One of our favorite places to visit in when we are in Paradise is the Tahquamenon Falls. They are probably best known from the Longfellow poem, The Song Of Hiawatha. The tannin from the forest trees give the falls a lovely amber ale color. Speaking of ale, there is also an awesome brew pub at the Upper Falls.
We visited the lower falls and by the time we drove to the upper falls it was raining and the brew pub was closed for the season. I was disappointed and cold, but Trevor insisted on walking to the upper falls anyway. When we got there, he said he had a question to ask me. I was listening, but also taking a picture of this neat stump.
When I didn’t hear a question, I turned around and he had a ring. So… surprise… we’re engaged!
I wish I could write some romantic metaphor about water falls and falling in love, but I’m not TLC and I’d rather be honest than poetic. It’s fitting that I was wandering away to look at a stump and had no idea I was being proposed to. Afterwards we had a celebratory beer and burger at the Yukon Inn and played a ton of Pac Man.
A closed school in Southwest Detroit recently had an auction to get rid of its contents and I was able to go scour the school and find some really cool stuff. While it’s sad to have another school closing in the area, I can’t deny how fun it was to search an old, four-story school building full of treasures.
One of my favorite finds were these steel, green drawers. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to use it yet, but I have plans to build a desk in the near future, and I’m sure this will become part of it.
You can tell the seats on these stools are in pretty bad shape, but I’m hoping to replace them with some nicer, salvaged wood.
The bird is from an antique store I went to with Mary (mentioned here), but now I found this cool science bottle to accompany it. No idea what’s actually inside of it.
I love all these books, but the “Let’s Explore the Great Lakes” one specifically has some amazing illustrations inside.
My other favorite find was this school map. Unfortunately, this will have to go into storage until the day I finally have that dream home.
This last weekend, Trevor and I took a biking brewery tour of some of Michigan’s microbreweries. We stopped at five breweries and biked around 80 miles. Since my Sunday morning was spent peddling from Kalamazoo to Battle Creek, my photo is a few days late.
After watching Alaska: The Last Frontier, Trevor and I were convinced we could forage some food this morning. It’s quite likely these berries are all poisonous, but we also found a squash that someone threw on the side of the road. Yum!
I’m from Michigan and I’ve always dreamed of getting married in the northern Michigan countryside. I love the understated charm of a rustic DIY wedding. It’s easy to get over your head with craft projects for your special day and sometimes it’s best to hand over some of the work to the experts. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite handmade wedding products from Etsy sellers.
What could be easier than using these personalized wine labels from Creative Crabbe as table numbers?
I’m a sucker for an ampersand and anything with wood grain. This mahogany cake topper from better off wed is such a refreshing deviation from the norm. They also have a “mr & mrs” which I love.
No rustic wedding is complete without mason jars. These mason jar tumblers from Poppy and Pearl co. would be charming glasses for mint juleps as well as fun favors for guests.
This pennant banner from You’re That Girl Designs would add some whimsey to your photos and double as a decoration above the dessert table.
A coworker recently commissioned me to make a Michigan cutting board for her friend’s wedding and I remembered this great cutting board tutorial from Design Sponge. I took the basic plans, changed the shape to an upper and lower peninsula, and now her friend has a new cutting board for his wedding this weekend.
Over the weekend, I stumbled across this video series of Detroit’s 1968 Olympic bid, titled “The Detroit You’ve Never Met” on Curbed Detroit. From both a design and historical standpoint, I loved seeing the mock-ups and illustrations of infrastructures never to be built, with things like Olympic Village and a People Mover-like light rail to get people around the stadiums. I also thought it funny how, with the title “The Detroit You’ve Never Met,” it sounds like the way to market Detroit hasn’t changed since 1968.
I posted the first of the three videos below, but be sure to check them all out for a trip back in time to what could have been.
I liked the way my Detroit rulers turned out well enough that I decided to make another set to represent my hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan, along with the town’s slogan “Pride. Diversity. Heritage.” Also, it will make a good belated Mother’s Day gift.
If you’d like a ruler with your own hometown, feel free to request one as a custom order in our Etsy store!
I’ve decided to start a segment on the blog to highlight local artists in and around Detroit and some of the awesome things they’re making.
For my first “Local Artist” segment, I wanted to start with our good friend, Jodi Lynn, of Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles. She’s a marvelous photographer and illustrator and one of her projects has been to use her drawing skills, some shrinky dinks, and a bit of craftiness to create magnets and jewelry. She’s especially into scientists, but anything with a bit of whimsy is fair game.