"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, August 15, 2011

the 'girlie' part of our day


A lovely resting spot in the middle of town.


Yesterday we did things that my husband enjoyed too.  I'm just sharing the best part because I think you'd rather see it. For the past 3 years Larry and I have spent our anniversary in a cute little town about 45 minutes from here. It's become a tourist destination since I first met it about 30 years ago.  It has an old west facade and is known for its antiques, fiber arts, and homemade ice cream.  Definitely a fine, fine town.












Every year, the second weekend in July this town becomes a mecca for quilters.  Literally thousands of people crowd the streets for a huge open air quilt show.  Last year that happened to be the weekend that we chose for our daughter's wedding.  Monte lived on the other side of the Cascade mountain range, therefore, so did a good many of our guests.  There are 2 routes to central Oregon, one being through the little town of Sisters.  Those who chose to come this way had a huge stress on their time.  It's a fabulous affair, so long as you are wanting to be a part of the festivities, not get through them!














The Stitchin' Post is where it all began.  I used to visit this store when it was in an old house in downtown Bend and I was 15, before it moved to Sisters.  I loved to go in and look at all of the beautiful fabrics and creative projects that were displayed among the antiques.  It was my earliest inspiration.








My sweet husband also really enjoys this trip.  The Stitchin' Post has guy stuff too.  Like the really cool hand forged door handle that he gets to use when he opens the door for me.  He loves that.  And then there is the manly trout bench out on the porch that he can sit on while he's waiting for me to finish inside.  He loves that too.

Yes we had a lovely time.  I'll be sure to share with you the purchases I made this fine day.  Some of it will pop up in my kitchen, and some will be jumping onto my wheel and my needles!  That's all I'm sayin... for now.

Blessings, Debbie

26 comments:

  1. What a quaint but lovely little town! I like to visit little towns like this too, for they usually have a variety of antique shops that are fun to browse.

    I couldn't help but smile when you mentioned one store that had things your husband liked, such as the door handle on the store door and the trout bench outside on the porch. Sounds like your husband and mine have a lot in common, Ha, ha! :)

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  2. I can't wait to show my husband the trout bench. I have got to try and make one! It looks like you and Larry had a great time this weekend. I love to browse in old shops and from the pictures the store you were in looks like a lot of fun!xx

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  3. What a great place to visit! It looks like the kind of town that's up our alley because it has a quaint feeling just right for the ladies and a rustic touch to please the men.

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  4. What a cute little town! I'm drooling over that yarn. Hope you managed to snag some! I love that door handle.

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  5. Sounds like you and Larry had a wonderful weekend! It all looks like fun!

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  6. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the Noro!! I hope you brought something fun home from that store for us to get to see!! LOL! Selfish of me. ;) This looks like a perfect weekend; so glad you enjoyed this time with your husband. blessings ~ Tanna

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  7. Looks like a blissful way to spend an anniversary weekend...not too far away...quaint town...lovely antiques...textile goodies...charming ambience...and a hubby who does not mind a little bit of the "girlie" in his plans!
    (Looking forward to seeing your purchases!)

    Blessings,
    Cheryl

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  8. What a wonderful place to spend time with the love of your life. Sue Spargo shared photos of the quilt show on her blog. Amazing.

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  9. That looks like the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary!! Quilting and knitting---oh my!!

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  10. Looks like a fun town to go browsing through, hand in hand with the one you love. I loved visiting the Bend/Sisters area quite a few years ago.

    That pink washer is very cool.

    Jody

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  11. I want to come shopping with you!!!

    Paula

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  12. I think I would love that store! Fabric and yarn!

    So glad you had a wonderful anniversary!

    Deanna

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  13. I love that little town! Seeing all the lovely yarn made me want to pack up the car and head right on over! Glad you had a great time, looking forward to seeing your treasures!

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  14. That town looks like it came out of a storybook! I am sure you enjoy the Stitching Post. Happy Anniversary! xo

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  15. That would have been my kind of day! My husband is a good sport also.....we have been blessed! :)

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  16. What a quaint town with so much fun things to see! Glad you guys had a wonderful celebration.

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  17. Thanks for those pictures! What a neat place.
    love,andrea

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  18. Oh I really would like to visit that town. The antiques the fabric oh my where would I begin. It sounds like the perfect day. I think that was the perfect Anniversary trip. B

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  19. Can I come visit you?? :D What an adorable little town and *every place* you showed pictures of made my heart sing. We love to go to antique stores and that yarn shop... beautiful!

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  20. Ohh I want to go. There is so much of OR I have not seen. Some day I have to go but until then, enjoy for me xoxo Clarice

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  21. I stopped in Sister and loved it..I've been around in that area a few times.. but then I LOVE central Oregon - been wishing to live there for many years..
    Thanks for the tour.. hugs..

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  22. That looks like my kind of shopping!
    Oh- and your hubby (on profile pic) looks like such a sweetie. And your son and I share a name, with a "y" and no "e" YAY!!!!

    XO

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  23. What a wonderful place to wander around and how tempting is that table of yarn. Bliss!

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  24. What a delightful way to spend an anniversary

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  25. For years my sisters and I have talked about coming to Sisters for the quilt show! Someday we will.

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  26. Now how in the world am I going to respond to this? First of all, for some reason, I had you stuck to the East of me instead of the west. And now I realize that there are TWO of you dear ones that live where you live - and I wish to introduce you to each other. I LOVE your town. LOVE it. Chaz and I kidnapped two of our dear friends (having arranged it with their husbands) and drove up to the quilt show - oh, ten years ago now. Stayed at - I can't remember which ski resort just outside of your town - oh, heaven, the smell of pine. And loved loved loved to drive around, just looking at your places.

    The architecture is reminiscent of old Kansas City for me, which in turn is SO old northern east coast. My heart simply yearns and yearns when I am in any of these three places - as though I were born in them (close to Kansas City, anyway). We went for three years, the last two spent in a tiny farm house in a tiny canyon just outside of Sisters. I'd go back in a moment. a breath.

    One day, we were driving around Bend - looking for the Sunbird Gallery because we wanted to buy some Rie Munoz prints - and down by the water, we saw this house - this arts and crafts house with a steep front yard just full of flowers. And I stopped the car, and we all got out, climbed the front steps to the front door, and I brazenly knocked on that door. A man answered - a little older than I was - and I asked if we couldn't please, pretty please see the inside of that arts and crafts piece of wonder -- and he gave us a tour. Happily, his wife wasn't home to be worried about the mess (there wasn't any. Not ANY). And he told us the story of the house. We left - I am not proud to say - coveting. But happy.

    One year, we signed up to show up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to hang the quilts. that was an adventure, let me tell you. We fell in love with Sisters, lingered in every tiny store and got the life story of every person who had a shop on the main drag. We learned how to park so we could get out of town in the late afternoon - and how NEVER to drive through town on that day for any reason. it's like the summer crowds at Disneyland are transported to that tiny, elegant little town on that Saturday. Festive, crowded, but happily so. And the Stitching Post is impossible to move through - but the Wild Hare on the far side isn't - and is chock full of treasure.

    So your hubby is one of the gentlemen who patiently sit on that trout bench as the little woman scours the town? Does he take the dog? Some of them do. Those were happy, magical times. We even took the garden tour, and bought flats of berries. Ach, I ache to go back. Maybe someday. (side note - Brothers is the most AMAZING town ever.)

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