I thought I would share a few of the bags I made this Summer that were gifts for other people. I created the first little bag to hold white elephant gifts for a crafternoon, and the second was made using the sew together bag pattern
. I can’t wait to make another one!
You can find my sewing fabric collection over on Spoonflower
, and if you’ve ever made something with one of my fabrics, wallpapers, or decals I would love to see!
During our last road trip of the Summer we decided to stop in Mister Ed’s on our way to Lake Tobias. Shari had never been and there was no way we could just drive by without sharing the fun that is Mister Ed’s
Part candy shop & part free elephant museum Mister Ed’s has something for everyone. There is a fun outdoor garden area and woods you can walk through. The elephant museum is bigger and better then ever, and they have a really fun selection of candy. Located in Orrtanna, PA (this is between Chambersburg & Gettysburg PA) they are open every day, and worth a stop in your ever find yourself in the area!
You might recall a few years ago when I was looking for a good Halloween puzzle
with gorgeous old fashion images, and didn’t have much luck that I decided to make one of my own. Well soon after I uploaded the puzzle image to Spoonflower (not to make any sort of seamless repeat) but just to print out so i could use it on some personal projects. Well I made myself a Halloween shopping bag, and hope to use the last of the fabric to make myself a Halloween purse. I actually have lofty plans to make myself 2-3 different Halloween purses that I can rotate during the month of September & October but we shall see how that goes! For now I am happy to have finished this shopping bag with plenty of time to spare!
Last weekend was the last Saturday that Kurt would be with us before he moved back to State College for school, so we decided to do something fun. We took a little PA Adventure, both boys and Kurt’s girlfriend Shari. I have wanted to visit Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
ever since my friend Molly went
The day had been calling for scattered rain showers so we weren’t sure what to expect, but it turned into a beautiful clear day.
Lake Tobias was started in 1965 by JR Tobias, and his wife still lives in a farmhouse on the property. Our favorite part of the trip was the safari tour. You ride in an open top bus across 150 acres of beautiful hills on a one hour tour. There are all kinds of animals that greet you from alpaca, emu, bison, to water buffalo.
There is also a petting zoo, reptile house, and a section of the park set up like a more typical zoo. It was a nice way to wrap us to wrap up the Summer with one last road trip.
I recently spent some time at Wonderbook, a great used bookshop where I spent a lot of time when I was younger. We moved to Maryland when I was in the 5th grade and I have so many memories of afternoons spent at Wonderbook with my sisters and Dad. Both my parents have always been avid readers, but I always remember my Dad taking us to the store and telling us we could each buy $1 worth of books. He must of been pretty clever because this kept us busy. Most of the books were priced around 75¢ but if you really searched you could usually find books for 50¢. I actually seem to remember them being an odd price like 55¢, but it was close enough we knew we could get away with getting two books this way.
While most of my trips to Wonderbook these days usually include the boys. I absolutely love going there alone. I could easily spend hours and hours searching through the books. I always start off in kids, then check the classics, spend some quality time with the cookbooks, and end in the adult fiction. On one on my last trips there the children’s books were buy2get1free, and I found this gem.
The illustrations are so such and vibrant. Illustrated by Hilda Miloche and Wilma Kane and published by Whitman Publishing 1945. They also illustrated a bunch of other books including paper dolls. You can find so many amazing reproduction paper doll books on this website
that came up when I was searching for their other books.