Posts tagged ‘Whatcom County’

Short and Sweet: Ice Cream


A short story in three pictures and very little words.

Best.Ice.Cream.Ever!!!

Indecision Scoop of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk and Strawberry Tastes Like a PB&J Sandwich!

Mallard Ice Cream, Bellingham, WA

Mallard Ice Cream

A few extra words: They have over 500 flavors, including Earl Grey and Chocolate Chili, that they rotate. My next trip there I am having the Cardamom ice cream. They even have ices such as Golden Raz, made from fresh, locally picked champagne raspberries! I tried a taste, it was YUM!

All Photos ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010
All font photos for “HAPPY” from various sources – Composition by Carol A. Bourns

May Inspiration and a Notebook Always Travel with You


Photo from Library Marginalia*

Have you ever had a great idea or liked a quote enough that you thought to yourself, ” I have to remember that for later.” or “I must jot that down.”? I know I have many, many times…then forgotten the quote or lost the idea. Many an art project concept or bit of writing was lost due to my leaky memory.

Well, I have taken to carrying a small notebook with me (along with my camera) wherever I go. The notebook is not very large, just the size of a postcard, but it fits in my purse and does the job. It may appear a little boring on the outside, but inside, it holds my thoughts and future projects. Yes, I know my fancy, schmancy smartphone could do the job, and even take a picture to go along with the entry to boot, but it just isn’t the same. Maybe I am a bit old-fashioned, I don’t think there is any “app” that will change that fact.

Just yesterday, on a drive around Whatcom County, WA, I pulled “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” out of my bag and entered three or four things that inspired me and the name of places I want to revisit or photograph (with different light). It is a GREAT place to keep business cards of places I love, so I can search for related websites when I return home. No more saying, “I will remember that for later.”  If anything else, there is always a place to jot down a grocery or to-do list, but hopefully, that will be kept to a minimum.

There may be a fancier notebook in my future though, I have been eyeing a few at Gifts for Book Lovers. Remember, notebooks come in many designs, colors, and sizes.  I have been virtual window shopping at The Daily Planner just to get a few ideas for my next one. Maybe a proper Moleskine ♥ – the laser-engraved ones at “Engrave Your Book” are pretty nifty – but I would like one that I can refill, which would be fantastic.


Photo: Engrave Your Notebook

Right now, though, “Crazy Notebook, Jr.” will do just fine while I am reigniting my creativity. It is all about baby steps.

…and remember, notebooks aren’t always for writing or drawing:


Artist Journal: Unlikely Moose, Live Journal

* Anne Welsh at Library Marginalia has written a thoughtful piece about journaling and what it means in this day and age of the blog.

“Pennies from Honey”


Pennies from Honey Collage

“Pennies from Honey” Collage

Honey Salon in Bellingham, Washington has a whimsical reception floor and the best stylists EVER! If you live in Whatcom County, you owe it to yourself to visit them.

Photographs and Photo-Collage ©Carol A. Bourns, 2010