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Turkey Tracks: Charleston Trip Highlights

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Turkey Tracks:  June 3, 2012

Charleston Trip Highlights

I am posting this entry mostly for our far-flung greater family, who will enjoy the pictures.

However, I did not take as many pictures as I might have taken.  I get caught up in the moment and forget…   I did not, for instance, take a single shot of Bryan and Corinne’s Ailey.  I was too busy drinking her in.  At 18 months, she is in constant motion, smiles and laughs all the time (except when she gets tired or when someone tries to hold her still), and takes two good naps a day.  It’s probably just as well since Bryan is not at all sure he wants her picture on the internet.

But, in no particular order, here’s the best of the pictures I came home with.

First, you know I love trees.  Bryan took me to see this beauty over on Sullivan’s Island.  Sullivan is just south of Isle of Palms island, and both are just north of the entrance to Charleston’s harbor.  This tree is an old live oak, and the only thing it’s missing is festoons of grey moss.

Here’s a close-up view of the amazing trunks:

These trees are protected, and they should be.  There’s one over on, I think, St. John’s island, which is south of Charleston and much more really a part of the low-country land system than an actual barrier island.  It is called the Angel Oak.  Some have said it’s the oldest tree on the East Coast.  We always talk about seeing it.  One of these days we will…

On Sunday 20th, the whole family went to the Riverdogs–the local baseball farm team that feeds into the Yankees.  The stadium is beautiful.  The baseball was terrific.  And there were lots of events for the children as this Sunday was a “children’s day” at the field.  Both grandsons are learning baseball, and we went to see their last game on Saturday morning.  By the end of the game, both boys were getting a bigger sense of how the plays work and why they are being taught certain skills.  Both brought gloves, and we had seats just back of the Riverdogs’ dugout, so we dodged lots of fly balls.  Someone rolled Bo a baseball over the top of the dugout sometime during the game, which thrilled all of us.

Here’s a picture of John and Mina in the stands.  Mina is an Enright–and I constantly see Maryann, Jim, Kim, and Kerry in her face.

Here’s the view behind the stadium, which you see if you go up to the restrooms or for food.  The river is the Ashley, I think.  And this view is what the “low country” rivers look like–postcard pretty.


After the game and after Miss Ailey, who had enjoyed the outing with all her relatives, had been taken home to her bed, the players lined up and autographed whatever the children brought.  Bo got his ball autographed.  The rest of the children got hands, arms, and shirts autographed.  Here they are in line:

Here they are reaching the first player:

And, here they are, now they are in the swing of the event:

John and Michael supervised:

And here’s a picture of the four kiddos on the way out of the now-nearly empty stadium–tired, but happy, as were we all!

Bill Murray, the actor, is a part-owner of the Riverdogs.  During the game, he caught a foul ball, and when people realized it was him, he turned and bowed to all.   He’s always been a favorite actor of mine.  He does comedy, yes, but he also does serious.  If you’ve never seen him in RAZOR’S EDGE, rent it and take a look.

We also went as a family to Bee City, which is near Summerville, SC.  It has bees and honey, but the real draw is the petting zoo, which is quite good.  I saw at least three animals I’ve never seen before.  There was an interesting building housing South Carolina flora and fauna–among which are TONS of poisonous snakes and the alligators that are everywhere in the low country.  (Maine has NO poisonous snakes YET and certainly NO alligators!)  Seeing the snakes brought back Georgia childhood memories of being taught to look for snakes constantly, especially when picking blackberries.  And, of once when fishing looking down to see a coiled cottonmouth moccasin about to strike me.  We learned that the state beverage of SC is MILK!

Anyway, Mike had his wits about him–unlike his mother who was, frankly, sightseeing– and took this picture of Miss Talula Bee Honey, produced by bees in a front yard on Isle of Palms :

We went to swim team practice–here’s Mina waiting on the steps for Talula to finish a lap.  Mina spends most of this waiting time on the bottom of the pool peering at you through goggles.  Talula can swim the lap, only she does not quite know it yet and grabs the side every few feet to rest.  She’ll learn in another few weeks, I feel sure.

Here’s Kelly, all done after an hour of swimming laps.  Pretty impressive, this hour of laps…  So healthy for all the children…

Here’s John, overseeing the action:

We went to Bo’s Poetry Cafe at his school–East Cooper Montessori.  Bo had memorized and recited a fairly long Shell Silverstein poem that his classmates really liked:

We went to the girls’ graduations from their little pre-kindergarten school at the fabulous Isle of Palms recreation center.  What a gift that place is to local residents.

I saw, also, Leighton and Tara Derr Webb’s new rented digs–lovely land with a classic low-country house on enough acreage for a small farm–all of which has waterfront on the intercoastal waterway north of Charleston.  They move back to Charleston mid-June.  And, Tami and I had breakfast with Lisa Hartley and her daughter Sophie at Hominey Grill–all of which is always a real treat!

We had many nurturing, fun, very tasty meals with Bryan, Corinne, and Ailey–and they took us to dinner at one of Charleston’s many good, exciting restaurants–The Grocery.  Bryan is a really good cook, and Corinne makes the best homemade ice cream ever!  Our time with them was low-key and very pleasant.

And, we all had some really good beach times–we rode lots of waves and came home with good tans.  I, in fact, came home with a new bathing suit since chlorine has eaten out the black fiber in the center back my old one, leaving only the see-through mesh.  When I showed it to Tami, she said “oh my gosh, you’ve been x-rated on the beach, Mom!”

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June 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Turkey Tracks: Ailey’s Pillow

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Turkey Tracks:  December 7, 2011

Ailey’s Pillow

Tami is learning to sew.

She bought a used machine up here in Maine two summers ago–from Marge at Mainely Sewing.  Marge carries Janome and will help you get a used machine or trade up for you.  Tami’s Janome is a sturdy, beginning machine which will carry her a long way before she’s ready to upgrade–if she keeps sewing more than household repair, etc.  We got her a darning foot for free-motion quilting and a walking foot at People, Places, and Quilts–an outstanding quilt store, in Summerville, South Carolina–on our “escape” day this trip.

Here’s her first project:  a pillow for Ailey’s first birthday:

People, Places, and Quilts sells terrific kits for pillows and books filled with “sayings.”  The kits come with buttons, needles, and embroidery thread as well–and they are so much fun to use, as you can see.  Tami bought a selection of 1930s fabrics last year–for the sides and back of the pillows–but she needed some help to actually get started on a project.

Also, to see more of this kind of project, look at the Carol Boyer entries under the craft project section of this blog.

Here’s the back–a nice little 1930s print:

Here’s Tami closing up the stuffed pillow–the final step:

It’s so cute, this pillow!  Ailey will have this gift long after her childhood toys have disappeared.

I’ll be making some more pillows as well for gifts or for our Coastal Quilters’ auction next November.  I LOVE many of the sayings that People, Places, and Quilts have put into their books.

And, here’s the birthday girl, Miss Ailey, on the day of her first birthday:

Turkey Tracks: Notebook Covers and Fabric Boxes

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Turkey Tracks:  April 18, 2011

Notebook Covers and Fabric Boxes


On Friday, April 8th, Barb Melchiskey of Coastal Quilters organized a workshop with Carol Boyer, who came to us from New York with Marty Bowne, the founder of Quilting By the Lake, to make notebook covers using our overflowing button collections.   Eight participants started at 9 a.m. and quit about 3 p.m.  Some of us went home (me) and sewed even more as the projects were so much fun.  (The workshop enrolled 10 participants, but two could not come last minute.)  You might recall the blog entry I made last year during Carol’s visit.  We learned to stamp and paint on fabric, and Carol brought some of the many dolls she also makes to show at the Saturday meeting. 

 Here’s a picture of Carol with the first prototype cover she made:


Here’s a picture of completed notebooks as Carol and Barb refined the method Carol taught, which used bias tape to edge the covers. 



Here’s a picture of a Carol Boyer cover in process:


Here’s a picture of the possible variety with these book covers—from plain to decorated—that I did. 

The fabric and buttons on the “Bloom” cover–and the idea for single blooms–came from People, Places, and Quilts in Summerville, SC.  Here’s their number:   1-843-871-8872.  They sell kits with the fabric, buttons, and a colorful array of embroidery floss.  Their focus is pillows, and they sell books with the most adorable “sayings” one could embroider on a pillow and then decorate with buttons.  Carol Boyer taught us to use buttons as both single blossoms and to make multiple button “petals.”  And, she taught us to use embroidery thread–the whole six strands–in some of the creative ways you see above. 

I beaded the central leaf in the reddish cover fairly heavily–yet the effect is still fairly subtle.  – And the navy cover is of a Japanese indigo fabric, so I’m playing off the idea of Sachiko. 


On Saturday, April 9th, Coastal Quilters hosted Cheri Raymond, who taught us how to make fabric boxes. 

I’m afraid I did not do a good job of taking pictures of the amazing color combinations of boxes being made all around me as I was obsessed with making my own box.  But, here is one Beth Guisely made (green box) that I bought at our auction last year.  And, the one I made (pink pigs) at the meeting, so you can see what we did:

I glued the silk cord into the box top on the pink pig box and attached the cord on the inside of Beth’s box.  I experimented with beading the top of Beth’s box, and that worked out well.  (The boxes are gifts for two of my granddaughters.

And, here are the elegant insides of Cheri’s design:

It turned out that Pat Vitalo has been making fabric boxes for some time.  Here’s a picture of Pat’s very clever boxes:

The large open one folds up and is held together by its top.  I think it’s intended to be a sewing kit…

Anyway, you can see the Coastal Quilters had an intensive sewing weekend!

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April 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm