Discovering a place to enjoy the outdoors while enjoying the pleasures of home was my goal this past weekend. When I talk about amenities I'm not necessarily talking about good food, warm bed and the internet, but the pleasure one finds when being close to town; cute little shops, places to eat and riding bikes on quiet paved streets. All the while having access to a gorgeous wilderness area.
I probably shouldn't be sharing this hidden gem as we hope to come back here often, but Bambi was parked in the city limits of Sister's. A quiet little spot with sun streaming through the tall pine trees and a grassy spot to throw a frisbee. Although someone caught me simply relaxing in the sun.
The views from our morning walk were spectacular.
Our bike ride later that day was fun...
Dinner that evening included Pizza topped with eggplant and a fresh spinch and pear salad.
and the following morning we heading up Little Belknap trail...
Enjoying fabulous views from the top...
While our weekend was full of activity, I also had time to do a bit of work. Remember I'm a bit type A and this was fun for me!
I've collected ribbon for quite some time now. It all started when Amber created Ribbon Jar, and I had to have all those beautiful jars of ribbon. As you know I have since taken it over and of course my collection has grown! I find it necessary to use up every little scrap I have and found this sweet little blanket to be my favorite way to use it up.
I start by laying a pile of complementary ribbon in the middle of the fabric and lay it out in somewhat random yet orderly fashion (these are not the best photos due to the evening light):
Next I pin the pieces of ribbon in towards the center of the blanket:
And stitch it down before laying the other side:
After placing the other side face-down, I stitch on the inside of basting stitch:
Once I turn it right side out I top-stitch the border:
I patched a bit of red I had left over from another blanket into this one, I love how it turned out:
I may have gotten a bit carried away with the amount of ribbon I used on this one, but I don't think so! Who says you can't put lots of ribbon on a boys blanket?
If you follow this blog at all you know that we recently made a trip to Yosemite. Our accomodations were amazing and we've taken it out two other times since that trip mid-September and are planning to get away this weekend. Rain or Shine! Our accomodations... Bambi!
I was reminded a couple of days ago that I still have not done a post on our "vacation home on wheels". So here it is... It's just 19' in length, perfect size with all the amenities of home.
Let me begin by saying we have the same "no shoes in the house" policy we have at home...
After all it's a tiny little space and I have the most awesome mustard colored rug from Crate and Barrel in the middle of our home. You can see it here in front of the dining area. We took the big cushions out from behind the seats creating more of a lounge area.
That brightly colored blanket you see in the foreground is the Circle Dance quilt I made with Amber a couple of years ago. It never really had a good home, but now it has a great one!
Yes, that's our Master Bedroom Suite! Right next to the bathroom...
The shower is actually ample size and we even found a clothes drying rack that fit inside.
Our closet, between the sink and stove has enough space for a shoe rack and even more for hanging coats.
The little basket on top holds hat, gloves and misc...
The kitchen is a dream! We have all the necessities including a pizza stone in the oven! Bill added extra counter space next to the sink; it still needs to be laminated, but the extra 8" is going to come in handy. We've created some amazing meals in this little space.
The drawers below the range are well organized...
As are the shelves above!
The refridgerator at the end of the bed has a very spacious pantry!
Our home is very compact, but like I said it has all the necessities of home. And when it's raining outside we stay very dry!
While I'm eager to get away again this weekend and explore, the challenge I have is I'm a bit type-A and feel like I always need to be doing something. I'm not one to sit and read for hours on end, and I can only knit for so long. I mostly feel the need to be creative and I can do that with our meals but I'm really looking for an awesome craft I can work on during our down time.
I love sewing but really don't have the space. Any ideas? It probably should involve Ribbon so I can share with all of you the wonderful crafts I'm creating in "Bambi"!
So if you have any great projects I could work on in this little space, please share! I'd love some ideas!
Just in case you were wondering, we've got the backing in thing down to a science! We're able to put it in the tightest of spaces... We don't even put on a show ; )!
Just wanted to wish my Mom a Happy Birthday! I'm very fortunate to have a Mom who's so full of energy, creative, has a great sense of style and fun! and at... let's see... I'm only 39 so that would make her 59... yep! sounds about right! I've always thought age is just a number anyway and doesn't really matter.
Today we're taking the day off and hanging out in downtown Portland. Little shopping, little lunch, lots of cake and fun! Sounds like a perfect day to me, hope she enjoys her day... that's what it's all about!
It was so much fun working together and we accomplished so much! I've been thinking about how these will be wrapped when I give them as gifts for Christmas, and I've got some fresh new ideas! Stay tuned....
You may have seen these Halloween projects as I featured it in the Ribbon Jar Newsletter. I made them early this morning after my original post. They seriously took less than two hours start to finish for both!