Monday, November 28, 2016

That Grey Area

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. So now we have entered what I have decided to call "the grey area", it's that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber what's next? I don't know about you but I have been stitching away.  Here are my updates: First up is "Leilani the Hula Dancer" I got a lot more work done on her, I really like beading as I go. It all comes alive and when I finish, I'm done.
"Game of Thones Houses &Banners" is next and I finished the banner I showed in my last post. 
Six down with three more to go.  Next I worked on my Hogwarts Crest, I started doing some of the back stitch, I love the snake so far.
I am getting close to a finish on Holy, Holy, she needs her border. Who knows maybe before Christmas.

 I do have one new start, it is "Earthly Treasures" from Plum Street Samplers. I'm stitching it on 18ct Ivory aida, I'm not crazy about the border on this one so my plan is to leave it off.
Last but not least I wanted to share a project by my friend Irene's husband Joseph.  First of all, he stitched this beautiful carousel horse on the door. Then he did all of the wood working on this fantastic cabinet with the spinning carousel on the top. Lastly he picked out the lovely carousel crystal candy dish that is tucked inside all by himself.

This is one very talented man. Congratulations to Joseph for a gorgeous finished project.
That is about all for today, it's time for me to make some wonderful little xxs.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Isn't it Ironic?

I was so excited and wanted to hurry and share my retreat adventure with everyone that I was horribly sloppy and made several mindless errors in my last blog. I do apologize and hope I am forgiven.
Several months ago a fellow blogger by the name of "March Ann" at Stitching Again, sent in my name to Cross Stitch Collections magazine. I was contacted to do a written interview and told that it would be in one of their future issues. Well last month another fellow blogger by the name of "Jo I can't think of a clever name" at Serendipitous Stitching contacted me and said she saw me in her magazine and offered to send me a copy all the way from across the pond.  Of course than I was contacted by the magazine and they sent me a copy of the page I was on from the magazine. I am so excited to be featured in an international cross stitch magazine here is the picture below.
Issue #268 November 2016 Cross Stitch Collection
Thank you again to March Ann and Jo!
Since my last post I finished this small piece from Little House Needleworks that I started in the car on the way to Harrisburg, PA for the retreat. It is called "Baked Goods".

After my finish I pulled out "Leilani" a freebie from the Mirabilia Minions Retreat 2016 ( free on the website). I added a few more beads and started to fill in the flowers in her hair.

Yesterday (which was Sunday) I went to a local library for a little stitching get together hosted by Stephanie Kyne (a local fellow floss tuber I met at the retreat) and I worked on my
"Game of Thrones Houses-Banners" from clouds factory.
As promised here are a few more pictures from the retreat.

I just discovered how to make a collage, now to makes some wonderful little xxs.

Monday, October 31, 2016

WOW! and WOW!

What a fun retreat! My weekend actually started on Thursday morning, my friends Jan, Lynn and Helen and I loaded up and headed out on our road trip to Harrisburg, PA. After a delicious lunch at the Kountry Kitchen Restaurant in Thurmont, MD we finally made it to the Red Lion Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. The evening started with a meet & greet for early arrivals and of course a little stitching. At 9 am on Friday we all got checked in and turned in our exchange boxes (silly me forgot to take a picture of mine first), then the shopping could begin. On my first round I found a few pieces I really needed from Needleworker's Delight & Silkweavers Fabrics.

and these two gorgeous pieces from Hand Dyed Fabric by Stephanie. 

I then moved over to Sue Hillis' corner where I just had to have a few things

Including a picture with Sue Hillis.

I worked my way around to Jean Farish for a little more retail therapy where I got this one 

and a picture, saying Hi! Irene with Jean.  Next I hit the donation tables and boy did I score there I rescued these 5 Lavender & Lace and a Told In the Garden all for $1.00 each!

After a little stitching I visited some of the other stitchers and here is just a sampling of the beautiful work being done.
"Eva" stitched by Margaret McGinnis
designed Nora Corbet
"The Traveller" stitched by Renee Bruno
from Cross Stitch Collectables
"Sloth" stitched by Judy Alabek
designed by Jayne Mayhew  
"Sharon's Garden" stitched by Cheri Skertick
designed by Wendy KC Designs
Add c"Spooked" by Lizzy Kate

Stitched by Debbie Nicola

Pamela Swisher Linaburg
with her "Sunflower"
Melody Ritenour Smith
with her T- shirt

"Under Prairie Stars" stitched by Stephanie Allen
designed by Linda Myers

"America the Beautiful"
stitched by Patty Waldroup
designed by Sue Hillis

Here is Melita Glavin stitching "Baby Boy Design" designed by her friend here Linda Mitchell.
I can't forget this mother and daughter duo, Victoria Owens stitching A"mazing" Friends SAL by Ursula Michael and Audra Owens stitching a Christmas Tree by an unknown designer.

"Butterfly Lace Mandala from Chatelaine
stitched by Caitlin Twigg
"Monogram" by Jean Farish
stitched by Debbie Wallace
"Address Puzzle" stitched by Sharrin Edwards
designed by Jan Houtman

A new stitchy friend all the way from
Nuenburg, Germany- Claudia Gruber
Of course I have to show a picture of my group from left to right
Helen, me, Jan and Lynn.  I have to show my beautiful gift box I received in the exchange
from a new stitchy friend Gina Williams
This is the retreat gift bag and goodies from inside.
I made several trips to the vendors and the donation table where I picked up more goodies
Hand Dyed Fabric by Stephanie

charts from Summer House Stitche Works
I didn't forget to get a picture with Stephanie Bishop of Hand Dyed Fabric by Stephanie and Beth Seals from Summer House Stitche Works.  It was so great to meet them both.

I got this from Jayme Makowski's corner
The rest of these were rescues, I just couldn't leave them there .

 This basket was gifted to me by Debbie Wallace and it is now the home of my grime guards, thanks again Debbie.

Well there was more to the retreat but I think I have gone on long enough in this post so I'll share the rest next time. Right now I think I'll go make a few wonderful little xxs.  Thank for staying with me this long.

Sorry for the tiny print at the top, for some reason it won't let me correct the size of the font.