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November 06, 2010



I don´t know how long you are in Beijing for, but if you have the time to visit the Antique Market, do so! I just know you´d love it! I might only be open on Sundays or another day, but ask at your hotel, they´ll know.
If you´re looking for fabrics, there´s a great shop called the Silk and Cotton shop in Wang Fu Jing street (main shopping street), but everything else is very commercialized there.
The Forbidden City is awesome, and is a must, even though it´s big and empty apart from the tourists. It´s just really, really awesome. When you come out in the back after walking through it, you can continue up the hill on the other side, I think there´s a little tea hut there that goes perfectly along the view.
Another option if you have time is to take a bus or cab to the wall. The Great Wall, I mean. It´s about three hours from Beijing, and it´s pretty cool to walk along on top of it.
The summer Palace is also very beautiful, with loads of ancient beauty, right by a man-made lake. It´s surrounded by cherry-blossoming trees in the spring, and looks... I feel like I´ve used up all the superlatives now...
Enjoy your time!
Lots of love and a little envy, Janne


starfish and sea horse kabobs?


i've been gobbling up your last few posts, michelle... when you've posted before about being in china, i've always hoped you'd sneak in a few pictures of the factory producing your work. it must be amazing to see your visions re-created that way. i am so fascinated by the process! and i think it's wonderful you took your daughter with you to enjoy and learn about the culture!

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  • hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!
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