Weekend Plans: August 29th – 31st

1: My oldest niece is expecting her 3rd baby and I have got to get this present done because I have this midwife 6th sense that there will be no waiting till her due date at the end of the month.

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2: K. is having a good friend over to start the school year off fun- and making sure things look pretty for her!

Saucily named flowers.

Saucily named flowers.

3: Not technically still the weekend but… I gotta go socialize with some ice-cream on Labor Day.  Its a big annual event in the Yorkville Socialite Club (which I am the most likely member to be asked not to attend) and I don’t want to bee seen to be snubbing the ice-cream.

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I will try to get photos up on my FB page from the Ice Cream Social because watching my husband and children eat ice-cream is like watching feeding time at the zoo… when the tigers get into the antelope enclosure.  Everyone hunched protectively over their portion guarding its sticky deliciousness: eating as fast as possible (in case there are seconds and the slowest eater misses out on more)!  Its disgusting to behold and I think it might be time to shame them.

xx

Jo

The Yarn-Bombed Road

On our journeys we camped a little more than half the nights: about a week of our trip was spent in family’s guest rooms or hotels. We only camped one place for more than one night (Yellowstone).

Yellowstone: evening campfire.

Yellowstone: evening campfire.

In all our stopping and moving on we were always arriving late and packing up camp early in fly through rests. We only had room for our small tent which is a Cath Kidston Cowboy patterned tee-pee tent that goes up in three minutes (I timed it- it actually takes longer to blow up our air mattresses).  Sadly the tent we have isn’t made anymore. It is awesome but has reached the age (maybe 8 years) where it leaks and I hand’t anticipated the amazing thunderstorms that cross the high plains of South Dakota, and Wyoming.  Fortunately in Tennessee we slept in my sister’s home because it rained… a lot.  We would have been very  exceedingly wet otherwise.

The late night set up. South Dakota.

The late night set up. South Dakota.

Due to the fleeting nature of the stops I felt compelled to leave a mark.  I’m not a person who will carve on trees or litter the country, but I wanted to leave a small something that may be overlooked till the next visitor stops and gets to smile.

I yarn bombed the road.

Kingman, AZ: KOA.

Kingman, AZ: KOA.

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Sheridan, WY: KOA.

Yellowstone: The Continental Divide.

Yellowstone: The Continental Divide.

I made up a simple flower- all sorts of designs are available for free but I just made it up on the hoof. Each flower took less than two minutes to make and I did them as we traveled (less time than it takes to put up our tent… I timed it).  I planted about 12 flowers.

It was fun and if you find yourself looking at a little crochet flower stuck to a random bush somewhere: maybe its mine!

xx

Jo

The Travelling Got Ahead of Me

 Hello my darlings!

I apologize for my long absence.  I had so many things I wanted to show you but the road got ahead of me and the internet behind.   We had a marvelous time travelling the USA.  There were so many wonders, so many fascinating objects and places and the loving hugs of so many of my most beloved friends that I couldn’t begin to imagine how I could share it all with you.  I tried to record the fun and write some tutorials; I took millions of photos and tried but failed to get time with wi-fi.  Then I thought… oh well just sit back and enjoy the ride!

M.'s favorite stop.

M.’s favorite stop.

So… I do apologize but I’m not particularly sorry.

I did want to show you what a smashing success the simple travel scrapbooks were!  Periodically from the back seat would come the request for the little polka-dotted blue bag.  On very special days when recording the wonders of the road got so exciting one of the younger girls would burst out with an exclamation “I love my scrapbook! Thank you Mommy!”   I probably don’t need to say what that means to me or what a relief it was to have landed on the one thing that would keep an energetic 10 year old entertained for HOURS on end.

Hard at work.

Hard at work.

By hours on end I really do mean HOURS and HOURS on end.  Our longest day travelling took 15 hours driving time; most every other day took somewhere between 7 and 12 hours of driving.  We drove every single day of the 20 days we were away and the longest we stayed in one place was three nights.  So yes we had a fantastic time but NO it is not ever happening again.

Adventures in Yellowstone.

Adventures in Yellowstone.

 Over the course of the trip we traveled more than 6000 miles, crossed through 18 states and ate at least 30 meals which seemed to be made exclusively from high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated vegetable fat and air.  I have never been more indifferent to food than I was faced with another interstate pit-stop food decision to be made after a week and a half of travelling.  I thought about taking pictures of the menu example and what actually got served to us just to share with you the con that fast food places pull on the hungry masses too rushed to go home and make real food!  M. and I feel that if we ever see another sickly millimeter thin burger bathed in an indefinable sauce in our life it will be too soon.  Yay for fresh vegetables and time to savor!

Camp Cooking.

Camp Cooking.

xx

Jo

The Monday Project: Simple Travel Scrapbook

Happy Monday beautiful people!

We are road tripping in the Sweet Little Wood.  The squirrel, hedgehog and unicorn (its an eclectic place) have all climbed in and buckled up for an epic drive over three weeks, 5000 miles, and through 17 states!   We will get to hug  almost all our most beloved people!  We get to revel in the sight of new skies above us and treasure the feel new ground beneath us.  I am giddy with excitement!

We have had to think up ways to stop the squirrel from aggravating the unicorn with her big fluffy twitchy tail. Also we need to prevent the hedgehog’s adorable little prickles from irritating the squirrel’s little arms. Also (but don’t tell her I said it) the unicorn has a bit of a short temper when she gets bored so- you know- we need some distraction there for sure! 

So there is this: A Simple Travel Scrapbook

Simple Travel Scrapbook

Simple Travel Scrapbook

Its a little (easy to store) place to sketch, glue and wreck with all the wonders we will see while on the road.  Squirrel is already planning to glue some Grizzly Bear hair into her scrapbook when we get to Yellowstone on the way back to California.

To make this book I used :

 light weight chipboard (single pieces in Michael’s),  craft card, linen paper, gold polka paper, and clear acetate (my personal favorite), old bronze color brads.

Sadly I made our books 8in x 8in but if I had been smart (and I certainly will be next time) I would have made them 6in x 6in and made a lot less scrap card and paper!

Cut:

  • 2 chip board covers 8 x 8 or 6 x 6 or whatever you fancy!
  • 8-10 paper/card/acetate/fabric pages about 1/4 inch smaller eg: 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 or 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 etc.  I got creative with my Silhouette Cameo and put some lovely travel quotes  from The Buddha, Confucius and Tolkien on the edges of our pages.
  • Cut 10-12 chipboard or card page spacers the height of your book and approximately 1 inch wide- they really help give the book structure when your pressing the pages wide to stick stuff in.
  • Punch holes evenly in all the pages- be carful that you line them all up so that each page is punched the same.  I put 3 holes in my 8 x 8 book but I think 2 would be nicer in a 6 x 6 book and a standard hole punch would do it lovely.
Pretty paper pages

Pretty paper pages

Use a blunt edged object to score a line one inch in on the hole-punched edge of your covers and pages. Place your pieces like so: cover-spacer-page-spacer-page-etc-spacer-cover together and put a brad front to back and press it’s legs open. I didn’t put spacers by the acetate pages because they provided their own strength. Leave it like that so you can add or remove pages but when you’re all done filling your little book use a second set of brads and break or cut the legs off them and glue in place over the legs of the front brads.

Behind the back...

Behind the back…

Voila- A unicorn-distracting-squirrel-tail-calming-hedgehog-prickle barring road tripping travel scrapbook.

Road Trippin

Road Trippin

Our supply of travel scrapping stuff:

Travel Scrapbook Supplies

Travel Scrapbook Supplies

Everything but the stapler fits in the little navy polka-dot pencil case.  Not photographed is my Instax 210 camera and my Instax Mini 8 camera- our crew wouldn’t think of it as a real trip if I weren’t lugging around three cameras!

Climb on in. We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.  What a beautiful day. We’re not scared.

Just mind the hedgehog- she is only little.

xx

Jo

Morning, Noon and Night: Saying Goodbye.

Morning: 5 a.m. waiting to load the goats onto a cattle truck.  Final goodbyes.

Morning: 5 a.m. waiting to load the goats onto a cattle truck. Final goodbyes.

Noon: The award ceremony was BORING!

Noon: The award ceremony was BORING!

Night: Opening checks for the sale of their goats.  The generosity of the buyers was phenomenal.

Night: Opening checks for the sale of their goats. The generosity of the buyers was phenomenal.

We have had the most amazing time.  The girls are coping with the separation from the goats remarkably well. Better than I did with my first 4-H animal.  I think being able to load the animals themselves and seeing how calm the animals were helped- the pigs are a different thing but goats are so gentle.  I’m trying very hard not to think about what the rest of the goat’s day was like but the tears come anyhow.

Our fair buyers were so incredibly generous.  The fair had the highest sales ever.  Average goat prices were $15.00 per pound.  It is hard work but like any summer job it helps to be rewarded.

Phew. So glad to be at this point but a little heart-sore with it.

xx

Jo