Hello blog friends! As I'm sure you've seen from our recent posts, the girls at Red Rose Alley have been busy! Sheri is settling into her lovely new home.
Jess is unpacking her own boxes and working hard in her new teaching position this fall.
And me? I've been hard at work on my dissertation for the last couple of months. I'm hoping to finish my Ph.D. in English Literature this coming spring!
But like my mom and sister, I feel that sometimes you have to take a break from all the hard work to enjoy life's pleasures.
So a few weeks ago, around our two year wedding anniversary, my husband and I took the day off to celebrate our happy marriage at the happiest place on earth!
We had a blast on the rides!
The park was decorated for the season in festive fall colors.
We shared a special anniversary dinner at the "Blue Bayou" (they even lit a candle in a Mickey-shaped chocolate cake for us)!
Of course there were fireworks!
It was such a magical anniversary, and a much needed break from all of the dissertation work in the last few weeks. I've feel so fortunate to have found my prince, but I'll be wishing on a star that my Ph.D. dreams come true soon!
I have been so busy teaching and trying to settle into my new home.
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary..."
~Edgar Allan Poe
However, October is my most favorite month, so Nel and I managed to squeeze in a spirited craft night!
I have been wanting to test out the book page pumpkins that I have seen floating around Pinterest.
All you need are a few pumpkins from the Dollar Store, extra book pages that you don't mind tearing up, Mod Podge, a little Spanish Moss, and a simple tree branch or twig.
We began by tearing pages from a duplicate book copy that Nel owned. (Honestly, I cringed a little while tearing up the pages!)
Next, we painted our pumpkins in parts with Mod Podge and secured the book page strips to them. We then applied Mod Podge all over the book pages.
This craft can be a little messy as it turns out best if you use your fingers to flatten the book page strips to the pumpkin as you are Mod Podging. We also found it easiest to paint our pumpkins in sections at a time.
Once we covered our pumpkins, we let them dry overnight, then we hot glued Spanish moss and a twig to each. Pretty simple!
"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion."
Last weekend, we went to an outdoor mall called Santana Row. It had a very cool atmosphere with restaurants and shops throughout the mall and on every corner. We had lunch at a tea time place, which was so lovely. I felt like I was in England, ordering my cucumber sandwiches and English Breakfast tea. Here's a few pictures of our fun weekend.