Making A Cute Shower Cap

Morning everyone, today I’m making a cute shower cap ^_^

Continuing on in my series of cutening up every day objects today I’m going to show you how I made my shower cap that little bit pinker 😀

Shower Cap Tutorial

To make this particular cute shower cap you need:

  • Plain shower cap (got mine from Coles for around $2)
  • Some fabric of your choice
  • Eyelet lace
  • Ribbon
  • Needle and thread

Shower Cap Tutorial

So get out your shower cap and lay out your fabric.

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Stretch out your plastic cap to find out how wide it is. You need to cut out a circle of fabric with that diameter plus a few inches for seam allowance.

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Now a note on choosing fabric, because this is going to be getting wet often you will need to choose a fabric which dries very easily or else it will get moldy! I am using toweling. This is my circle:

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Now thread your needle and with the edge folded under, stitch your fabric into the elastic of the cap. You will need to stretch out the elastic as you sew it in. This can be a bit tricky when you only have two hands so what I do is use a notebook or something solid like that to hold it stretched while I’m sewing.

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When you finish you should end up with something like this:

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Now this is where you can do one of two things… Either go nuts with the cute and add a frill to the edge here like a vintage styled one or move straight on to the lace. I personally find frills at edge to be cute but not practical because the water catches in them so I went straight to the lace.

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Sew one edge of your eyelet lace around the very edge of the elastic.

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Then sew on the other side. It should hide all of the edges of the pink in a nice little sandwich.

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Lastly thread your ribbon through and tie in a bow. You will need to stretch it out and make sure there is enough ribbon there to go around your head.

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You’re done! Ok so there is a limit to how cute you can actually make a shower cap, no matter what they always look pretty silly. But it’s Winter so it’s a very necessary item… and I think this is an improvement on the original ^_^

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Hope you enjoyed and let me know if any of you give the cute shower cap a try! ^_^

Outfit Of The Day Post and Best Australian Blog Competition

Before I get into the special outfit post of the day I just wanted to put in a little announcement. I’ve been nominated for the Sydney Writer’s Centre “Best Australian Blogs Competition”! Very exciting 😀 I’m not sure the category I’m up for but as well as the regular awards I’ve been nominated for the People’s Choice Award!

If you would like to vote in the awards (not just for me, there are lots of other amazing bloggers nominated too) just click the banner below to be taken to the form. If you want to vote for me I’m on the 3rd page of blogs under V for Violet ^_^

So yeah I just wanted to say thank you to all of you reading this because when I started this blog years ago I had no idea the awesome places it would take me or the wonderful people I would meet, so THANK YOU for reading!!!

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Now on to today’s outfit post! This is a special version of this too because the outfit was a huge surprise ^_^ You remember last year when I held the One Day in Paradise competition for their 1 year anniversary? I found a beautiful Jesus Diamate dress and debated with you guys in the comments and on Twitter whether I should buy it. Well last week a package turned up in my letterbox. Turns out Marie (who is the incredibly sweet owner of One Day in Paradise) sent it to me as a present *_*I just about had a heart attack when I opened the box!!

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So ruffly and pretty!

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I wore this outfit to meet Thomas and Sakie who are lovely bloggers from Japan. So happy because I finally got an excuse to try Max Brenner too XD Photos of that to come in the next edition of snapshots.

This is the kind of dress you just want to spin in XD

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Totally love it, can’t wait to try out different ways to coordinate it!

One Day in Paradise info:

Shop is located at Visage n Vice Boutique, 248 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Open Fridays 11am-7pm and Saturdays 11am-6pm or by appointment. Shop online anytime.

One Day in Paradise, Visage n Vice Boutique and Petticoats and Gallantry also do various markets and stalls so please check their websites for more information on time and dates. A big thank you goes to Laura from Petticoats and Gallantry for including the leopard print shower cap I had my eye on at the store too 😀 Showering in style=win! Thank you girls!!

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Now back to video editing for me 😀

One Day In Paradise Lolita Store Anniversary Competition!

This post was sponsored by One Day in Paradise. For more information on sponsored posts please click here.

Finally a competition open to international readers too, I hope you all enjoy it ^_^

One Day in Paradise is to date Australia’s first and only local Lolita store and they celebrated their second anniversary this past weekend 😀

While I  personally no longer wear Lolita fashion I do still enjoy seeing it on others and I know that lots of my readers wear the fashion so when Marie (the owner) invited me along I was delighted to see what they were doing!

Early that morning Marie came over and I helped her out with her hair, she really enjoyed my tutorial on over the head plaits so she borrowed some of my flowers and I tried out the style on her. This proves that even those with short hair can try it because Marie’s hair is barely shoulder length!

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The store is located over at 248 Johnston Street and shares a shop with Visage and Vicewho sell mostly gothic clothing. Make sure you go type the suburb as Fitzroy into your GPS when you go otherwise you’ll end up walking like 10 extra blocks because there is a second 248 Johnston St in the next suburb over XD Yes ok I am speaking from experience on that one and no it’s not fun to walk the 10 blocks in the middle of an unseasonal storm especially when you’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time on your hair and make up for a party only to have it completely ruined by aforementioned rain!

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Once you see this in the window though you’ll be ok:

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Inside the first room might be a little bit of unfamiliar territory for the sweeter Lolitas 😉 Keep going up the back of the store though and you’ll spot a trail of arrows leading towards the frills!

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Follow the arrows…

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You might feel like Alice down the rabbit hole at this point but you’re almost there!

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The further you go, the pinker it gets XD

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And you made it safely!

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Now before we get to the party, here’s some info about One Day in Paradise:

  • They have an online store and a Facebook page
  • They sell both new and second hand brand and off brand items
  • They ship locally within Australia and internationally
  • The store is open to the public every Friday and Saturday (other times can be arranged by appointment only)
  • They stock JSKs, OPs, accessories, shoes, socks, magazines, wigs and pretty much anything else you could think of.
  • While they specialise in Lolita clothing they do also some times stock Hime Gyaru pieces too 😀

So on to the party!

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The place was descended on by about 30 Lolitas so all of this yummy food was gone in a flash! Hot tea on tap and everyone was very happy ^_^

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It was a lovely setting for everyone to chat and meet/catch up with each other.

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Of course with that many like minded girls in one place there was a whooole lot of shopping to be done XD

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I didn’t get a chance to do any shopping because I was busy being behind the camera interviewing all the girls for a video about the store which is at the bottom of the post ^_^

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Of course when I spotted a Jesus Diamante dress at the back of the rack I had to play with it at least XD Think I should go back and get it?

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Completely unrelated but I totally also wanted this awesome leopard print shower cap XD

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There were lots of girls meeting for the first time…

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And of course lots of old friends…

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There was even an artist sketching people ^_^

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At the end of the night Marie gave a little speach thanking everyone and outlining her plans for the new year.

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I got to catch up with Stephy, the owner of Visage and Vise^_^

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And of course Marie! I wanted to steal her dress so badly because it was just lovely!

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You can see the rest of the photos in the slide show below…

And here is the video of the interviews…

So to celebrate One Day in Paradise’s second anniversary, it’s giveaway time!!

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Competition Time!

Up for grabs is a AU$100 gift voucher to One Day in Paradise to be used by the end of January 2011. This giveaway is open to everyone including international readers!

This competition is now closed!

What you need to do:

-Be a follower of this blog (either by Google Friend Connect or RSS and yes I will check this)

-Leave a comment saying what on their website you would spend your voucher on.

-Please use a valid email address!

This giveaway will be open for 7 days until midnight Melbourne Australia time 29th January 2010 and the winner will be picked at random.

I can’t wait to see what you all would pick, good luck everyone!

Baking Soda As Shampoo- Friday Fun and Announcements

As requested here’s my video on using baking soda as a shampoo!

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Hello and welcome to Friday video number 2.
Today I’m gong to be talking about using baking soda as shampoo.
So baking soda.
Firstly, is baking soda the same as baking powder?
No. Not the same thing at all, only use baking soda also known as bicarb soda.
I use mckensie’s because it’s the cheapest one. You really don’t need to use much each time so for $1.50 you’ll probably get a whole month or more’s worth.
So step by step, how do you actually use it as shampoo?
#1 don’t use shampoo obviously.
Instead of shampoo you would get a little cup of water. I use the lid from James’ shaving cream. Put a couple of spoons in there and then fill the rest up with warm water.
Then I mix it around with my finger until it’s mostly disolved and put it through your hair.
Massage it to the roots like your would a normal shampoo and make sure to get it really close to the roots because that’s where most of the oil and grease is.
Then I leave it on there for a couple of minutes, maybe 3 minutes? I don’t really have a clock in my shower so.
Once I’m satisfied that my hair is clean I wash it out.
So that’s really it.
Afterwards if you want to you can use a conditioner. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.
And if I do, I avoid the roots because again that’s usually where my hair gets oily.
Using the baking soda took me a while to get used to because it really doesn’t feel like shampoo.
And honestly until you get out of the shower and completely dry your hair it doesn’t feel clean, not even a little bit.
When it goes in it’s kind of grippy, I guess is the word, like when you rub two pieces of velvet together and all of the little fibres catch on each other.
When you shampoo you get a lather, this doesn’t lather at all. Also when you shampoo your hair and you dry it it had that light airy feeling, you know you feel like you’re in a Pantene commercial and you’re flipping your hair around and you’ve got a big fan blowing in your direction to get the perfect hair flick off to the side.
This isn’t like that.
Once you dry your hair it feels amazing.
It’s really soft and smooth. The texture of my hair feels a lot better now than when I was using shampoo.
I could totally do the commercial with the fan and the wind blowing.
It takes a bit longer to dry than traditional shampoo, I imagine it’s because that has special ingredients to quicken the drying time or whatever and this is just baking soda, nothing fancy.
And that’s pretty much it.
With baking soda I don’t seem to was as often because it doesn’t seem to need it.
I think that’s probably to do with the fact that some shampoos strip the natural oils out of your hair and that’s stuff you want in there.
So your scalp maybe overcompensates and makes extra. Again I’m not an expert so I haven’t no idea the science behind this, I just know it works for me.
This seems a bit more gentle though and I don’t have to wash as often.
As I mentioned in my previous video on using it as dry shampoo, there were a lot of comments asking whether it was the same as using talcum powder.
Or baby power. Yes and no. It’s the same in that they do both get the job done.
But when you wash it out it comes out a lot easier than talcum
For the full transcription take a look at the blog post or turn on captions.

Snapshots from Brisbane Pt1

I took a lot of photos when we went to Brisbane in December… I really mean A LOT. Like when I took out all the crap ones I still had 300+ that I liked and wanted to post *_* I cut it down again to around 175 so I’m going to split it up into two posts this weekend and just tell you about the funniest and most interesting parts! The rest of them (mostly just pretty stuff) will be uploaded to my Facebook page tomorrow if you want to go see what else we got up to!

So let’s get into it before I feel like adding even more photos haha!

I had delicious fudge for breakfast the day we left. I’m sure fudge is a food group right?
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The bathroom toiletries at the airport get more hilarious every time I go back!VioletLeBeauxP1000966_1137 copy

I didn’t have much else to do on the plane because I was too sleepy to work so I entertained myself by taking photos of the pretty view.

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I started illustrating Bergamot’s story on the way too but I didn’t get very far.

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It was so cold that little ice crystals formed on the window, hilarious considering it’s the height of summer!

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We arrived and went straight to James’ Dad’s golf store to do some work and have some lunch.

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I spotted these cute polishes that came with diamante rings at a shop near by!

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I can sniff out claw machines in any state!

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I continued taking wanky artistic photos in our room 😀 Sepia makes everything look artistic!

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Deep fried crumbed camembert for dinner=win!

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While James enjoyed the Foxtel I spent my time taking photos of Bergamot with various creepy Christmas decorations.

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Kris’ (James’ brother) friend Courtney made us cupcakes to eat on the drive up!

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James ate them while wearing two hats for some reason.

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We drove for ages to find his favorite burger place was closed down and turned into a fish shop. Much crying was done ;_;VioletLeBeauxP1010084_1149 copy

I found Bergamot a pretty necklace in the parking lot so it wasn’t a complete waste!

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I also spotted the worst costume idea ever at Spotlight. “Going Snookz”?!

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The drive up was long but we found ways to entertain ourselves… like this.

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We stopped at some particularly scenic lookouts though pretty much every direction I turned looked something like this.

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I took more wanky sepia photos… like a lot of wanky sepia photos.

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We drove to the wrong hotel and spotted a kookaburra who was waiting for his dinner. When we got back in the car to find the right hotel James was attacked by a grasshopper or some kind of bug, I screamed, he slammed on the breaks and we both got some pretty intense whiplash *_* WHY DOES NATURE HATE ME?!

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Finally we made it to our cabin!

Ours was suspended above the trees on polls which freaked me out a little bit.

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Did I mention that I took a lot of artistic photos? The roof of our cabin was very pretty.

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The bed and spa looked directly out onto a view of the valley.

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That night we went to James’ Dad’s birthday dinner, here’s the guest of honour!

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SO MUCH DELICIOUS FOOD.

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These table decorations show that even classy food cannot make James classy.

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James took my camera for most of the night and played around with the settings. Kris looks like he’s having a fantastic time XD

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He also didn’t eat most of his food (other than the steak) preferring to make it into some kind of crazy monster smoking a carrot cigar. Yes.

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Birthday boy doing his best to camwhore!

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James and his Mum looking over some of the photos.

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Poor Bergamot drank a bit too much wine and was seeing stars all night mwahahahaha…

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When we got home to the cabin we sat around with Courtney and Kris talking and the lights suddenly turned off. As it turned out they cut the electricity for 6 hours to install a new transformer. We made do with our emergency candles!

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The next morning we decided to give the spa a test out and had the most hilarious experience of the weekend *_*

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Whoever had been there before us didn’t leave it particularly clean and there were dead bugs all over the spa, also spiders everywhere. James cleaned it out and we started to relax. After a while we turned on the bubble jets and the bubbles on top started to disappear… then I noticed the water was full of dead bugs and we were sitting in dead bug soup! IT WAS DISGUSTING! They had all come shooting out of the bubble jets *_* SO YUCKY, I think I’m scarred for life!

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After that adventure I thought it best to stick to showers XD

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The view was stunning though and it provided lots of fun opportunities for testing out the new camera.

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James also spent most of this time with a camera glued to his face.

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We explored Montville and it’s handicraft shops and I met the loveliest ladies who were making the items in the store.

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The lady in the middle made the earrings I bought, so cute!

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Flowers were in full bloom everywhere!

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Of course for some reason we were almost magnetically drawn to the candy shop in town, it was called “Fudgyboombahs” mwahaha!VioletLeBeauxP1010398_1180 copyVioletLeBeauxP1010399_1180 copy

They had SO many fudge varieties all with hilarious names.

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We took quite a few varieties home and they were all delicious!

On the way to Mooloolaba we stopped to take the obligatory Montville tourist shots at the lookout. Of course it was raining so the view was completely obscured!

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Such cute little houses!

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We visited Underwater World for the first time since I was a kid and it hasn’t changed at all, I even remember half the exhibits! By this point in the day both of us were sooooo hungry so we had lunch there and I ate the WORST “gourmet” burger I’ve ever eaten. Seriously it was so dry I can’t even describe it.

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We finished lunch just in time for the seal show, it was SO cool!

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It had some hilariously adult jokes too XD They got a volunteer from the audience (who was totally working secretly for the show) and she got to feed the seal, then it was supposed to kiss her on the cheek but it pushed her in the water and stole her pants! The other seal was supposed to give her pants back but it kept sticking its head under water to sneak a peek instead! Dirty seals!

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This one totally reminded me of Pilot from Farscape 😀 😀 😀

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This lobster had a really beautiful colourful shell…

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But all I could think about was how delicious it would be 😀

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James’ favorite animals here (and at the zoo) were the otters, after seeing how cute and lazy these ones were sun baking I had to agree!VioletLeBeauxP1010519_1192 copyVioletLeBeauxP1010524_1192 copyVioletLeBeauxP1010530_1193 copyVioletLeBeauxP1010536_1194 copyVioletLeBeauxP1010538_1194 copy

Rub their tummies!!

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We got a private show from one of the seals who wanted some attention. She came right up to the barrier to pose!

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James and I had slightly different reactions to the shark teeth.

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But he was also childish as ever -_- It DID say “Canal Cruise”.

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The storm as we drove on the way back was insane. It chased us all the way home but was so beautiful.

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We had a pizza party that night in the cabins and James and I fell asleep pretty much as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  He did try to start a fire but that’s a story for tomorrow’s post. Part one finished and part two tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed as much as I did taking them 😀

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