New Motto For A New Year!!!

New Motto For A New Year!!!

This is going to be a wonderful year!!!  And, below is my motto for this fabulous year! This year there will be more Muses, new lines of dinnerware, more eggs and all around more beautiful things to live life with! Sending you much love!  Look for new work coming...
Back from Summer Vacation!

Back from Summer Vacation!

Hi! I hope you had a wonderful fun and sun filled summer!  Fall will be coming soon and with that brings new pieces out of the kiln!  I am so excited to share my new work with you each week!  Each time the kiln is opened I am like a kid on Christmas Day. What will it...
Last Day At The Beach

Last Day At The Beach

What a wonderful time in such a beautiful place! I have had a Thai massage – where you are pushed and pulled in all directions and feel like a million dollars afterwards, kayaked, snorkeled, taken a motorcycle all over the island, watched the preparation for...
More From the Sea

More From the Sea

Yesterday all I did was blog in the morning and read all afternoon. The excitement of the day was the snake chasing the lizard up a tree, right in front of where i was laying, (of course) and everyone came to watch the 2 struggle and eventually watch it eat the lizard...
The Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea

Tuk tuk to airplane to tiny airplane to mini-van to high speed motorboat to scooter, and we finally arrived here in Koh Phayam. PARADISE!!! It was a long adventure, but so, so, so, so worth it. Thank you Ina!! We found a little bamboo hut rustic resort, that is so...
Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

In the morning we got up, geared up, took the bike out and went to see a waterfall before we headed to Chiang Mai. Afterwards we grabbed a tuk tuk and off we went to the airport. We landed in Chiang Mai to find even more smoke and pollution. We were heartbroken as we...
Bathing the Elephants and Golden Buddha Statues

Bathing the Elephants and Golden Buddha Statues

The next morning we woke up early to watch the sunrise and bathe the elephants!! Our guide met us and we waited for the “ladies” to come out of the forrest. Once they did, we climbed on, and took them down to the river for a little bath. We had so much...
The Elephant Village

The Elephant Village

This adventure is in the top 5 things I have ever done, if not top 2. (Number 1 being helping my sister in the delivery room). Around 8:30am our guide, M came to our hotel to pick us up and take us to the Elephant Village. Once we were there we met the Elephants,...
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

We flew into Luang Prabang last night to find the area covered in a smoke or smog like haze. As there are only 6 million people in the whole country we did not think it could be smog but wondered what it could be. Turns out we are here during the 3 months when all the...
Adam Feeding the Monkeys

Adam Feeding the Monkeys

Adam bought some bananas on the side of the road to feed the monkeys and their babies. It was so incredible!!! Your browser does not support the video...
Siem Reap

Siem Reap

After our crazy airport/plane adventure we landed in Cambodia to 90 degree temp and a big wonder about where to stay. Adam found us a taxi and the driver took us to 2 different hotels to check them out. We chose the Sandevi which is really lovely and has a wonderful...
Hoi An to Siem Reap!!!

Hoi An to Siem Reap!!!

The adventure of all adventures!!! We left Hoi An to go to the airport in Danang to fly to Laos. Once we got there had a beer and went to the gate as you do to only find out the flight has been delayed, which is a very uncommon occurrence in Vietnam. We went to get...
Explore Indochina

Explore Indochina

As we are about to leave Vietnam, I must tell you the tour company, Explore Indochina, who set up and conducted our 3 wheeled adventure was AMAZING!!! We saw things we would have never seen on our own, had meals we would have never thought of or known to order, and...
For Sale On Sassqueen

For Sale On Sassqueen

Our guide and new friend heard me talk about my love for baskets and told me about how the women in his small farming village make beautiful baskets. He had some delivered to Hanoi for me to see, and they are beautiful. I have shipped most of them home but kept this...
Where to stay….

Where to stay….

When you come to Vietnam and find yourself in Hanoi or Hoi An we would love to recommend 2 places to stay. When you are in Hanoi the Golden Lotus is lovely with a warm and friendly staff. It is right in the heart of the Old Quarter and close to everything. When you...
Hoi An

Hoi An

After leaving the cold of the north and the frenetic of Hanoi we headed to Hoi An, a sweet little tourist town between the river and the beach that is a tropical paradise. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as there is so much history here. It is also the home...

Hanoi Traffic

Really, really insane!!!!! http://sassqueen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/20120304-174614.mov

Bumpy Roads

From day 6, here is an example of what the roads were like… Your browser does not support the video...
Day 7 – Last Day On Motorcycle in Vietnam

Day 7 – Last Day On Motorcycle in Vietnam

After Mr. Rooster woke me up at 3am, I was a little grumpy so the amazing banana pancakes (from the bananas in the yard) with bacon was an exciting sight! After breakfast, off we went to head back to Hanoi, the dirtiest, most smog filled, exciting city I have ever...

Day 6

I posted the pictures a few days ago but we have been going so hard that I have not had time to write. As you can see Day 6 was quite an adventure! We woke up in the muddiest town ever, got our stuff together and went and met Cuong for Phó and a Coke.. So good! And...
Photos from Day 5

Photos from Day 5

Here are a few photos from our day. At breakfast…Local people checking out the bike…Local man lifting 2 little pigs in baskets…doing shots of Ginseng moonshine with the locals...

Day 4 and 5 on the bike

Day 4 was amazing! Climbing mountains on rocky roads, having to move rocks from a dynamite explosion so we could get through, Adam almost hit 2 chickens riding down the road, went to the cave where Ho Chi Minh lived for a week when he came back from China, I drove the...
Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3

We are now in Cao Bang (at least that is where I think we are!.) The last 2 days have been amazing!!! We have driven over ROUGH roads, lots of mud, dodged water buffalo, pigs, dogs and chickens in the road. We have waved at countless beautiful, smiling Vietnamese...
Day One On The Trail

Day One On The Trail

…So after about 20 minutes of weaving in and out of the most insane traffic, we heard a loud pop. Our guide Mr. Cuong’s motorcycle had just died. (Adam did an amazing job getting us out of Hanoi btw. Once i get the video of the traffic posted you will see...
Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Mystical, magical, breathtaking. These are just a few words to describe Halong Bay. After a 4 hour bus ride where we watched cars, scooters, walkers and bicyclists share the road in a way Adam and I have ever seen before, (with no yelling or cursing I might add) a...
Hanoi

Hanoi

I am honestly at a loss of words on how to describe Hanoi. Busy, hectic, crazy, energetic, none of those words begin to help me describe the fast pace way of life here! Walking across the street is one of the most intimidating things to try and do… You look at...