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Born a mid western girl but an ocean girl at heart! My soul belongs to the sea....I am obsessed with the color TURQUOISE and all things beachy. I love nature, the outdoors, dogs,cooking,wine,art backpacking, cycling and reading. I also have a passion for photography and I absolutely love photographing the beach that is where my soul is happiest.! I hope you enjoy following me and my adventures so welcome to my blog, I hope you are inspired. HAPPY BLOGGING !

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thoughts of Spring !!!

Ok so I am so tired of boots I could scream!!! So as I am sitting here posting this it has started to snow like crazy again yuck yuck and more yuck. This is the time of year when I start taking inventory in my closet. I start pulling out all my spring clothes and shoes and start getting excited for cute spring things! What girl doesn't ??? So I came across these happy little sandals so I put them on and they made me smile , Daisies are so happy they just smiled right back at me. Thanks little daisies you just brightened my day , what else can you do on a snowy cold day but dream about spring and all the good things to come. I am trying to find one positive thing every day and be thankful for it, despite all the negatives in life you can always at least find one thing to be thankful for each day. So today I am thankful that I have an amazing husband who puts up with all my crazy ideas and is so supportive and encouraging in everything I do !

Thanks Honey for an awesome weekend out of town you are too good to me! that is just what I needed. Stay tuned I will be posting about the weekend trip next .... I'm off to go take inventory in my closet with positive thoughts of spring and good things!!!

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Frozen Friday!!!

Let me introduce you to the Island Girl Cocktail...

Island Girl

Stir together 8 ounces (1 cup) cranberry juice cocktail, 8 ounces (1 cup) vodka, 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger ale, and 2 ounces (¼ cup) fresh lime juice in a large pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and garnish with lime wedges. Makes 4 servings.
So winter still has it's nasty little grip on us but.... 22 more days to spring!!! I know we need to stay positive but... it is really hard when the sun doesn't shine for days on end. So I will just keep dreaming about warm beachy places. What I wouldn't give to be lounging in that lounger while reading a good book. I think I am there now in my mind .AHHHH yes I can feel the warm salty sea air blowing through my hair while I sip the Island Girl cocktail. I long for the day when my toes hit the sand.
So for now I will light some candles, pour some vino , put on some jazz and start some spring crafting! So I bought this letter S painted it turquoise then simply glued tiny little sea shells to it. Voila you have a cute little beach inspired project.

Then for the daisy wreath I just bought a simple wreath and hot glued on the daisies and the cute little turquoise butterflies, yes turquoise again I LOVE turquoise. So since the weather is crummy get to crafting it will lift your spirits.

Well I am off to start another craft project... I will keep you posted!
Have a Fabulous Friday !

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Photography Love

So all this sunshine we have had all weekend has really inspired me. Now I am no professional photographer but I think I have an eye for it. My husband is so supportive of my photography and always encourages me. I am always looking for a great photo opp. I try to take my camera with me everywhere I go. You never know when your eye will catch something special.
I have been thinking about taking a photography class for a long time, I just need to do it! Life get's so busy that sometimes your passions and dreams go by the wayside. I guess the saying "get busy living or get busy dying " really rings true. So I thought I would share a few of my photos.... I can't wait until spring so I can get out there with my camera and start snapping photos !

I hope you had a chance this weekend to do something creative and fun !

I can't wait to take some more photos and share them. I think am starting to come out of my winter depression, funny how a little sunshine will do that to you!
Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Free To Dream

"If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it."
Ward, William Arthur

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Crafting

Wow the sun has been shinning for two days now and I couldn't be happier or more inspired! This winter has really been hard. When the sun shines I get a little crazy and want to do a million things, sometimes I get anxiety and I can't decided what project I want to do! Since the sun has been shining I have suddenly been re inspired to be creative. So the other might we had craft night at my friend Sara's house. We made an awesome salad with a mango dressing and some olive tapenade bruschetta, it was YUMMY!
Then we poured some vino and got busy crafting.....
We pulled out the paint and bedazzles and got to crafting!

Now we didn't finish our projects that night but we made a good start, we did however laugh a lot, we laughed so much it hurt! It is so nice to be around such inspiring and crafty girls. When I get this project done I will post it so stay tuned for more craft nights with the girls...

I hope you are inspired I think my creative juices are flowing, must be all the sunshine! I have to say our first craft night was a success. Hope you find something crafty to do this weekend. Check back for more craft nights. Today I am a Happy Crafter! Now get to crafting.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fresh Friday

Wooo Hooo it's Friday and the sun was shining all day! Wow maybe there is hope for spring to come just yet. The birds have been warming up there vocal chords the last few days, they will have a lot to sing about once spring announces it's arrival. Now I don't know about you but I have spring fever so bad, I need to do a little retail therapy shopping. These next few weeks I will be feverishly making to do lists of spring projects. Spring is such an exciting time of year, it's such a re birth of our planet. Flowers start to poke their sleepy little heads up and the birds start to practice their spring serenade. The buds on the trees start to swell, I get so excited just thinking about it. Now you all know how I feel about winter in the midwest , it almost kills me emotionally. So today I am celebrating the anticipation of spring and I am Happy Today. So with that I leave you with a fresh and tasty fresh Friday recipe....

Pasta With Shrimp And Fresh Herbs

I used I box of low carb pasta, or if you like you can use whole wheat pasta

Make pasta according to directions.
Meanwhile saute shrimp with white wine, garlic pinch crushed red pepper,and olive oil

In a seperate pan measure 1/2 cup of oil and infuse 5 cloves of garlic and a pinch of red pepper about 3 minutes, careful not to overcook the garlic it will burn. Remove garlic cloves and discard, keep infused oil to add to pasta.

Once pasta is finished drain and add shrimp and fresh herbs.
Chop fresh basil, parsley and mint toss all ingredients together including infused oil, top with fresh grated parmesan. This dish pairs really well with nice glass of riesling.

Oh and for desert a little dark chocolate


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Your Life in 6 Words

So I had to share this with everyone. My husband came home from work the other day and told me about a program he heard on npr about describing your life in 6 words... So it got me thinking. Have you ever thought about describing your life in 6 words ??? trust me it's kind of hard. So here are two that I came up with...

" See past my flaws, accept me".

"Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina"

I would to hear what you come up with!!! It really get's your mind thinking.

oh and the photo is from my most favorite place on the planet Edisto Beach, South Carolina.I am just dreaming about walking up that path to the beach....

Happy Tuesday! I can't wait to hear what you come up with :-)