Celebrating is good for the soul....this is my reflection on my May birthday trip! I turned 59 ...... (sigh) next year is another milestone, my thoughts have been on what is most important and what values and goals I would like to achieve. It has been a very enlightening and meaningful experience. Life can pull us along like a strong current but a choosen path with a purpose brings peace and direction!
My birthday trip turned into a tri-fecta event:: First up was to scoot over to Eugene and pick up my mother have a delicious dinner and head up to Seattle the next morning. We talked about all the places we could stop along the way, girls talking about choices, well maybe this should have been done the night before. We finally decided to stop in Des Moines, WA, at Carriage Country Quilts!!! Yes that is basically in Seattle!!
We always love this Quilt Shop, I muse the Jo fabrics looking for old and new alike for my stash!! We found some fun items but alas no pictures!!
The next morning we drove to Leavenworth, WA for a much anticipated class with Gail Pan offered by Lynn Reppas, proprietor of Leavenworth Quilt Company. This is a delightful store. We enjoyed the selections of fabrics, wool, kits and a very friendly staff!
Our class with Gail Pan was so much fun, it started with an evening event where Gail shared many of her wonderful embroidered and quilted projects. She is a delight to listen too and such a fun sense of humor! Her story and journey into an international quilt designer, author and teacher was entertaining and left you admiring a special lady who loves sharing her "darling" embroidery style! If you have an opportunity to attend a class with Gail do and enjoy!
We started off embroidering a journal, Gail had the pattern printed on our fabric so we could just get into the fun stuff....
All printed and ready to go, she brought lollies.....yum!! Gail loves sharing her love for embroidery, so helpful with tips....
Thanks Gail we loved our time with you!! You can fin Gail's designs here!
The city of Leavenworth is set close to the mountains and celebrates Bavarian culture, we enjoyed there May celebrations and wonderful shops and restaurants. It is a very friendly and charming town, which was so appreciated! We will visit again!
We drove back to Seattle Sunday for Mother's Day! We enjoyed a special dinner with my sisters family with mom! It was a special day.
Monday was spent in Seattle touring the Pacific Science Center, Pompeii Exhibit. The exhibit was fascinating!!
Then a lighthearted tour of Theo Chocolate factory! Yummy samples and hot!!! I would find it a huge challenge working in the heat inside the factory!! But I enjoyed the one hour tour, and was impressed to see their efforts to be non-GMO and eco-friendly!! Seattle has so much to offer and it was enjoyable seeing new places this visit! Thanks Christie for a very fun celebration.
I will share my Oregon Coast retreats next......and some cute toes!
It's time to catch up and keep up for sure!!! Right? You would think this was difficult, challenging yes but not difficult.
Sooooo this year has past the first quarter already!! Amazing!
I am very happy to see this nice spring weather for sure, not that we had a real winter. But the days were short and the nights cold. I just call it the un-winter of 2014. That is in the west anyway, I know the eastern half of our great country had the opposite.
So what I did this winter was help my mother move out of her home, preparing to put it on the market this spring. It was bittersweet for sure since Dad and Mom built this home and developed the land from scratch. It is an amazing place, 30 acres of woods, wildlife including elk, deer, bear, turkeys. Chantrelle mushrooms, lady slippers, and many other wild flowers. A pond all the grandkids caught salamanders in and floated hand-made sail boats.
I would ask mom if she was feeling any regret each time I was there and she said No Way!! When you know you are doing the right thing there is Peace! Very worth noting and remembering!
Late January we moved mom into her temporary home in Eugene. She loves it and will thrive there. Thriving is what I believe we are meant to do, not just be!!
I did some quilting on some projects that I made before my days at Subway. I love this wallhanging I did with Farmhouse Woolens.
A couple of Woolie mats, this Bunny is a Buttermilk Basin that I finished for Easter.
This second is a Primitive Gatherings kit I have had for some time and love having it finished.
So this is my April catch up in June!! :) Next up my fun May birthday trip!