When it’s cold and sleeting outside, my thoughts easily drift back to summer vacations. So today, I thought I would share a throwback post to my summer vacation in Oregon.
As you probably already know, I adore rocks. Rocks are pretty much the coolest creations on this planet. I have rocks all over my house, in my car, inside my suitcase, in my jewelry box; I even have a rock keychain! Well, while I was in Oregon, I found a super cool shop, called Nature’s Bling.
Nature’s Bling had some of the coolest things like this amethyst stalactite – or portable cave as I call it. If I were a rich woman… I would have five of these amethyst caves in my yard… or perhaps my ballroom… 🙂
Check out this huge chunk of rose quartz. I couldn’t even lift it! I find it interesting that both amethyst and rose quartz are the same type of rock, but have different minerals that change the color. Rose Quartz is pink because of the manganese it contains. Amethyst is purple due to iron impurities -and ultra violet irradiation.
Nature’s Bling is a fun rock shop, and I’d definitely recommend going the next time you are in Yachats, Oregon!
Nature’s Bling Facebook Page
- Monday -Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
- Wednesday -Thursday: 9 am -5 pm
- Friday -Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
- Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm
2334 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 97498
Welcome back to Music Monday…. or should I say Music Friday. 🙂 I was a little late this week, but I wanted to make sure that I found a fantastic artist to share with you. As I listening to my trusty Pandora vocal jazz station, I came across Renee Olstead. Although she is more known for acting roles in TV sitcoms, Renee Olstead started singing jazz at age 13. She published a self-titled album with Warner Brothers in 2004, and then Skylark . One of her songs, “A Love that Will Last,” appeared in Princess Diaries 2.
I love her traditional jazz, bluesy voice. I also love her talent with vocal scatting -a skill I would really like to develop. 🙂 I can’t believe it took me this long to find her!
Here are five of my favorite songs by Renee Olstead:
- Summertime by Renee Olstead
2. Alright, Okay, You Win by Renee Olstead
3. Hit the Road Jack
4. Skylark by Renee Olstead
5. Someone to Watch Over Me by Renee Olstead
I hope you liked Renee Olstead’s amazing voice and stylistic talent as much as I do! 💚
I am starting a brand new blog series, called Music Monday!
Music has always been a deep love and integral part of my life. 💙 I love to listen to the human voice (it’s my favorite instrument!) But sometimes — and especially when at work — I can get distracted by the lyrics. To combat this, I love to listen artists sing in foreign languages.
Lately I have dived into the world of French pop and folk music. There, I discovered an amazing duo –Fréro Delavega! This music group first premiered on the third season of France’s version of the Voice (The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix). While singers Jérémy Frérot and Flo Delavega did not go on to win the season, they have enjoyed success with their two albums: Fréro Delavega and Des Ombres Et Des Lumieres. In addition to their amazing voices, I love the folk influences, syncopation and acoustic guitar in these songs. 💚
Here are five of my favorite songs by Fréro Delavega:
I hope you enjoy Fréro Delavega as much as I do! 💛💖💚
One of my favorite parts of my trip to Oregon, was actually a road stop in Idaho. Ben and I went to the Spencer Opal Mines and had so much fun. 🙂 It costed $15 a person, and we spent a few hours searching for hidden treasure.
The type of opal found at the Spencer Opal Mine is the milky white opal. Unlike peacock opals from Las Vegas, these little friends do not need to be protected with moisture.
It was a lot of looking, spraying with water (so you can remove all the dust), and more looking. Randy, an opal expert showed us examples of opal, and helped us tell the difference between opal with color play, and “common” opal. I was excited to find a few pieces with opal.
Ben definitely found the best piece. He could have taken it to a jeweler to make a ring. But, Ben likes the raw, rough quality of the uncut opal. I do have to agree that it looks pretty neat.
I also found George, and couldn’t wait to bring him home! He is made out of rhyolite and obsidian, which the is matrix surrounding the opals in Spencer. I love the pink, blobby stripes running across the surface. He is probably my favorite find at the opal mine.
This was so much fun -I am definitely hooked on finding my own gems. I’d love to try panning for gold or garnets in the future!
Here what’s happened at Dana Maye this week – I wrote about my trip to Oregon, my summer adventures, and my favorite thrift shop ever. 🙂
Seeds of Hope Thrift Store
Finding the Seeds of Hope website is a bit difficult, so I created a basic information page for all those looking for this awesome thrift store. I plan on writing a future post about why I love Seeds of Hope so much. ❤
My Summer Adventures
I did a lot of fun things this summer, and wrote a recap about all of that fun. Some of my adventures included a wedding in California, sanding a dining room set, a colonial-themed 4th of July party, and more. 🙂
A Family Reunion in Oregon
My trip to Yachats, Oregon was just amazing. The town was so much fun, the beach was lovely -and I was so happy to be able to see my family. 🙂
I went to the first Gooss family reunion this summer. We went to Yachats, Oregon, a lovely beach town. It was pretty much the best vacation ever. Here are some of the things we did:
- There were fun restaurants in the area, and little shops to visit.
- The beach was just beautiful! I’ve never been to an Oregon beach before. I loved all of the little black stones scattered across it (I learned that they were basalt).
- We had a family bonfire, where we talked about our crazy driving stories. We spent a lot of time talking and catching up throughout the week. 🙂
- I enjoyed visiting sites like the Sea Lions cave and the Heceta Head lighthouse.
- That sweatshirt in ended up in half the pictures! I swear I changed my shirts underneath. It was a bit chillier than I expected. 🙂
- I found a super neat rock shop called Nature’s Bling -my Nanny loved the tall amethyst cave. I came home with some real beauties.
- I got to spend so much time with my nieces and nephew. They are growing up so fast.
- We played pool in the beach house, and had fun making meals (I made my curry recipe!)
- Most of all, it was so nice to spend time with my family. I miss them so much. ❤
I can’t believe it’s already autumn! Time sure flies fast. Since I didn’t get around to posting as much as I wanted, I’ll do a recap of my summer. Here’s some of my summer adventures:
- We went to a wedding for Ben’s sister, Katie in Santa Barbara, California. It was a mad dash getting everything together, but that was part of the fun.
- I worked on my dining chair project. I’m sanding the down the chairs so I can stain and varnish them later. It is a lot more work than I anticipated!
- I enjoyed Ben’s gardening. He grew lovely flowers for me, and the tomatoes were ah-mazing.
- We went on bonfires with friends.
- Ben and I went to ImagiCon out in Minot. There, I dressed up for the Mandalorian Mercs (a Star Wars non-profit charity organization), I found a steel boned corset, and I enjoyed a wedding reception.
- We had a super fun 4th of July party. It was British themed, as we were feeling mischievous. There was amazing cake, and lots of fireworks.
- We went to a 1950’s themed party. I managed to find the coolest costume at Seeds of Hope for $6.
I participated in a lot more Mandalorian Mercs events, which I will post about later. I’ll also post about my family reunion at the Oregon Coast.