Its a Jungle.

Seems like it is the season for baby and wedding showers. I have been pillaging the internet looking for decorating ideas for an up coming bridal shower.  This had me reflecting on a baby shower from a few years ago.  The theme was jungle and I made the most adorable jungle vine to hang from the ceiling, complete with monkey.   This is a simple and very cheap decoration that will wow the mommy to be and the guests. 
Roll of brown packing paper. 
Zip ties or clear tape
Silk flowers/foliage, trim as needed
Monkey Toy (optional)
gardening gloves

 I apologize for not having step by step pictures, I did this long ago before this blog was even a twinkle on my keyboard.  So here goes…. Completely unroll the brown paper onto the floor, you might need a few props to keep it from rolling back up.  Cut it lengthwise into three long strips, they don’t have to be perfect wonky is just fine.  So you don’t get the most massive paper cuts ever use the gloves for protection during the next few steps.  Twist/wring the three long strips of paper into vines.  Using a zip tie secure the three vines and a section of flowers/foliage together at one end.    Continue zip tying and adding flowers wherever it looks like it works.  In some sections I only secured two vines together leaving the third to hang free.  Think of it as a very loose braid.  Then when you get to the end secure everything together like in the beginning.  If you chose to add a stuffed monkey just latch him on with those little velcro hands and its finished.  Hang it from the ceiling, or around a door frame.  Anywhere that swag might be used is perfect! 
After the shower it was so cute we left it up for a few weeks, then it went to the church’s children’s room to add to their tree house decorations. 
Well I hope this can offer some inspiration.  If you have any other decorating ideas, or came up with something fun I would love to hear it in the comment section.

Looking for Spring!

Its cold, well it was today and three days ago….but it will get cold again before it gets warmer.  I am so excited to have a greenhouse this year to get my spring crop cooking early.  So you can only imagine what kind of a girly sequely dance I did yesterday when my burpee seed order got here.   I ordered super sweet 100 tomatoes, lots of lettuce and some basil.

The lettuce I’ll start this weekend, then the tomatoes and basil in a few weeks.  With all luck, some sunshine, water and lovey words to the little seedlings I’ll have a small simple crop for summer.  I also got nasturtiums, and vinica to start for the flower beds.  Yippe!  I would love to hear from the other gardeners out there.  I’m just learning so any advice or recommendations are welcomed.  Happy digging.

Unravel my Travel

 I forgot to post my parks and rec Pittsburgh unravel my travel blog.   This was suppose to go up months ago.  Oh well carry on.

Unravel my Travel: Pittsburgh and vicinity
Disclaimer: Truthfully its Butler and vicinity but no one knows where that is.  Butler is where my parents live, a small country town outside of Pittsburgh.  Travel south towards Pittsburgh and there are museums, restaurants and sightseeing.  Move away from the hustle and bustle there are some of the most beautiful parks and trails.  The purpose of this travel blog is to highlight what I have experienced and enjoy about the area. I hope you enjoy while I unravel my travel.
Parks and Rec
State Parks
If you head Northwest of Butler, away from the Pittsburgh area, there are beautiful places to see and visit.  My father’s favorite is Maurine State Park.  With thousands of acres of woods, the approximately 3300 acre Lake Author and miles of trails he describes it as his own private park.  The focal point, Lake Arthur is the product of ancient glacial activity and a man made dam.  They only allow small boat motors on the lake so its very quiet and the marina is filled with sail boats and pontoon boats.  There are so many miles of shore line anyone can find a quiet place to fish or relax.

Pennsylvania is filled with many railroads that were used during coal mining and when steel production was high.  Eventually these rails have been retired and turned into beautiful walking and biking trails.  Several summers ago we visited Sandy Creek Trail, south of Pittsburgh it was quite a drive from my parent’s house but well worth the trip.   The trail boasts the Belmar Bridge and its spectacular view of the Alleghany river.  Tim and dad walked far enough in to see the Deep Valley Tunnel while mom and I preferred to venture off the trail a little and play in the creek.

The most recent time I visited my parents we went for a little adventure in the Allegheny River with my aunt and uncle.  The initial intention was to go tubing on the river but, everyone was worried that my delicate southern nature would be too cold in the river.  Instead we parked at the head of a trail, walked down along the river bank to a shallow spot to go wading.  Much more fun than our muddy river here in Wilmington.  There were all kinds of funky creatures lurking under the rocks.  With a little cheerleading from my Aunt, I even caught my first crayfish.

In closing there is so much to do in Pennsylvania and I have only hit the tip of the iceberg offered in this area.  There are more trails, museums and events to explore.   I hope you enjoyed my compilation of visits.  If you have visited something interesting in the area I would love to hear about it.  It’s never too soon to start planning my next visit.

References, Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources

Simple Accessories

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, fashion isnt my thing.  However – I have noticed that simplistic accessories lend to a classic and even iconic image.  Specifically pearls, double strand, single, long short – doesn’t mater.  All these women wore pearls with such class.

Okay you got me, I just love Tim Curry in drag and wanted a reason to post his picture.  Fashion blog Fail!