Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunflower Retreat 2015

Well it was that time of year again.
RETREAT 2015 with my 3 stitching buds.
As you can see this year"s theme was Sunflowers.

Here was the Welcome at my door as retreat began.  Before we arrived at my house we did make a stop at our LNS--Stitchville.
I should have taken some pictures of our stash but didn't think about that.

As luck would have it I was at the local Farmer's Market and found these lovelies.
Very festive. 
Now on with the goodies.

Here are the goodies that Jackie gave us.  She stitched up that cute coaster which she does every year along with giving us a needle minder.  Plus we received a cup, stickers and some buttons.
Thank you Jackie:)

 Next up is Jill's (Purple Peacock) goodies.
She stitched up a very cute floss tag and gave us a sunflower charm, pen, scissors, pin and stickers.
Also a tart tin which we would like to do a group project for.  Plus a great little bag, post- it notes and  hand sanitizer.
Thanks Jill:).

 Here Is Lori's goodies to us.  She stitched a scissors fob and provided the fabric for the clear vinyl pouches I sewed together and them added some chocolate covered sunflower seeds, stickers, and very cute pincushion with a sunflower pin from Just Another Button Company and a sunflower Wallflower with Coastal sun freshner.
Thanks Lori:)

Last but not least here are my goodies.  I sewed a vinyl screened bag, a fabric pouch and a pillow cover.  I also made a wool pieced pin cushion and a quilted strap for keys.  Plus I gave some Sunflower Citrus soap and hand towel and a pencil and highlighter.

We had a great 4 days of stitching and talking and eating.  

Another year completed for retreat. Can't wait until next year for the "Birdhouse" themed retreat!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Annual County Fair Winners!!!

My daughter Kelsey and I took some stitching pieces to the Washington County Fair.
Here are the results:

 First up is Heartstring Samplery's---For Spacious Skies.
Both Kelsey and I were so surprised to see that it not only won 1st place but 
Reserve Champion!!!  We both did the happy dance.

 This is Threadwork Primitives---Where Liberty Dwells.
This one also won a 1st place ribbon.

 Here are two Blackbird Design projects---Down in the Valley and Lady Liberty.
Two more first place winners!!

 There are three framed pieces in this picture.  Second from the right is Plum Street Sampler's--Count Twice Stitch Once which took 4th place.  The next one is Plum Street Sampler's---My Brother's Keeper which took 1st place.  That piece is to the right of Count Twice Stitch Once on the top row.It was hard to get a closer picture of it.  I will have to post it again when I get it home.

 Here is the third piece which is Kathy Barricks--Good Intentions.
This one made 4th place.

 This is the last piece I entered.  It is BBD's Noel stocking.
You can't see it very well but it took 4th place.
So I didn't do to bad.  I am quite happy with my ribbons.

 Now this piece the Ouija board is my daughter Kelsey's. She won
a 2nd place ribbon.  

Here is the stocking Kelsey entered, which also received a 2nd place ribbon.
Kelsey did very well being that this is the first time she ever entered anything.

We are both very happy with our ribbons!!! 
Now on to the State Fair in August:)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Few more finishes

Here are a few more of my latest finishes.

 BBD--Lady Liberty.  Ladies Prim Society Club kit.
Stitched on 36 count Ligonier Latte with over dyed threads.

 A view of the top.  I am so happy with how the finishing turned out.
This was a fun project.

 Threadwork Primitives--Where Liberty Dwells.
Stitched on 32 count coffee dyed linen by me with DMC.
Started 7-15-2015 Finished 7-20-2015

 This is the fabric that I used on the back and the binding.
This was a quick and fun stitch and again I like the results of the finish.

Kathy Barrick--Good Intentions.
Stitched on 32 count linen dyed by me with DMC threads.
Framed with a recycled frame I had.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Finishes, Finishes and more Finishes

I can not believe how much stuff I have stitched and finished.  I have been looking back in my book I record my stitching finishes in and at pictures on my camera and I am over whelmed with how much I have not posted.

I really have this blog to keep some kind of log of what I have done but it is only as good as the posts I do, which I am not good at keeping up on.

So with that being said I am going to try to get some finishes logged in.
Here we go.

Here is a picture of the finishes I did over the weekend.

 Heartstring Samplery--For Spacious Skies.
Stitched on 40 count Lt. Sand with DMC threads.
Started 6-29-2015 Finished 7-3-2015

BBD-Honeycomb Basket from the book In Friendship's Way.
Stitched on 32 count with over dyed threads.
Started and Finished 3-19-2015
I stitched this when I was in the Outer Banks with my friend Stacy.
My hubby spray painted the basket for me and even pulled the paint off the 
shiny stones for me.

 BBD- Down in the Valley.
Stitched on 32 count cream with DMC threads.
Started 3-29-2015 Finished 3-30-2015
My hubby spray painted the candlestick and distressed it for me too.
I love the way it turned out. 

 BBD-My Pink Rose.
Stitched on 32 count Petit Point natural/white dot linen with DMC threads.
Started 3-15-2015 Finished 3-19-2015

 Silver Creek Samplers-Stitching Feeds my Heart.
Stitched on 25 count cream with DMC threads.
One over one.
Finished 7-5-2015

 Milady's Needle--My Spirits lift whenever I stitch.
Stitched on 40 count Vintage Buttercream with Gloriana Silks.
Started 7-5-2015 Finished 7-7-2015

 Plum Street Sampler--Serial Bowl Collection Lesson One.
Stitched on 36 count linen I dyed with over dyed threads in kit.
Started 3-22-2015 Finished 3-29-2015 

 Lizzie Kate--Be Silly.
Stitched in 32 count linen I dyed with DMC threads.
Started 3-30-2015 Finished 3-31-2015

BBD-Button Box from the book In Friendship's Way.
Stitched on 32 count linen I dyed with DMC.
Finished 6-17-2015

 Threadwork Primitives-Winters Kaleidoscope.
Prim Sister's Club kit.
Stitched on 32 count Cocoa with CC threads.
Started 3-19-2015 Finished 3-22-2015

 Threadwork Primitives--Friendship Flower.
Prim Sister's Club piece.
Stitched on 32 count WDW Putty linen with threads from kit.
Started and Finished 7-8-2015

This finish was not in the first pictures with all the rest.

I also stitched this piece called Mount Vernon. 
Stitched on 28 count white with DMC thread.
Started 6-20-2015 Finished 6-30-2015
 I stitched it for my friend Stacy.
I first met her in March and we met up again in June when I drove to Chesapeake, Virginia
with our daughter Chastity when she moved out there.   I went to Washington, DC to meet up with my hubby and  spend sometime with some of our children on a family vacation.  So while I was so close I hooked up with Stacy and we went to tour Mount Vernon. Stacy had a "Big" birthday this year I told her I would stitch a big project of her choice for her birthday and this was it.

Ok, I think that is it for right now.  I still have a couple of framed pieces to post hopefully in a few days.  I nay even unearth some other pieces I haven't posted yet.

Hope everyone is having a great week and staying cool.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A very happy Mother's Day

Just a quick post.
I had a great Mother's Day as I was with five out of six of my children. 
I was surprised by daughter number two as she and her hubby flew home from Georgia just for today.  I am blessed to have such wonderful children.  Just wished our oldest daughter could have joined us.  She was there in spirit.

Here we all are:)

You all make me so proud.
I love you all.
Thanks again for such a great day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We both survived our trip to the Outerbanks and catch up time!!!!

Ok, I have been busy since I got back home last week from my trip to the Outerbanks.
If you remember I made the trip when I was asked out there by someone I met through Facebook.
In this picture below is Stacy and myself--not the best picture of either of us.  We were down by the 
beach and it was very WINDY!!!  And since I was not as good as Stacy at taking pictures this was
the only one I had of the two of us.
EDITED:  With a better picture of Stacy and me.

Let me just tell you I had a great time.  Stacy was a great hostess.  We had fun getting to know each
other and we had alot in common.  It was scarey.  

This is one of the great gifts Stacy had for me when we arrived at the beach house.  She stitched and
sewed this pillow for me.  What a great keepsake of my trip and time with Stacy.

She also had this "Stitch" lollipop and fob for me.  I will need to stitch the drum that goes with the lollipop.  It is a design by Hands on Design called Stitch Everyday.

This was my damages at Dyeing to Stitch.  Not a lot but the top two designs I had never seen so I needed them:)

 Here I am having a sip of Stacy's drink!!! I don't ever drink but Stacy talked me into tasting 
her Naked on the Beach.  I told my children she drove me to drink!!!

And here is Stacy enjoying herself at the restaurant.  She was alot of fun and wanted to 
document our trips.  She was so much better at that than me.

 Stacy took me sightseeing out to this lighthouse.  I was just happy to be at the Outerbanks!!!
Again Stacy wanted to make sure I had a good time and I did.

I am so glad that I took the chance and went to Virginia and met Stacy.  Now I have a great 
friend on the east coast.  Not everything online is bad.

Ok, so now on to some catching up.  I have been doing quite a bit of stitching, probably to much to post all at once.  

Here are a couple of my most recent stitches.
In keeping with my trip.

 Stacy and I both stitched this piece while we were together.  She had all the supplies for both of us and we both had the book!! 
Honeycomb Basket stitched on 32 count linen with overdyed threads.
Started and Finished on 3-19-2015

I also stitched this piece while I was at the beach house. 
Now on to the finishing.  Another club kit stitched. 
This was a Prim Sister's Club kit.
Started on 3-19-2015
Finished on 3-22-2015

I started this piece at the beach house but finished it after I got home.  
This is Plum Street Samplers Serial Bowl Collection--Lesson One.  
I stitched it on 36 count dyed linen by me and overdyed threads.
Started 3-22-2015
Finished 3-29-2015

I have a few more stitches to share but I will save them for another post.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dyeing to Stitch!!!!

It's been a long time since I have posted.  With that being said I have been busy stitching and sewing,  while I have taken pictures of what I have been up to I do not have access to them right now.  So what I am going to post about is an adventure that I am on.

Last summer I met another stitcher from Facebook and we developed a friendship over the last few months.  So my new friend Stacy invited me to spend sometime with her at her beach house in The Outer Banks.  After a little thought I said why not and I booked a flight and off I went last Wednesday.

 Now our children had concerns about us meeting up.  They were afraid that one of us could be an ax murderer since we had never met in person.  Alas we both have been safe!!!!

I flew into Norfolk and met Stacy at the airport and our adventures began!!!

Our first stop was Dyeing to Stitch.  Here I am out in front of the shop!  I could hardly believe where I was.

So this adventure started Wednesday and I will be posting more about it.  Just let me tell you I am having a great time.  It has been fun getting to know Stacy and we have so much in common it's scary!!!!

Stay tuned for more updates:)