Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm Baaack!

Sew*CakeMaker family vacation is over!!!  We are home and napping 90% of the time today to make up for all that nothing we accomplished over our extended weekend up north.  Here are a couple pics of our adventure.  Be warned that there is very little useful information here, but we had the absolute best time ever!

Our first stop was our favorite place to eat of all time.  While there are locations closer to us, we have to go to the original location we stumbled upon more than a decade ago when we lived in Minnesota the first time.  This Space Aliens Bar and Grill is in St. Cloud, MN and just so happened to be right on our way to the cabin this past weekend.  We stopped in and enjoyed barbecue chicken baked potatoes and a gigantic ice cream sundae.  By getting the dessert, you get 25 tokens to play games while you wait for your food.  This place is a thousand times better than ChuckECheese, in bang for your buck and in taste!

After that, we took a quick trip to Crafts Direct.  This store is like Hobby Lobby on steroids.  I wish we weren't in the lower Southeast part of the twin cities.  If I lived over by my friend Jill, it would only be a 30 min drive to this store.  

My husband was complaining about stopping there, until he took his first step through the door.  Then I was following HIM from isle to isle.  He was more than amazed.  He didn't even complain when we left, at the time we spent there.

Determined not to spend too long, I only took just a couple pictures this year.  You can see last year's pics HERE.  I loved this saying.  Desperately wanting to get on some pallet crafts, this was perfect:
So many of my smiles begin with you

And this one... 
Everybody deserves somebody who makes them look forward to tomorrow

The kids were begging for these lighters.  There was a riffle and a fishing pole version for sale. 

How about this for a candy bar at your wedding:
Take a little, take a lot
Enjoy a Treat
we tied the knot!

Here are two different ideas for wedding centerpieces I thought were cute.  After last summer's wedding extravaganza, I had to take note.

The Fairy Garden section was adorable.  With fairy garden's a new obsession of mine and Emmalee's, we spent a long time looking over this area.  The little terrarium was cute.

I found the Red and Gold sashay thread I have been looking for.  My friend needs a red and gold scarf to wear while attending all her kid's games.  This roll has been on my shopping list forever.

We took off for Blackduck, MN after the craft store.  Apparently the craft store was so amazing Scott blew one lens clear off his sunglasses while driving.  That was fun.  I mostly enjoyed seeing him sit there like a pirate while he waited for me to find the other lens ;0}
Be glad I am not your spouse!

We finally made it to the cabin where so many aunts and uncles were waiting for us.  After a night full of card playing, Mads broke out her new book on arm knitting.  It took a while to figure it out {knitting has never been a favorite for me}.  But surprisingly, the arm version seems pretty fun!

Mad's had such success that she taught both the girl cousins how to make their own scarves.  She even bought some more yarn from the Ben Franklin up in Bemidji, MN to start a second one.

Don't ask me what is happening here...

But we took the rainy day as a chance to get into town and play around.

At the a-for mentioned Ben Franklin I saw even more things I had never seen before.  I don't go shopping often, cause I tend to spend every cent I have.  My remedy is to just stay home.  That means when we go on trips like this, my mind is blown in just about every store we go into ;0}

These are sippy cup and lunch box pieces for mason jars.  You just buy the lid or cup, put them in a mason jar, and there you go!  Fun in a jar.  So cute!

BF also had all these other jar accessories, 

And a complete line of glass paint.  I did NOT know that Mod Podge had glass paint!
Check out that rainbow of colors too!!!

Back at the cabin I caught my own frog.  I don't remember frogs being that pretty when I was a kid.  Maybe they have gotten fancier too!

Eli managed to cut two fingers, scrape one whole arm, run head-on into a volleyball net, pull his gluts, and pretty much lose the will to live over our short stay too.  He pulled through it all like a champion and lived to sit on the computer all day today, so don't feel too bad for him.

Lastly, I had to throw in a couple beach pictures.  Remember that lake beach pictures are nowhere as pretty as ocean beach pictures...but we had an awesome time on our one sunny day.

Those girls are paddle boarding.  I didn't know that existed either.  

Now, back to work!  Today I already spent hours of my day making this cover page for our youth trip to Nauvoo
Only 100 more pages to design by next week ;0}
I will be back soon with more photos from my recent shoots and hopefully a fun furniture re-do if I can get to it.  Have a great week!

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