Venice beach Vintage …

Kim and I went shopping over the weekend to get some home prouducts and to purchase some vintage clothes . So with our coffees in hand we walked up and down Abbot Kinney blvd. and found this amazing little cottage.   Tumbleweed & Dandelion. So we went in and we loved every details of this amazing place !           Venice 055I love the signs and thought the cottage decor was a perfect mix of shabby chic with beachy chic. I enjoyed the bedroom where we found some amazing fabrics that I will be using for some pillows and throws for my Etsy shop.  I loved the distress  Venice beach signs they had everywhere and some really cool girls asked us to take there pictures.                  Venice 042 Venice 043 Venice 045 Venice 046 Venice 041The white distressed  chest was aged to perfection. And the linens were thick and priced well. I loved the stack of pillows on the bed and thought , I could live here ! Onward to the outside where the decor was as amazing as the inside !              Venice 028 Venice 029 Venice 030 Venice 027 Venice 039Well if you make it to Venice Beach make sure you stop by and see this beachy chic cottage.   Kim and I  will be doing a lot more shopping here. Next post more shops from Venice Beach !

Affirmations are a way of Magic…

  Affirmations are very powerful tools, so powerful  that they could seem to be magical. They are a way of Magic. When you perform affirmations, you are in effect sending out to the Universe a declaration or command. And although it may seem that only you are hearing the words, this is not so. These words go out to the Universe and also heard by your inner Universe.  This is the Law of Attraction.

Affirmations work on many different levels. An affirmation can affect your own and other people’s conscious and unconscious levels. If you affirm and it involves others, you are in a way communicating with another person’s higher self. This is when   results come quickly. The power of positive thinking and affirmations is only limited by your personal conviction and belief that the affirmations are working. If the affirmations are only done half-heartedly, those are the results that will be received. But if you believe completely in achieving the aspiration stated in the affirmation, then it is almost sure to be achieved. Visual affirmations work in pretty much the same way, so when you use both verbal and visual you are most certainly going to acquire your desire. Good health, a thin body, true love, prosperity, travel, a new job whatever it may be.

Practice believing whatever you are saying or visualizing for a few minutes, several times a day everyday. After a while, these affirmations will become the way your body, mind and spirit respond to the challenges of everyday life. If done regularly and with sincerity, you will soon be surprised by the changes you see starting to occur in your life. Once you intensely believe you can make positive changes in your life and accomplish your desires you must focus that intention, visualise the outcome, gather your strength, and send that vision outward to become your reality.

If you decide to make use of affirmations in your life, be prepared for change. Remember what they (my mom) always say, be careful what you ask for, because with affirmations it can manifest quickly. I will outline on future posts some powerful  affirmations. When I am in nature , my affirmations seem to take a hold of my life and materialize right before my eyes…. just like Magic !

Photos from my sanctuary, Venice canals.

Review of 2011 by wordpress…

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people.  This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011.  If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 132 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 281 posts. There were 1148 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2gb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was June 21st with 307 views.

The most popular post that day was Venice Beach shopping…”The Bountiful”.

Thank-you wordpress, and a big  thank-you to all of you who have stopped by to visit my blog. I have had some request for more pictures of Costal Beach shopping and alfresco dinning at cafes.  I will be heading to the local beaches a lot in 2012, to post my latest finds so please join me and have a wonderful 2012 !                                                         

xoxo Cheryl

The Urbanic…a paper shop

Yes, I love the art of paper as you can see on my other blog ‘ The Paper Mystique’ , so when I found this cute little paper shop on Abbott Kinney Blvd, I knew it would be alot of  fun.

What I found even more interesting was the excellent selection of paper goods this shop had …and the mix and match wrapping papers, note cards, and ribbons.

It seems that  there is a lot going on at the Urbanic , a summer social  which was June 12th  for L.A. bloggers, (which I am sorry I  missed ) and on  June 23rd a” Pinerest LA meet up ”  for bloggers and people who pin.  Even though I have  joined Pinerest  I haven’t seemed to find the time to pin, I hear it is a lot of fun ! Cool events, great paper goods , a  must see paper shop ! Here is the address…

     Urbanic , 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Inn at Venice Beach…

Charming and so very whimsical , the Inn at Venice Beach right by the canals and a short walk to the pier and the boardwalk. Darrill did some research and found this Inn. I loved this place as it has a two room loft which we stayed at,  and hot cookies at the front desk !

what I liked about this place, in-room coffee and refrigerator, private balconies, high-speed wireless internet and an on site fitness center….

 

what I loved about this place was  dinning Alfresco on the cobblestone courtyard.  And their fresh pastries, fruits, juices and specially blended coffee and teas that are served every morning. We had breakfast twice, and Leo enjoyed serving himself.

 

 The address is 327 Washington Blvd, Venice Ca. 90291. www.innatvenicebeach.com.  We were able to leave our car in the parking garage so we didn’t have to pay a day of parking at the beach,  as we left very late around 7pm.  I would defiantly come back again   ! 

Next post the fun paper shop, I promise !! 

Summer of color….Venice beach

We went back to Venice Beach , because I wanted to take some more pictures of the canals and this time we took grandma  …

She  wanted to see the canals and bike the California coast.

 Leo wanted to  show his grandma the beautiful flowers…

We arrived at the canals at about 630 pm. The sun glisten across the tranquil waters…

 the scenery was simply beautiful.

The reflection on the water was crystal clear…and the waters so very calm. This place makes me feel so very free and easy.

Leo loved showing us the way down the path.

We ended the evening by walking the colorful  boardwalk…

Then we stopped to dine Alfresco, while we listen to the  piano player play classical music. At that moment I felt like I was in a perfectly directed 1970’s  movie, and the director said ” play  music, and let the doves fly over head “.

next to the water to see the sun set…

I love the colors of this very bohemian  beach…it’s a place to linger, to explore, to discover..

 it’s the summer of color…all year round !

Bohemain musing ,Venice shopping

What I love most about Venice Beach was the shopping. It’s the mix of hippie funk and haute couture that makes Abbot Kinney Boulevard special. I love vintage boutiques and there was one at every corner. I could have spent the entire day  looking for vintage clothes and salvage  furniture  items.  But there was one shop that caught my eye, I turned my bike around  and headed towards this wonderful shop called Bountiful, 1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd. bountiful.com. I love the name, it’s a name I would use in a mantra. And when I walked into this shop, I felt like I was in a dream,   everything floated in a surreal fantasy of bountiful things.

If you look closely you can see my reflection, step  into this magical  shop with me and enjoy. I hear Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic ) and Pamela Anderson are frequent shoppers here.

I love the way the antique chandeliers hang delicately from the ceiling.

The Proprietor Sue Balmforth has a lot of antique linens from Europe and has a full design service available.

Pink is the color of Venice Beach, the color of the heart chakra and the color of love…the  Savaged , the beautiful, the bountiful,  la Dolce Vita !  Next post Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice Beach, and of course some photos of the  Linus bike shop. Hope everyone has an enchanting week !

Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 6–10 p.m. http://www.abbotkinneynow.com
There’s no better way to check out the art (and the shopping) at Abbot Kinney Boulevard, located in the heart of Venice, than stopping by on the first Friday of every month. The event starts around 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The neighborhood merchants come together to feature the best artists, gifts, products and music. And of course, beverages are available. It’s a way to experience what Abbot Kinney Boulevard is all about.

abbotkinney festival here.

Bohemian musing in Venice

Getting up early after a night out with the girls was hard but worth it , as I love riding my bike along the coast of Venice Beach. Venice Beach is  a visual delight. Everywhere you look there is something going on. Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic since the 50’s and 60’s when it became the center of the  Beat generation. After the beat generation came the flower children of the 70’s. Then there  was an explosion of poetry and art. Well  I wasn’t  feeling very poetic or creative… I paid $20.00 for parking right on the boardwalk and realized we could have parked back on main street  and paid$ 8.00 and rode our bikes to the boardwalk. Next time.  Our first stop was breakfast  on the corner of Rose street, we both needed a little coffee  and I ordered a turkey and cheese croissant.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we did a little shopping. What I love about Venice is that everyone wears a hat. I love hats and wear them often and Kim needed one so we headed to Titanic . Over a 1,000 hats and I must say all were very cool. Kim bought her hat and we got our bikes and headed down the boardwalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 Since Venice is such a visual experience I thought I would just relax on my bike and enjoy the views.

 

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I like this building so we stop and shopped and found out this was Charlie Chaplin’s home and the little stores in front were the bungalows were his guest stayed. 

 

 

 

Lots of very cool shops I could get lost in these retro shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In 1972, the city constructed an 18 mile bicycle path adjacent to Ocean Front Walk which extends from Torrance to Santa Monica. The new visitors were local residents riding bikes through the depressed Venice, bringing it new life. We stopped at Venice street  and headed to the canals.The canals are now a quaint upscale neighborhood in Venice. Fully restored and remodeled homes make it a postcard scene along the canal shores. Venice California originally was to be a copy of Venice, Italy, canals and all. Few of the original canals remain today.The canals were not practical for the horseless carriage. In 1929 the majority of the canals were filled in and converted to roads. You can still see the brick through the paved roads, Kim said the city should have left the streets bricked, I agreed the roads would be so quaint.  I fell ln love with these beautiful homes and canals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venice Beach is a summer of color all year round,  a must see place for some real  Bohemian musing.

 Next post a shop I fell in love with in Venice…

xoxo Cheryl