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WiP Wednesday: getting ready for vacation

What do you take on vacation with you?? I am not really a beach person though the rest of my family are, so I always try to take my sewing with me.

So next week, we are off to the beach for the week….and I am taking with me a few of my WiPs. This week, is all about getting packed and preparing the projects.

First up, Phased Circles: Background fabric selected
Phased Circles Outside

The plan is to balance the color, so I am using Kona Pepper, with black, white and grey Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.

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Project 2: Spoonflower Class – Row 3 blocks, plan is to finish row 3 and minimally finish the quilt top.
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Last night, I spent some time cutting out all the pieces of that 3rd row.
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Project 3: Jungle Ave Quilt. Fabrics arrived and are beautiful, so I will start to plan and cut the quilt top.
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Project 4: Of course, you need to keep a 4 1/2 hour drive interesting…so you guessed, it the hexagon quilt is coming with us.
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So, that is my plan for next week…the rest of the week is prepping and cutting. Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Fabric Stash Sunday + Morris Island Lighthouse

Well it’s no longer Sunday…where did Sunday and Monday go??? Anyway, I have some great fabric arrive the last two weeks.

Firstly, is my new Kaffe Fassett fabric, a mix of stripes and solids weaves which I have never owned before. I already have a project for these. I want to do something similar to Adrianne’s Cross quilt using the cross pattern in the book Simply Retro (page 17, which you can see on amazon). Purchased from Hawthorne Threads.

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And finally my Heather Ross pre-order arrived….and I love it. Briar Rose reminds me of this wonderful little dress I had when I was 5 which was blue with red or pink strawberries hence = LOVE. And yes I bought extra yardage, of the pink, green strawberries and the white + red strawberries.RossBundle_Stash

Besides the stash photos this week, our last stop in Charleston, SC was Morris Island Lighthouse and Folly Beach. I loved the drift wood at Morris Island Lighthouse beach and it was so cool to see a lighthouse surrounded by water…even though it was a little far away to get a good photo.

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We went round the corner to Folly beach which was at high tide…now, I could see myself in that cool mint colored beach house. Look at that roof deck.FollyBeach

Linking up with Fiona @ Finding Fifth for Sunday Stash.

Tips + Boone Hall Plantation, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina (Part 1)

Charleston has been amazing so far. We had a great day today, discovering must go places…two of the food/beverage places were kind of ordinary from the outside but phenomenal food/coffee and service.

  • Sunrise Bistro – about the only breakfast place on Johns Island. The service was warm and friendly. Food was delivered to the table in a timely manner, and it was correct. The coffee was amazing, I had roasted coffee with taste of pecans…mouth watering even now when I think about it. We all enjoyed our meals of kids french toast, a breakfast sampler (ham, eggs, potatoes, french toast) + Smoked Salmon Bagel. Price was very reasonable – under $25. http://www.sunrise-bistro.com/
  • Southern Brews Coffee – a drive thru coffee stop. We arrived at 4:15pm, but unfortunately it closed at 4pm. You won’t believe this but the manager came to the drive thru window and still served us as we were visiting. I got an Iced Nobel Prize Latte (which is english toffee and vanilla flavored) and the hubby got a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It was delectable, I might have to go back tomorrow and try one of their Blended drinks with the cream on top 🙂  http://www.southernbrewscoffee.com/
  • Oh and that coffee I liked at Sunrise Bistro was by King Bean Coffee Roasters based in Charleston. They are selling the beans at Whole Foods in Columbia and Mt Pleasant only. They did not have the Southern Pecan Flavor but I did pick up a Brazilian (Decaf), Plantation and Columbia.

The main part of today, we spent at Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. I would again definitely recommend it, there was so much to do….a coach tour round the plantation, cafe with homemade ice cream, house tour, and slave quarters with a history of slavery and freedom. My favorite parts were the longest avenue of oaks, and the gardens.

Below are photo’s of the natural surroundings of Boone Hall Plantation. I am splitting my photos across two posts. The next post will be of Boone Hall’s buildings and structures on the property. Enjoy!!

Avenue of OaksBooneHallPlantation_OakAvenue

Amazing foliage BooneHallPlantation_Plant

Tidal salt marshBooneHallPlantation_SaltMarsh2

Fresh water lake (with alligators)BooneHallPlantation_FreshWater

House gardensBooneHallPlantation_Gardens1

 

 

Goal Achieved – Relaxed

The mountains put on a scene that was amazing today. This was our best and last day in the mountains. The autumn/fall colors really came in, these are a couple of trees surrounding our cabin.

We spent the morning in Boone, strolling down the main street enjoying the park benches and the flower gardens along the pavement (footpath).

  

Next stop, was lunch in Blowing Rock. We tried Bistro Roca, while the food landed up tasting good, it was a little disappointing. Our lunches of Salmon with fries and a Veggie Burger, were cold the first time out. The second round the food was great; the veggie burger was Eggplant and Quinoa with tzatziki, and would recommend giving it a try.

For the trip along the way, we grabbed a coffee at the acclaimed “Bald Guy Brew of Blowing Rock”. They made the best Latte I have ever tasted….I will be stopping by there again tomorrow – one for the road, so to speak.

The afternoon of sight seeing started with the overlook at Linn Cove. It was totally worth the stop.

    

  

We got back in the car to spend the afternoon at Linville Falls region, a little further south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had decide to go to the Linville Cavern and do the Linville Falls walk. I would definitely recommend both – Sean’s favorite is the cave. Some facts we learnt about the cavern:

  • There were fresh water trout that go blind in the dark after approx. two years of living in the spring cavern creek.
  • The stalagmites grow up (grow with all their might), stalactites grow down (they hold on tight). They are made mostly of Calcium Carbonate, Iron oxide give them a rust color. Algae (green) grow over the growths.
  • The bats return to the cave in winter when it is cold enough for them to hibernate.

We throughly enjoyed the 0.8 mile walk (each way) to the Linville Falls. Sean went a little crazy and pretty much ran there and back, jumping off every rock, tree stump or step he could find – exhausting just to watch let alone keep up 🙂 (I am getting old).

We started the walk around 5 pm, and got great sun-light in the late afternoon.

            

As sun was setting as we made our way home, stopping quickly to catch the sunset at the Grandfather mountain overlook.

  

It is always a little daunting at night on a windy road….I kept myself entertained by experimental with some night shots :-). The last of our photo tour.

  

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed our vacation photographs. We had a successful vacation and, yes it was relatively STRESS FREE=RELAXING!!!!  Goal achieved.

Day 1 Photos

Day 2 Photos

Sean’s Photographs (age 5)

Vacation through my 5 year old son’s eyes

So, what would a 5 year old take photos of, on his vacation in the mountains? This is the experiment we are trying out :-).

This vacation, we decided to let Sean have his own camera to take his own photos. He has been so excited about it. I think he has done a great job!! Here are some of his photos.

Day1:
The Streets of Blowing Rock

    

Bass Lake Walk

    

Day 2: 

Lunch at The Village Cafe
(Daddy was a camera “hogger” today and this was Sean’s only chance for photos)
    Day 3:

Boone

  

Linn Cove Viaduct

  

Linville Falls

Grandfather Mountain Overlook

Day 2: Amazing Fall Day

Today, was the most amazing day here in the North Carolina mountains. Perfectly clear, I do not think we saw a cloud at all today.

We spent most of the day along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Grandfather Mountain and the Moses Cone Mansion – Arts and Craft Center. It was for sure cold up at Grandfather mountains but wonderfully warm in the sun along the rest of the parkway. Boy, are we now exhausted.

Lunch was great!!! We had tried to go The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock twice now, but always seem to land up there when they were closed. Today, we had success – and so worth the wait. It was a small Victorian cottage converted into the cafe, surrounded by a wild garden….and the food was amazing.

Photographs of the day are below.

Grandfather Mountain memories:

            

(now Dad…..that is a big tongue 😉 )

The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock:

  

Moses Cone Mansion:
  

Day 1 photographs can be found here.

Today’s photographs: Fall was here

It started of wet in the North Carolina Mountains this morning, but by lunchtime it had cleared. It was a little windy, but if you were in the sun, out of the wind, it warmed up. We all enjoyed the first day of the very relaxing, no stress vacation.

We spent our afternoon in and around Blowing Rock, which is a very quaint town. We ate lunch there, but not at the restaurant we wanted as it was closed just for today 😦 (unusual for a Monday as they are usually closed Tuesday). The boys followed lunch up with dessert – ice cream from Kilwins.

We walked all the food off with some fun in the playground. Sean and I had a competition on the swing – I have not been on a swing in years….I was giggling like a school girl. We finished off the dat with a walk around Bass Lake. Beautiful day!!!

Here are today’s photographs.

The fall colors of the parkway:

  

Town of ,Blowing Rock:
  

Bass Lake:
  

The boys having fun: