Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Our Fall Vacation To South Dakota, Day 2, Part 1: Deadwood

This is a continuation of a travel series to South Dakota.  To start at the beginning, go HERE.  Post two is HERE.

On day two of our vacation to South Dakota we went to the historic wild west town of Deadwood.  We did so much in a day and a half in this town that I couldn't possibly cover it all into one post, so I am dividing Deadwood into three posts: Part 1 will cover the town of Deadwood, Part 2 will cover the historic Adams House, and Part 3 will cover the Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Deadwood originated as a gold mining town when in 1875 pioneer Frank Bryant was hunting deer and instead found a sparkling metal.  Miners in search of a fortune followed establishing a town in 1876. 

Today the gold is long gone,  and Deadwood is now a tourist town loaded with history for lovers of the Old West.

We arrived in Deadwood very early in the morning, when most businesses were still closed.  We decided to take advantage of the serene morning and took  a lovely paved nature trail that was located behind the Deadwood Chamber Visitor Center.  The trail ran along Whitewood Creek.   It had two very pretty bridges with views of the "mountains" in the distance. 

The Chamber Visitor Center is housed in a gorgeous building.  It contains all the usual information every Visitor Center provides, but there are also displays explaining Deadwood's rich history. It is a must stop before you begin exploring Deadwood.

By the time we were finished touring the Visitor Center and walking the nature trail, the stores were opening up, so off we went on a walking tour of Deadwood.

Most of the businesses in Deadwood are casinos or bars.  There are some stores, but most are souvenir gift shops.  As much as I enjoyed admiring the western architecture of the town, I was disappointed that there was not a lot of shopping.  My husband and I don't gamble or drink, so other than taking the walking tour and learning the back history of the buildings, there was not much else to  do on the historic main street.  We were also surprised that there weren't any cute shops to eat or drink anything other than alcohol.  There were no chocolate shops, ice cream parlors, bakeries, etc.; the typical stuff you see in most tourist towns.  Every business was either a bar, a casino, or a souvenir gift shop.  

This is an old gasoline station renovated for wine tasting.

 Even if gambling and drinking aren't your thing, Deadwood is worth a stop for it's stunning architecture alone.  The entire city is a National Historic Landmark District.   The buildings are so well preserved, and each building has a story to tell.

Deadwood's past is well-known for its rough and rowdy crowd.  It was a place where miners came to drink, gamble and spend some time with "ladies of the night".  This bar/casino played up on that heritage by placing scantily clad mannequins in the upper story windows.

You can take a guided bus tour of Deadwood for $20.00 per person.  We did not take this tour.  We picked up a brochure at the Visitors Center and did a self-guided walking tour instead.  There is also a trolley that charges only $1.00 per person or $5.00 for an all day pass.  It runs at regular intervals between all hotels, motels, and other key stops.

 There are a number of gorgeous historic hotels still operating in Deadwood.  We stayed at a new hotel/casino just on the edge of the town(The Lodge), but we did pop in and check out the lobbies of a lot of these beauties.

They really love to play up on the old west theme in Deadwood, coming up with a lot of creative titles for their establishments.

The Franklin Hotel is the grandest old hotel on the historic main street.  We went inside to check out the Victorian architecture of their lobby and it was stunning!  There also have great food and restaurants here,  guests can eat on the veranda pictured below or inside at one of their other dining options.  Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and John Wayne are a few of the famous guests who stayed in this hotel.

This hotel used to be a Homestead Slime Plant in 1906.

 I just loved the western flair of this town.  This is not a style one sees in the state of Wisconsin.  We are more about log cabins, forests, pine trees, and deer.

  The Bullock Hotel is Deadwood's oldest hotel and is rich in ghost history.  The ghost of Seth Bullock has been reported to be seen by many guests and hotel workers.  The hotel offers ghost tours for the paranormal fans.

Perhaps Deadwood's most favorite resident was Wild Bill Hickok, who was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall on August 2, 1876 at this saloon.

You can walk in and just take pictures of the saloon, but they ask for a small donation or store purchase if you do.   They also offer paid, guided tours.

 And of course the place they captured the assassin of Wild Bill is important too!

After taking the walking tour we were pretty hot and tired and thought it was time to cool off in the local museum.  The Adams Museum is free admission but they do request a donation.  It felt wonderful to enjoy some air conditioning and read about all the wild characters of the town like Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny.

For a free, little museum, it was actually quite impressive.  It told you anything you could possibly want to know about the town's history and it's famous residents.

A narrow gauge railroad was established in 1888 to serve the interests of the mining companies.  In 1902 a portion of this railroad was electrified to carry passengers.  In 1930 the railroad was abandoned but there is a historic train station still in Deadwood today that now serves as a Visitor Center.

When we were done touring the museum and we were refreshed and renewed, it was time to head over the Historic Adams House for a tour (more on that next week).  On the way there we saw a few more historic buildings of interest.

Historic Federal Courthouse 1907

Lawrence County Courthouse

And that concludes Part 1 of our visit to Deadwood.  If you love historic homes, be sure to come back next week when I will be sharing stories and pictures of the Historic Adams House.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fall Harvest Card

I have one more fall card to share with you before we move into the holiday season.  This is a fall card I made for my daughter and her husband.  I used a very old set from Stampin' Up!  called "Feathered Friends".  I actually sold this stamp set, but I stamped off a few images before I sent it on it's merry way to its' new owner;  and, I'm glad I did, because it is a classic!

I colored the image and cut it out with square Nestabilities from Spellbinders.  I added lots of embellishment to this card since it was such a tiny image.  I used Prima flowers, a brad for the flower center, and some hemp cord for a bow.

On the lower right corner I added another Prima flower and brad, but this time I cut out a leafy stem using an MFT die and I added a couple of shiny red apple brads.

The designer paper is from an old DCWV fall mat stack.  I created lots of frames and layers by matting it multiple times.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stitch Fix #22: A Plaid Vest, Sweater, And A Necklace

I just got my November Stitch Fix box this Saturday and at the time I'm writing this post, I'm still trying to decide what to keep and what to send back.  I'm having a hard time because I love everything!  I created a poll on my Instastories on Instagram and I would really appreciate it if you'd pop on over there and vote on each item.  The poll should run through 3:30 central on Monday.  I don't need to decide what to keep until Tuesday, and I will really be taking whatever you guys say into consideration.  So please vote!  And of course you can leave your opinion of these three pieces in the comment section below this post.

In this Fix I received a vest, a sweater, a necklace, a pair of skinny corduroy pants, and a bell sleeve top.  Today I will review three of those pieces:  the vest, sweater, and necklace.   On Friday I'll review the last two pieces and then do a review of the entire Fix and let you know what I kept and what I sent back.

The first item I will review is this vest.

Lemon Tart "Kallen Ponte Puffer Vest"

I'll be honest and admit I sneaked a peek on the Stitch Fix website to see what they were sending me in advance.  I try so hard not to do that, because I really liked to be surprised, but sometimes I just can't help myself.  When I saw I had a puffer vest in my Fix I initially thought "Oh no, I don't need another puffer vest.  I already own five!".  But then when my Fix arrived and I pulled out the vest I was blown away.  It is so well-constructed!  It's one of those items when you examine it you realize you definitely get what you pay for because the quality is amazing.

I'm normally not a big plaid lover, but this plaid is so subtle it works for me.  I like the colors in the plaid.  It has a tiny bit of burgundy in it which really works for me because I have a lot of burgundy in my closet.  It is very tapered, so even though it's quilted and thick, it's very slimming for a vest.  It doesn't feel or look like it adds a lot of extra bulk to my frame.

It has side pockets with zippers!  Yes, another plus for me!

My husband really liked the vest too, and feels I should keep it.  He says I don't have anything like it, and he's right, I don't.  He liked the quilting as well.

The next item is this necklace.

Marlyn Schiff "Newman Circle Charm Layering Necklace"

I like the style of this necklace but the quality of the necklace is kind of cheap for the cost.  I could find something similar for half the cost or less at Charming Charlies or elsewhere.  I will probably only keep the necklace if I keep the entire Fix because it is pointless to send only the necklace back and lose my 25% off discount.

 The third item in this Fix is this burnt orange sweater.

Vero Moda Leroya Crew Neck Pullover Sweater

Things I love about this sweater:  the color, the thin knit, the length.   Things I don't love:  the crew neck and shoulders don't flatter my figure.  I also have two similar colored sweaters in my closet already.

The two similar sweaters I already own are slightly different.  One has a lace up neckline (HERE) and the other is a thicker knit and shorter (HERE).   I prefer this Stitch Fix one over the thicker, shorter knit one I already own.  This happens a lot to me with my Stitch Fix items.  I already own a similar item, but I like the one Stitch Fix sends me better, and I want to keep the Stitch Fix item, even if I really don't need it.  Ugh!  That's why I need you to help me decide!

I'm actually not a big fan of pullover sweaters in general because I never think they flatter me.  I always prefer tops with cardigans or vests.  But, living in Wisconsin, pullovers are often necessary:  as you can probably tell by these photos.  Yes, we have snow already.  This is actually our 4th snowfall this season.  It's going to be one long, miserable winter.

I'd really love your thoughts on these items!  I don't have to decide till Tuesday, so please advise me!  I'll be back on Friday with the other two pieces of this Fix and I'll let you know the results of the poll on Instagram and also what I ultimately decided to keep.

Have you always wanted to try Stitch Fix but you were a bit nervous about it?  Did you know if you use my Referral Code you can save $25.00 on your first Fix?  Give it a try!  What do you have to lose?  

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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