I'm an artist and SAHM from the upper mid-west. In addition to my passion for paper art and mixed-media; I enjoy sewing, painting, photography, jewelry making and gardening. I love finding ways to reuse, re-purpose and recycle everyday items into art or other basic utilitarian objects.
I'm working at getting back to the basics: healthy food, reduced chemical load in our home, exercise and spending time with family.
So my neighbor calls me Saturday morning and asks me to go on an adventure. She also had invited another neighbor on her adventure west. Shockingly, both of us said yes with 45 minutes notice...grabbed our kids and left.
Here's the back of the van after our travels.... back country gravel roads are very dry and dusty right now.
We drove about 2 hours west of here to her sisters farm. They were having an anniversary party and it's always "the more, the merrier" for their huge family.
Shortly after we got there it was decided that a few of us should go visit a brand new winery about 5 miles away....more gravel roads...
I sampled this wine and decide to buy a bottle so Mr. G could enjoy it as well since he was off on his own adventure for the day in another direction. It's called Rockin' Coyote after all the coyote in the area that come out to serinade each night.
All the kids had a blast running and jumping across round bails of hay that were neatly set in rows. There were a few mis-steps but no injuries...only laughs.
After the eating and running off the calories we went on a hayride.
A whole gaggle of kids and a handful of adults hopped on a hayrack behind this tractor driven by the eldest son of our hosts.
It honestly was the longest hayride I've ever been on.....
We travelled around a "section"....
Later we found out a "section" is about a 5 mile fun but dusty trip....
We saw lots of crops...some horses...and the MN River Valley just below this farm.
My 90-some yr old uncle lives about 12 miles upriver of here. Such a beautiful area....
On the way home I wanted to drive through the town my dad spent his early years in. I thought I'd be able to pick out my Grandpa's church without a doubt.
Time has really aged it. It was kind of sad.
I didn't even stop to take a picture myself because I was so sure I must be mistaken.
I was the last baby my Grandpa ever baptized...and also his last grandchild. I have the baptizmal bowl from the fount that we all were baptized from. It's one of my treasures.
All in all it was a fun spur of the moment 250 mile roundtrip adventure!!! I wish we had time to do more since we were in that "neck of the woods"...or prairie as the case may have been but there is always next time....
I've been working on this project for longer than I care to admit. I found that I couldn't work on it in the morning because I was too shaky from numerous cups of coffee to bead and bend jumprings. By afternoon, I just wasn't interested in working on it.
As you can see I put my own spin on it. I used an old CD for the top of the wind chime. I also included beads with the bottle caps for interest. I'm so happy to have actually used a bunch of the caps I've collected over the years as well as all the ones friends save for me.
Now I just need to find the perfect spot for it. Mr. G and I were talking this morning about making a tiki bar on the deck or the patio. I think it would fit in quite nicely!
Here's the original "pin" that
inspired my above creation:
Since Independence Day fell smack in the middle of the week this year, Mr. G took a week's vacation. We've been busy...mostly with 4th of July festivities and trying desperately to stay cool during them.
To that end, my neighbor brought over some fabric and we started making neck coolers. I was reminded of them while browsing Pinterest.
I think I stitched up about 20 of these...at least 4 being "little kid size". We kept them in a cooler of ice water during the parade so that everyone at our gathering could pull one out whenever they needed it.
I even sold the one off my neck to a carnival worker when the kids were playing games. I could have made a fortune ...and then promptly get a big fat fine from the city, I'd suppose.
By the way...your eyes aren't deceiving you in the above picture....it does look a little foggy. It's so humid today that my lens fogged. See...
The garden is producing...snow peas, green beans and kohlrabi so far.
Ah crud... my ADD is showing again....
I got off track...
I was talking about the 4th of July.
While Mr. G was helping set up a canopy and such, I walked the kids to the carnival. I had them sit for a caricature. You can see one of those cooling neck wraps around Big J's neck.
The parade is always a great time....
Friends, food and fun right along the parade route closely followed by a water fight and more food.
This little cork covered car had to be my favorite of the day.
That's a lot of wine!!
We're still trying to stay cool...current temp is .....
The cool down is coming "they" say...I hope "they" are right.
See you next week...working on a project with bottle caps.