We are in the dog days of summer here in Ohio and I could really use a vacation. Unfortunately for me, I don’t think its going to happen this year. But to get me through long Mondays I like to plan vacations in my head.
So today I put together 3 tote bags for 3 different vacations. First is a weekend on the lake here in Ohio with a good book, lots of sun and cool water. Second is a trip to San Diego with trendy orange (waterproof) lips, sunsets overt he Pacific and great food. Lastly, a road trip adventure with no plan, a trusty rucksack and aviators.
Which trip would you choose? What else would you pack in your tote? Are you planning a late summer trip away?
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A week ago I shared with you some of the first season roses on my Abraham Darby rose. This week, my ‘Wildeve’ finally started to thrive. It has been pretty shrimpy all summer and last week out of nowhere it started sprouting new growth. They bloomed this week and are a beautiful shade of ballet pink with apricot centers. They are a bit smaller than the Abraham Darbys and are a much more delicate color.
This rose was purchased from David Austin and is in it’s first season. Can’t wait to see how they progress next year.
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“Feather IV” print by Christa Kimble – $10
Web Print Twisted Headband by Leah Goren – $24
Sense & Sensibility Sculpture/Garland by Modulem – $75
Soft Leather Ballet Flats by The White Ribbon – $65
“i love you more than my tongue can tell” print by oh my deer – $8
3 Soap Sample Set by Herbivore Botanicals – $9.50
Cushion Cut Mint Green Earrings by Lara Lewis – $24
To say “we’ve been busy” is an understatement. I feel like this summer is flying by before my eyes. We don’t just need more sleep, but more time to do nothing at all. Hopefully a weekend away is on the horizon. We both just need to sit in a deck chair and enjoy the view somewhere.
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I am finally getting around to my online garage sale again. I listed a couple of skirts I found in my closet. Both are brand new, never been worn, with the tags on. I purchased them when I had a different path in mind for my life. I have more pieces coming soon. I was going to consign them locally, but I wanted to offer them to my readers first.
Saturday afternoon Jared and I trekked up to Cleveland for Burning River Fest, an environmental festival sponsored by the Burning River Foundation and Great Lakes Brewing Company on Whiskey Island (the lighthouse on the right in the picture above is the Old Coast Guard Station where the concert venue was). We got there with plenty of time to spare and spent some time on the beach.
We made tiny mosaics in the cracks of the logs with sea glass…
And played with shadows…
When the doors opened we perused booths, ate overpriced festival food and stayed for two sets. First up was Young Man, a new band to us that we now love.
The final set (for us at least) was Bethesda, a local band from Kent that we have been fans of for a year or so. They are fresh off their first year at Bonnaroo and just finished recording their 2nd full length album (due out in March I believe). They were great live.
We left early before the bulk of crowd would be trying to get out as well. If you are in North East Ohio, I would highly recommend checking it out next summer. The venue is truly unique and of course it’s for a great cause.
As part of my “Before 30″ list I have vowed to learn something new every year. And for my 24th year I started rose gardening. This winter I selected 2 roses from David Austin Roses (with the help of Lara) I planted them in huge pots this spring.
They have had a rough first season (between the heat, bugs, a newbie rose gardener, etc), but this morning I woke up to a lovely surprise. My Abraham Darbys are fully open! Last night they looked like your average rose, open and pretty but average. I wondered if I did something wrong. But today they exploded into a cups of fragrant petals.
Knowing we had some violent storms on the way I snipped 2 for our dining room. There are bunch more ready to open and my Wildeve is also looking promising (but smaller).
I’m pretty proud of myself. It’s been very rewarding so far. I’m day dreaming of the day when we have some land and space for a beautiful garden so I can add more to my collection and really let these roses go wild. Next house Lindsey… next house.
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It’s been a heck of a summer so far. I know I have been a little more silent than usual. This house renovation has really left us drained in the evening. Even though we are not doing the actual work, I’m still exhausted when the sun goes down every day. Between making decisions quickly, discussing money and inevitable complications it’s a lot to weigh on your mind. But we’re in the home stretch.
We just have a few more days of work to go. Tomorrow the siding should be just about done and then it’s just waiting for a few special items that are on order to arrive. I’m sure even when it’s “done” we’ll be tweaking little things here and there until winter. Once the crew leaves it’s our time to start little finishing projects. On the list so far:
And that’s just the outside of the house. All this has certainly taken a toll on the inside of the house as well. Ugh. It’s a little overwhelming but it’s looking so good. I can’t wait to share the finished photos with you all. We are giving our little house some major curb appeal.
This weekend I am coveting the tees, tea towels and tote bags from The Riverwest Brothers print shop. A little bit nerdy, alota bit beautiful (I made that word up). We have a black bear milling around our little town this summer so that first tote bag is really speaking to me.
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It’s been a crazy week, but the construction crew is running behind today, so I had a second to sit down and blog!
Announcing giveaway winners is one of the best things about blogging. Congratulations Rachel! I have sent you an email regarding your prize.
Thanks so much to everyone else who entered! Be sure to check out Innerrealms shop! They are currently offering 15% off orders of multiple prints (and in my humble opinion, these prints look best in pairs, trios, etc.). This is a brilliant way to bring some color into your home this summer. Thanks so much to Innerrealms for sponsoring this giveaway!