Moc Me All You Want

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I LOVE my new moccasins!

They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.

And damn good-looking.

I’m a fan for life.

I purchased the moccasin at the Itasca Leather Goods Store  in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Itasca_logo

Here’s a little background on the company.

“Itasca Moccasin was founded in 1986 by Mardel Bents who learned the moccasin-making business after being sold leather working equipment by a salesman from St. Paul, MN. Bents opened the original factory store in Lake George, MN, located in the northwestern quadrant of the state between the towns of Park Rapids, Bemidji and Walker. The location was ideal — just outside of world-renowned Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Since its opening, the store has attracted visitors traveling to the park from throughout the country. Also among its early customer base were Native Americans living in the nearby reservations of Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake; the native Ojibwe wear moccasins as a part of their regalia for Powwow dances and for other cultural events”

The price is right too.

$122 for a handmade pair of moccasins.

I wear them out and about and though they do not have a hard sole, they are wearing quite well

thank very much.

Here are my moc’s.

I love the olive, buff and red color combo.

They go with everything.

WC_GlenPlaid_45Cota Glen Plaid

$122

Next up on my moccasin wish list.

Cota French Lavender

 Cota French Lavender

$122

and these

Obion Chukka Boots

Obion Chukkaa Ankle Boots 

$248

My sister Darbie loved these boots.

They will be in her closet shortly.

Mermec Boot

Meramec 12″ Boot

$278

and so will these

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

$302

Here is my sister Jenny’s pick.

Cota GroovyCota Groovy

$122

And they also make Men and Children’s Shoes

These mini moc’s kill me.

So cute for little feet.

The perfect baby gift!

Maquoketa Fringed Children's Moccasin

Children’s Maquoketa Fringed Moccasin

$58

Here’s another thing that’s cool about this leather goods company.

Itasca will customize your order.

You can add fringe, beads, create your own color combination, type of leather, etc…

They have an on-line store and I suggest you order a size smaller than you normally do because leather stretches.

One or two wears and you’re set.

So go wild, be creative and get your own personalize unique pair of shoes.

Your feet will thank you.

xoxo Carrie

Photos: Itasca Pinterest Page

Gordon, Wisconsin Population 176

Forrest Road

 I announced to a group of ladies at a dinner party that I was beyond excited to go to Wisconsin for vacation.

 I would be unplugging, away from news, tv, phone calls, work.

The kids had to play outside and create their own fun.

Declan by window

Make forts, swim, take walks, play in the forest.

I was amazed when one of the women said, “why would you want to do that?”

The thought of being so remote and having an electronic free zone seemed horrific to her.

 I’ll tell you why I was so excited.

Doc Shot

I had no idea what was going on in the world other than my own world.

I enjoyed talking to my family face to face instead of texting.

sunset feet

Each night I got to watch the sun set.

I enjoyed daily four mile walks with my sisters and Mom.

Wild Roses

We discovered wildflowers, followed animal tracks, walked through the woods, heard a symphony of bird songs.

We waved to and were waved back by every person who passed us.

They slowed down to 20 mph to let us pass (try that one in Los Angeles).

We saw a bear.

We made wonderful nightly meals and all sat down as a family to eat.

We drank some awesome wine.

We drank even more awesome beer.

Beer Chair

We saw more eagles than crows.

We saw more deer than people.

My 6-year-old now knows how to kyack.

Caroline Kayak

My daughter learned to fish.

We played for  hours in water  so clear you can see your feet and all the fish swimming around.

Clear Water

We drank tap water from the faucet.

It’s ice-cold, delicious and clean!

I did some canoeing.

Canoe

I listened to big, loud Midwest thunderstorms at night.

Powerful and majestic and perfect for sleeping.

View of Lake

When we woke up we made huge pots of coffee and sat on the screened in porch, surrounded by old pine trees and an amazing view of the lake and slowly embraced the day.

We went to a Lumber Jack show.

 I learned a lot about logging  and I got to see some super cute Lumber Jack’s.

Lumberjack

We ate at a local joint for a Friday Night Fish Fry,we drank beer, ate cheese curds, played Pac-Man (yup, the original version was still in working order).

Long Branch

No flash or frills, no one was dressed up, it was real, delicious and down home fun.

cheese curds

I felt American.

I know it sounds corny, but there were American flags all over the place and it wasn’t because of the 4th Holiday it was because the people of the small town communities we visited love their country.

It’s nice to be around and especially after the controversial verdict that has our nation divided and up in arms.

   I almost cried when I ate an iced chocolate raised donut because it was that good.

We played family charades and ate popcorn.

The sound of the Loons on the lake, eerie and beautiful.

I love the fact each year I can count on nothing changing.

Cabin Wall

The creak when you hit the second stair on the way down, the sauce pan that was struck by lighting, the elephant foot stool, the pheasant taxidermy on the mantle, the fireplace made from stones from the near by St. Croix river, the old faded map of Wisconsin, the porch swing.

They will all still be there, unchanged when we return.

Lighting Sauce Pan

Wisconsin Map

The memories I had as a kid will be the same memories my daughter will have.

Carrie 1972

 Carrie 1972

Caroline On Dock

Caroline 2013

It’s so nice that there is a place that stands still in time.

Gordon Forest

Standing still is not a bad thing.

Darbie & Sunny

I came home with a clear mind and a full heart.

Gordon

I whole heartily recommend going away to a place Like Gordon, Wisconsin.

Population 176.

And now I hope you understand why.

xoxo Carrie

Decorating A Cabin

Photo: www.decorology.blogspot.com

When I married Adam he promised to love me in sickness and in health, etc… the one promise I will not let him forget is that we will one day own a cabin, on a lake, preferably in my favorite state of Wisconsin where I am now.

Photo: My view out the window.

I’m in the North Woods of Wisconsin, in an unincorporated town off of County Road Y. It’s 9:45 and the sun hasn’t set.

The sky is a golden orange.  I’m sipping wine and dreaming of decorating my own cabin one day.

Photo: calfinder.com

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: www.deptoftheinteriordc.blogspot.com

Photo: slytastic.wordpress.com

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: www.kitchenisms.com

 

www.kitchenisms.com

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: www.harvestfurniture.blogspot.com

Photo: Sunset On White Fish Lake

So I’ll keep dreaming of my cabin, in the meantime I will enjoy the heaven I am in right now.

xoxo Carrie

Cabin Fever

It’s a rainy day in February and I figure there is no better time to plan a summer get away. I can’t wait.  We are going with my sisters and their families to one of our favorite places on earth…Wisconsin.   Yep, it’s true, Wisconsin.

We have been going to the same place and staying in the same two cabins since were kids. Nothing has changed, especially the routines.

Mornings begin on Adirondack chairs sipping strong, freshly brewed coffee under 50 year+ Hudson’s Bay Blankets, no one talks until bellies start growling. We then venture off to pick wild blue berries for muffins or pancakes and wild flowers for the dining room table.  Days are spent swimming on the crystal clear lake, fishing, canoeing, the kids run free through the woods and only show up for food.  Evenings we sit on the old porch swing enjoying cocktails while watching the sun set, play family games such as Sardines, Charades or Scrabble, and when the cocktails have been plentiful, full on renditions of old camp songs start. Just before bedtime we will venture down to the dock to gaze at the amazing constellation of stars, often sharing the moment with a family of deer drinking from the lake. It is magical.

I can’t wait to go back to a place were simple things still exist and cell phone towers don’t.


What are your summer plans?

Photo 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7 from my camera Photo 4: dann-online, Photo 5: And All The Trimmings Blog