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Our Hippie Dippie Easter


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–Otis says Happy Easter in his adorable Easter bow tie–

You should see the amount of projects piling up around here, finished and unfinished. There are so many special events happening all at once. One friend has a birthday next week and really wants one of the Secret Compartment Wooden Book Boxes. Another friend’s wedding shower is coming up in just a couple short months, and I’ve already had to go back to the drawing board on my gift because I’d be ashamed to show you all what an epic crochet fail I had (twice). Then i have another friend who recently found out she’s about to have a baby girl (so exciting!), which means dozens of baby projects (I already have two blankets in progress). So many projects, so little time!

When Easter rolled around, it was nice to take a day off to do something different for a change. For the first year ever, my family didn’t do the mad dash cleaning and cooking spree. Instead, we packed up some finger foods and sandwich goodies, and we were off to the lake for an Easter picnic. Mister and myself made these excellent “Pig Skins” – potato boats with pulled pork inside. Delicious! (I apologize for iPod photos here, I didn’t pull out my fantastic camera until the picnic, and by then the pig skins were gobbled up!)

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We all went on a hike around the lake with my little niece toting all of her bug catching equipment I’d picked out for her family Easter basket – the one that doesn’t come from the bunny. As excited as she was to wave around her little net and try to catch butterflies, she wasn’t nearly as excited when we spotted this millipede creeping through the leaves.

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I am pretty proud of her though. When we had hiked for awhile and everyone else wanted to turn back, she wanted to keep on exploring. She is just too cute.

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When we got home, Mister and I figured the weather was still perfect enough for a little tie dye extravaganza. We filled up the bottles, tied up some shirts, and set to work! It’s been almost a year since our last Hippie Tie Dye Adventure.

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Here’s Mister hard at work on a splatter painted shirt:

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Even the paper towels we used to clean up the mess looked neat and psychedelic, so we dried them out to reuse later in some project.

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All in all, I think the shirts turned out pretty cool. Wish mine had had a little less white, but Mister wrapped them a little too tight. I won’t even show you our epic  fail at tie dyeing the big fluffy robes I’d wanted to dye then embroider. Needless to say, those will need to be redone. The shirts however are ready to be worn in all their hippie glory.

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Hope your Easter was as much fun as ours! Oh, and here’s a peek at the Easter basket I made for Mister. You can never go wrong with wine 😉

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Our Visit to Hocking Hills

Our Visit to Hocking Hills

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Last weekend, Mister, Otis, and I took off for the day to visit some of Mister’s family and let them meet our adorably furry bundle of joy. We had planned on the possibility of getting to visit Hocking Hills State Park since we were so near, but the weather didn’t act like it was going to allow it. Finally, after the last big storm blew through, the sun came out in all its glory and the doplar didn’t show anything else coming near us. We packed up the puppy, and we all took off down the road. I was especially excited since this would be my first visit to Hocking Hills after hearing so much about it. I was used to hiking at Lake Vesuvius near home, and the only time I’ve experienced hiking and caves together was the almost yearly field trip we’d take in elementary school to Carter Caves. Hocking doesn’t have the same kinds of caves though, with only one “true” cave – the Rock House – which we didn’t get a chance to visit. These are recess caves, carved out through many years of glaciers and erosion. They are full of these beautiful naturnal waterfalls, sandstone beaches, and history.

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We got to visit Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave during the few hours we were visiting the park. Ash cave is the easier walk, and is even wheelchair accessible, but I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns of Old Man’s Cave. Around every corner was a new waterfall, and I went absolutely crazy with the camera. Here’s Mister and I at what I believe are the Upper Falls of Old Man’s Cave:

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There’s really so much to explore, but do be careful…there are very few handrails and plenty of slippery cliffs. Here’s Tamie and Rob investigating in a rather slippery spot:

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Tamie is even working on a children’s book that is set in Hocking Hills and includes several of the park’s geographical features and native plants and wildlife. It’s an adorable tale that I can’t wait to see published!

In between the two caves we visited, we got to stop by the park’s bird conservatory, home to a gorgeous great horned owl and a one-winged red tailed hawk (hoping we can go back and learn his story!). The owl kept his eyes on our little Otis the whole time, making him rather nervous to get too close, but I think we got the perfect shots of both feathered friends.

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Ash Cave has one of the most breathtaking waterfalls of the park, and the cave floor feels much like a beach, a quality Otis rather enjoyed. He left his little paw prints everywhere he could.

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Otis was such a trooper all day and barely ever had to be carried. He climbed rocks, walked across fallen trees, and ended the day a muddy mess. He definitely slept the entire way home without a single complaint.

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It really was a wonderful visit, and I only wish we had been able to stay longer and explore more. I’m certain we’ll be heading back soon though. Plenty more to see! I thought it was fitting though that we ended our visit by playing our hiking game of finding hearts formed in nature (our last visit to Lake Vesuvius had us finding heart shaped mushrooms and heart shaped rock openings). At the end of our visit to Hocking Hills, we spotted this heart formation. Until next time…   😉

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Fall is in the Air – Crayon Doodles Journal Page


As the weather gets colder, I feel less and less like doing anything at all. When the real cold hits, I hate to even step outside. Right now, though, is perfection. October, my favorite month, is right around the corner. It’ll be pumpkin spice everything to eat and drink, Halloween, all the wonderful decorations…what isn’t to love about it? The temperature is starting to drop here, and all I want to do is fill a mug with some hot chai, grab the nearest book, and curl up under a blanket for awhile. I did curl up under my blanket last night, but I brought along a sketchbook and some regular old crayons. I love working with crayons because I feel like a child every time I start to color.

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This was the first doodle to flow out of the crayons, and I decided it would go just perfect in my journal. I can already feel the warmth of a nice steamy mug of tea. Perfection! Mister saw this one and requested a crayon sketch of himself. Still focusing on the idea of “warmth”, I decided he should be wearing my favorite hoodie of his that I used to wear around on the chillier evenings. I included his silly Gilligan-style hat that he always wears during pledging, which starts next week and always happens during the most frigid weather. When thinking of warmth, I can’t help but include Smokey, his cat, who just may be the softest, fluffiest cat ever. He’s often served as a foot warmer for me, and he’s just too adorable not to snuggle with.

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Told you he’s too adorable not to snuggle with. 🙂

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