Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creativity Abounds!

Are you ever over the top amazed at how creative some people can be? I am.  Today I was able to have an adventure with a friend of mine.  We ventured to a local flea market and bumped into so many creative people through out the day. 

First, the sweet owner of Maple Valley Farms, Angela.  
Here's a photo from their website: 

We took a jaunt through a nearby town and stopped at Haack and Sons Antiques.  I often bump into the owner, Angie, at different locations, but today we had the pleasure of meeting her husband, Fred.  (Funny, I bumped into Angie a bit later at a grocery store.)  There were so some great items in their shop, but my favorite was a vintage Sunoco sign.  My dad had owned a Sunoco Station in Grand Rapids when I was little.  We still find the Sunoco stickers, that my siblings and I loved to use, scattered randomly at my parent's house.

A place that I've heard many things about, but have never had an opportunity to stop is Kindel & Company.  What a great store with a great restaurant nearby, Latitudes Roadhouse.

On our way back toward home, we had to stop at a friend's store.  The Barn Vintage Decor and Consignment!  Victoria, the owner, is so sweet.  She has a heart for God and a much bigger mission than just offering fabulous finds from her wonderful shop.  My friend who I was with today also has a booth space in Victoria's shop.  It was great to see her fun display.
When you see other's creativity, do you celebrate?  
So often I'll hear people mention that they are not creative.  We are all created differently with different interests, but we were created by the Author of Creative, and so often I can't help but to be in awe!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kentucky, Tennessee & a few Chicks

Spring Break week in Michigan.  It had been a long snowy winter and though my husband had travelled to warmer weather this winter due to work (San Antonio, TX and Long Beach, CA), the rest of the family was still waiting and hoping for some sun shine and thaw time!

A bucket list goal of mine, which was set after graduating from college, was to take my eventual family hiking & exploring in Kentucky and Tennessee.  After attending Outward Bound in CO shortly after graduating, I began working for an advertising company which sent me to Clarksville, TN and Hopkinsville, KY for a week at each location.  I loved the small town charm and the terrain which was so different than Oklahoma, where I'd spent all my college years and Michigan, where I was raised.  After discussing all different spring break options, including staying home, we decided that this was the year for the KY and TN adventure.  We would have loved for our college boy to join us, but he wasn't able to take the time away from school.

As we drove away from home, scattered snow flakes were falling and there were still piles of snow on the sides of our driveway.  The more miles south we travelled, the weather became warmer and we were able to take in the sights of green grass, flowering trees and blooming daffodils.  Truly a breath of fresh air.

First adventure stop... Mammoth Cave National Park.

We chose to do the Domes and Dripstones Tour.  While waiting for the shuttle to take us to the entrance to the cave, we discovered that at least half of the people there were from Michigan - on spring break.

We hiked, explored, learned new things and loved every minute of it.  We love supporting and experiencing local restaurants when we are able.  The Mellow Mushroom in Bowling Green, KY was just perfect!

Second adventure stop... The Hermitage
Home and Plantation on President Andrew Jackson

After walking the grounds and taking in the sights, we were able to meet a college friend and her family for dinner in Nashville.  Puckett's was the perfect place to catch up and enjoy some local fare.

On the way to Puckett's, we had just enough time to stop at Antique Archaeology.  Loved seeing some items in the shop that we had watched Mike and Frank "pick" on their show.

view from the outside of the shop...

Adventure Day 3... exploring the quaint town of Franklin, TN.

Specifically, I wanted to visit City Farmhouse, as I've been following them on facebook and pinterest.  

We were also able to visit and enjoy Scarlett Scales Antiques, the Winchester Antique Mall, Arbor Antiques, Marridee's for lunch and several other quaint shops in downtown Franklin.

Due to some family news, we cut our trip a little bit shorter than initially anticipated, but the time we spent in Kentucky and Tennessee was so therapeutic and enjoyable!  We returned home to see just a few piles of snow, but nothing like when we left.  The remaining spring break days has been spent with the girls having friends over, picking out new baby chicks to add to our flock and working on property clean up - which our sweet college boy had already made a dent in while we were gone.

Even Bobby, our bunny, has been able to enjoy some outside time in his makeshift playpen.

Thankfully, the last of the snow has melted in the past couple days and we've enjoyed temps in the 60's!  We'll enjoy it and forget about the fact that the weatherman is forecasting snow for Monday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Website Coming Soon....

I love our Forrester Farm website.  I've gotten so many compliments on it since it first launched.  I add photos both to the site and to our Forrester Farm facebook page often.  Unfortunately, as technology has changed, my website template didn't.  This update is just for the purpose of being Apple product friendly.  Yes, iphone, ipad, ipod users, this change is for you!
The bonus of creating a new website, though it takes time, is for me to learn some new technology and to go through the amazing amount of photos that have been accumulated through the Forrester Farm years.  Some photos are my personal snapshots and some came from amazing photographers.

Just a recap of a few weddings we've provided flowers for through the years.  There are so many photos to go through, but with the new website on the horizon, our future looks sunflower sunny!