Hi creative friends! It's my annual birthday post! Boy doesn't it seem like I just did this! Another year, another trip around the sun, more lessons, and more wrinkles! This year I am 53. That doesn't even sound right! LOL. This year has been a little (a lot) crazy and I feel like I am having a hard time keeping up. I look in the mirror and I see a wiser woman with more experience. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my mom looking back at me. I feel like the past year had so much for me to learn. I'm feeling like I finally am 'getting it' and I'm looking forward to a new year to celebrate! I'm having a mellow birthday so far. The hubs brought me bagels and Starbucks in bed. It's misty-raining outside and we're all cozy. I made a cooooool craft project (I'll share below) and then in a bit I think we'll go out and do some running around and visiting friends. It's funny as you get older, the actual day of your birthday isn't as important as the contact with your loved ones. I LOOOOOOVE all the handmade cards I've received and I love that my friends want to get together to celebrate. Those are the important things! Yesterday the hubs and I went exploring at one of our local State Parks and we had the entire place to ourselves! I'll share some pictures at the end of my post. Happy Friday friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! XOXOXO Be sure to come back by on Monday for the launch of the newest Hero Arts Kit!
So my craft project for today has nothing to do with paper! I made a terrarium! SOOO fun! I bought all of the stuff at our local nursery a week or so ago and it's all been sitting in our kitchen since. I thought today would be the perfect day for a quick and easy project. It came out really nice I think. I want to make a bunch of these! The cloche is kind of expensive, but everything else is really inexpensive. I think this would be a great class. I might see if I can find the items for a good enough price to host a workshop or something. Let me know what you think! I put in three tiny plants and some little mushrooms from my craft stash. It going to sit in my studio so I can enjoy it all the time. It just looks so fresh. You buy the rocks, the soil and the moss and it's just a matter of layering everything and planting the plants. Couldn't be easier!
Have you ever made a terrarium? I think we made one years ago in school - but nothing this fancy for sure! I hope you'll try it! There were about 20 kinds of little plants to choose from. I liked the bright greens of these three.
And, as a tradition, I always have my husband take my photo on my birthday. Usually I hate to have my picture taken, but I do like to document the occasion every year on my birthday. He took this one yesterday when we were out exploring. So, yeah, that's me! LOL.
All of the pictures in the rest of my post are from the Empire Mine California State Park in Grass Valley, California. This is about a 40 minute drive from our house, and what a hidden gem of a park. It's sooooo beautiful and peaceful. Especially yesterday. We were the ONLY people there! It was misty and kind of cold out...but that is my favorite weather so it didn't bother me one bit. This is an old gold mine in the Sierra Foothills and was really active in the gold rush days! CLICK HERE to read more about the park.
Lots of giant gorgeous trees, and pretty walkways...
Fall in California usually means yellow and orange leaves. We do not get the bright vivid reds here too much. These are oak leaves.
So this is the 'cottage' on the property where the owner would stay from time to time. (not his primary residence!!) It's amazing and made from stone and brick. Stunning!
That front door is pretty fancy!!!
I fell IN LOVE with this pretty courtyard in the back of the cottage. I took about 30 pictures! Ha. It felt like a little bit of Europe! I love the colors and the contrast of the stone, the brick, the doors and the pretty flowers. I couldn't resist clicking away with my camera!
The entire property has the wonderful English gardens, lined with holly bushes and trellises. Of course, it's November, so most everything is dormant and or dead for the year. I managed to find some pretty flowers and plants anyway though!
Thanks for coming by today! Have a wonderful, happy, fun weekend! XOXO