Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Road Trip {and a finished project and some funny things}

This is my little nephew that lives in Montana. 
He is so fascinated with quilting and sewing machines.  He's been asking lot's of questions since I've been here, like "How old do you have to be to sew?"   His sweet little 6-year-old self whispered to his mommy the other day {as I was finishing sewing the binding on this quilt} "Aunt Amber is really good with sewing."  I mean what little 6-year-old would even pay attention to that kind of stuff?  Then when we pulled out his Mom's sewing machine, he got all excited and asked me if it was mine.  I said, "No, it's your mom's."  He didn't even know his mom owned a sewing machine!  We practically had to wipe the dust off of it.  :)  His mom is really depriving him...I mean the kid wants to learn.  (J/K, my sister's reading this over my shoulder.)

One of my little sidekicks and my parents and I came to visit his family last Saturday.  My little sis and her kids are here too.  We've been enjoying a little R and R, shopping, banana hazelnut crepes {at the Posh Chocolat cafe in downtown Missoula - yumm!} and Tivo'd Dancing With The Stars.  I even had time to finish a little project.  Wanna see?
That's my older sister, Tammy.  The one that doesn't sew.  EVER.
But she IS a great decorator.  And cook.  And mom.
This is her guest room {where my little sidekick and I are staying.}
I love this bird.  And the eggs.
It's kind of our joke that everything in my sister's house is either from Costco or T.J. Maxx.  We don't even have to ask.  And seriously everything she owns is cute.  Like things you wouldn't even think of - like her salt & sugar containers, her toilet paper holder and this keyboard that I'm using right now is resting on a beautiful wood "pad" with bevealed edges and painted scrollwork around the edges.  Seriously, if I only had her talent.  So needless to say, we always have to make a stop at T.J.'s while I'm here.  I mean, I have one about 30 minutes from my house that I only go to once in a great while, but I am so inspired when I come here that it's one of the first places I want to run to when I come to Missoula.   

So after a run to T.J. Maxx's and the Missoula Antique Mall, this is what I'm going home with:
Each of these items was $7 or less.  Pretty good huh?

Well, I just wanted to say "Hi" but I'm missing out on arm hair conversations so I've got to go.  Something about "Locks of Love."

16 comments:

Denise :) said...

LOL! While my folks were visiting, my daughter & daughter-in-law convinced my mom that she *had* to stop at Hobby Lobby! My mom and I made the trip, and both she *and* my dad were hooked! LOL! I love the quilt you did for your nephew; I particularly like the ric-rac trim you added. Very nice! By the way, my folks oooh'd and ahhh'd over the quilted wall hanging I won from your blog giveaway! :)

Tina said...

I love TJ's, wish I could decorate like my beautiful cousins. And I'm rolling over laughing at your last words.

Needled Mom said...

What a delightful place to rest your head. I would stay in there all day except the armhair coversation sounds too interesting to miss.

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

lovely quilt, I love the way that the ric rac frames the patchwork quite nicely

Keri said...

Ambs, I knew you guys were gone. Are you home yet...or not? I dropped off an invitation to Blake for Spencer's b-day part this Fri. night but just left it on the doorstep cause no one was home. Maybe Ryan got it? Anyway, it sounds like you're having a fabulous time! TJMax is funny...I LOVE going to the one in St. George, but rarely go to this one either. There are always great deals to be had though. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

lol! I do not know TJ's, sounds interesting, your 6 year old newphew, make him a felt sewing kit with punched holes for him to lace, in out style to start off with.

b davis said...

Great finds! And that is a darling quilt you made for Lexon. Also sounds like the conversation is awesome. :) Tell Tammy Hi!

Jackie said...

What great goodies from TJMaxx. The white that you love! I can't tell you the last time I visited that store. I think I need to put it into my routine.

SWEET quilt!

Your nephew is just so precious! I hope Aunty Amber is going to teach him to sew.

Lizzie said...

Amber! Ohmygosh - I am glad you are finally into apothecary jars.

Pokey said...

Sounds like you are having a great visit! I love your new little quilt, and all your fun deco stuff. But that little nephew, boy, don't you just want to hug him up? I think you may need to arrange a tiny project with him, maybe a pillowcase that he chooses the fabrics-?
Good to hear from you.
pokey

Elizabeth said...

I love that quilt your nephew is snuggling under. He's one cute guy and somebody better get him some sewing lessons, quick! I also love your treasures! Nice job!

Janet Fonoimoana said...

Sounds like you had a great Davis time! You all are some of my most favorite people!

L Johnson said...

Awesome quilt and such a sweet cute boy! Enjoy your time with your family!

Michelle Lovatt said...

I love reading your blog. It sounds like you have fun with your family. I hope you can teach your nephew a few things on quilting. Have a great Easter.

Cassie said...

So fun, sis! There are no others that I would rather watch American Idol and Dancing with the Stars with. Love my sistas! Great job on the quilt!

Beverly said...

What a cute quilt...almost as cute as the little guy cuddled under it. Love TJMax and Homegoods. You got a lot of great pieces for your money.
Looking forward to seeing your Red, White and Blue Sugar and Spice quilt. I start cutting mine out this week. Yeah!!