My Relaxing Week at the Beach

I usually try to keep my blog all quilting related, but I’m sharing an update from last week’s beach vacation because I think it’s sort-of work related. I’m a bit of a self-proclaimed workaholic, but I’ve realized I do my best work when I’m relaxed and well-rested. Besides, some of my best ideas occur when I’m doing other things.

View from the Beach

Pretty much my view all week. I can sit and listen to ocean waves for hours!!

My annual family beach vacation was especially relaxing because it’s the first summer in three years that I haven’t been working on a book, LOL!! But even still, I did manage to firm up a few new fall projects, design some new quilt patterns, and finalize plans for my book blog hop coming up in August. Thank goodness for mobile internet!!

So while I wasn’t on the computer or my phone, I had a great time taking bike rides with my family along The Strand….

Family Beach Bike Ride

We took a bike ride nearly every day. It was great fun AND great exercise!

Watching some beach volleyball…..

Beach Volleyball Tournament

Can you believe the bleachers were temporary just for the tournament? It was fun to watch!

And we even took a side trip over to Universal Studios one day. (Frozen Butterbeer from Hogsmeade is definitely our favorite treat!!)

Universal Studios Hollywood

My kids are much happier about being in pics when I take them from behind, LOL!!

There was of course plenty of beach-side relaxing, too. It was nice to unplug for a bit each day, so I made sure to bring along my “low tech” designing supplies: a graph paper notebook and some colored pencils.

Old School Beach Side Sketching

I’m not sure yet what this sketch will ultimately become, but it was fun to play!

Jason and I even managed to squeeze in a little “on-location” photography for some of my quilts, so be on the lookout for some beach-side beauty shots later on.

Photo shoot of quilts on the beach

Doesn’t everyone bring quilts on vacation to the beach??

All in all, it was just what I needed to relax, recharge and get ready for what I know will be a very busy end of summer and fall. One thing I didn’t bring with me was a sewing machine, so I’ve been taking advantage of lots of sewing time this week until it’s time to head out for my next work trip!

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6 thoughts on “My Relaxing Week at the Beach

  1. Lynette says:

    Looks like a fabulous vacation. I love location photoshoots. I used to feel so self-conscious about it, but after seeing how much people love seeing unexpected quilt displays in public locales, I got over that. 🙂

  2. Monica Kostak says:

    I can relate..my husband i are here on Ormond Beach (10 min north of Daytona) we are celebrating our 31st anniversary -which is actually today. 🙂 enjoy your time too..it has been very relaxing. (car trips are nice esp to get some hand binding done-so it was nice to complete some small and a large quilt on the way to Florida-and hope to finish up another quilts binding one on the way home to Texas) 🙂

  3. Hedy Hahn says:

    So glad you could get away for some days to have fun and relax. I love the beach too, it’s soothing. Now you will be rested and ready to go.

  4. Estie says:

    What fun! Hubby and I are on vacation in Redondo Beach. I believe we’ve seen some similar sights!! We’re having a great time.

  5. Helen LeBrett says:

    glad you got to get away and relax. And I see that you just can’t stop thinking about quilts even when you are “relaxing”. 🙂 I do that too, bring graph paper and some pencils. That goes to show that you are doing what you LOVE for work!! Hugs, H

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