Thursday, October 16, 2014


Lots to talk about in this post.  I can't believe it's been over a month since I was here to visit with all my blog friends.  Of course providing any of you are still reading my blog !

I have been futzing around trying to get these photos uploaded all week - starting Monday and here it is Friday - well not continually mind you but every now and then when I got a chance.  (sigh)

I wanted to show you what October beans look like both shelled and in their shell - WHY?  Who cares - well I guess I do - it is very exciting for a city girl like me to go to a farm stand and the best one we know is Osage Farms in Dillard Ga in the North Ga. mountains.  We always hit it coming home from our trips to the Smokies and that is really what this post is all about.  Our recent trip to Gatlinburg Tenn .

Gorgeous colored bell peppers cut right off the bush that morning, still wet when we picked them out of the bin . they may find their way into a chili pot this weekend !
 Another shot of my shelled out October beans,  those are in the pot cooking today !!!!
Wonderful heirloom tomatoes - I know the purple one is called Cherokee Purples but don't know the name of the red one.  So much for the veggie showcase !
 Here is a shot of my dear parents sitting outside the Pottery Mill Café in Pigeon Forge Tenn.  It was a glorious day to be outside and actually the ONLY day we had sun on our whole vacation.  It was rainy and dreary the entire time.  They have all sorts of shops in the complex and one of our favorite is the Old Mill Kitchen Shop.  We always buy a case of jelly/jam/preserves all locally made.  Syrups, stone milled grits from the mill AHHHH - its a great shop.  I love the Mill Pottery shop - I have so many things from there in my pottery collection now.  If you ever get a chance to visit this complex - the Old Mill complex - do it !!!  their landscaping alone is worth the trip !
 Another shot of my folks on one of the dreary days - this is at another favorite spot - the Wild Plum Tea Room in Gatlinburg.  My DH doesn't relish eating at tiny tables and perching (as he calls it ) on café chairs so we left him at the condo that day to enjoy some quiet time.  We had a great lunch and went to the needlework shop and other things he doesn't enjoy doing.

DH outside the Old Mill Pottery Café - I tried to get him to mimic the little scarecrow but he didn't go for that !

One of the really fun things DH and I  did was drive up to Sevierville to have lunch at another great café - Bistro 109 and part of my logic was to visit the Cherry Pit Quilt Shop next door.  It was voted one of the 10 best quilt shops in the US by the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Magazine.  I can see why - CUTE CUTE shop and the ladies working there were very nice and friendly.
 Sorry I didn't take more photos - I actually almost forgot to take any photos there.  As I said another rainy dark day and I wasn't thinking "photo ops".  They were loaded with beautiful fabrics and models ALL over the shop.
 As you can see - it is on a little narrow downtown street with brick storefronts.  They actually take up two spaces with the Bistro next door.  It was really fun and while I am not a quilter, I keep threatening to try the hexies and I did buy a little charm pack of fabric and a yard of backround fabric to try me some hexie goodness.
 I think the charm pack is by Primitive Traditions, the backround is some civil war print maybe by Barbara Brackman but I  looked at so much stuff I am probably confused about that.  They had great gifty and prim items too and this is a cute wooden painted coaster set in little wooden holder - it reminded me so much of Liberty Hill and I have a vast collection of LH so it will fit right into my house.

The other anticipated adventure while in Pigeon Forge is always a visit to Dixie Darlin' cross stitch shop.  The owner of this shop Cindy is also the designer behind those adorable sled designs "Foxwood Crossings"  I'm so glad Cindy is doing so well with her designs - I have known her and been shopping at her shop for at least 20 years (maybe it just feels like 20 years LOL)  I always find stuff - one good thing about her shop is that if she displays a model - she has everything you need to complete that piece and usually it is in stock unless it is just sold out.  Couldn't help but add Luna by Miribilia from the pixie collection I believe.  I have one other of these designs that I have pictured several times on my blog that my dad stitched for me.  I was just so enamored with the milk chocolate linen - I almost knocked my poor mom off her feet when I spotted this on the wall.  (just kidding ! but I really did a quick reach over her head for it )
Another purchase was the new BBD Peace Rose - I think a Reward of Merit design.  I also bought one of these new little LED lights which will run off batteries.  It folds up compactly and sometimes you just need another light - right?

Here is another new BBD I got from Inspired Needle last month.  I couldn't wait to start it on my trip.  It doesn't look like I got much done but it was actually more tedious than I expected on 35ct  WDW Tin Roof linen with the C/C Black Coffee.  Cute design - I will persevere.

I also put in some time on this Scarlett House design that I actually started last year and of course promptly put away after the fall season.  It is the Button Eyed Cat and I got a little more done on it.  I am enjoying this one on 30ct - boy my eyes are really getting worse and I find that I am enjoying the 30/32 ct linens more.

 What fall vacation is complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch??  This is my dear mom showing me a pumpkin she thinks I should buy.  This patch is also at the Osage Farm.
 One last shot , I promise no more veggies in this post !!!!!!!!
Well blog friends - I am simply amazed that I actually have this post done.  I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted on my blog.  I also can't believe October is already 1/2 over - it's my very favorite time of the year.  We are actually getting a little cooler temps down here in the deep south, might be in the 50's for the next 3 mornings and only in the 70's for the highs.  At least the humidity is somewhat better.  I sure hope to visit you again before turkey time comes.  Hope you are all enjoying brilliant color and a fabulous fall season.  Thanks as always for visiting and commenting on my blog.


Margaret said...

Looks like a great vacation with some wonderful stops. Love your new stash! I hope you try those hexies. You got the perfect fabric for them! I'm on my iPad since my laptop is broken. Don't know how to move around on it so I can't remember everything I wanted to say. But I'm glad you had a good vacation.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Melody, I still follow your blog!! Looks like you had a wonderful vacation with your family. I tried heirloom tomatoes this year, but they were a flop. My tomato adventures are always a flop :( Looks like you hit some really neat shops, the only thing I know about Sevierville is that my late husband ended up in the hospital there with pneumonia while on a business trip! Melinda

KDono62139 said...

Hi melody I love your blog and it's great to see the shops and places you visit with your fun descriptions!

Bethany said...

Don't you just love heading north, during the fall season. It was so beautiful at mom's, the colors were wonderful. Love seeing all you great finds, I know you and your family had a wonderful time. It also looks like you got a few things to keep you busy. Me, I am waiting for my next project and that won't come until the end of the month.

Rugs and Pugs said...

So good to hear from you!
Great vacation visiting such wonderful shops. Sounds like you had a great time.
I can't believe October is half over!!!
Hugs :)

krayolakris said...

Great really captured the colors and spirit of fall in the mountains! Look forward to see your new projects!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a fun visit. My honey and I stopped at Dixie Darlin' too last month when we were down that way. It had been years since we were in that area. Glad you had a good time.

Karoline said...

Sounds like you had a great time and you got some lovely stash