Tuesday, July 30, 2013

holiday premieres and familiar faces

The elves have been busy in the workshop lately. And by that I mean I have been busy in my basement but that doesn't sound quite as spirited, does it? There are some new ornaments hitting the shelves this year so I thought I would share those today.
personalized our first christmas ornament
The first is a much requested personalized version of the "our first Christmas" ornament. It has space to add initials at the top but still has the color scheme and typography that is in the original edition.
holiday ornament snow angel
Also new this year is a new color scheme option for the snow angel ornaments. This one is purple and light green. I had a little fun with the hair too and went with pigtails this time. 
holiday ornament snow angel
Another requested item was a boy version of the snow angel ornament so he makes his big premiere this year too. 
baby's first christmas 2013 holiday ornament
 Then the standards return with the baby's first Christmas bear in a regular
personalized baby's first christmas 2013 holiday ornament
 and personalized version.
our first christmas wedding keepsake ornament
 The Our First Christmas
handmade holiday ornament snow angel 2013
 and snow angels return as well.
handmade holiday ornament snow angel 2013
More holiday goodies will be coming but this is a kickstart. I love this time of year when I get to play with so many ideas and possibilities before the whirlwind of the holidays begins. Back to the basement workshop I go!

Monday, July 29, 2013

a little summer sailing

Tall Ships Festival 2013
I had to stop by and share some pics today from a quick day trip we took this weekend to Duluth Minnesota. That was the home to the Tall Ships Festival that only comes around these parts every three years. 
Tall Ships Festival 2013
Yes there was rain, yes there were miserable temperatures but the scenery and the company were both quite nice so we didn't mind too much.
Tall Ships Festival 2013
I tried to get some good photos while keeping the camera dry but that was tricky. In three years I'll hopefully have a chance to try again. Beautiful, aren't they?

Monday, July 22, 2013

mid summer check-in

little mantrap lake, park rapids minnesota
Hello from the worst blogger ever! Guys, I know I haven't been around here much and there are lots of reasons for that. I wanted to be sure to say a little hello as we hit the midpoint of Summer. I hope you all have been enjoying this season. I'm sharing some photos today of a trip we made in June to Park Rapids Minnesota with my in-laws. 
little mantrap lake, park rapids minnesota
sunrise on little mantrap lake
I LOVE Summer, I really do but it is so hard to keep up with everything in those three months! There seems to be so much more going on and the days slip by so quickly. Having my boys around in wonderful and I have to say that they have played together more this Summer than they ever have which is awesome. That flurry of activity though can make it hard to find a moment of quiet to concentrate on projects or blogging or so many of the other things on my to-do list.
loons on little mantrap lake, park rapids minnesota
loon family on little mantrap lake
I have fallen behind on my blog reading as well so I have no idea what is going on with any of my blog friends (sorry guys!!). I blame google for getting rid of Reader. I still don't know why they had to go and do that! I will be trying to catch up on that as well. 

Hopefully you all have had a season full of fun new projects and exciting adventures with some quiet time thrown in here and there as well.