Sunday, May 8, 2011

By the Sea....

I'm home - did anyone miss me?  I was gone you ask? ;-) Yes, I spent the past 7 days at the beach!  It was wonderful.  When we left, we didn't know how long we would stay, but with the beautiful beach house we rented, the friends, good food & fun, we didn't want to come home after the week was up!  We stayed in a lovely oceanfront house - and here is the first pic I took from our balcony last Sunday a.m. just before the sun came up..... 

And several more..... (probably on different days - I was up EVERY morning to see the sunrise!)
I think the sunrise over the ocean is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen....

I know this one was from the downstairs deck (house is on stilts of course)

And this was taken on Friday from the bottom deck.  I wish we'd taken more pics but we were having too much fun to think about pictures I guess.
and the house from the beach...

 This is what we all stitched last week....
From the "A Stitcher's Journey" booklet by Blackbird Designs
I used 32 ct Vintage Blue Whisper and GAST Freedom

And here are the others - all but one, Donna lives there & wasn't staying in the house with the rest of us & we didn't get hers in the picture.  (pic should be clickable if you want to see a larger version)


Four of us finished & Susan got fairly close.   Aren't they great!?!?!   The 3 on the bottom were the same fabric, but different thread colors.  In order they are mine, Michelle KS, Susan TN, Debbie OH, Char OH & Laurie NY.  We each added everyones initials & they were done over one.  You'll see several variations on each one, but that makes them unique, right?

We all had a fantastic time & were all NOT ready to go home.  I think we were all shocked at how quickly the week passed by.  Now I almost need a vacation from my vacation! ;-)  Susan brought her sewing machine & I also 7 Huswifes for the gals while there, started 2 tote bags for Susan & Michelle, we played with beads & I made a couple of scissor fobs (will share pics later).  And SOME of us shopped.... we hit 2 bead stores (one of them 3 times!) and the quilt shop (also 3 times -oohhh, I came home with LOTS of fabrics!), and the other "usual" shopping.  We went to the movies one afternoon & saw Atlas Shrugged.  The four of us who chose that movie all loved it.  Laurie & Mason (her dh) went to Fast Five (right name I think?) and they loved it.  Char & Debbie just napped & stitched that afternoon I think. 
I'll try & post more pics later this week of all my great purchases and gifts.  Being in a quilt shop is dangerous for me & my Visa...

Thanks for stopping by - happy stitching!

11 comments:

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great pics and just makes me ever more ready to hit the sand! I was thinking that would be a good thing to stitch at the beach - guess it wasn't a unique idea, hu?

Glad y'all had a good time!

Nicole said...

Looks like you all had a good time!! I love all the "By the Sea" finishes or almost finishes! They turned out great!!

Nancy said...

Lovely pictures! Sunrises on the beach are special! Glad you had a great time!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a fun time! Love the blue house and I agree, sunsets over the ocean are something special to behold. Great By the Sea finish and sounds like lots of great shopping got done, too. Yeah!

Karen said...

Love the pics...looks like y'all had a great time! I just can't believe you found more fabric to bring home. Hope you have a relaxing week....

Chris said...

Beautiful Pics! It sounds like you had a great week. I love the piece you all stitched.

Melody said...

Amy, beautiful pictures. Where did you go to the beach??

I loved our visit to South Carolina, and the beach was one of my most favorite parts.... :)

Great stitching pics too.

Nan said...

I'm glad everyone had a good time. I thought about you all week wishing I was shacked up in that house with you. Looking forward to more about your trip.

blueladie said...

I LOVE the beach! Your pics are beautiful and so is your stitching piece. TFS. :) Cathryn

Fiona said...

Your sunrises are beautiful. Everyone stitching looks great. Looking forward to seeing your new stash in more detail.

Carol R said...

What a great project to stitch at the beach! Wish I could have been there too!