Saturday, April 25, 2009

What a day!


Today was perfect, just perfect. I went to Middleton Place for the first time in 30 years. I went by myself and had a wonderful day. It was a beautiful day for pictures. If I can ever get photobucket to take my pictures, I will post them.
There was a fiber exhibition and a working dog exhibition.


Middleton Gardens,working dog

I went to see the sheep dog exhibition,
Middleton Gardens

the spinners, and the dyers. I had a wonderful day. PLUS All of the wildlife was out to play. So much fun.
I think is one of the few times I have ever done the tourist thing by myself. It may become a habit. Middleton is expensive, $25 a ticket. It is good for the whole day which is nice. You can take a picnic lunch if you like. There are plenty of benches in the shade. And Lots of animals.
The last time I was there, one of the kids was in Kindergarten. I went as a Mom helper. One of the Mom's was a "fashion" plate all dressed to the nines to go on an outdoor field trip with a bunch of K grade kids.She was the type that felt like everything had to be explained after she called the kid's name and spoke in a very slow artifical pace. We were standing in a petting arena when one of the goats decided to eat the bottom of her straw purse.....Did I tell her?
Today I saw no goats, but did see alpacas.


You enter the gardens through this archway

Middleton Gardens

which leads to a small rectangular reflecting pond.

Middleton Gardens

If you watch the shaking branches and look very closely, you might find one of these monsters of the green

Cute little squirrel isn't he.
I did not go on the house tour. That was another $25. So I spent my time just wandering and looking.There is the carriage ride with the big draft horses

Big Horse

These horses have the biggest feet!

Big feet

Then on down to the walk near the Ashley River.






Middleton Gardens

As you can tell it was a perfect day...So grab your camera and see if you can find pretty places in your town to photograph.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spin, Quilt ,Knit, Sew, and Repeat


This has been about the busiest month that I can remember. I have been on the go just about every day, and those days I have been home have been spent in my craft room.
I finished the second twin quiltQuilt and it is just as cute as the first one. That just leaves one more that is already cut out and on its way to being pieced.
Note: We have the quilt rack hung! Now to find the quilts that go on it. We have redone that section of our house three times and we still aren't satisfied, but it is better.

Talking about finding things. My cross stitch patterns were all missing. I have opened boxes, taken apart drawers and cabinets and searched high and low for them I was convinced they were in this house. Yesterday we went to visit our poor lonely camper out in the storage lot and there were my patterns. Whew what a relief. Since someone appropriated (stole???) my Charleston Sampler for her apartment I need to make me one....or send her the pattern to make me one. Bet I would get mine back lickety split!

Talk about losing things. I am still missing 2 quilts. Have not the foggiest where they are.

We went to the World Famous Grits Festival in St. George. Grits Festival
What a disappointment. We went years ago and it was great, but this time we went on Friday and maybe things weren't set up yet. There were very few crafts and those that were there were not of good quality and expensive. Plus the weekend before, a sister and I had gone to the Azalea Festival here in Summerville along with about 40,000 other people and it was fabulous. At the Grits Festival I bought a T shirt because it was lavender and that was it!

I have been to numerous Meet ups here in the area all to do with knitting.

Have you heard about If you are interested in starting a group or joining a group that has similar interests to your then go to MeetUps, put in your zip code and it will spit out all the groups in your area. Too fun.
I met a lady at one of the meeting that does the most beautiful pictures and has them on the web. Plus her blog is pretty funny too. I met another lady that works with an organization called Newborns in Need . Woo Hoo there go my baby hats to a good cause, right here in the area.

Darling daughter, you will be glad to know that I signed up for a drop spindle class here in S'Ville, May 4 and May 11. Can't wait!

I have been off and on working on a baby shrug. I finished it.Photobucket Due to the size yarn I used and the needle size, it will fit a small doll. But I now know how to pick up and knit and it turned out rather cute. Bought more yarn (Naughty, naughty) to do another one. This one is definitely a proto type.

I am still working on the genealogy thing. It is so much fun. I have had some really nice pictures sent to me that I will post soon. One is of my mother when she was about 18. She was a beauty! No wonder my dad treated her like royalty.

The redwork quilt is coming along nicely, but slowly. I have 3 blocks finished and 3 more to go then put it together and voila another project off the boards.

I have had nothing but computer problems lately. Slow to start...then found out every program I have was in the start up menu...How did that happen?? Then the network card quit. Plus Mr Security put an 18 digit password on the network. Guess he still thinks he has nuclear secrets or something, Geez! We have so many computers around here, I hate to get another one, but this laptop is about 8 years old at least. It has been reformatted and disk cleaned and still si slow..............
We will see..........