Ireland: Galway and Connemara

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

After Dingle, we drove up to stay a couple of nights in a little town called Oranmore, just outside of Galway. Although we enjoyed our time in Oranmore, if I had to do it again I would probably just stay in Galway so we would have been able to spend more time there. We spent a few hours on the first day wandering around Galway Old Town, which was adorable, and eating pretty much everything they had to offer. Most notably, we both shoved an entire pizza from Dough Bros Pizza into our faces, and it was one of our favorite meals of the entire trip. The next day we took our time driving through the Burren and then to the Cliffs of Moher, which is every bit as spectacular as anyone has ever said. I remembered/found out from some other American girls that the cliffs was where they filmed that great scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince where Dumbledore and Harry went to find a horcrux together. Obviously when I got back to our room I watched the scene in its entirety. I think that was one of my favorite things about Ireland. It doesn’t matter where you are or who you are talking to, everyone is so nice and welcoming. Even other tourists are more delightful.

On the third day, we were planning on going to the Aran Isles, which I’m sure would have been amazing. But we had just been seeing a whole bunch of cliffs so we thought a change of scenery might be nice. Instead we decided to go to Connemara. Oh man did I love Connemara. I felt like we were in this isolated magical place with mountains, lakes, bogs, and sheep (lots of sheep). The drive through the park is truly unbelievable. We visited Kylemore Abbey which is right in the middle of this mystical, beautiful place, and it pretty much blew my mind. Ask Corey, I was jumping around like a maniac the entire time I was there. The abbey has a romantic and tragic back story, where a man built the home for his wife in the late 1800’s after they fell in love with the area on their honeymoon. The wife tragically died 14 years later, and the home transferred ownership several times until it ended up as a school.

I started with the Connemara pictures and ended up with the Cliffs of Moher because I liked the order better that way :).

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Halloween Party 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!  The party last night was a success and I am very lucky to have a sister who is a talented photographer to take pretty photos of everything while I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get all the food out on the table at the last minute.  And thank god she did because I am not sure I would have had time to do it and frankly the result wouldn’t have come close to being as lovely.  Today has been pretty relaxed with cleaning and cooking and baking a cozy meal to eat tonight while we await trick or treaters.  I am hoping for lots and lots of kids as we have candy coming out our ears and I need it to be out of the house yesterday cause I can’t control myself around Twix bars.   Anyways, hope you all have a wonderful Halloween weekend!

full mantle

pumpkin hand

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china skeleton

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chris and I

Corey Catsley

Please note that Corey dressed up as their cat Catsley Shacklebolt.  His signature move was to grab food from people at the party while they were trying to eat it.  His commitment to character was excellent.



Halloween Invitation 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hi guys!  Happy Halloween eve!  I am having a little low key Halloween party tonight but I still wanted to make an invitation.  I have to tell you that since I have become a calligrapher, I have felt a bit more pressure to send snail mail invitations to things.  For this one, I liked the idea of a watercolor spooky tree.  I went through a few ideas but in the end decided to put the wording within the trunk of the tree.  I was very proud of myself as I figured out how to do this on photoshop which for me is quite a feat.   On another note, I am not too sure that Transylvania is in Romania and the internet didn’t seem to sure about it either so I won’t feel bad if I am wrong.  Hopefully, I will be back to post pictures of my house decorations tomorrow so check back in!

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Happy Friday my pretties!  Eek!


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