Tuesday, November 16

Imagine if you will for a minute what it would be like at this very moment to find out that you are going to leave the comforts of everything you know to travel in a covered wagon to what you hope would be a better life hundreds of miles away from where you are at now. Imagine leaving behind everything you know- your friends- most of your family-and having the realization you may never see or hear from them again. . .
That's what we have spent the past week chatting about in our Prairie Women's Sewing Circle that meets three different dates/times here in the shop. It has been so enjoyable taking that trip back in time with all of the women who are participating in the club and discussing the ideas that the creator, Pam Buda, has come up with. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about what times where like when many of these women grew up. Textbooks can teach a person a lot in school, but not as much as the person who lived some of those things can!!!

Both of us gals have commented on how we think that those wagon train days were SOOO long ago and those that traveled those days were so much different than we were. . .but it is quite interesting to see the many similarities between our lives today and those back then.

Anyways. . .it was so much fun (to me) listening to those stories about clothing, how things have evolved from women wearing petti-coats, bonnets and long dresses to leaving the house in jeans, tennis shoes, and sweatshirts. Do any of you remember those shoes above? It was fun to learn about those that had to wear theses awful and uncomfortable saddle shoes to school, and those that loved these comfortable shoes. Even Lacey remembers wearing theses shoes once!!


Come Sunday the gals loaded up their "covered wagon" and headed to the cities to visit the Tri-State textile show. {This was our opportunity to see the newest gizmo's' and gadgets that were shown at fall market in Houston. We also got to see and order some new fabrics!!}

On the cities side of Hutchinson we noticed that our amount of snow on the ground at home was quite minor compared to the ever growing amount of snow we were seeing. We decided it would be fun (beings we don't get out much) to meander towards Rogers. Not only did there happen to be a quilt shop (Quilted Treasures) but we also got to hit up Cabelas to maybe check into some holiday shopping.

We decided we had some extra time before we met a dear friend for supper at Champps. We would head up to Albertville and see what they had to offer. As we cruised along the Interstate we saw the first exit into Albertville. We decided it was in a bit of a residential area so we'd keep truckin' on to the next exit . . . only to find out that there were no more exits to take. So we waved to the mall as we drove by and searched for the next exit to take us back into the cities.
Thinking that we were approaching a stop light to make a famous u-turn we merged over three lanes only to find out those green and red lights were the sign that tells us which lanes were open and which ones were closed. . .hence the green and red lights. . .so we continue to drive. . .

. . .to Monticello which is where the next exit off of the road happened to be.
This now meant that we were almost closer to St. Cloud than were were going to eat.
Anyways, we eventually made it to our destination and enjoyed a nice supper with a friend that we don't see very often. The night went by fast and before we knew it, it was time to call it a day.

When we rolled into Tri-State the next day we noticed we were graced with the presence of this bus. We have absolutely no idea who they are but the bus looked kinda cool sitting outside.

But Tuesday meant back to work day, and working we were. We are still busy sewing up quick samples for holiday season. Darci is about done with this beautiful muted lap quilt that will hopefully be finished for a better photo-op real soon.

Those of you looking for a quick stocking stuffer or even just a purse organizer may like this super quick and simple wallet or punch card holder.

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