Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Handmade Baby Shower Gifts: Stretchy Wrap Tutorial

Baby girl shower gifts: bow tie headband, tether, and wrap 
Baby boy shower gifts: bow tie, tether, and wrap

I've been in a really big crafting kick lately. Not sure why, but my mood to make things doesn't seem likely to go away anytime soon. I have been jumping from project to project and making some pretty cool things. Several months ago, I had a double baby shower to attend for a couple of friends I've known for years. If you know me, I'm a huge baby product nut. Ask me about just about any baby related item and I can probably give you a huge list of recommendations. So whenever a baby shower comes along, I always want to make sure I'm giving the mom-to-be something that is actually functional, useful, and of course cute. I try to aim for things that they won't be getting from others or something that they may have never heard of that might actually become their best friend. In the past, I've always bought off a registry and then added that extra gift, but this time I decided not to go off the registry at all which is a huge turn around for me. For sentimental and economical sake, I decided to make something. Originally I had wanted to just make a small handmade item to add to my store bought gift, but that changed pretty quickly.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Red Rock Road Tripping: Part 3

After two nights of camping, we decided to extend our vacation and head over to St. George where we stayed another two nights in a hotel. We use Hotwire a lot when we're traveling to find the cheapest rooms and it usually pulls through with really inexpensive, yet quality options. The plan was to go to Las Vegas one day and then hang out in St. George another day before going home.

1. M&M world and their free screening is a must. 2. We stumbled
upon this amazing display of vintage sewing machines at AllSaints in
the Cosmopolitan. 3. Interesting... 4. Float sampler at Coca-Cola Factory. 

Andrew and I have been to Vegas a number of times since we've been together and I used to go there a lot when I was growing up. Andrew tires of it, but I think that there's always something fun you can find to do that doesn't involve gambling or alcohol. Some say Vegas isn't kid friendly, but we usually always go with our kids and they enjoy doing all the free touristy things. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Red Rock Road Tripping: Part 2

From Kodachrome Basin State Park, we decided to drive south along a little road that would lead us to Kanab. Our ultimate destination for the next couple of nights were St. George, but we made a few stops along the way in Southern Utah. Thank goodness for 4-wheel drive, because the gravel and dirt roads throughout this whole drive would've been scary without it. Most of the drive was unmarked and the steep bits were surprisingly steep. The first stop was at Grosvenor Arch which was a short drive away from Kodachrome.

Grosvenor Arch

Grosvenor Arch was definitely worth the drive even if we were only going to turn around and head back the way we came. I had no idea at the time, but it's located in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument which is a place I've wanted to visit ever since I learned about it in elementary school. The funny thing is that it really is in the middle of nowhere. The sandstone block of the arch comes into view just as you're coming up on it. There's a parking lot and a sidewalk up to the arch with a cement pad for picture taking too which is super convenient. This was a nice quick stop for some pictures and a bathroom break.