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Sunday, July 18, 2010

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N in the summer time!

It's that time of year. Time to pack up the family and head north for a little much anticipated R & R. This is the week that we look forward to every summer. Besides all the vacation essentials, I always make sure I pack at least one project to work on during quiet times. Since I can't bring my sewing machine and associated stuff, I usually pack something like a crocheting or knitting project that is compact and doesn't require too much concentration. I'll show you the project I brought with me another time, but today I just wanted to show you the view I'm looking at this very minute as I type these words. Take a look...

Most beautiful vacation spot in the worldI know, I know. It's tough to take such beauty and calm for an entire week, but someone has to do it! We've only been here for a little over 24 hours and have already been in the lake for swimming three times, during one of which Elizabeth and I noodled all the way across to those rocks at the other side of the lake which is almost an hour round trip. I've picked about a quart of the most delicious wild blueberries from bushes that grow right at the water's edge. My husband has shown the children the finer points of fishing from the beach and also from the row boat. We've been out to lunch and out to dinner and ice cream, and visited the local Catholic church for Mass which is always a treat for us since this particular church is air conditioned! This is shaping up to be a fabulous family vacation!

But just so you don't think I've abandoned Hooked On Needles in favor of sitting by the lake, I do have a few projects to tell you about this week: a handy tip for updating your one-piece bathing suit, pictures from my class at the library on upcycling jeans, quilted book covers, progress on the I Spy quilt with denim background, and the project I brought with me on vacation. I may also share with you some pictures of our annual visit to Keepsake Quilting, Patternworks and Keepsake NeedleArts which is one of my favorite parts of this vacation!

I hope you are enjoying your summer or winter as the case may be. I'll be moderating comments and checking in with all my favorite sites as time permits. Any PDF patterns that are ordered through my Etsy shop will be emailed within 24 hours as stated in their descriptions, but any other items that are ordered will have to wait until next week to be shipped.

Happy Stitching!

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