Langdon Family Reunion – Sweet Home, Oregon

On Friday, August 21, my parents and I headed to Oregon. This was the second trip to Oregon for my Mom and I in the month of August. Our destination was a family reunion in Sweet Home, Oregon.

Of course no road trip would be complete without a shopping stop. We stopped to stretch our legs and do a little looking at the Outlet Mall in Woodburn, Oregon. Lucky for us this mall is visible from I-5 and so handy to get to. http://www.woodburncompanystores.com/index.html

The flowers at this mall were gorgeous. This pink “tree” was actually cleverly arranged petunias.
Although Sweet Home is not that large – population 8,016, we found very clean and comfortable accommodations in the Sweet Home Inn. http://www.ci.sweet-home.or.us/
This was a nearby barber / hairdresser shop. Someone has done a great job at trimming the bush out front in an appropriate shape for this business.

We found several murals decorating the sides of the buildings as we headed through the main street.

And of course no trip would be complete without a visit to the local quilt shop. We spied a sign that said “fabric” on the way to the reunion on Saturday morning. Since we had some time, we made a stop. This is a picture of Seamingly Creative, 1245 Main St., Sweet Home, Oregon 97386. If you are in the neighbourhood, I would encourage you to stop by.

I found the cutest little pair of embroidery scissors and a wonderful fat quarter collection. The fabric was very reasonably priced at this shop–my 10 fall coloured fat quarters only cost me $12. (The thimble says, “Portland” on it and was a purchase I made on my previous trip to Oregon.)

We had a great time at the reunion. This was my first time meeting my Langdon relatives. I hope this will be only the first of many more opportunities to get together with this branch of the family tree.

Vacation – Part 1

I have been MIA from the blogging world for most of January and the first week of February.

I have been on vacation! I was doing what many Canadians have been doing for years–escaping the cold winter and visiting the sun.

These thimbles represent some of the places I visited on this holiday. Montana, Idaho and Utah.

Arizona, Route 66, The Living Desert (California), and Palm Desert.

This was the coach that took me to all these places. This coach belongs to Terry of Ryjo Tours who not only chauffeurs the coach, but owns the coach and the tour company as well. If you are interested in the Royal treatment while travelling almost anywhere in North America that a motor coach can travel, check out Ryjo’s website at: http://www.localcanada.com/Index.asp?storeid=536

This was a holiday that I shared with my parents. I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures so sit back, relax, and enjoy a coffee as I share some of those memories with you.

New Thimbles

Back on November 9 (http://silverthimblequilting.blogspot.com/2007/11/thimble-collection.html) I posted about my thimble collection.
A loyal, but silent reader who is also a guild member read my post and shared the 16 thimbles in the above picture with me.
I am thrilled to add these thimbles to my collection. My DH is already thinking of designs for a new display to put on the wall beside the first one he made me.
Thank you!

Thimble Collection

I collect thimbles. A friend dropped by to bring me two thimbles that she bought on her recent trip to Korea and China. The thimble on the left with the flower is made from a felt like material and is from Korea. The metal thimble on the right is from China. Thank you Wendy, these are perfect additions to my collection!

My husband made me this holder for my thimbles. I now have a safe and secure place to display my thimble collection in my studio. Safe and secure from what you ask? Safe from Joey who was amused by playing with my thimbles in the middle of the night when they were on the bookshelf in the living room. My thimbles are now out of reach of Joey the cat!