Friday, June 18, 2010

In Progress

This is how I spent the last six hours:

The smell of oil paint = pure happiness :) But I could definitely use some ventilation now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thrifting and Crafting!

Right before Milk Days my parents and I went to the antique store in Walworth. I found this awesome planter I just couldn't live without:

At that same store I also got some old photographs. I'm going to use them in a crafty project (coming soon!).

A few weeks ago, I found this super chicken at the Goodwill in Delavan.

And last night I made this beautiful flower pin from this website.

It was a little bit of a pain to make, but I think the next ones will be easier. I gave this one to my mom and I can't wait to have one of my own! I may just make one for everyone I know, so watch out!

Milk Days 2010!

This past weekend was Milk Days, Illinois's longest running festival. I've been going for the past 20 years and if you've never been, you're missing out! It's held the first weekend in June (Friday-Sunday). This year I did the abbreviated version and only celebrated on Saturday, but my-oh-my! was it a full day!

I kicked it off by running the 10k at 8am (keep in mind I haven't run at ALL this summer). I definitely didn't win any awards, but the girls did. They ran in the kids' 50m dash. Isabelle won 2nd place...

And Olivia won 3rd!

After that it was time to eat! I had pasta salad, all sorts of fruits and veggies and crackers. Yum!

My dad kicked back with a Guinness after doing the 10k.

Then it was time for the parade.

Isabelle met Batman and a really tall guy.

They scored lots of candy!

They even shared some with me.

After that we watched a movie (I fell asleep) and then it was time for the nightlife!

It started off pretty slowly, but once the karaoke started it got AWESOME!

And Emily and I looked pretty fabulous!

There was lots of beer...

And dancing...

Even with random drunk strangers...

After hitting up every bar in town, 2 a.m. rolled around and it was time to wrap things up. Nathaniel crushed cans in his sadness that Milk Days was coming to an end.

But don't worry, there's always next year!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hodge Podge of Early Summer

I have been a bad blogger lately! This is going to be a little bit of a hodge podge of things from the past few months, but I promise to be more timely after this.

First off, we have my lovely swap package I received back in March. It was a cooking related swap and I got an awesome vegan cookbook, some local tea and jam, a pretty flower pin and sky blue yarn.
Next was Earth Day! I celebrated with my friend and the girls I used to babysit. We went to the park to enjoy nature and brought along our "Bag-O-Fun!": kites, chalk, bubbles, frisbees, everything necessary for a fun day in the sun. And a bag of jelly beans to fuel us! Weeeee!

We made chalk pictures of Earth and left some eco-oriented graffiti.
I taught my mom's cat how to walk on a leash. Mr. Scruffs loves his walkies!
Here is a picture of the garden path:
My dad replaced the tiles on the screened porch and ma got a new table, which the kitties love. My dad took off half his fingernail putting the floor down, but I won't put up a picture of that.
My dad knows a lady who raises alpacas and they have all this yarn piling up. They offered to pay me to knit things for them. I chose payment in yarn. The more I knit, the more I get! Here is a hat I made in a day.

Fun times!