While on our trip, we did a few joint projects.
Nicki led this project - decorating bittersweet orange mugs!
We each signed them all, noted the occasion, and decorated with a little bittersweet, of course.
What a great souvenir that will generate wonderful memories each and every time we use them!
Carla led this project bag tutorial.
Carla and Wendy completed theirs ~ just perfect!
I led a tutorial on pinch pockets using vintage fabrics from my stash.
Carla also created this sweet patriotic multimedia art for each of us along with a strawberry made of antique wool paisley ~ LOVE!
We were so lucky that Nicki enjoys cooking and cooked many of our meals. My intent was to photograph each wonderful meal, but, overcome by the delightful aromas, the idea of photographs were never even a thought in my head lol.
After a lovely Sri Lankan dinner, I remembered, but our plates were all empty :) so here are the pots.
Each and every dessert was also incredible, but again I only managed to photograph this caramel crunch ice cream cake after the fact. It was so delightful that I made it for my family the day I came home. We enjoyed it while watching the lunar eclipse and it was gone in a flash!
I also made a few stops on my way there and back...
Plaza Antiques in Dyersville, Iowa and
Willows in Dubuque, Iowa.
A shallow graniteware pan, an interesting old storage jar, a leather collar box dated 1879, a souvenir abalone antique dip pen in the original box, a tarnished silver serving tray from The Palmer House hotel in Chicago and a velvet pillow.
I loved all the colors of velvet and the embroidery between the squares.
Well, thank you for joining me on my journey!
Since you have been so kind with your comments, I thought I would host a little giveaway...
A little pinch pocket made of vintage fabric and lined with the wool of an antique army blanket.
I made this while having my little tutorial and thought someone might like it as a souvenir of "joining us" on our trip.
This giveaway is open to all. Simply leave a comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Bittersweet Giveaway" in the subject line.
And tell me, what are you working on right now?
One random winner will be selected on Friday, October 23rd.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect."