Dinosaurs and Unicorns

Makers-Kit

It may have been two weekends ago, but I’m still thinking about all the fun things I saw at the biannual Renegade Craft Fair (the best, in my opinion). I love this show because I get so inspired to create my own projects—which I mostly set aside until the next craft show comes around! These $10 DIY terrariums (above) from makerskit were a hit. Not only were they fun and quick to make, we got to top ’em off with these cute little dinosaurs. Some other favorites:

Renegade Craft Fair

Mugs in great shades of green from Jessica Wertz ceramics in Berkeley; pretty handmade arrows by Fletcher and Fox; concert posters and illustrations by DKNG Studios.

Renegade Craft Fair

A series of simple, modern graphics on coasters from The Coastal that pair perfectly with these textiles from Dozi, and even these paintings from Salt and Pipper.

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And these furry mounted unicorns and monsters by Yetis & Friends. I swear, from job descriptions to some flavored salt that I just bought, unicorns are trending.

Palm Springs, Part 3: Hiking

Andreas_canyon

Naturally, we went hiking when we were down in Palm Springs. We even went mid-day, and it was a little hot, but nothing crazy. We went to Andreas Canyon in the Indian Canyons, just a few miles from town. There was a small entrance fee to the park, so bring your money—and your camera. The pics below are a combination of the two trails we hit.

The first was the Andreas Canyon Trail: it was only a mile long but really scenic. A nice warm-up hike scattered with those shaggy Fan Palms.

Andreas Canyon

Then we hit the Murray Canyon Trail which leads to a waterfall called Seven Sisters (it was getting hotter at this point). This hike was a bit longer, almost 5 miles, and just as scenic. It was a little more technical too: hopping back and forth across the stream with the help of some rocks.

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I was actually surprised to see any water at all, considering this was the desert. And California is having a drought. You can see the waterfall isn’t exactly gushing, but this whole area was an unexpected oasis just a few miles from our hotel.

Palm Springs Getaway, Part 2: Korakia Pensione

Korakia-Pensione

When we first booked our trip to Palm Springs, I really wanted to stay at The Parker or Ace hotels. But I’m so glad we found this little Moroccan-inspired oasis instead. Tucked away at the base of the mountain, The Korakia Pensione was surprisingly quiet, had the BEST breakfast vibe, and felt like we’d been transported to another country.

Korakia-Pensione

The property was beautifully landscaped, with fire pits and twinkly lights flickering at dusk. One of the coolest features was this outdoor “theatre” where old movies were shown against the stucco wall (it doubled as a yoga studio in the morning).

The thing I looked forward to most was breakfast in the courtyard. So charming!

Korakia-Pensione

The Pensione consists of the main house, bungalows scattered throughout the property on either side of the road (each with french doors opening up to a courtyard), a bocce ball court, pool, outdoor beds and lots of nooks and crannies. I would not recommend, however, booking the cheapest room at the inn—which is exactly what I did. We booked the Delphi Room, and it was reasonably priced, but lacked the amenities, space and updates of the other rooms. Lesson learned.

Korakia-Pensione

That being said, this is a place I’d love to come back to and upgrade to one of the suites. Definitely worth the splurge, and a quiet retreat that will have you feeling like you’ve gone to the Mediterranean and back.