Finally seeing some red and gold showing on the trees. I love the view from my backyard. Besides the trees, there are so many blue jays and cardinals that come to visit. (Which reminds me, I need to fill up my feeders again.) Enjoy your Friday, friends, wherever you might be. Have a safe and happy weekend. :)
Sadly, this covered bridge is severely defaced by graffiti. Though it makes for some interesting reading (and photos), it is a shame that those who participated couldn’t put their talents to better use. There is beautiful scenery around the bridge, however, and it is definitely worth a short visit if you are in the Yellow Springs, Ohio area. It is part of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, though it is located about 1.5 miles south of the preserve.
Directions: from Glen Helen (405 Corry St.), go south on Corry and follow to Grinnell Road. Turn left on Grinnell and follow 1 mile. The bridge will be on the right. (If you pass Bryan Park Rd, you’ve gone too far.) There is no parking lot, but there is a small gravel area to pull off the road that will hold 3-4 cars at a time. Park here and take the short walk to the bridge.
I finally had the chance to get out and enjoy some of Ohio’s beautiful autumn leaves. Though there is still quite a bit of green where I live, many trees are beginning to turn. (This is especially true of parks.) My family and I took a trip to Yellow Springs to visit Glen Helen Nature Preserve. I haven’t been there in a couple of years, so I definitely looked forward to taking some new photos. Glen Helen is a gorgeous place to hike, although both times I’ve visited I’ve gotten lost on the trails due to no clear markings. That’s not always a bad thing, however, because many cool things can be discovered off the beaten path. Here are a few of my favorite shots from last Sunday. For more information on Glen Helen, feel free to visit their website: http://glen.antiochcollege.org/glen_helen/
* On a side note to my friends here, my apologies that I haven’t been around the past 4 months. Life got crazy for a while, but I will catch up with you all very soon. :)
After months of planning, my oldest daughter’s bridal shower came together beautifully yesterday. This photo of the flower girl was one of my favorite candid shots yesterday. Isn’t the life of a child so simple? She didn’t care about drama or stress or anything at all except immersing herself in the moment before her. Take notice of the little things and enjoy them. That is what makes life so precious and worthwhile. <3
The bride to be:
I should have taken this outside for a better photo, but it was easier to leave it in the garage while the final coat dried. I spent the better part of last week making this for my dad as a Father’s Day gift. This is made out of terra cotta flower pots glued together, then painted with both spray paint and outdoor enamel paint. Fairly simple to make, but took a few days to paint. I thought I’d leave the directions here in case any of you want to get creative and make one for yourself. It’s a great summer project and looks so cool lit up in the evenings. I’m going to make another one for myself soon. :)
4 or more terra cotta flower pots (with holes in bottom)
2 cans of spray paint (I used white)
1 small can outdoor paint (I used Rustoleum)
Craft paint for windows/door if desired
Solar light, any kind
* Use silicone and glue pots upside down on each other, then apply several coats of spray paint. It took the entire 2 cans for mine.
* The next day, tape off any parts of the pots that you do not want to paint. (Make sure you use a good painter’s tape so it doesn’t strip the spray paint.) Using a sponge brush for no streaks, paint the rims of the pots in whatever color you desire. Apply a second coat, if needed, after thoroughly dried.
* Paint any doors or windows you’d like using craft paint, then spray several thin coats of clear gloss/sealer over the pots.
* Insert a solar light and you now have a lighthouse. :)
Get creative with this and have fun!