Friday, June 22, 2012

Red, White and Blue...Let's Craft!

It seems like I came home from Peru and now summer is in full swing!  That means the 4th of July is just a few weeks away.  The "Summer Bug" has definitely bit me.  I want to be in t-shirts and flipflops and go to movies instead of going to sleep at a reasonable hour. 

I love the month of July! It is filled with parades and fireworks, especially here in Utah where we celebrate our state on the 24th. Decorating for July is on my to do list today. The options for red, white and blue decor are limitless! To get those creative juices flowing, I thought I would share a few bits of Americana inspiration I discovered around the web.
Find instructions for this fun vintage banner at Country Living.

Nothing says the 4th of July like a banner.  This twine and fabric scrap garland would be so simple to create on your own, or you can buy it ready made from A Little Frayed.  She has several other great Americana banners as well.
You know I am always a sucker for a Martha craft, and I love a medallion! This project has me written all over it.
This banner, showed on Ginger Snap Crafts came mostly pre made, but you could duplicate it using brown paper bag/chipboard and pre-packaged stars from the dollar store.
Not exactly decore, but what a fun party favor these would make. Get the full instructions from Martha.
One more for the party circut.  These hats from Country Living are adorable!  I want to attend this party.
This little Lady Liberty is a perfect little piece!  Get the download and instructions on Country Living...they really hit the jackpot this year!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adventures in Peru

Okay, so my weeks of silence are definitely unacceptable!  However, I do have somewhat of an excuse...
This month I finally made it to South America!  Hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Piccu has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I am very happy to say, I can now check it off! My big trip this year was to Peru, and it was quite an adventure.  I don't think I knew quite what I was in for as I started this "vacation".  From sweating and swatting mosquitos in the jungle to hiking 45km up a rock trail at 13,000 ft, it was definitely an empowering ride.

Here is a little glimpse at my 11 day excursion to the Amazon and Andes.  Thanks for being patient with me as I continue to catch up back at home.

What an amazing experience!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to explore the world and learn about different cultures and places.  Going to different countries is always very humbling as well, I feel overwhelmingly blessed!