Half Paint Chairs

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I’m in love with my daughter, Brianne’s, dining chairs. This past weekend she updated the hand-me-down chairs using spray paint and stain.

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She Sells Seashells

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As far back as I can remember my extended family (mother’s side) spent summers visiting North Carolina’s barrier islands. Carefree days running barefoot, rolling down sand dunes, poking sticks into sand fiddler holes, peddle-pushers and sun-bleached hair.

CRabbing Cousins, (c)1970

Crabbing Cousins, (c)1970

A few of us met up a week ago, jump-starting another summer. :)  It was lovely: sleeping in, dining alfresco, jacket weather, beachcombing, quiet.  Alas, requisite “progress” has invaded. Yet, there is still a salty beauty: seagulls screaming, waves crashing, relentless sun, hot sand, shady porches. Give me a sun-faded cedar-shingled vintage cottage every day.

Nags Head, NC

Kill Devil HIlls

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Quilt #5 :: Scrappy 16-Patch Snowball

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Laurel, Glenn & Barbies, 1970-ish

My two sisters are similar, yet different. Naturally, the quilts I’ll make for each should be just so. My fifth quilt, a scrappy 16-patch snowball is for Laurel, the middle sista. :)  The blocks, binding and some of the backing are from scraps left from previous projects. I also used Kona Solid White and Michael Miller Kiss Dot Fog for the front border and back. I purchased the batting using a 50% off coupon.  Love saving $

16-Patch Snowball

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Old Lucketts Store

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George and I traveled to northern Virginia to visit Old Lucketts Store. Yep, THAT Lucketts you’ve seen in Country Living, Flea Market Decor, Southern Living and other magazines.

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The drive there was quite picturesque; the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in the distance and the burbling Potomac.

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Styled as “vintage hip,” Lucketts is full of unique treasures and antiques. 

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Crabtree Falls Under March Snow

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Isn’t spring great? We just returned from a trip to northern Virginia to visit Old Lucketts Store. Yep, THAT Lucketts you’ve seen in Country Living, Flea Market Decor and Southern Living magazines. But, I wanted to share a few end-of-March photos from our recent stay in a tiny log cabin – which was precipitated by my sister’s desire for sunrise photographs of Crabtree Falls located in the George Washington National Forest, just after a snowfall. 

CRabtree Falls is somewhere up there!

Crabtree Falls is up there somewhere!

Crabtree Falls is considered the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. We made the vertical climb in the summer heat, with multiple breaks to catch our breath about two years ago.

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Tiny Log Cabin

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Whether an advocate of downsizing, green living or just looking for a simpler way; there is a real interest in tiny homes.  George and I got a little taste of tiny as we were my sister’s guests to a teeny tiny log cabin near Crabtree Falls, Virginia in the George Washington National Forest.

 

cabin 1

 

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