Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tea Time!

See my pretty Momma with her long white gloves and big silver hat? We celebrated her birthday in style this weekend with High Tea at Laura's Tea Room in Ridgeway, SC. Wow! What a lovely tea room and blast-from-the-past town! If you're looking for a day trip, I highly recommend heading down Highway 77 and finding this place to visit. 

Laura's Tea Room is bedecked with beautiful linens and fine china, silver flatware, and hats, hats, hats! You can wear your own (I made my fascinator...more details later) or borrow one from the hundred or so Laura's has made available. It was too fun trying on the different hats. We got a little silly during the process.

High Tea is an event! Our reservations were at 11:30am. We finished our teas and courses around 1:45pm. After tea, we ambled downstairs in the mercantile. The building which houses Laura's Team Room was erected in 1911. It's simply gorgeous. Sigh.

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When we finished perusing Laura's, we wandered out onto Main Street. 

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There's a fabulous dress shop next door to Laura's, a bank, an All-American-Made furniture store, antique shops, and more. Even though it was a scorching hot day, the buildings shaded the sidewalks enough to make our stroll delightful. 

Here's one of my favorite stops along the way. I sure wished I had a quarter in my pocketbook!

Since this working pay phone booth sits right outside
the police station, I wonder if this is where arrestees
make their 'one call?'  ;) 
You can read more about the history of Ridgeway here:  http://ridgewaysc.org/history

I doubt we will ever forget our lovely visit to Laura's Tea Room and Ridgeway, SC. In fact, I hope to return very soon. I'm sure my entire family would love to catch a glimpse of SmallTown, USA, and am glad to know returning to a bygone era is only a short roadtrip away. 

How did you celebrate this weekend?

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zip Bag and Glasses Case

Remember all that sewing of quilt blocks & Mug Rugs I did last month?
These are a couple of the other projects I completed.

The Dotty Zip Bag was intentionally pieced with uneven scraps. I was trying to get out of my symmetrical comfort zone. This project definitely had my nerves workin' overtime! While I love how the zip bag turned out, the OCD in me REALLY wanted to straighten everything. 

I adore this pattern! It's from Flossie Teacakes, and it's the best tutorial & pattern I've found. So easy, even LittleGirl has sewn one. (Note to self:  Take snaps of LG's sewing projects to share on blog!)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thanks A Bunch! - Easy Teacher Appreciation

Bananas and Water Bottles seem kinda 'meh' for a Teacher Appreciation idea; however, it's not only easy...it's well received!

Even though we're just a week into high school, I wanted to give a quick 'Thank You' to our teachers. The first of the year is so crazy-busy-why-did-summer-ever-end-hectic, GreekC and I thought a little something to ease the slide into the school year was in order.

After scouting Pinterest for an idea, I found the lovely Mud Pie Studio's blog. Wow! Does this girl have it going on! Jumping on the banana bandwagon, I told GreekC, who is uber-crafty. Within minutes of our discussion, she whipped out Bengal-themed decor, cutie 'Thanks A Bunch' water bottle labels, and everything to deck out our teacher's lounge table. 

Here's how I threw it all together: