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Friday, October 18, 2013
Yes, the Stitchers Jamboree is over and the hotel is officially closed. It's been an exciting summer but we're pooped and glad to have a few months to regroup. But, of course, the shop doesn't close so we're still here everyday, but that's our fun spot. And boy howdy did we have fun this weekend. Stitchers Jamboree is a wonderful way to end the summer for us. Imagine a weekend filled with classes and non-stop stitching with old friends and new. Our stitchers actually starting arriving on Wednesday. These are the ladies who want to get a jump on the "pick of new merchandise" before the rest of the ladies arrive, plus they want to rest up before the run for classes begins. The teachers, Lauren Sauer and Linda (Chessie and Me) arrived on Thursday with yet more stitchers, including Ginny who flew in on the same plane with Linda. So we actually had time to visit with these ladies and since Lauren and Linda are returning teachers it's always good to catch on what is happening with them as well. Then Friday our weekend begins. Sara was busy cooking for 2 days and I was manning the shop...Sara may rethink this in the future as I was calling her every 5 minutes to figure out where new stuff was located in the shop (you'd think I never worked here before). Adding to the excitement was a North Easter' which hit Ocean City on Wednesday and stayed here for the entire event....high winds, rain off and on all weekend and just miserable weather. The good news...stitchers really don't give a damn because all they want to do is shop and stitch. (We are so grateful they don't care...otherwise it would have been a really long weekend of complaints.) Anyway, Patti (SamSarah Designs) arrived on Friday along with the rest of the stitchers, and the party commenced. New attendees weren't strangers long as returning attendees are so welcoming to the newbies. And it's always fun to see so many return....they became old friends to us long ago and we always look forward to seeing them again and catching up on their families as well as their stitching. Plus...they always bring us show and tell. I love to see what people have worked on and get ideas myself for projects. It's inspiring to me. And I saw a lot of great finishes. Janice Meixell was working on the cutest wedding sampler and not your typical sampler. Her friends are getting married this winter and she picked a snowflake design, stitched white on navy linen and stitched the information in a wavy line through the piece. Really different and a great idea. I just would never have thought of that. (a group of stitchers will always give you great ideas). Barbara Nunez arrived with a box of her finishes...amazing! The most unusual in my opinion was her "cigar box" etui. It was a Jackie DuPlessis kit which she got long ago and what I loved the most was the cute little cigar box. It was not a real one, but cute none the less and of course the smalls that went inside...well, you know I love a small. I rushed over to the lobby of the hotel to show the ladies and one of our Jersey Girls said, "I have that in my stash and I haven't done it." Meanwhile there was a group of us trying to figure out if we could duplicate the kit as it is no longer being produced. Then she said the magic words..."I'll sell you mine." Bingo baby...I was on it. So when she gets home, she's going to send me the kit....I can't wait. This was better than Ebay....no one was bidding against me and there was no time limitations. Now it can sit in my stash for years, but at least I'll have it and can look at the little cigar box every day. Saturday night Theresa Wood and I had our annual ornament exchange. She stitched one of the darling little Christmas purses designed by Victoria Sampler and shown in the 2012 Ornament Magazine. I had noticed them last year and had planned to stitch some of those myself...so I was thrilled...one more project off my list. Thanks Theresa...I just love it. As I had reported earlier I was struggling to get the little santa I stitched put together and couldn't figure out why this year I was having so many difficulties. I figured it was my age. After showing it to Linda and Patti who were sitting there, they along with Theresa informed me I had stitched it on 40 ct. I don't know what I was thinking, I had just grabbed a small piece of linen and started stitching. I knew the piece was small but had no idea it was 40 ct. over one. I loved it, but next year I'm moving up to 32 or 28 for stitching .... the finishing is too difficult with all the angles I'm working around. But at least I know my magnifiers are working like a charm since I didn't even realize it was 40 ct. (I think it also might speak volumns about what an idiot I've become that as a shop owner I didn't even realize it... good thing Sara's taking over). Anyway, the last of our stitchers left Wednesday so now we are getting things back to normal. Or at least what we call normal. I'm now busy getting ready for the C.A. Wells memorial weekend. This is just a fun weekend so there is nothing really to do. Everyone brings food and we just sit and stitch all weekend. I am working on an annual piece for the weekend. It's so much fun coming up with a Halloween memorial piece. This year I didn't have to come up with the idea, I'm doing a chart by Dames of the Needle, and I'm only changing it slightly, so there is no brain power required. Whoppee!!!! As you may have guessed, my brain power is starting to go down hill.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Another beautiful Sampler and finish provided to us by Carolyn Newman...don't you just love it. I always did like this piece. It's a Shakespeare Peddler, "Weeds Make Haste". It is just full of design elements and is perfect for a gardener, or for your summer stitching. Love it. I also appreciate the fact that this is a nice size pillow, so it will show up nicely if used on a sofa, etc. Anyway, you can't see it but Carolyn won a blue ribbon with this piece as well. She usually enters many, many pieces and darn near wins ribbons on everything. Good Job Carolyn. Thanks for loaning it to us. When you come in the shop look for it. (This was actually written after the Delaware Sampler Guild was here). Yesterday the stitchers left after a weekend of sunshine, a lot of heat (wow...it was summer here and in the 80's), a lot of talking and a lot of laughing. A good time was had by all, I think. So thank you to all the stitchers from the Delaware Valley Sampler Guild. We loved seeing you all again. I'm sorry I didn't get much time with you, although I spoke with most of you during the weekend, but I've been taken out of the stitching shop whenever possible and put in other shops (I'm not sure but I think I've been demoted). And then I took the grandchildren home with me Friday and Saturday so that their mother's could get the food out, etc. Needless to say it was a busy weekend for us all. We also want to thank Vera and her stitching group who were having a retreat in Ocean City and spent a lot of time in the shop as well. That's right...two stitching retreats here and many, many stitchers. While that makes for a very busy weekend, it's the most fun of all because no one is asking for string, fabrics for sewing, cigarettes, etc., no, everyone that was here this weekend knew exactly what kind of shop Salty Yarns is and there were no dumb questions. Alleluia! Also thanks to Sheila Fitzhugh and Trudy Edwards who were vacationing here (they are also stitchers who come to Spring Retreat) and always bring me wonderful stitching treats. This year was no different. What they brought was so fabulous we're going to use them in goodie bags next year. But first we have to make them....that could be the hitch, although I've already ordered the supplies and I really think I'm capable. Shiela also brought her beautiful Quaker Christmas II, which is fabulous and allowed us to hang it so everyone could see it....and then left it for the winter so we could display it until she returns next May. Wow...I have such wonderful stitchers who come here....so generous with their time and talents. Thanks ladies for the treat and for the models you allow us to use. We appreciate it. Theresa Baird brought in her new samplers...oh my, absolutely gorgeous. She is so talented, and these samplers are unbelievable, as they are full of details and done on 40 ct....fabulous. Thanks Theresa...your talent for designing is amazing. This is actually the final day for the hotel for the season, as far as outside renters. Next weekend is the Stitchers Jamboree and then the hotel is shut down for the winter. So poor Mary just can't wait. She and her family has been living at the hotel in a very small space for the last 6 months, so moving back to her home is long overdue. It gives us all time to rest and start preparing for next summer. But the shop, Salty Yarns and Sea Trader will still be open 7 days through Thanksgiving and then 4 day weekends after that. Exiting things happening here as we start working on the changes at the hotel. Mary is on top of that while Sara is on top of things that deal with the shop. Both girls did a fabulous job this summer and because of that I've been able to take days off, like today. Normally, before a big event I'm in the shop or office everyday fighting to get orders placed and bills paid. But this summer I only went into the office for a couple of hours one day a week and I've had days off. I'm really enjoying my semi-retirement...in fact a bit too much. My mother wouldn't retire....her answer to me when I told her she was no longer working in the shop so she could relax was..."You are to put me back on the schedule...I don't know what you think I'm suppose to do all day but I refuse to sit upstairs and watch your father sleep in the chair." She worked until the day she died. However, I am not my mother, I said to Sara, "If you expect me to tell you to put me on a schedule like my mother told me, you are going to be seriously disappointed. I'm taking the days and you won't even hear from me." Which she hasn't, although she usually calls me to make sure I'm not dead on the floor. So far so good! Anyway, for those traveling to Ocean City for the event this weekend....please drive carefully. Don't forget your scissors, needles, and any magnification and lighting you need and we'll see you ...starting Wednesday...as some arrive on that date and the rest follow on Thursday and Friday. Safe travels.