Tuesday, April 28, 2009
His name is Dalton Stevens and he lives in Bishopville, SC. His hobby has made him famous, appearing on tv with Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Bill Cosby, Reggis Feldman and others - also on tv in Japan. And all because he loves buttons. His story is that when having trouble sleeping at night, he started sewing buttons on his jeans, his shirt and his hat. He went on to cover a car, a casket, a piano, and many more objects. I have included a few pictures from his museum, and he is quite a character. Be sure to click on the pictures so you get a real good look.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I thought - O Boy! My kind of store!!! The owner turns out to be Grady Brown, a SC House of Representative Member. He was busily cutting customers' hair (now why did I not get a picture of that??) and after an exchange of opinions about Gov. Sanford's position on Federal Stimulus funding, I purchased these three quilt racks from him. The back two (dark wood) are fairly new, but I just love them. The white one is very old and in need of a good refinish, but still very sturdy. I plan to put baby quilts on it in the nursery.
From there we traveled on to see the Button King Museum (pictures to follow in another blog) which was way out in the farming area and we finally had to dig out the GPS to find. Then on to the Cotton Museum, right downtown (once again - another blog), then to the Pearl Fryer Topiary Garden (bunches of pictures in a future blog), then to a Revolutionary War Park in Camden SC (stayed tuned) and finally to lunch at the Garden of Eat'n in Kershaw, SC. We had a plate of delicious Carolina style BBQ - YUM. It's always fun to check out the local resturants, especially when in small town South Carolina there aren't many (translate any) major chain resturants. This place was great, friendly home town greeting when you walk in the door and some of the best iced tea ever. Hey Darlene, I bet you have eaten there, huh, considering this is your home town.
And we couldn't get this close to Waxhaw, without a vist to a new quilt shop I had not been to yet called the Quilt Nook. My camera battery fizzled out on me back at the Cotton Museum, so I was relying on my hubby for pictures at this point, and did not get a picture of the shop. But, I did take some pictures of my purchases when I got home. The stencil is a new kind that you use with the Pounce chalk marker. I plan to use this in my French Braid quilt. The shop has a great selection of Batiks and patterns. Well worth a trip to Waxhaw.
So that was my Saturday excursion. I will be showing pictures of the sites we saw in future blogs, just too much to show on one. Hope you all had as fun a day as I did!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Now the next step is trying to determine where to put these lovely bunnies. Over the fireplace mantel of course, so I take down the family tree wall hanging that I have there and unpack my summer stained glass window quilt flowers that I normally hang up in the summer and add my bunnies to the mix. I think it looks kind of Springy and Eastery.
Now that is the extent of Spring - Easter decorations I own. My snowflake wall hanging is still up in the dining room and I think my family is pretty tired of looking at it. The problem is I don't have many wall hangings or table runners for that matter - I make large quilts as a rule. So, I go digging in my hope chest and come across this one that I made years ago at a Linda Cantrell workshop. Down go the snowflakes, and up goes my Lady in a Red Hat. I would like to think that for the next week I can call her Easter Parade! (If you enlarge this picture and look at the quilting you will see that I hand quilted this with silver metallic thread - before I knew how totally insane it is to hand quilt anything with metallic thread. )
Now for the front door, yes, believe it or not, my Christmas flower wreath is still hanging up. Somewhere in the depths and dark corners of my basement hangs a beautiful Spring wreath with yellow daffodils. I have no idea where it is, and no desire to fight throught the masses of boxes and stuff to find it, so for now, the Christmas wreath comes down and I guess I will go shopping to find a Spring wreath for the door. And that is the extent of my decorating today. A trip to Michaels is due tomorrow - so stayed tuned, no telling what I will find there!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The first - The Lost Quilter - I did not even know this one was out. I just love the Elm Creek Quilt Series and so had to pick this one up. I have them all, and even enjoy re-reading them.
While there, I always check out the sales tables, and I found these books for cheaper than what a paper back would cost.
I have been wanting to read the Endless Chain, but I noticed on the cover that it says it is the second book in the Shenadoah Album series. Have any of you read it? Do you know what the first book is? I might want to read it first.
Then I found these two Jan Karon books. I started this series a long time ago, but I think I will get book one and start it again. Felicia was checking them out as well. I keep telling my kids she is really a very smart cat!