Wednesday, July 16, 2014

currently: July

Getting: ready to take my crowd to the county fair
Realizing: just how strange it is to have such cool temps in July, in Iowa.
Spending: an extra few minutes throwing the ingredients of a beef & veggie stew in the crockpot will pay off when we come home from the fair hungry.
Missing: some camping & boating time, but enjoying a pretty schedule free summer.
Reading: like crazy! currently waiting on Blossom Street Brides to be returned to the library as well as Tales from a Blue Bike to arrive through inter-library loan. 
Reorganizing: 
Loving: that I have a scrap day on the calendar in the near future! 
Staying: on track with my water in take --proudly
Using: the heck out of the Iowa Food Coop products available right now.
Taking: time to read or scrap this summer is truly saving my sanity.
Deciding: to eat at the cook shack at the county fair on Friday--best decision ever. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Junkin' with Mom

On Saturday June 28th, my mom & I went Junkin' for the first time ever together.  It was all based around this one place called The Crib. everything was stored in an old corn crib so a friend used an old baby crib for the sign~very clever!  Is Junkin' as popular in your neck of the woods as it is in ours? Everyone is wanting things that have chippy paint & are rusty as heck, who cares if it works as original or not as long as it looks cool.  I have always gravitated toward the old stuff but would buy the new stuff that looked old. Now I am more into reusing, repurposing & recycling than ever in my life, so this junkin' thing is right up my alley!Here is the picture of The Crib when we arrived on Saturday morning. I wish I had followed through on the thought to snap one of the line of cars, trucks & vans parked along her driveway & the side of the highway for about a quarter mile.  

 here are our scores from The Crib.  Mom: swivel solid rolling chair, 3 rusty lanterns complete w/flues, 2 wooden horse hames, chicken feeder & little red wagon. Me: flag folded in an old window (very left corner of left photo) & 1/2 barn door.

 they were also having a huge multi-family garage sale on the property (& a couple of other vendors as well) & I scored a stuffed gallon baggie of markers for the childcare & a cute wooden & wire boat themed garland for the bathroom and Mom got a few more things.  The best part was that everything was reasonably priced, so that kept it affordable & fun.

From there we went into the nearest town to hit an antique shop that was a treasure trove.  So much good stuff to be picked through. I was too busy browsing & helping Mom carry her goods to take any photos.
Then we headed south for lunch.  She was taking me to Toot-Toot for my first time. Its just over the state line & everyone raves about the buffet. It was pretty good. here is our only selfie of the day.
 While in town, we stopped at the farm store for her to get some supplies, a peddlers paradise but it was all new reproduction stuff, & the Russel Stover candy shop. Where we got Jelly Bellys for our significant others, ice cream for her & coffee for me.
 Then we headed back into Iowa, stopping at the Lamoni welcome center that boasts a fantastic Amish selection.  I did get my wild rice and coconut oil that I have gotten at the other Amish store & drooled a ton over the hand made basket selections.  on our way through town we found another antique shop where Mom found more goodies for her enamel dishware collection & I got Tim a cast iron skillet unlike any we already own.

From there, we plugged in Diagonal, Iowa to the GPS on my phone & we headed out to find the new Freedom Rock.    after a bit of driving through the countryside, which neither of us minded at all, we landed in Diagonal. First we found the museum & went in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to people talk about something they are passionate about, especially older folks & there was a perfect gentleman in the museum.  He loved to talk about his town's history & that of another nearby town that became a ghost town when the railroad came through Diagonal.
 <~~ the poster about the rock we were in search of  
an interesting shot I snapped of the keys on a telegraph(??) machine ~~>



 Just a couple of blocks up the street we found the rock~right where our helper in the museum said it would be.  Getting out to be total tourists, we were greeted by a lady setting up the flower pots as they had blown over.  We chatted with her a bit about the rock, what the painting means to the town & how they plan to put benches in & how excited the citizens were that their tiny town was chosen out of the whole county.  Another pure delight to chat with.

 the first shot shows a little girl pointing to the name of the Diagonal soldier lost in the Vietnam war & from the right angle, you can see a soldier touching the same name as if from the other side. very cool.

<~~ this is probably my very favorite shot of the day. I was able to score the rock, the flag & the town water tower in the same frame--score!
 This one shows the railroad that was instrumental in making Diagonal a town, the eagle that sat on the globe was from an old statue that sat in front of an old Case dealership right down the street, that was big in town.



 Seeing the storm clouds move in, we headed home. That night, we saw that The Crib listed several items still available, so YES, we headed back down Sunday for Mom to get a few more treasures. It was just us there so we didn't mind asking her to take our picture with her sign :)

Mom & I have gotten to spend several Saturdays together so far this summer.  I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Currently: July

planning another fun day out with my mom for August.
watching Covert Affairs, Suits, Rizzoli & Isles, Graceland & Perception. so fun to have a few good summer series shows.
reading  books! I have slowed down in my reading but still at it so that's something.  In June I read Back on Blossom Street,Twenty Wishes, & Summer on Blossom Street. Next up is Hannah's List & a couple more in the Blossom Street series, then I plan to request the inter-library loan to get Thisthis & this
celebrating  the sunny days & the growing garden. The garden is loving the rain & cooler temps but its JULY in IOWA, we are NOT supposed to need jackets & jeans to sit outside at night :/ 
thankful to be able to enjoy the change of pace for this summer with the boat broken down & more weekends at home.
loving our twice weekly park days! one is a short one 9am-11:30 then we come home to something in the crock pot for lunch & the other I pack a picnic & we stay until 1pm.
eating  smoked brisket & homemade apple pie & ice cream for the 4th of July--can.not.wait.
enjoying the easy peasy summer schedule we are doing this year, deciding the previous week where to go.
wearing capris or long pants this week in these cooler temps.

walking several early mornings each week-still. hoping to add in some running next week-then it will probably decide to act like summer weather ;) 
feeling refreshed after a weekend with my mom junkin'. (that's a whole other blog post)


planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sage, basil & lemongrass for our garden this year. the sage died but everything else is thriving.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Done & Documented: June


I am so very excited about how far I have come this year!! 2 of my 3 projects COMPLETE. WOW!! that's huge for me! :) Here is the Booming start I have on Labor Day Weekend 2009:

 These two pages were a bit tough for me to finalize, the pictures mean so very much to me that I was afraid I wouldn't do them justice but finally I 'just did it' & walked away. Love that my sister in law was quick enough thinking to snag my camera & capture these moments between my nieces & myself on the boat one afternoon. I loved using all the pink, some new supplies (the bingo cards) & old, the paper, letter stickers & die cuts & pink/blue flowered die cuts


these weren't initially designed to be across from each other but the colors work so well, I think they will be fine.  the left is a collage of my many faces during a conversation. I totally didn't realize she was snapping away, now I know how my friends feel when they see some shots I have captured of them in action ;)  I also, finally understand what my grandparents mean when they say I am 'expressive' LOL  The right just might be my favorite page of Tim.  He's a pretty serious guy most of the time so these are really him in his natural state.  more old goodies used.


these photos make my heart happy.  I love this foggy sight in the mornings at the lake, I just wish I could truly capture it on film. a new paper pack & coordinating paper strips but old supplies.  In fact, the title, "relaxing"  down the right side, was an accidental cut from my Cricut machine a long time ago & once inked, worked out perfectly for this page. Love all the buttons & Elle's Studio tags.  

My first time using Washi tape. I have been collecting different rolls of it for over a year but hadn't braved using it on a page until this one.  This is a 5x7 collage of the 2 littlest campers of the weekend bonding. Super sweet so used some new goodies to hightlight that moment.

Papers like this are AWESOME & I find myself buying them, but then I struggle to use them because the design on them is so cool & so big that I hate to cover it with photos & embellishments.  Luckily this 4x6 collage worked perfectly in that right top corner to not take away from the paper.  Then I inked some raw chipboard letters & cut up a black lined sheet of cardstock to journal on with a white gel pen. LOVE.

a fun one mixing new paper & embellishments with old stuff & even some inked embroidery floss. a collage + a 4x6 print. Love this page & its colors.

8x10 collages ROCK!! makes for SUPER SIMPLE page that includes a ton of photos!! 

the 3 moon shots are trimmed down 4x6s & I love the stars the lanterns made! more new goodies on this one.

new paper & metal clock pieces, old clock stamp, letters & rub ons but another awesome 8x10 collage = easy page!

this one I struggled with a long time, so much so that I almost decided not to scrap the photos at all. new paper, fun Elle's Studio journaling block, OLD embellishments mixed with new & washi tape again. Not a favorite but done & documented.

Oh this one I love love love!!!  that paw print die cut totally stole my  heart, the dog quote popped up on facebook right before I ran across this photo of Tim with Gus & was perfect then I just added the paper strips & blocks cut from a new paper pad & some ribbon knots w/brads & WALA! perfection.



you can see my January, FebruaryMarchApril & May reports here.

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Done and documented is series of monthly posts that highlights Jess's progress completing unfinished travel albums from years past. I will be following along by doing my December Daily 2013, then plan to finish 2009 (2 chapters) & start a new year. Feel free to play along

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Whispering Breezes Cabins

For Memorial Day Weekend, I prefer to have a cabin reservation as the weather around here is very unpredictable.  It could be sunny & 70s or it could be rainy & 50s, the day vs night temps can vary a lot, making sleeping in the tent uncomfortable especially if its damp from previous rain. 2 people + 2 dogs hanging out in a tent during a rainy day is not any fun at all. So this year, we stayed at Whispering Breezes Cabins
Like most cabins at the lake, they are small & efficient, which we like so that we are near each other & both can monitor what the pups are doing when they are getting stir crazy.  We can watch TV, nap, read, scrap, cook, or nap really easily. These have a real log cabin feel to them & each of the 4 on the property has its own name & theme.  

This is one side of the living/dining/kitchen, through that door you see on the right is the bedroom with a double bed, side table & rack for hanging clothes, very simple.  Both of those couches fold out into hide a beds so if you are a family of 5, you could easily sleep here.

this is the dining/kitchen side (table in the foreground).  The only thing missing & we always seem to miss it, is an oven but we make do.  The bathroom is through that door in the back of the room which has a handicapped accessible shower (BIG) & nice built in shelves for storage. 

here is the room looking out from the bedroom doorway. I am a big fan of their style.  furnishings, dishes, & decor are typical lake house/second home/thrifted/hand me downs but the appliances are not. They always have us fully stocked on dishes, clean bedding, odds & ends like dish soap, salt & pepper, coffee filters, Oh & there is a broom & vacuum in every cabin for those little accidents.

 the stormy sky over the pond while sitting at the campfire one evening. each cabin has a fire ring equipped with a swinging rack & hanging bar (to hang pots from while they cook), picnic table & then between each 2 cabins is a mounted charcoal grill. With a fishing pond with in walking distance as well as the owner's home which has some goats, chickens & dogs of their own there is little want for something to do on the property.  Just a small walk down the gravel road past the vacation community will get you to a lake side fishing spot with room for the dogs & kids alike to run on public property.

Now that I have typed this up, I realize I have shared bits of these cabins before.  We have spent a couple of Valentine's weekends here as well as other holiday camping weekends, here. How did you spend Memorial Day Weekend? Do you have a favorite get away location?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

currently: June

planning to combine some of my supplies with Grandma's plants & create some great pots for my deck & house soon
going to not let group dynamics change me.

watching the kids figure out where they fit in our group is fascinating to me. 
reading  books! I read Wonder, 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, & Christmas in Cedar Cove all in a little over a week.  I am about to start Back on Blossom Street, then I plan to request the inter-library loan to get This, this & this
celebrating  the sunny days & the growing garden.
thankful to be able to participate more fully in the Iowa Food Coop these days.
loving that the local Farmer's Market has kicked off its season on the courthouse lawn.
eating  local (in Iowa made) cheese curds, locally grown (in Iowa) salads & homemade sweets as much as possible.
enjoying the change of seasons.
wearing capris, shorts & dresses every day. I love my summer wardrobe!

walking several early mornings each week-still.
trying .to get our Friday Fundays scheduled. I have no idea why this one is taking me so long this year.



feeling lots of change ahead in our summer plans.

planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sage, basil & lemongrass for our garden this year.  looking for suggestions for something that takes 100% shade to put in our 'mud hole' corner of the yard.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Scrappy Weekend.

going by our normal summer calendar, last weekend would have been a camping weekend, but since the boat is broken+Tim's job has added some new responsibilities for him with deadlines that he takes seriously +it ended up being nasty camping weather=we stayed home. I scrapped & read a TON! I finished my 4th book in 2 weeks (that is a lot for me) and I scrapped 9 pages! Holy Moly I am not sure who I am today ;)  I even helped with supper & kept the dishwasher in a constant state of moving all weekend. Balance? did I really manage to find some balance this weekend? I think, maybe so.

Enough chatter--here are the pages from the weekend:
this one used some letters I had cut out with the cricut some time ago just inked them to make the coordinate with my paper, the camera die cut is really old, as are the 'perfect' & 'paradise' chip board words & the black file folder (you can barely see), the buttons & twine are from Close to My Heart & the cards are Elle's Studio, the paper & strips (cut from another full sheet) were from a paper pad I don't remember getting, I it must have been an impulse buy some time ;)  I do love this page!

Here I am using a collage printed as a 5x7 photo. This series of photos was so sweet! 2 littles getting to know each other at the campsite. the paper is old, the pink cardstock from a card kit, the washi tape, strip of paper, & rectangles are all a newish coordinating collection & I love that pink fiber ribbon stuff~its old too. 

I find myself buying paper w/a cool picture on it & then struggle to use it because the picture takes up the majority of the page.. what's the point??  I was pretty stoked to find that this 4x6 collage worked perfectly with this printed paper. The white pen on the black paper was a surprise because it went on clear & turned white as it dried-score! the title is chipboard letters that I inked to coordinate.


a 5x7 collage & a 4x6 print, odds & ends of old photos, embroidery floss, file folder & new Close to my Heart wooden embellishments. 

an 8x10 collage- this one took some time, I struggled & struggled, buried it & moved on then finally went back to it & it fell together easier.  the paper strip, hand cut banners & background paper are all from that mysterious paper pad The letter buttons are really old, but perfect for this page. 

 The full moon as it rose in the sky, the stars the lantern lights make with my camera, I love them both. everything but the letter stickers are from the same paper pad. The letter stickers are from a different summer themed pad, but worked really well here.

 Another 8x10 collage & pretty proud of this page! the creative title, the use of clock stamps & embellishments~love! 

 This is another one that I struggled with & am not entirely pleased with but its done & I am moving on.  Lots of odds & ends of embellishments used on that Elle's Studio journaling card.

 possibly my favorite from the whole weekend! I was stoked when I ran across this photo of Tim w/Gus (who was put to sleep the following year) & remembered I had just shared a meme on Facebook with that 'and so God made a dog' quote on it that was perfect for this page.  Thinking this one might hang in the hall on a magnet board for a while... 

WOW! That's the most pages I have completed in a while! Really good start for that weekend chapter as I have A LOT of photos from it :) 

How did you spend your weekend?