Thursday, January 5, 2017

Good-bye 2016 Hello 2017 (Pipe Creek, TX)

I hope everyone had a nice time over the holidays.  I spent most of December being lazy and just getting use to our new home.  I managed to get a little organizing done with my stuff that I haven't pulled out for months.  During our move, I found quite a few things that I forgot that I had sitting in my storage bins.  Goodness, so many ideas, so little time!
Okay, a little catching up time....
We spent most of December near Waco, TX.  This time, we decided to visit The Magnolia Market in downtown Waco.  Both Dan and I enjoy watching the HGTV show the Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines.  The houses they fix up are well done.  Chip makes sure the house has strong bones and good wiring.  Joanna does a wonderful job of keeping the character of the older homes while giving it a fresh modern look.
Inviting play area with swings, toys, and chairs
Have you seen the show?  We like it because there is no drama and yet it is entertaining to watch the two interact on the show.  We have lost count of how many animals Chip has adopted and how often Jo tells him no more pets!  We are amazed at their bottomless source of energy that never wears out.
Magnolia Market and Silos
Their love for each other, for their family, and for their community is so refreshing. As you can see from the photos, the Magnolia Market at the Silos is more than just a place to go shopping.  It is a gathering place for families and friends to enjoy the day and at night for concerts.
We had a choice of meals from several different food trucks along the perimeter.  The most popular food truck served only Mac and Cheese meals.  We had a vegetarian rice bowl from a different food truck.  I wanted to get one of the cupcakes from the bakery, but the line was out the door.  Of course, by the time I finished my rice bowl, I was too stuffed to eat a cupcake no matter how delicious they looked!
There is even a small garden area setup for us to walk around.  The Seed + Supply Magnolia Shop carried some cute little garden items.  It made me wish I had a garden room to decorate.
If you happen to be near Waco, stop by the Magnolia Market.  If you want a cupcake, I was told you need to get there early before the crowds show up.  Shopping inside the store wasn't too crowded.  It is not packed to the ceiling with merchandise.  It is understated and doesn't feel like another tourist trap.  Simple elegance just like Joanna Gaines.

Afterwards, we decided to walk a couple of blocks around the downtown area and came across the original Dr. Pepper factory.  We did not go through the Dr. Pepper Museum, but we did stop in for an ice cream in the cafe.
I don't know much about the building except that it was built in 1906 and this side was damaged by a category 5 tornado in 1953.  I find the building interesting especially the tower towards the back.
Before Christmas, we moved to Medina Lake near San Antonio.  Check out the two photos of Medina Lake!  The first time we visited this area, we could not see a spot of water and cattle were grazing towards the bottom of the valley.
Medina Lake New Years 2015
Today it is full due to all the rain Texas has received in the past two years.  I tried to get the exact same view using the hills in the background.  What an amazing difference!  We hope this will breath new life into the area and help bring back the little towns nearby.
Medina Lake today!
We were happy when our son Shaun joined us for the holidays.  We spent Christmas eve eating potluck with other campers at the family center and we showed him a couple of the local sights that I will post next time.  For most of the time, we just sat around enjoying the peace and quiet of the park.
I'm not sure who had a better time with the feedings - us or the deer.  We can tell who feeds the deer around their sites by all the deer hanging around.  We decided to feed them down by the lake and away from where we walk our cats.  When the deer get close to one of our cats, they start alerting with a hissing sound and stamping their hooves.  Neither the cat nor the deer back off, so we end up chasing off the deer to keep them from attacking.
The office and the local hardware store sell bags of corn so we know it is okay to feed the wildlife here.  Quite a success - the deer look very healthy!
On The Cutting Board
My shop stayed busy between November and December.  As a matter of fact, I need to get busy and refill my shop.  It is looking a little empty.  I have been working on a couple of things, but nothing close to being finished.
Recently, I had an inquiry about one of my first Happy Campers done in blue with a Welcome sign.  I told the customer that I could make another one. She sent me a photo of her retro trailer. Isn't it cute? She sounds like a very happy Happy Camper!  I plan to finish this one soon.

With the new year, I hope to get back on track and get things done!  I'm not getting any younger, you know!  😊
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Settled In Our New Home (Bridgeport, TX)

I feel like I am living in a miniature condominium on wheels.  Our new home has better appliances and furniture.  A dream home for sure!  I wasn't so sure I would be happy to leave our old Bluebird with its quirks and its own unique characteristics.
Moving Day
It was strange and sad to watch our old Bus drive off, knowing I will not see it again. I know one thing - I do not want to go through a move like this again for a very very long time. The next move will have to be our last one - into a park model or a nursing home. 👵

Now, that I have had a little time to get to know our new home, I am quite happy with Dan's decision to buy this 2003 Foretravel.  It will be a very comfortable home for many years to come.

Well, would you like a tour of our new home?  Great!  We will start with the bedroom.
Slideout- Desk in bedroom
We have one small slideout in the bedroom with a desk set in it.  This desk sits a little high from the floor for cutting or sewing.  It comes up to just below my chest.  I have to raise my arms quite high to do anything on the surface, but it is perfect for using it for ironing or other close hand work that needs to be on a flat surface.  As you can see, I filled up the space below with more quilting supplies.  Once compartment holds our printer.  Excellent spot for it.  Now, I can start coping quilt paper blocks again without making Dan move!
Ceiling fan and plenty of overhead storage
We do not have as much space in the compartments below.  At first, I wasn't happy about losing all that storage,  Then I realized that now most of my supplies will be inside and I won't have to wait until morning or the rain to stop and the ground to dry so I can look for that one piece of fabric that was stored below.  Yep, every nook and cranny has been filled with fabric, supplies, and books.  
dark outside so it was hard to get enough light for photos
I just have to remember where I put everything....
Our bed is a little taller than the last one.  We worried that our old cat Squirrel would not be able to get on the bed at night, but he fooled us by climbing up the covers.  Not good for the covers...oh well, at least he is happy and not getting us up in the middle of the night to help him.
Bed is Cat-Approved
Our first night was bad with all the caterwauling all night long, but as you can see, they got use to their new home quite fast.  They all like the desk at night.  A great spot to watch for night critters.  I know because they all land on me in the middle of the night when they are done looking out the window.  Ooof! 😽
2 of 3 clothes closets and laundry
Our new bathroom is quite a bit bigger with 3 large clothes closets and a laundry closet as well.  I was able to fit quite a few of my quilt items in the bottom of this closet with our winter jackets.

I love the fact that I can now heat just the bathroom with the aqua hot heating from the floor registers.  So nice to have warm tootsies while brushing my teeth or getting ready for a shower.
bathroom
The aqua hot heating runs throughout the motorhome.  We also have ceiling heating pumps vented throughout the motorhome so I can stay toasty warm all winter.
Skylight in shower
All the furniture is covered in microfiber leather-like fabric that is self-healing. It is warm to seat on and the cats don't seem to like the fabric for scratching...so far.

I was so surprised to see my pillows were a perfect match to the sofa.  The previous owner said the fabric color is called Salsa Red.  Perfect!  With this color scheme, I am able to keep my southwest decor which is good since I just made all those pillows.
Slideout has sofa and dining booth
The layout of the living space is like being back in a house. The front slideout includes the sofa and the dining booth.  I like having the two small windows that gives me a view of the front and back areas.  Actually, I like all our windows.  They are large and open wide giving us plenty of air and views of our surrounding area.  Right now, I can see the lake and watch the birds flying around in the bushes behind our site.  It makes for great entertainment during breakfast.
dining booth and back window
I tried out our dining area for sewing today.  It will be all right for small projects.  For larger projects, I'll have to bring in my folding table.
Dan has claimed the recliner as his favorite spot to sit while I find that I like the couch.  The furniture is more comfortable.  My feet touch the floor except when I sit in the passenger seat and the previous owner made a foot stool for his wife that he gave to me.  I do believe it is going to get a lot of use while we are traveling.  But wait!  There's more....the passenger seat also has its own foot rest that pops out.  I believe I can be quite comfortable with the foot rest out while working on some of my quilt projects with a cat in my lap!
Ekornes recliner
All the cats like the new recliner.  They have already had a couple of battles over who gets to sleep in it.  It is not unusual to see two of them sleeping together in the morning.
The kitchen has a nice design to it.  I can move around without being in Dan's way when he is sitting in the dining booth.  Notice my new refrigerator?  It is huge!  We are having a hard time filling it up, but that's okay.  It is nice to store food and be able to find it again without removing half the contents of the fridge.  We also have an Advantium oven.  We speed-baked croissants and baked potatoes for Thanksgiving.  Perfect!  It has been a long time since I have served toasted brown croissants.  I may never use my roaster oven again.
Advantium Oven
The kitchen counter will be my new cutting area and with the ironing set up in the back, I should be able to add a few extra steps to my Fitbit.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your tour of our new home.  We are still getting use to it.

On The Cutting Board
I did manage to finish embroidering Drummer Boy from the "A to Zzz Snowman" quilt pattern.
I hope to have a little more time for sewing and hand work during this month.
My shop has been busy, so I should get to work on some new mug rugs too.  And of course, I have more scrappy quilts to make.  Gosh, it is never ending!  A good thing for me, right?
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

This Time.... (Gordonville, TX)

..next week, we will be in our new motorhome!  ....with very sore muscles.  I'm not looking forward to the moving part, but I am excited about having a more up-to-date home.
Lake Texoma, TX
We spent this last week enjoying some great Fall weather along with quiet walks in the afternoon around the campground.
The cats have been loving this site with bushes to sniff in the back, grasshoppers to chase, and leaves to romp around in.  Yes, two of them have actually been playing in a pile of leaves that I had swept out of our sitting area.  I never thought I would see a cat jump into a pile of leaves!
Max enjoying the sunshine
Tomorrow, we move to our transition location which is in a friend's side yard.  He has plenty of space for both motorhomes.  It is very nice of him to allow us to use his yard.  It'll certainly be easier for us to park the coaches door to door.  
On The Cutting Board
I will close down my shop so I can concentrate on our move.  I plan to list three new scrappy lap quilts when I open my shop next week.  "Mushroomville" was inspired from all the mushrooms I saw during our walks in the Oregon's coastal woodland area.
They certainly are bright and colorful.  I hope each one will put a smile on a child's face someday.
This is my spin on the Fashionistas.  The main fabric has cats dressed up in boots and bows, so I named this quilt "Purrfect Cat Fashions"  Maybe I should call it Catanistas Fashionistas.   Purrfect!
The last one is "Time for a Cat Nap!" quilt
I have a lot more scrappy quilts in mind.  These three barely put a dent in my pile.
Which means I will have to start working on some new ones soon...in my new motorhome!!  In the meantime, I need to finish up some hand work and get ready for our move tomorrow.
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Waiting in Texas (Gordonville, TX)

Since my last post, we have traveled a lot of miles.  2117 miles since 8 October. We rarely travel that many miles in a short time.  Surprisingly, our cats did not complain about the long hours on the road.  They did want to explore each new stop though.  Sometimes that just wasn't an option with the overnight location.  Ever try to explain to a cat that it isn't a good idea to go outside...yea, doesn't work.
We spent a couple of nights in Williams, AZ.  A great little town within walking distance of the Grand Canyon RV Park.  We were a little worried about being so close to the train tracks.  It would not be the first time a train has woke us in the middle of the night, but to be this close really had us thinking we were in for a couple of sleepless nights.  Turned out we worried for nothing.  The trains were unusually quiet...quiet engine...only one short horn blast at the crossings...even the wheels on the tracks seemed quieter if that is possible.  Anyway, we had no problems sleeping.
We hope to return sometime in the future so we can explore more of the area and ride the train to the Grand Canyon.
 During our two day stay, we walked the streets a couple of times.  I enjoyed the old signs the most and took more photos of them than of the buildings.
 Next time, I plan to check out this gift shop.  Looks very interesting...
I did go into this shop....Of Course!  I could not pass it by with the door sitting open just begging me to come on in.  The Quilts On Route 66 was small, but fun to wander around and talk to other quilters.  
 
We stayed one night in Homolovi State Park near Winslow, AZ.  We stayed here a couple of times when we first started traveling in our old motorhome.  Great views of fantastic sunsets!
Desert Moon
I really miss the southwest landscape, so I was quite happy when we went straight into Albuquerque, NM (ABQ) from Homolovi SP.
I'm sorry to say that I did not take a single photo during our week stay in ABQ.  I spent a lot of time shopping, getting a green chile fix from Golden Pride (more than once), visiting with friends, and seeing our old haunts.  We even drove by our old house which was a big mistake since it is up for sale and falling apart.  Such a shame.
 We are settled in Gordonville, TX while waiting for our new motorhome to become available.  We have a couple of more weeks to go.
We could not ask for a better spot to relax and wait.  This is our view from the side yard.  Nice, eh?
On The Cutting Board
All summer long, my shop was very quiet.  I think I had two sales.  So quiet that I did not think to close my shop during our trip.  I just thought it would stay quiet.  It did not.....
Lots of Happy Campers!
On the very first travel day, I received an order.  I messaged back that it may take me a few days to mail since I wasn't sure how our schedule would go or where to drop off packages.  I am very thankful that she was very understanding.
New Apple and Owl Mug Rugs (coasters)
That order was the first of many during our travels south!  It was like the first customer broke open the dam and the flood of orders started!  I was excited and stressed trying to fill the orders on time.  I really did not want to close my shop since this was the most active it had been since leaving Florida.
New Southwest Vintage Trailer
With the long hours on the road, I did a lot of sewing.  All of the photos above and below are new listings.  Some have already sold.
Tea Towel, Ornament and Quilt
My fingers are crossed that my shop will see more activity through the holiday season.  During my quiet time, I had started working on some UFOs - 3 quilts and more mug rugs.  I need to get them done and listed.  Well, I better get back to the cutting board!
Happy Quilting!

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