Friday, December 15, 2017

Create A 3-Demensional Paper Star Ornament Or Tree Topper

Simple D.I.Y.  Paper Star Tree Topper
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a beautiful and blessed holiday season. It's beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas down here in South Carolina. The weather is chilly and things look so festive everywhere we go. It is hard not to get in to the spirit of things.

Ever since the tree in the living room went up this year, it has looked really nice except it was really bare at the top.

We are very old fashioned around our house when it comes to what goes on our tree. In other words, we are not into cookie cutter or one color scheme or one-themed decorations. We load every single branch and sprig with ornaments, some of which are close to a half century old. Yes, we have been married going on fifty years now and we have some ornaments from the first Christmas we shared as newly-weds! It's a collection of memories of places, events and experiences with family and friends. Those are things that are important to us.

The quest to find something lightweight and traditional is something I struggle with every year. We really wanted a star and we have actually purchased several over the years. The problem with the ones we have purchased in the past is that they are a bit heavy and tend to topple unless we(I) rig up something like a wooden skewer and pipe cleaners to use as a back brace. You can imagine how that turns out!

In the quest for a solution, I began to look for a better solution. I wanted something that would simply rest on the branches at the top of the tree. It wasn't long before I found a little tutorial with pictures and templates for making several different sizes of a 3-D, five pointed paper star. If you are interested in creating one of these stars, you can click here to find both the easy to understand instructions, pictures and links to the templates for putting one of these together. If you are new at making 3-D paper stars, as I was, I recommend this easy to read and follow tutorial I discovered on Instructables and written by Fungus Amungus.
Our Christmas Tree With New 3-D Paper Star Topper
I chose the mid-sized template for my star, since our tree is not huge but is fairly substantial.  couldn't find my card stock supply right away so I simply used Crafters Pick non-toxic super glue I found at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago to glue another blank sheet to the back of each of the copies of the printed template. When the pages were dry, I cut out the templates and found they made a pretty sturdy base for assembling each point of the five stars.
A Handmade 3-D Paper Star Tree Topper
I used the same Crafters Pick Non-toxic super glue to glue each point together and then to glue the points to each other. I allowed all that to dry overnight and the next morning I spray painted a base white of Krylon Semi-Gloss White. After the white paint dried, I then sprayed several coats of Krylon Shiny Silver Metallic paint to finish the look. I then found some little antique rhinestone buttons in my very large button collection. I made a small hole in the middle of the front and back of the star at the intersection of the points. I used the same glue to place one of the little buttons on the front and back of the star.

Paints Used To Paint My 3-D Star Tree Topper

I was very pleased with the way the star looked after I was finished making it, especially since it was my first time making a 3-D paper star. The two paints I used give it the appearance of being made of tin and I love that. The best part it is not as heavy as tin would be and it sits nicely on the branches at the top of our tree.
Our Christmas Tree With Its New Paper Star Topper
I hope you enjoyed by little post about our new tin-look 3-D Paper Star Tree Topper. It was a lot of fun and easy to assemble. A great solution to an on-going dilemma!

Thanks so much for paying me a visit at Mimi Mine blog spot! I really do appreciate your taking the time to drop by and I hope you will come back soon.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Christmas to All of My Friends

As some of you may know, one of my feet has been giving me a lot of discomfort since the beginning of this year. Traditional x-rays did not reveal any fractures and so my case was treated as a bad sprain. The chronic pain increased over the months until late in October I suffered a fall in my back yard. Unfortunately, attempting to walk on the foot resulted in a loud popping sound and searing pain.

After a visit to a prompt care facility in town and undergoing more x-rays, it was now obvious that the navicular bone located at the top of my foot had snapped. I was in denial, even after they directed me to an orthopedic specialist/surgeon.. Three days later, the specialist advised me that the area the fracture was located in was virtually impossible to occur in the manner in which the fall had occurred and was a stress fracture. This explained the many months of previous months and months of discomfort and pain in that foot. The only treatment was to be surgery and months of down time and recovery. 

This news was especially difficult for me to accept, seeing as it was coming at the most busy holiday season of the year. It has been a real downer for even me--the eternal optimist! After more than seven weeks in the fiberglass cast, the new air boot/splint allow me to put the injured foot down and take some steps on my own with both feet. Praise the Lord!

My daughter and her family are currently residing with us while they are in the process of building a new home. The dear girl was determined we were going to put up a tree and decorations and she took that task upon herself. My son-in-law helped my husband to get the things down from the attic and out of closets and she decorated the tree, etc. and it has been a real blessing to see it all lit up and festive. This has done a great deal to lift my spirits too! I love and appreciate you, my sweet Stephanie!

Meanwhile, I am still enjoying playing around with all the new graphics and illustrations I have been downloading and told you about in my previous post . I used one of the beautiful watercolor floral illustrations and one of the new fonts to design a new blog header. It's been a lot of fun playing around with some of the animal character creator sets, for example is this whimsical llama character:
Merry Christmas to All Lama Friends!
I'm hoping to stay healthy and well and be getting back into the swing of things. I hope to be getting in more posts in the future.

Meanwhile, I extend the warmest of greetings to all who visit my blog and other social media. May you enjoy peace and love and the very best the season has to offer and in whatever way is the custom and tradition to you and yours. Please know that I truly appreciate each and every visit I receive from those who drop by and for the time you spend here, I most sincerely thank you.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Every Day Blessings

Don't you just love this owl graphic illustration I recently purchased from The Hungry Jpeg at I think this illustration is truly gorgeous! The bundle I received this and many, many more graphic illustrations and dozens of new fonts to add to my collection. Would you believe that nearly every single item included in this bundle and almost everything purchased from The Hungry Jpeg comes with a commercial license. Whatever you get is yours to use and at reasonable pricing. For those who use such items in your "for sale" creations, this can be a really big deal!
Image From The Stellar Autumn Bundle at The Hungry Jpeg
Some of you might already have discovered this but, for my fellow creative crafting friends who have yet to discover them, here is a link to their Facebook page. They post on Facebook when deals like The Stellar Autumn bundle(available for three days more) and other great bundles as they are offered. You might want to check them out.

This site also offers countless frames, headers and many other things that might be uses in your crafting projects. The image below was one of hundreds included in the Stellar Fall Collection. This and numerous others are included in this bundle. It contains much more than just Fall/Autumn selections! It blew my mind when I downloaded the fabulous items in this digital download package! Going through them has kept me busy for hours. Many hours of pleasure!
Image From The Hungry Jpeg Stellar Autumn Bundle
I hope you are enjoying all the great weather and beautiful Fall colors, festivals and activities that happen this time of year. I truly do miss getting out and about to enjoy this, one of my favorite times of the year. One thing that has helped me to get through some lonely, long days recently is I have been so busy checking all these items out. Hours, people, hours to see everything. Read on if you are not aware of why I welcome some fun diversions right now.

Indeed, I certainly would love to be out enjoying everything more often than I am. Still, I can rejoice because there are so very many special reasons to celebrate every day as I heal from the surgery for a broken foot. The blessings are more numerous than I could ever count.

For instance, I am happy to say that today, Thursday, marks exactly 2 weeks in the current sky blue leg and foot cast I now adorn. That might not seem like a blessing but that is a real blessing to me! In fifteen more days, just a little over two weeks, I am scheduled to go back to the doctor. A total of 31 days wearing this blue beauty)! Yes, I admit that I am counting each day. The days sometimes tend to run together and I seem to lose track of what day of the week it is. I freely admit, some days seem to drag by ever so slowly. Yes people, the struggle is real, for sure!

Yes, I am grateful that in just a couple of more weeks to go and there will be a really big milestone and accomplishment for me! I am not sure what the new leg gear will be like but it will be my friend for quite some time. I am supposed to wear the next one for yet another month. Hopefully, after that month I will be able to walk again on both feet! Slowly but surely, I am moving forward with the progress.

The gift of every day is a blessing and an accomplishment and the weeks and months are all milestones for me along the way.

I am thankful for each day and each blessing that comes with it!

If you read my blog post today, I thank you for spending some time here with me. Please come back when you can. I appreciate each and every visit from you!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Patience During Trying Times: I Am A Work In Progress

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4. And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5. And hope maketh not ashamed: because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:1-5 
Sixteen days after surgery I was back at the surgeon's office today. Temporary splint on my foot in the picture below was taken off and surgical sutures were removed. I was told that the wound had healed and looked good.

This new Sky Blue fiberglass cast was put on. It's much more cheerful looking and seems somewhat lighter than the other and those are good things. There will be no walking with this cast either. It will be coming off in four weeks and yet another will go on for another four weeks and still no walking. The thought of the long weeks ahead can be disheartening. I am so very impatient.

I am not patient with myself and so I asked God early in this process to grant me patience to get through this time. Still, I have been impatient and downright irritable at times. 

Having this unexpected event has given me time to ponder and to appreciate the blessings of mobility and independence I have so often carelessly taken for granted. There are those of all ages and for many different reasons who have not and may never have these abilities. My temporary condition will not last.This is a very humbling thing for me to consider. Thanks to God for giving me this unexpected time.

He answers our prayers in His own way and on His timeline--not our own. He is the Great Teacher and I am still a work in progress. He is teaching me how to be patient, even though I am exasperatingly slow sometimes to catch on. I'm not there yet, but I am still learning. Yes, there is truly glory in this tribulation and it is working patience and that patience is giving me experience and experience is giving me hope. 
Thank you God for bringing forth patience out of my tribulation, that I might gain experience and, with that experience, know that only from you comes hope and faith. Amen.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall for Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. It always has been. It reminds me of  a gorgeous and outrageously flamboyant and free-spirited lady who walks into an affair where the mood in the room has become sort of stuffy and stale. Everyone has become bored and is wishing for a break in the monotonous tone of things. Sort of like the devil-may-care Miss Phryne Fisher. Everyone stops and takes note when she makes an appearance. You just never know what she has up her sleeve or in her garter, but you can bet it will be something outrageous. Everything she wears is anything but boring. She truly knows how to shake things up and she does precisely that. That's how Fall is. It really does spice things up!

Another reason I love Fall is that though my husband and I met in late Summer (on a blind date arranged by my roommate), our true courtship began in early Fall. We fell in love during the Fall of that year. Yes, we fell hopelessly and head-over-hills in love while Fall was putting on her show. I think it may have started when he took me to the county fair on a wonderfully crisp and cool evening. He showed off by playing every game and he must have spent his whole week's pay. He won so many prizes for me that we could hardly carry them out of there. They were really wonderful things that we don't see at most fairs and carnivals these days. I'll never forget the big black and white Panda that I am sorry to say I do not have today. It was such a perfectly sweet and wonderful date!

The first day of Fall, which was the day before yesterday, I fell again!

This time I really fell hard, really hard! Literally. That day that won't be soon forgotten. There was a mishap in my backyard in which I fell and it left me with a broken foot. What a way to start the season!

Still, I enjoyed the first day of the season right up until I fell. Early in the day, I had been out back taking pictures of  these Sunflowers, which I had about given up on once or twice after I planted them. These were welcome late bloomers, for sure, and have brightened up our yard.
Bee on Sunflower in My Garden
Sunflowers in Our Backyard

Sunflowers in Our Back Yard
We had experienced some lower than average temps for a week or so and it appeared they had stopped growing. Then the weather heated up again and they started growing quickly. Then the very windy conditions our area experienced from Hurricane Irma came through and blew many of them over and broke some of them off. Again, I feared they would not survive. I was wrong. Survive they did and made developed some wonderful flowers. I had never had much success with Sunflowers in the past and so I am truly thrilled with the ones that made it through to maturity. There are some that are a Giant variety and some that are not quite as tall or large flowering, but they are all beautiful to my husband and me! The blooms are all very large but this is one of the smaller variety. You can see the difference in the shape of the petals. Isn't this one lovely though?
More Sunflowers in Our Flower Bed

The color yellow is one of my favorite colors and sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers. On our last visit to Biltmore's Antler Hill Village, we were inspired by the wave upon wave of giant sunflowers planted in the fields. They were wonderfully romantic. I wrote about those flowers in this blog post  Here is a photo of my sweetheart and me taken at one of those fields:
Photo at Sunflower Fields at Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village
I took some photos of our Sunflowers later in the evening too(before my fateful fall). Those in the photo below are some that were blown over and are leaning forward. They are still gorgeous though.
Our Garden of Sunflowers

The flowers in this picture are a smaller variety as well and the petals are yet a different shape:
A Smaller Variety of Sunflower in Our Garden

I think they are all simply marvelous and showy. Enjoy some more pictures! Notice the yellow moth on the yellow flowers. Smart to camouflage itself on this bright yellow flower!
Yellow Moth on Yellow Sunflower
Sun Beginning to Set Behind this Sunflower
Isn't God good to give us such wonderful things to enjoy?
Sunflowers 2017
It will be sad when they fade away but I am hoping to get a crop or two from the seeds I hope they will leave me with. We'll find out next year, won't we? 

I hope you enjoyed my little peek into my sunflower beds and I thank you for stopping by to see what is going on here at Mimi's house as I am trying to be patient and stay off my broken foot! I am finding that more difficult than it sounds!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Vanderbilt Travels Railway Train Display at Biltmore

In my previous post I mentioned the model/miniature train display  at Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. This exhibit will continue through September 4, 2017. It is located at The Antler Hill Village area on Biltmore properties. We were so glad to have the opportunity to see it when we visited in mid July. It seems there is always something fun and exciting to do at Biltmore.

It is always a treat for us when we can tour little model villages, especially when they have model trains scooting along railways running through them.Vanderbilt Travels Railway was definitely one of the highlights there during our stay. It is a delightful outdoor model train display in which the structures, buildings and scenery which appear along the railway are composed of natural elements, such as leaves, twigs and other materials acquired from nature. It's amazing what has been achieved through the use of mostly natural materials.

You can read a bit more of the history relating to each of the architectural elements on display at this site on Biltmore's official blog and I referred to the post for the bits of Vanderbilt family history which the exhibit is centered around. A biography,  The First Tycoon-the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt written by T.J. Stiles is full of information  about CorneliusVanderbilt's fortune building and other facts. I am also in the process of reading this book. I saw the book for purchase at "Bookbinders", a book store located among the shops at Biltmore House. Fortunately, I had already scored a real deal several months back on a very nice paperback copy of it at our local S.P.C.A. thrift shop. It is a large book and a good source of Vanderbilt reference,

Much of the Vanderbilt fortune was built around the building of and use of enterprises related to waterways(both national and internationally), beginning with George Vanderbilt's grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt. The photograph at the top of the referenced blog post is a model of New York's Grand Central Terminal. A bronze statue of Cornelius Vanderbilt is located at the Grand Central Terminal and can be seen by as many as 82 million commuters each year at the terminal.

This wonderful model train display at the Biltmore was created by Applied Imagination Ltd. The folks there did a really fabulous job. The detail in each tiny element depicting some of the places and things that are a part of Vanderbilt family travels and Biltmore history have been artfully and imaginatively recreated. Readers of this post might wish to visit Applied Imagination's Facebook page and see the little Vanderbilt Travels Railway and some other projects which the artists there have been working on by visiting this link.

Please take a ride with me as we tour Vanderbilt Travels Railway!

Upon entering the tiny village, we followed the scenic pathway to the right and one of the first models we saw was an intricate reproduction of Biltmore Passenger Station. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, replaced an original train depot which was the first train depot in Asheville area.
Model of  Passenger Station in Biltmore Village
Another view of the Biltmore passenger Station is pictured below as the train races by. Isn't the little water tower and the scenery wonderful?
Another Picture of  the Train Depot on Vanderbilt Travels Railway at the Biltmore

Little Train Depot on Vanderbilt Travels Railway at Biltmore Estate & Gardens
This is a model of a seasonal home built by George Vanderbilt's brother Frederick Vanderbilt and Louise Vanderbilt. The Beaux-Arts style home was built in Hyde Park, New York.
Model of  the Hyde Park, N.Y. Mansion-A Seasonal Home of  Frederick & Louise Vanderbilt
According to the Biltmore House & Gardens blog, "The Vanderbilt family line originated in Holland in the village of De Bilt, not far from Amsterdam." It is fitting, therefore, that a tiny windmill, as well as classic Canal Houses. Again, the attention to detail in these precious little structures is amazing
Vanderbilt Travels Railway Runs Past Classic Canal Houses Near  Tiny Windmill

Miniature Windmill Located Along Vanderbilt Travels Railway at Biltmore Estate & Gardens
Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, founder of the Vanderbilt family fortune ventured in to various types of enterprise. He went into the shipping and railway industries and established the reputation and influence in America for future generations to follow.

The USS Vanderbilt was originally provided transatlantic transport of mail and passengers but was eventually donated to the Union after the Civil War started. A model of the USS Vanderbilt is in the miniature waterway flowing through the exhibit.
Model of USS Vanderbilt in Vanderbilt Travels Railway

George Vanderbilt and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser were married in a civil ceremony in Paris, France (Edith's adopted city). The apartment Edith shared with her sisters in Rue Vernet was a short distance from the Arc de Triumphe. The wedding party had breakfast at the apartment after the ceremony.

Vanderbilt Travels Railway Arc de Triumphe Model
George Vanderbilt rented an apartment in London, England in June, 1897 so that he and his guests could watch the procession celebrating Queen Victoria's 60th year of reign. The huge procession stretched all the way around the River Thames could be viewed from the balcony of his apartment by George and his guests. The replica of the Tower Bridge is representative of that occasion and his love for the capital city. He future wife Edith was said to be among the guests present.
London's Tower Bridge Replica 
Another view of the Tower Bridge Model:
Picture of the Model Tower Bridge in London
  A replica of the Eiffel Tower symbolizing George and Edith's times spent in Paris, France:
Model of Eiffel Tower at Biltmore Village
No scenic railway trip would be complete if there wasn't at least one waterfall. Isn't this one beautiful?
Tiny Waterfall on the Train Route in Vanderbilt Travels Railway

A train's got to pass through a tunnel every now and then. Can't you just imagine it?! It looks so realistic.

Model Train at Vanderbilt Travels Railway
Gotta wonder what other wonderfully fanciful places we could go on this little train. Our imagination is the only limit!
Vamderbilt Travels Railway
It's hard for us to pass up an opportunity to visit one of these dreamy little train displays. If you would care to visit some of the other little railways and villages we have visited you can check out a couple  in this post and also here.

Thanks for taking a few moments out of your day to spend some time with me. I hope you enjoyed our little visit! It was delightful to have you visit!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Biltmore Antler Hill Village and the Village Hotel

My husband and I took a road trip for a couple of relaxing nights in Asheville, North Carolina. Since we had planned another visit to Biltmore House and Gardens and the Biltmore Winery and shops at Biltmore Antler Hill Village, we decided to book a room at the Village Hotel at Biltmore's Antler Hill Village. Staying on Biltmore's grounds is something we had wanted to do for the past couple of years.

The thing that stood out as we approached the hotel was the field of gigantic sunflowers which were standing, row upon row, alongside the road in front of the resort entrance. Absolutely beautiful!
Sunflowers at Biltmore Village Hotel
Sunflower Fields at Biltmore's Village Hotel
Sunflower Fields at Biltmore's Village Hotel
We found our room at the hotel was very comfy and lovely with a quite neutral combination of colors, including black, dark gray, light gray, white and off-white, with a splash of red thrown into the mix. The style was somewhat modern and sleek with a bit of farmhouse appeal in the accent pillows and bathroom fixtures. A barn style sliding wooden door provides privacy between the beautifully tiled walk-in shower/toilet area and the vanity/dressing area.
I took only a few pictures in our room. There was a nice spacious sitting area with a large window seat with cushioned seating and throw pillows, as well as a built in desk. Below are a couple of photos. The first is of the bed and sleep area. The other is the coffee/beverage/bar area.
Our Guest Room at Biltmore's Antler Hill Village Hotel
Guest Room Coffee/Bar/Beverage Bar-Biltmore's Antler Hill Village Hotel
Our room was located on the second floor which is where the Village Social Restaurant and Bar is located. Link here to take a look at this great restaurant.  It was very convenient for us to just take a short stroll up the hallway to experience a really good meal, which we did a couple of times. We visited once for a late lunch on the afternoon we arrived at the hotel and the other for a delicious breakfast. I really enjoyed the Artisan Lettuce Salad I ordered for lunch and the Crab and Pesto Egg Scramble I had for breakfast the morning we departed.

The Village Hotel stands right next to Antler Hill Village Shops and Winery. Upon arriving, we took a leisurely stroll over to the the shops. We enjoyed a double dip of ice cream (I had Raspberry Sherbet) at The Village Ice Cream Shop. Some great pastries can be purchased in the ice cream shop too.

There was a wonderful outdoor display set up at the village. My husband and I adore miniature train sets and consider watching them and seeing how the props are set up a real treat. The weather was so pleasant that we stayed quite a while out there taking pictures and talking to the nice gentleman who was overseeing things there. I plan to do another post about that fascinating display

We also visited a barn built on the site that is still standing and has been maintained in fine condition. It is housing some wonderful antique farm equipment used during the days the farm operations and dairy operations were running at full speed. So much there for those who enjoy studying the agricultural machinery and techniques used before we had modern day conveniences.

Our second day was the first full day of our visit. We grabbed a quick breakfast sandwich at the little sandwich shop on the ground floor of our hotel. We toured the house this day, which is always a treat and we ate a late afternoon lunch at one of our favorite restaurants at Biltmore House & Gardens. We dined at the Stable to Cafe' which is located within what was once the original stables that serviced the Biltmore House. Our favorite meal in the cafe' is the Stable Cafe' Sampler for two. The vegetable sides on the platter vary seasonally, but the main sampler of meats always includes smoked baby back ribs, smoked pulled barbecue pork and rotisserie chicken. The current menu can be seen on the site I referenced in this article. It is a fabulous meal!

After taking the shuttle back over to our hotel that afternoon, we went back to the wine shops and purchased some gifts before heading home the following morning.

We truly enjoyed our relaxing little stay on the Biltmore properties.

This is the first time I have posted anything on my blog space in over a year and it feels pretty good to put a little post out. I sincerely appreciate the time you take to drop by and spend a few moments with me and my thoughts. Thank you very much for visiting!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

African Drum Band at Disney's Kidani Village

There is always something to see and do at Disney's Kidani Village. The following short video is of some of the Cast Members from Africa who work at the resort.

The staff is always friendly, helpful and courteous at the resort. These guys seem to really enjoy being a part of the resort experience. Just one more thing that makes for a memorable stay.

Thank you very much for coming by my blog! I truly appreciate the time you spend here and hope you will drop by again real soon.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort's Kidani Village Animals on Savannah

I have mentioned on my blog before on more than a few occasions that we adore planning trips that involve our family and extended family. This past month, we were able to get together and take one of those cherished trips to Walt Disney World. There were fourteen of us this time and we were all able to stay at Disney's Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Kidani Village is one of Disney Vacation Club's member resorts and is one of our favorite resorts in which to stay.

Many of you have heard of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom Resort and Kidani Village is just a very short distance away from the park. The resort is the same theme as the Animal Kingdom Park and has a very authentic African vibe. Most of the cast members (otherwise known as staff) are of very authentic African origins. Most speak at least some English and they are all very friendly and helpful and lend so much authenticity to any stay there. This makes way for an "out of Africa" ambiance to the visitor.

One of the things we enjoy most about a stay at Kidani Village is being able to walk out on a balcony(if your accommodations happen to be on the Savannah side) or a fabulous porch, complete with great big rocking chairs. From there we can get a bird's eye view of all the beautiful native to Africa animals and wildlife roaming about on the Savannah area of the resort.

There is also an area on the ground floor of the resort with a viewing area surrounded by rustic fences posts. There are various events that take place around a fire pit, with surrounding chairs, in this area and there is always a cast member or two there to greet visitors and answer any questions they might have about the resort, the animals or their African homeland.

This area is my favorite spot from which to view the animals. It is from this spot that I recorded the following video, which lasts about five minutes. You will notice there are giraffes, cattle, storks and so on in the background. The video is really quite relaxing to watch.

You can click to go over and watch full screen on YouTube. A visit to Disney's Kidani Village is a beautiful and truly unique experience.

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog to check out the post. I hope you enjoyed the video and that you will come back soon for a visit.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Coiled Sweet Grass Baskets and Dining with a View at Dockside

This is my final post about our family's recent day excursion to Hunting Island State Park and other interesting and inviting places around the Beaufort, South Carolina low country area. This will be a short post.

We had a full day of exploring. We were constantly on the move, from early morning as we began our journey from our home in Aiken, S.C., until our safe arrival back at home late that evening. We are very grateful to Jason, our son-in-law, for being our driver for the entire day. Daughter Angela followed in her van with her children and friend of the family.

After we visited the ruins of Prince William's Parish Church, we made a stop at a table set up in front of the home of a very talented artisan basket maker. The low country is noted for the beautiful coiled sweet grass baskets produced there. These baskets are truly pieces of art and the grass used to create them has a sweet aroma.

The art of Coiled Sweet grass basket making is considered historically significant because it is an example of African cultural heritage. This utilitarian and beautiful art form came over the Atlantic Ocean with certain enslaved Africans who would work on the rice plantations.The art form has been passed down from generation to generation. Being made by hand and having no set pattern each piece is unique and is one of a kind.

I would have loved to have one of the large baskets, but that would have been a big splurge. I am happy, for now, to have settled for this small beauty in which I can store a few trinkets.
Coiled Sweet grass Basket  from the Low Country of South Carolina

This is a short and interesting article about the history of Coiled Sweet grass basketry.

We were all hungry when we departed from Hunting Island State Park. We had planned to stop at a very popular place on the say back home.

Dockside Restaurant located in the beautiful low county area known as Lady's Island near Beaufort is well known for serving up some really good food. Our table was located right next to the windows along the rear of the restaurant. From there, we had a wonderful view of the boats docked in back of the restaurant.
View of the Docks from Dockside Restaurant, Lady's Island, South Carolina

View of the Docks from Dockside Restaurant, Lady's Island, South Carolina
Here is a link to find out more about the Dockside and to see more pictures of the restaurant and views of the dock.

If you should ever travel to the low country area, in and near Beaufort, South Carolina, I suggest setting aside a day or so to visit places in this and several previous posts. The locations in and near Beaufort, South Carolina are some you will not want to miss. We certainly enjoyed spending our day together with family and friends.

It was a gorgeous day of soaking up a little sunshine, exploring some historical sites and eating good food. Hunting Island State Park beach, the lighthouse at Hunting Island, the Ruins of Prince William's Parish Church AKA Sheldon Church near Yemassee, South Carolina are all beautiful and interesting places.  It is my hope that these things will be preserved and enjoyed by many, many generations to come!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Ruins of Prince William's Parish Church AKA Sheldon Church

There are so many amazing and wonderful things in life to experience and see if we but take a few moments to stop and look around.. Beauty can be found in some out of the way places. This post is about one such beautiful place. At least, it is beautiful to me, because I happen to really enjoy rambling through old churches and graveyards.

The ruins of the Prince William's Parish Church and graves is such a place. The church was built between 1745 and 1753 and was named Prince William's Parish Church but was also called Sheldon Church. As the sign indicates, the church is also called Sheldon Church. Building of the church was primarily paid for by Lt. Gov. William Bull and was sometimes referred to as Sheldon Church after Bull's plantation, which was also called Sheldon.

The church was constructed in the Greek Revival style. It was burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary War. It was rebuilt in 1826. The church was alleged to have been burned again in 1865 as General Sherman marched from Georgia into South Carolina during The War Between the States.

However, according to some writings about the church, it may not have been burned but, instead, gutted on the inside in order to obtain materials to reuse to rebuild some of the homes that had been burned by Sherman's army during that time.

The sign indicating the church's location might easily be missed as one travels along the narrow coastal highway near Yemassee, South Carolina. Fortunately, our son-in-law Jason had remembered seeing the sign and glimpsing the ruins from a trip down that way last summer. I am so glad that he made note of its location, because it would have been a shame to have missed seeing this lovely place.
Sign for Prince William's Parish Church AKA Sheldon Church, near Yemassee, South Carolina
You might imagine that the location of the ruins has often been the scene of weddings and as backdrops for photo shoots and so on. According to notices on the grounds of the ruins, special permission must now be obtained for the location to be used for those types of functions.

The ruins and graves are located among many of the beautiful moss covered oak trees for which our southern coastal regions are known.
Ruins of Prince William's Parish Church near Yemassee, South Carolina

Ruins of Prince William's Parish Church near Yemassee, South Carolina

Moss Covered Trees at Ruins of Prince William's Parish Church

The photo below was taken at the rear of the church's ruins. You can see the grave and monument for Lt. Gov. William Bull through the arched opening.

Lt. Gov. William Bull's  Grave Inside the Ruins of Prince William's Parrish Church
One of the reasons I enjoy walking through old graveyards like this one is the stories that sometimes go along with the grave markings. This lone little marker at the grave of a child less than five years old made me feel sad. Sitting there, all alone inside a large plat,it left me wondering what happened to the parents and other family members. Why were they not buried here with this little fellow? What happened that S.P. and Eva would have left little Collis.
Lone Grave Marker of a Little Boy at Prince William's Church

Perhaps, they passed away and are buried in this plat but without any markers. Maybe there was no one left to provide them with headstones at their burial sites. Who knows? 

This appears to be a mosoleum with a grave at its foot.
Graves at Prince William's Church
 There are a good many other crumbling graves scattered about the church cemetary, including the grave of a soldier who died in The War Between the States. There was one much more recent, modern and pristine burial site with Azalea bushes planted all around it. I took pictures of some of the others graves but will focus the rest of this post, however, on the church ruins and grounds.
Prince William's Parish Church Ruins, South Carolina

Prince Willliam's Parish Church Ruins, South Carolina

Prince William's Parish Church Ruins, S.C.

Prince William's Parish Church Ruins, S.C.

Pri nce William's Parish Church Ruins, S.C.
Near the entrance gate to the church is this wonderful old hand water pump. Our grand girls were drawn to this thing like a magnet.
Very Old Working Hand Water Pump  at Prince William's Parish Church, S.C.

Old Working Hand Water Pump at Prince William's Parish Church, S.C.
When we left this beautiful place, I felt as if I had seen and touched a marvelous piece of history and visited a place of relevance in time. It was an enriching experience and I am so glad that we took the time to stop here to see this special place from days gone by. It was time well spent!

Speaking of time, I am grateful for the time you have spent here reading about Prince William's Parish Church. Thank you so very much!

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