Monday, January 10, 2011

Monterey Bay Aquarium

We purposefully do not use this blog to inform you about our private lives, there are plenty of blogs out there that do that.  We wanted a blog about being creative, collecting and using what others think is junk, as well as a vehicle for our of love of all things paper.  So, with that being said, I hope Deb will forgive me for posting a few pictures from my trip to the aquarium.  It was just SO inspiring.  I wasn't expecting that, in fact I didn't even take a camera.  I ended up using my iPhone and then borrowed a few pictures from my niece that she had taken.  Way to be prepared, right?

I have been there a few times, including a few hours during my honeymoon about 100 years ago, and each time I go there is something new to see.  If you have not had the chance to visit this place, that hovers over the Monterey Bay, I highly recommend it...a great place for young and old alike to spend a few hours wandering the floors enjoying the wonder (and I really mean WONDER) of nature and the sea.
For me, this was the shot of the day...
His first trip to the aquarium
He dug those goggles out of the toy box, a leftover from the summer.  I am not sure why he thought he might need them, but as soon as we all got out of the cars he put them on...we had not even left the parking lot.
If you have been to the aquarium you will recognize this as a glass tunnel you can walk though and every few minutes a wave comes and washes over the top of the glass.  The first time he jumped up and almost ran out.
The second time he sat and waited for it to come...just magic.

Just a few more shots
The room with the jelly fish is my personal favorite.
I would make the 3 hour drive again just to stand and watch them float in the water.

 love this one...
Note:  If you are going to visit the aquarium, there is construction going on in the Outer Bay exhibit which includes the jellies in the Drifters Gallery.  Please check the website since some exhibits will close during construction.
And another amazing animal...the Giant Pacific Octopus.  The last time I was here it was holed up in the corner not moving at all (maybe it was napping).  This time it was moving all over the glass wall.  When it's arms were outstretched, I would guess it was more than 4 feet wide.  Really mesmerizing...none of us could take our eyes off it.

Well, thanks for enduring stuff that has nothing to do with scrapbooking, paper, junk or collecting.   Deb and I are meeting up tomorrow in LA to start setting the 7gypsies booth for CHA (trade show) that will happen at the end of the month.  We have been working the past few weeks on gathering ideas to use our junk (because there is always junk involved) to make the booth it's best.  We have seen or worked with most of the new products being introduced at the show and we know you will like them because quite frankly, WE DO! The new papers are great...lots of ideas swirling around for classes this year.
Oh, and you won't want to miss Wednesday's post...a little trash to treasure beauty.


  1. Thank you for sharing these! They're wonderful! And that shot of the really does say a thousand words! He's too cute!

    Can't wait to see the new CHA goodies and pictures of the booth - it's always inspiring!

  2. those are super photos - thanks for sharing a little snippet of your lives.
    looking forward to the new lines - any sneak peaks allowed?
    classes???? where, when? me thinks i need to make another road trip!

  3. Oh my gosh, the picture of the day is THE BEST!!! I love that he thought he would need the goggles and then wore them, kids just have the best ideas and imaginations! He's adorable! I can't wait for wednesdays post, you guys also have the best ideas... so much creativity here! Thanks for sharing, Theresa xoxo

  4. Amazing photographs! I have always been fascinated by aquariums, so I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

  5. I have never been to the Aquarium so I am glad to see the pic's. Thanks for sharing. Will be thinking of you both while you are busy getting ready for the show. xoxo

  6. Oh Paula I am so glad you did share these... they are AMAZING....
    Just love the first photo and those goggles are such a hoot... love them :)))

    Jenny x

  7. The photos are great! I've never been there, but would surely visit whenever I'm on the left coast. Right now I'm in ffffffreezing Ohio! Burrrr!

    I didn't discover your blog until a handful of months back. Do you show your CHA art photos on your blog? Wondering if we'll get to see a bit of what's . Plus, you two are just so talented! You share so much that I don't feel I should ask for anything! Ha!!!

    Thanks and I will certainly stay tuned for Wednesday. This is Tuesday evening, right? Ha!


  8. The aquarium looks incredible! Thanks for sharing your photos. I can't wait to see the booth and the new products from 7Gypsies at CHA!

  9. amazing, thank you for sharing, it was like I was there.. looking forward to all the new items and projects.. I can't wait!!!

  10. while i love your usual creative content....these photos are wonderful! the jelly fish ones are magical. thanks for sharing!