Last weekend Chris and I took a trip up to Iowa to visit some of his family members including his grandmother who was an absolute delight and his cousin who has taken over a super old (over 100 years I think) family farm and him and his wife (who is also a talented artist) are fixing it up. It was really quite lovely and charming and the slow pace of life was a nice breather from my usually fairly chaotic schedule. It also reminded me how much I miss being around grandparents as all of mine have passed. The freeness with which they speak their mind and tell things as they are is really something to treasure. And it is also hilarious. I was in stitches for most of the weekend. I thought I would share some pictures of that and a few other things that have been happening…
This was the sunset that we watched as we were leaving the farm to head back to Cedar Rapids. Pretty unbelievable, right?
There farm and the land around it were exceptionally beautiful. I just wish I had had my wide angle lens to capture it all. Total screw up on my part.
We like fields.
I know no one cares about Halloween anymore but I never got to show the floating pumpkins outside of my house. Here they are.
I have been doing some pretty fun calligraphy projects recently like these magnolia leaf escort cards. I was also asked to do a table runner for an inspiration shoot that will be in Carolina Bride as well as some envelopes and belly bands for another inspiration shoot that I just finished this week. I will share all of that when they are published.
I did put just a couple Christmas decorations up so far. I am holding off until it gets a bit closer to do my mantel. Is this weekend close enough?
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Happy happy Friday! It is the last weekend before Halloween week and we are pretty excited. Colleen is actually in Raleigh taking her test from hell today so everyone send her positive vibes. I know she’ll do great. I thought it might be fun to do a little giveaway. I have been playing with calligraphing pumpkins and although it is a kinda late in October, I thought maybe some of you guys would still be interested in having one? I will be letting you choose what you want me to write on it. Please keep it to less than 8 or so words. As you can see, the phrase I did was 8 words and it just fit. I will write it on a small white plastic pumpkin for you so you can have it for as long as you want it. You can choose a Halloween phrase or maybe a more general fall or perhaps Thanksgiving one (Happy Fall Ya’ll or Give Thanks?) so that you will be able to use it into November. I even think “My Little Pumpkin” in pink or blue for a nursery is a super cute idea too. Anyways, I am rambling now. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with which quote or phrase you think you would pick. Or whatever. You can just say “Gimme a pumpkin!” You will be entered as long as you comment. You can also choose from a few different ink colors I have. I will mail it to you as quick as I can after I randomly pick a winner on Monday night.
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For those of you asking about if your quotes are too long, I will do the best I can. I want you to have what you want. I am sure I can make most of them work. ALSO, I have already rescued two entries from our spam folder because someone told me theirs didn’t show up. Weird. If you comment and it doesn’t show up, shoot me an email by clicking on our email link and I will make sure to save you from spam or add a comment for you. Silly technology.
We have a winner!
Congratulations Sara! I will be emailing you to get your address so I can send you your pumpkin!
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Well our Salem trip is over and that is sad. I call this part one of our recap cause Colleen will be sharing her angels film photos once they get developed. In the meantime, I thought I would share mine. I did have some trouble narrowing them down as I am sure you will notice. I am very happy to report that it was a truly delightful weekend that exceeded expectations. I was a little worried that the masses of people I anticipated would ruin some of the charm of our trip but we very cleverly managed to avoid the hubbub when we wanted to. We got there on Friday morning and were able to get some of our tours and things in before it got very crowded and I definitely recommend that if any of you plan a trip to Salem in October, you manage to be there at least one weekday. The difference from Friday to Saturday crowds was huge. One of our best trip decisions was staying in the Hawthorne hotel right in the middle of the historic district. It was very traditional and cozy and they had complimentary apple cider available for us in the lobby any time we needed a fix. Which was often. I would guess Colleen in particular had no less than 7 cups of cider over the course of the weekend. So if anyone was concerned about our cider quota, you can rest your worries. I could also see the water from my room on the 5th floor which was an added bonus. We were located right next to a big park (which was used in filming for Hocus Pocus) and they had carnival concessions with caramel apples and fried oreos. We mostly wandered around for the weekend but did check a few key items off of our to-do list which occupied time between random explorations…
We checked out Pickering Wharf and the pretty ship.
We toured the House of Seven Gables which Nathaniel Hawthorne based his famed novel off of. It even had a secret passage that we walked through.
Corey cutely annoyed Colleen by grabbing at her nose while they stood in front of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.
We saw the Old Burying Point Cemetery which was beautiful and creepy.
We checked out the Witch House but opted not to go in since we had just toured two homes from that period the day before.
We roamed around Allison’s house (from Hocus Pocus) which had a beautiful garden in the back. I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkins.
We walked down Chestnut Street which has all the fancy old homes and big trees with leaves that were satisfyingly autumnal colors.
We found another part of Salem harbor near a big park and enjoyed the view.
It just so happened to be right near Max and Dani’s house (another Hocus Pocus locale).
Then we drove over to neighboring Marblehead and were quite glad that we did. Cause it looked like this…
We pretty much spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the perfect fall atmosphere.
If anyone is planning a trip and looking for some more specifics, just let me know and I would be happy to help. I really can’t imagine a more ideal place to be in the fall than New England and Salem in particular.
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