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Friday, February 10

Do you sea what I see?

Sometimes picking a birthday present can be complicated.

What do you give to your favorite “Auntie” who is turning 70? Someone who has everything she needs in life and collections of everything – whether she needs it or not.

I wanted to pick something memorable that wouldn’t just collect dust on a shelf.

I remembered her mentioning that she has always wanted to take a sea plane around San Francisco - a dream for over 30 years. Come to think of it, she mentioned it years back and I thought that someday I would surprise her. Turning 70 seemed like a wonderful milestone to me. So yesterday afternoon I surprised her and we flew all across San Francisco and had the best time!

So if you are ever at a loss for a present for someone, then my advice is this: try to think of something that would be really perfect for them and something they have always wanted to do.

If you are in San Francisco, I highly suggest Seaplane Tours. They took care of every detail and even arranged champagne for the flight.

The late afternoon flight was perfect. Picture perfect. Here are some of my favorites photos that I look (with my iphone!)...


ArchitectDesign™ said...

How amazing! Now that IS a happy birthday -so sweet of you :-)

Karena said...

Grant you are indeed the best nephew ever!! I am sure your Aunt had an exciting time for her 70th birthday! I can just hear her telling her friends all about it.

Great shots as well!

Art by Karena

mbwife said...

When I was five, we moved to Sitka Alaska. The only means to get there was via sea plane or boat, but no one explained to me how sea planes landed. Therefore, when we came arrowing down through the sky, landing on the water sending up a spray that covered the plane and the windows, I was sure we had crashed. Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite adventures.

Kathy said...

You know, all of these iphone pics could be enlarged and framed. They are fabulous. Isn't it crazy how good and easy our phone cameras are now? It helps that you have an eye. Thanks for sharing....k

Daniel James Shigo said...

Wonderful gift!

Did you use MonoPhix for the photos? Beautifully done!

Grant K. Gibson said...

I used Camerabag and used MONO as my filter.

Vickie H. said...

What a VERY thoughtful nephew you are, my dear. Happy Birthday to your Auntie!

Anonymous said...

Why can't my iphone take such great pictures like this?

Anonymous said...

Too too divine!!!

Sent from my iPad

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...


Such a thoughtful and lovely gift. What a wonderful nephew you are... I am
sure your Auntie will always remember this very special. As I wipe my happy
tears! -mss

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Anonymous said...

What a great gift! I'll bet it is something she will never forget, and neither will you. And maybe you could make some kind of collage of pictures from the trip, all in one frame, for her to look at and relive the trip?


Anonymous said...

i enjoy your blog very much and love your work.
this is an idea i had for your aunt....why not take the pictures that you took on the trip and make them into a book for her. easy to do on the computer these days. just a thought.
best regards
kathy re
eugne oregon

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS photos!!! And what a beautiful and thoughtful b'day present:)


Anonymous said...

Gave me shivers up and down my spine. What a wonderful gift! What a wonderful nephew!


Lulu said...

How Sweet! Love this story!

Windlost said...

OMG Grant - now that is a sweet story and a great birthday idea. Happy birthday auntie - I can see where you get your inspiration from. What a honey. Fab photos Grant - you could take photos with a cardboard camera and they would be gorgeous.


xo Terri

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely the most fabulous Bday present ever!!


Sent from my iPad

Anonymous said...

Lucky Auntie!

Dean Farris, Designer

Madina Aryeh said...

Oh Grant, you are amazing! Suzanna must have been delighted. Happy birthday to her!
Love the photos. The idea of making a book in one of the comments is just brilliant.

Daniel James Shigo said...

Thank you for the inspiration! Great app!

Caitlin said...

Looks like such a memorable birthday for your aunt! I'd love to do that one day - SF by air is so stunning.

Hope you have a wonderful week Grant!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

What a gift and I am betting she had the time of her life! This begs the question, how will you two celebrate her 80th!?

shiree segerstrom said...

Nice shots Grant. Happy Valentine's Day to you and the doggies. In case I didn't say so, I enjoyed your talk at SFDC week before last. Shiree'

Anonymous said...

Why don't more interior designer blog?
I feel like you really show who you are with your blog.
It must be a great thing for a client to get to know you in a different way and about you and your interests before hiring you.
Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

These just can't be from your iphone. HOW? I can't ever get my iphone photos to look like this.
What great photos. Are you going to sell them?


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