Sunday, June 30, 2013

Big Woods

I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend! I took The Looney out for the first time this year. This weekends camping trip was a rehearsal for the Circle Tour, and I'm glad we did it because I have a list of things I would have forgot.

I didn't want to go too far from home this weekend so we went south to Big Woods State Park down by Northfield, MN. It's a great spot, I will definitely go back!

We left Friday afternoon and it only took us about an hour to get down there. We were able to spend most of the evening outside before it started to rain, seems we can't go a day without rain.

Eleanor loving up Eliza.
Eliza and Joy

Since we were stuck inside Friday night and most of Saturday we cuddled up in bed and watched old episodes of the Brady Bunch. I got a lot of quilting done on the wall hanging for The Looney. Although we had fun hanging out watching TV and quilting, I was really bummed that the weather was so crumby. This park has lots of hiking trails and I was looking forward to exploring. I've learned that you just have to go with the flow and make the best out of the situation, and we did.

Saturday afternoon it did stop raining and we got out for a hike on the 'hidden falls' trail. It was an easy one mile loop down to a river and small waterfall. Eliza loves to swim! This is my first summer with Joy so I wasn't sure how she would like the water.

Hike down to the falls

Eliza couldn't wait to jump in. This dog LOVES to swim.  

Joy wasn't so sure, she stayed close to shore.  
All  my girls by the falls.
After the hike I started a camp fire and began reading about Lake Superior. I have all the camp sites reserved for our trip but I wanted to read up on the history of the areas we are going to. I found a good book and a couple magazines that are full of info on where to sight see, shop and eat. While I sat at the table and read, Eleanor poked around in the fire and the dogs slept. This was my favorite part of the weekend, everybody was content. I was able to sit for more than five minutes without getting up to do something for somebody!

My Lake Superior reading materials.
Our camp site
Despite the rain, we had a fun weekend. I'm looking forward to the big trip, a little nervous too. I've heard it's the trip of a life time and that everybody needs to do it at least once. I'll let you know if I concur when we get back. 

Have a wonderful week, everybody!!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Favorite Fridays

My favorite Friday nights are spent relaxing and watching Dateline with a bowl of popcorn and a good hand project. I've spent many a Friday night in front of the TV. As a kid I remember watching Dukes of Hazard and racing to find the piece of popcorn with the most butter on it, my dad called them "soakers". 
We had some terrible rain storms here Friday night and I was fortunate not to loose power.  I made my popcorn and grabbed a crochet project. I decided to make some flowers for the curtain tie backs in The Looney. 

Friday night popcorn and crochet project

Next weekend is the first camping trip of the season. I was hoping to have all my goodies made and hung in The Looney before the first trip but not sure that is going to happen. I will make sure they are done before our big trip in July. I'll post pictures as soon as everything is up.

Completed flowers for tie backs
I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend, and hope my local followers have their power back!

Have a great week, everybody!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Here She Is... The Looney

I've had some requests for photos of The Looney. I wanted to wait and post pic's when I had all the things I'm working on done (wall hanging, bunting, etc.) But we all know that if I wait for that day they might never get posted! 

Last weekend I did manage to finish some hoop art, and I got the borders on the wall hanging. So, I am making progress. 

I got this pattern from Sewtropolis in South Minneapolis. The pattern is by Sublime Stitching. I love her modern quirky patterns. This one is called Camp Out. The bunting I'm making is from the same pattern pack. 

That is the wall hanging with it's borders. I need to baste it, quilt it, bind it and hang it. The finished size is about 3ftx3ft. 

So here she is (insert drum roll.....) The Looney. 

The bunting will go across that back wall
The wall hanging will go above the bench on the back wall. The bathroom is behind the little door. Toilet and shower!

The dinette area turns into a queen size bed. The table lowers and cushions slide over it

Hard to believe you can cram all the comforts of home into 18ft of space. She is fully equipped with heat, a/c, hot and cold water, TV and DVD player, microwave and stove top (it's a double hot plate that you can stow in the cabinet below), toilet and shower. I'm excited to use the awning this summer. There are electrical outlets outside so I can string lights along the awning. 

So that is The Looney. I love her! My daughter and I will be taking her on a nine day journey around Lake Superior in July. Stay tuned for posts about our trip!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Memorial Day

I know, Memorial Day was a week ago. I've been swamped but have to show you everything I got done over that weekend. We had a mixed bag of weather; cool, rainy, sunny, but not warm like it should be this tie of year. 

While it was cool and dry I got my flower beds in the back yard cleaned up, new mulch down (16 bags of mulch), some new rose bushes and a couple other goodies. 

I added three new rose bushes to my garden this year. I've never had roses before but thought what the heck give it a shot. My favorite are pink roses, of course, so I picked up three different shades of pink. 


I also got two of my patio pots put together. 

I'm happy with the way the flower beds and the pots came together. It's been so chilly and grey this spring it is nice to finally have some color out back.

So, when it was raining I headed in doors to fix up a couple treasures I picked up on our girls trip to Lanesboro last month. The first is this adorable little wall shelf I got at a garage sale for 25 cents. I painted it pink (shocker, I know) and I think it turned out pretty darn cute. 


The next item is this compartment shadow box, for lack of a better term. I've been looking for something like this for a long time. This one was sort of ugly but for two bucks I thought I'd give it a shot.

This one is my favorite,  I love the way it turned out! I can't wait to fill it up with all my little trinkets. 

This was a great weekend too. My dad's birthday was yesterday. My sister hosted a lovely little lunch to celebrate and my grandma brought a delicious cake :). My sister and I also managed to hit an estate sale and antique store, with kids in tow, and found a couple goodies. 

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog and look at the things I love to do. I'm having fun showing off!