Big Fun in Big D

As you all know we left Friday for BIG D. Yep, Dallas, Texas. And yeah, everything is bigger in Texas! I cannot tell you how many times one of us uttered that phrase over the weekend! I think I was most amazed with the size of some of the homes we saw as we drove out to Frisco to the IKEA store on Friday evening. More about that later. The whole point of me going was to attend EllynAnne Geisel‘s booksigning at the Dallas Women’s Museum.


As you all know her new book The Kitchen Linen’s Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of our Daily Lives, is amazing!


All I can tell you is to get yourself a copy! The book signing at the DWM was lovely! Such a great turnout. I didn’t get a headcount but if it were my booksigning I would have been thrilled! EllynAnne had a vintage case FULL of beautiful linens and things to share with us. And the stories behind each one were just as beautiful. It just made me realize even more how much we need to cherish these kinds of things. Not because they are things, but because of the work of the heart that went into them. The time spent hand stitching…if those linens could tell us the tales! Most of the ladies brought linens for “show and tell” and to say a good time was had by all is an understatement!


Here’s a pic of EllyAnne and me at the book signing. If you have a chance, please go out and meet EllyAnne and see all she has to offer at her book signings…they are not just book signings…they are history lessons! She had some of the finest linens I have ever seen and touched. And the hearing stories that go with each are worth my time alone. But EllynAnne’s presentation, her Southern hospitality and North Carolina accent, her accessability – that all made the trip even more special! You will be hearing more about it later I am sure!

After the book signing, the family and I went on a walking tour of downtown Dallas. We were staying at the Hotel Indigo on Main Street and it was a perfect location for tooling around the Historic District on foot. We saw The Grassy Knoll,


heard some very interesting presentations about the Kennedy Assassination, toured the Dallas World Aquarium

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Then on Sunday we headed out early and made it to IKEA when it opened at 10. WOW…lots of good stuff at good prices! Believe it or not I bought fabric! I will share all that with you in another post…hopefully a link to a post (hint hint Gesikah!) We were told my someone (no names) that we had until 12 noon (went a little over) so hopefully we will go back again soon and see what other goodies we can find.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Susan, What a beautiful picture of the two of you! I have a few nice pieces of linen that I started collecting a few years ago… I can just see and feel the creativity and love that each woman put into each piece… it is a tradition we must NOT lose.

Thank you for sharing,
Victoria in Houston

Just a lurker here (I’ve read your blog for quite a while now) — So glad you enjoyed your visit to my corner of the world! A fun fact about the Women’s History Building – it used to house Peter Wolfe’s Scenery which was used at the State Fair Music Hall across the grounds. As a young child I was fascinated more by the thought of old scenery in a dilapidated old building than the rest of the fairgrounds!

Thanks for the information on EllynAnne and her linens!


What a wonderful day! I love those linens!!!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Yep, that Ikea is awesome!!! Can you believe I never made it to the fabric? When we went, I don’t think I had my machine yet, and we didn’t even GO to the second floor.

We missed the aquarium too, but it’s on our list of to-do’s one of these times we go there to visit my sister.

Looks like some fun times!


Looks like you had a great time! The pic of you and EllyAnne is wonderful. What a great pic of you!

oh that must have been awesome to meet her! it sounds like such a lovely day! wild pic of the octopus! and only two hours at ikea??? not enough i say!!
i live about 45 minutes from one and get there a few times a year and it is ALWAYS a whole day affair!!

so glad you had a lovely time. looks like lots of fun.


I live in Dallas (Plano actually, just 3 miles from Ikea!) and can’t believe I didn’t know about this book signing. I would have gone in a heartbeat! Glad you made it to the aquarium … was supposed to go this past Thursday with the 1st grade but school canceled all field trips because of the (stupid) swine flu scare. It’s one of my favorite places where, in my opinion, it is such an obvious testimony of God’s infinite imagination and creativity in these fascinating creatures of the sea.

Love your blog and look forward to your posts. Thanks for being a bright spot in my day.