My super busy spring schedule has finally wound down and I’m now in R&R mode. While I had planned to get some rest after this busy season, I am forced to rest now due to recovering from being ill. Not my favorite rest, but rest nonetheless.
I enjoyed a lovely time with the Seaside Smockers guild in Virginia Beach. What a wonderful group of ladies!!! We had such fun stitching and sewing the Annalise top and then practicing picture smocking. I’ve already seen some pictures of finished garments!
This group of ladies were ready to go!
I kept them working hard!
After returning from this workshop, I headed to Michigan for a visit with my folks and my sister. I’m so blessed to have both of my parents still living on their own and I treasure the time that I get to spend with them. Mom isn’t doing well and doesn’t get out much, but the promise of a visit to the ice cream store seemed to be just the right motivation for her to “feel better” one evening.
We visited “Norm’s Ice Cream” shop and they served the biggest small cone I’ve ever seen!!!
I love this picture of my mom and sister! It was a moment in time where mom could forget her pain and enjoy her favorite treat.
Another afternoon we were able to get mom out of the house and we visited the temporary shops along the Lake Michigan shore. These are the cutest little shops with unique gift items. We walked along the row and checked out each shop during this non-busy time, which is very rare.
During this visit with mom, my sister and I took out mom’s entire collection of vintage, hand painted Bavarian cups & saucers and luncheon/dessert plates. What a gorgeous collection!!! We put together 8 groups of these beautiful dishes – one group for each of her 8 granddaughters – and then my sister and I wrapped them up and boxed them for shipping. Mom wanted each of the girls to have some special pieces that will remind them of her whenever they use these. I wish we had thought to take a picture of all the pretty sets lined up – there were so many of them and each as beautiful as the next!
Our girls opened their gifts when we got together for our Father’s Day celebration. They loved the beautiful dishes!!!
Check out all the beautiful cups and saucers on the counter!!!
So, after a lovely visit in MI, I returned home rather sick and have been faithfully taking my meds and resting since then. We’ll be heading for the beach for some more R&R next week and I’m looking forward to it! I hope to gather some stitching to take along with me so that I can get in some relaxing stitching time while I’m away. I know I’ll enjoy that!
What beautiful things are you stitching during your summer vacation???