Sunday, November 13, 2016

This Time.... (Gordonville, TX) 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 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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