February 16, 2015

it’s the thought that counts

I got up off my lazy butt and dust-busted the heck out of my computer and said “YES. Today is the day. Today is the day that I will blog. And start storytelling about my last lovely vacation. YES.”

And then I went to upload some pics from Day 1. And well. They weren’t there. And well. Now I can’t breathe. Now I need to put my safari hat on and go on a manhunt and hope that I simply edited a verrrrrrry small number of pics, and the rest are just waiting in Lightroom, concerned that I may have forgotten about them.

SO. I tried to blog today. Really, I did. It’s the thought that counts though. Right?

Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

February 9, 2015

You’re never too old for a woobie. Right? Right?!

I have a confession. I have a woobie. You know, that little security blanket that you must have in order to sleep. It’s a little bedraggled. Probably doesn’t get washed enough. It’s wrinkled and worn and absolutely a necessity for a good night’s sleep. Yup, I’m thirty-cough ahem- some odd- ahem- cough years old and I have a woobie.

I would like to introduce you to “The Original”…

Woobie | Kulik Photography

This beautiful quilt was made by my grandmother when I was a baby. It is thirty-cough ahem- some odd- ahem- cough years old. Years ago, my mom came across it and sent it my way. I was delighted and instantly snatched it up as if I was suddenly 5 years old again. With absolutely no concept of wear and tear on old (who are you calling old?!) fabric, I threw the thing onto my bed, and it was my new best friend. I loved staring at the stitches, seeing the imperfections, knowing that my Bucki made each one of those stitches with her own hands, with me on her mind. Every night I balled it up and tucked it under my arm and slept soundly.

And then it starting falling apart. And I started learning to sew. And I had a brilliant idea. I would make myself a new woobie, so I could preserve what was left of The Original.

Quilt | Kulik Photography

This is only the third quilt I have made and it still stands as one of my all time favorites. I actually want to re-create it as a large bed-sized quilt, but I absolutely cannot find that low-volume print anywhere and cannot remember for the life of me where I found it (it is very hard to see, but it has very pale blue birds on it….if anyone knows who makes it, I’ll be your new best friend!!!)

Quilt | Kulik Photography

The back. There are lots of things I do not enjoy about trying to teach myself a craft on my own, but one of the things I do enjoy is that fact that since I don’t know what I am doing, I just sort of wing it, and usually end up loving the end result. I looooove the back of this quilt so very much.

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Interesting Fact: In this post I mentioned that I put a little piece of my baby quilt in each of my quilt sandwiches. This is where this started. When I realized that I never ever should have put my baby quilt to use as an actual quilt, I was devastated to realize that a) I ruined it and b) it now was “useless”. At first I accepted the fact I would just need to fold her up and keep her in the closet if I wanted to preserve what was left of it. And then I thought about how sad that was. My Bucki worked hard on that. For me. The more sewing I do, the more I understand that it is hard work. SO much goes into it, even if many of us do not hand sew anymore, quilting is work. I cannot imagine creating something for someone, only for it to stay in a closet, hidden away. And so with quilt #3, I began a tradition. It was slightly painful when I did it, but I went into the closet, and I tore a small piece of fabric off of my baby quilt. And I placed it inside of the quilt sandwich. I questioned my decision at first. Did I seriously just purposely tear a piece of fabric off of my precious quilt? GAH! But I did. And more than anything, I love knowing that I have found a way of mending our two arts into one. And knowing that I can carry her memory in each of my own creations. I hope in my heart that she would approve, and be proud.

 

Quilt Details:

Name: Woobie Pie

Size: 32 x 32

Completed: December 2012

Fabric: Amy Butler Midwest Modern Linen, mystery low-volume blue birds *sigh*, embarrassingly low quality fabric from JoAnns. *averting eye contact*

Quilting: by me

 

February 2, 2015

I will always return

Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

I have been met with surprise each time that I tell someone that we will be going to Costa Rica for a vacation.

Again?” they will ask.

Yes. Again.

“But didn’t you just go last year?”

I will always return to Costa Rica. It will always be my go-to vacation. There are so many places on this beautiful planet that I would love to see and explore and experience. But I will always choose to return to Costa Rica. This country has had such a strange hold on me since my first visit. When I first set foot on it’s soil. When I first met the warmth of it’s culture.

On my first visit more than 10 years ago,  I was no more than 5 minutes in my friend’s home when the wife of one of his friends grabbed my hand and whisked me away down the city streets, winding through a maze of walkways and neighborhoods until I found myself in her family’s neighborhood, in the home of her mother, surrounded my a mass of women asking me questions in a language I had absolutely no grasp of. I sat in pure terror. And spoke to them in English. And they spoke to me in Spanish. And I swear we managed to have a conversation. We still somehow managed to understand each other.

I am a person that is forever uncomfortable. In her surroundings. In her own skin. I can always feel the edge of my anxiety, threatening to cut. And somehow, in a country that takes me miles and miles outside of my comfort zone, I feel more at home than I feel anywhere else. Costa Rica is good for me. It does something to my mind. It quiets it. It settles it. It reminds me of what is important and where my focus should be.

Costa Rica let’s me know that I am always welcome, and for that I will always return.

January 12, 2015

{simplify}

One Little Word

simplify.

Such a simple word (ha ha, I had to, didn’t I?), but not so simple of a task.

I thought on my word for 2015 for quite some time. Usually the word comes to me before the year is even over, but this year I had to dig a bit to find it. And then I found it. And I knew.

I need to simplify. I need to pare down my world. I need to only have people that are really important to me in my world. I need to stop wanting more and more. I need to appreciate the small things. I need to stop being such an over thinker (someone please let my OCD know I need help with this task!). I need to let things go.

I need to just live simply.

I need to just simply live.

December 30, 2014

Those long drawn out {vacation chronicles}

Well hi there! The year is coming to an end…so why not officially finish up the 2013 vacation chronicles?!

I don’t even know what day we are on…but it doesn’t matter because we are wrapping up the trip and just like in real life, going through all the pics and seeing the trip coming to an end makes me sad and I’m about to get pouty and foot-stompy and no one really wants to see that, do they? *someone pass me a tissue*

On our last day we were able to squeeze in one last hike in the Braulio Carrillo National Park before heading to the airport the following morning, and realizing that things were coming to an end made me feel slightly greedy with the surroundings, wanting to take in as much as humanly possible.

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And THAT, my friends, is the end of the 2013 vacation chronicles!!! Holy shit, we made it! So ummmmm, are you ready for the 2014 trip?! ;)

December 17, 2014

hey! watch this…

There are so many wonderful things about visiting a foreign country. But one of my favorites is meeting the people and learning about different cultures. One of my favorite people I have ever met was Geovani Bogarin. Our meeting him was a total fluke- we had hired a driver, Wilson, to take us on the long trip from the airport in San Jose to our lodge, near the Arenal volcano. We had plans to spend part of the following day with Wilson, and as we discussed our likes and dislikes, he started telling us about a guide he was friends with, and how he felt we may enjoy spending some time with him.

We planned to meet the following morning and Geovani would be there, or he wouldn’t.

Well, he was. And we had such a great day with these two men! I will share more of our adventure later *cough* *cough* lord knows when *cough* But for now I just wanted to share this, simply because I was thinking about it this morning, and it made me smile.

We are in the middle of the rainforest, and Geovani says “hey! watch this!” We turn, and see this…

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“Now,” he says, “please show Hollywood these photos.”

 

December 10, 2014

wait for it…..day 8 {vacation chronicles}

*gasp* I have opted to crawl out of my cave and continue on with the never-ending vacation chronicles. It’s almost embarrassing how long it is taking me to get these memories immortalized in “pulp”, but only almost. Because I am secretly loving that I have been so lazy with all of this…it allows me to relive everything :)

Day 8 brought me on one of my favorite hikes on this trip. I have a slight obsession with Vermont, and this hike brought me to a magical place that took Vermont and Costa Rica, threw them in a blender, and created this little concoction otherwise known as Juan Castro Blanco National Park. This park was absolutely stunning. We drove through farmland and farther and farther up into the clouds before finally reaching this hidden gem. There are times when I am in this country that I feel as though I am in another world, and this was certainly one of those places.

Juan Castro Blanco National Park | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

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I love these two images so much, because it really sums up how this hike was….we were constantly pausing, looking, and just taking it all in. This land was absolutely stunning. It was so very quiet, and the clouds would roll in, and you just had to stop.

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Something sort of magical happened while we were on this sort of magical hike. I don’t believe we ever could have seen this natural phenomenon on any other hike, it had to occur in this space. As we watched the clouds roll by, we noticed something incredible happening in the sky. I cannot even begin to describe the amazingness of watching this unfold in the sky. *swoon*

Juan Castro Blanco National Park | Costa Rica | Sun Dog | Kulik Photography

December 3, 2014

distractions

There was that time I was slowly but surely posting my {vacation chronicles}. I was reliving a lovely vacation and doing my damnedest to stretch that shit out for as long as humanly possible. Because who doesn’t love looking at other people’s vacation photos?!

And then I got totally and completely distracted. By life. By my silly little roller coaster emotions. By that little butterfly over there………………

Wait. What was I saying?

Oh. Distractions. Yeah. See how that happens? So yeah, I got distracted. And then Oops! I did it again! I went on another vacation. I wonder if maybe we should rename the blog something along the lines of “The Distracted Traveler”? Or maybe more appropriately “The Distracted Traveler Who Doesn’t Post Often Enough and Therefore Can Make It Seem as Though She Is On a Constant Vacation”? Yeah. That’s more like it.

So anywaaaaaaaaaays. I might possibly have returned to Costa Rica. And so I have more pictures. That’s all I have to say about that. Until I remember to post again….

Costa Rica | Cahuita National Park | Butterfly | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

October 27, 2014

a little birdie told me {vacation chronicles}

a little birdie told me that I have stretched these posts out for faaaaaaar too long and now they threaten to overlap our next trip to Costa Rica in just two weeks! Oops!

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October 15, 2014

it is everywhere

If you look close enough, you will find beauty everywhere. I find myself fortunate that I have the ability to find it in things that most would see as the complete opposite.

Costa Rica | Vacation | Butterfly | Blue Morpho Butterfly | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

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