Saturday, June 30, 2012

Camille Beckman

My husband, the golf guy (GG from here on) and I are in Boise, Idaho for our annual summer visit with his family.

While here I always try and visit a few of my favorite places.

My first visit was to the Camille Beckman gift shop. It is located on the grounds with the factory just outside of Eagle.



I always like to go and stock up.  They have the most amazing glycerine based hand care products, creams, lotions and bath items. Secret Sea was my new favorite scent this visit. My all time favorite is Vanilla and Mango Beach.


The gift shop sells home d├ęcor and jewelry as well as the full line of Camille Beckman products. The ladies who work in the gift shop are very gracious and remember me  although I only visit twice a year.



This display had some melamine dishes with a grey mottled border. The serving pieces had chickens on them.


I fell in love with this dresser, but there was no way to take it home with me. 


A close up of the display on top.


On the way back out to the car were lots of bees buzzing around in the lavender.



If you get a chance to visit you can also take a self guided tour of the factory.

Stitch at you soon, Dawna

Thursday, June 28, 2012

O Canada

Dinner is set for my friends and family to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!



True patriot love in all thy sons command.


With glowing hearts we see thee rise,


The true north, strong and free


From far and wide, O Canada,


We stand on guard for thee.


God keep our land glorious and free!O Canada! We stand on guard for thee
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.


This platter has been in my parents’ home for as long as I can remember. My Mum graciously lent it to me for this post.


Stemware an antique store find from 25 years ago.


A small totem pole from our honeymoon.


An Inuit carving of a pair of bears carved from argillite wander across the table.


Napkins from fabric purchased years ago.


Bread plate from Pier 1.


Salad plate from Home Goods – Matceramica, made in Portugal.


Dinner plates Christopher Stuart – Batalha White. I used the salad plates on my Bee Table.


Dinner plate used as a charger from TJMaxx – CIROA. When they were at the store for four weeks I decided it was a sign I should take them home.


Behind the table is draped my quilt “Dual Citizenship”. For although I was born in Canada my home is in the America.


Dessert is set up on the sideboard for after the meal.. In our family EAT-MORE with its dark toffee peanut butter bars is always a favorite choice. There is also red velvet cupcakes and coffee.



Night is falling and it’s time to light the candles.


God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


Thanks for joining in the celebration.

Stitch at you soon,  Dawna

Sorry for the typeface and spacing issues. I am on vacation and my computer seems to be also.

I am joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for  Let's Dish and
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quilt Run 2012

A couple of weeks ago I posted that we were getting ready for the Southern California Quilt Run. The run started last weekend on the 14th. All of the store participating are open extra hours during for the runners to easily make it to all 32 stores. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.

We spend a lot of time coming up with new quilt designs and kits to get the runners excited. The store is cleaned and redecorated with all of the new samples.
There is still time to cover at least one area or more if you run really fast. Each store has Mystery gifts as that is the theme for this year.

In Area 1, which we are a part of each store has a block pattern with a corresponding quilt pattern. If you collect from all seven stores you then will combine the eight blocks (eight blocks?) for a ninth quilt pattern that measures 106” x 106”. Our store has two block to pass out so that's how you get eight.

The quilts for Area 1 were designed by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack. We are really blessed that she is not only our friend, but also our employee. She also is our web chick. She is Multitalented!

On to the photos of the store:


To the right when you come in is our claw foot tub.


From the end it looks like it’s a pensive face.


The bed is decorated with colorful quilts made by Anna Koelewyn and faux fur blankets bound with cotton.


The nine seam quilt from a recent blog.


Little table runners designed by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack hang behind the front counter. The kits include front, back, binding and batting. Sorry, you have to quilt them yourself.


Check in area with the two quilts for our store.


Quilt made from block 3.


Quilt made from block 8.

Quilts hanging in the  classroom area. There were changes from week one to week two as we sold out of some of the kits and fabric.


North America Wildlife by Needle in a Hayes Stack  & Mary Engelbreit’s Flutterby by Andover Fabrics.


Winter Enchantment from South Sea Imports’ & Spring Symphony in Maywood Fabrics by Needle in a Hayes Stack.


Flip Side by Stitches from the Tub (that’s me) out of MODA’s Summer Breeze. The pattern will be for sale online soon in the Bolts in the Bathtub store.


Panels and books to make.


Dr. Seuss fabric by Robert Kaufmann was used in the Sidelights pattern  by Mountainpeek Creations.


A wall of fabric in the main part of the store. Thanks for visiting.

Stitch at you soon,

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gift From the Sea

Come join me for brunch in the backyard. We aren’t close to the ocean , but we can pretend before the day gets to hot.


The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh




I know you can’t tell, but somehow this is the only salad plate that is upside down. Oops.


Salad Plates – Home Goods earlier this Spring
Salt & Pepper shakers – William Sonoma Outlet
Dinner Plates - Target.
Both the dinner and salad plates are melemine, amazing.



Chargers – Pier 1
Placemats – Ross
Flatware – Our everyday for years

The placemats are shades of yellow and orange  & match the napkins and orangey starfish.


Glassware – Home Goods gift from my Mum, I love the texture of the glass. The grid is a nice counterpoint to the shapes of the shells.


Salt & Pepper Shell – William Sonoma Outlet
Cake Plate – TJ Maxx
Starfish Garland -  Marshalls


Before company arrives there is time to sit by the pool, listen to the waterfall with a glass of iced coffee and catch up on some reading. There is an extra rocker with cozy pillows if you want to join me.


The quilt was made years ago from a line of Fig Tree fabrics by Joanna Figueroa for Moda.. Her fabric always has a lovely vintage feel. Soft, but not faded.


Of course the perfect reading material is Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

I feel we are all islands - in a common seaAnne Morrow Lindbergh


Stitch at you soon,

I am joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish  and
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.