Exploring Egmont Key in Florida: Wildlife and History

Exploring Egmont Key in Florida: Wildlife and History

In June of this year, we had the pleasure of visiting Egmont Key, located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, Florida. It lies southwest of Fort De Soto and can only be reached by boat or ferry. The Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade, a Spanish-American War era fort, are also located on Egmont Key. Egmont Key extends along the Tampa Port Shipping Channel. The nearest city is St. Petersburg, Florida. We took the Tampa Bay Ferry from Fort De Soto to Egmont Key and on the way over to the island, I couldn’t help but notice the Caribbean-like blue green waters of Tampa Bay.

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When we had almost arrived to the island, we had the pleasure of seeing three manatees!! This was the first time our family had ever been this up close to manatees before and I am almost at a loss of words by how amazing they were!

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Two of the manatees were kissing and they were such gentle animals!

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Arriving on Egmont Key!

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Once we arrived on the island, we walked along the pathways lined with palm trees and flowers. The flowers and palm trees were so beautiful!

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One of the first sight’s to see is the lighthouse!

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We continued walking along the pathway to the beach and decided to go exploring for sea shells! We walked along the beach and found all different types of sea shells.

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After shell searching, we worked up an appetite for lunch! We ate our lunch on the beach and decided to explore the forts on the island from the Spanish-American War.

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The picture below is Battery McIntosh, one of five gun batteries on Fort Dade.

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Fort Dade was built on the island in 1898 during the Spanish-American War and remained active until 1923.

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During this time, there was about 300 people living on the island with a small hospital, bakery, movie theater, bowling alley and tennis courts. While exploring the island, you will come across several of the remnants. The picture below is remnants of Fire Command Control Tower.

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We stumbled upon several gopher tortoises!

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We even got to feed one! Be careful though, they think brightly colored nail polish is food!

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Our family enjoyed seeing the lighthouse that was built in 1858, while being maintained by the Coast Guard for ships and boats.

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Picture below is of my husband and I!

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When we got back to the other side of the island, we headed straight to the water to cool off! It is very hot and humid, so please make sure to bring lots of water!

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On the ferry ride back to Fort De Soto, we saw dolphins!

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The dolphins were stealing all the fisherman’s bait fish off of their poles!

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Definitely a unique island to visit and explore!

Tips from our family:

*Pack food and plenty of water

*Bring sunscreen

*There are no restrooms on the island, so be prepared.

*Wear clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet/sandy.

Absolutely a wonderful experience that we will treasure for a lifetime and it could possibly be one of my most favorite places to visit in the world!

Love~Shae

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Floral Arrangement

Fall Floral Arrangement

Today I am excited to share a new monthly challenge with y’all! Recently, Tara from Stilettos And Shiplap , Emily from LeCultivateur and I came up with a idea for a new monthly challenge which will consist of something a little different each month! This month we will be creating  a Fall Floral Arrangement and the rules were simple. Use a container we already owned, fall florals were a must and keep it budget friendly under $15. Ok, challenge accepted. Now, I must admit that it is definitely a challenge for me. I am definitely floral arrangement challenged, but I am always up for a challenge for my creative mind. Think outside the box. Mind you, my car is in the shop, so I will need to use everything I already have on hand or natural elements from outside. Shouldn’t  be to hard, right? If you are a blogger and would like to join us, please email one of the hosts!

I wanted to start with a vintage crock that I found at an estate sale for $5, last fall. That would be my container.

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I originally thought I would use some clippings from my butterfly bush outside, along with some flowers from Trader Joe’s, that I already had on hand. My husband buys me flowers from Trader Joe’s, a couple times a month, so we always have fresh arrangements on hand.

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I went outside to cut a few stems off the beautiful butterfly bush! It has grown so much this year alone! There were so many butterflies as well! If you look closely, you can spot a few of the orange and black Monarch butterflies.

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I just love the flowers from the butterfly bush! So beautiful and vibrant! Now to start filling the crock!

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I rearranged the floral arrangement, three times before I decided it was not going to work. Scratch that idea.

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I decided to bring out all of my fall colored eucalyptus, pumpkins, candlesticks, acorn sprigs and a few pieces of greenery. I began to arrange them in the crock. Finally it felt like it was coming together. Styled our candlesticks that my husband and i made from a vintage bed post, along with my pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I love adding the wood farmhouse beads too! I am definitely no professional but I did enjoy challenging myself with this fall floral arrangement! Best thing is that I made it for free because I already had everything on hand for this fall arrangement. Had I went out and purchased the fall florals, I would have only spent $10!

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Have you made a fall floral arrangement? I would love for you to check out my friends to see their stunning fall floral arrangements!

❤️-Shae

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/creative-thursday:-are-you-faux-real?/3538/ (Co-Host)

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/09/26/creative-thursday-its-all-faux/  (Co-Host)

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https://www.thahousehouse.com/creative-thursdays/fall-flower-arrangement

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/fall-floral-arrangement

Vintage DIY Chenille Pillows

Vintage DIY Chenille Pillows

Hey y’all! It’s time for our monthly Thrift Store Challenge and I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging friends today! 💃🏽 The rules: We each need to find an item from a thrift store, yard sale, estate sale, antique store…you get the idea! We need to take the item and basically make it our own, plus style the item in our home! Challenge accepted!!

I decided to go straight back to that white vintage chenille blanket that I found at a church rummage sale for $2.50. Remember the blog post I did on the handmade chenille pumpkins? Just in case you did not see it, click  here to see the post.

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I have been wanting to make a few vintage chenille pillows for our master bedroom and this challenge was perfect for that! Since I already had this blanket and the poly-fil, this practically cost me zero dollars for this challenge!!

I love how there is a few spots on the chenille blanket that has been mended over the years. I can tell the blanket was hand-sewn and I can’t help but wonder how that tear must have gotten there…but I love the character it gives!

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First thing was deciding what size I wanted the pillows to be! To be honest, I just held the fabric up to my pillow shams and decided I wanted them about half of the size (give or take) of the shams. After deciding on the size, I cut my first pillow template from the vintage chenille blanket. I cut two pieces per pillow.

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I chose to leave the fringe on one pillow, to dress it up a bit more!

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Place right sides of fabric together, pin or not pin, if you prefer. The one below is the fringe pillow, so if you chose to use fringe, make sure to tuck it inside!

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Sew all sides, leaving enough room on one edge open, so you can flip your pillow inside out, then stuff with poly-fil!

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Wallah! You have an easy vintage chenille pillow! I made a total of 3 and I love the one with the fringe best of all!

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I hope you will hop on over and visit my friends to see what they have found on their search for our Monthly Thrift Store Challenge!

❤️-Shae

Thrift Store Challenge: Tables & Graphs

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/make-your-own-towel-shelf/

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Thrift Store Challenge – September

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/table-centerpiece-thrift-store-challenge/

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Vintage Chair Makeover – September Thrift Challenge

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Kitchen Essentials with Rod Works

Kitchen Essentials with Rod Works

Hey friends! I always like to have total transparency! This blog post includes an affiliate link and we collaborated with Rod Works on both of these canister sets. My opinions are always my own and I would never share anything with y’all that I don’t truly love. Thank you for your support friends!

Hey y’all!! My name is Shae. My husband and I like to say we are a powerhouse when it comes to our DIY’S for our home and in between raising our four daughters, being an Instagram Influencer, I brought in my blog this past January! We share anything from home décor styling, DIY budget friendly renovations, recipes, and more!

Have you wanted to update your kitchen on a budget with products that don’t break the bank? The hubs and I recently updated our kitchen with concrete countertops, a white subway back splash, a white farmhouse sink and white chalk painted cabinets.

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After the renovations were completed, (it took about 3 weeks) I began searching for décor to complete our kitchen renovation. I knew I wanted a whites and woods type of pallet. My husband made the wood cutting boards that you can find in this post from a large 75 year old tree that had fallen onto our property. I found various baskets from thrift shops and a few that I had in my décor closet. I also added touches of greenery and a couple signs that we had previously made. I felt like this one counter space was missing something and couldn’t quite place my finger on it. When I found these canister sets from Rod Works , I knew it was the perfect kitchen essential for my countertop! The Coffee/Tea canister set can be found here and the Flour/Sugar canister set can be found here .

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The canisters are ceramic with a slight gloss finish and a seal to insure freshness! I have had them in my kitchen for the past couple of weeks now and I love how all of the items I use on a daily basis are right at my fingertips! They are practical, convenient, free up space in your pantry and are budget friendly! Please check out my friends over at Rod Works for all of your home décor needs!

Thank you for stopping by today!

❤️-Shae

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

I’d like to say for this month’s Clearance Challenge that I had my shizz together but that couldn’t be further from the truth! I spent most of the day, making a fall wreath and I failed on so many different levels. I will get that wreath finished but not today. I have learned to roll with the punches so I put my thinking cap on and immediately remembered that I had just bought my fav fabric from Walmart on CLEARANCE this past Friday! It rang up for a grand total of $2.00 for 2 yards! I also had this chenille vintage quilt on hand that I purchased for $2.50 at a church rummage sale. I have been seeing the absolute cutest fabric pumpkins out at all the stores and I thought that I would whip up a few of my own! This gray pin striped fabric is from Waverly and I love it! C3EFA0B9-EC79-49BB-A601-98D65F4669F1

Gather your supplies:

-Fabric of your choice

Poly-Fil

-Sewing machine or Hot Glue Gun

-Butcher Twine

-Embroidery Needle

-Thread or Hot Glue

-Scissors

-Measuring Tape

-Twigs (for stems)

-Optional greenery of your choice (leaves)

I made three different sized pumpkins. You basically want the width of your fabric to be over twice as wide as the height. Here’s how I cut mine: 5″ x 12″ makes a 2 1/2″x 3 1/2″ pumpkin, 7″x17″ makes a 3 1/2″x 5 1/2″ pumpkin and 10″ x 25″ makes a 4 1/2″ x 8″ pumpkin.

Fold your fabric in half so the short edges are together and right sides together. Sew down or hot glue the end with raw edges to make, sort of, fabric tube. Sew down or hot glue the edge of one side. Turn your pumpkin right side out. Begin stuffing your pumpkin and leave enough room at the open end to sew down or hot glue. After you have filled your pumpkin, sew down or hot glue the end other end closed.

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Next, take your embroidery needle and twine and insert into the bottom of your pumpkin and thread to the opposite end.

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Pull the twine tightly to help gather the bottom of the pumpkin.

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Now you can grab a long piece of twine and thread around your pumpkin making segments, sort of like a pie but with thread. Now you can add a cute piece of a twig for a stem or greenery or ribbon. The options are endless! I plan to make several more plus some pillows from the fabric!

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Please don’t forget to check out all of my buddies on their Clearance Challenge finds for this month! You know we never disappoint!

Love, Shae

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Top Shelf Clearance Challenge ~ September

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https://thisfulllife5.com/2019/09/16/dressing-up-coffee-bar

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Top Shelf Clearance Challenge – September 2019

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/vanity-stool-uodate/

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Clearance Challenge: And The Leaves Came Tumbling Down…

 

DIY Fall Wood Sign from Scrap Wood

DIY Fall Wood Sign from Scrap Wood

Hey ya’ll! I was invited to team up with several talented ladies for a challenge this month that is hosted by Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip . The challenge rules were to take a piece of wood and make anything fall décor related. I knew the perfect piece of scrap wood that we had leftover from the tv accent wall. This wood is 100 plus years old and just stunning!

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I have been wanting a cute wood picket fence type fall sign for awhile, so when Terrie invited me on this challenge, I knew I had the perfect piece for the project! I gathered all of my painting supplies and got to work!

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I used craft paints and small brushes from Hobby Lobby that I already had on hand.

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I also lightened the colors I had with Ibis White that I had on hand from Sherwin Williams. I accented everything in black to bring out all the pumkins cute-ness. I also highlighted with white.

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I am so blessed that God has given me the ability to paint! When our oldest two daughters were younger, I painted canvases to make extra money, along with wall murals.

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I hope you enjoy our blog hop! Check out my friends too! They have amazing talent!

Love~Shae

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Handmade with Love

Today I am teaming up with six of my blogging pals for a blog hop! We were challenged to find something from a Thrift Store, Estate Sale, Yard Sale, Family Heirloom, ect. I had the idea to ask the hubs if he would be willing to make me a few wood cutting boards and a riser for our newly renovated kitchen! Let me tell you how it all began! Last December, we had a large tree fall on our property.

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We took our youngest two girls to the top of the hill, where it had fallen, and counted all the rings in the tree to find out how old it was- It was 77 years old!

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My husband had the idea to mill the wood, so that we could have this beautiful tree as lumber!

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As soon as our blog hop came about, I knew I wanted to see if he would make those wood cutting boards and a riser for our kitchen!

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My husband was able to mill several beautiful pieces of this red oak tree. I just love an item that is sort of repurposed in its own way. From this 77 year old red oak tree, we were able to get a couple years worth of firewood and many beautiful furniture pieces to come! The picture below is my husband doing what he does best! Making something beautiful for his wife 😉

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He definitely makes my heart skip a beat to see him making something for our home. We did not spend any money to make the riser or the wood cutting boards. It was just our time.

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I also used olive oil to condition the wood and added twine to the cutting boards.

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Please check out all of my buddies to see their finds for this month! Never a disappointment for sure! Love, love, love working with all of these wonderfully, talented friends of mine!

❤️~Shae

Vintage Brass Candlesticks – August Thrift Store Challenge

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Thrift Store Challenge – August 2019

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DIY PUMPKIN FRAMED ART

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Thrift Store Challenge: Drab To Fab Side Table

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Corbel Update

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Thrifted Treasure ~ August

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