Watching for Octopi

We visited the beach in Fort Pierce, Florida during a pit stop on our 1,800-mile drive from Boca back home to Omaha.

Alice really likes fish and sea creatures, and we saw an octopus at a nature center we visited on our trip. While we were on the beach she suggested that we might find another one in the wild by digging in the sand because octopi like to hide.

I picked up dozens of big, beautiful, fluted shells to take home–it was a really secluded beach and the good ones weren’t picked over yet. Alice wasn’t interested in the seashells until I gave her a “job” to do–rinsing them off in the ocean.

We do think we saw a shark.

Dave took these beautiful photos on my phone. There were also about a thousand others from this afternoon but they were all of my butt. Right now we’re sleeping in the RV and Alice is snoring behind me on the magic fold-out bed. We’re staying in a busy RV park and it looks like there are tons of full-timers here with very home-y setups–Christmas lights, little porches, cars, grills. There are some livestock at this campsite and the owner told us they will be fed at 9am, so we have to get up early so Alice can go watch that. Dave’s parents like to RV but I’ve never wanted to do it full-time. I couldn’t maintain one of these things but if I could borrow one I think it’d make for an amazing vacation! Driving this far across the country has been a beautiful, enlightening, and fascinating experience I’ll never forget. I love that it started right at the end of the Radvent project too. Very easy to reflect on things.

Thank you for the feedback about yesterday’s post. I’ve already received enough orders to donate over $200 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! I look forward to making lots of headbands in the next few days, packing them up, and shipping them out in these awesome gold envelopes I have. Thank you again for that.

xx

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  • Kara

    I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU RIGHT NOW. I’ve told my husband a thousand times that I want to grow old together then drive around in an RV. It just sounds like the funnest thing ever to me! I’d love to rent one for a week or two vacation and drive around the country for a bit. Ugh. I’m dying of jealousy.

    • http://about.me/meganhunt Megan Hunt

      don’t die! we’re with my parents and brother! haha! I totally get your point. I’ve never been in an RV before this trip and I’ve never really been a camper either, so this is all a completely new experience for me. Our family hasn’t done a road trip together before either. We’ve all gotten along perfectly though and I’m going to remember this trip fondly forever. I hope you guys get the chance to do it! You can do it!

Letter to Alice no. 32

As I look back over the letters I’ve written you in the past, I feel like there’s a theme of reassurance, joy, and calm in the gifts you give me as your mother. You seem to always make my life easier exactly when I need it most. My heart is always yours, and it will always be yours, in every world, in every life, in every drawing you make, in every dream you have.

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Progress report: A muted jewel tone bouquet

I've got the thread pile and pincushions back out on my lap and I've got a bazillion movies queued up on Netflix, and that can only mean one thing--I'm back in the saddle doing some more bridal bouquets! Here are some flowers I finished tonight that shows the first phase finished. Next come the buttons, choosing the perfect color and shape for each flower to compliment the bride's vision for the color and tone of the bouquet. After that, each flower gets stemmed and arranged, and then I start working on filler flowers and leaves which are added last. The colors used in these flowers might seem kind of all-over-the-place, but once the buttons are added and they're arranged together, it will look very cohesive.

New for March: My favorites!

It's that time of year when we're starting to get a lot of new things into the shop, but this season is even more exciting to me because so many of our designers are brand new to us as well. I'm noticing a theme throughout my favorite picks--lots of words and messages. I generally think it's good to let your clothes speak for themselves, that they don't need to speak for you, but a playful message here and there (especially one of our enamel lapel pins on a conservative business suit?) can be memorable in a good way.

sent from the phone of megan hunt

1. A skull and crossbones drawn by Alice. "It means 'Pirate.'" 2. Before dinner with Rebecca Forsyth at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas, my favorite restaurant ever. Maybe we'd had a few by that point. I think Rebecca looks so gorgeous here! A true living doll.
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