Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We Have Arrived in Houston

Late yesterday afternoon we parked under the I-10 Freeway that skirts by the Houston Convention Center.  95% of our booth goodies have been unloaded and stashed inside.  The walls are up and models pinned up but the rest is in disarray.  We head in this morning to complete setting up.

On our last shopping day heading into town we found another adorable little animal we fell in love with. 

Tiny 11 week old Snickle Britches ‘owns’ one of the vendors at an antiques mall we found.  I think she was the most fun at the store even though we found a couple of goodies we could buy…..she was NOT for sale!  Snickle Britches is a Pie Bald mini Dachshund – so cute.

At our last stop before arriving in Houston,  Tina found a bird house she liked….luckily there were 2 so I could have one too!  These are HUGE and perfect for our gardens at home.  We are partial to ALL things Birdie!
Here is a photo of stuffing them into Lucy’s back garage.  Just enough room left over!

Off to finish Set-Up this morning.  The Preview Show opens today, Wednesday, at 5 – 10 PM.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Some “Shopping Therapy” in The Hill Country

We started our day off well with a quick stop at a  Snowflake Donut Shop in Ozona, Texas.  Yummy!

Our first stop was early so we continued to Hwy 16 heading to Bandera.  Nice country road but we took the truck route because a couple of years ago we stayed on 16.  The road became super twisty and skinny I was terrified at the hair pin turns with the motor home.  Yikes!

Quick stop in Bandera but shopping was nil.  Headed back on Hwy 46 toward Pipe Creek.  Stopped for the second year at County Accents….fabulous place….mark it on your driving itinerary!  Beautiful antiques from old mercantile shops plus lots of other goodies.


The garden is full of metal critters from Mexico plus other yard art made from vintage stuff.  Restoration of many antique pieces is completed in the “Country Store”.  Another great building to explore.


We had a delicious Mexican lunch in the attractive small house behind the Country Store.  Wandering through the stores and garden was Wilbur, a rescue Pot Belly Pig.  So cute and friendly and a real “ham”.   Wilbur sits on command – for treats, of course!

Last year we met Abigail, a rescued Boxer, at Country Accents.  She was then very shy and scared of nearly everyone.  This year she greets everyone and happy to be petted by anyone!  A wonderful change!

Abigale's Tooth

Tina and I are having a fun and relaxing trip and look forward to more adventures tomorrow.


Friday, October 26, 2012

On The Road to Houston

We left early to give ourselves plenty of travelling time to the BIG International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
This gives us many days to drive Lucy and allow any down time for unexpected stuff.  So far the cab’s air conditioner STILL blows only warm air after several trips to the fix-it place at home.  The generator worked perfectly as usual the first morning at 5:30 am but not since.  Now we have had to go outside, open the cubby and manually turn it on.  NOT cute!

We are stopped for the night at a picnic area on I-5 just east of Ft. Stockton, Texas.  The view of the countryside is beautiful with sand, tumbleweeds and very large and flat plateaus in the distance.  Semi quiet with the freeway next-door.   One of our favored type of “camp-outs”.

Yesterday in Arizona we stopped for a stretch at a really nice rest area near Tucson.  Perfectly groomed with river rock dry creeks and gravel around the Palo Verde trees.  They are amazingly bright green all over as if they had been spray painted, leaves and all.  I would love to have a few in my garden with my olive trees.

Tonight we will celebrate with a birthday dinner of Mac and Cheese.  It is Tina’s Birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Tina.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Door Stop for Decorating

Tonight I am finishing up our second Decorative Door Stop for your home.  Mr. Snowman will be finished before we leave for Houston, Texas tomorrow!
You can give Santa Claus Door Stop a buddy to hang out with around to amuse you!

This smiling Snowman will be ready to come to your house soon so you can decorate your home for winter is a new way!  Watch your Newsletter for his arrival in our batch of Embroidery patterns.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

LOTS of Quilted Dogs at PIQF

So many pampered pooched in wonderful quilts at the show this year!  I have had a great time finding them and photographing for you to see.

This little furry critter looks an awful lot like our Abigail, Brenda’s little dog who comes to our shop everyday.  Now Brenda will have another project to do and make a wonderful portrait of her furry child.

An entire family of pets – a quiet way to show them ALL off in the house.

A sweet little pup, maybe a Jack Russell, in a bike basket having a  ride.  We do love our terriers!

Good job to all the terrific designers and quilters at PIQF!

Friday, October 12, 2012

ScareCrow and Pumpkins in the County

Before leaving for Santa Clara and Pacific International Quilt Festival I drove down one of our rural county roads and found LOTS of Pumpkins and a few funny Scarecrows.

A Beautiful garden filled with Pumpkins and Scarecrow yard decorations.  This one is a silly Crow with clothes.  Wonderfully HUGE pumpkins too.

More lovely Giants on a farm wagon awaiting the perfect shopper to take them home.

Autumn is so colorful and cheerful.  Make your Scarecrow plus some pumpkins and crows for your house…this one will last until next Autumn and longer!


Enjoy the Season!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Embroider a New Santa Table Runner

Get stitching now for Christmas decorating.

Our NEW Santa Quartet Table Runner is now ready for you.  The pattern and ALL the goodies you need to embroider and finish your table runner are available.

Our 4 RedWork Santas wear 4 different Santa Suits plus lots of other goodies to make a great decoration for your holiday table.

Have some FUN NOW while there is NO STRESS and you will have a great design for Christmas!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New FREEBIE Design for October

Time to print out your newest FREE design from Bird Brain Designs.  Our farmer’s market is filled with SO MANY beautiful pumpkins we made one for you.

Just click the photo above and it will take you to the page to ‘click again’ to print out the design.  You can make yours with the 4 shades of DMC #8 Perle Cotton or get a whole ball of #920 Pumpkin Orange and embroider your Pumpkin a single color.

These will make great hostess gifts lining a basket with a yummy pumpkin bread or other goodie tucked inside.  I’d love a gift like that!  Enjoy.