Well, with a baby in my arms and some writing to do, it’s hard to find time to make jewelry, but I will have some new pieces in the works soon!
In the meantime, I am keeping my shop running and have made some updates to prices. I’m also excited to announce my jewelry is featured today on Megan’s Beaded Designs! Go check it out, and enjoy Megan’s blog. It’s full of creative inspiration!
Also, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve restyled my blog. Let me know what you think!
Having just had a baby a month before, my family and I bravely set out on a summer vacation at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. With lots of diapers, a couple of grandparents, and a boat; we were ready for a summer vacation with our new baby girl. The lake was beautiful, the weather was wonderful, and we enjoyed exploring nearby Hot Springs — a little town with a long history, which gets its name from the natural thermal waters seeping up from the earth.
Here are a few pictures of the scenery:
If you’re planning a visit to Lake Ouachita and/or Hot Springs, here are my recommendations:
— Rolando’s — Latin fusion food — unique and delicious!
— Buckstaff Bath House — enjoy the relaxing experience of a traditional bath at a historic bath house, and leave with tension melted and skin softened
— Hot Springs National Park and Bath House Row — you can take a free tour and learn about the history of the springs and bath houses
One of the best things I made before having my baby was my nursing apron. It has definitely come in handy! Here’s a picture of me using it on our summer vacation at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.
If you’re interested in making your own, here’s a link to my post describing how I made mine. If you’re not a sewer, contact me, and I’d love to make you one that fits your personal style!
On our summer vacation to Lake Ouachita and Hot Springs, Arkansas, we took a tour of Bath House Row. Hot Springs has quite a fascinating history of hosting and bathing people from across the country for both medicinal and relaxation purposes.
The natural mineral waters were thought (and are still thought by many) to offer therapeutic benefits.
I was fortunate enough to take advantage of the waters at Buckstaff Bath House, which has been operating continuously since 1912. The bath house is located on the border of Hot Springs National Park, and it is the only remaining bath house on Bath House Row still in use today.
My mother and I went for a traditional bath, which included a soak in porcelain, whirlpool tub, a sitz bath, a few minutes in a steam cabinet, hot towel wraps, a needle shower, and a 20-minute massage. All throughout the experience, a bath attendant brings you mineral water to sip.
My bath attendant, Latoya, was careful and gracious and made me feel so comfortable in the relaxing, but very new (for me),A experience.
Afterwards, I felt completely relaxed (which is wonderful with a one-month-old baby at home), and my skin felt wonderful.
I made these black and white acrylic penguin paintings for the nursery. They are based on some cute penguins I saw down in Patagonia two years ago. (Photos from the penguin colony here.)
Unfortunately, I cannot claim this as my own creation, but I am fortunate enough to have it hanging in my home above my baby’s crib. My super-creative and talented best friend hand-made this magically beautiful narwhal mobile. It’s all hand-sewn in soft colors, and the shimmering silver ribbons give it a nice water illusion.
I painted this cubby shelf years ago and have used it for journals, trinkets, and pictures for a while.
Now, I’m passing it on to the baby for story books and toys…
(We turned it on its side so it’s easy to reach and won’t tip over.)