Stormy Days

You know those really scary storms in Alabama (and throughout the Deep South)? We were supposed to get them here... and it looked like we would. The clouds and sky were gorgeous and bizarre. So the boyfriend had a genius idea: drive up to the top of a big hill here and take some pictures. So we did. And I thought they came out pretty amazing...






But then I saw some of these with Picnik's auto fix...















Pretty gorgeous, right? I was thrilled and I really just keep looking at these and marveling and thinking about future photos... by the way, we didn't get any of the storms and I don't know how we got that lucky. But there was some wind and a tiny bit of rain and that was it, despite lots of tornado warnings and these ominous clouds.

Interchangeable Briolette + Ribbon Necklace


When I saw this tutorial on Infarrantly Creative, I knew I had to try making this little beauty! Briolettes? Ribbon? Jewelry that sparkles? And you say I can make it match my outfit? Ummmm... yes! Where can I sign my life away to get one?


This was super-easy to make - the directions in the original tutorial from Beckie are awesome and I think I pretty much followed them. I got the briolettes, the ribbon clamp beads, and the briolettes for the second necklace from Etsy seller sevenjewelslake (though she's on vacation until 6/10, which I learned when I went to get the correct link for her shop, but I highly recommend her - great service and product).


At first I made the clear briolette string of beads - the main part to wear with everything - and then I made some yellow ribbons to wear with it, then some green and white striped ribbons and so on... it looks like a new necklace every time, I swear! [Ignore the terrible background on the next picture, I just wanted to show you the fancy ribbons!]


I had the little bows on there like Beckie did on hers, but mine kept falling off when I changed the necklace because I didn't glue or sew them on and I actually liked them plain, so I left them like this. Here are some views of the clasp so you can see how some of the magic works...



I liked this necklace so much that I used some of the briolettes from the mixed bag I'd gotten to make a little pink strand and paired that with some fun colored ribbons, which, thanks to my use of stickers in Picnik, helped me realize you could customize it to coincide with awareness ribbon colors or attach them to this little necklace.


The project was pretty inexpensive although I almost never actually buy supplies for a specific project, but the ribbon, string, and jump rings I had on hand and then the ribbon crimp beads were $3 for 25 of them and then the clear briolettes were $2 and the giant bag of mixed briolettes (that the pink ones came from) were $4. Basically, the necklace itself cost about $3 (because I used all of the clear briolettes on that first necklace).... and this is an Anthropologie-inspired necklace so I'm pretty thrilled with the result!

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Baby Chicks!

The boyfriend's family has an amazing farm, which happens to include chickens. And, it's baby chick season. I think baby chicks are possibly some of the cutest baby animals ever. And I say this despite my inclination to hate them after my 9th grade English teacher told me my hair looked like newly hatched chick fuzz... but that's another scary long post!

When we went to the farm about a week and a half ago, we were lucky enough to see chicks that hatched within a half hour of our arrival, some that were about 5 days old, and others that were about 2 or 3 weeks old. We played with them and Bella had a blast - she just thought they were the best things ever and she peered in at them and stared at them for hours, refusing to play with any of the people or dogs or get treats. I'm not sure if she thinks they are her babies or what, but she crawled under one of their cages and refused to leave that space when we tried to get her to be social...

These were the youngest babies - the ones that hatched within a half hour of our arrival...

You can see the eggs that still haven't hatched and that are about to hatch. The different colored eggs and chicks are different kinds of chickens...





These are the baby chicks that are a couple of days old...

Unfortunately they poop A LOT so in the two hours or so time difference from the picture above to this one, the background got quite a bit dirtier!
These are the chicks in the box that Bella was enamored with...
Note the giant bag of dog food (several times bigger than her) that was open enough for her to smell and that she is COMPLETELY ignoring it!
The boyfriend's mom encouraged Bella's fascination and lifted her up to see the chicks in the box...
You can actually tell she's looking in at the chicks in this one!
We got to take out and play with all of them so the boyfriend held some so I could take pictures... and you can get some sense of how tiny they actually are!


The boyfriend's mom explained that the different beak lengths (and the little part of the beak that's up on the face) can tell you whether the chick is male or female, but I can't remember which is which, but these guys have slightly different beak lengths...
Champ, Max's brother who happens to be full-blooded black lab, LOOOOVES Bella so he was over there checking out the chicks and her. Apparently Champ is quite good with the chicks and if any hop out, he just picks them up and brings them to a person, barely even touching them with his mouth. This is particularly amusing given how huge Champ is. Champ's father's name was Tank. Tank and a car got into an accident once and Tank was fine, but the car was totaled... anyways, I got Champ into these pics!


Champ literally licking his lips!
The chick started to lean into Champ and explore and so Champ was just getting ready to catch him... or lick him...
Champ's actually about to lick the chick here... and the chick totally doesn't mind...
Champ giving us the innocent face...
And finally, the older babies - these are a couple of weeks old and ready to try out their wings!


I have some pictures of the chickens, but somehow, they're just not as cute as the little balls of fluff inside! Hope you enjoyed the tour of baby chicks and hilarious dogs (and here, my gratuitous use of the Easter stickers on Picnik)!

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