Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wheezy Wednesday

It's Wheezy Wednesday! :) I took this photo last night. I got Wheez this new bed a few days ago and she loves it. It's the perfect size for her. The way she sits just kills me. The picture is a little dark but I thought I would still share it because she is just too adorable - don't ya think? ;)

Also - Just 2 quick pics of some terrariums the BF and I were putting together last night. I have been collecting vintage glass jars and containers for awhile now in hopes of making some pretty terrariums and we finally gave it a try for the first time last night. I took a lot more pictures of the process and figured I would do a sort of DIY post about them.....but I want to make sure they stay alive for awhile first! LOL. I am certainly no green thumb so I just want to make sure I did it right before I share. But in the meantime, here is a sneak peek!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This weekends Vintage finds

Just a quick pic of most of the finds from my garage/estate sale adventures this weekend (I also found an amazing chrome breadbox). I was really happy to find the little globe and mint condition Girl Scout thermos I found at a church flea market. I found the doll on the left in a Rubbermaid container full of odds and ends at a garage sale. She was still in her plastic with tags and is wearing a great mod outfit. 
But probably my most exciting find was the crazy map poncho/cape with the red pom pom tassels. I found it at an estate sale and just couldn't leave it behind. It was handmade by one of the homeowners at least 50 years ago.
Did you get to any sales this weekend? Find anything fabulous?? :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Day Trippin

This past weekend, the BF and I decided to take a little road trip. Both our Mama's were going to be away for Mother's Day and we decided we had worked so hard the previous weekend on landscaping that we deserved a little break ;) We drove about 2 hours north of Pittsburgh to Erie, PA. We have both been through Erie plenty of times but I had never really taken in any of the 'attractions' there. The first place we went when we arrived late Saturday morning was Presque Isle State Park. We had hoped to rent bikes and ride the nice flat trails around the park but sadly did not realize the bike rental place doesn't open until Memorial Day. So we just decided to walk the beach for awhile.

There were TONS of baby geese everywhere. I am normally not a fan of 'big' geese but the babies were sooo fuzzy and adorable :)
 I was surprised to find quite a few of those shells (below) and Jon was a cutie and proclaimed his love for me in the sand ;)
The beach also had plenty of smooth, flat stones (took quite a few home for some future terrarium making) .... and seagulls.
Presque Isle State Park was a very beautiful place with plenty to do. Next time we will be more prepared to spend some more time there.
When we had enough of the beach and driving around the park, we stopped for some lunch at Sara's. A friend at work had told me we had to stop and get a hot dog. The fun little diner ended up being right at the entrance to the park so it was kind of hard to miss. The place was packed and the food ended up being pretty good. Sara's really has a fun 50's vibe to it. AND we even got Coke in glass bottles ;)

Next stop was the Erie Zoo. Until talking with a co-worker the week before, I never even knew there WAS a zoo in Erie. It is quite a bit smaller than the Pittsburgh zoo but the animals seemed to be a lot closer and easier to see (zoo's make me sad a little bit actually. I was holding back tears when watching the gorilla. She seemed so sad.). Most of the animals seemed pretty active and the rhinoceroses and orangutan's really put on a show. I was super fascinated with the pig in the bottom left corner. I think the sign actually said he as a miniature pig..HA!
And check out the video below! The baby orangutan was sooooo cute! He was flipping and playing all around. I am glad I was able to catch some of it on video. He knew he had an audience and we definitely giving us a show :)

Just some flowers and trees I thought were cool.

After freshening up and having a quick Chinese Buffet Dinner (Jon's request - I wasn't feeling it), we headed to Waldameer Amusement Park. A cute, little amuesement/water park also near the entrance to Presque Isle. The nice thing about Waldameer's is that you can get in for free and just stroll around. And if you decide you want to ride anything you just have to buy tickets. The park was only open unitl 8:30 and we got there around 7...but it was plenty of time for us. We walked around the park and decided to buy enough tickets for 2 rides - a wooden rollercoaster called the Ravine Flyer 2 and a nice leisurely ride on the Sky Ride which is just like a ski lift that takes you across the park and back. The Ravine Flyer 2 was a lot cooler than I had expected - a pretty big drop in the beginning and a lot faster than I expected. 

A shot taken while on the Sky Ride. You can sort of make out Lake Erie in the background.
It was a fun little getaway. Always fun to explore new places and try new things with the ones you love :). If you live near enough to Erie and are ever looking for to take a day trip or quick weekend getaway - Erie has plenty of fun things to try!
~ All photos (and video) above were taken with my Iphone. Both just the normal camera and Instagram.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Postal Pixs Love

Recently I ordered some Iphone photos from the PostalPix APP for the first time and thought I would share my experience with you. All in all I think the app is great, easy to use and the pictures mostly turned out great (as you can see from the photos below)!

By far my favorites are the square prints. You can pick from 4x4, 5x5 or 8x8. Since I use Instagram ALOT, the square prints are perfect. I only got 1 or 2 of the 8x8 square because they are $3.49 a piece...but totally worth is if you have a picture you really love.

Some of the 'regular' 4x6 or 5x9 prints I wasn't as impressed with...but that could also have been because my picture itself wasn't the best quality.

The APP is pretty easy to navigate and the prints came pretty quickly. I will definitely be ordering from them again. They also offer aluminum 'prints' that I really want to try next time around.

Hope this little review might have been helpful! If you have an Iphone and were thinking about ordering some prints....PostalPix is definitely a great APP to try! I have linked to their website above and/or you could just search that app on your phone. ;)

Have Fun!! xoxo Hollie

Friday, May 4, 2012

Inspiring Illustrations

It has been awhile since I have done an Inspiring Illustration Post! The illustrations in 'My Little Golden Book of Manners' are done by my absolute favorite...Richard Scarry !!! I plan on doing a big post about him sometime soon because he is just the coolest :) but for now I will just share a few pics of his from this sweet Golden Book.

Peggy Parish is the author of the story, which has a copyright of 1962. She is also the author of the Amelia Bedelia books which I just loved as a child. I also love that the first page acknowledges the 3rd Grade at the Dalton School, New York as 'Consultants' on the book :)

The book basically just gives practical advice on manners and the best way to act in different situations.

I think the Alligator and the Lion are my favorites! Just look how sweet he can make even the most ferocious animals look!

A giraffe in a sailor's suit!? Yes, Please!! ;)  Someday when I have children I think I will hang some of these illustrations in their rooms.