My Summer Hiatus (But, I’m Back!!)

Wow!  Does anyone remember me?  I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks since my last blog post!  Yikes! In my defense, I did warn you earlier this summer that I would be busy making memories, and that I have.

Shortly after my Boho Headscarf post, hubby, the kids and I packed up our car and drove down to Florida to visit family and friends.  Our trip was originally scheduled to last about 10 days, but we ended up staying a little over three weeks!

If you follow my Facebook page, you will know that my nephews’ infamous “twins shower”, which prompted me to start designing baby gift items such as the neck tie and mustache burp cloths and the neck tie diaper and wipes pouch, finally came to fruition while I was in Florida.

I designed some super cute cupcake picks, a neck tie bunting and mini neck tie “capia” pins for the event. (Capia pins are traditional Latin American monogrammed pins that guests are given to wear at bridal and baby showers.)

After the shower, I spent a lot of time with my mom and sister.  Mom and I did some sewing:

and sis and I took our kids to the beach twice, to the movies and to lunch at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney!

Do you see my beautiful niece sporting her AquaSeventy6 flower earrings?

The rest of our trip we spent hanging out with friends and cousins.  We were strictly budgeted, (I mean, really, who can afford a 3-week vacation, even if they are staying with family?) So, our friends in  Land O Lakes, Seffner, Town N Country and St. Pete Beach took turns inviting us over for dinner.  I can’t express what a beautiful gesture that was, and how much we enjoyed their company! (Thanks to R&M, D&M, J&R, A&L, J&Z, and J&C for your yummy homemade dinners, good conversation and your friendship!)

Since I’ve been home, I’ve started to work on some new items, which I will be sharing with you this week.  I also had a HUGE sale in my Etsy shop (another reason you MUST follow me on FB!) I have missed my little blog, and I hope you’ve missed me, too! 

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La Vita Bella

I know I don’t normally blog on Saturdays, but I have just been so busy since returning from my vacation that the week has flown by.

Besides coming home with two bags full of laundry, my dryer was broken for a week prior to my trip. So, I am STILL in the process of tackling about 18 loads.  The good thing about European jet lag is that I’ve been up and at ’em by 6 a.m. every day.  Let’s hope it stays that way!

I promised some photos from my trip, so here goes…

Here we are in the Colosseum.
At the Circus Maximus
At the Trevi Fountain
In front of the Colloseum
At a fab beer shop in Rome
In front of the Tiber River
The Vatican
The beach in front of our hotel in Lido di Ostia
At Anima Mundi Bar, with a beautiful church just steps away!

I have to post a disclaimer on my appearance.  Inasmuch as I wanted to look all hot and European on my vacation–it was impossible.  Our power converter wouldn’t heat up neither my curling nor my flat iron, hence the not-quite-flat, not-quite-wavy hair thing I had going on.  The blow dryer in the hotel room was basically a vacuum cleaner on reverse.

Also, this was technically a business trip, and we were generously put up in a beautiful hotel on the beach of Lido di Ostia.  Unfortunately, Ostia is 2 trains and 45 mins away from the center of Rome.  This means I had to layer my clothing to account for the changes in temperature in the 8 hours we would ultimately spend each day between visits to our hotel room.

Even so, I had such a wonderful time!!  Maybe next week I will post some photos of all the ah-mahzing food I ate!  YUUMM!

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