Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Birthday Bash at the Beach House...

My Uncle Curt turned 50 and gave us all a reason to celebrate. So we headed to my grandparents beach house for a quick 2 day weekend to enjoy the fun.

Bonita Beach is more beauituful than you can imagine. It is far from touristic. This private beach is very well kept--without the high rises of people packed in like sardines. I took a two hour walk on Saturday morning just soaking up the sun and the calmness of the beach. I saw multiple turtle nests along my walk with little orange flags surrounding warning people to stay clear of harming it. And right before I got back to the house, I saw a manatee close by in the water. I couldn't get my tennis shoes off quick enough. I was in there.

It's common to see dolphins swimming along the beach. But they're always on the go in a straight line. You more just see their fin bobbing in and out as they pass along the shore line. Manatee are different. They don't have the fin to give you a warning that they are near. You see them when they are close--the blow hole scares the mess out of me cause its loud. But if you swim to them they relocate. If you're chilling on a raft, they come right up to you. I've touched one before at Bonita Beach. This time I was too aggressive with going towards them. However, when I was treading along talking to my uncle, one came oh so close (about 10 feet). I adore the manatee! My dream is to swim up close and personal with them. But that's a tangent...

I enjoyed being with t my mom's side of the family for the weekend. There was about 40 of us there. My uncle had friends from college and fellow employees come in from all over. I didn't know at age 50 you could have so many friends.

Sitting at the huge round table.
The original crew. It wasn't complete without Heber and Andrew but special to be with the fam for sure. My husband visited my brother in law for the weekend in Houston. They had their own fun.
My mom & dad and David. He played basketball with my uncle at Purdue. He lives in France now and came all this way to honor Curt. When I graduated from high school, he toured my parents and I around Southern France--Monaco and Cains area. The best travel there is, is seen with a local.

My grandparents have great taste. My grandmother has collected old booies that have washed up in her backyard and she strings them for decoration--so beautiful!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thank you, Doloris Petunia...

I relayed my excitement about these fun statement necklaces here. & I wore the one you see with the big flower to the big Craft & Hobby Convention in Orlando. I got complements galore. I was among the perfect crowd for it really. Everyone is crafty in some sort of way or at least wants to be. I handed out more business cards with Courtney's name written on the back for others reference then I did hand out for my contact information.

So in preparation for a big event my company hosts in Park City once a year--where a lot of our top customers are flown out--I wanted a couple necklaces with some of our product on it to help promote it and to be able to say it was some of our things. Courtney was kind enough to make me two complementary. So I owe her a big thanks. I wasn't sure how the one on the top left could possibly work. But that is our flair that has an adhesive backing to a thematic type button (it is considered an embellishment from matching assortments of paper). But she made it super cute. And I just adore the one on the bottom left. It includes a lot of the jewel brads and pearl brads that we sell.

I thought I'd go ahead and post a pic of my collection. I just adore them...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Coat of Arms...

I've always been especially drawn to crest's. Maybe it had something to do with dreaminess of royalty when you're a little girl. A royal family always has their coat of arms that are highly revered. I started collecting patches of different coat of arms that I would find overseas--such as the Monaco Royal Family.  And when I saw the Royal Family of Great Britain's crest in the middle of their fine china, I thought I was going to die. 

& I'm drawn to Ralph Lauren--not so much for the Polo but for the Crest. That blazer with the crest I think is stunning. 

So I think Andrew and I need a Family Crest.  I could appreciate one of my own. I think Andrew and I are pretty special. We highly revere our heritage and are proud of our ancestors legacy. 

So how do I go about it? 

No, I wouldn't parade my coat of arms above my home but I did enjoy the looks of it at the Royal Palace.

We became quite familiar with this crest on our honeymoon. 

Our Relief Society crest that I cherish as well. A crest really says so much... 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

One man's junk is another man's treasure...

I was working in Texas all week and had the luxury of spending two nights in Houston with my sister.  When I'm on work errand, it's all work no play. But rather than coming home to Utah on Friday night after some meetings, I stayed an extra night to have some time with my sis. By the end of the week, not only am I exhausted but I'm missing Andrew like mad. So my flight was to leave out mid Saturday afternoon.  

All week Helen and I talked about what we were going to do in the narrow bit of time we had together. We had a full days activities planned for just a few short hours--run, antique hop, go to a fine China shop, take the kids to a museum, go swim, and the list continues. 

Of course, we managed to do just 1 of them all. And oh was it a blast. A memory to hold on to and add to in the years to come. My sister admitted that ever since she's lived in Houston, she's noticed and even clipped out in the newspaper about the local estate sales that take place. She discovered a 'gold mine' and so we went.  

We casually arrived anxious to see some of the goodies spoken about here. As you can see this dear old lady had costume jewelry to no end. And old china, silver, and much more. But when we got there 15 minutes after the opening, there was a line headed out the driveway. We waited showing no promise of us getting in any time soon. So we walked up to the windows and hoovered peaking at what they had to offer. People in the inside of the house were just waving at us. We only wished we were them at that moment... 

Maybe it was best we didn't get in, the silver platted stems and the gold and yellow hand painted china was just too much to handle even from afar. 

So we continued on our way realizing we didn't have enough time to wait in that long line. We saw some treasures and that was just good enough. 

So we hopped on over to another "estate sale" which was an absolute bomb. Let me clarify for yall... estate sales are when professional come in to manage and display. The junk in the yard is a garage sale. barf!

Needless to say, I enjoyed being with me sister. It was special to have some time together. I look forward to out next hunt. I will come better prepared next time. 

My sister has the best taste for antiques. I follow her lead of this one... An old wooden high chair. I love it!  Meanwhile, I'm still hunting down a good card catalog furniture piece. 

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Point...

It's been 1.5 years since our reception there. So it was good to be back.

We rented/rode segways around the gardens for an hour. I had no idea there was so much to see and it was so beautiful. The rose garden, waterfall, and pond were just amazing.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Shoe Tree...

It's just that. I was driving down Dr. Valley Rd. in Park City--just a block off of Main St. and saw all these shoes out of the corner of my eye. I had to turn around and pull over to take another look.

Thought it was worth sharing... Photobucket

Friday, September 11, 2009

Inspirational messages...

My church releases an inspirtaional message each week on You Tube. All you have to do is go here. They always find a way to my heart makeing the message perfectly applicable.

This weeks message honors the 9/11 victims and their famalies. I can hardly believe it's been 8 years. It's worth taking a moment to view it here.

Amazing huh?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Swiss Days...

Last Saturday we went to Swiss Days in Midway, UT. I've been wanting to go for years. We woke up early Saturday morning and were there by 8:00 to beat the foot traffic. We enjoyed browsing around all the vendors.

I'm convinced there are more crafty people in Utah then anywhere else. I say some really great stuff. It is amazing what people can do even just from home.
This lady makes some really neat soaps from home.

Polka Dot Pottery ~ Spencer makes the pottery and fires it and Ash paints it. I'm loving my new red polka dote vase in my kitchen.

Good ole Utah scones. When I moved to Utah for school, I have to admit that I had never heard of scones or fry sauce. I'm now quite aware of both I must say.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Embrace your birthday...

I've decided that September 6th is an extra special day to have a birthday. Let me explain...

When your young, it's especially nice because its at the start of ever school year and teachers are on top of all their plannings with the new school year. They always make the first month's birthdays special to set precedence for the new school year. And we all know that when December rolls around, they are are old. Teachers don't quite execute like they did at the start.

And when you get older is is nice to celebrate your birthday on a long Labor Day weekend while having an extra day off work.

The weather is nice in September.

Your birthday is in between holidays which breaks up things nicely.

Needless to say, I love my birthday. It was extra special this year. Andrew is always so thoughtful and generous. I appreciate all his efforts. I had the luxury of having my parents in town this past week as well as Andrew's parents this past weekend. My mother-in-law made my 'favorite dinner' following a rich chocolate cake. & my Mom was extremely generous too. One of these days I'll show you what she got me...

My good friend from home, who is now at school out here (whew!), picked me up from work with some flowers--so kind and thoughtful.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mademoiselle CoCo Chanel...

"Fashion passes, style remains."

I found this pillow on Etsy--handpainted. I love it. I just don't have a place for it. But I might have to create one.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Quench your curiosities...

I was minding my own business and just drinking bottled water at work when I saw that the inside of my bottled water read "quench your curiosities." I noticed that there were a couple other things written. In fact, a quote by Jennifer Aniston that read, "Drink and think positive."

I appreciated this marketing technique--if that's what we call it. It's refreshing to have a quote from Jenn Aniston in the inner part of my bottled water. I wonder what type of cut she gets for having her name attached.

I think Smart Water is my new fav. at Costco...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Getting organized...

has never felt better. Andrew and I gave away 5 trash bags full of clothes recently. It was such a good feeling to dump the excess out of our life. I'm on a cleansing kick. & it's such a good feeling.

Giving away clothes isn't the most natural thing for me to do I must add. This sounds terrible, but I really do get so attached to my clothes. I often associate an outfit with a great experience. For example, I remember what I was wearing when I first met Drew. & Andrew gave away the Cords that he was wearing when we first dated, and I partially wanted to keep them because I have such fond memories of him wearing them.

Needless to say, I'm getting more organized. It's an evolving thing though and a void never truly filled.
'8 day notepad'-- The 8th day 'Someday' is just what I love for scheduling.
I recently received these few things from See Jane Work.

This is a great start for sorting and sifting through the many papers lingering at home.