Friday, August 24, 2012

Adventures

We survived our camping & driving so far!  We are now back in Minot & will head home soon.  It's been a great time- Canada was gorgeous!  We also met up with my husbands parents & sister in Red Lodge, MT & did some camping & exploring with them.  It was beautiful there too & so fun to get to spend some time with family that we don't get to see often enough!

I will post pictures once I'm home & have some time :)

Have a great Friday!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Adventures in Canada

My husband & I are on a little road trip in Canada!  We left early yesterday morning from Minot, ND and had a good day of driving for the most part.  From Minot to Calgary, the landscape was pretty much the same.....very very large rolling fields of all kinds of different crops as well as pasture land for the cattle.  Just huge farms though.  Bigger than any I'd seen!
Well, about 10 hours into our trip, we slowly started approaching a storm that took over nearly the entire horizon.  It just got darker & darker the closer we got to it.  Turns out it was a nasty nasty hail storm that seemed to last 20 minutes!  I've never seen anything like it.  There were golf ball size hail bouncing off the road, onto Beauty (my car!), so we pulled off the road right away to wait it out.  There was no where to go, we were in the middle of a bunch of fields with protection from the insane storm.  I've never been stuck inside a car during something like this. Ni thought for sure the windshield was going to break & we'd get pelted with hail.  I definitely said a few prayers for protection!
Thank the Lord we didn't get hurt!  Beauty has quite a few bruises tho :(. We will have to get her fixed when we get home.  If I can figure out how to load pictures from this iPad I will!!
Until then, have a great day!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Artist Call!

Ele from A Bit of Heaven is hosting an artist call each month & I was one of the artists chosen for August!  I was so excited to receive my package of goodies a couple weeks ago & couldn't wait to get working!  The items that were sent are, well, Heavenly!  The guest supplier for this artist call was from an Etsy shop owner at http://www.etsy.com/shop/memoryartbylisa.  Her stuff was just adorable - be sure to check it out! 
Here are the items that she supplied:
Such fun details in each of these items!  I'm guessing they were all made by hand by Lisa - what talent she's got!!

Isn't the little tag with the bird on it cute?!  And it goes especially great with the nest...

I just love the colors in the paper & thought they were a great pairing together!  Combine it all together & it's perfect!

And here's the progression of my creation:
Mod Podge - one of my essentials :D

I got a board from JoAnn fabric (used a coupon for half off, thank you!) and decided to paint the edges black - hoping it would make the blues & greens in the paper & the decor just pop!

This is a bit blurry, but trying to show how I apply the Mod Podge - I try to do half at a time - put a thick layer on the board & then line up the paper as best I can & lay it down slowly, moving from right to left.  I just learned a trick to use a credit card to smooth it out - I'll try it on my next project, that's for sure!! 

After you finish the bottom coat & have all of the bubbles out, put several layers on top as well to seal it in place.  It also adds a fun finish to the piece of art!

Playing around with some layouts...... 
The finished product!!

Close up looks...

Again, I love how the nest turned out!



I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to incorporate the green & white string.  In the end I decided to tie little bows & put them in the top corners of the board.  I used a tacky glue to secure all of the embellishments in place, including the string.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pinteresting Day - Cake Batter Dip

Holy buckets, is this stuff ever good!!!  If you need an easy, quick recipe for a party, try this!  It goes awesome with graham crackers, teddy grahams, but my favorite is Scooby Snacks!  I just can't tell you enough how good it is :D  Try it out! 

The best part is that it's only 3 ingredients :D  Cake batter, cool whip & yogurt......
http://pinterest.com/pin/212865519857053414/

Bachelorette Fans - Curacao Home

I often will post my crafts and home made items on linking parties each day.  One blog in particular that I really enjoy is called Between Naps on the Porch - it's just fun to link to, but also fun to see all of the things that are posted on there are well!  Here's one in particular that caught my eye!  It's about the house that Emily from The Bachelorette stayed in while in Curacao!  From what I understand the blog host has some long distance connection with the owner of the house - how fun is that?! 

Check it out!
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/the-bachelorette-tour-the-curacao-home-where-emily-stayed/

I didn't watch too much of the show this season, but did see the end - how gorgeous does Curacao look?!  I'd love to go there any day :D

Have a blissful day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chicago & Door County!

Over the 4th of July, my husband & I took a little mini vacay to Chicago!  Neither of us had really been there before.  We found a great price on a hotel room, so away we went :D  The drive wasn't too bad & it was so fun to get to drive up to the Windy City!  We were both surprised by how big it actually is.  Minneapolis looks puny compared to Chicago!  We stayed at a Hyatt just a block off of Michigan Ave & only a few blocks from Navy Pier - it was an awesome location!  And an awesome room :)  We got upgraded to an executive suite since we were there celebrating our 1st anniversary.  Thank you Lord! 

We got to watch fireworks on the 4th at the Navy Pier, ate out a few times, went on the Architectural boat tour of the city (highly recommend if you want to see a large chunk of the city without having to walk all of it!), Sears (Willis) Tower, the Museum of Science & something, ate at Gino's Pizza East, and got some of the famous popcorn on our way out of town!  Whew!  It was busy, but lots of fun to see. 

After that we drove up to Door County, WI for 2 nights, which was also a lot of fun.  It's a very quaint area with gorgeous beaches & just untouched beauty!  I also highly recommend going there if you're looking for a place to get away to.  It's just a cute area with a lot to see & do.  We camped out for the 2 nights we were there, so were able to go there for pretty cheap.  We were dreaming about how fun it would be to have a sail boat that we could take from MN & go through Lake Superior on to Lake Michigan & just explore that way!  Maybe someday.........

Here's a few pics!








We had the cutest little tour guide ever!  I would go back again just to see her :)  Did I mention we were there when it was over 100 degrees & they were breaking heat records?!  Yeah, it was HOTTTT!!!! 



After being in line for 2 hours, we finally made it to the top of the sears/willis tower - what an incredible view from 103 stories up!  We did go in the glass lookout - pretty cool but freaky at the same time!

From one extreme.....

To the other.....  :D


Lake Michigan is beautiful!

Once we got around the corner, there was a gorgeous white sand beach that went on for miles!  Would love to have a cabin here someday - anyone want to join us?!


Linking to the following:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Full blooming flowers

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I sure did :D  I got to get out of town & head up north to spend time with my family & it was great!  I just love to be able to get away from the city (not that we really live IN the city, but it's not the country ;D) and stay with my parents out in the country.  It's just so quiet & peaceful up there.  My mom has the most incredible flower gardens - she's really got a knack with flowers.  I wish I would have taken time to learn more about them when I was growing up!  Yes, I always thought they were pretty, but in my mind they were just another thing that had to be weeded, lol!  Kind of like the garden that in my mind was half a mile wide & twice as long.  And the weeds, I was sure, grew like crazy.....or maybe my parents planted the weeds by the other plants & flowers just to keep us kids busy & out of trouble in the summers?!?!  Yeah, that must be what happened.....

Well now I can really appreciate both the flowers & the garden!  Especially the corn on the cob that we got to enjoy over the weekend - it was PERFECT!  And, they even let us take some home with us, as well as some beans :)  I love summer!  Even tho I didn't necessarily enjoy the garden & the flowers as a kid, I definitely learned a lot from it.  It was hard work but so worth it!  And now between my husband and I, we've got enough knowledge & experience that we planted our own garden this summer!  The work definitely payed off.  The cucumbers have been fabulous.  My husband would also say the radishes were good too.  Me, I'm not as big of a fan of those.  The corn, tomatoes, peppers, & carrots are all getting close as well - I can't wait!  The other fun thing is that I've successfully had some flowers grow this summer & stay alive!  I wasn't sure if they'd survive the wrath of the rabbits & squirrels, but somehow they have!  Thank you Lord!  And they're doing awesome & growing like crazy :D  I also showed a great summer flower in this post - go check it out!

It makes me so happy & not hate the rabbits quite as much :D






These were the flowers my husband gave me for our 1st anniversary - I didn't grow them :)  Aren't they gorgeous?!




Linking to the following:
http://makingtheworldcuter.com/2012/08/making-the-world-cuter-2/
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/a-secret-message-of-love-the-185th-metamorphosis-monday/
http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2012/08/craftomaniac-monday.html
http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2012/08/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no-12550-giveaway.html
http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/2012/08/too-cute-tuesday-link-par-tay-105.html
http://www.yesterdayontuesday.com/2012/08/crafty-soiree-101.html
http://todayscreativeblog.net/diy-do-it-yourself-projects/#more-11913
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2012/08/show-me-what-ya-got-86.html
http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/08/take-look-tuesday.html
http://lilluna.com/lil-luna-link-party-89/
http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/08/made-by-me-42-linky-party-and-features.html
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/2012/08/whatever-goes-wednesday-129.html
http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/08/do-something-crafty-51/
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2012/08/wow-us-wednesdays-78.html
http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2012/08/wow-me-wednesday-68.html
http://www.livelaughrowe.com/live-laugh-linky-22/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/2012/08/transformation-thursday-no-164.html
http://www.aglimpseinsideblog.com/2012/08/catch-glimpse-party-92.html
http://madeinaday.com/2012/08/09/made-u-look-linky-35-2/
http://www.happyhourprojects.com/2012/08/happy-hour-friday-0810.html
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/2012/08/flaunt-it-friday-114.html
http://www.delicateconstruction.com/2012/08/delicately-constructed-friday.html
http://oneartmama.blogspot.de/2012/08/shine-on-fridays-40-and-giveaway.html
http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/08/do-something-crafty-52/

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Pinterest"ing Day - Success!

Like I mentioned before, I am going to start highlighting some of my favorite things that I discover on Pinterest.  I am so in love with Pinterest & have found so many wonderful things on there.  Tonight I found the recipe below & LOVED it!  The muffins turned out awesome & feel super healthy too :)  Can't beat that!
Instead of putting in banana's, I used some cherries & some blueberries - fabulous!  I learned a fun little trick from my aunt Cindy - she puts almond extract in her waffles, which again, fabulous!  So, I decided to put a splash of that in my muffins as well, and it was so so so yummy!  My husband really, really liked them as well!  Yay!  If you're going to try them, be sure to read the tips in the comments section - very helpful! 
http://pinterest.com/pin/212865519858186448/

I like when I try new recipes & my husband actually likes them too - makes me feel like I conquered something new in the kitchen :)  There's been a few things that haven't turned out as well, but for the most part there's been success!  We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary on Monday - it's hard to beleive it's been a year already since we got married!  But, it's be a wonderful year & I am the most lucky girl in the world & have the most amazing husband ever :D  I can't wait to see what the next year & the 80+ after that have in store for us!  It's been so fun to look back at all of the pictures & think of the incredible day we had for our wedding (more pictures in this post).  Man, I am so blessed - Thank you Lord!