Saturday, January 14, 2017

A touch of pink on the sewing table

Okay. So really the sewing table is the dining room table. I'm not that fancy. Plus the little table next to my sewing machine is absolutely buried in a mountain of fabric. Because yes... I am a "pile-er"

I actually made Christmas Dresses for each of my girls this year and the results were *fabulous* all inspired by Bitsy's Golden Phoenix Dress for Halloween. Now that we've made it through the holidays I am playing with knits. I stayed away from knits for the longest time but I'm finding that I really like them. And of course the kids enjoy wearing them, who doesn't love a t-shirt dress?

How pretty is this fabric combo? I love the colors!
I am using the "Snap Dragon Pattern" by Sew Like My Mom
Super Easy Pattern to follow!

All made up into the cutest little t-shirt dress. Love, love, love it!

Linking up with "How Sweet The Sound" Pink Saturday Blog Party

These dresses will go into the Whigs & Tories Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wintergreen Resort has snow

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Wintergreen Snowblowing going strong

I'm sure you've heard. The South East part of Virginia and North East part of North Carolina received quite the snow storm last week. We took off for the mountains Friday night as it was starting, Saturday is snowed all the day up at Wintergreen and they were running the snow guns at the same time. Sunday was a beautiful sunny day. Our home town was buried under snow and no school for us so we stayed in the mountains. It was gorgeous!

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Snow sparkling in the sun on Sunday

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my ski buddy

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Wonder of The Season

Somehow we make it to December and everyone is busy and stressed and exhausted and being married to a small business owner just adds to that tizzy. Often I loose myself in the whirl and advent season is lost to me.

This year my oldest is away at college and she is *so excited* about coming home for Christmas it has been grounding.

As in previous years, I've got a dancer in the Virginia Regional Ballet's Nutcracker: There are some darling pictures of them doing things around town both to advertise Nutcracker and as service to the community:
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A few of Virginia Regional Ballet's Nutcracker cast members
at Santa Land in Williamsburg

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Mouse King & Nutcracker Battle at the second annual
Tea with Klara

But in between rehearsals and Tea Parties and Book Readings we managed to get some garland up at the front door and some lights (although we need more we are unbalanced at the moment) hung up the stockings and after something like 8 attempts at putting up the tree - I'm waiting for the husband to make that work. {we have an absolutely gorgeous fake tree we inherited from my mother some years ago when she downsized. No one knows what happened to the original base... so we kind of wing it. Apparently I do not wing it well. We would get it, my 16 year old son and I and then it would tilt and we had the darn thing put together, built finally after many capsizings and then the 7 year old accidentally pulled the whole thing over on his head and we could not right it to save our lives.}

But the absolute best part of the season so far was at Bitsy's school. Bitsy attends Williamsburg Christian Academy and their little Christmas Music celebration for the lower school was last Friday. Friday was *crazy busy* you see:
my mother broke her foot a bit ago and is in a plaster cast. Not a boot. A big old fashioned cast. And she is getting about with a walker because she nearly broke the other foot trying to get the hang of crutches. Friends have been staying with her but Thursday night I discovered no one was staying over. So I baked up a meatloaf and some squash and bought salad in a bag and brought my 16 year old son over to stay with his grandmother. Why him? Well I would love to stay at my mom's but the husband is out of town which leaves the 16 yr old, the 15 yr old, the 11 yr old, the 10 yr old and the 7 yr old in the house. Plus my two dogs. Plus an extra dog we are watching this week... so the 16 year old went to mom's. I picked him up from mom's at 6 AM so he could make the 6:42 bus stop. The 15 yr old stayed with his siblings until I got back. Then I got them all up and out the door, showered and made it to Bitsy's 8:30 AM Christmas Celebration. 

The little ones were getting ready to sing "Away in A Manger" as I walked in a few minutes late and they all had a baby in their arms to rock. It was ever so sweet. There was one darling little boy in the group, he was just perfectly round like a three year old ought to be, and had bowl cut blond hair that was just ever so mussed, and he wasn't going to hold that baby. The teacher gave it to him. He put it down. They all start singing. The teacher is pointing at the baby and he won't pick it up. So the teacher picks it up and tries to hand it to him, he straightens his arms by his side and shrugs away from her and all this time his classmates are singing "Away in a Manger" and rocking their babies all except for one little girl in a red dress... When that little tyke put his baby down the daddies in front of me started grinning, and when the teacher was pointing to the baby and he wouldn't pick it up they started elbowing each other, and when the teacher tried to give it to him and he wouldn't take it they were shaking with their heads down they were laughing so hard. That made my morning. You could just see it in that little boys face, he was *not* going to rock that baby even if it was the Baby Jesus. Next thing you know someone would want him to change a diaper. No sirree, if the teacher is that worried about the baby she can hold it.
And there on the other side is a darling little girl with long black pony tail wearing a pretty red dress and she has her baby up like she's burping it against her shoulder and patting its back and she's kind of bouncing around like you do with a fussy baby in and out of the manger, shhhh baby, shhhh it's all going to be just fine.

Those two little ones made my day. I just loved it.

Bitsy's songs were very nice too and I video taped it to prove to her that I made it. 
And then I gave her a kiss and she skipped off to class and I went off to my cookie exchange with my friends. I was bringing Peppermint Chocolate Cookies. They didn't win any prizes or anything but I sure thought they were good.

Nutcracker starts Wednesday. My oldest gets out of school the 20th. I'm off to wrap some presents...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ox Cart!

I love walking through Colonial Williamsburg this time of year. This year though, it seems especially active. In my opinion they have stepped up their number of cast members out and about and it really adds to the experience.

Recently I've seen a team of oxen out pulling a cart, and visitors can take ox cart rides. (I looked it up and ox cart rides do require a ticket there is a bit about two of the CW oxen here: )

I always enjoy seeing the livestock in Colonial Williamsburg and this time I brought along the camera. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weekend Road Trip with my Mom! Beech Mountain & Blowing Rock in North Carolina

It was a whirl-wind weekend! My daughter's team competed in Boone North Carolina at the Covered Bridge Meet and I wanted to watch her so I talked my mother into driving with me, 6 hours to Beech Mountain, where we stayed overnight in a friend's house, and then to Boone. Mom (an interior designer at Mulhare Interior Design ) has friends and clients who rave about Blowing Rock NC so we made a side trip. Such a fabulous idea!

Blowing Rock is charming. Rock walls, flowers, the main street is pretty and lined with fun little shops, some you need a deep pocket for, some maybe not. Go, poke about, have a blast!

Friday Morning, Mother - Daughter Selfie
We drove by Lexington and stopped looking for lunch, we had been told to try the Blue Phoenix. Wow. Fabulous. I had a "Radical Reuben" which is grilled tofu all dressed up. And it was really, really good. We also tried Braggs Apple Cider drink, tangy, good.

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Blue Phoenix

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Radical Rueben
After a Glorious Lunch we hopped back onto I-81 and drove for hours to 77 and then more hours until finally we made our way passed Boone to Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is not far from Sugar BTW and my family races there every year for SARA Ski Racing. But I've never been. We were staying in a friend's mountain house:

Gorgeous Home in Beech Mountain area

And we enjoyed poking around the little strip of a town there at Banner Elk. We ate at the Cafe and the Stonewall's Steak House. Unfortunately Stonewall's has an impressive curb side presentation but the food was just okay. While I would eat there again, I'd probably try something else first. The Cafe offered a good breakfast and a relaxed atmosphere and good coffee, I'll visit there again. Inside Stonewalls was a gourmet olive oil place called "The Art of Oil." There I bought some infused oils to leave for our hosts at the house and met a fabulous young lady named Jordan who is also a ski instructor at Sugar. Maybe I'll bump into her again some day.

We drove through the mountains to find Beech Mountain and in doing so discovered a place that I think is called Crestwood. There was a gate, I mean a gate: iron, ornate, and a life sized stag either inviting you in or challenging you to enter I am not sure which. Both momma and I dearly wanted to turn in but I was running low on gas and we opted to find a gas station. Bookmarked to revisit.

And then we found Blowing Rock. Charming, charming, charming.

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We started here at the light in "Cabin Fever" super fun shop. I should like to come back and shop for the Wintergreen House.

This place! I don't even know the name of this place! The entry is fabulous, look at all those garden ready pieces! And color! And fun. And you step in and this:

I know. I know. Crazy busy picture. Look closer! This is the entry into the shop, do you see that FABULOUS door garland in sunflowers? mmm...hmmm. And witch legs, and pumpkin heads, and what all! This shop was filled with home decor, and there were clothes, and shawls and wraps and scarves, and items for the bird enthusiast (and a bird but I never did see it) and garden decor and more. I mean, it has it all. And just displayed in the most fun way. Momma and I did enjoy this.

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Sister Act, for when I drop some serious pounds and stash them in my wallet. For the Fashionista with a Sugar Daddy (or a really good job. You GO girl!) I love, love, loved the clothes in here.

And then we walked in here. Windwood Antiques. Holy Smokes. Somebody hold my wallet or I will get into trouble. I loved everything. But especially this coat tree:

Have you ever seen the like?

I know they are cluttered pictures but try to imagine. I just adore this piece! And yes, I did take a picture of the tag. Do you want to see? Of course you do (but my momma says it is rude to discuss how much something costs. cough $6,900. cough) Black Forest, Switzerland, circa 18-something. (either the owners are specialist in 1800s or they just slap it on there because it is on every tag I liked. Or maybe I just really like pieces from the 1800s?) Let me tell you, if I had 7K I would totally drop it on this. Once in a life time piece.

I also loved this:

I know exactly where I would put it!

And there were more lovely shops around the corner. Some gorgeous clothing stores, a Turkish Import store with rugs and pillow covers (I bought two) and boots (to die for) and the most exquisite lamps.

And a charming little French Provincial Store:

And I picked up a little something for myself in "Take Heart" which I loved. Tiny little shop and darling and the prices were quite reasonable! Loved it.

Take Heart from the inside. Just lovely. My 20 year old self would have been in heaven.

And then we tucked down a little side path to the Village Cafe and had a wonderful lunch, finished off with a mocha kahlua creme brulee. You must try it.

after lunch we made our way back to the car and drove to Boone.
To watch my daughter.
At the Covered Tree Meet.

And then my momma and I drove home. Whew. It had been a busy, busy day!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hilton Head, South Carolina - Breakfast Dining

We are lucky enough to visit Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on nearly a yearly basis. We stay in the Shipyard which has beach access, golf and tennis, good bike trails, proximity to just about everything. A few years ago we established the habit of taking the kids out one at a time for a "date" with their parents. This year we ate out with each child. Yes, I know, lucky parents!!

So our thoughts on eating in Hilton Head:

Hilton Head Diner . We took the 6 year old for breakfast. He ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and french fries.  My husband asked for a fruit plate and hash browns with onions. I had eggs, over easy. Everybody liked everything. The inside looks like a diner, but is super clean and updated looking. I haven't been in before so I've no idea if it is updated, but you know sometimes places don't look fresh and this place looked fresh. Servers were super nice and relaxed but attentive.

We enjoyed it so much we returned later in the week with our 15 year old son for breakfast. He ordered "the big breakfast" 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, hash browns and maybe bacon? He ate every bite and loved it.

Southern Coney and Breakfast
Google it for reviews, I didn't see a website. On day two we took our daughter here because she said she wanted pancakes for breakfast and we wanted to try another restaurant. 
The Southern Coney and Breakfast doesn't look like much from outside but it gets great reviews. 

My girl had the Chocolate Chip Pancakes, I went for Silver Dollar Pancakes. Light and Fluffy. I took a picture of the walls because my husband especially liked the white bead board look. And they had really cool art prints hanging up.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A quick visit to Lexington

Stopped in Lexington, Virginia this week. Haven't been there before. Steeped in History, much of it Civil War history. General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson's house is in Lexington and he was a professor up the hill at the Virginia Military Institute prior the Civil War.

At any rate I found a public parking place on E Henry Street and N Randolph (it is an old town, there is a little bit of street parking and a open lot or two) and went for a walk to see what I could find.

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Came across this shop advertised by this sign and stepping for a minute. Beautiful shoes, some lux casual wear (for example the brand FLAX ) and accessories in a variety of price ranges. But the young lady unloading the boxes full of new merchandise, while having the sense to say hello and welcome me to the store did the once over to determine the value of what I was wearing with a long pause at my running shoes. (perhaps she missed the custom wedding ring and the Breitling on my wrist?) and so I was not inclined to linger.

I stopped in another boutique just up the way "Pumpkin Seeds" which is very cute and offers a variety of clothes I haven't seen before in a variety of sizes, 0 to at least 14, as well as soaps, and lotions and fun knick knack type things.
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inside Pumpkin Seeds

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Many of the buildings have these little placards to share the building's history

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The Stitching Post
After purchasing a bottle of water at the Subway Sandwich Shop I came across the Stitching Post. A lovely shop full of yarns and a bit of quilting fabric and exactly the sort of southern welcome one would expect while shopping in Virginia. I was greeted by a friendly knowledgeable person who was on the phone, and then speaking to a someone who appeared to be a frequent visitor. Did I knit or crochet or quilt? I was asked. And while I answered no that didn't stop my hostess from being friendly at all as she flipped from conversation to conversation between greeting me, keeping up with her local frequent visitor and managing her phone.

I found a very enticing looking coffee shop, but it was four in the afternoon and just so hot that even I, coffee drinker that I am, could not bring myself to wish for a cup of coffee just then.
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Lexington Coffee Roasters Tasting Room

just off to the side is the funny little courtyard, the sound of the water caught my attention and I stepped in to investigate

The water I'd heard was from the little fountain at the bag of the courtyard

and as I stepped back out to the side walk I noticed this marker in the sidewalk.
I thought it was interesting, both it's placement and that it was a memorial to a slave, and sad that after rescuing 49 men, he drowned. One assumes in the same flood, likely trying to rescue the 50th person. 

Thomas Jackson's house is just around the corner. I did not go into the house this visit, preferring to do so another time when I was not in a rush, but I did visit the garden. I loved the garden.

the scarecrow

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the back of the house from the garden
and on my way back to the car I passed this cheeky marker on the side of a building. It made my visit.

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