Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

tiny snail on a mossy stump found on my recent walk in the woods

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Haunted Habitats

Friday night we took the little one to the Haunted Habitats event hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The theme this year was Missouri Animals A to Z. The goal of this event is to teach kids of all ages about nature. There were lots of games and prizes, a craft center, live music, hot cocoa, hot apple cider and delicious salty-sweet kettle corn. The trails were all lit by camping lanterns and a multitude of hand carved jack-o’-lanterns!

kids craft table
pumpkin jack-o’-lantern
Even the fire tower was decorated for the event! We all had a good time.

fire tower decorated like a jack-o’-lanternEvents like these are a great way to get kids excited or at the very least exposed to nature! Even though our goblin was a bit small to really get the most out of the event, we’ll be going back.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Featured in the Storque!

I certainly had a happy Monday yesterday. I discovered that my Personalized Hammered Aluminum Bookmark was featured in the Etsy Storque Article "Gleeful Anticipation" - Holiday Gift Guide Preview! Wow - what an honor!

Handcrafted and hammered aluminum bookmark featured in an Etsy Storque article 'Holiday Gift Guide Preview'

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Walk in the Woods

The weather here has been cold and rainy for weeks. Eleven of the first sixteen days of October yielded over seven inches - the average for the entire month of October is only 1.6 inches! So, needless to say, we have been cooped up in the house for way too long. The sun finally showed it face yesterday, so we bundled up the whole family and hit the woods.
The air was a bit brisk, but the fall colors were really nice!
forest in autumn
Because of all the rain, we saw lots of mushrooms and other fungi, like these Turkey Tail Fungus.
Turkey Tail Fungus growing on a tree
And these little brown mushrooms growing right out of a rotting log.
little brown mushroom growing out of a rotting log
We also found lots of colonies of the very neat plant called a walking fern, because where ever the leaf tips touch the moist ground a new colony will start to grow. Thus the name 'walking fern'. A very cool little plant.
tiny Walking Fern growing in moss

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 12, 2009

First Fire of Fall

The leaves are turning, the mornings are chilly, the days are getting shorter - it is beginning to seem like autumn here. This weekend was particularly brisk, so to welcome the changing of the seasons we built our first fire! I am not crazy about bringing wood (and its mess) into the house, but oh, how I love the crackling warmth of a fire in the hearth!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A wonderful Etsy Treasury!

I just wanted to share a lovely Etsy treasury that featured my ZigZag Peridot and Vintage Crystal necklace! Thank you to Montagyoo!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Recently, I have fallen in love with those shabby chic college necklaces with vintage skeleton keys. But I have an understated style and don’t think that a full sized skeleton key is size-appropriate for my slight frame. Solution – this tiny sterling silver version! I have soldered on a ring-style bail and oxidized the whole piece to give a vintage, time-worn appearance. I just love it and wear it all the time along side a luminous gray pearl.


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