Fall explorations

This trip was actually a few weeks ago around my birthday. And around my friend’s birthday… in fact it was her birthday trip, but I went a little bit for me too. A sunny mild fall day in Colorado at peak Aspen color? Get real.

On our way out to Salida, a small mountain town with some awesome festivals throughout the year, the views alone are worth the trip. Wilkerson pass is one of my favorite passes, you slowly rise up and hit this incredible surprise view on a massive mountain range beyond a vast flat valley. It was one of the strongest memories I have from visiting as a kid, this valley covered in a sheet of snow. We wandered around some paths at the rest stop…


On the way into Salida there is a sneaky tire swing behind a fence. It’s worth the barbed wire dodging, it has to be the most incredible tire swing view ever, a line of 14ers behind, just enchanting.

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And the grass itself was so photographic.


Had to stop by the local cute antique store.

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Grab a couple pints. It’s Colorado, you always have to try the beer!


Drove over to some open space near Buena Vista to take a color hike. For some reason it started off with shotputting some rocks?


And senior posing in this field of gold…


Just stunning…


Hipster artsy on the stumps


This was a magical spot, the light was hitting this clump of golden aspens just right and it literally was glowing!



Found ourselves an old cabin off the beaten path.



And some creepy bones in a firepit… Then we headed back instead of taking out changes with some crazy forest dweller.


SO MUCH FALL! I took a million photos, it was glorious and gorgeous and whimsical.

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Our weekend didn’t end there, but the lovely pictures did as the sun set. If you are ever in the area make sure you check out the Mt. Princeton hot springs, where you can actually sit in a rocky mountain stream (ice cold) in the rocky pools of steaming natural hot springs. Another favorite experience from vacations as a kid!

I just can’t get enough of fall!


Simple Mother’s Day Love

I need to be very honest when I say, I HATE fake flowers. Whenever I go into Hobby Lobby and see the whole lovely array, I feel deceived. And annoyed, They are oh so practical, but I think I would rather have no greenery than fake greenery.

Now, let’s make some fake flowers.

I love these. I think the difference here is the style. These lovely things aren’t pretending to be real, but are still very nice to look at. They have that hint of hand-made quaintness but could look great in the classiest of home. I made these as a supplemental gift for my mom, mom-in-law, as well as a couple for myself.

What you need:
nylon based fabric – I used a chiffon in this case
a candle
embroidery thread for center of flowers (you can also use beads or buttons if you so desire, don’t forget to get something to sew them on. Thread, clear fishing line, etc.)
hot glue gun (for attaching stems or safety pins)
floral wire/stems
Safety pins 

I would do a tutorial, but there are a few out there, and it is pretty self-explanatory. Here is the one I used. Cut out circles of different sizes (they dont need to be very exact at all), hold the edges close to a flame, assemble into flowers. Bam.

Here are 2 options for attaching a stem. Attach directly to the outside or  put a fabric layer between.

Assemble all of the petals except the largest. Cut a small slit in the largest and put the stem through.

Put a spot of hot glue on the circle of the stem, set the assembled petals on the stem,  let it dry.

Repeat until you have  a nice little bouquet!

I also put safety pins on a few. This method, just attach all petals together, put a spot of glue on the back, and attacha  safety pin. Then you can use it to brighten up a sweater, a scarf, or slide a bobby pin through and have some summery hair!