Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ft. Worth Redo

I don't know about you, but I love the opportunity for a redo.

When I was little, I would work on "specialty jumps" off the diving board and my mom would give me notes to improve - things like "point your toes," "straighten your knees," etc. I loved when the pool wasn't busy and I had endless chances to try over and over again to get it right.

When I didn't do as well as I liked on a timed test in school, I loved the chance for a retake.

When 3M brand came out with the removable wall hanger, well it was like a dream come true! I had chance after chance after chance (if needed) to rehang pictures in different arrangements - or more likely, to move a picture up a 1/4" inch to make it level with the picture next to it. (I'm a fan of the gallery wall)

I love a good redo.

So, when Memorial Day weekend rolled around, it seemed like the perfect time to do a Ft. Worth redo.

You might remember the Ft. Worth adventure back in January that didn't quite turn out as planned.

Well, this go round, the weather forecast was rain, and lots of it... However, I was armed with a positive attitude and a "who cares?!" mentality, so off we went to Ft. Worth!

Our first stop was going to be the Water Gardens. We didn't have a single drop of rain until the moment I-35 splits for Dallas/Ft. Worth. We rolled our eyes at the irony and laughed a bit, but decided to press on. After all, "maybe it'll be a quick rain and pass."

Then... it started pouring.

Onward we drove. As we neared the exit where we had to decide Water Gardens or "forget it and let's get ice cream," the rain eased up and we decided to attempt the garden visit.

And boy, I am glad we did!

I was admittedly terrified to walk down the slick steps to the bottom of the 38ft. deep "active pool." It didn't help that there wasn't a railing along the steps for me to hold onto, that I had on sandals, and that every child under the age of 13 was running up and down these (death) stairs like it was no big deal.

Don't mind me kids... just a 27-year-old who's petrified this may be her demise.

Once I made it to the bottom, I pretended like my legs weren't still shaking, and I was able to appreciate just how beautiful the attraction was.

Also, it begs to be said that going up the stairs was far less terrifying than going down.

We wandered over to the meditation pool, which was much more my speed. It was surrounded by tall trees and was perfectly still - right in the middle of downtown Ft. Worth!!

As we were leaving the Water Gardens, it started to rain again. Perfect timing! It was time to head to Melt and get some ice cream.

Social media is great, isn't it? It opens your eyes to adventures and places you never would have known about otherwise.

Melt is a business that I've been following on Instagram since they opened in Ft. Worth, and I've been dying to try it. Tell me their Instagram feed isn't one of the prettiest things you've ever seen!

And there's nothing better than cold ice cream on a hot, humid day when your once straight hair is starting to curl up. (Where did all the bobby pins that I keep in my purse disappear to?!)

Once we finished our ice cream, we jaunted over to Dallas so that I could visit the Read Between the Lines shop. As a #paperperson, I couldn't be that close to a new paper boutique and not visit!

It was even better than I'd imagined. I want this nook in my next house. And if the next house could be loft style with a gorgeous exposed brick wall, I wouldn't complain.

We won't talk about the torrential downpour that awaited us 60 minutes south of OKC - and the flash flooding that occurred later that evening. Nope. We'll just talk about the amazing Ft. Worth "redo" where there was no horrible traffic, no horse parades, no hangry moments... just so much the fun!

xoxo, E

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rock the Boat, Baby

I have found that with every show I do for Loops & Belles, I learn so many things about myself.

For example, I can let fear get the best of me...

Rock the Boat was my first outdoor event for L&B and I was anxious about the weather. (Which, let's be honest, is a common concern in Oklahoma.)

I was worried that it might rain. I was worried that it'd be unbearably hot. I was worried that the wind would knock over my lightweight products throughout the 6-hour event. 

I. Was. Worried.

But, as per usual, my mom encouraged me to do the event anyway and simply said, "We'll figure it out!"

The forecast called for sunny skies, 90 degree temps, and 10mph winds. Ok... we can do this.

Thank goodness Momma was here to be my booth buddy again! She came up with a system right out of the gate that would keep my prints and cards securely in their place. Poof, there went my anxiety!!

I was so happy to see sweet Moxie - and her mama - when they stopped by the booth for a bit! Mox also spent some time wowing us with her reading skills. The girl's got game!

Another show is in the books! And we have perfected the quick and efficient setup/tear down. It was so fun to be a part of Rock the Boat in Bricktown.

(It was also really fun to see the event play out from a different role. Bonus fact: this was an event that I'd planned the last 2 years at my old job. So, it was fun to see some of my old co-workers as well!!)

I'm excited to spend the next few weeks working on some new designs for Loops & Belles. If only I could find a pool to dip my toes in to spur the creativity... wink wink. 

Oh! Make sure you're following the Loops & Belles social media accounts to see all the fun I have planned for our "Christmas in July" promotion!! Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

xoxo, E