Wednesday, July 24, 2013

20% Off
I am having a sale today for pioneer day. Use code pushalong in the shop for 20% off. I am hoping to clear out a lot of my inventory to make room for new orders of fabric that I have coming. Hope everyone will stop in and take a look and don't hesitate to ask for anything custom.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mackinac Island
On the very last day of our week long road trip we went out to Mackinac Island. Growing up I had watched the movie Somewhere in Time with my cousins. At that age I just really thought it was cool because Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman was in it and that guy that got paralyzed. I remember crying and thinking this is such a depressing movie, but I was a sucker for all those movies with the fancy dresses and the big hair (Ann of Greene Gables was a staple in our home). So I knew about The Grand Hotel from seeing the film. It was a for sure must see while we are living in Michigan. When we found out that it was only about 35 minutes from where we were staying in Harbor Springs we knew we could make a day out of it. 

We left pretty early in the morning and took the ferry across the lake. As you come in you see the hotel up on the hill and on the other side another great light house( I think we saw at least 8 or 9 great lighthouses on this trip). As soon as we got off we headed straight for the bike rental. On the island there are no cars. So everyone gets around by bike, horse and buggy or on foot. So cute right? It is about 8 miles around the whole island. Vi got to ride in her own little carrier on the back of Mike's bike. She was not a fan at first. We had to stop and feed her part way and then she fell asleep and the rest of the ride was nice a quiet. It was beautiful. The water up north is just so clear. It wasn't too hot yet and there were a lot of wooded areas too. We really loved the bike ride and you get to see a lot of the island. Once we got back we stopped and had lunch under a tree by the Mackinac Library. There were lots more darling homes and beautiful flowers. All the peonies and poppies had just come out up there. So everything was in full bloom and it was gorgeous. After lunch we went up to see the hotel. It is known for having the longest front porch of any hotel. It's so great because everyone is just sitting out on the rocking chairs that line the whole thing. We went up into the hotel and walked around for awhile. This hotel was so fun. It was like old Hollywood regency. There were palms tree prints everywhere and the bright furniture with the extravagant curtains and tufted couches. I loved it! I was also a total creeper and peeked into a room as mike and I walked down the hall. It was so over the top with drapes around the bed and velvet galore! It was so fun! We saw a small art exhibit they had there. One of the workers just came up to us a reached out for vi and held her for about 5 minutes. It was unexpected but cute. We fed Vi in the air conditioned hotel since we knew she would enjoy that a lot more. We really loved the whole thing. From there we walked to the fort that is on the island and walked around there and the governor's mansion. It was a bit of a hike so we really got our work out in for the day. Then we went on a fudge hunt. We were trying to find a salted caramel one like the one we had in Holland. We found one and it was delicious. We ate a lot of it on the ferry ride back to our car. Mackinac is known for having good fudge and there are about 20 shops just on the main street. We really had a great time. From there we made the drive home and Vi slept a lot of the way. We really ended our trip with a bang. It was so fun and we can't wait to go back.

Even the halls were crazy

Vi decided to randomly throw up while we were checking out the biggest floral couch we had ever seen

 Mike felt this was important to document.
Beautiful right?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Harbor Springs
I am kind of jumping back and forth with days this trip, but my pictures are split up on mine and Mike's computer. We stayed for 2 days in Harbor Springs with our family friends the Stoddards. Can I just say I walked straight into a movie when we got to this town. I honestly felt like I was in Pleasantville. Everyone is outside on their porch having dinner or eating dessert. Kids are running around playing and the lake is lined with 100 year houses that are to die for. I  didn't want to leave. It was such a cute town. The first day our friends Buddy and Tina took us around town to show us everything. We got the full tour. We stopped in for lunch and had a northern Michigan olive burger. We got Tom's Mom's cookies and looked in a few shops. It was perfect weather and we loved it. Tina and I went for a long walk along the shore and she told me about the history behind some of the houses and what it is like to grow up spending your summer here. It really sounds so dreamy. That night we went to a party at another lake about 20 minutes from their cottage. Their friend sends a driver down to Kentucky every year to go and pick up an absurd amount of fireworks and then he shoots them off his back lawn over the lake. Now about 100 boats line up to watch it since they know it's happening. These are not little dinky fireworks. We are talking stadium of fire material here. The difference is you are literally right underneath them. We were nervous about how Vi would handle it. To our surprise she loved it. She sat and just stared the whole time. Not one cry came out, even though they were decently loud. She was fixated on them. It lasted almost a half an hour. We definitely got our fill of fireworks for the year. 

4th of July morning we went down to art in the park, which is just a big fair where lots of local vendors come to sale art. Then we went and had lunch at their club and headed over to the quaintest parade you have ever seen. Vi loved watching everything. She was honestly just in a daze taking it all in. After that we went down to the beach and stayed there the rest of the afternoon. It was so warm and Violet got her sand fix for the day. That evening we went to a BBQ and another walk around town watching everyone celebrating. I am so happy we went up there. We almost didn't go and it was our favorite part of the trip. We really want to go back again soon. Plus Violet had substitute grandparents with Tina and Buddy the whole time. Here are tons of pictures!

Buddy and Violet

 The amazing Olive Burger!!

It really doesn't get much better then this. There were seriously jogging. I die!

God bless America

We thought we were in Ann Arbor for a second

Love it!