Denver Trip pt:2

Denver Trip pt:2
I realized the other day that I never did my second post of our trip to Denver.
Even though it has been three months since then and is rather late for this post,
there are some photos that I would really like to share with you. 

We went to the Denver Downtown Aquarium 

A reconstructed jaw of the prehistoric shark Megalodon.
The fake Bald Eagle would have been better if it were animatronic. 
Here I am breaking a geode in half as my son attempts to take off with his stroller. 
Sting Rays are really cool but odd looking. 
I absolutely love this shot of my son.
Rafflesia Arnoldii is the largest flower in the world.
Komodo Dragons looking on.
My kiddo flattening a penny to put a picture on it. I think he got a mermaid one.

My dad drove us around downtown Denver (literally up and down every street) showing me different places and telling me history. I recorded a lot of it which is a great keepsake to have even if it is just his voice.
They were getting ready to have a bicycle race that was apparently supposed to have a few Olympic racers in it.
I love this bear peaking into the building. I'd like to see it from the inside some day.
A really awesome looking building.
This is one of my favorite pictures that I took of building at least.

Something you would expect to be in a movie or tv show with people sitting on steps or stepping out of limos. 
Another cool shot of this building. The gold top is apparently actually made of real gold and was going under some reconstruction. 
My son had the best week playing with his Grandpa. They hardly left this digger when we went to the park one day. 
The park even has a garden with all sorts of plants with one being these sunflowers. 
And these pretty flowers.
My adorable little guy cheesing through a hole in the jungle gym tube.
On the drive home the clouds were so low in the mountains. The purple trees are dead from an insect that is killing all of them. 
Can't find trees like these in the dessert.

I was already missing everything about Denver the night before we left when my dad gave me and Ethan one last hug.

Have you ever been to Denver? What did you like the most?

And of course I went shopping because it's a must as a tourist :)


Hidden | A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Hidden | A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
On October 16, 2012 a new book in one of my all time favorite series was released. 
That book was Hidden, the 10th book from A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.

This book series is in the Young Adult section I believe but my family (mother and grandmother) and I enjoy them immensely and I own all but one. Arrgh. That shall be rectified eventually though.  

It took me less than 72 hours to finish it once I got it home and started reading. Just like all of the other books in the series, I wanted to get to the end and find out what happened because normally they are all so intense and filled with so much action and passion.There was death, friendships were broken, some were made, loves were found, evil tried to take over but good prevailed per usual. However, to me this book was not as enthralling and action packed as the others. Yes there were some moments that were rather nice to read but otherwise I was left wanting more. And not "I want the next book now" kind of wanting but I just felt unfulfilled from it. 

Obviously I had expected more from the tenth book but I am still overjoyed this series has made it this far. What I am thinking though, because of how slow and unfulfilling this book was, is that maybe it is an in between book. By that I mean is that this was a mellow book because the next one (that doesn't come until next fall) will be a real kicker and the large battle that we have all been waiting through ten books for. Or so that is at least what I am hoping for but then if that is true and the large battle creates the conclusion of the series I will be rather bummed to not have anymore to look forward to. At least I can always read them over again.

Have you read this book or any of them from the series?
What did you think about it?


Las Vegas Event~The Craft Festival

Las Vegas Event~The Craft Festival
On Sunday I went with family down to The Craft Festival presented by Steve Powers. 

I had a pretty decent time even though my family kept walking off without me whenever I would stop to chat with someone or look at a particular booth. 
The layout was pretty easy to follow through with. 
All of the booths where in aisles or rows  that had there own signs (Fig. 1) of what they were called  and they also gave you a map (Fig. 2) so you could easily find out where you were and where you wanted to go.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Even though there was a bunch of people selling different types of homemade food but they also had an area where you could buy lunch if you wanted something filling to eat. 
This area I was not impressed with at all to say the least. 
They had a very small selection of what you were able to order, even though they had a carving station, but the one thing that was the most off putting was the price of everything. 
They had about 4 or 5 different things that you could order and each one was more expensive than the cost to get into the festival and you had to buy your drink separately from what I read. 
To add a better example, what they were offering was more expensive than a meal from McDonalds and I always thought they were expensive. 


According to the Steve Powers website, there was 200 booths from 7 different Western States. Even though I didn't count to make sure I can say that there was a lot. lol
Many were just alike in the things that they sold which is expected because people sometimes have a passion for the same things.
But some were so unique and those are normally the ones that I enjoy the most.

Prickly Pear Designs
The first booth that I liked was right there when I walked in and of course was a jewelry one. 
Every piece that they sell is handmade by them and some I would have loved to of taken home that day especially the Christmas ones. 
They had two different types that were really exquisite. 
One contains these mirage beads that when you touch them they will change colors. 
They kind of reminded me of those silly little mood rings that I would get as a child. 
They also had these really cool pieces that they called typewriter keys because they were letters individually encased and done to spell different words. 
These they can do custom things for and right there on site which I thought was great. 
If you would like to check out what they sell, you can do so here.

Creative Creations
Another one that I really liked was these handmade solar lights for your garden, front door or wherever you would like to put them.
I just thought they were so cute and a great concept instead of just the boring lights that you stick in the ground. 
Lynda, the lady that makes them is really nice and crafts everything by hand and even does custom orders if you want something that pertains more to your style. 
She even described how she does her custom orders (sending cell phone pictures to make sure everything is to the clients liking) and I think that is great because there is constant communication. 
She not only designs ones that are frilly and girly but also ones that are sports related and they are even cute...um I mean masculine :)
She currently does not have a website but if you are interested in speaking with here you can do so by contacting her by email at: lyndam15@hotmail.com.
She was also very nice in letting me take a few pictures (pictured below) of her items so that I could show exactly what I was talking about

One of my favorites

Sports gnomes and chef guys :)

Big Cat Designs
If you love cats then you will absolutely love and I mean LOVE what this lady does.
Her art was so impressive and I found so many adorable things (pictures, cards, shirts, etc) that I would love to have in my cat collection. 
My favorite was one that she did of Alice in Wonderland that you can see here.
The originals are all originally done with coloring pencils and then I am presuming massed produced which takes nothing away in my opinion. 
She had a few originals up for show and they were so amazing and looked just like an actual photograph picture of the cat itself. 
It was funny going through the different cats that all had different expressions and sayings and picking out which ones fit those in my house.
If you like art and cats than you should definitely check out her website.

Do you like going to craft festivals or fairs? What do you normally enjoy looking at while you're there?

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