Monday, May 21, 2012

Weekend Stitches

I'm baaack!  And it feels good.  I have big plans, BIG plans for my time today, starting with sharing some pictures from our weekend with you.

Camping at Hunting Island

Our annual weekend camping trip to Hunting Island, on the southern coast of South Carolina, is a huge deal to our kids.  I'm not a total fan of camping, but the beach makes my day, plus we always go with friends.  When we arrived on Friday night, I road my bike out to the front entrance twice to get this picture.  The first time I found that the only camera we had brought had a dead battery.  Darn.  My friend, Erin, let me borrow hers, and some of the pictures in this post are her shots.

Unfortunately, the dead battery was kind of a foreshadowing of the entire weekend.  Things just kept going wrong (like when Brandon and I climbed into our tent late on Friday night to find that our inflated mattress wasn't holding air).

in South Carolina

Saturday morning was beautiful, but cold. We always go to Hunting Island in May, and the weather ranges from 80 to 90 degrees. This weekend it was in the 70's, which is nice in general, but too cold to swim with a strong wind blowing.

flying kites

So we flew kites until it was too gusty.

stitching

And played in the sand, while mama stitched. I was bummed it was too cold to swim, but at least I made some really good progress on my Alabama Chanin dress.

playing Uno

There was Uno and smores and lots and lots of bike riding.  So, altogether not a bad trip, but lacking the beachy goodness that we expected.

and the sun goes down

My favorite moment was sunset on Saturday.  Even the kids slowed down a bit to take it in.

rainbow!

There was a storm coming in, causing the horizon to fill with purple-gray clouds.  A rainbow broke out over the gray-blue waves.  It seemed like the whole space was infused with dreamy colors.

rising storm

I noticed that where the waves broke I'd spy flashes of olive green.  The creamy sea foam was rushing onto the shore where little hands were scurrying to grab it up.

pearls on the sand

After the water pulled back, the shore would gleam orange and dark blue, reflecting the colors of the sunset with a breathtaking iridescence. I thought to myself, "I never work with subtle, muted, pearlized colors like this.  How peaceful it all feels."

Those clouds weren't joking.  The rain started as soon as we zipped up our tents to go to bed and continued into the morning.  We decided to pack up and leave since there wasn't a dry surface to be had for cooking or eating the next day.  My little girl was really bummed that our beach vacation turned out so different and, honestly, so was I.  But, I told her that we'll just have to take a day trip to the beach sooner rather than later to catch our time in the waves.  And, also, we're fortunate to be able to visit the ocean at all!  It was a lesson in focusing on the positives, I suppose, because there were plenty of positives to our trip!

progress!

I've just about finished my first of four panels in the Alabama Chanin DIY dress kit.  It was a nice, relaxing project to take along.

Alabama Chanin DIY kit

This is emerald green over white jersey, spray-basted together for pin-free stitching.  After I finish this panel, I'll cut out the green inside each of those stitch shapes to reveal the white through the reverse applique holes.  It's my motivation to keep stitching!

22 comments:

  1. Ugh, your camping weekend sounds like our spring break - not what we expected due to bad weather. But we still managed to have a good time and I'm happy you guys did too! Love seeing the progress on your dress, I can't wait to see it all put together. So might there be a subtle, muted-colour quilt in your near future?

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    1. Maybe. It seems like I'd have to have a LOT of self control to make a quilt like that! This week, I have plans to start a quilt that will definitely not be pearlized. Can't wait!

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  2. It's too bad your camping trip wasn't as fabulous as it usually is. I hope you guys can make up for it with another beach trip soon! Your pictures are lovely, though. I agree; those shades are incredible! I especially love the sand shot.

    And your dress! It's looking amazing so far!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! Went camping at Assateague Island for the first time (camping and there). My kids want to go back "forever and ever." Camping is more fun for kids and adults, but still. nice to spend time together, even if the water at Assateague felt more like San Francisco than Florida :) Hope the weather is better next time for you guys!

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    1. Camping really is more fun for kids. I guess that makes sense because getting clean and cooking food is not really their job =) But, yes, such good memories!

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  4. mmm, reminds me of home. I grew up with that view and love going home to coastal SC any chance I get...which is a lot recently. Have you all ever been to Huntington beach state park? Sorry the weather was a bummer, but your stitching looks great!

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  5. I live in Beaufort and will agree that this past weekend was not the best weekend for the beach. We have had some seriously fabulous beach weather the past month or so and this weekend was actually downright chilly! Sorry our weather cut your weekend short and didn't let you go swimming :(

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  6. Funny, it sounds like a wonderful weekend to me. I guess it is all about perspective. We are totally landlocked here, not even fresh water nearby, and can't seem to find the extra money to ever take a real vacation. Even a day at the beach with clouds and rain sounds like a little bit of heaven.

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  7. it is a magical place. we went several years ago and actually got a cabin almost last minute. it was one of the best vacations our family ever had, despite the august heat. love your photos.

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  8. Hopefully next year you won't have a tropical storm sitting right off the coast. Sorry Alberto kind of put a damper on your weekend. I haven't been brave enough to take my kids camping yet. Maybe in a couple years when I don't have to childproof the inside handle of my 2 year old's bedroom door. (She would have been in the water at 3 am or something.)

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    1. LOL. You'd have to put a lock on your tent!

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  9. What a fabulous place to go camping!

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  10. Amazing pictures! So glad to hear you had such a great time even with the minor mishaps! I'd love the sunset/waves picture in a frame! =D


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  11. Sorry about the cold and rain, it still sounds like you had a very nice time, and that sunset, oh my!!!

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  12. Your dress is looking great. It is "your fault" that Alabama chanin is my new obsession and I thank you for it. I love how you are only one knot out for each shape. Love it.

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    1. Yeah, glad to hear it! Yes, I'm a one knot girl. For some reason!

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  13. what beautiful pictures rachel! i long to be near the sea! someday!

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  14. The joys of camping! How were your sleeping bags? The dress looks amazing and I can't wait to see a bit cut out!

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    1. I asked Liam after the first night if he was warm enough in his bag, because I was worried. He smiled so sweetly and said "you made it just right, mama". It was heartwarming!

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  15. Well, you're pictures are certainly beautiful!! The weather here is different than years previous. None of the trees have even blossomed yet, just all the rhododendron? It's strange. And, this weekend we're headed up to Buffalo, NY for another marathon and the weather is saying it's going to be around 90 on Sunday already. ACK!!

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  16. Rachel - did you finish this dress? I have two of the studio Alabama books but have yet to start an actual project. Would love to see your finished dress!!!!

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    1. I'm still working on it! I'm almost done, but still in progress =)

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