Monday, October 31, 2011
This is the exchange piece I sent to Tina.(no blog) This was on the Stitches with Love Exchange. The inside of the piece has all the usual goodies for the lover of smalls.I had a hard time letting parting with the little acorn salt and pepper shakers.I know that is sad but true none the less.
Hooked on Stitches Got a cute LK fall chart and DMC , great fall pumpkin bow and orange ribbon, a fun fat quarter and orange tape measure.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The house is quite and DH had a work dinner after work so I get to spend some quality time with stitching stuff. Can it be true? Stitching time and its not even the weekend. Better run and play with the needle and thread.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Hopefully you can all stand one more post about the retreat. Pictured above are Gail and Jackie. They both did the most AMAZING silk gauze work. Gail had stitched one of the Hawks Run pieces on silk gauze. I have never seen anything like it before. Jackie had this cute Halloween piece that was equally amazing. It was so good they inspired me to purchase some and give it a whirl. I would show you all my progress but I have all the stitching stuff from the retreat hidden in the corner of my bedroom. There are some events which should take place alone and I believe fondling fresh stash is one of them. My husband did tell me my little corner of sanity is beginning to look like an episode of hoarders. Saturday while he is at work I will be able to sort and and take some pictures.
These four lovely ladies are from Australia. They were so sweet they way they tended to each other and they could shop like nothing I have ever seen. They said our prices were so much better than theirs they could not help themselves. They each had the sweetest spirit about them. Teresa and I spent our break day between retreats touring them to King Arthur Flour, quilting shops and Hobby Lobby. Who knew it would be such an adventure packed day. It made me feel like I had gone to Australia to go around with them and learn the variances in our English. Hopefully they will be safe at home by Friday and we can email soon.
Teresa and I toured the hi-ways and by-ways on the way to taking me to the airport. We saw the some very picturesque towns and road stands on the first day. It was fun to travel with someone who can pull into a thrift store or antique shop as fast as I can. I got some great blue glass for next to nothing.We ended the day in Portsmouth and took off the next morning for the coast. What a great time that was as well. All of this was needed to prepare me for the bumpy airplane ride home. We were delayed a bit due to flying around storms. I have a cast iron system and never get motion sick but the airplane ride home tested my limits. I'll leave you with a picture of the church at Portsmouth at dusk.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Above is a picture of Leslie(blond) and Patricia(brunette). The delightful ladies from Maine that stayed across the hall from us at the retreat. They came back from both retreats and I meet them both at last years event. It was so good to spend more time with them this year and enjoy their company. Hope to do a better job of staying in touch this next year.
On the first piece my progress was slow. I got the chair bottom stitched but not assembled. The fob, pin cushion back and needle book rug are all still waiting for completion. Lucky for me they are all small projects. No pictures to show yet. Sorry. Great progress on the VS project. I was able to get the pincushion top complete and strawberry fob stitched. Like most of Thea's pieces they stitch so fast and have a nice rhythm to them. They are all packed up today as Teresa and I are leaving to roam the countryside today and tomorrow until my flight leaves at 6. The retreat is complete except for breakfast this morning and the goodbyes.
I'll have to sort thru the photos and projects when I get home for more pictures. It was all too much fun and Nataly and Marie provided a sinful amount of goodies and door prises each night of the events. I am coming home with a treasure chest full of fibers and buttons and a most embarrassing 5 pair of fob less scissors. Naked scissors are always such and embarrassment don't you think?
Friday, October 14, 2011
There are a couple ladies at the shop doing wonderful work on silk gaze and I was inspired to purchase an Erical Michaels kit to try my hand at it. I still need to get a magnifier to be able to see it but we are havng an outing today (more shopping) and I should be able to find one while we ar out.
Getting ready for Retreat number 2!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
After a long day of flying I finally got to Boston. Teresa had to wait at the airport for an hour because the second leg of my flight loaded onto the plane ontime but we just sat their for what seemed like days (reality 45 minutes) before we could take off for Boston. I was so excited to load into the car and heading off to the Cracker Barrel for a lunch and catching up. With full and content bellies we went off to Yankee Crossstitch for a bit of pre-retreat shoppiing. The store was full of stitcchers eye candy. There was a huge selection of the By the Bay pieces and charts. I wanted them all of course but managed some restraint. (we wll stop on the way bacck to the airport so I can pick which ones I want to stitch after mulling it over) Then down the road to Enfield for the Retreat. We both screamed when we got off the exit we were very silly by that point in the trip. Above is the goodie back hanging on our door after dinner. We have a light dinner and a wonderful deserrt.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Teresa will carry me to New England. Last night I packed and tonight I will sort what stitching to take away with me. Doubtful I sleep much with my early flight time of 6AM. DH has actually been so good this time. He must actually feel terrible. (you all know how the men are when they are sick unless they are really sick-count yourself luck if you have the rare male who doesn't behave badly when sick). I cannot believe the retreat is finally here and I will be there in less than a day. We will have lots of photos to share soon.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Well this time next week I'll be packed up and ready to fly to the retreat. I may try to get another piece done before then if I can put on my superstitcher clothes on an get busy.
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