Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Did someone say Camping trip??

Sorry it's been a few weeks since my last post! We did a garage sale the weekend of the 18th and then this last wekend we went camping with my brother, his family and my parents and we had so much fun. We got back Sunday night and it has taken me a few days to re-coup! :0)
Boy, the kids wore themselves out playing with their cousins- that's my brothers two kids, Codi and Garrett with Sage and Chad.
We camped up on Green Mountain, which is only about an hour and a half or so from our house. The first day, we all rode our four wheelers to the top and were lucky enough to see this herd of wild horses. Most of them roam the Red Desert below and I'm pretty sure this herd lives up here year round. They didn't stick around too long and I was lucky to get this picture when I did....
When we rode around the backside of the mountain, we saw this little yearling hanging with some cattle....we really freaked him out and he let his curiousity get the best of him because you could really tell he wanted to run away but he wanted to check us out a little first. LOL.
One of the views from the top. You could see for miles and miles....
Thats my dad in the suspenders taking in the scenery. :0) I'm not sure what Craig is doing. LOL.
This was my favorite....this spot at the top is called Wild Horse Point Lookout. That's the start of the Red Desert below...
Our state flower: The Indian Paintbrush. It is so pretty and it was blooming EVERYWHERE there! I mean the were practically fields of them. Sage was bummed she couldn't pick them....we get in trouble with the state of we get caught plucking these babies.We even had our own private patch of wild strawberries right by our camper. They were small, but tasty! My little guy picked this tiny blossom just for me!
The second day we all drove out by the Oregon/Mormon trail area and hunted for agates and arrowheads. It was a lot of fun, but boy it was hot on the prairie! Whew! Luckily we didn't run into any rattlesnakes.
This is one of the landmarks along the Oregon Trail- called Split Rock. apparently when the emigrants were traveling, it could be seen for 3 days on their journey. Once they reached this point, it took them 6 days to reach South Pass City which is only about an hour and a half away....could you imagine that? Makes ya feel lucky we don't rely on covered wagon for transportation, eh? I think this area of the Sweetwater Valley is so pretty.
So that's been it lately. I haven't done any creating either. My mom had a bunch of her garage sale stuff stored in my craft room and now that her stuff is out, I have so much more room. I spent yesterday and today cleaning out and re-organizing, which it really needed. It was cool and rained all last night and all day today which really got me in the mood to start on Fall and Christmas stuff. There's something about the hot summer weather that makes it hard for me to get motivated to make Pumpkins and Candy canes. Ok, so I guess I'm trying to say the hot weather makes me lazy. LOL. I know the summertime does that to a lot of us! I'm waiting until I have a few things finished before I share my selling site, so stay tuned! :0)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nine Years ago today.....

Boy, it sure doesn't seem like nine years have already gone by. I can still remember how hot it was in that church that day! Whew! Glad I opted for the sleeveless gown. LOL. Craig and I actually met our freshman year in college- I was getting my degree in Veterinary Technology and Craig a degree in Welding & Joining. We dated for two and a half years and then married in 2000. Our wedding present from Craig's side of the family was our honeymoon in Cancun which was so neat and probably the only time I'll ever get to do something like that. Oh, the memories....

I have to say that my signs have been well received! Since I have posted them here on my blog and also at the prim shoppe in town, I have taken quite a few orders for more of them, even though I don't have my selling site up yet, I don't mind at all- so if anyone see's something they are interested in, leave me a comment. I turned comment moderation on so that any new comments go right to my email, so your question won't be posted unless you want it to. Since working on those sign orders, I haven't had time to work on anything new to share. Maybe I will next week? :0)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

There are signs everywhere!

Just thought I would pop in and show what I've been up to lately, and nope, its got nothing to do with the sewing machine...I've been painting these signs- and lots of them. I have 12 done so far, and all these will be going to the prim shoppe in town...a lot of friends don't know this, but this type of thing is actually how I started crafting about 7 years ago. I made signs like these and lots of tole painting, selling at local craft shows, and about 5 years ago is when I made my first doll. (And no way am I going to show you the first doll- it wasn't pretty! LOL) Don't get me wrong, I still love to make dolls, but sometimes it just feels good to switch gears and take a little break every once in a while......and the rest of them....the last two pics are showing a bit bright- the "white" in them is really a warm, prim cream color in person... They all range from 5 1/2" - 71/4" tall by 21"-52" in length with a sawtooth hanger or two on back. When my selling site is ready, I hope to make a few signs to put there as well as my fabric handmades....
Until next time! :0)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

What a beautiful Americana Giveaway.....

I just found this blog and had to share the news about this beautiful Americana Giveaway at Palmer Falls blog. Of course its obvious I love Americana and I know there are more fellow bloggers out there that do, too, so I wanted to spread the word! Hurry on over, she is drawing the winner on Saturday July 4th! :0)

Where does the Summer go?

Oh my gosh....can you believe it is nearly the fourth already and summer is half over with? Every summer it seems like it is so hectic, we never take the time to stop and pick the flowers.....but we made time to do just that last week. We took a drive up the mountain behind our house and stopped at the top so Sage could fill her basket with wild sunflowers.I had to share this old barn. This old ranch sits along the loop road at the top of the mountain and every time we drive up here I just stare at this old barn and wonder what it would have been like to live 100 years ago when this ranch was in its prime. Sure don't see beautiful old barns like this anymore- at least not around this area. On a creative note, I did finish the makeover on my milking stool. Its black- of course, LOL. I decided to do slight distressing and I think it turned out pretty darn great. :0) My coffee table may be a later project- it will be more time consuming so I probably won't get it done until later this summer when things slow down- but don't worry, I will be sure and share when its finished. I do have a few dolls to share also....These girls I made from one of Tonya's patterns and they have already arrived at their new homes.....each doll was actually a surprise gift for a few friends of mine that were going through some hard times and I wanted to be sure each friend got her goodie box before I posted the pic. Each girlfriend sent me such nice emails to thank me and one of whom is my 'neighbor' friend Joleen- she had the most touching post on her blog it just made me cry! I was so touched by their gratitude it really makes me want to do things like that more often- I still get that warm fuzzy feeling whenever I think about it. :0) Of course it will be a surprise when I strike again...hee hee....
I have been throwing around the idea of doing a selling blog or a picturetrail site to sell a few things. I'm not sure when I will have it ready, but I will be sure to post about it when its done and "open for business."
Well, I should get going and get something whipped up for dinner. Until next time! :0) -Jody