Thursday, March 24, 2011

Let's Get Hoppin'!

 It's that time of year again- time for the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop! It was a beautiful day here. Perfect for hopping about from quilt shop to quilt shop. My friend, Cilla, and I enjoyed every minute of it, even if neither of us got much sleep last night. I guess we were too excited! 
Our first stop was at the local Farmhouse. I love this little place.

 They have all the best farm fresh ideas and a super cute chicken coop. Even Bossy Jeanne likes to pop over for a visit to see what the chicks are up to. She just cracks me up, she's so cute!

 After the coop, we moseyed on over to take a peek at the Shop Hop quilt. How stinkin' adorable is this? After Shop Hop is over, this quilt will be raffled off and the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society.

 I want my kitchen to look like this. Even more than the down-on-the-farm look, it is clean.
Mine? Not so much.

 We dawdled so long at the farm that we were late for school, 
so off to Conyers we went to sneak into the School House! Oh, good! The teacher isn't on the porch.

 When we got inside, we found it was lunch time! It looks delicious- an apple, milk, potatoes, strawberries and even a pepper jack cheese sandwich!

 Up on the wall, out of reach of little hands, we found the Shop Hop quilt. 
It's pretty picture perfect, don't you think?

 The Universal School Rules. I love them. If you followed them you were treated to a demo on how to make a ten-minute table runner. They really do only take ten minutes! I made a bunch for Christmas gifts. They are perfect to make and keep on hand for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, etc.

 If typing class had been held in a room as cute as this one, I would not be hunting and pecking on my keyboard right now.

 Shhhhhh, don't tell the teacher, but Cilla sat in her chair! She's looking pretty smug about it, too. ha ha

 After school, it was time for an afternoon snack so off to the Coffee House we went.

 Inside, we were greeted by this totally fab and funky Shop Hop quilt. Is this cool, or what?

 Intown carries the incredibly beautiful Don't Look Now patterns. You cannot look at this tree and not want to make it- today! It is just stunning.

 After our snack, our minds (and car) wandered to thoughts of Christmas and Gingerbread Houses!

 A happy little Christmas tree and a well-timed pointing finger led us to.....

 a magical Shop Hop quilt fit for any elfin boy or girl. It sort of made me think of a board game. Wouldn't that be fun to play?!

 As we were all a-buzz about gingerbread houses and Christmas trees, we made a bee-line to the neighborhood Bee Skep! What's the buzz here? Well, let's see-

 The shop was bee-decked out in all things buzzy. Pincushions, dolls, notebooks, table runners- you name it, it was here to bee-hold!

 The Shop Hop quilt is bee-utiful!

 And, yes, thank you- we found the Naked Bee.

 One last trip across the countryside brought us to The Castle,

 where preparations are underway for the Wedding of the Year, when Prince William will marry his sweetheart, Kate. Aren't they just a lovely couple?

 The Queen herself is quite thrilled about the impending nuptials. She can barely contain her excitement!

 Why, she has even, by Royal Decree, had a book published for future little princes and princesses. It is darling! Take a look for yourself:

Page after page of sweet little houses to delight Royals of all ages, really.

And, so, there you have it, Karin and Cilla's Excellent Shop Hop Adventure. We had a blast! We shopped, we drooled, we ate a fabulous lunch (at Gabriel's in Marietta- classic Reuben and a coconut cupcake), we were inspired and challenged and then we went home to face the knights of our own castles- our husbands. Cilla and I have learned over the years to answer the inevitable question of "How much?" with this first line of defense- "Look at all the free stuff I got!" After that, it's all gravy. :)

Pop back by tomorrow for a few, or more, shots of The AST Greenhouse and the instructions on how to make this cute Wildflowers in Bloom wall hanging, designed by little old me. It's perfect for Spring! 

Until then, I'm off to bed to dream of quilting things...................

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