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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Needlework Update - July, 2013

Good morning,

It's amazing how fast each month goes and I suddenly realize it's time for another monthly Needlework Update.  With all the travel, craft room remodeling, trees removed at home, and guests visiting, I have only two needlework "finishes" to show you this time. 

Above you see an "Ocean Waves" sweater.  I absolutely LOVE these colors!
The other item finished this month is this Cables and Lace sweater in watermelon color yarn.  There is a similar one in the shop in yellow here.  I plan to make one of these for myself, too, as soon as I get the time to make it!

Both of these sweaters shown above were custom orders so are spoken for.  There are many other sweaters and other items for all ages available for immediate shipping in our on line Etsy shop, EvensensProductions.  Or, let me know if you would like something made just for you.
Also new in the shop this month are three more turned wood handle and chrome seam rippers made by My Honey in his wood workshop.  These are so very nice to use and fit so comfortably in your hand.  They are the perfect gift for anyone who sews.  Click on the image to see the seam rippers in the shop.
These three new For the Love of Cross Stitch magazines are in the shop, too.  While sorting through my needlework library while my craft room was being remodeled, I came across these new books, still sealed in their plastic mailing covers.  The three magazines have a total of 75 projects;  the original cost for all of them is $14.85 and you can have them all for $3 plus shipping.  These will be a great reference for yourself or anyone who enjoys cross stitch.  I would like to see someone have them who will enjoy them.  Some years ago I had a subscription to a crochet magazine that went out of print so the publisher substituted this magazine for the remainder of my paid subscription.  Since I was so involved with crochet and knitting, I put them away with my needlework library and never even opened them.  Click on the picture to see more about them.

So, that's it for this month!  Next month there will surely be more new items to show you.

I enjoy seeing what you are all making, too!

We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging.  ;)

All the very best,

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Inside the Caboose

Good morning,

We were able to go inside many of the railroad cars at the Georgia Railroad Museum.  We were inside this caboose when I took the next two images.
There wasn't a whole lot inside this car, but this was obviously very important to anyone riding here during the winter.
This is the part that I found most interesting.  The people in the caboose could climb those ladders to compartments where there were two seats in each one.  That's where someone would be sitting when you saw him waving from the caboose. 

This is a fun museum because we were able to go inside this and other rail cars and explore on our own.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Round Table - Georgia State Railroad Museum

Good morning,

My Honey and I love museums and trains so this one was a win-win.
This old steam engine with one car attached provides rides and a turn on a round table.
We were here late in the date and opted to spend the little time the museum was still open taking pictures from outside the train while walking around the grounds.
Here you see the train being turned on the round table...
 ...just before it was backed up about 75 yards while a tour guide was talking with the guests on board.
 It would move all the way back to the left side of the image above...
 ...and then come back to the round table.

Such fun!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Whistle Stop Cafe

Good morning,

This is the Whistle Stop cafe at the old train station in Savannah, Georgia.  The train station is now a museum. 
This cafe is in a closed-in area of the train platform and up against an old train car.
There is additional seating outside and it appears there is more seating in this train car that was not open when we were there.

We are still having a grand time in Savannah. Tomorrow we will visit the old train yard.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Train Station Fireplace

 Good morning,

That fireplace in the image above is in the old train station in Savannah, Georgia. 
It is in the ladies rest room.  Also note the tile floor.  Quite pretty!

The old train station is now a museum; I'm not so sure this area was originally a rest room.

It's so much fun to visit old buildings. 


Friday, July 26, 2013

Old Savannah Trolley Tour

Good morning,

We visited Savannah, Georgia, with the intent to visit Civil War sites.  But, the rains came so we opted to take a trolley tour instead.
Above is a trolley similar to the one where we were riding and taking pictures.
We were here and took this tour nine years ago and were glad to do it again.  The rain became a drizzle;  it was just enough that we wouldn't have wanted to risk getting our cameras wet if we were walking.
Our driver, Tony, did an excellent job of describing the many gorgeous homes and businesses we passed.
Savannah has many squares, each with its own monument or statue.
 This old home is now a bed and breakfast.
 This is the Presbyterian Church.  The tower was featured at the beginning of the Forrest Gump movie.
 Look!  Property for sale!
 This tavern was featured in a movie, also.  Sorry, I can't remember which one.  You'll also note the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.
 This building once housed the first Ford Dealership in Savannah.
 Another square and more monuments.
 This house has an interesting story.  The owner also owned an iron company.  He said anything that could be made from concrete or stone could be made of iron.  That stairway and everything that you see that isn't stucco walls and doors is made of iron.
 Another square and more Spanish Moss.  We were warned that the Spanish Moss is home of chiggers so not to touch!
 This old home houses the Georgia Historical Society.

 These homes are just gorgeous.
 Also so very pretty is this home in the African American district of segregation days.
 Our tour also took us to the river and the a view of the tourist district there.

This one and a half hour tour was very, very enjoyable.

All the best,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Talmadge Memorial Bridge - Savannah, GA

Good morning,

We crossed this really cool bridge while arriving in Savannah, Georgia, in the rain. 
I'm glad I managed to get some pictures at all as I snapped the camera between wipes of the windshield.
This bridge is across the Savannah River and is very high so fairly large ships can pass below.

 I think the shots taken while we were crossing the bridge are the best of all.
 Such fun!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fungus Amongus

Good morning,

Here's a pretty I found at another stop on our road trip through South Carolina. 

If I wanted pictures of fungus framed and on the walls in my house, this would be a good candidate.  ;)


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

South Carolina Rest Stop Blossoms

Good morning,

All of these wonderful pink blossoms are at a rest stop in South Carolina.
While other travelers moved around me to go into the building...
...I moved around under these blossoms to get shots with just the right angle to catch the light and raindrops.
Above you see people under the tree who put the size of the tree into perspective.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Cargo Double Take

Good morning,

We sure did a double-take when we pulled up behind this truck!
Can you see the cargo sticking out of that Maersk container on the truck?
When we pulled out to pass the truck, we could see there were three huge tires in there. 

Those must surely be for one heck of a big tricycle!