At the Beach

Monday, April 29, 2013


     Barb and I are renting a beach house for a week in Gulf Shores, AL. We have made this trip every year since 2009 except for one. It's a great way for us to work and plan projects for the year. As Barb works full time and lives 45 miles from me, we don't have much time to plan and brainstorm. Last year we missed this planning time and we really felt it didn't serve us well.
 
     We bring notebooks, sewing machines, rotary tools, linen, floss, my bike....and the list goes on and on. Our one fun "requirement" is to decorate the dining table in the screened-in-porch. (The table inside is covered with fabric and books and is considered our work table.) I brought a old white linen tablecloth and faded chipped dishes. Usually, I choose plates with pink flowers on the rim. I like the center of the plate to be white so the food is the main focus, but when I found these they felt just right. Although the pattern on the dinner plates is really faded and worn it makes the plates even more dear to me.



     I bought a set of 8 small dinner plates and 2 salad plates. The salad plates don't show much wear. Aren't they sweet?



    Barb purchased this vintage crocheted tablecloth and the table runner at an estate sale. They were both white and stained. She dyed these pink to match the dishes. It took 1/2 bottle of pink and 1/2 bottle of tan Rit dye and a cup of salt to get this soft warm shade of pink. They are just beautiful!



     Barb's been working with our Nature's Basket prints. She uses Charm Packs from Moda when planning a quilt. The squares are big enough for her to visualize how the colors will work together, and they are large enough to check how the scale of the print will work in her design too.

Back to work!

Until later,

Alma


35 comments

  1. Wish my workspace included a beach! LOL!

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  2. I very willingly went with you two to work on the beach, eat at the dishes and the tablecloth crochet, please adopt me!!

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  3. Sounds like good soul therapy and lots of fun. I have your new book on order, now the waiting game.

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful way to relax and brainstorm. I really LOVE that table cloth. So pretty. Have a wonderful time you two

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  5. Alma: It sound like you had a pleasant time.
    I hope you come back to Spring Fling in Minnesota someday.
    Catherine

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  6. I love vintage crockery. Have a wonderful time.

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  7. How interesting it is that you find your inspiration at the beach! "Beach" is not the first thing I think of when I think of your wonderful designs. :)

    Hope you have a lovely and productive time.

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  8. Wow.....a beach, sewing, eating seafood on lovely old dishes(which you have to do if you are so close to fresh seafood) sounds like a slice of heaven!

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  9. I want to come and play!!!!! Gorgeous and those dishes, my Great-Grandmother Effie had a complete set just like that years and years ago. What wonderful memories they bring back.

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  10. I bet you ladies will have a grand time! See you soon,
    Kathy

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  11. Alma and Barb,

    Sounds like such fun. I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

    Happy crafting and relaxing:)
    Joan

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  12. Thank you for sharing, lovely post and enjoy

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  13. That is one gorgeous tablecloth! Love the dye job... And I love the dishes too, and the beach, and the whole brainstorming with a friend, away fro everyday distractions!

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  14. I love how you decorate the table on the porch every time. So beautiful, and very inspirational as well. Love those charm fabrics. Sigh.... More temptation, i can tell. Have fun!

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  15. What a GREAT idea to dye the crocheted pieces! I'll have to remember that next time I see one at a good price that may be a little stained!!

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  16. Oh my... I'm relaxed just looking at these pics! Love the crocheted table cloth... and you've managed the perfect pink! Looking forward to seeing the beauty you gals create! And, patiently waiting the new book release too! :-)

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  17. Enjoy your holyday! miss you a lot. N.

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  18. Enjoyed reading about your creative process. You are artistic masters concerning the color palette. Can't wait for a new book!!!!

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  19. What pretty plates. What a great trip you have planned.

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  20. Love the Charm packs. What a good idea.

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  21. What a lovely idea...can't wait to see your new book!

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  22. Love the faded, chipped plates, and the table cloth and runner. How well did the dye cover the stains? I've accumulated several stained items, but never considered dyeing them. Great idea!

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      The dye covers the stains really well! The new color makes the coverlets and tablecloths look fresh and new.

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