Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Weekend Adventures on Film

Here is a short little film I put together from our weekend on the lake. 
We were even able to get a kite to fly for longer than 20 seconds. 
That was huge, as normally kites & my family do not get along very well. 
This was a very special kite. 
Also, the wheat thins at the end of the video
are most definitely mine for when I need a 
little break from the fish. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Rainy Memorial Weekend

Just a few pictures of fish, lilly pads, lures, & my fisher boy from our weekend at the lake. You might be wondering why Lee is not pictured with any fish? Well, that is because he did not catch any worthy of pictures, sad face. We caught plenty of bass, but none were really all that gigantic. Still, that adrenaline rush when your lure has finally been swallowed after
all those casts will be the greatest feeling no matter the size in the end. 

Every fish feels giant to me. Me: that ones big Lee, Lee: no not really. Basically I wanted them to be big so that he would allow me to take a picture, but nope. Darn it. Bass will always be my favorites to catch. They're such little acrobats jumping out of the water. 

Lastly, a thought provoking conversation we had in the boat one night was about midget fish and if some of the small ones we were catching were really 28 year old grandpa fish. How do we know? Are there midget fish? I am about to google away and get to the bottom of this. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Holding Catfish

Here are some photos from our day catfishing the Red back in April
My biggest was a 10 pounder & Lee's was 14. 
They're not the prettiest things, but they sure are fun to fight. 
We are off to the lake this Memorial weekend to reel in some big ole bass. 
Enjoy the long weekend everyone! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hunter Girl Jewels

Okay seriously how cute are these shotgun shell casing pieces of jewelry?! 
I want I want I want! Talk about making hunting fashionable. They are all from the lovely 
up-cycled jewelry makers, The Key of A. You can check out their site 
& glam up your hunter girl style here. Who'd have thunk
 that shotgun shells could be made into a fashion statement? Love it. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Doily Shorts Makeover DIY

Hollister jeans cut into shorts from the 9th grade people - ripped & ragged

My doily's are from JoAnn fabrics, I used the off white color & bought matching thread.

Those things your grandmother once used to 
beautify the table - yep they are sitting inside of your 
shorts looking fabulous. FYI, these shorts had the most gigantic rip up 
the side, which required a large piece of doily. Normally I would 
do both sides with smaller slits, but something needed to cover 
my bare leg.
Now go make your shorts pretty! 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A First Deer & Some Tears

this past fall (November 5, 2011) after 3 years of waking up at the butt crack of dawn with Lee, i killed my very first deer. i did it. i did it. i did it. we are so lucky this thing is on film because for real i don't know how we would explain this kind of emotion to anyone. Lee you are one lucky man.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Ms. middle sister Arica Elizabeth got 
all fancied up last saturday for her senior prom.
 What a pretty little thing she is don't ya think?
She will be graduating in 3 short weeks here I just can't believe it. 
You are old Arica.
At least we still have baby Andie keeping our hearts young. 
Love you Arica (and Andie). Purple & sequins look smashing on you ;)

Friday, May 18, 2012

2 Turkeys

Minnesota Tom

North Dakota - Merriam Tom

Killing a big Tom with a bow in itself is a difficult task. So 2 in one year - 2 in 2 weeks rather is quite the accomplishment & a first in my book. Because we go to school in North Dakota & live in Minnesota I was able to hunt in both states this year & to make it even sweeter both hunts were captured on video. Someday soon we'll let you all see too. Hunting turkeys will always be my favorite of the many species to pursue on this here Earth.  I think they're definitely Ali's favorite too. This weekend I'm heading down to southern MN to take a few youth out for their first gobbler experience. There's nothing sweeter than introducing the younger generation to the outdoors. 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

be genuine.

The dictionary defines genuine as being free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; to be sincere.

Isn't it just the best feeling when someone truly, passionately cares for you? To me, there is nothing better (besides dipping sauces, but we'll save that for later). Genuine people are hard to come by these days & it's so sad. Many pretend to care, but those who are faking it do not fool me. They hopefully do not fool you either.  This week i challenge you to be genuine with your time. Be genuine to strangers. Be genuine to the checkout lady at the grocery store. Be genuine to your boss. Just live genuinely. 

Genuine hearts that care to hear about my life & day go a long way in my book. You could try to win me over with bottles of ketchup, presents, & bleu cheese, but it ain't going to happen. 

I sure hope that everyone I come into contact with throughout my days here on this earth feels a genuine love spewing from me. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

summer to do's

our summer officially began yesterday & boy does it feel good. here are a few items i hope to accomplish in the coming months. what is it that you've been yearning to do?!

1. Go on a bike riding picnic - basket and all.
2. Wear sunscreen.
3. Shoot a carp bow-fishing.
4. Learn more about my DSLR camera & photoshop.
5. Spend quality time with my sisters, mom, & dad we're all growing up so fast.
6. Enjoy being a bridesmaid (twice eek) & attending the many weddings we've been invited to.
7. Save my $$$.
8. Refrain from social media.
9. Put to use some of the beautiful pins I so readily pinned during the school year. Duh pinning.
10. Sleep out under the stars.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DIY wire heart ring

seriously you guys, i whipped this bad boy up in less than 5 minutes. SO EASY. the only ingredient you need is wire. mine is from hobby lobby and it's just basic crafting wire nothing too fancy. i will let you know how tarnishing goes and if it's one of those that turn your finger blue. that's the worst. 

*you may also want to use a pliers instead of your hands, but i do not yet own a pliers (shame on me being a carpenter's daughter) i just suffered through the poky wirey pain.

1. depending on how big or small you want the heart to lay on your finger make a sort of S shape on the end of your wire (this forms the heart)

2. basically another view of step 1, starting to pull the center U of the heart together

3. squeeze the heart together both outside edges & the inner U discussed in step 2

4. your heart should look somewhat like this, i just let the end touch the other, but you could twist & wrap (pliers required for that part)

5. wrap the "ring" part around a pen or highlighter in my case or anything close in resemblance to your finger size to begin to mold & shape the circle

6. wrap that same part around your finger to test the size & form to your exact finger shape

7. cut the extra wire using a cutting device, in my case a scissors worked

8. you may twist the straight end into any design or loop that you would like, for now mine is plain & simple

it's as easy as bending wire. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fave Fonts

these are a few of my favorite things...i mean fonts. 
& they're all free. i swear i could type 82 page papers if instead of 
times new roman i was allowed to use any of these bad boys. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

10 Commandments Ali Style

i read an article in a magazine a couple of weeks ago and it talked about creating the 10 Commandments to your individual life. i thought it was just the coolest idea that i couldn't not create a list of my very own. so here you have it, these are the items in which i strive to abide by each & every day. what do you hope to portray in your days here on earth? 

have a lovely little weekend. lee's off killing turkeys & i get to attend another wedding along with maybe possibly studying for finals. yuck.