I finally started lugging my camera around in my diaper bag because Henry is speed-growing it seems and I’m not about to miss any of it! I have a hard time believing that just two short weeks ago, we were sweating in 90 degree weather. I took a stroll with a couple friends of mine and after five miles in the heat, we were beat and crying out for cooler weather. It was Henry’s last day going barefoot that day. Somehow that’s a milestone, right? Now it’s finally getting chilly and miserably wet. I love the chilly bit. There’s something so cozy about layering up. But when my toes get soaked — I guess those boots weren’t waterproof after all — not so cool.

So hopefully if my camera stays stowed in my bag, you’ll be seeing more of this type of post.

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Last weekend we got invited by some friends to join them at Bi-Zi farms for some beginning-of-fall adventuring. So off went Henry on his first pumpkin patch adventure. I haven’t been myself since elementary school, so it was fun getting to troop around some mud and launch some pumpkins. I tried some raw apple cider for the first time — and surprise, surprise — it tastes exactly like an apple. Henry wasn’t too impressed with much. Actually, I’d say he wasn’t impressed with anything except the Ergobaby he hung out in most of the time. So the adventure was really for us grown-ups.

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pumpkin patch
pumpkin patch

The corn maze was what I was looking forward to the most. I don’t think I’ve ever ever been in a corn maze. At least I can’t remember going through one. We all grabbed maps and decided to race through the maze. My clever husband worked his way backward on the map, found the route, and we just walked our way through it. We weren’t the first ones out, but hey, we felt pretty victorious nonetheless. I don’t think anyone could survive a corn maze without a map!

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As part of our entry fee, we all got to take a free pumpkin home. Including Henry. Finding the perfect pumpkin consisted of me just standing there snapping photos while my husband and another friend were scouting. I probably missed out, but hey, at least we have photos.

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  • Anonymous

    Ohh my, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! pictures look lovely and I absolutely adore your little guys sweater. Where is it from?

  • Anastasia Marie

    Thank you! The sweater is from BabyGap. As far as I know, it’s sold out everywhere.

  • Tina

    :( and I was sure hoping to get one for my little man! Thanks for details:)

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packaging your crafts book

I’ve had this book since spring time, waiting until I started up blogging in order to share. It’s my first time being published in a real book and I’m thrilled to the moon. Viola of Chewing the Cud put this book together on how small businesses can package up their goods, a.k.a “Packaging Your Crafts.” You’ll find me on three pages in this book — two of my gift wrapping ideas plus one of my rubber stamps. My husband picked up a copy for me and I’m thinking I’m going to have to pick up a spare. I’m that excited.

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packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book

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touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie

This week’s gift wrap idea is bringing a bit of the outdoors in. I have these rosemary bushes growing alongside our house by the sidewalk that the city planted and they have not been taken care of. At all. They are half dead and I’m looking forward to reviving them. I was happy to find out it was rosemary. My desire to secretly get rid of them in the middle of night died and was replaced with a desire to bring them back to their glory days.

To recreate this gift wrapping, take a large piece of white paper. Grab some black paint, preferably in a bottle that you can squeeze small amounts out at a time. Find something that has a circular bottom. I chose another bottle of paint for this. Apply paint around the bottom of your circular find, but only on the edges. Then dab onto the paper and repeat until you get a nice pattern going. Let the paint fully dry.

Next, dab glue dots in a circle on the inside of each of your paint circles. Sprinkle a mix of fine gold glitter and chunky white glitter over the glue and let dry. Then use that sheet of paper to wrap your gift.

Once wrapped, wind some jute around the package and tie into a bow right down the middle. Add sprigs of rosemary with the buds still attached and a bright yellow corrugated gift tag (that’s coming to the shop real soon!). And you’re done!

touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie
touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie
touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie
touch of rosemary gift wrap // anastasia marie

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concrete jewelry

round necklace | painted concrete studs | concrete hair pins | concrete ring | gold edged concrete earrings | concrete cube necklace | concrete cuff links | raw concrete studs

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