Monday, April 21, 2014

Sherri Jones Weekend in Ocean City, MD

Going to a stitching retreat in Ocean City never fails to disappoint me. As I drive over the Route 50 bridge into town, I always feel the same sense of excitement I did as a child riding over the "singing" bridge. Memories flood back of our vacations there both as a child and adult with my own children. The salt air envelopes you, the sound of the ocean soothes...and if you're lucky enough to have a sunny weekend, as we did, all is good with the world.

I arrived Thursday afternoon, after a stop at Serendipity Quilt shop in Dagsboro, DE. I had to pick up a book on Baltimore Quilts I won in a raffle during my visit in February. This a such a fantastic quilt shop and though I am not a quilter, I indulge in their felted fool and fat quarters for my stitching. I contained my purchases to these:

Next it was on to the Lankford Hotel, my home away from home, to check/settle in. I shared an apartment with Debbie, who was already there and stitching away! 

Friday morning, I was up bright and early for a walk on the "boards". I walked the whole length--4 1/2 miles at a pretty brisk pace (boy was I sore the next day). But I knew it would be tough to get a walk in before class on Saturday. I was hoping that since I walked so far I could treat myself to a Fractured Prune doughnut, but alas, they weren't open yet.  Here is a picture of the sunrise that morning:

Then it was hanging out in Salty Yarns, visiting with friends and stitching. Friday evening Sara put out all kinds of fabulous appetizers and desserts and we socialized and stitched our hearts away in the lobby. Here's some of the items I added to my stash:
The Shepherds Fold kit

I couldn't resist this since I heard it was named for Mrs. Hughes from Downton Abbey

I  fell in love with this series from Jeanette Douglas but only bought two at this point

I also bought two fat quarters of Legacy linen in Devonshire Cream and Cafe au Lait. I just love the "hand" of this fabric and they had virgin pieces, so I couldn't resist!

Saturday was the Tulip Tray class with Sherri. She is a fabulous teacher with a good sense of humor. Some ladies got their trays assembled but I like to wait until I get home and can really concentrate. 

Sunday I woke up early and managed to get another walk in--this time just 1/2 the boardwalk.

 Then onto the class The Mermaids Two Tales. We worked on the needle book since the finishing would be the same as the purse. Sherri gave a little history of the mermaid which was very interesting and informative. All these years and I never noticed that the Starbucks "lady" is actually a mermaid with two tales!!! You learn something new every class!!! I'll post pictures of my finished projects once I have them completed.

After class Sunday, it was home to a new adventure--my daughter and her family visiting for a few days!

Many thanks, as usual, to Sally, Sara, Mary, Vernon, Brian and Michael for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. See you in June for Betsy Morgan!!!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!

A beautiful Easter Day it is here in sunny West Virginia. Hope you are enjoying a glorious day wherever you are!

It has taken me a while to post about my weekend in Ocean City with Sherri Jones, but my daughter and her family came to visit for a few days and all my attention was focused on the grand kids (could it be any other way) and getting caught up with work. And, it is going to be a little bit longer, as hubby and I have some yard work planned for today, so I don't have much time.

But, I did want to share some "blasts from the past". I'm going to call these "vintage" as I stitched them in 1983 and the pattern actually was dated 1978!!! They are from a series of Easter eggs put out by The Berry Patch. Maybe some of you recall them!!! You stitched the design on 22 count hardanger and then "glued" them on a styrofoam egg shape. White lace covered where you had to cut your fabric to "shape" around the egg.  One of the eggs was a foray into making my own design. My hubby was an avid scuba diver back then and I designed his with a scuba diver "diving" for eggs. I was pretty proud of myself back then for thinking "outside of the box". So here you go:

They are pretty fun--aren't they??

So, when I was pulling these out to decorate, I remembered I still had a few more kits in my stash. So, I dug them out and made two for Sally and Sara at Salty Yarns as a thank you for a great weekend. Here they are:

Again, Happy Easter to all and more to follow in the next few days about my stitching weekend!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

We All Live in a Yellow Submarine..................

I am so tickled with my new shoes!!! A friend had posted on FB about a new line of Vans featuring the Beatles and Yellow Submarine. I just had to have a pair and this seemed a great way to commemorate a group that was a very important part of my teenage years. These definitely make me feel like doing a "happy dance"! Enough said---here they are!!!!

Even the box they came in is cute!!!!

I have been stitching, working on a mermaid piece by Sue Hillis. I'm almost done with the stitching, just two more of the smalls. This has been a fun piece--lots of bright, happy colors, but quite a bit of over one and LOTS of color changes. I also finished a couple of gifts and will post those after they are gifted.

Spring is definitely here and that means baseball. Here's a pic of my grandson ready to play ball!!!!

I leave Thursday for Ocean City and have already started packing my stitching supplies and show and tell. It feels good to have all the pre-stitching done, although I don't always work on the finishing in class. I need quiet and calm so I can really pay attention to what I'm doing, not feel rushed and avoid mistakes. But I'll be ready whatever I choose to do! 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes..................

I know I'm out of season at this point...but really.... who knows...there's another storm blowing across the midwest that just might hit us!!! I'll be ready with my newly completed Hibernation Day  by Heartstring Samplery. I stitched most of this during our snowy winter days but had to put it aside, with only the bottom third left, to get some class pre-stitching done. I went back to it  this week and finished it up!
 I stitched mine on a piece of 36 count Barn Owl from Birds of a Feather that I had in my stash waiting for the perfect piece. I think I found it in this!!! I also changed colors and used a more muted "berry" color. I'm really trying to use supplies from my stash, as long as they work, but won't sacrifice the piece to do that. In this instance I used some GAST, Weeks and Valdani and am very happy with the outcome. I did change up the verse a bit (see March 7th post) and added a row of buttons at the bottom. The heart button was way too bright so I just colored over it with a brown permanent marker and it took it down a few notches. 
Now I need to think about framing--something rustic don't you think?

I am counting the days until my Sherri Jones classes!!! Only 8 more days until I head down to the ocean. Hopefully I'll be posting some finished projects soon after.

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