Monday, June 28, 2010

Busy Busy Bee

These past couple weeks have been crazy.  Thank goodness our vacation is on the horizon.  Spent the weekend packing for camping here, fun and kayaking here, some fresh seafood here, roughing it here, and rest and relaxation here.  Twenty hours of sunlight, here we come!  Some bliss...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Start of Wedding Scrapbook

Generally, I am a major procrastinator, so when it came to putting together our wedding scrapbook...I figured I'd be a soccer mom before I finished. At least I finally found a fabric that I like enough to cover the book with. Here is the beginning...hopefully there will be more to come very soon!

I just used an old scrapbook that I didn't like and wrapped the two sides with fabric (similar to upholstery). I am going to line the inside...with something. Not sure yet!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Well, I'm off to Rehoboth Beach for an early weekend for my birthday celebration. Here is what I plan on doing.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Things I Love: Honeymoon in Key West

This was our honeymoon. And it was fabulous. We stayed two nights in Key West here, camped for two nights in the Tortugas, and stayed two more nights in Key West here.

We flew in and out of Ft. Lauderdale (cheapest at the time), rented a car and drove directly to Key West. We did stop at the Isla Morada Fish Company and had some fresh stone crab. Definitely worth the stop.

Of the two Hilton properties, we preferred the Reach. It was closer to Duval Street and the room was nicer. It's still in walking distance to the Casa Marina, but if you prefer the nicer hotel setting, grounds and ammenities and don't mind the extra walking to the sites, Casa Marina is nice, too.

Camping in the Tortugas is great. There are two 'shuttle' boats (1 faster catamaran shorter trip)(2 slower and more space) that go to the island daily (weather permitting) from Key West. (CAVEAT: There are rats on the island).

If you're camping, once you de-board the boat, you immediately go claim your campsite. (We got a good one!) And for most of the time, we were the only campers there. The water was a little cold the first two days, but we had no problem spending our time exploring the island and the fort. I think we walked the moat wall a dozen times.

We snorkeled a bit after it warmed up. The snorkeling is decent, but the waves occurring from the storm that had just come through made it tough to see and to swim. There are also lots of jellyfish.

Must see - Hemmingway House, All of the Tortugas, Duval Street and sunsets. Lots and lots of sunsets.
Must eat - conch fritters.
Must stay - camp in the Tortugas.
Must do - Rent a pedal bike to get around. Smoke a cigar. Walk the moat wall.

Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse

Our campsite on the Tortugas

View from our campsite

Fort Jefferson.

Ft. Jefferson
The first of many amazing sunsets.

Inside Fort Jefferson.

During our stay on the island, one of the boats carried a previously injured, but now rehabilitated and healed sea turtle which they released back into the ocean. Pretty darn cool if you ask me.

The moat wall

The result of our combined silliness.

Sunrise shadows.

More Ft. Jefferson

Grounds around the fort.

Sunset on our last night from our campsite.

My favorite picture we've ever taken. Sunrise on the Tortugas.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Beach Scavengers Part II: Jewelry

The most common beach glass colors are white, green and brown. Every once and a while you come across some colors that you just have to show off - pinks, blues (there are lighter blues and a cobalt blue that is gorgeous), purples, oranges, reds, grays...and more. You can buy some of the rarer pieces that have been tumbled (similar to rock tumbling) in craft stores, but finding the authentic pieces is much more rewarding. (Everytime I see a beautiful colored glass vase I want to throw it in the ocean now!).
Beach Glass Jewelry Beach Glass Jewelry Beach Glass Jewelry

All of these were made by using a Dremmel with a fine bit to drill holes through the glass. Here are some other beach glass jewelry links from folks who are much more talented at jewelry making than I am!

Lake Erie Beach Glass

Wildpen Etsy

Relish, Inc.