October 01, 2014

San Diego Photography

Hey everyone, Happy October!

Today I wanted to share some of the many photos I took during our 1 day trip to San Diego in August. We were staying in Phoenix, but we were so close to California and having never been there we just had to take a trip to the coast even though we only had day to do it.

So we loaded up, drove across the desert and hit the town! We walked all over Balboa Park, drove around the town, stopped at a FroYo place, and then went to La Jolla.

I have to say, I think my favorite part of our trip was swimming at La Jolla. The water was chilly, so I was actually the only one to get in. It was my first time at the Pacific ocean though, and you know, there were seals (!!!) so I was definitely getting in!

Have you been to San Diego? I loved it.
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September 30, 2014

DIY Stenciled Tribal Coasters

Hey everyone, Today's project is brought to you by both me and my Sister, Taylor. I stayed with her last month, helping her decorate her new home in Arizona and I brought along my Hazel and Ruby supplies, because I knew they would be perfect for create some unique decor!

These were lots of fun to make and they look pretty great (if I do say so myself) in Taylor's new place!

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September 29, 2014

South Mountain Layout

Today I'm on the Helmar blog sharing this layout I made using their adhesives.

So, if you want to read more about my process, what supplies I used, etc, Hop over to the Helmar blog to get the nitty gritty!
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September 27, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday at PWP

Hey guys, today I'm sharing this layout at Paper Wings Productions! If you want to read more about how I created it and what stamp sets I used, hop on over to the PWP blog.

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September 26, 2014

Cacti and Succulent Photography

While I was hanging out in Arizona in August, I had the opportunity to photograph lots of cacti and succulents. Cacti everywhere! I don't have a macro lens anymore, but I still had fun shooting these with my kit lens.

Most of these are from the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

Okay, so those last two weren't cacti. But we saw both that big king snake and the pretty bird at the botanical gardens.

Taylor and I also got a few succulents and cacti from a local nursery to plant and place on her porch. I took some photos of those as well-

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my photos- I love taking them. :)
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September 25, 2014

Adventures in Tea Mixing

This isn't my normal crafty post, but if you know me, you know I love tea. That's one of the many things I have in common with my Aunt. ;) Earlier this month my Aunt gave me a tea mixing kit for my birthday (Thanks!).

I drink both bagged and loose leaf tea, but I hadn't tried mixing up my own loose leaf tea before now. The kit came with a variety of teas and herbs.

Mint is my favorite tea (right after good old black tea) so I decided to start with making my own mint tea. The "scoops" are teaspoon-ish sized. In my tea bag I put:

  • 2 scoops of black tea
  • 1 scoop of white tea
  • 1 scoop of mint leaves
  • a sprinkle of dried rose petals.

I have fresh mint growing in my garden, so I took a small branch of it and placed it in my teapot as well.

The taste of the mint and rose petals mixed so well together, I don't think I'd tried rose tea before now but it was interesting! I don't think I'd want too much of it, it's a bit flower-y. It was good combined with the mint though.

Are you a tea lover like me? What's your favorite tea? I'd love to know!
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