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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Is this not the cutest thing? We all loved the SamSarah Designs, "Fish Stix" which was published last year and none of us more so than Renee. She stitched one of the fish on needlepoint canvas and got an old fish reel from Greenie (her husband) and used some grasses, etc. to set the scene and added the fish by putting it on a stick...so cute and such a unique finish. It's sitting in the front showcase so when you stop by take a look...cuter in person. The second piece is the "Bee Keeper" by Plum Street. I am not a big lover of primitive but I loved this piece. The bee skep is a little lacey in appearance and was a joy to stitch. I had a few issues with the colors used for the beekeeper herself because they all were the same tone of gray....of course I could have changed a color but I was invested in them and so used them. But I loved the piece overall and loved the frame so it is a win win for me. I'm almost in a stall pattern in my stitching. I am working on too many pieces at once so I don't feel like I'm getting anything done. I've got the 2 small pre-stitches for the Betsy Morgan class....not done with either one of them which is unusual because normally I finish those in a few hours...don't know what my problem is but apparently I've got one. Then the Shepherd's Fold is still in the infant stages of stitching as I haven't worked on it all week. The Welsh Cottage I was finished until I realized the corner stones were off 2 threads so I've had to rework it for the 3rd time so I just put it away until tonight and then I should be done with the back wall. Horray!!!! Then I've got something I started last year after Nashville and never put together. Since it's Sara's birthday Monday I thought that it might motivate me if I made it one of her gifts. Well, it's motivated me alright. The finish has not gone well but again I'm perservering and I've finished 2 pieces and almost finished a 3rd one this morning but I still have 1 more piece left after that and the box it goes in. It will be a tight finish but I think I can do it. At this point I just need to finish something. It's been a week since I finished my last project....too long. Tuesday after dropping off my stitching at the Gallery for framing, I went birthday shopping for Sara and while on the North side of Salisbury stopped by the Verizon store. I still had a flip phone and while I didn't mind being out of date, I did mind having to ask Sara to keep taking pictures with her phone (the 2 you see here) and then posting them to the blog....so I did the unthinkable. I went in and purchased an IPhone. Good Golly, I waited 45 minutes to get waited on and then of course they go into the differences in the phone. I finally told the guy I didn't know what the hell he was talking about a 5C or a 5S...what the hell? So then of course I had to hear what the difference was on those and then the Mother's Day specials, honestly....for a moment I wanted to just leave with my flip phone and call the whole day off. My ears were bleeding....I kept thinking, "this is an hour I'll never get back." But again, it's a new day and a new me and I stayed and walked out with a new phone among several other items (this salesman saw me coming..though I did bulk at the speakers for the Iphone since I wasn't using it for music I did think that was taking the "new me" in the wrong direction. So, in the past 2 months I've gotten a 2014 Grand Caravan (my 13 year old car just couldn't make it another mile apparently..plus Vernon was too embarrassed to take it back over to the man who serviced it) and a new phone. This could account for the weather patterns we seeing, I do believe hell is now going to freeze over. I am still an idiot with the phone. I hung up on Sara so much Friday night she came to the house to see what was the problem...(a 65 year old idiot was the problem). She explained a little about using the phone but at some point my eyes just glazed over and she knew it was pointless to go on. Next I think it's time for an eye exam (my last one was 2 years ago and I haven't gone for new glasses in about 4 years). But that is going to end upgrades for the year. I've had it. Have a great day.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
What a weekend we had....71 stitchers in attendance and plenty of sunshine. The stitchers started arriving on Wednesday with many more arriving on Thursday and the final stitchers on Friday. We were concerned about parking all the cars, etc., but things went really smoothly. But before I go on, I want to explain the pictures. Debbie Liming gave me this beautiful tulip pin cushion, you may have seen a version on the Just Cross Stitch Magazine in the spring. Anyway, this was just one of my Christmas gifts...but it wasn't ready in December so she brought it with her this time. Isn't it gorgeous. The first picture shows it closed and then the second picture shows it open. Ribbons on the top allow you to open it and wind the ribbon around a bead on the side to keep it open. The pin cushion in the center is velvet and beautifully made. Thanks you so much Debbie....I love it! But I will never tie the sides down again because I don't want "wonky" ribbon. So my gift made the weekend even sweeter. Anyway, we had several new stitchers attend this year. It was so nice to see new people and even nicer to see how the experienced retreaters welcomed the newbies into their groups. One of the stitchers wanted to stitch a Lavender & Lace angel and I encouraged her to try stitching on linen. I started her on a piece of 18 ct. to get the rhythm down and she was suppose to be coming back in on Saturday for lesson two. I saw her again in the hallway Saturday afternoon after some of the stitchers got her going on a fob done on 28 ct linen and she had completed the front by then, and then later on that same night brought over the completed fob, back and front stitched, and put together thanks to the help of stitchers attending, whom she had not met before. This is how retreats should work. We have always welcomed new stitchers and I have told several singles not to worry about coming alone because the groups would welcome them in and they always do. Julia was one last year...a newbie and she was back this year and told us she had the best time ever, because this year she got to revisit the old friends she made last year. And the stitching that was going on....mercy..there was needlepoint, counted cross stitch, knitting...especially after a couple of sessions with Sara showing how to arm knit. We want to thank all the attendees for their graciousness and their patience...we did have lines in the shop and at the food tables, although everyone agreed having seating times for the dinner worked out well. Each year we get a little smarter, but 71 people pushed us further than we thought we could go and made us get creative. All in all, we had a great weekend and thankfully the weather was gorgeous. The sun was shining all weekend and while the temps were a little cooler at times, it was still warm enough for shorts and t-shirts during the day and a sweatshirt in the evenings. While I didn't mingle too much since I caught a cold and was hacking all night, but I did get to see all the stitchers and had a good time as well. I didn't do my usual visit at night in the lobby because I just felt a little under the weather. But I'm sure I'll do that at Jamboree. In the meantime....thanks to everyone who helped make it a success, the attendees, Linda Wimbrow who spent all day Friday helping Sara prepare food and also did some grocery shopping for us, and Debbie Liming who helped me put the goodie bags together and to Sara and Mary, Brian and Vernon thanks for all your hard work!