Back to Stitching Again

The vacation was not just about photos (although I have more to share and I will soon).   It was about learning to relax and enjoy life again.   So, I am attempting to get back to my sewing and stitching in a relaxing and healthy way.   It seems my full-time work is so busy, then my “health program” for myself and my DH (shopping for healthy food, reading up on the latest health news, WALKING at least one hour plus per day, etc.), and life in general has consumed all my time.   Surely you all have been-there-done-that in one way or another…found yourself on a turntable not sure how to jump off?

rockysantabeartoothm-MH20-8303So while away I have been working on this small santa ornament (Mill Hill kit “Rocky Mountain Beartooth Santa“), which I purchased at the House of Stitches.   I thought if I started out small I would get it done quwinterholidaybird283-542-9304-1ickly and feel good about it.    While in Colorado, I visited The Stitcher’s Garden once more and fell in love with this little white bird (also a Mill Hill kit “Winter Holiday“).    The kit even comes with some “furry white thread” to make him look especially adorable.    I also found at The Stitcher’s Garden, this pattern for small quilted pincushions (Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. “Tuffets“).   It’s just the right “small” size project that I was looking for at this time.


I am about 3/4 of the way finished with the Beartooth Santa ornament and it sure feels good to be stitching again.    I have a monumental project waiting for me.   I need to complete my son’s wedding quilt (it’s only about 1/3 complete).  He has been married for two years this month!    So I figured if I started small,  I would get inspired.   Anyone out there been feeling the same way as me?

Next stop on the trip was the fantastic Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming.   I LOVE the wide open spaces of Wyoming.    I will have photos for you next time. 

For now, happy stitching…..Averyclaire


Just a small, but big hearted tribute to those people who lost their lives in the terror attack of September 11, 2001 and to the men and women who keep us safe today. 


Back to the Real World I Guess

Badlands of South DakotaWe are home again and tomorrow I will be back to work.   Here is a photo of the “Badlands” of southwestern South Dakota.   It is stark and barren and beautiful.   We love to take the leisurely drive through this area.   Lots of hiking here if it’s not too hot and if one watches out for rattlesnakes!   There are mountain goats and prairie dogs in abundance.



And I LOVE to take photos of pretty skies.


We drove to Custer State Park and stayed at the State Game Lodge for a few days.State Game Lodge

It has quite a history…but my favorite part is the free-roaming buffalo!

Game Lodge

Nearly two hundred head of buffalo crossed the front lawn of the lodge the very first day we were there.   It was pretty exciting!



I was enamoured by the number of calves that were in the group.   I managed to catch this one with my little point and shoot camera.




I could sit and watch them (from afar) all day long.   They are such magnificent creatures.    And to think that one time many years ago, there were hundreds of thousands of these creatures roaming across the USA.   Here in Custer State Park they keep the population at about 1500 head per year.    Of course this was only the start of our trip.

We took another tour and a long hike at the Mount Rushmore Monument which is in the Black Hills of South Dakota as well.  Carved in the side of a mountain are four of our Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.  It took 16 years to complete this task!




We have been to all of these sites many times before, but we never tire of touring our USA.   I hope all of my friends who live far away will enjoy seeing these famous USA sites.   I’ll show a few more in my next post.

For now I will say that it was one of the most relaxing trips we have taken and while I can’t say that I am happy to be home (work, doctors, etc.), we have returned refreshed and ready to face whatever each day brings.

Til next time….Averyclaire