Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stone Mountain

This past weekend Michael, Dusty and I went hiking at Stone Mountain State Park. We took the Stone Mountain loop trail, which led us to a beautiful view of the summit.

We also took a detour off the trail to the 200 foot Stone Mountain Falls! Visiting the state parks in North Carolina is one of my favorite weekend past times. Earlier this summer, I blogged about a trip to Crowders Mountain State Park, but I have been to quite a few other state parks in NC and have loved them all.

Do you enjoy visiting the state parks in your home state?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Learn to Make a Wildflower Crown

Hello! I'm Back!

I thought the best way to get back into my blogging groove, would be to share my favorite summer project with you. A wildflower crown!

Over the summer I went on a two week camping adventure with my family to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. I have been visiting the island ever since I was a little girl. My family even jokes, calling me an "Island Girl" because I just love it so much. The island is truly a magical place, full of crystal clear fresh water lakes, breathtaking hiking trails and small historic towns to discover. One of my favorite activities is going on botany excursions all over the island with my dad. My dad enjoys photographing all sorts of plants, wildflowers and wildlife. He has a website dedicated to showing off his photos( and is even recognized in a few Ontario wildflower books. While my dad explores with his camera, you can usually find me collecting all the colorful flowers to create a wild bouquet.

Flower crowns have become such a craze lately, they are popping up all over the internet. I think they are absolutely stunning and making one of my own has been on my to do list for a while now.

Here it is, my first attempt at creating a flower crown. Enjoy!

I began by collecting a few varieties of wildflowers, I mostly chose them by color so I could create a unique crown. Don't forget to bring along a pair of scissors or gardening shears, some of the stems are tough to break with bear hands!

Once I had a nice assortment I began assembling my crown. I used yarn I had on hand and tied the flowers together piece by piece forming a circle.

Make sure to measure the crown while you piece it together. I made the mistake of not measuring and my crown was a little bit too big!

After I had my flowers tied together the way I wanted them, I used the yarn and wrapped it around and around, making sure my crown was secure. Next I added the finishing touches and filled in a few holes by simply weaving in a more flowers!

There you have it! A beautiful wildflower crown!

Now grab some scissors and yarn, take a peaceful hike, pick some wildflowers and get crafty!