Quilted Pouches


A few months ago, I was asked by a friend to make a quilted pouch for her daughter’s glass medicine bottles. They had to be in an anti static bag of a certain size, and she just wanted a case so that when they were put in her soccer bag they wouldn’t break. So I procrastinated for two months (actually, I was just really busy this summer!) and finally finished it at the beginning of August, just in time for her to take it to college with her. I ended up using my favorite fabric, by Sandi Henderson, for the outside. The inside is a cute building pattern that I found at Hancock’s, sorry I don’t remember the name!


I quilted the outside fabric and the batting together and then just sewed the rest like a simple rectangular pouch. I really loved the way it turned out and since it was made with my favorite fabric, it was very hard to give it away. She loved it though, so that made it easier. :)


Then, we were packing for our trip last week, and I started trying to figure out how I was going to carry my laptop with me. I was putting it in my carry on, but I still didn’t want it to get bumped around at the airport or by anyone else who might handle it (driver, hotel, etc.) I decided to make it a quilted sleeve really quick, at 8pm the night before we had to leave… Of course, I pulled out more of my favorite fabric, and the buildings to line it again. I didn’t have another navy zipper, so I used a light pink one, which is pretty too.


I usually put my tags on the inside of my products, but I think they look better on the outside. Might start putting them out there all the time now. Where would you rather see my tags?


The laptop, which is really a netbook I guess, fits perfectly. I didn’t take into consideration the zipper, so really it could be about 1/2 inch wider, but as long as I’m careful putting it in and taking it out all is well.

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I think these would sell well in the shop, but I’m not sure how exactly to go about that. People have laptops in so many different sizes, that it would be difficult to have all of them available. I’ll have to do some research and think about that! Maybe I could just pick a couple of sizes. If these were available to you, would you buy one? How do you usually carry your laptop/e-reader/tablet around. What size sleeve would be beneficial to you?


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Charleston, Day 5

Yesterday was our last day in Charleston. We slept in and packed up just in time to check out of our hotel. It was nice to be able to leave our bags with the bell hop while we had one last afternoon in the city. We ended up walking down to the battery and promenade. The park was very pretty, the mansions were beautiful, and the water was lovely. After that we checked out a little lake that was on the map. It was just a man made lake and wasn’t really that exciting, so after sitting by it for a few minutes we moved on, back to downtown for lunch. We ate at Brasserie Gigi, which did not disappoint. We each ordered the simple chicken sandwich with fries, with a lot fancier name, since we were still feeling stuffed from the day before. That Hyman’s Seafood sticks with you for awhile! Anyway, the sandwich was delicious and I could have eaten two or three more servings of the yummy skinny fries. Perfect last meal in Charleston. We even sat next to a French couple who were speaking French. I enjoyed trying to see what I could understand of their conversation, and people watching in general in the restaurant. It was a good one for that. :)

After lunch, we stopped in the Moon Pie General Store just for fun, and found each of the kids a candy treat item. Then we just sat on a bench by the hotel with a drink and waited for our driver to take us to the airport. I will say that was a great thing about this trip. It was nice to be driven around by other people, whether it was in a car, bus, horse carriage, or boat. We didn’t have to worry about where we were going most of the time. Also, all the walking we did helped us to not gain a pound even though we ate a crazy amount of food. We did try to eat smart and not overstuff ourselves, but you know how vacation goes.

Here are some pictures from our last day there:

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We found Murray, Kentucky in Charleston:

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Here is a Palmetto tree for our Christmas tree. :) Bought this from a place that seemed to be similar to our Art Guild, all local handmade items sold in a store. They had some pretty things!


So long Charleston; I’ll miss you!


It was so good to get home and see the kids. They are pretty happy that we’re home, I think. Gram is too, since she was sick for the last two days of watching them. Last night, I had a dream that we were still in Charleston and I woke up in the middle of the night and it took me a few minutes to realize where I was. I had such a good time, but it does all kind of seem like a big dream, since we’re back to real life today. It was a good dream, though, and I’m so grateful to all the people who made it possible. For Kody’s company and bosses who gifted this trip, for Kody’s parents who kept the kids and did so much work to our house while we were away, to our kids who didn’t totally freak out and make things difficult, to Allison who took Taylor to gymnastics and made life a little easier for us, and to Katie and Kristin, and all others who gave us suggestions and tips. Thank you all, for making this trip so much fun for us!

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Charleston, Day 4

Today was more of a leisurely day for us. We hung around the hotel until afternoon since we were a little tired and my calf muscles are on fire. Thinking maybe that jog from yesterday was a bad idea…

We went for a late lunch at Hyman’s Seafood and my meal there was huge, but delicious. I got the Carolina Delight which is grit cakes with shrimp, bacon, cheese, and an alfredo sauce. They were so good, but by the time they got there I was already pretty full from the slaw, sweet potato fries, hush puppies, and onions. Everything was so good there. We saved our leftovers, thinking we would have them for dinner, since we planned to go on the evening boat tour.

By the time we walked down to the wharf, it was less than an hour before we could board the ship. We walked around a little and took pictures out on the pier. The boat tour was nice and it was a beautiful evening to be out on the water. We enjoyed the ride and took lots of pictures. Here are some of my favorites:

pelicans flying overhead

our ride


a little South Carolina water

our restaurant from the first night, in front of the US Customs House, which took many years and 19 acts of congress to get it built

Fort Sumter

The beach house I picked out for myself. ;)

Pretty palmetto trees by the entrance to the Intercoastal waterway.

Cool to see all the marine Research vessels out on the water.

USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point – this would have been cool to go to, but we weren’t really in the museum-y mood anymore.


For real, the coolest bridge ever. I have so many pictures of it from this week… While on the boat, the captain angled us just right under it and blew the whistle and horn of the ship to let us hear how the bridge echoed. very neat.

It is a city ordinance, that no building can be taller than the tallest church steeple. I thought this was really cool. Love the Holy City! 180 denominations and tons of beautiful churches.

After that we walked a little more and stopped at Cupcake down south (for beautiful, tasty cupcakes), and Paolo’s Gelato Italiano (for gelato & cannoli). It was a dessert for dinner kind of day, and after that we didn’t even end up touching the leftovers… Wonder if I can take shrimp and grits on the plane to go home?!

There are still so many things i’d love to be able to do, but we’re out of time for all the things that take up more than a couple of hours. Not sure what we will end up doing tomorrow, we will have about 4 hours and need to stay pretty close to the hotel so we don’t miss our ride back to the airport.

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Charleston, Day 3

This morning, I went to the fitness center at the hotel, planning to use the elliptical again, but when I got there it was already in use. Instead of waiting or skipping my workout, I taught myself to use a treadmill. For the first time ever, I ran (more like sloooow jogged) a mile, without stopping to walk once, and didn’t fall off the treadmill. I was so proud of myself, even if that mile took me a little over 20 minutes to jog. Definitely liked jogging on the treadmill more than all the times I’ve tried to jog outside. I was actually able to breathe which I usually have trouble with outside when I run. The treadmill also helps to keep me at a steady pace. :)

After I finished that and we had a little breakfast at the hotel, Kody and I headed out to the Historic Market for a walk through. It was interesting and there were many different things being sold. There are tons of palmetto leaf baskets and roses. They are neat and pretty, but the prices are too high for me to spend on something like that. I did find a Charleston T-shirt that I liked and we bought a surprise for the kids. We may end up going back for a piece of art…haven’t decided yet. There were two vendors that I really liked the work of, one with mixed media paintings, and the other with photograph canvases that were beautiful.

After the market, we dropped our purchases off in the room, and headed out to lunch at the Black Bean Co. It was good and light, while we were out walking around. Then we headed to the aquarium, where we had free tickets waiting for us. :) It was not quite what we were expecting and would have obviously been more fun with kids. It was a nice little aquarium, but we both agreed that Newport’s is much better. They did have a really cool albino alligator and a cute little lizard from Madagascar who wanted to see what I was doing.

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Find the flounder!


Do I look like the lion fish?


We had a better view of the Arthur Ravenal Jr. Bridge. I love this bridge! So pretty.


When we left the aquarium, I was feeling very hot and really exhausted. When we made it back to the hotel, I barely made it inside before laying down. After some rest, and a whole lot of water and cool air, I felt much better. We made reservations for Poogan’s Porch, got ready, and then walked around for a bit before we had to be there.

Poogan’s Porch had been recommended by a couple of friends and I had high expectations. I ordered the grilled porkchop with brussels sprouts and potato gnocchi. It was good and the place was nice, I think maybe I was just so spoiled last night that I was hoping for something similar. Our waitress tonight was nice, but it was clear that she was more interested in her other customers. Service was a little slow even though all the tables weren’t filled. I think if I had things to do over again, I would save the best restaurant for last. Not sure what we will do for dinner tomorrow! It’s so hard to choose.

So, another good day. Yesterday was certainly the highlight so far. Really missing the kids now, though. It was a little hard to walk through the aquarium and see all the families together and notice things that the kids would have liked. Still, we are enjoying being alone and know we will be home soon enough. Hopefully they are having lots of fun with Gram & Grandaddy and barely missing us.

Here are a few more buildings I think are beautiful, from today:

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Charleston, Day 2

I woke up this morning and let Kody sleep in a bit. I had to get a little work out in, in the fitness center. Have to keep up with all this good food we’re eating! After that we went down and had a little breakfast in the hotel cafe. It was good, but simple, just what we needed.

We decided to go for our carriage tour that we got with our hotel room package. We had a very good tour guide and our horse Picasso was good at his job as well. The tour guide knew a lot of information (I know it’s his job…) and had lots of side stories that were fun. I enjoyed the tour and I think Kody did too, even if he “doesn’t like old stuff”, ha! Here are some pictures of places he told us about.


Our horse, Picasso. Our tour guide is the one helping people get on the carriage. We got to sit right in the front, which was nice so we could hear.


Arthur Middleton’s house, which now houses some kind of arts society, sorry can’t remember the name… He also owned Middleton Place, which looks to be a beautiful plantation. Wish we could make it there, but we probably won’t.


Entrance to College of Charleston, the first municipal college in America. Beautiful and sounds like they have some beautiful traditions.


A mansion built in 1886, started prior to the big earthquake as a house, and after the earthquake came and the builder/owner made lots of money (insurance salesman) he built it even bigger than planned. It was very interesting to find out why so many of the houses have huge bolts in the sides of them. The ones with the bolts were there before the devastating earthquake and had to be fortified afterward. There were some that didn’t have bolts and definitely had a lean to them. It was also interesting to see the houses from different time periods pointed out. Charleston is such a beautiful city.

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Then there was the old city jail, which is supposedly the most haunted building in Charleston. I don’t really believe in ghosts, but we didn’t go on any ghost tours, just in case. ;)

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Beautiful trees and plants all over. One thing our guide talked about was all the landscaping companies and the groups who make sure Charleston looks good. It is a very tourist heavy place and they want their city to look good. It is also such a beautiful old city with a rich and long history that they want to preserve. Also interesting, is the fact that almost all the houses are brick, and the ones that don’t look it have been covered with stucco or wood planks. However the city is apparently very prone to fires. Kody and I thought that was strange. The bricks were made from clay out of the Ashley river.

After the tour, we walked (much further than we thought) to the visitor’s center to look around. Then we stopped for a late, light lunch at Delish, which was a little bakery type restaurant, with tasty sandwiches. We were tired and starting to get blisters from our poor shoes choices from the morning, so we stopped back at the hotel and collapsed for longer than we meant to. I wanted to go through the historic downtown market, but they had shut down by the time we had energy to go back out. I will do that in the morning instead. So, we made a dinner reservation and after resting made our way to The Charleston Grill.


The Charleston Grill was amazing. I can honestly say it was the best dinner I’ve ever had. I ordered the Mango Pickled Shrimp appetizer, Prime Beef Tenderloin entree, and some kind of really yummy dessert that I can’t find on the online menu. It had coconut sorbet, key lime sauce, macadamia nuts, and puff pastries filled with dulce de leche. The whole meal was perfect and the service, from our waiter, Chip and his assistant, Andre, was excellent. We got to listen to a live jazz band for much of our dinner and it was perfect. A super nice pre-anniversary, anniversary dinner.

If I’ve learned anything in the past two days, it’s that Charleston loves it’s visitors! Everyone we have encountered wants to make life a little happier for us. Such a fun, welcoming big city.

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