Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Summer Crafts

Unfortunately, my craft room was used very little this summer.  I did manage to put together 2 extremely easy projects, but that's about it.
Toward the end of June, I made this crib quilt for Josh's sister.  I was supposed to do the sewing and someone else was going to do the actually quilting.  Here's what it looked like last I saw it.

This is a wall decoration made by Josh's sister for their nursery.  I love all these fabrics!  I haven't seen the whole nursery put together, but I'm sure it's super cute. 

Just last week, I made my first pillowcase dress and matching fancy pants for my cousin's daughter who just turned 1 year old.  This was such a fun project!  I used fat quarters from Walmart, so this entire project cost $5.  Plus I have leftover fabric!

Posting these pictures makes me realize how unhappy I am with my camera.  I may have to start using Josh's fancy camera :)
So what craft projects have you been tackling this summer? 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 Garden- Part 8, Hanging On

I realize I haven't done a garden post in a while, so here's an update.  This is what our garden looks like these days.

We have cut down all the corn, the tomato plants are falling over because they're too heavy for their cages, grass and weeds are taking over, watermelon and other squash plants continue to wind their way all over the place.  Basically it's ugly, but some things are still hanging on.  We got some really great tomatoes a few weeks ago, but since then the plants have been invaded by bugs and they are eating all our red tomatoes.  Okra, jalapenos, green peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, and pumpkin are still producing fruit!  Yay- so much better than last year!  We had some good zucchini, but it has recently been destroyed by bugs as well.  Here's some of our harvest from the last month or so.

This meal was taken entirely from our garden- so satisfying!
Honeydew, watermelon, fried okra, squash casserole and marinated tomatoes.  Yum yum!

Anybody else out there still have a garden growing?  We'd love to hear about it!

Friday, August 17, 2012

2012 Summer Vacation- Things That Made Me Laugh

On the second day of our trip, I started taking pictures of things that made me laugh.  This is a collection of those pictures.  I hope something here brings a smile to your face today.

This is hard to see, but the trailer is full of ostriches.  Not something you see everyday!

I had never seen anything like this before and it stumped me.  This was a child seat hanging on a bathroom stall door at McDonald's.  Seriously, who straps their kid to a bathroom door and leaves them dangling a foot off the ground?!?
Wall of sodas at Lehmen's- drink flavors include dog drool, bacon, corn, toxic slime, swamp juice, dog barf, peanut butter and jelly, mucus, etc.  I know some little boys that would love this display :)
One of the hotels we stayed in had their towel shelf IN the shower.  Sorry, but I like dry towels please!
A truck shaped like a boot- how would you like to drive that for a day?
Aww- it's a Titus bush!  This plant was outside of a pet store in Maine.  I wonder how many dogs have lifted their leg and, well, nevermind.
Some wood carvings worked into a wood stack in Vermont
Those faces were a little creepy!
This doesn't seem funny at first, but oh, this crosswalk sign had me laughing.  About every 10 seconds, it would say "WAIT," but it never told us when to go.  Kind of confusing.
The Ben and Jerry's factory had a flavor graveyard outside.  They had head stones for all the flavors they have laid to rest over the years.  I took several pictures here.  Each head stone had a poem too.
Some flavors didn't last long at all!
Tall booths at McDonald's? Sure, why not!
The sea lions at the Niagara aquarium were hilarious.  They would clap for themselves after every trick they did.  There were 3 sea lions and each one had a different style of clapping- normal off to the side clap, small golf-like clap, and a huge flipper swinging clap.  I should have taken a video.
This bridge at Niagara was called the Rainbow Bridge.  We crossed over the rainbow bridge several times- some of you will understand why this is funny.
They gave us these sandals with our yellow ponchos at Cave of the Winds.  We looked and felt so goofy.  It really made us laugh when we would see people wearing them around the hotel or in town somewhere.
And finally, what trip would be complete without a Statue of Liberty Barbie?  I love how the flame is shooting out of her shoulder!  I passed on this $50 souvenir.

That concludes all of my trip posts.  Now I'm only a month behind on other posts!  I'll catch up soon!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 Summer Vacation- Part 4

This is the last leg of our vacation.  It includes playing in Lake Erie, a little bit of Buffalo, the Statue of Liberty and a little stop for chocolate on the way home.
I also went back and stole some pictures from Mom and Josh's cameras, so we're backtracking to Niagara for some family pictures first.
Me and Josh with Horseshoe Falls in the background
The whole fam!
Mom with her kids
Probably one of the best pictures ever of me and my brother.  I love this guy!
Me and Josh (and some random lady) on Maid of the Mist- gotta love my hair!
Me and Josh on the American side of the falls
Me and Josh at Cave of the Winds- starting to get a little wet!

Now onto Lake Erie...

We also found a lighthouse to explore in Buffalo

After eating lunch at the Anchor Bar (home of the original buffalo wings), we had to take my brother back to the airport :(  We drove the rest of the day across New York and headed to New Jersey to visit one of Josh's friends, Lonnie.  While we were there, we were able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  It was a dreary day, so these pictures are not the best.  It was still wonderful though!
Our ferry with New York City skyline in the background
New York City
Ellis Island with Liberty Island in the distance
NYC- beautiful view from the water

On our way through Pennsylvania, we discovered we were only about 12 miles from Hershey.  We just had to make a pit stop.   The tour was more like a ride through "It's a Small World" only a chocolate version.  There were singing, dancing cows and we rode in a car that took us through a fake factory.  I was hoping to see the real factory, but at least this tour was free!
I almost jumped off the ride and dove face first into this pile of yummyness :)
Hershey kisses

We had 3 days of driving to get home, but we didn't do anything else interesting on those days.  I do have one more post planned that covers random stuff from our vacation.  Stay tuned, it will be completely different that these last 4 posts :)