A Shopping Day

Handful of Scraps

I woke up super early this morning and after going through mail and blogs that I read I finally got up to make a cup of tea to take back to bed with me – and thought I might read for a little bit but then started a blog post instead.  We had a rainy two days here in Virginia – finally clearing up and even though it will not be real warm it will be drier than it has been.

We have been wandering through shops as when it is wet what else is there to do other than talking and watching movies.  My sister has no hobbies and is not interested in taking any up.  She will be going back to work when she can, maybe sometime in late February.  She likes to cook and read.

I have gotten a little sewing done but not a lot – two more hexies were added to the Handful of Scraps quilts.

I’m not sure how many places we wandered in and out of yesterday – there are a lot of discount stores in the area I have found out and she seems to know where they all are!  I had been planning on making an apron soon as I keep messing up shirts so much and never remember to buy one, then see a pattern and think how pricey it is – well I found a nice gray/white stripe apron for next to nothing at one of the shops and got it – and the best is it is so simple I can use it for a pattern for more to make when I get home.  Always nice to have a couple in the kitchen.  I used to have some and then some how they all managed to disappear.

I haven’t seen many things to buy though that I really wanted to stuff in the suitcase.  Although we are not done yet!  5 days left here, today we will be visiting my nephew and family as he is off work today they live not quite in the country but kind of bordering it and they have chickens – I will try to get some shots of that!

Now that the weather is getting nicer/drier I should say  – we are planning more short outings – taking a short drive to Yorktown maybe tomorrow and wander and see things – lunch and shops and walk along the water.  She still tires quickly but is getting closer to being back to normal.

I will get some photos today and try to get some more over the next day or two.


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  • Kathleen Jan 24, 2017

    Glad to hear that it will be clearing up for you there. I look forward to see what you do with the shirt. Good to hear that your sister is getting around and plans to go back to work soon. Time goes by so fast when visiting. Enjoy yourself
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    • Karen Jan 24, 2017

      It’s not a shirt but an apron that i bought – the design is so simple that I will be able to make more from it. We are enjoying our visit, had not gotten together since mom died 2 years ago

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 24, 2017

    Glad you are enjoying your visit and relaxing. Beautiful weather here in the DFW area. I need some aprons because I am always getting something on my shirts, LOL.

    • Karen Jan 24, 2017

      I’m a mess when I cook!

  • audrey Jan 25, 2017

    It’s good to relax from the busyness of constant quilting once in a great while. Kind of a recharge.:)

    • Karen Jan 25, 2017

      I have not sewed all that much since I got here and really haven’t missed it all that much LOL – I guess I needed a break from the almost constant sewing/quilting over the last several years – the last time I took much of a break was when we last had a motorhome trip almost two years ago now – and with Mike working again this year I guess we won’t be traveling much again this year

  • Marianne Jan 25, 2017

    I’m sure your sister is appreciating your company. So nice that you can spend time together. That area is so nice – lots to see. Enjoy!
    I have a few aprons people have given me, and when I make aprons, I use one that I don’t like but which is just the right size for a pattern. It is laminated so very uncomfortable. But the lamination makes is perfect for cutting around. I used to make them for Dad instead of bibs. This Christmas I made an apron for my sister using scraps of Indonesian batiks. She loved it. 🙂

    • Karen Jan 25, 2017

      The plastic type apron wouldn’t be comfy I think too. I will make a couple more – so many pieces of fabric at home I might sew a lot of pieces together to make a big piece of fabric and make a patchwork apron for a second one. I could put a plain fabric on the back of it for a liner so all the seams wouldn’t be out. Sis is doing great, much better than her doctor though she would or any of us. I have only had to help with a few things as her thumb and one finger on her right hand is still not 100%

  • Sharon S Jan 25, 2017

    I can’t cook without an apron and often eat with it on too!!!! I am messy!!!
    Glad you are having a nice time with your sister. Is she able to cook since she enjoys it? Reading and cooking seem like good hobbies – I’d be reading cookbooks when not reading a novel. Enjoy your shopping trips and time spent with your sister.

    • Karen Jan 25, 2017

      Yes she is cooking – has a little trouble with cutting/chopping but getting better, I brought her the gloves that they have out for using with a rotary cutter – have you seen those? I didn’t like them so brought them for her to try – I don’t think she likes them either! Lol and just being careful. And yes the apron will come in handy.

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