Wednesday, October 23

Out and About

Last weekend we ventured out and about to check out some fun new antique and occasional shops around the Hutchinson and Carver areas.  If we gals are being honest we are enjoying this new found freedom in our weekends.  We have taken up the "fried mush" breakfast offer we get every year to see family that comes up to go hunting. . .that we often don't feel like we can make AND we have gone out goofing around with dear friends!! 
Isn't the enterance into Pines-N-Tiques (located near Plato) cute? As you can see this particular antique place is located in an old restored barn.  As well as the cute little chicken coop and parlor area...all plump full of fun treasures to hunt for.
It was fun to see each nook and cranny filled with pieces to admire.  There was a very nice variety of things to see and truly something for just about everybody.  Nobody in our group of four were out to find specifics but most of us found a treasure or two to take home.
Lacey smiled when she saw this.  Isn't it funny how we often think we have to put so much work into extragavent fabric choices, block design and matching of points.  This quilt was beautiful in its simplicity.  Two colors of fabric.  Points that didn't always match.  And best of all you can see that it was used and loved and appreciated back in is day.

Darci spotted this quilt as well.  We admired the tiny, tiny hand quilting stitches on the quilt as well as the unique design this quilt had when it was fully opened.  It is always fun to see different takes on quilting and we always scope out the quilts antique shops have for inspiration.

We stashed our goodies in the big wooden box and hit the road for more fun in Carver.

Well...before we hit the road we at least had to admire the fun outdoor stuff that was close to the barn.  The fall flowers were fun, and the decorations would have worked really well for displaying cute quilts.  (See ladder & paint chipped hen house...we notice the most bizarre things sometimes)

If you haven't ever been to Carver, Minnesota it is located along the river.  We think.  We didn't actually see a river, but the drive to get into the main street was really pretty.  We imagine that this week it would have been full of beautiful fall colored leaves instead of the green ones we saw.  (Most trees have hit their peek around us. . .)

There were about seven shops or so for us to snoop in along main street Carver.  The shops are only open the third weekend of each month and each offer a unique variety of items. 
Then on Sunday us "Pastthyme Gals" took a trip up to St. Cloud to do some shopping. . .again.  This is what we usually do when the men are out hunting...only we got to do it two days in a row instead of a quick rush trip Sunday afternoon!!!!

Of course those of you who live in the Upper Midwest know that there was a snow band that moved through certain parts of the state---real minor snow that is.  When we left home both of us gals had on a sweatshirt and sunglasses because it was sunny...and about 40 degrees.  By the time we got to St. was 32 degrees, windy and snowy.  This photo was taken on Sunday--it ain't from last year.  It of course doesn't take much to amuse us gals, and so we laughed at this, and how it was probably sunny most of the day at home.  But what we really laughed about was this:
Again, please keep in mind it doesn't take much to amuse us.  We noticed this truck we were going to come upon and pass.  When we got closer Lacey blurted out "Look how dirty this thing looks" and was. it. ever.  We first admired how well he got everything packed in there.  People think we pack amazingly getting all of our quilt show samples, props and chairs packed into the back of a jeep...this guy might have us beat.  He had is 4-wheeler (with tracks), a cooler, bottles of water, and a deer wedged in the back of his regular boxed pick-up.  And things weren't moving around.  We laughed at this and thought we, of course, could have managed that as well. . .then we passed him.

Can you imagine getting this much mud on your vehicle?  We hooted, and hooted over this thinking that if that were us we would have been stuck.  His truck is suppose to be white, but the whole thing, hood, front windshield (minus where the wipers swipe) and roof were mud.  We laughed about the men in the family's phiolosphy..."White vehicles don't show mud. . ." yeah...right.

But, at any rate we have enjoyed our past few free weekends.  For those of you who were hoping for some quilting show and tell we are sorry to disappoint. Check back next week to see what was all sent to Quilt Market this weekend that is being held in Houston, Texas.  As well as some other projects that we have been working on, and some ideas for a possible "sew-along" here on our blog.  We promise we haven't quit working on projects!!  We just took some time off.

There will also be details next week on our online Etsy shop.

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