Batten Down the Hatches

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We spent Thanksgiving holiday with family up in Oregon. Here is Chloe all dressed up for a big turkey dinner. She is standing with Coco my MIL Doberman.

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I did manage a little crafting while I was there. I made my first beeswax rolled candles. They are not as easy to make as it looks. I watched a Utube video and they gave me bad instructions. After I rolled a few and they looked like a 2 year old slapped them together, my hubby came over and tried one and of course his was perfect looking. Turns out it is better to be heavy handed then light on your fingers as I was instructed. So I unwrapped the ones I did and re made them to more satisfactory looking candles.

Here are a few pictures from our visit.

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My MIL and I were able to sneak away to her local quilt shop Grandmas Attic. I never leave that place empty handed. I came home with two lovely fat quarters, a flying geese ruler, and Eleanor Burns book “Quilts from El’s Kitchen”.

We took the red eye flight home to South Carolina. I had not taken a night flight since my 20’s. I think I am still recovering from the long flight and 3 hour time difference from Oregon to here.

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I had been working on my Woodland sampler cross stitch. I am hoping to really pick up the pace and get this done by January.

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I have a whole pile of different projects I plan on sewing for the holidays and of course that did not stop me from adding a new one and moving it to the top of the list. I am making this small bunch of fabrics into a advent calendar. I know December already started. At least if I finish it I can use it next year. One too many sugar plums dancing in my head, we will see how much I actually get accomplished this year for Holiday sewing. I do cheat a little because I tend to sew thru January. Always seems like there is way more sewing time for the holidays after the holidays have just passed.

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Sullivan’s Island

We checked out a new beach close to the Charleston area of South Carolina. We normally go to the Isle of Palms which is the closest beach to our house. We thought it was time to start venturing out to some of the other beaches. So we went to Sullivan’s Island for some lunch and a walk on the beach. We ate a very tasty lunch at Poe’s Tavern. We started with some chips and queso dip. Chris had the Annabel Lee burger which is a burger with a crab cake on top. Chloe and I shared a plate of Mahi Mahi tacos. Lunch was delicious we will definitely be back. Then we walked to the beach. It is a wonderful beach absolutely gorgeous.