Monday, December 6, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Sadly, there has been very little sewing around here for the past couple of weeks. I did cut out a few more diamonds for another seven sisters block, but you can see progress has been very, very slow.

Since Thanksgiving weekend things around here have been busy. Work and just life in general have been getting in the way of crafty endeavors. I don't even have the excuse of Christmas preparations because I haven't started those yet. Yes, I am one of those last minute shoppers you hear so much about. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will let up this week either.

This weekend my husband and I took a weekend trip out of town. We both needed the time to get away and just relax. We drove down the road aways to Madison, Indiana, a small, historic town on the Ohio River. Our plan was to spend Saturday seeing some of the historic homes that are open to the public, do a little bit of shopping, and enjoy the wineries. When we arrived we found out that we had lucked into the weekend that Madison puts on a Christmas historic homes tour. So, instead of shopping, we took advantage of the tour.

As you can see from the pictures, we chose a very snowy day. It was cold, but most of the sites on the tour offered warm drinks and cookies. The house above is a restored mansion which belonged to James Lanier, a financier from the 1800s.

A bedroom from the Lanier house.

The tour lasted all afternoon and into the evening. Everywhere you looked you could see sights like the picture above; most of the downtown area features houses from the 19th century which have been restored and are owned privately, although some are owned by a foundation and are open to the public for tours.

It was a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening, walking through the snow and viewing the homes. We've decided to go back in the spring when the weather is a little better and see even more.

You can see what others have been working on this week by checking out Judy L.'s Patchwork Times blog.


Rhonda P. said...

I wish I had known you would be in Madison. I live about 15 minutes from Madison. I could have given you directions to some great quilt shops!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I love touring old homes - especially if they are decorated for Christmas. Lovely pictures!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Ooooo, day off envy. Everything is SO new here on the west coast. Then they tear them down because they are 25 years old. Errggg.

Lovely blog!

McKenna said...

Your post combined two of my loves - old houses and snow - neither of which I get here in Western Australia. Though I've grown to love my Aussie life, I always miss snow this time of year. Here in Australia its summer and hot, hot, hot. It's just not right.