Monday, July 16, 2018

5th Annual Piggy Balance Challenge

I spent quite a few hours counting up my change Friday night.   I know that I used about $50 from it for toll roads when I was traveling.  Additionally the boys raid my change for charity days at school.

My grand total ended up being $168.80.

What is interesting is I don't have a clue what I want to buy with it.  I know there are some row by rows that I want.  Lately my big focus has been finishing up projects.

Perhaps I will purchase some machine quilting rulers or perhaps some cones of thread.  I missed the linky because, ahem, I have been a wee bit busy with outdoor work, and while the post was written I forgot to post and link.  Head over to Val's Quilting Studio and check out the piggy bank challenge.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I Like Thursday #32

Welcome to my I Like Thursday for week 32.

While I was on the west coast I learned quickly that if I purchased something I was charged anywhere from .10-.15 cents per bag.  I started picking up shopping bags.  These were some of my favorites.  I now take them to the grocery store here. 

 A chicken bag of course.
 I liked the retro look of this one with the garden
A stylized version of Portland, Oregon.

I showed pictures of my cone flowers earlier.  They are so gorgeous.  I love it when they get to this point in their growth.

And there was a surprise one poking its head above the thistle.
I like garden lights, especially the green ones I purchased a few weeks ago.

I found some similar on Amazon and purchased a couple of more.

I like old cars and in Oregon on a Lavender farm they had this one at the entrance as a planter.

I saw one the other day on the way to sewing. 

Love the blue wheels!

I love my new chickens, they are so pretty.

I like holders for my sewing tools. 

While I was in California there was a chocolate factory that had managed to get their chocolate in almost all of the local stores. 

It is really good.  I forgot I had a few bars set to the side.  I found one today.

Finally I know this sounds weird but I like to pick up rocks sometimes.  Big rocks.  This one is bigger than my foot.

I picked it up off the river bar near where my great grandparents home used to sit.

Now head on over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color to check out the other I Like Thursday posts.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Last Day on the Road

Welcome to day 8, the final day of Bobbin and my Row by Row Road Trip.

While not originally on my list I decided since I was so close to Intercourse, Pennsylvania and The Old Country Store.  I am so glad I stopped.

A couple of fun patterns, a basket, and a pincushion mouse. 

And a beautiful row. 

The next stop was going to be Sewing Solutions in Bedford, PA. 

I decided that I would take the back way to Greensburg, PA on the Historic Lincoln Hwy 30.  Oh what a great drive.  It is so pretty, lots of places of historical interest.  The Old Log Church in Schellsburg, PA was pretty awesome, unfortunately it was pouring too hard to get a good picture. 

I notice a sign that said Bucktown.  I kept wondering why that name sounded so familiar.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the Flight 93 Memorial from 9/11.  It gave me pause and I shed a few tears, but still the rain was torrential so we did not stop. 

The next interesting spot was Fort Ligonier.  Soon I was in Greensburg, PA and The Stitch in Time Shoppe.

The owner of the shop explained that her sister is an artist.  She painted the background, and then they went to a manufacturer and had the fabric printed for their kits. 

There was plenty of time so Bobbin and I headed to our final stop.  The Quilt Company in Allison, PA. 

Such a great shop with lots of fabric, and some wonderful displays.  After picking up our last R X R we headed for home.  We stopped a couple of times for potty breaks, but made it home by 7:30.  It was nice to be home and sleep in our bed that night.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Heading Home

Bobbin and I had been gone for quite a while and it had been time to head for home. Day 7 was going to be kind of a long one.  The day was overcast and we knew we would be heading toward rain.

The first stop for the day was going to be The Quilted Crow in Bolton, MA.  After the previous day, I was not too willing to take Bobbin into the shop so they were short and quick stops.

We were there as soon as it opened so we could then head to the next stop which was in Red Hook, New York.

The Village Fabric Shoppe was not huge, but the ladies were so friendly and they had the cutest row, and some awesome guitar fabric.  It was nice to have a break from the rain and get out of the car.  We then headed to our next stop in Pennsylvania.

Kutztown, Pennsylvania and The Wooden Bridge Dry Goods was sweet.

I found some fun fabrics at a great price, love the guitar fabric, and loved the batik fabric (far right). 

By then it was a long day driving and Bobbin and I had reservations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the night.   I always was under the impression that Lancaster was much like Berlin, Ohio, or Shipshewana, Indiana, but it was very commercial. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Visiting the Cape

Welcome to day 6 of my Row by Row journey.  I decided since I was so close I would wander out to Cape Cod for the day, we could sight see and be back to meet our friends Dawn of Sew You Quilt 2, and No Blog Jacky.

1st stop on the way was Plymouth, Massachusetts and so of course we would have to stop at the famous/infamous Plymouth Rock, and Plymouth Colony.

There is a big shelter over the rock.  I loved seeing the bay with all the boats.

The rock.  Or the alleged rock.  There was a nice park with a couple of visitor gift shops.

There were some fun Lobsters hanging around.

 Bobbin and I then headed further out on Cape Cod.  We stopped at a shop called Tumbleweeds. 

I liked this black and white print.

We then continued on. 
Cape Cod National Seashore.  It was a beautiful day.  Bobbin was not a fan of the sand, and I could not get over how many people were on the beach!   After a bit of time at the seashore we headed back so we could get to our hotel.  But we had to stop for lunch.

OMG I am in love.  My new favorite food.  Lobster Roll!

We had a room in Middleborough, MA.  Finally it was time to meet Dawn, and Jacky.  We went out to dinner at Frates!  It had a 50's theme with statues of Elvis.  Dawn and Jacky posing with The King.

I got to meet the infamous Dunkin, and Dawn's husband Richard too!  We had so much fun.

Dawn dressing cows, and Bobbin looking on. 

These two super sweet ladies gave me a basket full of Massachusetts's goodies.

With a silly poem.
I had a great time in Mass meeting everyone and Bobbin and I were sad to say good bye. 

Hopefully I will be able to go back again one day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I Like Thursday #31

Welcome to my I Like Thursday post #31.  I skipped last week as I was on my Row by Row trip. When I got home I was so thrilled to see my yard abloom.

I like Echinacea also called Coneflower.  I learned that they are part of the daisy family, and not only that but they were flowers which were native plants to the prairies. 

 I also have some fun daisies. 

I had purchased some zinnias, but before I left on my trip there was so much rain I struggled to get any of my plants in the ground.

Finally one of my favorites which is actually an annual is heliotrope.  I purchased this in Oregon and brought it home.  It is getting really big this year. 

Now head over to LeeAnn's At Not Afraid of Color to read the other I like posts. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mother of Pugs

Day 5 say a leisurely start to the day for Bobbin and I.  A shower, some reading, some playing fetch (Bobbin style) before we met back up with Nancy of Pug Mom fame.

We decided to do some fabric sightseeing at some of Nancy's favorite shops.

Sew Fisticated in Framingham, MA is amazing.  Very inexpensive fabrics.

There was a great batik, and the sweet floral print on the closeout tables.  Then some Andover which had to come home with me.

The next stop was Fabric Place Basement in Natik, MA.  They had so much fabric, but not a whole lot that I had to take home with me.

Finally we went to JAF in Natik.  I found the John Deere Fabric on the close out table, and.....the white print, which I have been looking for, for over a year.  It is the fabric that I was using in my Saw Toothed Square blocks!

After our fabric buying frenzy we headed back to Nancy's for dinner, some more yard time for the pug boys and Bobbin, and more visiting.

I was gifted with some chicken fabric, and books.

 Then it was time to say goodbye and head back to our hotel for the night.  Bobbin was a tired girl.
Tomorrow we are on a sightseeing adventure.