Capitol City Visit

Capitol City Visit
Madison Wisconsin

Sunday, August 28, 2011

End of Summer....School.....Sales.....To Do Lists!

Please check out my Etsy Treasury on Hummingbirds! It has some wonderful pieces of artwork, some of which I'm considering for my kitchen!

The end of summer is drawing very near! This last week has definitely been quieter, as the summer activities have ceased. We are getting any last minute school supplies and clothes needed to start the academic year! My kids are definitely ready to go back to school!

I have so many things on my to-do list. Hopefully, I'll be able to check off a few items today.
I plan to weed the Butterfly Garden at our school, update the Garden Club membership letter so it can go home on the first day of school, complete some committee work for a parent group at our school, and check to see if our apples are ripe in our home orchard! Squeezing in some time for jewelry will be challenging! But, I'm determined to do it!

Don't forget that I am offering a major sale in my Etsy shop. If you spend more than $20.00, you can save 30% on all your purchases by entering the coupon code HUGESALE at check out.
The sale ends September 1st!

September first will also bring two new lines of jewelry to my Etsy shop. One is a bracelet line and one is a ring line. I will also be adding some more travel memory bracelets at that time. So, be sure to stay tuned and stop in during the first few days of the month for some great new, handcrafted jewerly.

It seems that I have so much to post about but no time to write. I'm hoping that will change, once the fall schedule gets underway! Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Good Saturday Morning!

Just a brief reminder that there is a huge sale going on in my Etsy shop right NOW! The sale runs through 9/1/11. Shop now for best selection!

If you spend at least twenty dollars; you can save 30% on all of your purchases! There is a lot to choose from! Stop by and look! You might be able to do some early holiday shopping! Just enter hugesale in the coupon code box at checkout!

The above pictures show only some of what is available! I have almost 150 unique pieces of handcrafted jewelry in my Etsy shop! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Saturday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer Visitors

Well, summer is winding down. I can tell, my allergies are terrible! Anyway, August has been spent having out of town visitors from the East to our home in the Mid-west. The visitors were all family and we were glad to have them. However, I must say that I am glad to have the house back to ourselves and my time be my own.

My sister and her family were here for four days. We did a couple of touristy type activities during their stay. She has two children, similar in age to two of my children. It made for much fun! One day we drove to Wabasha, Minnesota to the National Eagle Center. It is a center, right on the shore of the Mississippi River that educates the public about one of our National symbols, the Bald Eagle.

The center has four eagles in residence, one being a visiting Golden Eagle and three Bald Eagles. All of the eagles have been injured in some way and cannot return to the wild. They live at the eagle center and are well cared for. One of the eagles is 30 years old!

The museum has many exhibits related to eagles, eagle symbolism, eagle habitat, and eagles in the wild. There are also several telescopes that allow visitors to view the wild eagles on the river, as they fly by or are hunting for food. This area of the Mississippi does not typically freeze in the winter, so Wabasha is a popular winter feeding ground for them.

As well as seeing many exhibits and the four resident eagles, the center offers a one hour educational presentation on the Bald Eagle. During this, a trained representative from the center tells us interesting facts about the eagle and gets the whole crowd involved. About half way through the presentation, he brought an eagle out to let us watch it feed! The meal that day consisted of rabbit, squirrel, and fish. Did you know that an eagles talons have 400 pounds per square inch of crushing strength? Wow!

I was so glad we went to the National Eagle Center. There was an opportunity to have pictures with the guide and the eagle. Some were afraid to participate in that! Others were not. I would really like to go back in the winter and see the center again. What a wonderful resource, right in our own backyard! We are lucky to live in an area where we can look over head and see the majestic birds gliding on the gentle winds with their white head and tails shimmering in the sun! Enjoy the photographs and video.

Lastly, I decided to run a back to school sale in my shop. You'll receive 30% off everything if you spend more than $20.00 by entering the coupon code HUGESALE at checkout from my Etsy shop. I am trying to clear some inventory before stocking more for the holidays! Do your holiday shopping now and SAVE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Scenes from the Florida Keys... Summer 2011


Today, I'd like to tell you about recent trip to the Florida Keys! But first, please check out this great Buy and Stay Treasury on Etsy that I am featured in. You can save 15% on your purchases from my shop by entering coupon code BNR15 at checkout! Good on everything in my shop!

We've been to the great state of Florida many times over the last 25 years! I do have to tell you that I had never been to florida as a child. The first time I went was to take my first child to Disney World! Since then, I've been to Orlando, staying both on site at WDW and off site, nearby. I've also been to Marco Island, Tampa, St. Pete Beach, Sanibel Island, Amelia Island, and now the Keys. Whew! I guess I've been there a lot!

We decided on the keys this year, in part, because I was able to get a great deal on airfare for flights that were non-stop to Miami! We stayed in the middle keys, on Duck Key to be specific at Hawk's Cay Resort! The first thing I must tell you is that this resort is absolutely fabulous!
The grounds are stunning and well kept. The pools (five of them) are clean and sparkling! They even have a salt water lagoon and a dolphin connection program right on site! We loved the resort and would definitely go back there.

The rest of the keys I found frustrating. You see, I like to do a few things while on vacation. Nothing too extravagant but maybe a half day of shopping or sightseeing a couple of afternoons. After arriving and getting the lay of the land (which of course is very flat and water filled), we knew we would be relaxing for much of this vacation. We did find a couple of beaches that were nice to snorkel at and did that 3-4 times during our visit.

One beach was in a State Park. It was called Bahia Honda and had beautiful, clear water. While there, my youngest son was able to come face to face (about 12" away) from a stingray while snorkeling! They were both shocked and swam away from each other! It thrilled everyone who was able to witness the encounter!

You must go to the keys understanding what they are; beds of coral, that are now land. The beaches are shallow and not all that sandy. There is a lot of sea grass and rock to be found. This did not detour anyone, however, the beaches were crowded (only pleasantly so) and clean. They just were a little different from other beaches we had visited.

Another beach we liked, but only found near the end of our trip, was Sombrero Beach. This beach is, in part, under the city of Marathon and well maintained. You'll find more sand here and nice facilities but the water wasn't quite as good for snorkeling as Bahia Honda, in our opinion. This beach is free. There is a charge at Bahia Honda, as it is a State Park.

We did a fair amount of driving up and down route one. We drove to Key West on afternoon. I was anxious to see the sunset and document that I was at the most Southern Point in the US. We arrived, turned around, and left. as it was crowded with people seemingly there to wander aimlessly down the streets. There were tons of bars and we felt, not exactly the place we wanted to spend the afternoon, as a family.

On the upside, I was able to get some awesome photographs of the sunsets right at the resort. One night, there was even a very strange cloud formation that had a blue streak rising out of a thundercloud, visible 180 degrees across the sky! You'll have to wait for those pictures! The weather was fabulous, 92 during the day and 82 at night with humidities only in the 60's to 70's. We had a good laugh that it was cooler in the keys that it was in the mid-west, the week we were there!

All in all our trip was enjoyable. We did get to go to a Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center that was interesting.....some of my pictures were from there. It was very, very relaxing and as I said, the resort was phenomenal! I'm a very luck lady to be able to take such a lovely, relaxing trip! I hope you enjoyed reading about it!