Hunting Sunflowers in Ennis Texas

One of the first drives we took after moving here last year was around a small town outside of Dallas called Ennis, and we found fields and fields of beautiful Sunflowers!  Today Joseph and I went back to that area in search of sunflowers again and found them!  While Joseph and I were out and about and talking, we realized the longer we're here the more Texas feels like home and we love it!

We never grow tired of driving down new roads, 'cause they all lead somewhere!

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Fields of Texas

Joseph and I took a drive today around Collin and Hunt County.  We're looking at a lot of different places, trying to decide where we want to settle our little family and buy a home!  Today was an overcast day and absolutely beautiful! 

We hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!

Crossing the Bench & Life Lately: Gold Tooling and Friends

We've been keeping very busy here at Eidolon House!  We've restored and bound beautiful antiquarian books, have had friends come to visit, and in true Joe and Jill fashion; we've been exploring Texas! 

1876 D&C before and after restoration.

1876 D&C before and after restoration.

A beautiful lithograph from the 1800s of Joseph Smith.  We washed and mended the paper so it will last a long time.

A beautiful lithograph from the 1800s of Joseph Smith.  We washed and mended the paper so it will last a long time.

Rebind of The Seer 1853-1854.

Rebind of The Seer 1853-1854.

Blind Tooling

Blind Tooling

Rebind of The History of the Persecutions.

Rebind of The History of the Persecutions.

Setting up tooling for the rebind of City of the Mormons.

Setting up tooling for the rebind of City of the Mormons.

Rebind of City of the Mormons.

Rebind of City of the Mormons.

Hand embroidered endbands for the rebind of a 1611 King James Bible.

Hand embroidered endbands for the rebind of a 1611 King James Bible.

Replacing warped portions of oak boards; we left as much of the oak boards as we could.

Replacing warped portions of oak boards; we left as much of the oak boards as we could.

The first verse of the first chapter of the 1611 King James Bible.

The first verse of the first chapter of the 1611 King James Bible.

Before and after 1611 King James Bible Rebind.  The book had already been rebound, if you're a bit confused.  Our goal in rebinding the bible was to make sure it was properly preserved and then rebound with a period appropriate binding.  The after should look older. . .

Before and after 1611 King James Bible Rebind.  The book had already been rebound, if you're a bit confused.  Our goal in rebinding the bible was to make sure it was properly preserved and then rebound with a period appropriate binding.  The after should look older. . .

This is a Royal Supralibros on the cover of a 1753 King James Bible.  This bible was personally owned by King George II. 

This is a Royal Supralibros on the cover of a 1753 King James Bible.  This bible was personally owned by King George II. 

Like I said, we've been busy restoring and binding beautiful rare books.  In between all of this restoration, Joe's friend Brannigan and his family stopped in for a visit on their way to California from Kentucky!  My friend Stacey Tyler came to town and stayed for a few days; we had a great time catching up, and taking it easy. 

Bran and Joe at the Rusty Taco.

Bran and Joe at the Rusty Taco.

Me and Stace, on our way to the airport.

Me and Stace, on our way to the airport.

Texas is getting warm, and plants are slowly coming back to life after the winter season:  It's time to explore and admire the beautiful country around us!

The sunsets are pretty killer here!

The sunsets are pretty killer here!

Exploring Northern Texas with Joseph is seriously fun!  We sing, talk about everything, and admire beautiful nature!

Exploring Northern Texas with Joseph is seriously fun!  We sing, talk about everything, and admire beautiful nature!

Blue Bonnets, Texas state flower!  Honestly, in person these are the most beautiful purple. 

Blue Bonnets, Texas state flower!  Honestly, in person these are the most beautiful purple. 

Enjoying Texas on the Last Day of 2013!

Joseph and I rarely take time off, which is to be expected in our first year of business; however if we don't take a little time away from the studio we'll go crazy!  We took today to enjoy the cool, but sunny weather and went to our favorite state park close to home; Ray Roberts. 

We were practically the only ones there, which was awesome!  A few of the camp grounds were closed for winter months, but the majority of the park was still open, even the restrooms!  The closure winter months posted at the park were December - February, this made me happy; in Northern Utah camp grounds and most state parks are closed between Labor Day and Memorial Day. 

We took a couple sandwiches with us to the park and enjoyed a picnic at the beach.  We saw several doe deer, and one beautiful four point buck.  As we drove into the park, along side of the road, there were several trees loaded with resting buzzards.  I have never seen that many large birds perched together in one place.  The birds were quite beautiful, but at the same time, the sight of them all together was frightening.

The best part about our day was non-stop conversation about politics, religion, stories from each others past, and plans for our future! 

Here are some pictures of our beautiful day; the last day of 2013!

 

Let 2014 begin!

Dallas under a sheet of ice. . .

We had quite the cold front and ice storm roll through a couple days ago that left Dallas under a sheet of ice, and left several homes and businesses without power.  We're from Northern Utah and quite used to cold, snowy, icy weather, but Utah is known for it's fluffy white snow; what landed in Dallas wasn't white or fluffy.

Here are some photos we took from around our neighborhood!

Enjoying Texas in Fall

It's been a beautiful Fall here in Northern Texas!  Joseph and I haven't been out exploring lately, so we stole this afternoon to drive to one of our favorite state parks, Ray Roberts.  We saw beautiful colors throughout the trees, deer, and the smells of fallen leaves were wonderful! 

See for yourself!

This Fall season hasn't let us down!

We hope you're all enjoying your Fall season!

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