Saturday, September 1, 2018

Totally Renewed......

We had a fabulous visit to OCMD last weekend. The weather was PERFECT....sunny in the upper 70's/low 80's and we spent three days with my brother and sister-in-law relaxing on the beach and enjoying a nice dinner out in the evenings. There was a full moon (red on Sunday) every night and a beautiful sunrise every morning. I was so relaxed, I didn't even stitch until Sunday... just sat in my beach chair, in the shade of my umbrella, enjoying the sites, sounds and smells of the ocean...oh and people watching played into it too!!! I have to say we saw a lot of bare bottoms being flaunted about...and I don't mean on tots!!!

We went to a craft show Sunday morning in North Ocean City and, while it wasn't large, the quality of the crafts was very good. I got this cool bracelet and had my photo taken with my brother...the chair makes us look like little kids again!!!

And, of course while we were there, I roamed the aisles of Salty Yarns every afternoon while the rest of my group showered. I bought a number of charts, some pom-pom trim and a great pair of scissors for traveling. The scissors were only $3.00, have  an attached safety tip and are only 2" long!!! 

I succumbed to the charts after seeing Sally's (of Salty Yarns) stitched models. I'm thinking the Noah's Ark Christmas ones will be perfect for the grands this Christmas.

Sally Rutka's version of Festive Little Fobs Seaside Edition by Heartstring Samplery

And then, Sally  had stitched one of Heartstring Samplery's seasonal fob charts all on one piece of linen, over one and I was hooked!!! It was so tiny and precious that I bought that chart and two others whose subject matter is close to my heart. So I have the Seaside, Stitching and Bee editions of the Festive Little Fobs series.

Since I've been home, I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching in because it got HOT again!!! It's been oppressive so, other than running errands and a couple doctor appointments, I've stayed home in the A/C. I worked a bit more on Scary Berry  by Erica Michaels, got weeks 6 and 7 on the band sampler SAL completed and started the pre-stitch for one of the classes at Salty Yarns' Jamboree in October.

 I am really enjoying working on the silk gauze for the berry; it's true, you really can see the holes fairly easily. It's just filling in all that darn background that's a bugger. But it will all be worth it in the end and I'm switching between doing some of the motifs and the background, so it isn't all saved until the end. Isn't this a cutie???

This pre-stitch is for our class with Beth Twist Of Heartstring Samplery. She is one of three teachers I'll be taking classes with at Salty Yarns in October. The other two are Sharon  Verbos (The Purple Thread) and Kathy Rees (Needle Delights Originals). I thought I better hop right on this pre-stitch as there is quite a bit to do (there is also another piece) and on 40 count over two. Don't you love the sweet little thread holder we got with a photo of the project on it?

Well, as Porky Pig  would say "'s all folks"!!! I hope you are enjoying your end of the summer weekend and Happy Labor Day to those in the States. Thanks always for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. I am so glad you had such a nice getaway. I am such a sucker for tiny stitching. Your over one projects will be adorable! I have seen the Noah's Ark all stitched as one pieced over one. Precious!!!

  2. Great get-away! Sounds like that stitchy shop is awesome. Happy September!

    1. Thanks Terri--if you ever get a chance , you need to visit Salty Yarns!

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    1. Thanks Diana--it was tough to make a decision; they had a lot to choose from!

  4. You had a great, relaxing vacation and the nice weather made it even more enjoyable. Love the bracelet and the Noah's ark Christmas stitches will be great for the grands. You certainly have lots of projects in the works! The jamboree sounds like lots of fun with 3 classes. Love the Beth Twist stitch and that floss holder is darling. Such a fun photo of the two of you chillin in the chair!!

  5. Oh Stasi, it sounded like you had a fabulous beach trip to OCMD. Your stitches are looking good and I love your pre-stitching for Beth Twist's class. What a pretty bracelet you picked up! Enjoy the rest of the Labor Day weekend.

  6. So glad you were able to totally relax in Ocean City, Stasi! People watching at the beach is highly entertaining, isn't it ;-)

    Love your new stash and that stitching on the gauze is so tiny and delicate looking--I've never tried it, but glad to hear the holes aren't hard to see.

    Really love your new bracelet and the photo of you and your brother in that giant chair. Too cute!

    Sure hope things cool down soon--this summer I've hardly been outside due to the heat and humidity. I'm sure it's even worse down your way. Happy September to you!

  7. Stasi sounds like the perfect trip to me...the beach, a wonderful cross stitch store and then a craft fair too. Count me in. I love everything you bought. The bracelet is so pretty...a perfect choice. Your photo of you and your brother is precious.
    Great stitching as always. We are headed to the beach on Saturday for a week and I can't wait. We will be having crab cakes at the great little restaurant that is owned by people from Ocean City. Have a great week. RJ