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Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Southern Christmas - Savannah, GA

Our romantic day in Savannah, GA

       Ansell and I passed through Savannah before, on our first road trip from Florida to DC. It was Ansell’s idea to stop in then and I loved it. My only regret was not getting to stay longer so we were determined to get at least a day there for Christmas.

Outside a fancy hotel (not ours)

We got a pretty good deal on a nice hotel room. It was huge! Shame we were only there one night.


Savannah has some beautiful spots. Parks are plentiful and everywhere you walk church spires peak through trees laden with Spanish moss.

The old houses were lovely and most of them had little garden areas or porches; very southern.


There were some also special unique things sprinkled along the way, like an antique police car (they were brown) or a gorgeous old fountain.

We tripped across a teashop which I HAD to stop in and try. I had mercy on Ansell and left him to his own devices while I sampled their wares. Anyway, I needed all my faculties to appreciate the cream tea I ordered.

The scones were a little doughy but the cream and jam was top shelf and all together it was delicious. Although it kills me how small they make scones in America. I guess American’s think that they are dainty but I never met a real British scones that wasn’t bigger than my mouth.


I tried the Savannah Grey, but was disappointing. It tasted like Early Grey but with less flavor. It was sadly a bit boring but I still enjoyed it.

While at the shop part of the teahouse I discovered a series of tea-related mystery books. You read me correctly. The titles were hysterical “Scones and Bones”, “Chamomile Mourning”, and “The Teaberry Strangler” are just some.

There is also a scrap-booking mystery series. I know.

I bought “The Teaberry Strangler” just for fun. The book covers show different tea sets. Hilarious!

The Christmas decorations were very nice and plenty of the residents went all out with the Christmas trees.


Ansell and I had our romantic Christmas dinner at Circa 1875.

We opened our presents (different blog post about those) in the bar area.

Then moved downstairs for our fancy French dinner. Apparently, the downstairs eating area, which they did to a catholic theme, is haunted. ;) Whatever, the food was amazing, ghost or no.

The most delicious Cr√®me Brule was for dessert but I wasn’t able to take a picture of it before it was gone. :D

We had a wonderful day in Savannah and I was sorry to leave, but it was time for our night-drive to Tampa!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Upcoming Sewing Projects!

I’m very excited about the dresses I’ll be making in the new year. It would be more practical to do warmer stuff but for right now I just want to make pretty dresses!

Here are some projects I’m interested in. Feel free to give me suggestions etc.


The blackberry dress is the one I most want to do. I LOVE the fabric! I’ve been thinking about lining it with orange for a surprise kick.

Lobster Sailor

I love nautical dresses and would like to play on the theme. I adore the sweet little lobster print. I’d like the front panel and skirt to be in the print and the side panels in plain navy. I’m thinking the top collar and belt bit would be red with gold buttons. I think the overall look would be stunning.


I love this classic dress. It’s modest but sweet, so I think it can handle a bold print. I haven’t thought through how to use the print. I think I would just use it for the skirt, but I’m not sure what other fabric I could use for the top to match with it.
I know I will use this basic dress pattern for several more dresses.

Sweet Tooth

This dress is definitely more ambitious. I have wanted to use this print before because I think it’s so sweet (pun intended). I love beautiful candy but actually like looking at them more than eating them. So this print is perfect!

I plan on making the top, skirt, and bow in the print but the middle section and possibly the collar in a complementary color. I would buy the print first then see what colors I think would go well with it.

English Rose

I’d like to try an all over bold, fresh print in a bright color. I love the cut of this dress, it’s somewhat princess without being too obvious and the bodice line is nice. I think the combination of print and dress would be very sweet, if I can pull it off!

Summer Garden

I adore adore ADORE this dress. This is the dress I want to wear on the first day of summer. It is so beautiful! I love the original print of the dress but I haven’t been able to track it down so I’ve been looking at other floral prints. I’m not sold on any of these but I do think they are really nice.


Monday, December 12, 2011

I'm back! With new shoes!

I'm so back!

I’m back! My goal was to finish my journey through South America but I’d rather get back into the blogging world then wait for the magical day I’ll actually finish talking about South America. Hopefully I will revisit it one day though. Colombia was amazing and deserves attention...especially the food.

Holding the best shrimp calamari cocktail I have EVER eaten.

For now I would rather focus on stuff I enjoy. I plan on getting back into sewing in a big way and that’s what I will blog most about, along with whatever else jumps into my head.

With that, let me tell you about my new cool shoes. I’d been looking for some new brown knee-high boots but instead I found these old-school wingtip high heels. They were only $18 at Ross! Nice!

Sweater by Ross too. It's super soft!