August 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary

So although Sunday was our 6th wedding anniversary, my hubster took me on a mystery trip on Saturday to...Pollywog Holler Eco-resort! It was amazing! You actually have to hike in to get to the main lodge and even further away was our lean-to where we slept.
There is no electricity, just lanterns, and even the showers were solar-powered and from a gravity fed spring. All the building were made by hand by the owners from trees and fallen logs in the area. There was a wood-fired sauna, an amazing vegetarian meal (catered just for us) cooked over a wood burning stove and all the complimentary home-made wine we could drink! (a bit too much it turned out when we tried to walk to our bed later that night!) A fire was ready and burning for us when we got back to our lean-to and it was very peaceful and romantic out in the woods with only the crickets and frogs to serenade us, and the water gently lapping at the sides of the pond.
We were served a wonderful breakfast the next morning and spent some time hiking around the place and discovering some of the amazing art "gifts" and sculptures that have been donated and placed in the woods by many people throughout the past 30 years the place has been in business. This place is not everyone's "cup of tea" but it sure was perfect for us and our anniversary celebration! I'll share a few photos at the end of this post.

Onto today's card. This is the first card I made when I received the PTI anniversary set, Everyday Classics, in March this year. It wasn't made for anyone specifically, but I thought it appropriate for a post about my anniversary!

I also used the leaf image from First Fruits. All supplies are PTI except black ep and black ink (Ranger). I love the look of black embossing on black CS...seems elegant.
Now for some photos of our trip!
I was still clueless at this point, so when we started driving off into the woods on a dirt road I made him tell me more!
This is the entrance to the resort. I thought it looked like a giant jungle-gym!

Loved this tiny mushroom entrance building with the wild flowers growing on top! The roof was an inverted recycled satellite dish!
This was the entrance into the sculptural art forest. We hiked back into there for a ways before coming to this:
The main lodge! The stream running in front was so nice.
We took a quick photo in the woods too! Isn't my hubster a cutie?! *grin*
This was a finished dome house that you could stay in. We saw it through the woods while hiking in. It has the only 8 foot diameter "Floating bed" on the East coast. Cool!
Another view of the Phantasy Dome and the pond in front. If we go back we want to stay here.
This was our lean-to and bed for the night. It was so refreshing to sleep with only a curtain separating us from this amazing view of our own pond!
View from the bed. You can see a bit of the roof in the photo.
This was the bath house, with a composting toilet and a solar-powered spring-fed shower. Love the trees growing off the roof!
I took this photo of my hubby walking around one of the ponds and I loved the contrast of the trees reflected in the water. He almost blends in!
The fire they built for us while we were at the wine bar! It was so nice to go back to our lean-to and see this waiting for us!

The next morning we started the fire again, although we were not cold at all. We really did have perfect weather for this excursion. I'm so lucky.
Thanks for stopping by today, I know personal photos can be boring but I had to share my "mystery anniversary trip" with everyone. *wink*


Deb C said...

Beautiful, elegant card. I need to remember the black embossing on black cardstock tip.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time on your anniversary trip. Isn't it awesome when hubbies get it "just right"????

Cindy Holshouser said...

Darling card. I love the black embossed flowers. Such a unique and pretty touch.

BethieJ said...

BEAUTIFUL Card Dana! Sounds like a WONDERFUL Anniversary!!
Welcome to our blog group!!!

Beth said...

Happy Anniversary! It does my heart good to know we raised a great husband just for you! Glad you had a wonderful time. I really enjoy looking at all your cards. You are so talented and blessed. Love you both, Mom M

Jen said...

So completely in awe! How wonderful! That anniversary trip will give you memories for a lifetime. I have no doubt you two will become regulars if life allows. Happy Anniversary, to both of you. I loved the card.

Julie Campbell said...

Ahhh! What a PERFECT anniversary! Thanks for sharing some of the deets & pics! :)

Belinda said...

Awww, what a sweet anniversary surprise! THanks for sharing the pics!

Melissa said...

Wow, this sounds amazing! What a wonderful celebration for you two! Your card is gorgeous!

Mara... said...

Your card is beautiful!!!! And looks like a fantastic anniversary trip. Looks awesome, especially that tent you got to sleep in!!

So excited you are now part of the PTI blogging group. Can't wait to see more of your work!!

Danisha said...

I love what you did on your anniversary! I know I should be commenting on the card (which is very nice I must say) but I absolutely love that idea of the Holler!

My anniversay is in September, maybe I will have to surprise him!