We stay in the same vacation rental home each year, which is called Beaver Lake Landing. This is the beautiful view from the deck in back:
There were plenty of activities at the house. The spa treatments were out of this world:
Okay, I'm joking. Those were the girls' inflatable aliens, which we posed for a photo shoot during one of many moments of silliness.
As for the real activities? Well, Maddy made goof balls with Aunt Jean and shared them with everyone:
The women and older girls watched movies:
And the younger girls created their own bracelets:
Jan spent quite a while cutting and scoring pieces for class packets that will be used in our HoneyPOP workshops at ScrapFest:
These classes are all sold out, so she had bunches of flowers to punch:
As for me, I was busy cutting up and stamping lots of honeycomb paper:
But I didn't spend the entire weekend indoors! Cumberland has a Rutabaga Festival every year, so we drove into town and paused to admire the combination hot-dog-stand-and-car-wash:
(I've been told that the Angry Wiener was once featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which showcased its namesake hot dog adorned with pepper relish and hot sauce.)
Here's a car that was in the auto show, driving past the craft vendors in the background:
Of course, I had to test out the rutabagas being prepared by these folks:
They were transformed into french fries, which were surprisingly tasty:
And the weekend is never complete without a trip to Bargain Bill's in Rice Lake:
You'll always be surprised by the variety of items in their huge warehouse. For example, they've got tubing...both the plastic kind:
And the sock kind:
Need some chips? Try the poker type:
Or perhaps the potato type:
Jamie modeled this enormous 18" whisk for me:
(I was tempted to buy it, but I resisted...because I rarely cook for a thousand people at once!)
Connected to the main warehouse is a giant craft store:
Oooh, look what I spotted there:
Bargain Bill's will also be receiving the new holiday HoneyPOP products later this week. So if you live in the area, please stop by to see them in person.
And since you've made it this far reading my post, I've got some BLOG CANDY as a little reward! Take a look back at the picture with the punched-out flowers. How many flowers do you think are on the table next to Jan's hands? (You can click on the photo to see a larger version, if you'd like.) Leave a comment with your best guess. One entry per person, please.
We'll take entries through Friday, September 2nd. On Saturday, I'll post the name of the person who was closest to the actual number without going over. That winner will receive their very own Inky class packet, same as the ones that will be used at ScrapFest to make four holiday HoneyPOP cards. Good luck to you!