Friday, August 24, 2012

Home Again

Michigan and back in three days. I could have easily spent a week meandering home and visiting towns, quilt shops and antique stores on the way!
Grand Rapids was hopping Tuesday night. We arrived late but still had to wait to get a table at this restaurant. Half price sushi!
Meijers (like a super Target or Walmart) is a must stop for stocking the apartment fridge. This part of Michigan has a large Dutch population.
All too soon, it was time to say good bye. I kept telling myself we were lucky to have him home for the summer, but it's still hard on a mom.

The trip home was much more leisurely and I took the time to meander off the interstate.
Crown Point, Indiana

Amazing Flower Baskets in Momence, Illinois
Best Home Cooking in Gilman, Illinois

Just before dusk, I came upon this beautiful garden in Champaign, Illinois. Things are so brown and dry at home so I really enjoyed the lush greenery and floral combinations.
Love the Combination of Silver-Green and Magenta
Cannas--Love Those Leaves

My longest stop was in charming Hannibal, Missouri.
Mark Twain's Boyhood Home-Not a Vintage Trash Can :-)
Becky Thatcher's House.
Adorable, Friendly Quilt Shop
Antiques and Gifts Galore in Hannibal
My final stop of the trip was at Old Mill Stitchery and American Whatever in Liberty, Mo.
The Shop Cat Guards the Inventory
Lots of Inspiration
A Sign of Fall--Fresh Cut Bittersweet!
I've been a bit of a slacker blogger this summer, but hope to get back on track and catch up with all my blogging friends.


Trace4J said...

Oh what beautiful photos and some wonderful eye candy. Love bittersweet.
Hugs to you sweet mama..
I so miss my sweeties being little.

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Sure wish we could have met while you were in Michigan!

Raymond Homestead said...

I'm lovin the cat and the inventory he's guarding!

Prims By The Water said...

Have lived here in Michigan my entire life and never have been to Grand Rapids. Loved the pics of all of the flowers and that shoppe is sure to give you some inspiration. Take care, janice

Patti said...

Did you stop at The Gathering in Gilman?
Must check out that garden next time I'm in Champaign :)
I'll be going through the same emotions next weekend as we drop our oldest off for his first year at college....
Blessings, Patti

Quilt Hollow said...

I would love to visit all the places your shared today! Gorgeous and looks so much fun! The Dutch grocery aisle is right up my alley! We lived in The Netherlands for four years and miss a few things!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Hard to believe school is starting already ~ the summer went soooo fast.
Such beautiful flowers and gardens ~ oh and that Antique shop looks like a wonderful place to stop.
Looks like a lot of goodies in the quilt shop too!
Thanks for sharing and glad to hear you made it home safely!
Prim Blessings

Debbie Booth said...

Hi, just found you off of Pinterest. Love all the wonderful pictures! And your fall works of art in wool I love. I'm going to start some fall projects here pretty soon too. there is just something about working on something in the cool evenings at home. I"m your newest follower. Our last one is in college and she just got married this summer. It was a long drive back from her new home in her college town. I read your blog. Your son looks wonderful!