Friday, August 21, 2015

Tesla, Styx & Def Leppard

Last weekend Jesse and I camped at the Iowa State Fair. It was one hot weekend, but we enjoyed getting away and spending some time with family as well. We've been to the fair several times before, so I didn't really take any pictures of the main attractions. We did walk almost the entire fair grounds and inside most of the buildings as well. But the most exciting part of the weekend was the awesome concert!

Tesla kicked off the night and played all their hits. I love a concert where you can sing along to every song they play :)

While some of these guys haven't aged too well (lol) they can still rock and they can still put on a show. They've got more energy than I do!
 

Styx was the band I was least excited about. Some of their songs are kinda slow and I was afraid it would be a lull in the night. But I have to give them credit...They Rocked! Every song was upbeat and fun.

Def Leppard rocked the house and I don't think there was a single person in their seats the entire time they were on stage.

Some of these guys have aged better than others :)

I just love watching their drummer. For those that don't know, their drummer is one-armed. Rather than playing with both arms, he plays with both feet. I just think that's one of the coolest things ever!

And we ended the night with a spectacular fireworks show :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Concert at Sunset

Tesla, Styx and Def Leppard at the Iowa State Fair

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Etsy Collaboration

A while back I was contacted by a fellow Etsy seller inquiring about a collaboration and cross promotion of our items. This isn't something I'm always open to, but I loved the items in her shop that I thought it was a great project.
Jennifer of Cozy Kitchen Covers sells quilted small fabric appliance covers for blenders, can openers, coffee makers, mixers, juicers, food processors, 2 and 4 slice toasters, toaster ovens and crock pots.

Jennifer offered me a mixer cover which has a handy little pocket which she thought was perfect for my Custom Engraved Spatulas.
Jennifer and I traded products and added a photo to our listings with a little note in the description about where the corresponding item could be found.

I couldn't be happier with my mixer cover. It is very well made with very nice fabric. And it matches my red and white kitchen perfectly :)

Stop by Jennifer's shop and check out all her great items!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, August 7, 2015

Damask Designs

A while back I engraved a custom keepsake box with a beautiful damask design. Ever since then, I've been wanting to add this design to other items in my shop. I finally got a chance last week to engrave a cutting board and matching recipe box.

Damask Recipe Box
Love the detailed design!

Damask Cutting Board


I'm so happy with how both of these turned out!
Have you added any fun new designs to your shop lately?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thunder on the Loup 2015

Last weekend Jesse and I headed out to Nebraska for Thunder on the Loup 2015. This is a huge air boat get together on the Loup River. We camped by the river, boated and watched the races on Saturday and Sunday. Several of our friends went as well making for a great weekend in the sun.
A canopy...because we're not just Redneck...we're High Class Redneck :)
One of my favorite pictures from the whole trip :)
Boating before all the activities begin
Dream house, with a gorgeous view!
The River Rats also came to have some fun. These trucks and Jeeps are made to go almost totally under water!
Super friendly people. Took Jesse and one of our friends for a ride :)
Over 200 campers and an estimated 4,000-6,000 people in attendance to watch the races!
Me and my "sister" Melissa :)
Another gorgeous day of boating! (before the storms!)
It seems to rain every year we head to the Loup. I found out that rain drops to your eye balls at 40mph is NOT fun! These clouds were really scary, but luckily didn't turn into much more than rain.
  We always have so much fun on the Loup and already have our trip planned for next year :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Personal Life & Business Life - Finding Balance

This pretty much sums up life right now...trying to find a balance!
As I'm sure you've noticed, the blog has been pretty sporadic for the last several months. We've had a pretty busy summer already and have more fun things coming up as well.
I know all too well that the holiday rush will be here soon, so I'm trying to enjoy every minute I can right now.
Last weekend we decided at the last minute to go boating and camping Friday night. Then boating again on Sunday. Harley even got to go camping :)
And this weekend we are headed to Nebraska for a huge air boat get together. There will be 100s of boats and races as well. I'm so excited!
But all this means that I'm working my tail off in between fun trips and adventures, and not finding much time left for blogging. I have several things I hope to share soon. In the meantime, I hope you're all enjoying your summer as well :)
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