Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Painting

Oh how I'm lovin Spring. The weather is warming up and flowers are blooming! I am so excited to be outside more and enjoy the weather. Another thing I am excited for is to paint! I recently started a new shift at work where I get Fridays off, which will allow for more painting. So here is my spring inspired painting. I wanted it to be really bright, colorful and flowers were a must. I've been on a gold kick so had to add some gold detail. I have so many ideas for new painting and I can't wait to get to work!!

Spring Bouquet 11x14 mixed media

Friday, April 10, 2015

Throwback Scotland/London Pt 3

Alright this is the last and final post on my London/Scotland trip (FYI this is a throwback post from a trip I did a year ago, but forgot to post it...meh). This post is about our adventures in London and Edinburgh. So from Scotland we took a sleeper mega bus to London. It was my first time ever taking a sleeper bus. I will say it was an interesting experience. I was able to sleep some, but the overnight travel was definitely the way to go if you have limited time. We arrived in London extremely early and we dropped off our bags at the hotel (to hold until check in time). Most places weren't open yet so went to Starbucks and planned our adventure and charge our phones.

The map of London with all the tube stations!

Lovely pastry shop we stopped for breakfast when we first arrived London called Patisserie Valerie.

Buckingham Palace, of course was a must see. We didn't get to see the changing of the guards, but I hope when we go in June we are able to.

Queen Victoria Memorial

It was so hard to get this picture with everyone taking pictures around, but we did it!!

Gorgeous gardens in the Palace

Roaming around Piccadilly Circus

William Shakespeare's statue in Leicester Square, London.

The famous Tower Bridge! Apparently you can do a Tower Bridge Exhibition. I am wondering if we might have time to do that on our next trip!

LUBS her!

 House of Parliament and Big Ben with its gorgeous architecture.

The London Eye, the popular giant Ferris wheel. It looked busy when we went by it and we wanted to make the most of our time. I have heard mixed reviews about actually getting on the Ferris wheel. However, maybe on our next visit we will be able to do it. I think it would be a cool way to see London.

Of course we had to go see a Broadway show while visiting. We chose The Lion King and boy it did not disappoint! The person who played Rafiki was fantastic. The overall cast was brilliant, but Rafiki was amazing! I also loved the elephant costumes they had!!

HARRY Freaking POTTER lol! I was pretty excited to go to King's Cross where Platform 9 3/4 is located. Yes, I am a Harry Potter fan..how can you not be!! The line was pretty long to get a picture, but we waited (again tons of HP fans). When you finally get up there you chose your scarf...GO Gryffindor! We got some solo pictures. Then Court and I took an action shot, which turned out great! Courtney did an awesome job jumping backwards when I did my stupefy spell (lol yes I know super nerd)

This was our action shot that I was talking about above. It was pretty great! We had to buy this picture at the HP Platform 9 3/4 shop and I feel like it was well worth it!

Yummy breakfast at The Breakfast Club! They have several locations in London, but we visited this one.

I love cafe art. Yummy mocha  ♥ ♥

Laduree Tea Room was somewhere I really wanted to go to get macaroons! It was located in Harrods, which is a large department store. We had trouble finding where it was located in this massive department store, but the searching was well worth it. The colorful macaroons are so pretty and delicious too.

It was hard to choose, but here is my colorful array of macaroons!

We strolled through Notting Hill and looked at all the colorful houses! I want to live in a pink or teal house! We wanted to go to Portobello Market, but we didn't make it in time for the market. Maybe on our next visit we can experience the market.

Flowers in St. James Park. Unfortunately it was starting to get a little dark at this point, but it was still fun to walk around the park!

She is just a dime! This photo taken on the bridge in St. James Park.

This is a picture of the London Eye from St. James Park. The park is a really lovely park to walk through. You can see the London Eye and Buckingham Palace from a different view.

Buckingham Palace


This was my last day here. I love Edinburgh so we got to spend some time here after London. I love the architecture in Edinburgh. It is such a lovely city.

I have been to the Elephant House, but when we went last time it was super busy. This time we actually got experience the Elephant House and have some coffee. I definitely adore this place because I love elephants, coffee and Harry Potter. This place is known as the birthplace of Harry Potter! This is where J.K. Rowling spent time writing her first Harry Potter novel.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is an eerie graveyard in Edinburgh. There is grave with the name Tom Riddell and apparently many Harry Potter fans believe that it inspired Tom Riddle/Voldemort in her books. So here is another Harry Potter reference.

Tom Riddell's grave

This place was definitely creepy, but cool!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Throwback Scotland/London trip part 2

 These posts are taking longer than I expected to write. So sorry for the delay, but since the trips are not fresh in my mind it is hard to remember all the details quickly. Also, it is so hard to pick which pictures to post because I took ALOT of pictures. Plus I was in San Diego all last week (Pics for that to follow). Blah, blah, blah don't you love my excuses :)
This post is about our adventures in Wick, Sutherland (Dunrobin Castle), and St. Andrews.

Wick is a lovely place where Donny and Court use to live. Wick is located in northern Scotland and it was absolutely freezing when we went there in April.

Gorgeous cliffs located in Wick.

We saw a Puffin! I didn't get a good picture of it so this picture was taken by my sister. How cute is this Puffin?? I was so excited about all the different animals we saw in Scotland.

 Stacks of Duncansby

John O'Groats was a neat little spot. It is actually the most northern village in Britain. We went to a little cafe there and had coffee/tea and sandwiches.

Colorful Inn at John O'Groats near the habor!

 This is a picture taken at Dunnet Head, which is the most northern point in Britain. I wish I would have taken more pictures at this location, but it was so freaking cold it was hard to even hold my camera.

 Light house overlooking Dunnet Point.

 More pretty cliffs on our drive down from Dunnet point. If you look towards the shore you can see the pretty turquoise color in the water.

Oh lovely castles in Scotland. This is the Castle of Mey located in Caithness. It is Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's home and also the northernmost castle on the British mainland. We didn't get to go inside due to time issues, but you can tour the castle and the garden.

 I love this picture and it was taken near the castle.

  I was excited to finally get to see the highland cows. My sister always talked about these cool cows. It looks like they have bangs lol. They are beautiful animals.

Such an adorable little baby highland cow. It took me a while to get a good picture because the momma was hiding and being protective of the baby.

--------------------------- Sutherland
This was my favorite part of the trip (which is hard to say because the whole trip was fabulous). Dunrobin castle was absolutely gorgeous and was literally something out of a fairy tale. This is a must see if you are visiting Scotland. It is located in Sutherland, Scotland.

 It was so lovely and magical. I can't wait to go back and have my parents see this place.

So the castle has falconry displays that they put on at certain times and days. Donny and Courtney were really excited about the bird show. I didn't really know what to expect and I was so in awe of the castle that I just wanted to explore. I have to say the bird show was pretty cool. They had falcons and owls flying around the castle. The birds would just hobble through the people sitting and even landed on one guy's head that was wearing a hat. It was hard to take of picture of due to how fast they were flying, but I got a couple of shots. We also toured the inside of the castle, but photography was not allowed.

Here is the owl just flying around.

 This photo was taken by my sister and it is a fantastic shot!

 More birds on their stands!

Love this one of all of us.

 Just aborbs!

Also adore this one!

Oh the courtyard was so awesome!

I am just frolicking through the courtyard.

--------------------------- St. Andrews
 The next day we went to St. Andrews! 

 We had to go to this bakery called Fisher and Donaldson and get a coffee tower! OMG this was so divine. Geez now I want one!

Next we tried to walk off those lovely treats by strolling through the University of St. Andrews. Such a nice campus and actually Donny use to attend there!

This was neat to see what everyone wrote for "I am" and "home is". I wrote VA on the chalk board, but I can't remember if Georgia was already there or if we wrote it.

 University of St Andrews campus. I love the architecture.

 Then we had to get some famous fish & chips, which we got from Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar. We got it to go and walked down to St. Andrew castle ruins and ate our fish & chips there.

Even the castle ruins are absolutely stunning on a cloudy day.

Beautiful and yet rugged!

 The remains of St. Andrews Cathedral, which was located, near the castle ruins. I wish I would have taken more pictures of this, but this was the only one I got. Next time I will take more photos.

St. Andrews Golf Hotel! We stopped here briefly just to take a couple of pictures! I am sure on our next visit we will stop here longer since my dad will be with us.