Friday, August 31, 2012

A few months ago at this event, I also bid and won a 3 night cabin retreat in the Northwoods of Minnesota.  Last weekend I cashed in my winning ticket and headed 4 hours out of town with 5 of the loveliest people I know.  We had grand plans of hiking and biking, canoeing and swimming, playing games and exploring.  In truth, we did some of those things, but with a lot less intensity.  What we did excel at with Olympian intensity was extreme relaxing.  Hot tubbing and floating, eating and was a good week.  The one excursion that was made, not in the name of beer or food, was to Itasca State Park to see the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.
 Itasca Lake.  This tiny lake is the start of the mighty river. 
 The mouth of the river is calm and shallow.
 I hopped across easily!  I easily hopped across the Mississippi.  How cool. 
 The cabin was on Lake Beauty.  A tiny isolated lake without any cabins in sight from the water.  We didn't see another soul all week. 
 There was kayaking and fishing. 
 Delicious meals. 
 Fire makin'
 Butterfly Releasin'
And a quick layover in quaint Park Rapids on the way back. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Weekend Fun: Archery

Danielle picked up a groupon for archery a few months ago so we all got to try our hand at it.  I turned out to be left eye dominant, but since I have never shot a bow and arrow in my life, it didn't feel awkward at all.  It was a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Still chipping away at this warp.  Basic turn twill blocks are a nice breather while I think about my next project. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012


I'm back on this again.  Last week Emily and I hit up Jo-Anns and I couldn't help thinking how nice it is to be an adult and buy out the embroidery floss to my hearts content.  In the last week I have found myself making friendship bracelets every chance I get.  This year they are new, improved and adjustable!  Bracelet Book is still my favorite resource for free patterns. And I used this DIY from Honestly WTF to create the adjustable slider.  I wonder how many more I will make before I burn out for the season.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Today I mailed my, soon to be expired, passport in for a new one.  Just in case I don't get my old passport back, I snapped a photo of each page with my I-phone.  In 10 years, my passport and I have seen a fair share of the world.  Here's to hoping that the next 10 will be equally well traveled.