We drove up early (way too early - 3 AM) on Monday morning. Before we even got to the interstate, my 4 year old was asking if we were still in Florida! Once the sun came up, I used my Knifty Knitter and completed a few rows in my daughter's hat. Then, we took a new route through south Georgia and I stopped to admire the cows and horses. It was great entertainment for the kids, too, and my 4 year old swears he saw a gorilla! We finally arrived mid-day on Monday and spend the rest of the day relaxing, napping, and letting the kids get their energy out.
Tuesday I went to visit my Granny who is a seamstress extraordinaire and I begged her to fix my serger. You see, it was given to me years ago and I put it on a shelf in the closet. By the time I wanted to use it, the stitching was skipping and the needle was bent! I tried fixing it on my own, but needed the help of someone older and wiser.... my Granny. It was a sad moment in my vacation when she said, "I think it needs to be serviced." Ugh. I had spent hours working on it, thinking just one more adjustment or re-threading could make it work. She looked at it for five minutes and knew it needed more help. Oh, the wisdom that comes with years! Nonetheless, my kids enjoyed visiting her and egg hunting in her backyard.
On Wednesday we visited with Grandma (seamstress extraordinaire #2) at the gardens and took Easter pics of the kids. I bribed them to take good photos with a lunch and carousel ride at the mall afterwards.... and it worked! I was so pleased with these pics that I can share with the grandparents.
After the mall, I went to Grandma's house and she de-cluttered her sewing room into my car.... of which I am most grateful. I was more than happy to help her with a stash of zippers, velcro, fabric and trim.
Today has been a "stay at home" day, except for one quick trip out for some Claritin (for my allergy-prone husband) and a spool of lavender thread. My mom helped me decorate a "trial" Dora cake for my daughter, and it turned out quite well. Cake decorating is not my thing, so I have lots to learn.
This pendant bunting is going to be used at the Dora Birthday Party I am planning for my almost-three-year-old, and then later in her big-girl room. I'm alternating the colors, so this photo is of the early stages of the project, but I'll be sure to post photos of the bunting soon. It was incredibly easy!
Tomorrow holds a visit to a craft fair (how ironic that the one week I come to my hometown is the weekend of the craft fair?!?!?) and perhaps a few yard sales, lunch with a friend, dinner with family and more sewing, I'm sure.
A few projects I'd like to finish before this vacation is over:
- Sweater pillows for my sister
- Trial of an apron patter (making these in bulk for a friend this summer)
- Finish the edges of table toppers for a friend
- Fabric flowers for Dora party
What kind of projects do you plan for vacation? Or do you get away from projects alltogether?
I'll be back tomorrow for Favorite Things Friday!