Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Winter In Minnesota

Can you believe I got this shot of these love birds?! It was Valentine's Day too.

One of my favorite things I've done this winter is make friends with these guys, aren't they pretty? I took a drive right near my house, and stopped in wonder when I saw this lovely farm. It was so delightful, as I'm such a city girl. I parked my car right in front of the farm, on the side of the road and just stood out there in awe. A few minutes later the owner came out and introduced herself and invited me back anytime!
I've been enjoying stopping by and chatting with her and her horses.

Taking a crack at art journaling. I write every morning anyway, so I thought i'd see how this went. I liked it, but need to give it more time. The journal in this pic is falling a part, so I now have to start over.

Country roads near my house.

 Lots and lots of snow this winter, it's been beautiful!

Crafting and around the house...

Making a popcorn granny square afghan!

Made a little hat. By little I mean, that I thought I was making it for myself, turns out it's like a toddler size, oops!

Loving making dish cloths!


Knitting a scarf/shawl..

Madelynn received this for her birthday from her BF. It's painting of the two of them.

 Throwing Madelynn's birthday parties for her 18th were successful!

It's been bitter here you guys, just bitter. Below zero temps. Spring spring, where oh where art thou?

Nells has been keeping toasty and cozy.

Lots of reading and rest.

I splurged on a planner this year, by May Designs, I love it!

Madelynn and her Bf made the paper--they performed a song with cups. Ever seen this on youtube? It was really good.

Baking quite a bit, molasses cookies, divine.

Finally have my craft room put together a bit.

My husband's handy work--it's a Van gogh, he's so good, huh?

A little re-arranging in the living room.

Lots of tea! My fave? Yorkshire Gold. Thee best! Cream and sugar please!

And Minnesota delivers nothing short of beautiful scenery, even in frigid temps.

She sits on my doorstep, it was a beloved gift from my BF.

I know, I know.

 She is never too old for a Valentine.

She's looking so grown up to me now. Full blown. Wow.

Learning to embrace having an adult child. Oh the weight, oh my heart.

 Winter essentials.

 Light in the morning window.

Rabbit feet in my yard.

Nells likes the sunlight too.

Madelynn playing her big instrument. Proud of this girl to stick it out throughout HS.

 Coffee with my mom.

Cherishing the last months with this girl home.



Justina F. Lee said...

I love those photos! And the painting is so awesome!

Dancing Branflake said...

I just can't get over how talented your little family is. Incredible!!!! All these photos make is seem like living in the bitter cold isn't so bad. Right? Yeah, probably not. But it sure is beautiful.

Regine Karpel said...

Beautiful photos, and Nellls is too cute!

Gaby said...

i always love your snowy photos, especially when they include horses. so, so beautiful x

Lindsay said...

Such gorgeous photos my friend. Catching up on my favorite blogs. Hope you are doing well. xo

Jean said...

i love this post! it makes me feel warm in this bitter coooold!

i love the horses.. that is so sweet of the owner.

i think knitting is so flipping cool. i can't get over it. it's nice how you can bring it w/ you on long car rides. you couldn't do that w/ sewing.. well, some sewing. speaking... where do you find your embroidery hoops? i love seeing what you had. do you just leave them on the hoop or do you eventually transfer them elsewhere? i still have yet to do anything w/ it. i've been so tired. :(

can't wait for spring either. i'm so over winter.

vintage grey said...

Beautiful photos, and I love all the pretty projects you are working on!! Wishing you a lovely week sweet Gina! xo Heather

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Krista said...

Gina - Your eye to capture all the beauty that surrounds you every day is so inspiring! And I really needed that today, a reminder of all the good that is right at my fingertips.

I love following along on IG, you have the most beautiful photos. Those horses are phenomenal!

Have a blessed week my friend!

Creating Through LIFE said...

Love that picture of the horses!

Jessica said...

Wow beautiful pictures.

Andrea said...

Beautiful photos, love those fuzzy, teddy-bear horses!

Michelle said...

No one can take a picture quite like you, Gina :)

I am head over heels in love with your living room. It's GORGEOUS! And you're making me fall in love with Minnesota!

Natalie said...

You've got me pining for the country life with some of these pictures =)

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Hannah said...

I am just in love with your embroideries!

trishie said...

Love that first pic of the horses, they look so in love! Hope the weather warms up for you soon. x

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Stephanie said...

I know it's been a cold, bitter winter, but it looks like it's been pretty great other than that. You must be so very proud of your beautiful daughter...also, you keep inspiring me to make more and more crochet projects! THANK YOU for that! I can't wait to see your finished afghan!

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Amy @ Heart to Shutter said...

You are so crafty! Love seeing what projects you are up to on IG! Love seeing those pretty horses too!
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Julie Marie said...

So many pretty winter photos Gina! I'm in love with that moment you captured of the two horses...

Liv Lundelius said...

You make winter look so wonderful and cozy! I would love to spend some winter days in the snow with you and Nells, walking, knitting and hanging out, having coffee and cookies!

Kathy Masterjohn said...

You are not only an awesome writer but a wonderful photographer as well. I couldn't be a prouder mom if I tried.

Mariel Torres said...

a minnesota winter is so similar to a wisconsin winter... nice to meet you neighbor! ;)
your pictures are absolutely beautiful and your family, absolutely gorgeous. So happy to have stumbled upon your little corner in the web.