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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


For some reason it's been a very long time since I blogged.  Life is crazy here at the shore and I seem to have let the blog fall by the wayside.  My friend Kelly Ann, (aka KA) from Kelly Ann's Quilt Shop in VA, sortof, kindof made me realize that I hadn't updated this blog in quite awhile by admitting how long it's been since she updated hers.  That made me wonder when the last time I'd written . . . . whoa baby, it's been awhile!

I've been sewing - not a big surprise - watching grandbabies - not a big surprise either and traveling.  According to my staff, I'm rarely in the shop but I feel like I'm there all the time.  Someone is exaggerating and I think it's probably all of us!

Alaska was WONDERFUL.  If you get the chance to go, don't hesitate.

Our latest trip was to Gloucester last weekend.  A quick in and out trip - we arrived at lunch time on Saturday, crammed as much as we could into what remained of Saturday and all of Sunday, and then headed home on Monday.  I realized in August I hadn't been home since Mom's funeral, so I blocked out Columbus Day weekend then and there and Jim and I headed home.

My brother and sister-in-law are as crazy as we are so we get along really well - although my older brother is more of a curmudgeon than I am (I'm sure he says the same about me), we do enjoy hanging out.  

Fried dough like Nana used to make
I got to eat my favorite foods - linguicia at the Azorean Restaurant Sat night and fried dough at the Topsfield Fair on Sunday afternoon.  I closed my eyes, took my first bite and it was after church at Nana's any Sunday morning of my childhood.  She made the best fried dough and her Sunday kitchen was always full of cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles with at least 10 people talking at once.

But first on Sunday, Laurel, Jim and I (the curmudgeon stayed home) spent three hours at an antique flea market enjoying ourselves immensely.  Laurel has a thing for glassware - seriously, her glassware addiction is about level with my fabric addiction! - so I had a wonderful time trying to tempt her with anything and everything glass.  

My bag was as full of hers as I found sewing treasures!  The box of thread is from the Marvel Thread company in Worcester, MA, a total guess at age is from the 30s or 40s.  The big wooden spool has been updated with new dowels for spools to stand on - I just thought it was cool.  The sewing basket is filled with vintage sewing notions and it's a cool shape to add to my collection!  How is it you look around and realize that you've acquired a pretty big collection of something????

I also bought two handfuls of wooden thread spools to put in my vintage store spool displays.  I have two and they're pretty cool but they need more thread to fill them.  Why I only bought two handfuls and not the whole box is a good question!

What have you started to collect without realizing it?  I'm thinking Jim needs to put up shelves around my sewing room so I can put all this stuff in one place.  But then again, do I really want to know how much I have??????

Until next time.

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