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A few weeks ago we drove 3 hours north to hang out with my family for a few days in beautiful Dushore PA. Then we drove 3 hours south to Ocean City MD to hang out with my husband’s family.

Here are some photos from Ocean City:

My husband’s family surrounds all of their traditions with food, and Ocean City is no exception. Thrashers fries and Fractured Prune doughnuts (both pictured above), crabs, Fishers popcorn, Wockenfuss, and Dumsers are all necessary accompaniments to the experience. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure there would be any experience if not for the food!

Dushore was lovely and peaceful. We checked out the Sullivan County fair (demolition derby!) and took a ride on the Hiawatha riverboat, which takes a little tour on the Susquehanna River. We also went to a wonderful antiques place called the Red Barn (I’m not sure if that is the exact name, but it’s a red barn).

Of course I had to buy something. There was no way I was going to leave without treasures. There was so much to choose from – dishes, kitchen utensils, linens, knick knacks, jewelry, clothes….I finally settled on some fantastic women’s magazines from the 1930s, a couple ladies’ club books (so cool!), and (bestill my heart!) vintage sewing accessories. Take a peek….

Aren’t they fabulous? I have an idea to make some tags with the ladies’ club books. I just adore old stuff!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The questions is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau

Here is the card I made for my grandmother:

Front:
Grammom\'s Birthday Card

Inside:
Grammom\'s Birthday Card

It turned out pretty well. I really need to get some more rubber stamp alphabets. I only have a few, and I didn’t feel that the one I used for the card had entirely the right look, but it was the best choice out of the small selection I have.

I sewed all of the papers onto the card and didn’t use any glue, except for some glue dots that I used to hold the papers in place while I sewed them down. I’m trying to cut down on using glue in my paper arts and crafts – I’ve never been a big fan of it. It always distorts the paper! Of course sometimes it’s necessary. But if I can find another way to attach things – whether through sewing, the use of eyelets and brads, or staples, then I will leave the glue behind. I think it’s more challenging that way, and it also adds textural and visual interest to the piece.

And I find that I love sewing on paper. I poke the holes first, to make it easier, and I used DMC cotton embroidery floss. Some people use sewing machines instead of sewing by hand, which is perfectly fine, but I prefer to sew by hand. It’s my nature – I simply must do everything in the most difficult, time-consuming way possible.

While I’m on this topic, I was watching the Carol Duval Show a few weeks ago, and one of the featured projects was an evening bag made from a video tape mailer (if I remember correctly – the memory is a bit spotty these days. It was some sort of small cardboard box, at the very least.) and beautiful velvet ribbon. The ribbon was attached to the box using a strong double-sided tape, and then additional trims were added, again using the tape. Now, looking at the finished bag, you would never know that tape was used, and they were really lovely. But tape? I was shocked, quite frankly. I wouldn’t dream of using tape in that fashion. Especially with that gorgeous ribbon!

I guess if you need to just throw something together….but even still I’d rather do without than use tape. To me, there’s no challenge in that, no skill or craftsmanship required (other than being able to line things up properly), and not really even much thought needed. Is that snobby? Probably. But if a project doesn’t draw blood, sweat, and tears from me, then why bother? I want to suffer for my art!

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I’m listening to Really Rosie (for the second time tonight, so far) as I type this and I am just ridiculously loving this album. I say ridiculously, because it is a children’s album, right? I don’t really care, because I think it’s wonderful.

Anyway, last night instead of beading I worked on my quilt. It is a quilt kit from Keepsake Quilting called Vintage Chic that my Mom bought me for Christmas (by request) about, oh, I don’t know, maybe six years ago. I didn’t start working on it until Thanksgiving weekend 2006, and at that time I decided to dedicate one Saturday night per month to work on it. Which I did fairly well up until last summer, when for some forgotten reason I stopped working on it. So this year I wanted to pick up where I left off, and I have put aside one Saturday every other month to work on it (my Saturday night beading time is precious to me, and I do not give it up easily).

I had originally set aside a Saturday in January, but we ended up going out to dinner with my in-laws, and by the time we got home I just did not feel inspired to work on it. But I’ve been wanting to make up for that night, so I chose last night. At first I was thinking of putting it off again, but fortuitously I received the new Keepsake Quilting catalog in the mail and looking through it was reminded of how much I do love sewing (though I’m just average at it) and how lovely it is to work with fabric, needle, and thread. So I ended feeling excited and inspired to work again on my quilt, and I’m so glad I did, because it was such an enjoyable way to spend my evening.

Here is a picture of how the quilt should look when it is done.

vintage-chic-quilt.jpg

And here are two of the blocks I finished last night.

vintage-chic-block-1.jpg

vintage-chic-block-2.jpg

The blocks are wider than they appear here; my scanner isn’t wide enough to fit the entire block. Also, on my computer they look intensely red; they really aren’t that overwhelmingly red in real life. And I did try to adjust for that in Photoshop. oh well.

I had already finished seven of the blocks last year, so I only had three left, which I was able to finish last night. Well, not quite finished – there is still a smaller square that gets appliqued to the center square of each block. So that will be the next thing I work on.

I had such a lovely time with Lily this weekend. She was in a great mood the entire weekend (Friday included) and she is just picking up words like crazy – I can’t keep up anymore with her new ones. She is so much fun and an amazing little creature. She was quite exasperating when it came to mealtimes, but her sweetness made up for it. I felt like crying when I put her to bed tonight, thinking of how I would have to leave her in the morning and go to work and miss out on her during the day.

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