Scrap Happy Shoe Sacks

How do you pack shoes when traveling? Not wanting to soil the clothing in my suitcase, I typically reuse plastic grocery bags.  Conscientious reuse of the ubiquitous plastic bag. On my last get-away adventure, a friend tsk-tsked! and gifted me with handmade shoe sacks. Love them! So much that I made a few to gift this Christmas. 

I folded 15 x 15 inch (38 cm) square scraps in half, turned under a top casing, sewed down the side and across the bottom. Easy peasy.

Voilà! Easy to sew, very simple, yet a handy gift. Hope my friends like them. 🙂

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything to create a new item. It is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Check out some of the creations made this month:

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Have a good week! — Joanne

Whatever Happened to August?

Structured plans were made for Summer Break: tidy the house, plant the yard, plan for the new school year. I had the whole summer to accomplish all of my goals. Well. Here it is August. Time to go back to work/school. I never made a dent.

In fairness; back to school use to commence after Labor Day. What ever happened to August? *sigh* Oh, well. Goals un-met. It was difficult. We were just able to squeeze in beach days, camping glamping, lake life, . . . 🙂

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lake life
dining out
glamping

It was a very good and much needed Summer Break with family. I don’t mind a bit of a scramble getting ready for the first week of school. Here’s to planning for next June!

Have a good week! — Joanne

They Weren’t Saints. But…

I spent a cold snowy weekend having fun in Washington, DC celebrating a dear friend’s cancer survival and milestone birthday.  

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Birthday Wish

It just happened to be a President’s Day weekend, too.  We spent a very cold day visiting some of the monuments honoring these flawed, but two great men: Washington and Lincoln.

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It Was a Very Good Christmas

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Inis Oírr (Inisheer), the smallest of the three Aran Islands is about 3km (1.8miles) long and 2km (1.2miles) wide and has an approximate population of 250 people. Our travel to Inis Oírr involved a grand time vaulting the raucous troughs of the wild Atlantic. Many passengers crawled toward the tweendeck to sit in silent, stiff huddles; hands covering mouths. Our taking motion sickness prevention beforehand was a wise decision. 😉 Upon departing from the Doolin Pier, we sat topside enjoying the salt spray and wild 30-minute bronco ride. As the captain stated, “A good splash of holy water so be sure to bless yourself.”

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My Happy Place

I just realized that I’ve been quilting for three years.  I am currently working on two and have just completed quilt #31. I’ve educated myself by joining a modern quilt guild, attending conferences and sew-in days with friends. This from a woman who swore that she would NEVER try to quilt again after the very first fiasco. My schooling continues.

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First Quilt, 9-Patch

Back in February, my friends and I flew to QuiltCon East 2017 , held in Savannah, Georgia for an opportunity to network, try out new tools, attend seminars and classes, purchase directly from vendors and to view award-winning modern quilts.  Our hotel overlooked the historic section which is quite lively at night; reminding me of a mini New Orleans with street musicians, alfresco dining, and people of all walks of life strolling (or dancing) with drinks in hand. 

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What is it About the Game of Thrones?

My family and I recently visited a few Game of Thrones film locations in Northern Ireland. Three members had never indulged in the series; however, we all still had a great time! There may even be a few converts.  We had great fun visiting the different locations.  A humble photo log of the GOT film locations:

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Cairn Castle as fields of Westeros

This beech tree hedgerow (below), planted in the 18th century, is the setting for the haunted Dark Hedges of the Kingsroad; where Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie escape King’s Landing and head north. 

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The King’s Road, The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim

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