Beach Weekend & Happy Thanksgiving & Sale Update

One of my favorite things is waking up at my parents home on the Oregon coast. 

Last weekend Aaron and I headed down there to visit, to relax, to read, to eat & drink, and to walk. 

We walked along one of the trails along the coast that leads to Shore Acres State Park. Rain was in the forecast but it ended up being beautiful - cold but beautiful. 

When we walk we talk about the walks we've taken before, about what the kids are up to, about what we'll eat & drink later, and about how darn amazingly beautiful it all is out there. 

I take photos of them, she takes photos of us. 

My Dad was up early with a trip to the store for a sale he saw on poinsettias and paperwhites and amaryllis bulbs. 

This is one of my favorite photos from our quick trip. A simple shot, looking in through a doorway, at a moment in time. 

My Dad + his iPad + his vodka gimlet (which were awesome - recipe here) + a rolling wicker chair + the door of the oven ajar while he sits and cooks crab cakes. 

I know many of you are heading to visit family this weekend - maybe think about capturing some shots like this of your own family. People in their element, people doing what they do, people not looking at the camera. I also love that this shot includes other basic stuff of life that are things I'll want to see again someday. 

I love how my Mom sets a table. Candles + water with ice + place mats + small dishes. 

Super thankful for my parents and their hospitality. 

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone celebrating! 

Thank you for being a part of this community. 

SALE UPDATES

Just a heads up that the past Story Kit™, Story Stamp™, and Digital Story Kit™ sale ends 11/27/16 at 11:59PM EST (or while supplies last). 

During this sale we are offering a Story Classroom Bundle that includes the second five themes: AM/PM, Magic, Click, Little Things, & Go. You can purchase this classroom bundle here (no physical or digital products are included with the purchase of the classroom content). 

At the time I'm writing this there are still physical Story Kits™ available for the theme of Firsts and Old & New. Story Stamps™ still available include Black & WhiteSparksCheer (great for the holidays too), Old & NewHeartCraft, and Stuff. All Digital Story Kits™ are available (these are great companions to the classroom bundle). Kits and stamps sold during this sale do not include the original classroom content. 

Don't forget that we've also got a shipping special running this month. Get FREE domestic shipping (or $10 international flat rate) with ANY purchase of $25 or more. Just enter promo code APPRECIATE at checkout. 

Be on the lookout for a couple other special sales happening before the end of the month including a past December Daily® product sale and a digital/classes sale.  

Don't want to miss any sale updates? Sign up to get newsletter updates here (and if for some reason you have signed up but aren't getting emails please start a conversation with my Customer Service Team and they will be happy to look into that for you). Follow along with my business Instagram account here: @aliedwardsdesigninc. Or join my Craft The Story Facebook group for lots of conversation and inspiration with other people who are passionate about memory keeping. 

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  1. tamisc says…
    11/23/2016

    last summer, i traveled with my father and my kids from San Francisco to Portland. The coast was indeed just as beautiful as you have described it all these years that I have been reading your blog.

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  2. mtercha says…
    11/23/2016

    Your photos are lovely, absolutely beautiful. I love your mom's boots, really cool. My girlfriend is crazy about vodka gimlets, I'll share your recipe. Thanks for the story kit sale, I was able to pick up a couple stamp sets to go with some story kits. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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    1. patimac says…
      12/04/2016

      I love those boots also! They are called Muck Boots and they are still available online - about $140 now. We probably paid half that price when Al found them for many many years ago. They are awesome and really comfortable to wear.

    2. sbkwright says…
      12/05/2016

      We saw Muck boots at Sam's Club yesterday for $78 yesterday, quite a bargain

  3. BunnyLady876 says…
    11/23/2016

    Thankful for you and all of your awesome inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  4. shannon80 says…
    11/23/2016

    Beautiful words like always and matching photos

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones

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  5. Fundygirl says…
    11/23/2016

    I too live in the Washington/Oregon area you describe. I've lived here most all of my life, just a few hours away from our own part of the Oregon Coast. The only time I lived elsewhere was when I was in college in Tennessee. I swore after that that I would never again live in a landlocked state. There really is nothing like making that drive to the ocean, even as cold and rainy as our coast tends to be. I'm glad you get the opportunity to really enjoy it with your parents.

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  6. cornybeard says…
    11/23/2016

    I am in awe of the scenery near your folks' home - just wonderful and how amazing you get to visit that. It's just a normal Thursday here in the UK tomorrow, but hope you have a bloody good Thanksgiving, Ali.

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  7. nicolemartel654 says…
    11/23/2016

    Looks like a nice and relaxing time. Happy Thanksgiving Ali!

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  8. Yuka says…
    11/24/2016

    Those beautiful words and photos just moved me. I wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Australia or in my culture. Your words always remind me what's important in our lives. Thanks you for being you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. pmmessner says…
    11/25/2016

    l o v e

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  10. sophiecreates says…
    11/25/2016

    I love posts just like this Ali, which inspires me to simplify and see the beauty in everything around us. Thankyou.

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  11. Lize says…
    11/28/2016

    The one with the trees rocks and ocean deserves to be printed big. Magical sense of place.

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  12. janel says…
    11/28/2016

    We have traveled and stayed along the Oregon coast the last three May's....and the area around Shore Acres is truly one of my favorites.....my other favorite, Nehalem....both so different, both so beautiful. You are indeed blessed to have this area so near and dear. Loved every photo...especially the table in front of the window...looking out to the vast beauty of the earth's wonder. I see some genetic mirroring between you and your mother, even though I don't know either of you.

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  13. vicki_dalton says…
    11/29/2016

    Ok I'm curious.
    In your favorite photo (the one of your dad)...there is a mirror on the wall with a white cup thingie What is that?
    and by the way my favorite is the one of your parents looking out into the ocean.

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    1. patimac says…
      12/04/2016

      Hi Vicki, The mirror is a special, fun thrift store purchase Al found several years ago. The frame is myrtlewood with the opening area at the bottom. We just happened to have an antique vase that belonged to Al's Mom that fit in the hole perfectly. We try to keep fresh flowers in that vase - it had the last booms of hydragangas the day before Ali and Aaron came to visit. I hope to have sprigs of Holly soon, for the holiday season.

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