Friday, July 16, 2010

Off my rocker?

After work yesterday, I loaded the kids in the car and we headed over the mountain to my mom's house. I love this drive, curving up and down the hills with a canopy of leaves overhead.

And along this drive, there is an old abandoned storefront that I fantasize about buying and fixing up and turning into a quilt shop of some sort.

Don't you just love the name?

A crazy idea, I know. For many reasons, a few being...
1) It is 45 minutes and one (small) mountain range away from my house
2) It needs A LOT of work and I have NO money
3) It is in the middle of nowhere - who would come there?
4) It is tiny!

But I can still dream, right?

I had a great visit with mom. We caught up, chatting on her bed while I mended a place in her quilt where the binding was coming loose - her quilt is still one of my favorites I've ever made.
I also finished putting the sleeves on Jason and my quilt for the fair. Yeah, that was a sickening moment two days ago when I realized that all fair entries needed hanging sleeves and I hadn't done that yet. I hope they don't judge on sleeve contruction because I just basted a strip of fabric on the back of both of our quilts, in part because I didn't have time for more, and in part because I am planning to take them off again as soon as the fair is over - these are both quilts to be used. I just turned them in this morning. Keep your fingers crossed that Jason wins a ribbon again this year. His quilt is not perfect, but he worked SO hard on it, and is understandably proud.

Then we all journeyed to my brother's girlfriend's house for a cookout. My brother is a GRILLMASTER!

and so darned cute!

So is my mom, although she hates having her picture taken so you have to sneak up on her or take photos from afar.

The kids had a great time running around with the other kids and the dog

But by the end of the night...

(they did this to themselves, it was not me, I swear!)
I was seriously happy but dragging by the time we made it home last night, but I perked up when I saw that my husband had surprised us by coming home early from his recruiting trip. Gotta love family time!


Em said...

Family time is the BEST time! I love your photos, Erin!!!! I always have a big smile on my face as I see your adventures with the kids! I would love to work at your Buffalo Fork and we can wear our cowgirl hats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rhoda said...

Family time is the best! My sister and I married brothers. Our combined 8 kids always had such a great time together. They're still all pretty close even though they are scattered around the country - and Singapre. God knew what he was doing when he put us in families. So I'm not the only one who sees a building and envisions a quilt shop there!

Cheryl Willis said...

ditto on the family stuff--
the shop is part of a series of two- first comes the FORK and down the road is the knife (the dish ran away with the spoon)

Becky said...

Spontaneous trips are usually delightful, aren't they. Looks like your was totally fun! Can't wait to hear the status on the fair quilts!

Shirleymac said...

What a fun time, even if you were tired. I miss having family. Love the idea of the quilt shop. You could buy one of those portable school classrooms and put it behind the shop to house the classroom. Love the name.

Anonymous said...

I love your idea for a quilt shop! It is always fun to dream. As my husband would say...when we win the lottery!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Looks like the perfect afternoon to me. Love the shots of the kids in open sapces and then enclosed spaces. Sure they did that to themselves...Did I ever mention I work in child protection?

By the way - that's not a dog in that shot it's a horse.

And I got a thrill looking at your future quilt shop. It has loads of personality. Keep on dreaming Erin, and who knows what will happen.