Sunday, June 13, 2010

Where's Pfeiffer?

Hello Friends!
I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. Nope, instead I've been to paradise. The Pfeiffer Family Truckster left the garage on June 3, 2010 and ventured forth to:

Pfeiffer kids at Florida Welcome Station

we stayed in Palm Coast, Florida which is 20 miles south of St. Augustine. We stayed at Cinnamon Beach in the Hammock Dunes resort. While growing up my family vacationed in St. Augustine each spring. During those years, I fell in love with the area and have gone with my husband once before, and now I got to share it with my kids. It was a GREAT time! We are hoping to return next year! :)))))))))

We had lots of good fun and we got to see many things like....
the ocean and play in it every day:

Katie in the surf

We visited Mama's favorite place and said a rosary:

Mission of Nombre de Dios Mission

Shrine of Our Lady of la Leche

We drank some water from this famous spring and I'm looking years younger already.....

Pfeiffer kids with Ponce de Leon

We wrangled and wrestled us some 'gators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm....

Hollywood Gater Wrestlers

We met some fine feathered friends in their beautiful plumage....

Mr. Peacock showing off his tail feathers

We visited a beautiful historical landmark....

St. Augustine Lighthouse

We tried to capture a ghost on film during our ghost walk tour....

No ghost sightings tonight....

After all of this....
we were BUSHED!!!!

Plain tuckered out!

We returned home....
last evening after a 14 hour drive starting at 2 a.m. I have found that although I was ready to leave this place 10 days ago, there is nothing like the small comforts of home. Upon my return, I found beautiful blue hydrangeas greeting me in my flower garden, which now are gracing my grandmother's cut glass vase. I discovered a soon to be *new* favorite today during my weekly grocery shopping spree....cappuccino mix from Sam's (only $6.22 and it is a HUGE bunch!). Throw some in a blender with ice and milk and SHAZAM - out comes a lovely iced cappuccino ~ move over Starbucks! All of this adds up to one lovely, lazy Sunday at the Pfeiffer haus while we recuperate from our vacation! :) Whew...tired....

Iced Cappucino and Cute Hydrangeas

BUT before I go....
in case you think I've given up stitching totally ~ hold on to your granny panties (bikinis, hipsters, thongs, what have you) I wear grannies cause I value comfort (ha ha...). Heather and I set up a personal July 4th Exchange and luckily I got to ship mine out prior to leaving on vacation. I made these two items for her:

"Americana Saltbox" Punchneedle
by: Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks
Fibers: DMC
Punched with three strands in called for colors
Finished as: Wallhanging

That one turned out pretty nicely, but I wanted to do another pretty for Heather because she's just a super girl and a great good friend, so I stitched this one up and sent it along too:

By: Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on: 32 ct. ivory using called for colors
Finished as: Floss Tag w/ Rick Rack

In closing....
please know that your sincere words about my daughter Katie's graduation meant a lot to me and to her. Thank you so much! Also, I want you all to know that I am striving to catch up on reading blogs and commenting in general over the next week. My reader says 1000+ (OH MY!) and my anal side is a little twitchy just knowing the number, because I like to read and comment on all my friends and followers blogs too....but I'll get round to yours *real* soon. I also hope to stitch something too. Wouldn't that be amazing? Me, stitching. Yep....great....hope that happens soon too. However, knowing that the lazy days of summer are upon us, I should be able to work some X's into my schedule - fingers crossed!

Until next time....
I'll be keeping my "hands to work and heart to God"!
Hugs and love,


  1. Looks like you all had a very fun family vacation :) It's always fun to go somewhere, but it always feels so good to get home!

    Love your exchange for Heather, awesome job!

  2. I'm so glad you all had a wonderful time in Florida. I went there a couple of years before hubby and I got married. I absolutely loved it!!!

    Love the stitching, and I have bought that cappucino mix at Sam's. It's quite a bargin!

  3. I loved the pictures of Florida, nothing like a nice sunny vacation to refresh everybody. That is nice you could drive there too :D

    Thanks again for the beautiful items you made me, I absolutely love them!!!

  4. Looks like you had a great trip ... I love St. Augustine. I remember taking a trip there in 8th grade and we've gone for Christmas a few years and rented a house there.

  5. Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful vacation! Yay! Lovely items sent to Heather...the punchneedle is my favorite!

  6. I'm so glad that you had such a great vacation. Your rugrats looks tuckered out at the end.

    I love what you sent to Heather - they were both exquisite. Although I have never tried punchneedle my dd Number 1 did it about 25 years ago but it was called something else then. Can't remember what but I can remember her doing it on her jean jacket.

    Patti xxx

  7. This must have been the week for vacations! I just recently returned home (Florida) from Michigan. Your pictures are great. St. Augustine is one place I have not yet been and someday hope to visit.

    The stitched pieces are beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing

  8. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I'm so glad! And your exchange pieces are just wonderful! Aren't the comforts of home wonderful after a vacation? :D

  9. It looks like you had an awesome vacation!

    Love the punchneedle piece :)

  10. Oh that looks like a wonderful vacation. How fun it is making memories like that!
    My favorite is their French Vanilla Cappucino. I brought home 4 containers to hopefully make it through to the fall!!!
    Lovely gifts you sent to Heather. Nice work.
    Welcome home!

  11. What a fun trip. My brother got married in St. Augustine. It's a lovely area for a vacation.

    Super stitching and finishing as usual!

  12. Glad you had such a great vacation...St. Augustine can be fun! Love your exchange pieces...the punchneedle piece is so pretty!

    happy stitching....

  13. Sounds like your family had a fabulous time in the Florida sunshine.
    Super nice exchange pieces.
    Congrats! to Katie

  14. Looks like a great time was had by all. :)

  15. Oh my gosh I did think you fell off the face of the earth, so happy to hear you had a great time.
    We look forward to more of your postings.
    Beautiful finishes.

  16. it looks as thought you all had a great time -thanks for sharing your vaction with us! I love your exchange pieces too, good luck with getting some stitching done.

  17. It sounds like you all had fun Vonna! Love the pictures and also the exchange gifts that you sent Heather.

  18. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday!

  19. Anonymous5:43 AM

    Great photo's! Looks a fabulous place to visit. Maybe on day ...

    Thumbs up for grannie knickers and comfort every time! :o)

  20. My goodness Vonna! Even your vacations are super busy! I am glad you had such a wonderful family vacation. Those are the memories that last forever. As always your stitching is so amazing.

  21. I am glad you had a fun and safe trip! It's always fun to get away and helps recharge your energy! Love the stitching and that is one big canister of cappucino!

  22. Lovely pictures Vonna - thanks for sharing your vacation!

  23. Welcome home, Vonna! Looks like you had a truly memorable road trip. I loved those family vacations together when my sons were little. The times in the car were often the best part of the trip--we would sing silly songs, play games and just really talk.

    Heather is one lucky girl to receive those beauties you made for her! I really want to try punchneedle myself some day.

  24. Looks like a wonderful trip. Was that lighthouse the same one featured on Ghost Hunters?

  25. I'm glad that you had a good time and are back safe and sound. Love love love the exchange gifts for Heather! I can't wait to see what she whips up for you.

  26. Vacation looks like a blast! Glad you had such a good time. Your goodies are so pretty - I think I'm going to have to indulge in some punchneedle!
    As for the 1000 blogs, you're a brave soul. I'm all for wiping out and starting clean - it's summertime and it's hard to keep up with it all!

  27. Been wondering when you'd surface again. Miss reading your wonderful posts. Love all the pictures of your vacation. It looks like it was a wonderful time.

    Love your stitching as always. I'm envious of your finishing skills. And I think that I need to look up that cappucino mix at Sam's. I love that stuff.

  28. Thanks for sharing your vacation pics!! Enjoy your summer!! Hugs and happy stitching.

  29. Sounds like a wonderful vacation!

    Cute stitchy gifts and as always finished beautifully!

    Hope your vacation recovery is an easy one!

    Have a great week!

  30. Looks like you are out making wonderful memories with your family again. Nice vacation. I bet that become a yearly thing for your family now.

    Nice stitching. Love the patriotic things.

    You are a wonderful blogger.

  31. Anonymous11:29 AM

    What a fun trip! I love that you mentioned the family actually had one of those just like in the movie Vacation, but it was candy apple red instead of green. So funny to think back on it!

    Your punchneedle piece and thread ring are lovely. Heather will love them!

  32. Great photos! We want to go to St. Augustine to see that haunted lighthouse!

  33. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! What great memories.

    Love the punch needle and floss ring you made for Heather!

    Have a great day.

  34. What awesome pics of your holiday! Florida is a great place to visit, but like the kitchen, I can't stand the heat and have to get out after a while!

    The stitchy gifts you made were beautiful - I'll bet Heather was thrilled!

  35. Beautiful I especially love the little shrine and your exchange pieces. :)

  36. Glad to hear you had a good vacation - thanks for the pics!

    Great exchange with Heather!

  37. It looks and sounds like you and the family had a wonderful vacation. What a lovely way to start the summer off. :)

    Love your stitching too. Wondreful exchange.

    I know exactly what you mean about being behind in reading posts and I have only been taking long weekends. :) Don't worry about catching up. Just start fresh. :)

  38. I love the photos Vonna! Thanks for sharing your family vaction with us!

  39. It looks like a fun vacation for one and all!

    I LOVE the punchneedle and the other piece!

  40. Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful family vacation in Florida! Love your punchneedle finish :)

  41. I love St. Augustine! The view from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular!

  42. AWWW dang Vonna - I can't believe you were SO close and we didn't get to meet. I would have loved to meet you for lunch one day in St Aug. Love your photos and I'm glad you got to visit all the places you remembered going when you vacationed there as a child. Remember we had that conversation when I posted about St Aug earlier this year. It's always good to come home no matter how much fun you had. Love your exchange piece. Melody

  43. welcome home! sounds and looks like you all had a blast on vacation. My mom always said that if you didn't come home from vacation exhausted, you didn't have a vacation! lol

  44. What a wonderful vacation. Thanks so much for the great pictures.

    Lovely stitching!!

  45. What a great vacation, Vonna! And I just love your finishes!!

  46. What a wonderful trip Vonna! That shrine looked like such a special place. Can I go with you next year? :)

  47. Hi Vonna,

    As you know Dan and I love Florida! Sounds like you all had a great vacation.
    We have a house rented for April of next year in the Port Charlotte area. Anyway...I am glad to have received your post on my blog. I am so pleased that we do not have the only anti-social cat in North America! Her latest escapade involved pushing the screen out of our bedroom window and falling or escaping onto the roof below. Alas the roof doesn't go is just a small ledge over the garage doors. It must have been quite a sight to see me leaning (far) out of the window, with Dan holding onto my legs as I reached down to pluck her from the ledge and save her (yet again) from the great outdoors. All I got for my efforts was a scratched arm!
    Maybe I should have had kids instead of pets!

  48. What fun!! I'm so glad that you got away and that everyone enjoyed themselves. I grew up vacationing in Ft. Lauderdale and I want to take my DH there someday to show him how much I loved it. So far I haven't been able to tear him away from his choirs.

    Coming home is a good feeling isn't it? Your hydrangeas are lovely!

    Love the punchneedle piece!! I gave PN a try a couple of years ago but I just couldn't get the knack.

  49. Yay!! So good to see a post from you!

    Looks like the Pfeiffer family had a fantastic time in FL!! Great pics - especially the little chapel, and the lighthouse!

    Wonderful finishes for your exchange!

    Have a great week!

  50. What great pictures!!! I'm so glad you had a fun time on vacation!! The stitching is pretty & I especially love the punchneedle!!

  51. I'm so glad you enjoyed the area of Florida that I live in! We're just north of St. Aug and I really love it here!

  52. Looks like the Pfeiffer family had a fantastic vacation! I went to Florida for the first (and second) time myself last year. I really liked St. Augusitne and would go back in a flash!

    Your exchange pieces are gorgeous!

  53. Glad you had a good time. Love the Sunshine State and glad you could get to the beach before the oil get to it.

  54. Glad to hear that you had a great holiday.

    The the punchneedle and stitching finishes.

  55. Great pictures, Vonna - I especially love the ones of that little mission - it's beautiful!

    Your exchange pieces are lovely!

  56. Hi Vonna!
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Cinnamon Beach to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!


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