Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods, Part One

...to Sue's house we go!

I promised you a little tour of Sue's fabulous house on Hanalei Bay, so we'll start our trip today. I took lots of pictures that day, so we'll have to do this in parts. Let's start with the drive to the North Shore.

A nice late February drive on Kauai:

I took these pictures with the camera sitting atop the steering wheel while I was driving. I do not recommend trying this at home, unless your roads are as unpopulated as ours.


That pointy rock below is affectionately known as "Kong." The angle isn't right here, but from some angles, it looks like King Kong's head.

I love this part of the trip!

This forest on the way to the North Shore is so beautiful. The north shore of our island is the greenest and rainiest shore. It's very lush and beautiful, even in February.

I showed you the front of Sue's house in my last post, so I'll skip the duplicate. Here's how I know I've arrived at the right house:

Lots of quilters' shoes! We always take our shoes off before entering someone's home. It's the polite thing to do, especially since our red dirt is so terrible to try to get out of carpeting. Besides, it's pretty great to be barefoot in February, especially when you've got the ocean right outside your door!

I'm not going to try to arrange these pictures in any type of order. I started snapping pictures when I came through the front door; I'll just list them as I took them:

From the kitchen, looking to the dining room. The view to the oceanfront burnt out on this picture, unfortunately. The side of the house facing the ocean is all windows and sliders. Amazing.

The kitchen:

Two sinks, a warming oven, a built-in oversize fridge (can you find it?), and miles of counter space. I love all the swoopy design curves in this house!

And this view from the slider between the dining area and living room:

Ahhh....can you imagine? I took lots of pictures of this view, so you'll be seeing it again. It was breathtaking.

I forgot to take a picture of the whole bathroom, but here are some details:

Flipper awaits your handwashing needs. This is the "Dolphin Bathroom." (Dang...or are they porpoises? How come I never look up this stuff before I blog? Oh well, too late now...)

If they WERE porpoises, this could be called her "All Porpoise Room." Heh heh...


Drawer and cabinet pull...uh...mammals.

So there are the first nine pictures. More to follow. Meanwhile, here's a peek at what's going on back at home:

It's a huge quilt, so I'll be working on it while you're touring Sue's house.
And yes, there will be pictures of her sewing room!

25 comments:

Catherine said...

What a glorious house!! It must be absolute bliss to live in a house like that with a view of the ocean.
The drive there is SO pretty!! And the green lush foliage was perfect to see today -- on a grey, chilly, windy day.

Pat said...

Gee...does Sue want to entertain any visitors from the mainland??? I'm thinking she does!!! And...a question....HOW do you get any quilting done when you are in a house with such a BEAUTIFUL view as she has?????? (Can you tell I'm enjoying the tour so far?) And.....how "CUTE"....an all "porpoise" room......LOL Oh...love YOUR quilt that is on the frame, too....lovely colors!

ladydi said...

Thanks, as always, for sharing part of paradise with us! I love the quilt - is that the one you and Angie were working on? It's beautiful!

Opal said...

i love the dolphins! too cute. :)

Di's Quilting and Craft Blog said...

Glad someone else has the 'red dirt' issues. Our daughter has a white puppy, and since moving to our town, he is now a nice shade of light russet!! Thanks for the scenery and showing us that exquisite home with the glorious views - jealous.

SandyQuilts said...

Beautiful. Does Sue need a maid?

Nancy said...

Eye Spy a refrigerator!! LOL

What a lovely view. I am sure we all need to "drop in"...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful house, beautiful view and nice Bathroom..Looking forward to see more of of Sue's house..especially the sewing room.

Salem Stitcher said...

So beautiful. I'd sit out there on the lanai and stitch until my fingers went numb.

...all porpoise room...heehee!

belinda said...

....just......WOW!....

mau said...

not much I can say but ahhhhhhhhhh.

Rhonda said...

Wow! Thanks for giving a tour of Sue's home. I love it! I want to live there! :)

Pretty quilt on the quilting frame too!

Barbara said...

Okay....WOW! heavenly Hanalei:)

anne from finland said...

What a house and the views there!!! I love those dolphins. It is good for my soul to see all those pictures. We have this morning -14 C degrees and sunshine... The quilt is very lovely!

Laura in IA said...

You have such beautiful surroundings both in (quilt) and out of your home.(Friend's home and location) WOW.
Laura

Connie W said...

Lucky Sue to have such a beautiful home with that beautiful view.
Love love love the quilt on the longarm! The colors are so lovely.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a lovely home, it's easy to see where she draws her inspiration from. Your quilt is great, the colors are very pretty and spring-y.

Libby said...

The 'all-porpoise' room . . . every home should have one *s*

Needs Coffee To Live said...

WOW! That is a BEAUTIFUL house!!! Oh, and I'm loving the little glimpse of the quilt you're making...it's looks fun!

susan said...

nice to finally get a look at her place. i like the quilt you are working on, so soothing the colors. when i was making our bed the other day i noticed the top is literally disintergrting. i better get these two quilts done by next winter or me and mark are gonna freeze at night!

Laurie said...

It's beautiful. Sounds like a great place to be right about now!

MichelleB said...

What a wonderful house! Thanks for the tour. I love the quilt that you're working on, too.

Cheryl said...

What a great house! Love the dolphin cabinet handles! And I also love the quilt you are working on! Beautiful colors.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I love the idea of an "all porpoise room"! Boy would I love that view! I remember being so intrigued by taht red dirt. I never thought about living there and dragging it in the house all the time though. Hmmm.

Angie said...

Love your road trips! What a gorgeous house and view. Can't wait to see the sewing room, the rest of the house is fabulous--and so neat.
Your quilt is beautiful. Is that a quilting frame I spy? or am I just seeing things from the sun in my eyes.