A typical day at the beach…

It’s a new thing for me to be at the beach alone. We have always come as a family…but the family is spread out right now. Thank goodness for the Internet …it’s so easy to keep up with my husband in Singapore, my girls in Auburn (War Eagle!) and my son at home in Mobile. So even though I am enjoying this sunrise alone with my coffee, which is my best friend at this time of the morning, I am still able to share this with them wherever they are.

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Up with the sun and out to the beach early. If you had told me before I moved here that Alabama has a beautiful beach I would not have believed it! Seeing is believing.

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The weather is perfect.. The gulf is that perfect green emerald color and the sand is white as sugar.
The sun is hot but the evenings are cool. After a day in the sun….there is a beautuful sunset to look forward to…

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And then I can work on my little projects I brought with me. Since we will be living soon in Singapore I have been making some pillows and wall hangings from some of Sweetwater’s Reunion line from Moda.

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I bought 3 charm packs and have used all of them! I used most of them in this wall hanging..

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Then I made a pillow top…

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And another..

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And some more…

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I need to get these finished in the next few weeks cause in less than a month we are all going back to Singapore with my husband after girl #1 graduates from college…is that even possible ..doesn’t seem like she has been off to school long enough! The apartment needs to look a little more homey than it does right now… 4 white walls with a sofa and a chair. One table stuck against a wall. When you talk to him there is an echo. So…. “Decorating in Singapore” will be coming soon. But for now…

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One last walk on the beach.

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Trying to learn a few things….

Last nights sunset was beautiful. I walked over to the little lagoon and out onto to the pier to take a few shots. Wanted to take them in raw and jpeg but then realized I don’t have software to merge three pictures so I better just concentrate on the basics.

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I just need to practice composition, and learn the camera and how to take a sunset photo and what aperture and shutter speed. I wish this all came natural to me but right now it feels very foreign like being in a country where you don’t speak the language.

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I am just going to have to practice, practice, practice. Keep taking photos and keep reading and learning. I wish it was possible to just absorb it into your skin. Put it on like sun tan lotion!

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So after the sun went down I went back to the condo and practiced my other love…sewing, quilting…something else I am not particularly gifted at but am learning and enjoying and I’m okay with that. That’s what it’s all about. Here is the block called the Le Moyne star. It probably has other names. I am taking a class through my local quilting guild and we learned how to make y seams.

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Where three seams meet…that is a y seam…where the cream blocks meet the star diamonds, they weren’t hard to do, you just have to be precise in cutting and marking the 1/4 inch seam allowance and pin! I thought the block came out pretty good. And of course I had my seam ripper at the ready! If you mess up you can just rip it out and try again.

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Same thing with your photo.. If it isn’t good just delete it. I delete more than I keep. It was much harder in the film days…and more expensive. The beach has cleared off and it’s the perfect time of day. I need to go practice!

A little sewing on the beach

Gulf shores, Alabama has a beautiful beach and I have been coming here for years with my family. This year I have come alone although the kids have joined me for the weekend. It’s very different going down to the beach alone. Yesterday a good friend came over for the day, we went for a long walk on the beach and I did a little sewing on this baby.

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I love this featherweight. Sews like a dream and better yet it was my grandmothers. She bought it around 1950 to take on the train to California where she was going to visit some family. I love it that she was sewing on her trip so I guess I am just following in her footsteps. She would love that!

I made this little quilt which I think will become a pillow out of some leftover reunion charm squares. Love that fabric.

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Hope you have a great day wherever you are….I gotta get to the beach!

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