Monday, September 22, 2014

North to Alaska........

I know I have been away for a bit, but I do have good reason!!!  My hubby and I took off for a trip of a lifetime to Alaska for our 40th anniversary. It was a fabulous and memorable trip from start to finish (about 2 weeks) with dear friends of ours. Karen (who I've been friends since grade school, well over 50 years) and her hubby were the perfect travelling companions ...and yes we're still friends!!!! I won't bore you with a ton of photos but did want to post a few of my favorites.

First stop--Anchorage...and as luck would have it, we parked right across the street from this shop!!!
We got to visit with the sled dogs at a lodge where we stayed-they were so sweet!!!

Did a little hiking in Girdwood one day and had to hand pull ourselves across that gorge in this little cage!!!

A beautiful backdrop!


Out on a whale watching boat and we did see quite a few along with seals. porpoises and bald eagles.

Our new friend!
Mt. McKinley is behind that left puff of clouds! It's hard to tell from the picture but we could see it.

The tundra with mountains in the distance.

A special thank you to a fellow blogger (Cathy from With Needle and Thread) who helped us navigate the MSP airport when we only had a 25 minute layover. Stitchers are the best!!!!

Now on to some stitching related news. I did take a small project to work on while away, the Samsarah calendar, and I got two more pieces (well almost) done----very easy to see and portable!!!

I had also made my friend, who loves turtles, this little necklace to take on our trip.
This was a little freebie design I found on line...don't ask me where!!!

Then, since I've been home, I finished up the Catherine Theron class piece I've been working on. I added my hubby and daughters initials and instead of stitching something on the underside of the needlebook, I added a tiny doilly with a button in the middle. Think I'll start putting it together tonight and hopefully be able to share in the next few days. 
Outside of piece

scissor fob at top...needlebook at bottom
I've also been working on a special box for Halloween. I finished it up today and am so tickled with it. I'll share in the next day or so and see what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!!!



  1. We did our first cruise last September-to Alaska like you. Just loved it. The glacier looks familiar :0 The stitching looks fabulous!

    1. I think that was the Margerie glacier. It was amazing how close they can get with that huge ship!

  2. Hi Stasi,

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!

    Thanks for sharing all of the photos.

    Cynthia M.