You read the title right, it is called Pinspiration Market and it was here in Seattle over the weekend at Magnuson Park Hanger 30. There were over 115 vendors with everything you might have pinned to your boards at one time. I found out about this event through Facebook events one day and thought why not go. The market was held at Magnuson Park in one of the old airplane hangers that dot the property (the place used to be a Navy Air Station) and on a Saturday morning there was plenty of activity going on all around the area.
Lately, my mother has been looking for old vintage picture frames to use in decorating a wall in her house and by the end of our day at the market, I was carrying two frames back to the car. The thing is they were shabby chic with what one vendor called “mermaid” blue and had a rustic old paint technique people have been pinning like crazy on Pinterest. Sadly these frames will not be this color for long because they are going to be repainted.
Of course, there was a lot of vendors with old antiques like typewriters, those neat Brownie cameras from the 1940s, and those old 1920-1970s suitcases or travel trunks stacked on top of each other. Not to mention the old pane glass windows that seemed to be sold within 15 minutes of the market is open. A few vendors tried to sell some that had broken or missing glass panes for $40-75, which let’s be honest is still way too much even if the replacement panes cost $9. There was plenty of those cute signs seen all around Pinterest, and one vendor sold the adhesives stencils to make your own. There were clothing shops and a few vendors with those cotton ball floral arrangements for sale (Note: you can find these at Hobby Lobby or Micheals or even JoAnn Fabric in the floral departments) that have taken by storm due to Fixer Upper show on HGTV.
There is, of course, DIY classes, but after a few rounds of names being called, there was no way I was sticking around for a long time waiting for my name to appear (if it ever did).
There was only one food truck there, and it was damn good food! 314 Pie– Savory and Sweet Pies food truck had one of the best chicken pot pies I have had in a long time. It was even better than Marie Calendar pies people are raving about. There was a cookie in there too, but I ate it before I could document it, so sorry you just have to go try it in person (Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookie). I did pass the Delicately Sweet Confections booth and the Arno Chocolates, but I need something more than a sweet treat to keep me going.
For those who missed the chance, there will be other times: Puyallup Fair Grounds Feb 9&10 2018, and Seattle Magnuson Park May 20, 2018.
There is something very peaceful about a conservatory full of plants. A place where all the cares can be left outside the glass structure and take a breather for an hour. An old Victorian Conservatory, a Victorian water tower and seeing Seattle from the black side of the sun. All of this done before noon on a quiet overcast day in Volunteer Park.
Walking among the plants in a Victorian-era greenhouse structure is a step into a peaceful warm environment full of plants from all over. From one area to the other of the building was packed with flowers, trees, cactus, and other exotic plants blooming with color. I went right around the time the conservatory was opening for the day and I believe this is the best time of day to go when it is not crowded with people.
Posing with cactus in the cactus room.
The Water Tower:
Walked all the way up to the top of this old Victorian water tower to great views of Seattle, Bellevue, and Lake Washington. From here through the tree top/branches there are glimpses of the old grand houses of Capital Hill. The very same houses that are well out of reach for anyone in this city unless you have a couple of million dollars extra sitting around. From the old style wrought iron bar windows you can see the landscape of the park below, and with the old pictures of the tower, some of the trees below have been growing since 1909!
Black Sun Of Seattle:
If you stand just right on the top of the stairs with the SAM behind you, you can get the Space Needle framed in the middle of the sculpture. I do not remember why it is called the Black Sun, but it has been part of the park since 1987.
I did not visit the Lake View Cemetery where famous Seattle people are buried (which is next door to the park) because there have been a people destroying grave sites in the Seattle area. So I could not see the final resting places of Bruce Lee. Maybe some other time.
The bluest skies you see are in Seattle! Perry Como had it right, when the sun shines in Seattle it is a beautiful sight to see. After the Terracotta Warriors and lunch, it was time to walk down to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. To get to the park I walked 0.7 miles down Broad Street (a hill!) from the Seattle Center to the waterfront.
There was a lot of people hanging in the park soaking up the sunshine and the view of Elliott Bay. With space and art installations scattered around the park, one could easily find a spot for the afternoon or day and relax.
The head sculpture has the best view
Look at this beautiful view below! Pretty skies you see are in Seattle.
Right about the time of this picture, there was a train coming through on the track below. This is a constant reminder of how industrial Seattle still is at the core and the reason why some of the parks here are in existent because of the train tracks creating an open space for the public to enjoy along the water.
Also, there is another park the Olympic Sculpture park merges into and this is the Myrtle Edwards Park along the waterfront north of the cruise ship dock. Here there is plenty green grass to picnic on and a beach to view vast blue of Elliot Bay.
A little blurry in the picture of a ship unloading cargo and cruise ships parked at the mooring dock. Below is the famous PI globe atop the old Seattle PI newspaper building. This globe is not longer spins as it uses to and is slated just like the old Rainer Brewery R as a historical relic in the MOHI.
With the weather being so gorgeous and the temperature was in the lower 70s, this was a perfect day to spend in Seattle. Make the long wet winter a thing of the past. After spending a few hours soaking up the sights, I made a sweaty hike back up the hill to Seattle Center for one last snack at a food truck before going home.
Terracotta Warriors were in town for a limited engagement in two cities in the US. Seattle was lucky to have the traveling exhibition come to Seattle before heading back to China. While Nana was in town for our birthdays we went to see the exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. We happen to go on the same day of the Seattle University graduation at Key Arena and some festival at the Seattle Center park. Just think in another year this will be me walking around in my black cap and gown from Northwest University.
….back to the Terracotta Warriors…..
We got our timed tickets for the first group of the day so there was not a whole lot of people in the exhibit. The whole exhibits were in the making of these terracotta statues, the science behind preserving them, how the site was found, and the history of the Qin (Chin) Dynasty, the first emperor of China. The special thing about this exhibit is the fact you can get up close to the artifacts were at the excavation site in China you cannot.
The surprising thing I learned in this exhibit is the first man-made pigment was founded during this time called Huns Purple which is barium copper silicate. This pigment is stable enough to conduct electricity and is made of this compound it is found in many electronics such as a smartphone. A science nerd moment right there! This compound was found on terracotta warriors and pottery of the time period.
After the tour of the Terracotta Warriors, we headed over to McMenamin’s in lower Queen Anne for some lunch. The place was hopping since families of graduates from the university graduation where there the celebrate. The food was done pub style and the theme of the restaurant was done like an old pub in 60s England.
The rest of the day was spent walking around the Seattle Center area and going to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront.
Stormy winter days on Puget Sound are a perfect day for a little stroll to cure the soul. It has been a long time since I have been to Golden Gardens Park and little did I know I returned on the same day as the wedding I went to two years ago. A lot has changed since that day, and the couple who’s wedding it was is now clear across the country in Wisconsin with a daughter, and the guy I met them through long gone. But the place still looks the same as ever. Somethings never change in Seattle, and a park is one of them.
The morning started out with the sun out, but as soon as I parked the car in the lot the clouds started to roll in off the sound. Strolling along the beach I caught glimpse of the Olympic Mountain range across water with snow on it’s peaks. I have seen these mountains my whole life, and the sight never gets old. Even with the wind blowing across the beach, there were still people with their cameras out snapping what little was left of the sun gleaming off the snowy peaks of the Olympics. Just another beautiful day in Seattle and another day of Pacific Northwest beauty on full display.