Hello Everyone! I’m finally home for a little while after what seems like a month of travel. We arrived home a few days ago from Pensacola Beach and had a thoroughly relaxing time with our kids. My daughter who lives in Pensacola ended up spending the nights with us at the beach, too. It was great to spend so much time with both of them. Before I get to some pretty beach pictures, I want to share a little quilting and sewing with you.
I made this bag for my daughter before we left for her crochet projects. My friend gave me this wonderful fabric for Christmas and my daughter really liked the owls. It’s called Forest Fable by Ester Fallon Lau from FIGO Fabrics. I’ve cut a few pieces to make a project bag for myself, too. I used and modified Sweet Jane’s “Mini Drawstring Bag” pattern to make the bag.
On our way to the beach, we stopped and had dinner with my daughter at her apartment. She gave me my Mother’s Day present, this adorable vignette of crocheted mushrooms. She’s a very crafty person and likes to try new things. Her newest hobby is crochet and she didn’t just start with a washcloth, she got right into making 3-D items. These are so cute, I almost want to crochet again.
We got home Thursday afternoon and were beat. It was a two day drive with a stop each way in Georgia where we stayed with my son as we picked him up and and dropped him off. But by Friday afternoon, I was ready to get back into the sewing room. I started quilting my nephew’s quilt with elongated free motion curves across the width of the quilt. I should be finished quilting it in a few days, then onto the binding. He’s graduating this week, so he should get it sometime the following week.
After dinner at my daughter’s on the first night, we checked into our rental and thought we would take a little walk on the beach.
It was pretty in this direction, but behind us…
…needless to say the walk didn’t last long. It started to rain as we got back to the condo, but we sat on the balcony and watched the southern edge of a large thunderstorm go by.
We had beautiful sunrises all five mornings we were there. We spent the first three days on the beach, swimming a little and the kids did a little snorkeling.
My daughter, the Marine Biologist, found these sand dollars and brought them in to show us. Being the good steward of marine life that she is, she swam back out to where she got them and let them go so they wouldn’t wash up on shore.
Were you able to see the total eclipse of the red moon on Sunday night? We would have seen it, but we went to bed before it was total. Also, it was cloudy and we could just catch glimpses of it on and off.
The next night however was clear and the moon was bright. The sky was dark behind the moon, but I was taking pictures on my phone and this was the darkest I could get the sky. The reflection on the water was beautiful!
On our last night, we were out getting ice cream and caught the sunset. Because Pensacola Beach is on the Gulf, the sun sets behind the beach in the summer and parallel with the beach in the winter. We’re overlooking the sound and Gulf Breeze on the far side of it.
We had planned on seeing the Blue Angles practice on Tuesday and went to Fort Pickens – Gulf Islands National Seashore, which is at the end of the island. That end of the island is right across from the Pensacola Naval Air Station and you have a great view of the practice from there. Unfortunately, practice was cancelled and there were many disappointed people, including us. Instead, we walked out on the beach pier and spent the afternoon on the balcony and getting ready for the trip home the next day.
We totally enjoyed our time, the water was clear and the temperatures were perfect, in the low 80’s. I did get a lot of stitching done and finished two of my travel projects. I’ll have those for you on Wednesday. I hope you have a great beginning to your week and thanks for stopping by.