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Sunday, August 31, 2008

On the Road!

Yesterday I hit the road to visit my friend Virginia, knitter-and-quilter extraordinaire! She retired to Petoskey, Michigan -- truly a beautiful place on Little Traverse Bay.

The morning started with a stop at the farm market...

Of course, on the way I had to stop at a few yard sales -- I ended up with a couple of stacked racks I can use to display items at my fall sales (or use in the kitchen cupboard!), two fence-boxes, I can put plants in...

A cute metal easel...

And a wicker cabinet (in need of a paint job) for $5.00. I think that goes into the art room, unless I commandeer it for the bathroom instead.

Lunch with Virginia was fun! She showed me many of her award-winning quilts from the County Fair as well as knitting projects.


I loved the colors on this one.
And of course, her cat Chessie delighted me!

After leaving, I went into Petoskey and a garden center outside Harbor Springs, where I loved the stone work.

And of course a stop by the bay...

This zennia-laden fence is typical of what you will see in Petoskey and Bay View --

As is this beautiful inn.
On the road again to meet Rick and his bike buddies for a cookout. His host home graciously allowed me to join him for an unexpected sleepover!

This morning I sent him off (to be picked up later today at Mackinac Bridge) and of course had a make a quick stop at the marina to catch the sun on the beautiful boats and still water.


Time to do art for a few hours till I hit the road... again!

16 comments:

  1. Nice to see your photos. You can capture something beautiful from ordinary things. Come visit my blog at http://juliana-dewi-2806.blogspot.com

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  2. Such lovely photos! Makes me wish I was right there with ya!
    Karla

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  3. What a wealth of gorgeous photos -- it looks like you're having a wonderful vacation!

    Your friend who quilts, does she also dye her own fabrics? Amazing colors!

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  4. Beautiful photos! I love Virgina's quilt and her kitty.

    Great header! I love the picture of Mr. Gypsy!

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  5. I didn't think I'd missed checking in on your blog, but looked in and found you have been busily posting lots more wonderful photos and that I had lot to catch up on. So glad to see you are having such an enjoyable vacation! Thanks for sharing part of it.

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  6. Great phots! The quilts were beautiful and the zinnias gorgeous!

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  7. Fun photos. You really know how to capture and express good times.

    Joanne

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  8. You alway have the most gorgeous photos on your blog. Your friend certainly has some wonderful quilts. Enjoy your vacation!

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  9. Jeanie,
    I love the easel you found, your zinnias photo and your friend's quilts are gorgeous! Makes me hanker for a trip up north! :)

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  10. Wonderful to see your pictures....I love the award-winning quilts of Virginia and zennia-laden fence is great!!
    You ask me how I can write "..didn`t have anything to do.." although we have the wedding at the end of the week....that was only a joke...we say that ironically in German...
    Iris

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  11. these vicarious vacations (thanks to your photos) are wonderful. Honestly, I just want to get in the car and drive!

    BTW, added you to my blogroll - hope that's ok.

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  12. Heck with the post! Look at schnookums up there! Awwwww. Ok, now I'll go and read the post! hehe.

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  13. Did you find any Petoskey stones? While visiting Charlevoix, I learned all about them. Even found a little) one. Michigan is a gorgeous state. Lucky you. xo

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  14. I am so totally behind on every ones blogs. YOu sure did make some awesome pictures and it is just beautiful there. Your friend's kitty reminds me of my Carlitta kitty.
    xooxoxoxoxoxox

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  15. Your photos are so beautiful. I feel like I went on vacation just looking at them! And your title photo. What a wonderful shot of your kitty. I miss art quilting. I would like to get back to that at some point. What is taking up all my time?!?!
    k

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  16. Such beautiful sights! Thanks for the tour. xo

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