Manteo fit our family perfectly. The island had so much character, was quiet yet offered a wide variety of things to do. Definitely a family friendly place. Straight out from where we stayed was the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and to the left of there was a Maritime Museum. Yes, my husband liked that! Pretty sure he stopped by at least once a day. :) Very close to the museum were lots of shops and galleries. I love browsing through art galleries and Kaelyn really enjoyed them as well because most had a pet inside! Win, win for the whole family. Here are a few of the highlights from Manteo...
Maritime Museum
{this sailboat had just been built, Roanoke Lighthouse in the background}
North Carolina Aquarium
{Kaelyn's favorite part ~ petting the stingrays}

Elizabethan Gardens
A very unique garden. I wouldn't say the flower gardens were all that impressive but the statues sure where!
North Carolina bees are enormous!
Seriously, they look like they could eat you!

Roanoke Island Festival Park
A great spot for kids to learn and play.
We were lucky to be able to look around the ship before a storm came.
There were several more things we could have done on the island but these were the bigger things we chose to do and they were all very affordable.
I kinda wish I had a job reviewing different destination spots... of course my family would have to join me to really test them out. :)
Do you have a favorite place you like to visit? I would love to hear about it!


Let Go & Trust ~ mixed media

Remember this "Let Go & Trust" mixed media piece I showed in progress a few weeks ago? Well it is almost finished. I just need to sign it and seal it, and hopefully not mess it up during the sealing process. Here are a few more progress photos:
She's coming alive! :)
Now for the pop of color on the bird.
And there she is as of today. I had fun experimenting with the border by adding water to charcoal. It was like turning the charcoal into watercolor. Worth trying out if you haven't before.
One of these days I hope to get better pictures of this piece and my last mixed media in good lighting. I think that is the hardest thing to do. :)