Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day Trippers

This week, Andy, Kelsey, Cade and I all took a day trip to the North Georgia Mountains. It is about a 2 hour drive so it's not a bad drive from here. The scenery is beautiful and the 2 kids take their ipods so it is a nice relaxing drive for us! I do have another son that is 18 years old. He went on this trip once, a couple of years ago and said that he would never go back!! He drove us crazy that trip so much that we still point out places like "Oh remember that store? That is the place that Joey got kicked out of" He decided to stay home and hang out with friends. I guess her prefers to get kicked out of places in his own hometown!!

We went to Ellijay, Blue Ridge and Dillard, Georgia. These towns are beautiful but they are really something in the fall when the leaves change! They have apple and pumpkin festivals and hayrides. We love going in the Fall but also like to visit during the summer. This is where Andy and I honeymooned and spent a second honeymoon!! We were married in December, we stayed in a cabin and got snowed in!! It is also where we "made" Kelsey, we told her this, she was disgusted at the thought, and probably won't go back with us!!!

Here are some of the pictures that I took. (they are out of order) We stopped at lots of antique shops, general stores, a quilt shop and a few holes in the wall places! We had supper at The Dillard House. A popular family style restaurant in Dillard Ga. It has a little resort, stables and a petting zoo. Lots of porches, rocking chairs and walking paths. Our last name is Dillard and my husband's family is a very very distant relation.

Here is Kelsey at one of the hole in the wall places at Tallulah Gorge. My husband remembers when these places would be so packed with visitors that you couldnt get a parking place. Sadly, the state cut a new super highway that bypassed some of these little places. Most of them have been shut down.

We thought this was pretty funny. Andy had to hold Cade up. There was a cage of bunny rabbits beside them. The owner of one of the shops looked like what my Grandma would call a "Wooly-Booger" Me and the kids stayed outside, we tried to get back in the truck but Andy had locked it. When Andy came out, Cade said "We were scared of that man" Andy said "you should have seen the one inside"

Dillard City Hall. Cade was so happy to be out in the sun!

Horses at the Dillard House.

Beautiful view!!!

Dillard House. Andy and I ate here on our honeymoon. I had just become a Dillard!

Thanks for "hearing" about our trip. I will have to take a picture of what I bought and show it later.
Have a great Day!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

Hand Embroidered Pillowcases for my Niece
Originally uploaded by libbydillard

I had a wonderful Friday Night Sew In. Thanks again to Bobbi and Heidi for hosting.
I had finished one of these little pillowcases for my niece a couple of weeks ago. I finished the second one last night. I am so happy that I have a complete set to give Ansley when she comes up this weekend!
I had a lovely night stitching and watching "Lord of the Rings" with my sweet boy!
I hope that everyone enjoyed their FNSI as much as I did!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Morning

Just enjoying the slow and quiet mornings of Summer.
Before the Back to School Rush.

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Week

Don't fall off your chair but last week I made another pillowcase.
This is another pre-stamped case from Hobby Lobby.

Ruby thinks that I need an intervention!

I also got a sweet pedicure, had 2 of my nephews spend a few nights here and we went to Rome Georgia to hear Andy's little brother preach and to help them paint the new baby's room!! I went out and got all of Cade's school stuff too! I really hate that summer is almost over!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My Name is Libby and I am an Addict

First off, sorry for this dark picture, we have been having severe storms. This is the huge amount of embroidery stuff that I have somehow come to own! I just can not control myself when it comes to embroidery "stuff." I have had a couple of the books for awhile but I have bought most of it this year!! I have hoops, needles, floss holders, patterns, kits, books and FLOSS!!!! Who how I love embroidery floss!! You should see me snatching up the skeins!! I am going to blame this on Big B. I found her sweet embroidery patterns, followed the directions on her blog, learned how to make a lazy daisy stitch (and more) made Kelsey a set of pillowcases and I was hooked!! I love it so much but I have to slow down. How many pillowcases can I use?
I spend waaay to much time doing embroidery. I tell myself that it's practice so it's ok. The one place were I refuse to do embroidery is at Cade's Karate class. I sit there the whole hour thinking "I could be doing embroidery" but I will not!! Don't think that it is because I am paying so much attention to the class. When the class is sparring, I am so nervous I can't even watch. So, why don't I take some handwork to class?? Cade has a really super intense female instructor. Ms. Lisa. All the students love her. All the parents are scared of her. We are talking super fit, clean eating and highly motivating!!! Everytime she does a class on nutrition, I am so scared that she will smell the M&M's on my breath!! Anyway, I feel bad enough sitting on my butt during class, encouraging Cade to hurry with his 80 sit-ups and push-ups, If I sit and sew I am afraid Ms. Lisa will look at me with scorn in her eyes, she will know exactly why my butt is so big!!
Have a great day!!! I am off to Karate classs!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Embroidery

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Ours seems to be going by so fast. I love having Cade home and I don't even want to think about Kelsey packing up to head back to college.

We have been staying up late and some of us have been sleeping in. It has been super hot here and we have been getting strong thunder-storms in the evenings.

As for my sewing, after I finished the green baby quilt, I decided to take a quilting break and make this little embroidered pillowcase for my niece Ansley. It was alot of fun to do. I stressed a little with the faces. I didnt want them to look creepy and scare the poor girl! If anyone has any hints on embroidered faces, please, share with me! Also, this pattern had some satin stitching on it. Not my best stitch! I do o.k. on the little parts, the mouths and noses, but I left it off on the basket and the bow. It still turned out o.k. I have started the matching one.

Some other news, my grandmother is 86 years old and lives by herself on her own little farm. It is right up the road from all of us. The other night she woke up in the middle of the night and heard somebody moving in one of her rooms. She got up, not turning on any lights and snuck around in the dark, she tried to open the door to the room, a set of folding doors. The doors wouldnt open, she thought someone was holding them shut. Finally, she turned on the light only to find that a 4 foot SNAKE was hung in the door!!! YIKES!! She got on the phone and called my uncle. He said that she said "You better come on over here cause I'm fixing to have a heart attack" He had no idea what was going on!! He did get rid of the snake though!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Giveaway at Jill's!

Jill at Ramblings of a Fabric and Yarn Obsessor is having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate her 1000th post!! plus her blog is full of pics of her 2 very cute doggies!!

Hating On My Baby Quilt!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th. My sister and her family came up so we meant at my parents house cause they have a pool, pond and my Dad is the best griller around!! We ate too much, shot off a ton of illegal fireworks, laughed way too loud and enjoyed every minute of it!!

I finished a baby quilt that I am giving to my sweet SIL. She and my BIL have tried and tried to have a baby and finally their baby girl is due on Halloween!!! My MIL embroidered these little Sunbonnet Sue blocks and asked me to make them into a quilt so that we could give the baby a gift from both of us. The blocks are darling and her embroidery is beautiful. I did think that they were a little pale and needed a little kick. I found the sweet pink floral for the border and knew that I wanted to use it for this quilt. I tried all sorts of fabric for the sashing around the blocks. I went with this green because: 1. I love this green. 2. The floral has little green leaves in it. 3. I thought it added a nice kick to the quilt. WELL, let me tell you! People around here have been hating on this quilt!! My husband and daughter do not like the green at all!! I thought about going with a sunny yellow or blue, maybe I should have. It is quilted now so I'm not changing it. What do you think?

Saturday, July 3, 2010