Inspiration Workshop – The Beach

Welcome to week 9 of the Inspiration Workshop!  Linking up with Maggie over at Gussy Sews once again!  This week the prompt was: The Beach!  My favorite…I could ramble on the topic of beaches all day long.  I even got sucked into watching a series on Netflix a couple weeks ago featuring a favorite beach in each episode…boy I was wishing I was in those places!  Luckily, since I moved to Orlando a few months back, I’m about an hours drive to the beach on the Atlantic side….Cocoa Beach!  And about an hour and a half to the Gulf side…which I’ve heard is a lot nicer because the water isn’t as rough and the sand is softer.  Haven’t been to the Gulf beaches since moving here, but I’ll venture out one of these days.
My absolute favorite beach ever is Coki Beach in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It’s the most gorgeous, relaxing place in the world…I could set up a tent on the beach and live there and be one happy camper.  I just love it.  Here are some of the pictures I have from our last trip.  The first one is my favorite…it’s my fiance’ playing around in the sand laying in the waves….LOVE IT!  So cute!

That last picture wasn’t at Coki Beach…it was on the shoreline of the island of Tortuga.  So if you’re looking for an awesome vacation spot with TONS of beaches….go to the Virgin Islands for sure.  You can take a ferry between the islands too if you choose to island hop.  But Coki Beach is by far my favorite.  What’s your favorite beach??  I’m always looking for good suggestions, so I know where to plan my next trip!  

The Time Is Dragging!

Hello bloggy peeps!  Can you believe it’s only Tuesday…Ugg!  Is anyone else’s week going painstakingly slow?  The week seems to be dragging, but I think it’s going to seem that way until August 5th, when my fiance’ is flying in for a visit.  Can’t wait!!  Haven’t seen him since I moved down here for work last October!  Such a long time not to see each other, so I’m hoping he’ll be able to find a job down here in Florida by years end.  So in the meantime, I just have to kill off time by cleaning the house & trying to make some plans of things to do when he’s here.  I know he wants to go to Kennedy Space Center, so that should be fun…I hope!  Then of course, he wants to go out on an airboat, but that’s super fun, so I won’t mind going & doing that again.  Then the beach is a must & then we’ll probably hit up a park on another day…still trying to decide which one to go to.  Universal or Disney….tough choice!  I like them both!  I think we’re both leaning towards universal….I love the E.T. ride!  Give me some feedback!  What park would you go to if you just had a day & why?

Inspiration Workshop – Inspiration

Linking up again with Maggie over at GussySews for week #8 of her Inspiration Workshop.  The prompt for this week was “Inspiration”.  Basically, this week everyone who is linking up is to blog about what inspires them, so this should be a fun one to read on everyones blogs!

I draw inspiration from many different sources daily.  I’m inspired by all of you bloggers out there who write for the sheer fun of it & let everyone get a glipse of your life through that little bloggie window you create.  I’ve seen wonderful craft projects, paintings, recipes, ect…the list goes on and on.  All of that inspires me!  It makes me want to find more time to write, take more pictures, learn to cook, pick up my paint brushes that have laid dormant since high school.  I love all you guys!  And bravo to all of you out there that have succeeded in making things handmade & opening successful shops…I hope to be able to do that myself one day!

My number one inspiration is probably the ocean.  My taste is art work, choices in colors when decorating, favorite vacation destinations, favorite movies…are all revolved around the ocean.  I love the colors of the ocean, blues, greens, browns & then if you go to the Caribbean or even Southern Florida….the colors of all the houses are magnificent with all there bright colors.  I love painting palm trees.  My favorite vacation destination is the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Every view is an ocean view on an island…love it!  I was so meant to be an island girl….I’m getting closer since I moved to Florida in October.  At least I get to see palm trees daily!

(Painting & Photo by Me!)

Inspiration Workshop – Sunshine


Linking up again for week 7 of the Inspiration Workshop, hosted by Maggie over at GussySews.  Make sure to head over and check out her awesome shop!  So many cute things to choose from!  This weeks prompt for the Inspiration Workshop was “Sunshine”.  You want to know the first thing that pops into my head when I hear that word?  It’s “Sunshine, Daises, butter mellow, turn this stupid fat rat yellow”.  That was Ron Weasley’s first attempt at a spell in the first Harry Potter movie.  I must just have Harry Potter on the brain since the last movie comes out this week…so sad!

You Are My Sunshine Typography Sign - Distressed -Charcoal and Yellow
Besides that silly little quote, sunshine is just a happy word!  You hear the word sunshine and it just makes you smile.  It brings back memories of playing outdoors in the summertime with my brother and all our friends.  We used to like to wash the car, just to give us an excuse to get out the hose and play in the water.  We also spent many summers playing in woods behind the house climbing trees, petting the cows in the adjoining pasture. Just being silly and enjoying the outdoors.  So many kids now days stay cooped up inside all the time, playing video games, surfing the internet, watching t.v….sad really!  I’m so glad my parents made us play outside.  We didn’t have a/c growing up, so it’s not like it was any cooler in the house, so we’d spend out days outside until the sun went down & even then we’d stay outside to chase and catch fireflies.  We’d get a nice little collection going in a mason jar and then we’d let them all go at the end of the night.  Sometimes it would be nice to go back to those good ‘ol days when we didn’t have a care in the world!

New Favorite Wine!

Oh man….it’s only Wednesday!  It’s been crazy busy at work!  Audits going on a work tend to make everyone a little crazy…me included.  I finally reached my breaking point and cracked open a new bottle of wine I had picked up this weekend.  It’s Cupcake Moscato D’Asti…no it’s not cupcake flavored silly, it’s the brand, but I wouldn’t be opposed to anything flavored like a cupcake!  Anyways, this is by far the best wine I’ve tried out of all the others I have tasted.  So good in fact, I somehow managed to polish off the whole bottle within an hour of walking in the door from work!  It was so yummy, I just couldn’t help myself!  It’s definitely going at the top of my grocery list!  Hope everyone else’s week is going good!  This week may be hectic, but next week will probably be even crazier….maybe I better buy two bottles this weekend! Cheers!

Heck with Vampires, Bring on the Werewolf!

How was everyone’s weekend?  Pretty uneventful here. For starters I ran to grocery to pick up some paper towels and sweet pickles.  I must have subconsciously thought it was going to be a stressful week at work because I also made it out of the store with a slice of cake and two bottles of wine.  I ended up getting a bottle of red, which was Cavit Pinot Noir, which is the only red wine I’ve liked out of all that I have tasted so far, plus it was on sale.  Then I bought a bottle of white wine that I have had on my list to try for some time now, Cupcake Moscato D’Asti.  Can’t wait to try that one, as I’ve heard it a good one. Then I just got some cleaning done, made calls to friends and family & finally got to watch True Blood season 3!  Best show ever!  I’ve always loved vampire anything, but after watching season 3….forget the vampires Bill & Eric….I want to see more of the werewolf, Alcide!  Holy hotness!!  Now that is one gorgeous man!  I think I’ve found my new crush! Now tell me you don’t think he’s hot!  Now I wish I had HBO, so I could watch season 4.  Oh well, as bad as I want to watch it, I prefer to watch the full season all at once, instead of having to wait to see a new episode every week.  Can’t wait until it’s out on dvd.  Anyways, just thought I’d stop in and post this gorgeous pic so you could all drool over it as well!

Inspiration Workshop – Pamper Yourself

Well, it’s week 6 of the Inspiration Workshop over at GussySews!  Time flies when you’re having fun, eh?!  This weeks prompt was “Pamper Yourself”.  When I hear that phrase, the first thing that pops into my head is a nice, hot bubbly bubble bath!  I take one daily, as it’s the ultimate way to relax…just call me a bubble bath freak!  I love ’em!  I try to keep myself away from stores like Bath & Body Works, as I tend to get a little carried away, as they have so many scents that I love and they are always coming out with new ones, so of course I have to buy them and test them out.  I love apple, vanilla and coconut scents the best.  What’s your favorite??  
If I had to choose a runner up to my bubble baths, it would be to indulge in a vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting.  I usually will try to find a place that I can buy them individually because if I buy a carton of 6…they will be devoured in 1 to 2 days.  I don’t buy them too often, but sometimes you just have to pamper yourself and indulge your sweet tooth!  Great…now I want a damn cupcake!
Nom, Nom, Nom, Nom, Nom!!!