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This summer we spent a few fun days at my aunt and uncle’s house in Pennsylvania. They live on a large piece of property (compared to California standards) and have an amazing garden and quite a few animals including eight or nine chickens (which by the way provide the most delicious eggs). As a thank you for my aunt Jackie’s hospitality, my mom commissioned me to make her a tote bag. I knew exactly which embroidery I was going to use for this one! I got this piece at the Oakland White Elephant Sale in January. I loved the mid-century look of the design and the odd color combination. I had the corduroy in my stash as well as the unlikely floral fabric. Somehow they all went together in a fun way.

p.s. Here are Jackie’s chickens and the breakfast she made for me!

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This summer we had a wonderful visit to my aunt and uncle’s home in Saxonburg, PA. My aunt took us shopping downtown and these little fairy gardens stopped me in my tracks! They were being sold at an antique shop called The Chandlery. I wish I could have stuffed ALL of them in my suitcase but alas, that was not an option. Look at all the wonderful detail! There was even a class on how to make your own fairy garden but it was being held a day after we had to return home. I will definitely be trying my hand at these some day soon!!!

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Rock sculptures

This summer we went camping at Memorial Park near Pescadero, CA. There is a stream that runs through the woods close to the campsites so we spent some time there swimming and hanging out on the rocky beach. Avery has been a rock collector for as long as I can remember and she collected various rocks and brought them back to our site. She started stacking them creating these beautiful little sculptures. Pretty soon most of us were joining in. Who needs t.v. or cell phones when you have a pile of rocks to play with?!

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Fall is almost here and now that the kids are back in school, I have some time to go over the pictures that I took on our summer adventures. First up are these little beauties. Our trip to Pennsylvania is never complete without our daily trek to Nolt’s Bargain Barn in Martinsburg. The more you dig through the stuff, the more you find! I located a zip lock baggie full of these sweet fabrics. I think they were intended to be used in a sunbonnet sue quilt because many of them were cut into what looked like little dress shapes. The patterns and color pallets are so beautiful.

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I am glad to be back! Somehow computer issues stopped the blogging then life got in the way. So much has gone on since January so I will just jump right in. I guess a good place to start would be to introduce one of the new members of our family. Her name is Farrah and she is a 1974 Airstream Landyacht. To say I like her would be an understatement. She is my new baby. I like to decorate her, wash her, and best of all go CaMpInG in her!!! We have been on four camping trips so far and look forward to many more! This summer we also added two more members to our family. Axel and Clyde are our cute and crazy kittens. They have added lots of fun and laughter to our home. I will be posting some pictures of them later. Believe me, there are no shortage of pictures of these two!!! Along with Farrah and the kittens, we went on several short trips and enjoyed the easy going summer schedule. Now, it is back to school and for me that means back to sewing. I am enjoying creating lots of totes and will be showing them at a craft fair in Aptos, CA on November 5th.

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A Perfect Day…

. Today was a gem. I got up early, dropped the kids off at school and made a b-line Yountville in Napa Valley to meet up with my wonderful friends Lisa and Brenda. We toured an exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum of Art (more on that later) then ate lunch at a scrumptious little French Bakery, laughed until we cried, were awestruck at the wonder of our natural surroundings and thoroughly enjoyed each moment. Here are a few pictures of this “picture perfect” day… p.s. This little blue bird was sitting inches away from Brenda’s red sleeve!

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Blueberry picking

During our stay in Ohio we visited a farmers market in Chagrin Falls. We bought a box of some delicious blueberries and found out that the farm they came from had a “pick your own” orchard. We headed out one cool and misty that morning (perfect picking weather) to the Blue Jay Orchard. The berries were abundant and HUGE! All together we picked six pounds. The kids ate quite a few on the way home and my mom made a “blueberry betty” for dessert that night. It was a great outing!

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