Batten Down the Hatches


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.


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.









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.


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.


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.


Quilt Shop San Antonio TX


Last Thursday was Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. I was not able to go to our local quilt shop but I did visit a quilt shop while we were in San Antonio TX. I went to the Las Colchas shop. Chloe and I walked thru this wonderful shop while Chris sat in the car playing on his smart phone. This shop is so awesome. It use to be a house and now each room is filled with lovely fabrics, books and quilty goodness. I probably walked thru each of the rooms 10 times and still there is probably stuff I did not see. This shop was my favorite part of the whole San Antonio trip. Here is the loot I snatched up.


I am in love with girly flowery prints at the moment. The top row of fabric are 1/3 yard and the next row are fat quarters. On the bottom are 2 bundles of cotton lace. The books are “Rugs From Rags” by Country Threads and “English Paper Piecing” by Vicki Bellino. All lovely additions to my stash. I loved this shop and wish it was my local quilt shop. If you are ever in San Antonio don’t miss out on this quilt shop.


San Antonio Texas

We spent a week in San Antonio Texas. Chris had a dental conference and Chloe and I tagged along for some sight seeing. We stayed on the River Walk. Chloe and I ventured to the Buck horn Museum, The Children’s Museum, the Mall, the Park, & even took a river boat ride. All three of us made it to the San Antonio Zoo. The only downer on the trip was Sea World was closed for the season. here are some photos I took while we were there.