Sunday, September 09, 2018

Chris Told Me So

Chris is hoping to visit Doris this week.  She said I better update my blog, otherwise Doris is going to ask about it.  Here we go...

I’ve been stitching several pieces from Hands on Design lately.  Will be seeing Cathy in two weeks and thought it would be fun to take some finishes with me.

This first project is called My Stitcher’s Heart.  It was a limited edition kit that was available a few years ago from Elegant Stitch. I still have one small (the waxer pocket) that needs to be finished, but the box, the pincushion and the scissor fob are done!

Then, I must share my cloche with you!  Bought it at Hobby Lobby a couple months ago. I can display smaller needlework pieces without them getting dusty.

My cloche currently houses two smalls from the project noted above plus another pincushion designed bt Hands on Design.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the Mad Tatter.  She was busy spreading her love of tatting again this year with fairgoers at the Minnesota State Fair!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

NGM Retreat

Right after returning from the Lauren Sauer class in Indy, I turned around and left for the Needlework Guild of Minnesota Retreat in Buffalo, MN.  Four days of stitching...I’ll have to share my stitching progress in another post.

The retreat center sits on Lake Buffalo.  There were some really beautiful sunsets.  I snapped these pictures a little bit earlier in the evening one night.  The sun just glistens on the lake.

The theme of retreat was Stitching in the Northwoods.  My placemat at my stitching spot fit the theme!

Here are just a few of the gifties I received.  Love that Hedgehog pincushion!

Eight of us share a stitching room.  My friend Chris made this stitching set for each of us.

That’s it for now.  I’ll be back soon with more pictures from show and tell night, my secret stitcher gifts, and vendor night.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

2018 Name Tag

I forgot to post a picture of this year’s name tag.  Our retreat theme this year is “Stitching in the Northwoods”.  I think my name tag fits the theme.  Do you agree?

The design is from Prairie Schooler.

While on reteat I have limited internet access, so you might not hear from me for a few days.  Try to behave yourself!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Return of the Name Tag

2017...Follow the S.U.N. (Stitchers Using Needles).  Yes, the 2017 retreat was all about sunflowers.  When we pulled up in front of the retreat center, there were big buckets of them waiting for us!

My name tag last year was stitched for me by my friend Chris.  It is one of my favorites!

This year’s name tag reveal will be tomorrow’s post.  I leave for Buffalo, MN in the morning.

Monday, August 06, 2018

It’s a Collection

I promised to share some of the rabbit stuff that I collected in preparation for this class.  Let me just say that “the hunt” was fun.  Etsy and I have become good friends.

This tin was a box of chocolates in another life.  It’s shaped like a book and has a hinged opening.  It’s metal, so needle minders stick to it!

The crazy thing is, I auditioned two others for this role.  One, slightly larger, was sold with tea in it, the other is lunchbox size and had been sold with Crabtree and Evelyn products. Maybe I can show these to you another time.

Next picture: some needleminders, a mini Peter Rabbit book, some carrot themed matchbooks for needles and my rabbit fob (Sherri Jones design from a few years back).

And last but not least, a little Wedgewood tray to hold my scissors and other little do-dads.  The Wedgewood egg cup is the perfect size for a pincushion.  The little carrot was found at the shop in Green Bay.  Finally, these two little wooden rabbits are tatting shuttles!

There were many rabbit themed gifts too.  I’ll have to snap a shot of them at home, they are all packed away.

We’re making our way home today.  Spent the night in Madison, WI.  It stormed during the night and is raining now.  Hopefully we’ll be driving away from the rain.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Visiting the Lakes District

No, we’re not in England.  We wish we were in England.  Instead, we are in Indy.  (Yes, Mad Tatter, your atlas is correct.  We first traveled east then north, before heading south to our final destination.)

Why are we in Indy?  To watch the Indy 500?  To attend the Gen Con gaming convention? No, we are here to take a class with Lauren Sauer!

I have always been a fan of Beatrix Potter.  I’m not sure how it started, but my mother, my Auntie Betty and me (and probably others) used to collect the small Beatrix Potter figurines made by Beswick.  When my children were small, we loved reading the books.  Both of my children’s birth samplers are stitched in Beatrix Potter designs.

When the Needlework Commander in Chief of Indianapolis announced that Lauren would be teaching her “Mrs. McGregor’s Garden - Wheelbarrow, Scissor’s Keep and Pincushion” I responded immediately and said “Sign me up!”  Partner in Crime was not far behind me.

Flash forward to this weekend and here we are.  Yesterday we learned how to make the wheelbarrow and today we will work on the smalls.

Of course, I was so excited about the weekend, I had to gather up all the Beatrix Potter related items I could find.  Maybe in another post, I will show you this collection that I have assembled in more detail.

We’re heading off to class now....

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Sharing Our Wisdom

2016...the theme was Owls, so I needed a nametag with an Owl on it!  This might have been a freebie on Pinterest.

Did I mention that we stopped in Racine, WI?  We needed to gas up. The sign on the gas station drew me in.  It said something like “We have O & H Danish Kringle.”  I figured we might like a treat.  Lots of options:  apple, blueberry, pecan.  The one that called my name was the Wisconsin Kringle: cream cheese, cherries and cranberries.  We finally dug into it today.  Delicious!

On tomorrow’s post I’ll share with you what we’re up to!