inspired by Andy Warhol. And maybe I haven't told you this yet, but I am a huge fan of Pop Art.

happy wednesday to you!
xo, kim

random studio shots

It's been a while since I've posted some behind the scenes studio shots. So, here we go...

clasps all set up and ready to solder

soldering ear wires to make aster dangles 

new necklace in the works!

how i love these wire cutters

more clasps being soldered. this time for my forget-me-not necklaces.

a sketch i made while in school. it was for a thimble weed hairpin I later fabricated in silver. 

chuck taylors hard at work cleaning soldered clasps to a shine.
I plan on starting up my studio sundays posts again. Hopefully, I will remember to keep taking pictures on the days I am hard at work.

happy sunday! kim

perfectly abstract

I've been participating in the april opposites challenge set up by instafame. And do I ever love this challenge! Here are my two favorites that are perfectly abstract and I think capture the theme well.
day 5 : looking up {view of the chandelier from my bed}

day 7 : near {a door knob}
I'll be sure to post some of my other photos from the challenge. I just couldn't wait to share these first.
Want to play? Take a look at the challenge here. And you can follow my photos here

and happy friday the 13th.
xo, kim

east side greys

The east side is generally bright with well painted houses and groomed flower beds. On this particular jaunt everything seemed so grey, not that I am complaining. 
{Grey is my new favorite hue, it is easily accented.}

Wasn't I right? Grey looks great with a hint of yellow and bold orange. Either way, this area always looks great with a hot cup of coffee in my hand, a fresh roll for the road and shopping bags from my favorite neighborhood shops.

xo, kim

college hill yellow + black

Forsythia has bloomed on college hill. 
It is the perfect accent to black iron fences.

These swirls look lonely without the lovely yellow accents.

It is also lovely against the aged brick. Aged brick and black fences are a staple in college hill and the forsythia is a great way to brighten up the neighborhood for spring.

xo, kim

budding trees + brick

The trees were starting to bloom last time I was downcity. 

 I can't decide what is prettier, seeing the buildings through the trees or seeing that lovely sky through a mess of branches...

xo, kim

dramatic skies

The skies were quite dramatic the other day. 

The perfect day for looking up and daydreaming. 
xo, kim