Comfy & Cozy With Pillows & Throws

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Winter. Admittedly not my favorite Season. I live in a state where we get to experience all four Seasons (to the extreme: like extremely hot and humid summers and then the opposite: unbearably cold and snowy winters).

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As for me, I’ll take hot and humid any day! BUT, since I have to put up with winter I want to do it my way! I’ll take my Winter indoors please. No ski slopes or ice skating ponds for me thank-you-very-much!

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You’ll find me on my favorite spot on the sofa covered up with a comfy throw and leaning against a pretty pillow (and probably watching an early season of Housewives of New Jersey on Hulu. I just can’t picture Theresa in prison, can you?) Back to comfy and cozy with pillows and throws!

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Thanks to Wayfair, my comfy, cozy spot on the sofa has a new look! I have been admiring animal prints in home decor lately but was afraid to commit to something large. This throw was the perfect choice since I’ve been using black as an accent color in the family room. I thought the gold pillow would be a nice compliment to the throw and I think I was right.

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Here’s the exciting news about getting comfy and cozy with Pillow & Throws: Wayfair is running a rare promotion. And as a Wayfair Homemaker, I get to offer this promotion to you! How awesome is that!

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Wayfair is offering 15% off ALL PILLOWS, POUFS, AND THROWS.

But only until Monday, November 24 so you have to hurry! And you must use this promo code to get the 15% off: WFPTP15

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I must say that something as simple as adding throw pillows can make a dramatic difference in your home decor. I tried to imagine these spaces without the throw pillows. Try it. Isn’t it amazing how much difference a pillow or two can make?

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Now try the same for the photo above. Imagine that bed without the throw. Boring, right? Details. And isn’t nice that the details are what make us feel comfy and cozy, too!

Okay, that’s enough imagining! Hurry over to Wayfair and pick out your favorite comfy cozies!

Don’t forget: this promo is only good through Monday, November 24 and use code WFPTP15 to get the 15% off! I can’t wait to hear what you get!

 

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Holiday Cards from Minted & Giveaway

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It’s that time! Time to pick out the Holiday cards! This year, my cards are coming from Minted and here’s why. Did you know that Minted partners with talented independent artists? I love that!

“Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won’t accept anything else.”

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These are a few of my favorite non-photo Christmas Cards.

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And the choices for photo cards is almost endless.

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This year Minted offers a new and unique idea: booklette cards! Booklette cards are part family letter and part Christmas card. These booklette cards are a lovely replacement for the old-school Christmas letter!

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This season, Minted also has a beautiful series of foil wrapped cards; you can choose from silver, gold, or the new rose gold, how pretty!

While I purusing the Holiday Cards I had to click over and see what else Minted offers and look at what I found:

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I am crushing big-time on these Vintage Metallic Glass Ornaments

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And the Seaglass Large Felt Garland – I love it!

Minted and I would are giving one of you $150 in credit to shop at Minted!

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PB Inspired Christmas Wall Art

I am thrilled to be participating in this blog hop featuring DIY Christmas projects. I knew right away that I wanted to make a PB inspired Christmas wall art.

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This HOLLY JOLLY SIGN WALL ART from Pottery Barn was the inspiration for my wall art.

My wall art was made with 1″ x 2″ boards for the frame and 4″ x 1/4″ boards for the slats.

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I wanted the corners of the frame to be mitered, so I used my Ryobi Miter Saw to cut 45 degree angles on the 1″ x 2″ pieces.

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After the frame pieces were cut, I ran them through my Ryobi Table Saw set up for dado cuts, creating a groove to slide in the 4″ x 1/4″ boards.

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I wanted my wall art to have an old, rustic look, so I didn’t worry a lot about any gaps or imperfections in the wood.

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I used a rubber-tipped hammer to tap the slats into place.

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The frame was attached together at the corners with wood glue and the Ryobi Airstrike Narrow Crown Stapler.

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Now that the board is fully assembled, it’s time to paint!

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I chose to spray paint the entire assembled board with several light coats of a deep red spray paint.

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I designed the word art in Silhouette Studio® and cut out the word shapes on removable vinyl.

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Once all of the vinyl words were in place, I painted over the entire board with an off-white latex paint.

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While the white paint was still wet, I carefully removed the vinyl so that the words would be the red background color.

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Lastly, I lightly sanded the entire board and then using a dry brush, lightly brushed over the red word art to give it an aged appearance.

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Now head on over to see what my DIY friends have made!

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DIY Vintage Sled- Fynes Desings

Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree- Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art- DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity- My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders- Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign- Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story
Advent calendar- Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates- Pink When
Joy wood slice sign- Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor- Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display- Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree- Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
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I am sharing this project at Inspiration Monday, Monday Funday, Project Inspired, The Scoop, From Dream to Reality, Wow Us Wednesday, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Creative Spark, Inspire Us Thursday, The Handmade Hangout,

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Create & Babble is two years old! I know, I can hardly believe it myself. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy writing this blog. Truly. I absolutely love this!

Even though it sometimes feels like I am burning a candle at both ends since I also have a full-time job, I wouldn’t write this blog if I didn’t feel so passionately about  it.  Hopefully, this will be my full-time job within the next year – that’s the goal anyway ; )

It’s hard to believe how this little blog has grown and reached so many people in the last two years. And I do believe that I have the nicest readers in all of blogland!

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For those of you who have been here since the beginning, I thank you so sincerely for sticking with me. And to all of my new readers, I welcome you and thank you too for reading and sharing. It means the world to me.

To help me celebrate, Silhouette America is giving away a Portrait® to one of my lucky readers. How appropriate that the maker of my all-time favorite crafting tool is sponsoring this giveaway!

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Thanksgiving Chalkboard Decor

As I’ve said before, I don’t make a lot of Thanksgiving-specific decor. Since my house is already decorated for Fall, I usually just add a banner or two.

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But this chalkboard with the paper rosette wreath was just calling out for more.

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I was in Michael’s the other week and some glittered letters caught my eye. I made a mental note to make some with my Silhouette, chipboard, Mod Podge, and glitter.

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I made sure to add holes at the top of each letter that spelled out GATHER so I could thread them onto some ribbon. I later changed my mind on the ribbon and used twine.

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To balance out the bottom of the chalkboard, I finished the phrase by adding “and give thanks”.

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Now since my chalkboard writing skills are less than stellar, I cheated and made a stencil – again using my Silhouette and chipboard – and just rubbed the chalk over the stencil. Easy!

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With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, the mad dash of getting ready for Christmas will begin. Or have you started already?

Handmade Holiday – Handmade Gift

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Welcome to day 2 of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post to win tons of awesome prizes courtesy of all the manufacturers sponsoring of this inspiring blog hop!!!

My gift idea is a ready-to-fill scrapbook. I think scrapbooks make wonderful gifts. I made small scrapbooks filled with photos of my kids and sent them to my mom over the years. I know she loved receiving them since she lived so far from us.

I made this scrapbook for a busy mom (my daughter) of three little ones (my grandchildren) who has precious little time (or inclination) to make scrapbooks. I thought I’d help her out. Plus the poor girl doesn’t have an ounce of craft interest in her (how is she mine???) But since she LOVES the idea of scrapbooks, this is a perfect gift for her.

This scrapbook is for her daughter, my first granddaughter. And I have to say, it is so much fun to work with pink after years of blue!

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I remember one Christmas, my grandson’s first Christmas. I went to a scrapbook store and bought a boat load of scrapbook making supplies for my daughter. Since she loves her own scrapbooks that I made for her, I thought this was the perfect gift. She could start making scrapbooks for her son.

Fast forward six years and guess where those supplies are now. Yep, you guessed it. In my house, in my craft room. Untouched.

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This year will different. I made a scrapbook that is well, premade. Meaning all that she will have to do is add the photos.

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It’s a win-win for both of us.

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I get to have fun with the creative part . . .

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And all she has to do is add her favorite photos.

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A huge THANK YOU to Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L for providing the adhesives for this project.

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The E-Z Runner worked perfectly for adhering all of the intricately cut shapes and embellishments.

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Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

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Ellison Educational Equipment
Walnut Hollow
Graphic 45
Hydrangea Hippo
Westcott
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Rowland Technologies
Neat and Tangled
ICE Resin
Therm O Web
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Pink and Main
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Clearsnap – Vivian Keh
Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled
ICE Resin – Jen Cushman
Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps
Graphic 45 – Andrew Roberts
Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal
Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser
Cori Warner – The Flying C
Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking
The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch
Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull
Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland
Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton
Katie Smith – Punk Projects
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken
Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble
Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer
Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter
Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

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Four Fabulous & Free Furniture Building Plans

As a “newish” wood worker, I have gained quite the appreciation and admiration  for anyone who can not only build an amazing piece of furniture, but also design it.

And then let us use their plans for free! How awesome is that???

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Today I want to share the following four fabulous and free furniture builds that have caught my attention recently.

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Wingback Headboard by All Things Thrifty

I have been putting off building a headboard until I found “THE ONE”. This Wingback headboard by Brooke at All Things Thrifty is gorgeous. I am in love with the soft curves of this headboard – it just looks so comfy! I can just see myself all snuggled in with a good book while leaning against that plushy headboard.

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Truss Desk from Shanty2Chic

One of the things I love about the Truss Desk from Shanty2Chic, besides it’s simple design, is that it’s made with only two sizes of wood.  Shanty2Chic also has plans for add-on pieces for this desk. They also have loads of other plans including the one that I used to make my workbench.

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Curvy Side Table by Her Toolbelt

What’s not to love about this curvy side table from Amy at Her Toolbelt! I love the chunky curviness of it and get this: It’s made from just one piece of wood. For around $12 and Amy’s free plan, you can build one of your very own.

There something else I want to tell you about Amy. There is a Reader Request section on Her Toolbelt where you can submit a project idea for which you need plans. Once a month, Amy will choose one and create a sketch-up plan and tutorial. How awesome is that! It’s perfect for people like me that can use power tools and follow a plan but need a little help on the designing end of things.

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Folding Laptop / Writing Table by Pretty Handy Girl

Isn’t this table that Brittany built awesome?! It sure beats those old, small, unstable TV trays doesn’t it! I love that it folds up and even has a handle on the side for carrying.  I can see myself toting this all around the house (and even out on the deck in the summer) and using it all. the. time. Sometimes I get lonely up in my craft room and with folding table I could have a portable place to work on my projects in the family room (until someone starts complaining about flying glitter ; )

Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl just finished up a 31-day series of Handy Home Fixes. I learned so much from her series – loads of great tips!

There you have it. Four fabulous and free furniture building plans from four of my favorite bloggers. Which one will I build first? Hmmm……

Painted Dresser with Milk Paint

Black is the new Black. At least for me! I don’t think it was intentional at first, but black seems to be the accent color in my home.

So when I found this dresser in serious need of a makeover, I immediately knew I wanted to paint it with Miss Mustard Seek Milk Paint in Typewriter.

Miss Mustard Seed describes Typewriter as an off-black or soft black.  It is named for the black color traditionally found on antique typewriters.

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Let’s get right to the after photo and then I’ll tell you about my tips for working with MMS (Miss Mustard Seed) Milk Paint.

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First of all, I decided that since the top of the dresser was in pretty good shape I would just sand off what was left of the finish and then restain it. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax.

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The rest of the dresser got a good cleaning with TSP followed by a thorough rinsing and drying.

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If you don’t want a “chippy” look (which I didn’t), the MMS Milk Paint line has a Milk Paint Bonding Agent to that you add to the milk paint mixture.

The Milk Paint Bonding Agent allows Milk Paint to adhere to metal, glass and painted, varnished or lacquered surfaces.

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Even though I would distress the edges of the dresser, I did not want an overall chippy appearance. The sides of the dresser were a just a bit glossy and I was afraid the paint might not adhere well  there and turn out flaky and chippy, so I added the bonding agent to the first coat of milk paint.

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Use a mixer or blender of some sort to mix the milk paint. Stirring with a spoon or using a whisk didn’t get out all of the lumps for me. I have an old immersion style blender that is dedicated for paint mixing.

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If you don’t have an old one, maybe keep an eye out for one at your local thrift store.

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As you are painting, stir the milk paint with your paint brush as the paint tends to separate as it sits.

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Also, since I can rarely finish painting a piece of furniture in one sitting, I store any leftover mixed paint in a little mason jar with a securely closed lid.

After the second coat was dry, I distressed the edges a bit with a sanding sponge.

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Instead of wax, I decided to try out the Hemp Oil to finish the dresser. Hemp Oil is all natural, so it’s great for to use if  you are sensitive to chemicals.  Hemp Oil will absorb into the painted surface and give it a durable finish.

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I simply just wiped on with a clean cloth and wiped away the excess.

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I just love how this dresser turned out. Dan was a little jealous when I said it was going to my daughter’s house for my grandson’s bedroom.  “Typewriter” by Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is definitely my new favorite and I’m sure I’ll find more furniture pieces to makeover with this paint.

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Have you used MMS Milk paint? What is your favorite color?

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DIY Paper Organizer

Remember when I mentioned my little obsession with card stock? Well, I’ve done something about it.

No, I didn’t get rid of it. Well, actually I did give away some of it. But for the rest I desperately needed something to get it organized.

Soooo, I got my DIY on and made this handy dandy wooden paper organizer to fit inside the cubbies of my shelf!

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I was so excited to get it in the cubbie and try it out that I didn’t even finish sanding the rough edges or paint it yet! (By the way, the storage unit is actually called a room divider. I got it at Costco a few years ago, but this idea would work for any similar storage unit.)

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To make it, I first measured the dimensions of my cubbies. They measured just under 13 1/2″ square.

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I found some leftover 1/2″ MDF in my wood pile and cut  a 13 1/4″ square using my Ryobi 10″ portable table saw.  I then made dado cuts into one side of the wood spacing them about an inch apart. Since I don’t yet have a dado blade for my table saw, I just lowered the blade to cut into the wood half way. I made two cuts right next to each other to make a groove wide enough to hold the divider pieces.

The dividers were made using 1/4″ boards cut to 13″ x 12″.

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Half circles were cut out using my new Ryobi Jig Saw.

It was actually my first time using a jig saw. Be honest – you can tell, can’t you ; )

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The cuts look a little better after some sanding.

There are five more cubbies in that storage unit. I think I’ll need to make at least one more paper organizer. I told you I have a bit of an obsession with card stock!

 

A Bicycling Getaway

Some times, you just need a break.

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A break from work, DIYs, crafts, from every day life and all of its responsibilities.

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And to think about absolutely nothing at all.

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For me the best way to do this is by riding my bike. I find that I am so focused on the beautiful scenery around me (and staying upright on my bike ; ) that I can’t help but block out all else.

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We left town on Monday and drove to Leesburg, Virginia. On Tuesday we hauled our bikes across the Potomac River and pedaled for  just 15 miles.

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There are still old lock houses along the C & O Canal Towpath.

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I would love to see inside!

I understand that these can be rented for overnight stays but most have no running water or electricity –  a little too primitive for me.

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Every five or six miles along the trail there are old fashioned water pumps . . .

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. . . and picnic tables for curling up and taking a nap!

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On Wednesday and Thursday we stayed at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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If it were summer, I would have so been in that infinity pool!
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We were lucky to have a room with these magnificent views of the Potomac River from our balcony.

Bavarian Inn Shepherdstown WV You can see the bike trail under the bridge on the other side of the river. Go to the left on that trail and you’ll eventually end up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! It will take a few days ; ) Go to the right and you’ll wind up in Washington, DC. And the best part: it’s trail the whole way – NO traffic-filled streets!

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We went to the right for 12 miles to Harper’s Ferry and didn’t see a single soul along the way. It was so peaceful and beautiful.

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Once we arrived in Harper’s Ferry, we walked the hilly streets lined with all kinds of shops, restaurants and Inns.

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It was so wonderful to get away and unplug. Truly, bicycle riding (for me) is the perfect stress reliever.

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The hotel gave us a bottle of wine. I had to improvise for the cheese part of the wine and cheese ; )

What works for you? How do you get away from it all? What is your stress reliever?

I know this is a craft/DIY blog, but since I love to share ALL of my passions I thought you might enjoy reading about my bicycling adventures, too. Last year I wrote about the Ride of My Life, a 180 miles, 3-day trip to Pittsburgh.