Friday, January 31, 2014

Popcorn, Cookie Jar & Scarves

I just wanted to give everybody a quick update. I didn't post yesterday because I forgot until it was about 9 PM so I apologize for those of you who are constantly checking for new content. BTW special thanks for all of you who do!
I have a couple of things that I wanted to talk about today. First, school is going really well. I am very excited to be in Band again! I haven't played in forever! It is really nice but we only have three drum players and one of them doesn't even read percussion music, so if you know of anybody who can play and has Monday nights free tell them that they should join the CSI Symphonic Band. We only have one concert this season so it will be really easy to schedule in one Tuesday night for the concert. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Another reason that I didn't get a chance to post yesterday was because I went to the Twin Falls Sewing Center (see review) and took a lesson on how to make infinity scarves! It was a lot of fun and it was a really cheap lesson too. Only $5! I made this lovely scarf and I am going to make a few for Christmas/Birthday presents!
This is the scarf that I made!
This is the material I am thinking about using for my sisters.
The best part is that not only can you use what ever kind of fabric you want but often you will find enough in the remnant or half-price section of the fabric store! So I got several pieces for scarves! I am hoping that I will have time to make a tutorial to post so keep and eye out for it!
On to other news...I have a "Fabulous Find" to share that my sister bought. Now, you have to understand that my sister hardly, and I mean like never, buys anything. She never really has a desire for shopping and often times when we shop together Emily is done when I am just getting started. But, she found this awesome jar!

The part that I really loved about it was that it is a cookie jar made out of cookies! So cute! So I was really amazed that she decided to buy it! Isn't it awesome! (It makes me hungry for cookies just looking at it!)

Also early my mom had found this jar of colored popcorn seeds. We were hoping that the actual popcorn would be different colors when popped, but as you can see the only thing that was dyed was the kernels. It must have been really really old because it tasted stale when we popped it, but it definitely was different!


Monday, January 27, 2014

The Great American Vacation Series (Post #9)

Welcome to post #9 of this series. Thanks again for those of you who have visited! Dynamic Crumbs now has over 2,500 page views! Thank you all!

I am very sorry about the lack of posts last week. I was sick and ended up having to miss a couple days of work but I think that this post makes up for lost time.

Today I wanted to show you a place that I found to be quite interesting on our trip. A mansion!
The mansion is called the Kendrick Mansion and it is located in Sheridan, WY.

Here are the gates to the wall outside of the mansion.
This is a picture of one side of the house. I find it quite impressive for a house built in the early 1900s.

This is the entrance. The staircase goes up to the ball room on the top floor.
This was the letter on the front of the house. It is quite creative and I am sure that somebody very skilled make it.
Each part of the house had a little stand with information on it. The part that I thought was neat was that they provided swatches of materials and things that you could touch (pictured here in the right-hand corner).
These were some of the lights in the house. The house did have electrical lights installed when they first came out and I found this fixture to be quite interesting. The house was quite dark though, and I suspect that it would have been most of the time before electricity because they would've had to use candles and such.
This is one of the rooms. It was the room for the daughter. They kept most of the rooms in their original condition. (Excusing the fan in the back, of course. It was very hot that day). One of the interesting things about this room is that the girl was actually a tomboy and preferred to do things that "ladies of the time" wouldn't not have done. The information about the room said that her mother was responsible for the way that the room looked and wished that her daughter was more lady-like. I am not sure though if it was the daughter or grand-daughter but I did like the room. Especially, being more of a girly-girl myself.

This was a part of the ceiling in the dining room, if I remember correctly. It was very ornate and decorative. I suppose that was to make up for all the darkness.
This was a music player in one of the rooms. I guess you wouldn't want to be hauling around one of those today. ;)
A tea set in the dining room. Very shiny!
A piece of dining wear in the butler's pantry. As you can see in the sign behind the peacock, the butler was responsible for making sure that every piece of silver was polished bright. I didn't take a picture of the entire pantry but there was a ton of silver. Now that is a job I wouldn't want to have!
This is some of the wall paper in the house. Again, very bright and cherry!
The people in charge of maintaining the house did a very nice job. It was almost like the people living there had just stepped out to enjoy the sunshine for a little bit. There were little details that I really appreciated when viewing the house. Here is a box for soap that was in the laundry room.
This is the kitchen. On the counter there was a recipe book that you could flip through. The drawers that are pulled out have a piece of plastic on top and you can peek inside and take a look at some of the items that were kept in the kitchen.
A fireman's hose kept outside of the ballroom. Although, if you needed to escape from the fire the only two ways you could have done so were to go down the main staircase or out the window with a little one-man chain ladder.
The grand ballroom. Floor 3 of the house. Very nice and not quite what I was expecting. Around the perimeter of the room there are photographs and information about styles of the time and seats for the dancers that decided to take a break.
All in all I was very impressed with how preserved the house was. It was a very nice trip through time. Check out the website for a virtual tour and more information!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

I don't think that most of American today can grasp what it truly means to make a difference. Sure we all make some small difference everyday but what have we really done with our lives? Are we willing to work and give our lives for a cause that we might never even see come to pass? We all need to take a moment to look deep inside of ourselves to assess and take account of what we are doing? Are we just going through the motions? Living paycheck to paycheck? Or are we striving to make our world a better place to be? Cultivating our little time and space here on this planet to leave it better than when we inherited it? I understand that this post may seem a little "preachy" but I truly believe that every once in a while we need to stop thinking about our selfish little world and take a look at the bigger picture. Think about it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Things You Should Know about: Book Renter

If you are in college or you have been to college, you know that textbooks can get expensive very quickly. I found that I really hate going to the college bookstore because I feel like a sucker when I buy them and I feel like one when I sell my book. (I have also discovered that I am not alone with this thought and that there are many others who experience it as well.) Well here is a solution! Renting textbooks! You pay one price, you don't have to worry about if it will sell at the end of semester or not, and, best yet, you don't have to get up early the last day of the semester when you're half-dead to fight the crowds to re-sell your book to the bookstore.

Last semester I rented mostly from Amazon and the bookstore on campus but I have found an even better place! BookRenters! This place is amazing! I have found some books that were going to cost me several dollars were only $16 or $17 dollars to rent, also I just saved about $200 by renting from BookRenters! I seriously recommend that if you are going to college you check this place out!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Great American Vacation Series (Post #8)

So we have finished going through my first folder! I have two more so there are going to be a few more posts of "The Great American Vacation" Series. I hope that you have enjoyed going through these with me. Not like you get much choice! Ha-ha-ha. But seriously, I really do hope that you like this series. The next few pictures aren't in order of how we saw them but they are still enjoyable!
This is our first Bison that we saw up close. It was the middle of summer so they were shedding but I don't think that pictures give them justice. They are fantastically huge animals and quite amazing
at that! 
This is another one of those sulfuric spots. I just thought that the scenery was amazing with it.
This is a lake that we passed by on the road. I thought that it looked like a picture that could have been a screen saver. I thought that they blue on blue was really nice and that the lake looked so peaceful.
Again, this is a testimony to the vast differences in Yellowstone. When we were there my dad pondered what the Indians thought when they first saw some of these places. They had no clue about underground sulfuric streams or anything so it probably was a big shock. Also, most of these places are hidden within surrounding hills and such so most of the time you can't even see them until you're at them. I was even surprised most of the time. There are just so many different things to see. 

I don't exactly remember the name of this place but I think it looks a bit like marshmallows. It is formed by sulfuric water cooling off and hardening. Then another layer is formed over it as it cools and hardens. It is pretty neat! Science in action!
Here is a close up view of the rocks. Here you can see all the different layers.
This is a lion outside of a Post Office. I took a picture of this because when my grandma was little her mom took a picture of her sitting on top of it. That was about 50 years ago and the lion is still there. This post office has some neat items and the P.O. boxes were vintage and everything. I didn't take any pictures of the inside but you should take a trip there too so you can see it!

We were having a little car trouble and stopped to let the engine cool off and Emily saw this sign and wanted to have some fun so here is our "Point" (ha-ha) of interest! 

This is called Sheepeater Cliff (as you can see from the sign). I thought that this was especially interesting as we live near Shoshone. This cliff was named after the Shoshone Indians because of their use of the Bighorn sheep. Plus, Shoshone, ID has a really great ice cream place on the main street that goes to the highway!
Here is a close up view of the cliff. You can see the individual stones that make the cliff up.

I want to say that this is called the twin geysers because there are two of them, but don't quote me on that because I am not for sure. Crazy how it could have two in one spot!
SNEEK PEAK: This is what I am going to be talking about next week so stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Things you should know about: Quizlet

This is a fantastic resource for good and bad studiers alike. It is free and offers a little extra nudge for those who need to study or find studying difficult. I have used for over five years now and I still love it!
 It is really quick and easy to set up and it doesn't take up much time.

Sets of vocabulary are quick and you can put as much or as little information as you want.

 Quizlet also offers different ways to study and you can even test your self to see how much information you really know, it also offers different ways of testing including: fill in the blank, multiple choice, and even matching!

Of course, you can always upgrade to add different things but I think that the free version works just fine. Sign up today for Free! Plus the best part is that if you don't like it, it didn't cost you a thing!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Not everybody decides to make New Years resolutions and I normally don't but this year I decided to make one. So here it is: I am going to make all of my Christmas gifts and make them before Christmas! So I am trying to think of things to make. Let me know if you have any suggestions! I have a few in mind I just need to think of a few more.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Great American Vacation Series (Post #7)

Hello! I want to get finished with this series pretty soon so this post is going to be filled with lots of fun and excitement! And sorry in advance if it takes a while to load because of the massive amounts of pictures. ;)

Today you get to see Old Faithful. Now, the story behind old faithful is that it is called this because it goes off every hour on the hour, or at least it used to. When we had the big earth quake in South America (2010) it shifted the plates so much that now Old Faithful goes off every hour on the hour give or take ten minutes. I find it fascinating that an earth quake like that could cause change so far away from the source of the actual event. I would also like to say that I felt that earthquake in Idaho. Crazy right!

Anyway here are a few pictures:

These first ones are of Old Faithful, pictures simply don't give it justice. It was incredibly tall and amazing so if you get the opportunity you should go see it for yourself.

This picture is part of the crowd that gathered to watch Old Faithful, we were sitting in about the middle and that is only one side, of course it was also the middle of summer so there were a lot of people.

After Old Faithful we continued to drive around Yellow Stone, we saw this pond along the way at a rest stop and I thought that it was so pretty so I took a picture of it.
Here is a close up of one of the lilies.
We finally did see some bison, although we never did see a bear

This is an extreme zoom for a picture, I was pretty proud of my camera. Just looking at them from the road they were tiny dots out in the grass. Nice!
This is a picture of my family at the Continental Divide, some nice lady took a picture of all of us.

My sisters and I decided to have some fun with the sign. Ha-ha, get it? Continental DIVIDE!
This is called Dragon Mouth Cave, if I remember correctly. I thought it was neat because it really does look like there is a dragon that lives here!

This is a closer view of the Dragon's Mouth.
This was called the miniature Bryce Canyon, which we visited last summer. It is located in Utah. I would have to say though that it does look very similar.

This is part of the river that we drove by, I just thought that the Rainbow was nice.
So I hope that you enjoyed today's pictures, there are a lot more things to talk about so this series will be running quite frequently in the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy writing about them. I do have to say that it is nice to look at these pictures right now because the weather here now is so yucky and the pictures remind me of summer.