Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Sunny Day in June

Once upon a time on a overly warm day (make that extremely unbearably hot and humid unless you are truly a southerner and then it's simply overly warm) in June, the hubs was off on a Thursday, my son was restless, and I had a friend who had never been to a country girl's swimming hole, but she bravely accepted an invitation for her wee 3 offspring to come have a picnic and play in the murky waters of the Strong River (brave indeed I tell you - good thing she didn't see the five foot Cottonmouth of last summer, hmmm). We seven had a delish picnic on a set of those infamous concrete benches that parks are known for and we roamed all over that river, even sat in the 'jacuzzi' which was genuinely perfectly chilly - exactly what any southerner country gal would want to ward off the overly warm day feeling one gets down here, and we saw no snakes today. ;) I'm thinking the same time next week might just be in order.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Earrings Going in the Shop :)

The smaller daintier coiled pair is per a request by the customer who purchased the original pair. ;) However, I can certainly make them for you as well.

The first pair is a lovely leaf design that can be made to a required length. This pair is 2 and 3/4 inches long from french hook to leaf tip. I've been wanting a new pair of earrings that would go with nearly everything I wear and these surely fit that description as do the dainty pair. ;)

You may find both pairs in the shop or if they are sold, then I can certainly re-create them for you.



Monday, June 20, 2011

Hiking Trail

A hiking trail in the middle of sand dunes? Really? That sounds hot and forboding. Quite the contrary. The dunes at Grayton Beach State Park in Florida are quite impressive. What is even more surprising is the narrow foot trail that meanders through them where you are allowed to step (stay on the trail so as not to hurt the dunes, but trail there is). You take a short hike on a thick sand foot trail up a sandy hill. Your reward for the little trek is the most secret little grove beneath some of the loveliest Oaks. They've even set a wooden bench there for you. My first thought, well right after thinking of the peace I could have there sitting quietly, is what a perfect spot for a small intimate wedding with the Oaks standing as guests. You get the loveliest view of the sunset when looking west toward the trail opening. We meandered further than the quiet grove beneath the trees, but only on the marked path. It was as though we had been whispered a secret by stopping there beneath the trees. You can just hear the grove in the rustling grass gently reminding one to stay off the dunes that protect the beauty you see from the hurricane winds that inevitably come.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bringing Home a Bit of the Ocean

Seashells, suntans, sandy toes, new T-shirts, and lots and lots of photos - that's what we bring home for certain each time we go on one of our beach trips. As a matter of a fact, I just bought 3 new pretty jars to fill with seashells and such. And, I'm sitting here today creating hubs' requested Daddy's Day gift - he likes his cards to be created rather than bought - he says they say more and whether I paint them or create them by hand or on the computer, he simply prefers them more. So, I used our beach photos to create his Daddy's day card and made a photo collage to frame before tomorrow for his gift.

Bringing home a bit of the ocean is nothing new for our family, but this year....well, this year, hubs surprised me by insisting we get me a new bicycle at the beach no less for he wasn't convinced we could get precisely that bike once we got home even with the ISBN num. She's a comfy beauty. She's considered a cruiser as I can sit up rather than lean on my wrists so much, unlike my 21-speed, and she's still a 7-speed and I can pack a picnic on the back. It was most curious finding room for her in the van, but where there is a will, there is a way, and let me tell you, hubs had the will on this one.

I brought home a bit of the ocean this year and she's blue like the sky, aqua like the water, and white like the creamy sands of the Panhandle. Hubs predicts I shall have her a long long time and that one day we shall have to repaint her to maintain that lovely look she has.... did you notice her whitewall tires. ;)