Sunday, November 3, 2013

Trip to the South and Work on Another Project

I am so excited.  My DH and I have now both retired (technically that is) and have decided to take a long driving trip down south.  We will start by heading east to Washington DC and West Virginia and perhaps Virginia Beach depending on the weather.  Of course if the weather is bad heading east we will skip step one and go directly south.  But the plan for now is to first head east.  We will then drive to the Myrtle Beach area, then over to Ashville, NC to visit the Biltmore and some friends in Jasper.  Next on our agenda is the Savannah area, including dinner with some relatives.  Then on to Orlando's Disney World to join up with our daughter and her family who will be vacationing there for the week.  We will spend a couple of days there before heading north an hour or so and spend some time with a favorite cousin.  If we still have energy left we will go to New Orleans to visit a niece and her family, then on to San Antonio to do some sightseeing and visit with a dear lady I used to work with.  My husband went to college at Emporia, KS and thought it would be fun do drive through there on the way home.  Hope we can hold up!  

What is really eerie, as we were researching San Antonio we saw an image of a famous landmark and I instantly recognized it...from one of my dreams.  I can't remember just what the dream was but knew I had been in that very spot.  Strangely I have never been to Texas or really researched the area.  Has that ever happened to you?  Isn't it a strange feeling!

As you probably know, I love to visit great shops so if you know of any really fabulous places to tour, visit or browse, I would love to hear your suggestions. 

I have done some more work on my mini crazy quilt but have also been 'playing' with ideas on another project when I need a break from stitching.  

I hand painted some roses on the tops of these jars and have played around with different labels and/or ribbons, lace etc.  I am also thinking I might like some tapered corks in a natural color instead of these lids.

The lids themselves could work as pegs on a board since they have a shape conducive to that.  The jars and lids were in rough shape when I got them.  There was a sealer that had decayed and stuck to the glass rim, in the glass and on the stoppers.  The lids and shelf were stained and scuffed up quite a bit also as you can see in the two photos that follow.

It all looks much nicer painted up but needs a little more I think.  These stoppers don't fit snug at all since the sealer had melted into a yucky mess.  

I have some fun ideas for how to use the jars once they are done and can't wait to share those ideas.  It likely won't be until the end of December or first of 2014 though.  I need to try to locate some corks in the meantime.  


Annesphamily said...

Hi Crafty Connie! Congrats on your retirement and your trip! What fun! I have not been here in quite some time. Good to see you and wish you well and much fun on your trip! Sounds delightful! Hugs Anne

margaret said...

sounds like a great trip, have a wonderful time.Re your Texas landmark how erie is that. Your jars are a delight.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Sounds like great fun and I can't wait to hear about the visit to your "dream" area.....wonder what emotions will stir there.

Createology said...

Congratulations on your retirement and upcoming trip. Slow and steady and you should be able to enjoy all of your itinerary. I like your idea of using the wooden stoppers as pegs and getting corks for the jars. Our local hardware store sells corks of all shapes and sizes in the hardware bin section. Mr. C is always there getting nuts and bolts and screws. Blessings...

celkalee said...

Retirement is such an adventure, your trip sounds like an adventure in and of itself. Have a wonderful time.

Wagonwife Designs said...

Love your crazy quilt. It is amazing the detail for the size. Enjoy your retirement and your trip. We just retired to Savannah last year. Gorgeous city. I hope to find some new shops myself. The one I visited every year here has closed. I hope you will pass on any info in your blog. Safe travels and enjoy every moment.

Sandies' Patch said...

Love just about all things roses!
Could the lids be made in knobs for drawers or door handles?
I think I would just display them as they are!