Monday, July 27, 2009

My Neighbor Miesmama

Congrats to Miesmama, who lives over the mountain from me, for being picked as the EtsyBlogger of the month! Her items are gorgeous, as are the pictures she takes of them... Most of them off a lovely log home! You can see a little Adirondack in most of her things!

Mies loves quilting, knitting, textiles and daydreaming and her passions definitely reflect in her work. Her bags are my favorite, but she also makes hair goodies, bowls, and tooth fairy pillows. Below are some samples of her work.

Check out her Etsy Shop and her blog!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pilot Knob Ridge Loop and Gazebo

Pilot Knob Ridge Preserve is now part of protected land in Lake George under the care of the Lake George Land Conservancy. In the early 1980s, the land was illegally cleared by a drug dealer and a large house that could be seen from the entire southern end of the lake was built. The local residents were outraged by the house as it took away from otherwise beautiful view around the lake. The property was raided in 1984 by state agents and the drug dealer was removed, but the structure remained until 2000 when the LGLC purchased the property and demolished the house leaving only the gazebo behind.

The hiking loop is about two miles and provides the hiker with gorgeous views of the southern end of the lake, wild flowers, a waterfall, and some wild life. While the trail does gain elevation, a little steep in parts, there is also a lot of flat walking. I'd say that the view is far too good for the effort!

See all of my photos on Flickr
View the trail guide provided by the LGLC

Information from:
The Downside of Upland Development by Phil Brown
Pilot Knob Ridge Preserve - Lake George Land Conservancy

Monday, July 13, 2009

Christmas in July Sale

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All Christmas and winter items have been moved into my CLEARANCE section of my Etsy shop and have been marked down 25%- 60% off... I'm practically giving the stuff away! As an added bonus, if you spend at least $25 in my shop I will give you free shipping (United States and territories only). Sale ends July 25th. If free shipping applies to you, either buy but don't pay and wait for the adjusted PayPal invoice, or go ahead and pay and I will refund the difference back to you through PayPal.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Flower Earrings

My newest theme line in my Etsy shop is my collection of flower earrings. So far I have only made three varieties, but expect more to come! Wing nut beads, flower bell caps, and seed beads, threaded on sterling silver or gold filled head pins with some inspiration from Mother Nature.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Photo Tag

My teammate on Etsy, Storybeader, tagged me with an easy game of tag. It's simple and requires hardly any thinking, so I'm glad to play along!

The game is to search your photos and find the 10th photo in your first photo folder. It required a little tweaking because my first folder is pictures that came with the photo software. My next folder didn't have ten pictures. I ended up plucking from a folder that I have been putting pictures that I have been experimenting with Photoshop on.

This is a picture of the blue sky from Sleeping Beauty, a lady slipper from Shelving Rock, and a star flower and underside of a dead moth from Pillsbury Mountain.

I obviously still need some practice at whatever I'm trying to do, but I think it looks pretty cool.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

An Outdoorsy Carnival - July 1, 2009

Welcome to the July 1, 2009 edition of an outdoorsy carnival.

Advice Column

Elizabeth Hargrave presents Want to See More? Use Your Ears. posted at The Natural Capital.

HikingLady presents Tip of the Week: Finding Deals on Hiking Gear for Women! | Hiking Lady posted at Hiking Lady, saying, "Hello Outdoorsy Carnival, I hope your readers find this article helpful! Thanks!"

GrrlScientist presents Falconer on the Edge: A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "A review of the new book by Rachel Dickinson, a biography that provides a rare glimpse into one season in the life of one of the USA's foremost falconers and his birds."

MoneyEnergy presents Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life - by Neil Strauss (Review) posted at MoneyEnergy, saying, "Much of this book is about surviving and survival skills in the outdoors, wilderness training, etc."

Elizabeth Hargrave presents Beat the Heat posted at The Natural Capital.

Aquatic Life

Haydee Sampiano presents Buying a Boat In a Down Economy posted at SeaDream Boating News, saying, "Now is a fantastic time to buy almost anything. Home prices are down, car prices, electronics, even gas. If your looking for a” real deal” on something however, now is the time to pick up that boat you have been considering. The down economy has provided an excellent opportunity to buy a boat at fire sale prices. There are several good sources for both new and used units if you know what to look for."

Gregory E. Rouse presents Deception Pass - Sea Kayaking posted at Water Trails Blog.

angus reid presents Humpback Whale Caught In Prawn Gear posted at Wildlife Of Coastal British Columbia, saying, "A humpback whale in distress near Knight Inlet British Columbia. The whale was freed later that day unharmed."

Green Thumb

John Mellem presents Survival Stew: Safeguard Your Garden With Motion Detection Sprinklers posted at Survival Stew.

Flea presents Be A Survivor: Composting posted at Be A Survivor.

Amir Marzouq presents A Green Way To Play Frisbee posted at Guffly.

Gregory E. Rouse presents Raised Bed Garden Mounds posted at Raised-Bed-Gardening Blog, saying, "Raised beds are one of the best ways to garden for the home gardener. They allow you to do concentrated gardening, square foot gardening, companion planting, mulching, etc... They're easy to build and relatively cheap. But if you're looking for the cheapest and easiest way to do raised beds and you have the room for it, then raised bed mounds are the way to go."

Rebecca Riggs presents Lasagna in the Butterfly Garden | posted at


Bobbie Whitehead presents Blueberry Benefits posted at Bobbie Whitehead.

Lucynda Riley presents Banana Tree posted at Lucynda Riley.

Condo Blues presents Make a Garden Border Out of Old Bricks! posted at Condo Blues, saying, "They had a pile of old bricks in a junk pile. I wanted a dry stack garden border - it's a win win!"

Amir Marzouq presents Eat Local Food | Guffly posted at Guffly.

In the Woods

Big Hank presents Camping Ideas posted at Camp with the Camping Guru, saying, "So you want to set up camp and have that camping adventure of a lifetime? This is a guide to all things camping, and in this article, I discuss a few of my favorite camping ideas. Come along with me, your camping guru, and we’ll make it a time to remember!"

Bass Lasso presents Best Fishing Net Born Of Frustration posted at, saying, "Are you tired of reaching for a fishing net and finding it entangled in hooks, line, and other things found in your boat? You aren’t the only one and now there is a solution to this fish-losing, fun-ending problem."

GrrlScientist presents The Amazing Dancing Bird posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "This streaming video records the dance of a male Wire-tailed manakin, Pipra filicauda, a lovely passerine species endemic to the lower areas near rivers in the rainforests of northeastern Peru, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and western Brazil. This bird is dancing to attract mates."

travelcat4 presents Tips To Minimise Your Impact In The Wilderness posted at Green Holidays.

Gregory E. Rouse presents Beauty Creek Campground posted at Wilderness-Trails Blog.

Howling Duck Ranch presents Woman running fairly close to the wolves posted at Howling Duck Ranch, saying, "I am learning to hunt as part of my Personal Food Sovereignty Project and burgeoning way of life. This is a true story about one of my first hunts last fall."

Wendy Piersall presents Camp Crafts: Friendship Bracelets Tied with a Sliding Knot posted at Craft Jr., saying, "I hope this fits with your posting criteria. :) Thank you!"

Dora Renee Wilkerson presents Y-2K Hippie: 06/26/09 posted at Knitting, horses, and my family., saying, "Thought you might like to see us cooking in our homemade solar oven for the first time. These could be made to take along camping really easily."

chicu presents Uttarakhand and I: The Dehradun-Mussoorie Trek posted at Uttarakhand and I, saying, "a description of a walk in the Himalayan foothills"

Open Air

Shannon ODonnell presents a little water…a trip to the mother ganga posted at a little adrift: a rtw travelogue, saying, "A rafting trip down the sacred Ganges River in India and navigating the rapids with some non-paddlers in the boat!"

GP presents The Ingredients for Equine Success « Musings from Montana posted at Manely Montana, saying, "Ingredients for equine success... inside and out"

Watch Me Eat presents Lake Monroe Sunset posted at Florida Everyone Forgot, saying, "Watching a beautiful sunset over Lake Monroe (part of the St. Johns River) from a park in downtown Sanford, FL."

Liz Wright presents Driving Through Big Sur: One of World's Greatest Drives posted at Travelogged.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Bugged posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Gregory E. Rouse presents Lean-to Dubree Hut posted at Wilderness-Survival-Skills Blog, saying, "If you're ever lost in the woods, learn how to build dubree huts for wilderness survival shelters."

One Family presents Camping at Turlock – A Trip Report posted at One Family's Blog.

00FF00 presents Get Kids Outdoors posted at ooffoo, saying, "eco-community host "ooffoo" has launched its latest competition to find out your tips and secrets for getting kids outdoors and into nature. There’s a chance to win £500 worth of prizes, and inspiring entries are rolling in thick and fast, so head over there either to submit your own ideas or to fill up on top tips as the summer break rolls closer."

GrrlScientist presents A Gift of The Adventure of a Lifetime posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "A stunning video of Antarctica and my plea for you to send me to the Antarctic so I can be your eyes and ears into this snowy continent for one month."

Outdoor Olympians

Peter Jones presents Boulder Skyline Traverse Trail Run: All the Peaks posted at Rocky Mountain Raider: Telemark Skiing, Bouldering, and Trail Running in Colorado.

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