I love taking photos of fireworks (I’m tempted to print these big). As long as the Macys Fireworks show stays on the Hudson River, we’ll continue to watch the fireworks that my mom’s town puts on in Long Island. Less crowds and we get to be right under them up close (but not too close. We learned our lesson last year when it was a little scary as embers rained down on us for most of the show).
Speaking of the Macys show, if it continues to stay on the Hudson River as it has been for the past 5 years, maybe Brooklyn needs to initiate a Kickstarter to have our own fireworks show over the East River again. We can all pitch in a few bucks.
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We had a mini vacation and came back to Brooklyn late afternoon to a brownout and firetruck commotion on our street. Heatwave in the city! We’re in the dog days of summer now…
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Posted another lovely family over at The Mixed Race Project. Christine and Randy live in Seattle, WA and I had the pleasure of visiting them when we were there in August. I loved the hilltop view of the city from their Seattle home and it makes me impatient for the summer when we’ll go back like we do every year. Although I’m not sure how much longer I will continue working on this project, I do hope to feature a few more families this year. Thanks for all your encouragement and positive feedback over The Mixed Race Project over the last 18 months. It’s helped me keep the series going.
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It’s been a while since I put up a new family on the Mixed Race Project, but I did indeed visit 2 families on our West Coast trip this year. In Portland, Oregon, I met Roxana and Dupre and their 2 adorable girls. They cooked a super delicious Sunday breakfast and we talked about Portland, New York, food and the NY Yankees (Dupre is a big fan). Thank you Roxana and Dupre for letting me into your home!
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UPDATE: We sold out our first small run in 24 hrs! We are selling more in our shops but please allow up to 4 business days for the calendars to ship, though in most cases it will ship earlier than that. With your help, we have already made monetary donations to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and the Ali Forney Drop in Center. We’ve also delivered supplies down to Occupy Sandy and the Park Slope Armory, which is housing storm evacuees. In our next round we plan to fund The Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen, the Red Hook Initiative, Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief, and Staten Island Project Hospitality. Thank you so much for your purchase and support!
I had been working on a NY calendar for the last few weeks, but with all that has happened over the past 10 days, it now seems fitting somehow. So, for the month of November I’ll be donating 30% of all calendar sales to some of the local organizations that are listed on this post and will also be taking a portion of the funds to purchase the most currently needed supplies for distribution and relief centers. The supply needs change seemingly by the hour, but via Twitter and Facebook, we’re able to see announcements of what is needed at that moment and try to put that in motion. Just this past Tuesday The Red Hook Initiative, for example, put out a call that they needed aluminum and foil serving containers to distribute meals. Later that afternoon, Mark was able to purchase and drop off 500 of those containers. This is social media put to use at its best.
The rest of the country might have moved on from Hurricane Sandy as the Election dominates the news and coverage of the aftermath and recovery efforts gets buried, but as the days go on for some people still without power, heat and shelter, the situation becomes more dire because of the cold (oh, did you know that we are having a full fledged Nor’Easter snowstorm right now? I know, right??). Field reports from volunteers paint the most realistic picture and the conditions are often much more worse than you can even imagine. We try to help because it’s the right thing to do. The weather doesn’t discriminate. You might only be spared because of pure luck and chance and if we were to find ourselves the unfortunate ones next time, we’d be grateful for the help too.
Find the calendars on our website or our Etsy shop.
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Next year’s calendar is here! Available in our Etsy print store and our website.
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