Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Unexpected Break

Hi my dear friends, how are you? I would love to know! Actually, I would love to interact with you guys through a vlog, so how bout if you have any questions that you'd like to ask me, pretty much anything goes---ask in a comment and I'll put together a video and answer them:)

I guess I took a little break for just about a week, didn't I!? Sorry bout that--I took a last minute trip to Michigan to go visit my Mother-In-Law. My Father in law is in Africa for two months, plus I knew Nells was well on his way in his recovery, so I felt pretty comfortable leaving for a few days.

The other reason I went is because Kay wants to be a part of Madelynn's graduation party (next year) in some way-- she wants to contribute somehow, and the best way for her to usually contribute? Her amazing sewing skills! So I went to learn how to sew, and we made banners galore for 4 days straight! (This was the only chance we had to make the party decorations because we live so far apart, that's why we did it so early.)

 Let me tell you something, I am no cutter. I do not like cutting. I am an awful cutter. I am clumsy. I have no patience for cutting. But I cut and cut and cut for days, and my patience started to grow. I became a better cutter, and I decided to become friends with the scissors. We are tight now LOL

 I have always had the desire to sew, but never the passion to learn. 

Now I have both!

I picked out all the fabrics--Kay has her own collections in her amazing sewing space.

By the time I left, I felt very comfortable on her machine--now the idea is for me to take some classes and get comfortable on my machine! Oh I hope I can do it! It felt so good to be able to do this--I am so very proud!

And because I worked so hard, Kay let me pick out whatever material I wanted in her collection and I made myself a banner!

Also, she has this crazy collection of Bias Tape, ever heard of it!? It's all vintage and simply beautiful!!! The colors and textures were amazing. I had never heard of it, but when she showed it to me, I went crazy over it!

 We went to a Tea house one afternoon, and it was simply divine! We had chicken pot pie in the most amazing crust, and I had Raspberry Tea. We also had a cute Strawberry Shortcake dessert, but I lost the photo of it :(

Kay ended up with the February tea cup, which happens to be her birthday month.

It was delicious food, tea, and conversation.

We also got some sun time in, it felt so so good--I knew summer was officially here when I'd be brave enough to put my suit on :o

I think I need more sun and pool time in my days.

We had dinner out one night with my brother in law and his wife.

The icing on the cake? A guy asking me to take his seat in first class so he could sit with his wife in coach--kid you not! He had a first class ticket and his sick wife did not, so I happen to have the seat he wanted--I thought I was being punked--I asked if Ashton Kutcher was on the flight! I was seriously confused--stunned that it would be that easy to score a seat in first class--unreal. It was lovely I tell ya.

I wish I had ordered a bailey's and coffee or something but I didn't even think about it until my best friend asked me if I did; oh well, next time (hahahaha).

I was very happy to see this little guy when I got home---and he was equally happy to see me I think!

I was not getting past him-he was certainly not wanting me to leave again. Awh!

Thanks for being patient with me while I was away. I think it was good for me--it felt good to be unplugged for several days, especially to learn a lifelong skill. Oh, we also made jewelry and I inherited some precious things from the family--I'll share those another time.

Now don't forget, ask away in the comments and I'll put a video together!

See you soon~


Elisha(: said...

Oh my goodness!!! I so want your wardrobe!!!


Elisha(: said...

Questions :

1- who's your closest blog friend?
2- what was your first impression of blogging?
3- whats your favorite store to buy clothes at?


Mandy Crandell said...

The banners look great! So many fun fabrics. I need to learn to sew on a machine. Glad you had such a nice time. :)


Natalie said...

looks like you had a wonderful little get-away! i love sewing and i hope you learn to use your machine soon =) hmm... questions... how about your favorite children's books growing up?

Mary said...

way to go on the banners!
see? it's not so bad! :)
they look so cute!
and you?
well, you are adorbs, too my dear!
love your style.
have a great week...so glad to see nells so perky!

Desiree said...

YAYYYY for nells getting better!
YAYYYY for getting away for a few days!
YAYYYY for your swimsuit and swimming!!


Daisy said...

That tea party looks like so much fun! I want to go to one of those. What was first class like? I have always been curious. Seems like such a fun getaway.

sarah {on the brightside...} said...

What a lovely trip! :)
I love the Tea House, it seems so fun!! Also, your homemade banners look like they will turn out so cute!

jennifer blair said...

You've been quite busy! I LOVE the banner you made! So cute. The tea place looks like such a quaint place to relax!

Mrs. Baker said...

awesome banner! i have the desire to sew but haven't learned yet! i can't wait to try it one day! love your pup :)

Liza said...

Oh it sounds like you had a wonderful time! I had been praying for you.

I wish I had a desire to sew. I know how to use a sewing machine and I know what I'm doing, but I just don't like it! I dread whenever I have to hem something, (which is often being only 5'1.5") so usually I convince my mom to do it.

Hope you are doing well this week!

Krista said...

Glad you had such a nice break Gina, and what a blessing to learn a new skill! I never want to stop learning, I think that is what keeps us young :)

My questions may be a little traditional but hey that's me...
Where did you grow up?
How did you meet your husband?

Have a great week!

Jean said...

wow! i have never flown on an airplane! lucky you!

i love making banners, but have not sewn any yet! banners are so addicting! sewing is fun. i took a class over 10 yrs ago... i want to learn how to put in zippers... yikes!

Creating Through LIFE said...

Did you post a picture of the banner you made for yourself? That looks like a lot of fun! I feel your pain with the cutting thing. I can't cut a straight line if my life depended on it. Whenever I have to cut something out I just say I like to make things look rustic.

ruthy ann said...

i totally want to learn how to sew too!! I need someone to sit next to me and show me how though.

so awesome about first class! what a treat!

DaisyGirl said...

I'm so happy you got more comfortable sewing!! That is one of my big goals!! But on top of that, what special time you got to share with your Mother-in-law!!

chambanachik said...

We missed you!

Here is my question- I'm 27 and not at all where I thought I would be in life. Where were you at 27, where did you hope to be, and how is life now compared to then? (And any advice for us 27 year olds?)

Alana said...

Love that you got to sit in first class! I hope to one day!

My question: what made you decide to start blogging?

Lucy said...

That sounds so fun, I would love to learn to sew. My mum is amazing but I just can't get the hang of it!

I am super excited that I have just found your blog!

Lucy x

engineer's wife said...

Questions...will you ever make it back to California? If so I have a room waiting for you! Bring your family and yes Nells! Did you know that you brighton my world daily through IG blogging and email? Where do you buy your ladylike wardrobe? What is your favorite food? What is your favorite dessert? Color? Music group /band? Bible verse?

Nicole Marie said...

Who was the very first blogger you began to follow?
Who is your 'must check up on' blogger?
What is your favorite snack?

Lydia Criss Mays said...

Oh, love the idea of a vlog! How fun!


1. How's Nells doing? :)
2. What's your favorite tea (as I see you enjoying it and I'm an avid drinker)?
3. Where do you see beautiful most often?
4. How do you help others see more beautiful in the world?


Happy seeing beautiful!

Stephanie said...

What lovely pictures! I'm glad you got to spend a week away. I'm just learning how to sew...it can be super frustrating at times, but I really want to keep at it. My goal is to one day make a quilt!

I can't wait to see the finished banners. I bet they are going to be amazing!

Happy weekend!

Oh, and a question: What are your favorite hobbies?

lindsay said...

LOVE the banners!

Elisha(: said...

I love seeing all these comments on my blog from you! (:


chestnutmocha said...

hi Gina! I am so glad to hear that nothing bad happened to you and your house! Thanks for your comment!
PS: those are little baby grasshoppers! :-)

Jasmine of ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ said...

hello, gina. hope you had a nice trip. it's so awesome that you were able to sit in first class. i am sure it was wonderful. :)

i would love to see you in a vlog... how did you start blogging and when do you find time to blog? good to hear that nells is recovering well. :)

i wish you a wonderful weekend, and may everything you wish for go your way. :)

warm regards,

Adora Mehitabel said...

super cute photos and ideas

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