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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mother/Daughter Outing at Arrington Vineyards

My youngest daughter belongs to a scout group with 5 of her friends.  This past Friday, the moms and daughters had a long awaited outing at Arrington Vineyards.  If you haven't heard of Arrington Vineyards, it's a charming vineyard and winery founded by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.  It sits high atop a hill in Arrington, Tennessee, just off of I-840.  It's a wonderful place to take the family and friends as they have numerous picnic tables nestled on the hillside.  There is no entrance fee or cover charge AND they have live acoustical music!  

We all packed picnic dinners and the moms shared a delicious bottle of wine.  I didn't get many pictures so be sure to check out their website if you're interested in visiting.  

I did happen to get one picture before the sun had totally disappeared over the horizon.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm back!

Wow, has it really been over a year since I posted!?  I apologize for taking such a long break.  My life has gotten very busy.  I don't know if I've shared about myself in the past.  I figure this would be a great way to begin blogging again.  

I'm Angie, wife to a wonderful, dedicated man that God so graciously put in my life 24 years ago.  I'm also a mom to three beautiful daughters, ages 21, 15, and 12.  I've been a homeschool mom for the past 15 years and will be for another 5 when my youngest will graduate.  Woohoo!  (Did I say that out loud?!)  Being a wife, mom, and homeschool teacher has been one of the most challenging but most rewarding things ever.  In my spare (hahaha) time, I enjoy thrifting, crafting, drawing, painting, decorating, cooking, gardening, and getting out in nature.  We live on 8 acres  in a beautiful little city outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

My blog began a few years back when I discovered altered art albums.  I was instantly hooked!  Altered art incorporated two of my favorite things...found objects and creating.  I can't decide if I enjoy more the thrill of the hunt for the found objects or manipulating them into new creations.  The albums were just the start.  From there I discovered snowmen made from vintage bottles and found objects...could it get any better?!  You can see that post here.  

Since the blog bug bit, I have noticed The Altered Past evolving into more than just my altered art.  Decorating is another passion of mine.  I began the University of Tennessee majoring in interior design but left with an "Mrs." degree instead, lol.  So, at this point, I'm learning through researching other successful decorators and designers.  Thank God for the internet, Pinterest, and many wonderful bloggers that are willing to share their knowledge.  

So, a little more about me and hopefully a new start (re-start?) to this blog.  I'll leave you with a beautiful picture that I get to wake up to every morning.  It's one of the reasons I don't mind driving 20 minutes to get to town.  Enjoy!