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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Nothing Last Forever and an Update

Helllo all my friends.  Today is day 10 of our trip here in SC, and the way it looks now we will be leaving for home tomorrow.  The picture above  was of the sunset from our hotel window earlier in the week. It has been such a relaxing trip for me. One I have enjoyed so much. 

I have had so much fun finding new places to shop and am tickled over the few goodies I have found.  Can't wait to get home and do some tweaking and playing house.  But, I did not spend all my time shopping.  As some of you know I have been wanting to learn punch needle for quite some time.  I thought this would be the perfect time to begin the learning process.  I had bought these supplies back in November on our girl trip to TN.  I was waiting until after the holidays to begin.

Well, once I started I realized I had a lot of practicing to do before I wanted to start on these beautiful kits.  So I headed to JoAnns, and purchased a little punch needle kit to learn on.  Now, please all you wonderful punch needle experts, don't look close, but as I worked I think I got better and better.  There are so many mistakes, but I am proud to say the first piece of punch needle is done.

I am looking forward to starting on one of the projects above now.  I think I am really going to enjoy this craft.  I am so excited to learn something new. 

This bag was stuffed to the brim with some hand sewing projects, a few stitcheries to finish, and a few little bonnet ornaments to be made.   When I would tire of one thing, then there was something else waiting for me to work on.

I had my study Bible and my devotional,

My Journal,

And this wonderful book to read.  Karen, over at http://mycolonialhome.blogspot.com/ has a page on her blog of  Amish readings.  This was one of her suggestions for me to read, and I have to admit it is  wonderful reading material.  It is the complete Trilogy of Sisters of the Quilt.  Thanks Karen for the suggestion.

And of course, I had my computer so I could keep in touch with all of you.  So along with my cell phone to keep up with my girls at home and my friends back there , I had everything I needed right here with me.  Yes, it did make me stop and think just what I need to make me happy.  We could all be happy with so much less than we have.  I had my mister with me when I woke, and he returned after a day of working to spend the evening with me.  I had the few items above, and the assurance from Holly that all was well with them at home.   What more could a girl ask for?  Yes, I am truly blessed and thankful for a wonderful getaway. 

Hope those of you who have snow and ice, are hunkered down in your cozy homes with the ones you love.  Be safe and stay warm.  And to those of you who have had tornado watches, and warning stay safe and be thankful if you have had no damage.  And to all of you, no matter what the weather is in your area, hoping you are having a wonderful weekend, whatever your plans.  Thanks to all of you who have commented, e-mailed , and just stopped by these last 10 days.  I will continue our conversation from home next week. 

Until next time...


  1. I still have not delved into punch needle...though I'm powerfully drawn. I like your practice piece and the "real" pieces will be beautiful!
    Glad you've enjoyed your trip!

  2. So glad to hear you had a very nice and relaxing get away with the Hubs...! Your Punch Needle craft looks awesome! I didn't realize you where interested in the Amish...let me know if you want or need anything, Amish. Have a safe trip home...big hugs,K

  3. I am hoping this goes through cause I have not been able to comment...not sure why.
    Sounds like you had a great time relaxing and exploring!
    Hugs Angela

  4. It's great to hear you're are having a fun and relaxing time away.
    I love to punch needle too and had to start out with a beginners kit as well. It is a lot of fun and I'd like to get good enough to do it without a pattern.

  5. I am glad you have had such a wonderful time. I am sure it was nice just being! There are two beautiful girls anxiously awaiting your home coming. Have a safe trip home and get ready for your next trip.lol

  6. I'm glad you are having a wonderful time Angela. I wish I could go away right now but that's not possible. I'm also glad that you did not have any tornadoes. I'm going to go back and read some of your previous post's so I can catch up.


  7. Girlfriend
    SOunds like one wonderful relaxing trip!
    Good for you. I love the punch needle. Was it hard to learn? I would love to try too.
    Hugs Trace


  8. Glad you have had such a great time. I knew you could learn. Now we want to see all your fabulous projects you will do. Bet Darbee can't wait for you to be home. Wonder who misses you more, Hollie or her? Hope your journey home is safe, and peaceful.

  9. Sounds like a nice relaxing trip. Your punch needle practice piece looks good, but then I don't do that, so to me, it's awesome!!!!! See you back home!!!


  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I've always wanted to learn to do punch needle, but still have not tried it. Have a safe trip home.

  11. Yahooooo!!! Can't wait to see ya'll tomorrow. Be careful on the way home. Love you.

  12. It does indeed sound like you've had a wonderful & relaxing time! So glad you feel confident enough in your punchneedle now that you can start some projects you're really looking forward to! You are right about all of us being able to do with a lot less than what we have : ) Do tell me about the sisters quilt book. Historical, fiction, romance, ??? Have a safe trip home! Blessings, Shirlee

  13. Angela~ oh, my sounds so relaxing~ love the sunset~ be safe on your way home~

  14. Sounds so good. We are headed out for a couple of days on a business trip next week. I always look forward to it. Needle punch? Would it be hard on my hands?

  15. Wowsers Girlfriend....I go MIA for a few days and pop in to see what you're up to and find that you've been gallivanting cross country, shopping up a storm, and needlpunching to boot! You go girl!! ;o) Seriously - sounds like you've had a full and fulfilling week and then some. I love that little store you and Holly found - that old candle box you picked up is gorgeous! And all the treasures from your trip - wow....lucky, lucky, you. There are no places like that remotely close to Nod either - so I know your excitement. And YEA!! for you on the punch needle!! Told you it wasn't difficult! I, too, started on a very tiny little piece and then moved right on to larger projects. You'll get better with each piece and soon be a pro - it's such a forgiving craft - and I find it so relaxing. Punch is my "go-to" craft when I want something quick and easy - it packs easily (unlike hooking), doesn't test my weary eyes as much as cross stitching on linen - and doesn't take nearly as long as hooking or stitching to have a finished project. (And, yes - you will get much faster! I think the first little piece took a week or so - and I couldn't imagine how long it would take to do one of Brenda's designs - but after one or two, the sailing was smooth and quick.) Hope you enjoy and it gives you as much pleasure as it does me. Wishing you safe travels home my friend. Happy Sunday....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  16. Hi Angela,
    Well you are having the time of your life aren't you ... nothing left to wonder about..you had it all with you and had great shopping plans to boot.
    Now for Punch needle...goodness i suck at it...lol I have a few in the process and they look ragged but I keep trying. But I do agree it is very addicting!
    Glad you are enjoying The Sister's of the Quilt...one of my favorite series.
    Travel safe,

  17. This is a great travelogue for South Carolina! Sounds like a wonderful, relaxing and productive trip. The punch needle piece you made was beautiful! I don't see anything wrong with it. Looking forward to seeing your next piece. Have a safe trip home. ~Roberta

  18. Oh how I wish I could even have a couple of days like that, but 10?! Wow, that is so wonderful! You have everything needed, that's for sure. I'm glad you were able to get away with hubby, relax, and get refreshed. That is wonderful Angela!