Thursday, October 19, 2017

Autumn in full swing

I am a complete fan of Summer. The hotter the better and so the cooler temperatures are giving me the blues.  I hate that the days are shorter and there just seems to be less time to do the things we love.  The benefit of cooler temps is sipping my hot tea under a toasty quilt and working on some stitching.  
I haven't taken photos of my current works in progress but do finally have photos uploaded from Dyeing to Stitch retreat.  The first photos are from Ann and Pat's beautiful shop.  It is filled with inspiration. Wall to wall models, easy to find charts and a full wall of threads. Oh the colorful threads always take my breath away.

The following photos are the beautiful projects designed by the very talented Paulette of Plum Street Samplers.  We received two full kits. 1 for Friday night and 1 for Saturday class.  I love them both but of course started Soul Sisters right away.  Paulette is a delight and I really found the weekend a relaxing time filled with stitching and laughter.

Of course, a trip to Virginia Beach requires a walk on the beach.  I enjoy everything about the ocean.  Being that I live in a coastal community I get to the beach several times a week but I truly feel at home by the water.  It's color is soothing as well as the sounds that wash away any worrisome thoughts.

I highly recommend one of Ann and Pats retreats.  You will NOT be disappointed.  They have one coming up in April and I hope to visit again during that time. 
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Still Stitching A Little (Susan this one's for you)

Welcome to my neglected blog.  It seems that instagram is the easiest form of social media to share my stitching and such but I recently met a wonderful group of ladies at the Dyeing to Stitch retreat in Virginia Beach.  So happy to meet you Susan, Martha and Nancy. It was lovely spending time together sharing our passion for needlework.  I was happy to meet several other fellow instagramers  Paulette of Plum Street Samplers (designer extraordinare for this fabulous retreat), Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery, Joan from Made by MamaJoan and her lovely daughter.  I also got to connect with an old friend, Luann.  Thank you ladies for such a special time connecting.  Ann and Pat did a wonderful job hosting this event and the weather was fabulous.

Welcome Summer-The Drawn Thread

Progress on Year of Hawk Run -- Carriage House Samplings

I have been stitching models for Cynthia of The Drawn Thread and working on my Year of Hawk Run Hollow Sampler.  I would love to fit in more stitching time but we are in the midst of college tours and applications for DS#3.  DS#1 graduated from UMaine in May and DS#2 is working at opening a second location for his bicycle business.  DS#4 is getting ready for driver's ed.  Amazing how quickly time marches on.  Our house as a little more space and a lot less noise and commotion which might seem peaceful to some and maybe just a bit lonely to others.  I am somewhere in the middle.  I am happy for their successes but a bit blue about being alone so much more. (#1 reason why I am working so much)
One happy papa!

The Danes are doing well.   Daisy had her 7th birthday and Maggie continues to amaze us with her puppy antics even though she is almost 4.  Maybe someday the zoomies will stop but for now its cheap entertainment.
How you will find Daisy most days

Miss Maggie playing catch me if you can

Unfortunately in true blogger style I am having trouble uploading pictures from Virginia Beach so I will try to post them next time.  I am hoping to post more regularly but we shall see if that rings true.

Happy Stitching Everyone