May 5, 2016

Vacation Day # 8

Today we saw 3 more lighthouses. Brings our total so far to 11 new ones. We headed up the coast today. Our goal for this vacation was Split Rock Lighthouse. My mom has wanted to see it for probably 10 years she said. On our way up we stopped at a beautiful state park...
Gooseberry Falls State Park. We enjoyed the nature/visitors center and then hiked a little bit to see this beautiful waterfall. I walked a little farther down several flights of steps to see a few more waterfalls. It was so beautiful. Nicest part is for a bit it was just me in the wilderness and it was so breathtaking. Then we finally made it our goal...
Split Rock Lighthouse!! My mom was so excited. It's on top of a cliff and the scenery is just amazing! They also had a history/gift center so we got to go through it too...
They had this Lego Split Rock. We want that Lego kit!! Of course I would hate to know how much it would cost haha. On the way back to our town we stopped and saw two more lighthouses...
Two Harbors Lighthouse and ....
Two Harbors Breakwater. I picked on this last one a bit. It looks like it's missing half it's lighthouse. It's a lighthouse though so it counts. So 11 new ones to our find count now. We're doing great!! We came back to town and are finally resting. Boy we did a lot of walking today. It was fun but I'm tired.

May 4, 2016

Vacation Day # 7

Today we got to take a boat cruise...
I thought it was going to just be just inside the harbor. We got to go through the canal! So we got to go under the aerial lift bridge. Jeremiah enjoyed that a lot. We also got to hear a lot of history about the area and we learned a lot. We went through the harbor area too and got to see several freighters up close including the one we saw come through the canal the other day. One was loading up with coal. It goes to Chicago. It takes the boat 36 hours to get to Chicago from here. Chicago uses the ship load of coal in less than 24 hrs. But shipping it by boat is still cheaper than by train. Amazing.

The place we left on the boat cruise had an amazing gift shop. Mom wanted one of everything because they sold a lot of nautical things. We got several souvenir t-shirts. Then we walked over to another building with a lot of stores inside. It had several stories so we were waiting for the elevator to go up to the 2nd floor. I noticed it wasn't moving very quickly. There was another lady waiting and she said something about it not running well earlier today. So I quickly said Oh...with my fear of elevators already I said I would just wait for mom to get done shopping and then go up the stairs while she waited with Jeremiah. She came down and I turned to go up the stairs and they were open stairs (where you can see through)....yep another fear. So no going up to the 2nd floor for me haha. It was really funny and Jeremiah enjoyed the laugh at me and my luck.

Then we walked over to eat at a cute Mexican restaurant. When we were walking in a guy in a suit smiled at my mom. We ate our food and was getting ready for our check and the waiter said it was already paid for. Um. The guy in the suit paid for our meal. So Jeremiah is now picking on mom for flirting and getting our meal paid for. Who knows why he did it but we sure appreciated it.

After we got back to our hotel we walked out to the lake walk area behind our hotel. From the boat cruise we had seen this wall and heard the history about it. So we wanted to go check it out. Here is the info...
Here is a few panels of the wall...

Amazing!! So glad we knew to walk over to the see it up close.

May 3, 2016

Vacation Day # 6

Well it was another fun vacation day. We went to explore the Great Lakes Aquarium. It wasn't as big as some aquariums we've been to of course but we enjoyed it. Here are two cute otters we found haha...
I tried to get a selfie like my husband does but his arm's are a lot longer than mine.
I got a bunch of pictures through the all aquarium. If we are friends' on FB you will see a lot more. Love these seahorses.
We also got to watch another freighter go back out the canal bridge. We had a delicious lunch at Famous Dave's BBQ. It was unbelievable fantastic. We did some shopping. We also got a boat tour booked for tomorrow so that's exciting. It was yet another wonderful day. It did rain a little bit today but since we were inside the aquarium it was fine with us.

May 2, 2016

Vacation Day # 5

Today we arrived at Duluth, MN. We are staying right on the Lakewalk by the Aerial Lift Bridge.
We found a ton of restaurants and shopping right within walking distance from our hotel even. Also we found not one but 3 lighthouses down by the bridge...
 
 
We hit the jackpot to see 3 within sight of each other. We also found another fun maritime museum and enjoyed looking around in there. We got checked into our hotel and had a delicious lunch. This evening we got to watch a freighter go through the canal...
So amazing! 1,000 ft American Integrity pushing just feet away from us. We have a lot to do in the area and we are really looking forward to it. We will start exploring more tomorrow.

May 1, 2016

Vacation Day # 4

Today is my mom's birthday. We decided to explore Ashland, WI today. I treated mom to our hotel free breakfast to start her birthday celebration haha. After breakfast we drove around town. They have this amazing Mural Walk. Instead of walking since it's so cold we drove. They were so amazingly detailed.
We found this awesome visitors center. It was better than some museums we have paid to go into. We were there for more than an hour. The exhibits were wonderful and we learned a lot. Jeremiah really enjoyed himself. On the way back into town we spotted two kite boarders...
My mom just loves watching these guys when we are in OBX. I tried to convince her I had hired them to perform for her birthday present but I don't think she believed me haha. It was like 40 degrees out so you can't tell me it wasn't freezing to be out in that water!! We had a really great time watching them. They would pull themselves way up into the air a few times. No way I would be able to do that.

We also found another lighthouse...
This is Ashland Breakwater Lighthouse. There was a plaque about a shipwreck beside it we learned about too. So sad to think how many wrecks are in these Great Lakes. We ate a delicious meal and now we are back at our hotel. We've sure had a fantastic day. Tomorrow we are heading over to Duluth, MN.

Apr 30, 2016

Vacation Day # 3

Today we found 3 more lighthouses. We started the morning with this one...
This is Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. The grounds were closed but we still enjoyed a glance at this beauty. We also drove to a park in Marquette. We found two more lighthouses...
Presque Isle Breakwater and...
Way out in the water Granite Island Lighthouse. I had to get a very blurry photo but at least we were able to claim it as seen now. In the park area we also got to watch them load a freighter with coal. Wow what a system. The coal was piled on one side of the road. They load it into an elevator to railroad cars and it goes over the road and then gets dropped down into the freighters from above. We saw one finish up and head back out in the water. It was really neat to see. So thankful we happened upon that park.

We finished up our day in Ashland, Wisconsin. There is another lighthouse right out our window but I'll get a better picture to share tomorrow. We were tired after traveling today. We found some things to do around here tomorrow so we are going to stay another night.

Apr 29, 2016

Vacation Day # 2

Today we had an adventure while traveling. We crossed the Mighty Mack Bridge and continued our trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's just beautiful up here. You can go half an hour without even seeing another car. What a difference from our normal vacations. We even saw piles of snow along the road in a few places. We stopped to see these beautiful waterfalls...
It's called Tahquamenon Falls State Park. It was so beautiful. Then my mom did something I didn't think she'd ever do......she went offroading. Boy what she'll do to see a lighthouse haha. I had step by step directions pulled up and we took the journey. It was 18 miles from a paved road, 23 miles from the nearest electricity, and 27 miles from the nearest gas station. We made it to the last 1/2 mile till the lighthouse and the path was blocked by knee deep snow! I was so mad. So I grabbed the camera and walked to it. I wasn't going to let anything stop me when I was that close. Here is the lighthouse...
This is Crisp Point Lighthouse. A new one for mom and me. When we made it back to the pavement safe I said Okay that's a journey I will never forget. Best part. We made it safe! I was worried a few times because the road was really loose sand and I was worried about getting stuck in the van. Mostly since I had no cell phone signal at all!! But Mom did fantastic. I'm so proud. It's sure something we won't forget. It ended up being a 3hr trip.

We had a little problem finding a place to stay tonight. Totally didn't think about it being graduation time. So we finally found a place where we got the last room they had. Here is where we are on the map...
I already called ahead and got us a room for the next 3 nights so we don't have to worry about that. We'll be moving over to Wisconsin for a few nights.

Apr 28, 2016

Vacation Day # 1

We're off on the road again. Today we went pretty much straight north. You can see home (Fort Wayne) in the lower middle of the map. It took us 5 hours. Unfortunately it was rainy a lot of our trip. But we arrived safe. Here is the bridge to go over to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan...
Isn't it beautiful?!? We will drive over it tomorrow. The purpose of this vacation is to hunt lighthouses. It's a very laid back trip just a do what you want to do type. No schedule. Sometimes those are really nice. Wonder what we'll do tomorrow.

April Smalls Post

Today is time to check in for the April Smalls SAL. For this year's Smalls SAL I picked out this leaflet...
So far I've kept up with doing them in the month they were due. Here is the April one all finished up...
I've really enjoyed doing each one. Here's to keeping up.

Apr 25, 2016

Monday Update / WIPocalypse

Wow what a fun weekend we had camping. We made so many wonderful new memories. Jeremiah had so much fun! It stormed most the night Thursday night but we stayed dry and safe inside our tent. Friday we got a few more rain drops but other than that the weather was beautiful! It was our first time using our family's new campground area and it went so far beyond my expectations! Just can't be thankful enough. We can't wait to have the chance to go there camping again.

Now I'm trying to recover. Saturday was also the WIPocalypse check in. So let's see what I've worked on since the last check in on March 23rd.
Spring Bell Pull -- 11 Days of Work. Here it was at the last check in...
Here it is now I really got hooked on this one...
HAED Hope -- 4 Days of work. Here she was before...
Here she is now...
Seas the Day -- I got finished up after 2 more days of work. It was a January New Start.
Year of Whimsy -- 3 Days to finish up the April Whimsy.
Halloween Mini's -- Put a day of work into the Pumpkin face I started in January. Not enough to share an update picture though.

Aquatic Maiden -- 1 Day of Work but it was at my stitching retreat so I got 1,000 more stitches added. Here is the before and after...
 
Beach Postcard -- 1 Day of work. Again not enough progress to share a picture though.

Beach Blessings -- 2 Days of work. After starting it in January. Here now with this one...
It's been another progress filled month for me. Now my life is getting busy though so I'm sure the next check in won't be as exciting to share. We are also given a fun question to answer with the WIPocalypse post...April  22 – Topic: What do you listen to while stitching? (via Jo) I listen/watch way too many TV shows that get recorded to my DVR. I look up every now and then but I know I listen to them more than I watch them haha. The next check in is May 21. See ya then.

Apr 18, 2016

Monday Update / Gifted Gorgeousness / IHSW

Grab a drink and pull up a chair it's a big update today. I decided to put the computer aside and stitch so it's time to catch up today.

First up is Gifted Gorgeousness. I worked on several pieces but for this check in I will share with you another beach themed piece that my mom got me at the PALs retreat last year...
This one is called Beach Blessings. It's from Erica Michael's. I'm stitching it on 36ct 1 thread over 2 with GAST threads. I love working with them. They turn out so pretty. I started this one for the DUCJC Jan 25th. This is now 3 days of progress.

This weekend was a IHSW (International Hermit Stitch Weekend). I picked up the Spring Bell Pull from Stoney Creek. Here is where I got after the weekend on the P block...
Love the cute rabbit and adorable caterpillar on the top. My needle really fell in love with this block and I was happy to get so much progress over the weekend.

I'm also going to check in with the Monday Stitchery Link Party. Follow the link and see what some others have been working on lately.

A quick look ahead and my life is getting busy busy. 3 sleepies (how we count down to something haha) until we leave for a camping trip. 3 sleepies after that I leave on a trip with Mom and Jeremiah to Minnesota. Memorial Day another camping trip. Next weekend after that I leave with Fred for our anniversary trip. So I'm excited and yet thinking WOW. Hopefully I'll steal time for X's in there too.

Apr 11, 2016

Wonderful Retreat


I'm back from the Spring Hoosier Stitching Retreat. What a wonderful time!! We had 21 attend. 4 new lovely ladies even this time. It was a weekend full of stitching, story telling, jokes, and wonderful new memories. I got hardly any sleep of course but the above picture is my home away from home. I had a wonderful roomie that I really enjoyed getting to know even more. We've been friends for a long time so it was great to spend the few hours we were actually in our room together too haha. Here is a shot of where we all sat and stitched during the day. This is a church camp lodge in Southern Indiana called Camp Rivervale.
It's so much fun to share our love of stitching with each other. Tips and tricks of the trade. Here is my stitching area...
Thursday we arrived around 4pm. I decided to work on the Spring Bell Pull. I started the P block. I did way too much talking since it was the first day seeing everyone so I didn't make a lot of progress...
Friday I picked up the Tilton Crafts Mermaid piece. Here is where I was at the start of the day...
I got 1,000 stitches in...
So I must have finally shut up and stitched haha. Saturday I worked on Hope. Here is where I started for the day...
I got 400 stitches in because it was a very confetti filled area...
Her little hand is finished though. Little closer to that amazing finish. Sunday I picked up a small ocean themed start from Jan but I didn't have much time since it was time to pack up and head home. We left at like 11am since it was a 4hr drive home. I forgot to share that on the way down to the retreat we stopped at a stitching store in Bloomington, Indiana called Fancy Works. Here is what I ended up being forced to buy haha...
Winter Messenger from Erica Michaels and the specialty threads. There was a freebie given out at the Nashville Market from Hands on Designs. I had to have it since it said To the Beach. I bought a small piece of 32ct fabric and the specialty threads for it as well. I had to grab a few skeins of DMC I needed and found this cute heart shaped needle minder that says Cross Stitch on it. Speaking of needle minders a friend at the retreat made me one too...
How perfect a sea turtle!! I love it! I also wanted to share my new QSnap covers I received in the mail from Stormborn Boutique's Etsy shop while I was away...
I had to order the Walking Dead one and the puppy prints just accidentally followed it into my cart haha. She also includes matching needle minders so how awesome is that. The covers are so well done! I will definitely be ordering from her again.

So as you can tell I had an amazing time. I enjoyed every second. I always feel so motivated after a retreat. I want to stitch on everything at the same time haha. I feel so thankful for all the compliments I received on my stitching and what kind of person I am. I just love life and try to smile as often as I can. I thank my mom every time I get home for raising me to be the person I am. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my fun.