On this Christmas Eve Day, I wanted to share a special gift with you that I received from my Sister Liz who lives in Rural Hall, NC and has a vintage Scotty too. Sisters on the Fly do a Christmas Sister exchange and Liz and I were paired up. In my box was also an embroidered camping towel and a camping plaque.
Thanks Liz! Merry Christmas to you and Gary, as well as to all my other Sister Friends, Tabbin' Buddies, and camping partners!! Have a wonderful day tomorrow with family and friends.
Good evening everyone! The countdown has begun . . . 6 days till Christmas. I realize that some folks have been counting for many months, but I usually start a week out. The Coffee Cup and I want to send you greetings with some photos we found online that are pretty cool. Enjoy...
The best gift at Christmas is easy to see.
It's not wrapped in paper or under the tree.
Cos' the best gift at Christmas and all the year through
Today Becky, Wendy, and our friend Jeanne visited the famous and luxurious Grove Park Inn to take in the gingerbread houses entered in the National Gingerbread House Competition. Over on POSTCARDS on Friday, I'm going to feature the incredible houses that we saw, including the grand prize winner.
We did a bit of shopping while there and I just have to share some things I found with you. The first thing I saw was a tabletop tree decorated with ornaments fashioned into coffee cups, bags of coffee, Starbucks-like tall coffee cups, coffee pots, and espresso machines. It was just way too cute! The ornaments were kinda pricey so I wasn't terribly tempted to buy any. Maybe I'll find them somewhere after the holidays on sale.
Then I spied all the coffee cups and mugs. Talk about a kid in a candy store . . . LOL. I might have missed one or two, but check out the ones I did get photos of.
OK campers, you know I had to buy one! But the big question is, which one did I pick out? Give up? This one . . .
Since The Coffee Cup is parked outside under the carport and our first scheduled camping trip isn't until March, I've had the luxury of decorating and playing house at my leisure. On Monday, I headed to Hickory to pick up the mattress that I ordered two weeks ago.
I had a great debate with myself about which size to purchase. The Cup is 84" wide, so I knew that a regular twin would fit easily. However, an extra long twin at 80" would fit well too.
The width didn't play into the decision because the gaucho couch pulls out to almost 46 inches and a twin mattress measures 38".
So . . . did I want a nice tight fit or would I like a little space to hang my feet off a bit? Did I want to wrestle with the mattress trying to get sheets on with little way to raise the corners or would some extra room at the top and bottom make it easier to pull up the corner of the bed?
Easy is always better when camping, so I chose the regular twin.
The next step was to go shopping. There are several mattress stores nearby and I sure found a variety to choose from. The prices were all over the place too. I ruled out one with coils right off the bat.
I found a nice firm, light-weight, foam Sealy mattress that jumped to the top of my list. At a third store the saleslady wanted to know the prices of all the others I had seen and then questioned those prices saying they couldn't possibly be correct. I scratched that place off my list!
In the end, I got the Sealy and picked it up this past Monday. It fit perfectly in the Pilot and I knew it would be a perfect fit in The Coffee Cup. It was so light that I lifted it up by the plastic!
It was also flexible enough that I slid it through the door and onto the gaucho.
I snitched my mattress topper out of SplashT@B to see how that would work. Once again it was a perfect fit. My oh my, there's going to be some good sleeping going on in The Cup!
On one of my shopping trips during The Long Wait, I found a set of sheets on sale at IKEA that was beige with white dots . . . perfect! All I can say is that I sure am glad I went with a regular twin. It still wasn't easy putting the sheets on those back corners though.
On one of my junkin' trips with Becky, I scored a 1940's quilt with a basket pattern. It was another case of knowing it would be just right in the Scotty. I love the white background and the pastel-colored baskets . . . it's a nice contrast to the birch that's everywhere.
I still have to make window curtains, two chenille pillows, and a crazy quilt throw with the coffee fabric I've been collecting.
Unfortunately, my sewing machine is in the repair shop, so those projects probably won't be started until January. That's OK because I don't need to add anything more to my Christmas plate and will need things to do when those long winter months set it!
Thanks for stopping by today to get an update on my sweet Coffee Cup.