Monday, August 29, 2011

Scooter Love in the Pacific NW - and GIVEAWAY!!

Who would have thought it! I went to Portland (1.5 hours north) on Saturday with a friend to see the traveling production of Mamma Mia. After the show we headed to the Northwest section of the city and what did we run across? Vespa scooters. Not one, not two... Seven in all. Seven!! I was in scooter heaven! Especially this one, parked in an empty garage against a textured wall in some moody light. It was calling my name. Luckily, I had my little Canon PowerShot with me to answer the call.

Someday, I will have a red Vespa scooter. And I will park it in front of every texture-y wall I can find to take pictures. Until then, I will take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way to live vicariously through taking photos of someone else's red Vespa.  And I can do this in Portland. Who knew?

What a weekend though! Not only was there fabulous scooter love to be found, but we received our container from Italy. Yay! Early Saturday morning, the truck pulled up and there was the container waiting to be unloaded. All sealed and packed, just as it was as it left from our apartment on Via Matteotti. That means, however, that our lives are in disarray again. The semblance of order and routine we had been able to create for a few weeks is once again dismantled as we unpack boxes and try to figure out how to fit everything in to our house. Our house in the US and our apartment in Italy were the same size in square feet/meters, but there was so much more storage in the Italian apartment. Add the belongings that were in storage in the US to the items we collected over two years in Italy, and you have the makings of one gigantic garage sale in a few weeks. First priority is to get to the point I can walk through the house without tripping over anything though!

On top of that, the Liberate Your Art postcard swap blog hop was going on. So fun! I had such a great time hopping around, seeing where the art ended up. It provided a much needed break from the unpacking. The swap turned out better than I imagined, and the blog hop was a blast. I can't wait to do the swap again in 2012!!

Until then, I have tons going on around here...

  • Find Your Eye registration is open for the September-October class series! I'll be running Starting the Journey and the all-new Journey of Inspiration. Right now the August class, Journey of Recognition, is going on and has it been fantastic. I couldn't ask for a better group of participants. I love doing this!
  • We are exploring Night Photography in Exploring with a Camera. I had forgotten how much I love taking photos at night! I hope you will join us and link in before Wednesday. You can still get the Night Photography Camera Companion if you sign up for the newsletter too. I'm sending a "catch up" newsletter to all new subscribers this week so that new subscribers don't miss out.
  • You still have a few more days to catch Superhero Summer Camp too. Sign up for this fun and free six-week class closes on August 31. 
  • And finally - in honor of the seven Vespas of Portland - how about a GIVEAWAY!! My first one on US soil. I am going to give away a set of my new "Classic Italian Transport" postcards to one lucky reader, and a Vespa mousepad to another.

I will draw for the postcards on Wednesday morning when I write my blog post, from the comments left on this post. Let's make it fun, you can have more than one entry. How about a whole bunch of entries!! Leave a separate comment for each of the following:
1. Just to say hi!
2. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook
3. If you are a newsletter subscriber
4. If you have registered for a Find Your Eye course (past or present) 

Good Luck!

Linking in to Creative Every Day and Creative Exchange, as always. Happy Monday! 


  1. I love the red Vespa photo!! I hope you find room for what you need and want to keep. A garage sale might make for some awesome pics--LOL! ;)

  2. What a perfect setup for you, Kat! I'd like to take that scooter and just drive down the road for a bit. Isn't Portland great? Good luck with the unpacking...

  3. I love that you found vespas in Portland!

    Congrats on the arrival of the shipment - it must feel good to have everything together again - even if it is a little messy as you sort through things.

  4. What a gorgeous photo - I love that shiny red! And I never would have guessed to find a vespa in Portland!
    Hope everything settles soon - how about a few photos of your garage sale ;-)
    Well, as I LOVE vespas, of course I can't miss that giveaway ;-) So far I comply with criteria 1-4 (still working on the Night Photography... ;-) )
    Have a wonderful day and thanks again for that amazing blog hop!

  5. Oooh...I would love the postcards! I live in Seattle and have only driven through Portland...I've never really explored it. I would love to do that one of these days.

    Enjoy your afternoon!

  6. I follow you on Twitter and FB. (@Shondra_W)

  7. I am a newsletter subscriber. :)

  8. I linked into Exploring with a Camera Night Photog. :)

  9. This is definitely spooky Kat. There is a distinct possibility that these red scooters are alien beings morphing from one place to the next following you wherever you go! The Day of the Scooters by John Wyndham-Lewis. I'm sure I've seen that book somewhere...

  10. That is an awesome picture of that scooter!! Your lucky day!!

  11. Lovely photo, really retro, I love it!

  12. Hi Kat,
    How cool that you found scooters in Portland. We were in Italy in June and fell in love with them too.

  13. I am a newsletter subscriber and my husband adores scooters. He's thinking of getting one for here in Victoria BC.

  14. What a great photograph this is!
    When I was in NYC a couple of weeks ago, I saw a lot of Vespas. I actually remember photographing some and thinking of you. I will have to find them and post them. I love the little red ones!

    Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening!


    P.S. So glad your container arrived from Italy, even if it does mean disarray for a bit!

  15. I LOVE the postcards! I LOVE European modes of transportation - you could just pick them up and squeeze them they're so tiny and cute! And - I know you think its possible, but I've not once seen a Vespa around where I live in Chicagoland -- we all drive big SUVs -- it would be a little scary to drive a Vespa in my neighborhood :( Between the snow, the SUVs and the aggressive Chicago driving - you'd be toast on a Vespa! :)

  16. The post cards are lovely! I follow your blog regularly.

  17. I did link to Exploring the Night via Flickr, does that count?

  18. Oh, and I'm a newsletter subscriber, too. :-)

  19. ....and I do get your newsletter!

  20. I'm signed up for "Find Your Eye" and I'm tapping my feet itching to get started.

  21. Last, but not least, I linked to "Night Photography!"

  22. Hi, I am doing a find your eye course

  23. I linked up with night photos too.

  24. What a great shot! I'll bet you're eager to have your own little red scooter!

  25. Sorry I missed the chance on giveaway, but I loved reading this post. Vespa Portland!! Your life is so good. You made me laugh.
    I do not envy you the unpacking from Italy, but I bet there will be some lovely surprises in there you'd forgotten about.
    You sound so busy and from here I wonder how you do it all. Once I heard a quote..."want something done? Ask a busy person". Apparently the theory is, busy people know how to get things done. I'm wondering about that big space you had designs on setting up as work space for yourself. I hope that is coming along too. Surely there are some pretty pieces from Italy to give it the right feel.
    Happy day Kat. I have work to do for FYE, and plan to sign for the next installment too. I'm really enjoying, and learning.


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