Monday, September 19, 2011


Wow my life has been so hectic lately! But my house is finally somewhat clean and things may settle out for a while. So I just wanted to add a note that everything in the beckley etsy shop is 20% off now through October 1st. Happy shopping!

Saturday, September 3, 2011


is so gorgeous! For my husband's birthday I planned a surprise camping trip to Yosemite. Turns out planning a surprise camping trip with an unknown quantity of people can be a bit stressful. It all worked out perfectly though and we had an amazing trip! If you have never been to Yosemite I HIGHLY recommend you go-words can't describe it's beauty. Here are some of the highlights of this trip:

This is Dog Lake-not a very impressive name, but a phenomenal lake! From the Lembert Dome parking lot up in Tuolumne Meadows it's about an hour hike (uphill the whole way) but totally worth it. It's at just over 9,000 elevation with only a few peaks in sight that are any taller. We took a dip in the lake (beware of the mushy bottom) before heading back down. 

  This little fella wasn't afraid of me. Came cruising across my path while I was hiking along the river in the Tuolumne Meadows campground. There are also black bear in the area, but you rarely see them. Mostly you hear them at night when you are trying to sleep and hiding in your tent with your sleeping bag up over your head.

 This is Ellery Lake in Tioga Pass just outside of Yosemite National Park if you come in from the east. It's a beautiful precursor to the all the gorgeousness in the park. 

Too bad I found this on the last day! We ran out of time to jump into that lovely waterfall-boo! It's definitely on my list for next trip!

Friday, September 2, 2011

the rest of august

I don't know where it went! We had a pretty busy end of the month with a few birthday parties, overnight guests and some extra work. Here is a bit of catch up.

Cookie of the Month Club: Oatmeal Raisin

Fresh Fish Chalkboard sign #2 completed

Trying to refinish/repaint an old picture frame-more photos to come!

Last evening we got back from a fabulous trip for my husband's birthday (I will post photos soon) and it's back to work this morning. I'm hoping to squeeze some creative projects in soon-I'm starting to go through withdrawals!!

Happy September everyone!