Sunday, June 30, 2013

Baking Cupcakes and Tartlets

It looks like we are finally going to have a beautiful day so I better get moving, but first, a quick blog post!

No stitching to share, but I did do some "baking" yesterday that might be of interest to you. I made a batch of yummy cupcake pincushions...

And a small batch of tartlets...

Of course, all of the tatting was done by my mother!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Two Posts in One Day?

I can't believe that June is almost over. I wish I had more progress to show on my stitching projects. I've been distracted with other things which are keeping me from my stitching chair!

Two weeks ago I was back in NewYork for four days of meetings. The good news is that in the evenings we were able to do some fun things. The first evening we went to see Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre.

It was a rainy evening - look at all of the people waiting to see the show!

This was my first show on broadway - ever! The second night we went to Yankee Stadium.

It was raining that night too, but the clouds cleared and the sun came out. The Yankees wee playing baseball somewhere else; we saw a soccer game - Spain vs. Ireland.

We participated in a cool project the final day. I had the opportunity to volunteer for the American Red Cross. My group packaged cleaning supplies. These buckets of supplies are provided to people whose homes have been damaged by floods. We could include care notes in our buckets.

I snuck out one afternoon to check out the street scene. Our hotel was just two or three blocks off of Times Square...

The streets are always busy in New York!

And just around the corner from our hotel...the Ed Sullivan Theater.

When I returned home, I finished out the week celebrating my mom's birthday. We went to lunch in the afternoon;and that evening we went to see The Tenors at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It was a great show!

Looking back, it was a good week filled with some new experiences. Back to reality. It was a busy week at work. After finishing the front cover of the button book I had to find something a little easier to work on (over two instead of over one!) I pulled out this project from Heartstring Samplery that I had started last year. I think I will work on this for awhile...

That's all for today. Hope you had a nice weekend and that you were able to find some time to thread your needle!

Thanks for stopping by.

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A Gift From a Friend

It's a rainy, stormy Sunday here in my part of Minnesota. We're hoping for dry days and sunshine soon! I decided to play around with my iPad and see if I could successfully post to my blog with it. Maybe I will post more often?

I received a gift from my friend Lelia a few weeks ago. I was busy getting ready for the trip to the Betsy Morgan class in Indianapolis, so never posted anything here.

Lelia was one of the very first bloggers I connected with when I first started my blog back in 2005. She gently encouraged me as I explored and became comfortable with this new communication vehicle. After a 7-year online friendship, we finally met last October when I was in Indiana visiting House of Stitches. Lelia also met my mom on that visit; they share a common interest - tatting. We enjoyed our visit.

A few weeks ago, a box arrived from Lelia. In the box was a bag for me and a bag for my mom. Lelia had made these origami bags with beautiful fabric and filled them with goodies for each of us.

Notecards with beautiful Monet paintings on them, a tin for needles, and a Vera Bradley tape measure! My mom's bag included tatting thread and a shuttle.

It was a wonderful and unexpected surprise from a great friend. Thanks Lelia!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Current Work In Progress...

I thought I would snap a picture of my current project of choice...I'm working on the Button Lover's Brag Book from Patrick's Woods.  My friend Judy and I took this class in January at the Attic Needlework Sampler Symposium.  It's all stitched over one; I'm thinking that I may try to stitch one page a month.  The front cover is done; the back cover will be stitched to the left of this and then I need to finish the border that goes around the front and back covers...

That's all I've got!  Hope you are having a great week!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fandangle Blue

Another Fandangle in Blue!  These are quick to stitch and so easy to put together.

Fandangle Blue
Roz Watnemo, Nordic Needle
Kit - Congress Cloth, Threadworx

Thank you all for your kind comments regarding my Mom's birthday.  We rounded out our day by attending The Tenors concert last night in Minneapolis.  It was a wonderful way to end the day!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's 81st birthday.  No plans for a big celebration like the one we had for last year's milestone, but we are going to celebrate!

It's really difficult to put into words how much my Mom means to me.  She's my rock, always has been, always will be.

We've enjoyed so many fun times together...from eating strudel in Austria (just one more piece!)... fun times with grandkids...

......playing Mexican Train at the lake...

...tatting at the Fair...

...Pioneer fan...

...with her "favorite" dog!... organist... cook and baker...

...awesome Grandma...

...Happy Birthday Mom!  Love you always!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Springtime of Youth Sampler

It's finished!  Hallelujah!  It seemed like I was never going to get it done; so many sections were stitched over one, but I put the last stitch in less than a half hour ago.  Hooray!

Springtime of Youth Sampler
Chessie and Me
32 ct Vintage Meadow Rue Linen
Gloriana Silks

Do you love it as much as I do?  This was our sampler from the Stitchville Retreat this past April.  I would assume that it will be available for all to purchase next year.

Don't go away yet, I have one more finish.  I worked on this last weekend while on our road trip to Indianapolis.  It was an easy project to work on in the hotel.

Fandangle in Green
Roz Watnemo, Nordic Needle
Kit - Congress Cloth/Threadworx

It stitched up quickly and went together easily.  Fun, fun.  I have it hanging on one of the door knobs on our entertainment center in the living room.

Thanks for all your kind comments on my recent posts.  I will be "laying low" now for several weeks (aka "trying to get some of my existing projects done!")  Enjoy what is left of your weekend.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Final Leg of the Journey

When our class ended on Sunday night, we jumped in the car and started driving; figured that we could knock off a couple of hours so that it wouldn't be such a long day on Monday.  We stayed in Bloomington, IL on Sunday night.

Monday morning we were up at the crack of dawn (I don't think the birds were chirping yet) so that we could head off in the direction of the Madison, WI area.  By the time we got there we needed to gas up and I happened to see a road sign that said "Mt. Horeb - 16 miles".  I knew there was a needlework shop in Mt. Horeb, we just weren't sure if they were open on a Monday.  Aren't all of our electric devices a wonderful thing?  We found a phone number and called to find out they were open - hooray.  Off we went down the road to Mt. Horeb!

I'm disappointed in myself - forgot to take a picture of the shop - it's called Witchery Stitchery.  They are a block off of Main Street and it's quite a nice shop for a town of this size.  We found some treasures to bring home with us and then continued on our journey.  Next stop:  Spring Green, WI.

Have always wanted to visit the Country Sampler in Spring Green.  Wow.  Beautiful quilts; needlework samplers and other cross stitch items interspersed throughout.  My color scheme too --primitive colors.  Will have to come back here again. Did we make any purchases?  Of course we did!

From the Country Sampler, we spent about 4 more hours in the car and arrived safely home around 5pm.  Back to reality and already looking forward to another road trip whenever the spirit moves me again.  Thanks to my great travel buddies for making it a memorable weekend. A special shout out to my new friends in the Indianapolis area.  Thanks for your hospitality!

Before I go, let me share a few more Betsy Morgan finishes with you.  I can't take credit for stitching these, they were all stitched by my friend Chris.  A couple of them were published in Inspirations Magazine a few years ago; another is a class piece that Chris stitched for one of her other stitching buddies who had taken a class with Betsy.

Aren't these wonderful finishes???  Betsy shared that she will have a design in an upcoming issue of Inspirations, so watch for it if you are interested.

I guess I better get busy stitching now!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Playing with Toys

Our class with Betsy started at 10am on Saturday morning.  I was up before my early bird friends (very unusual) in anticipation of our class.  We had breakfast at our hotel and then headed over to the fire station to set up our stitching spaces.

The class had been arranged by a sampler guild in the Indianapolis area called "Needle in Hand".  What a nice group of ladies they have in their guild.  They were so welcoming and friendly - we knew we had connected with the right group!  The classroom arrangement was perfect - each stitcher had enough space to  work and we all could see and hear Betsy perfectly.

Until just a few year's ago, I had not heard of Betsy Morgan.  It was my friend Chris who commented once that she really wanted to take a class with Betsy Morgan.  I immediately began "stalking" her on the internet. Many of her classes seemed to be on the east and west coasts.  When I saw that she was going to be in Indiana, it seemed like it was just meant to be.

If you haven't figured it out from the title of my post, our project was Betsy's Toy Chest Etui.  This was the project that Chris was most interested in doing (another sign!)  We would have taken any of Betsy's classes but were especially thrilled to be doing the Toy Box!

We had completed some pre-work in the weeks prior to the class, so Saturday's class was spent completing the thimble holder which is made to look like one of those old fashioned cup holders that you would use to try to catch a ball with.

Here's Betsy's:

Our three completed thimble holders at the end of the day on Saturday:

Here is my thimble holder: (Blogger is misbehaving...)



It was really fun to have something completed at the end of the first day!

During Sunday's class, Betsy walked us through all of the instructions so that we would know exactly what to do when stitching and finishing our remaining pieces at home.  We also spent some time making the little drumsticks for the top of our drums - who knew that you could make drumsticks with toothpicks and beads!

At the end of our day on Sunday, Betsy did a twisted cord and tassel making demonstration.  This was great information.  It seems like my cording either is good or bad; I have trouble being consistent.  Now with Betsy's instructions my cording is always going to turn out great!

As I always say at the end of one of these weekends, all good things must come to an end, and so it was true again - our weekend with Betsy Morgan was over.  Not only do we have a great project to now work on, but we also learned from a fabulous teacher and formed some great new friendships with our sister stitchers in the Indianapolis area!

If you would like to see a photo of the Toy Box and all of it's toys, please visit Betsy's blog and scroll down to her post from April 4, 2013.  The fourth photo down is the Toy Chest Etui with it's toys!  While you are there, check out some of Betsy's other projects.  Delicious eye candy!

Will wrap up our trip report tomorrow.  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Our Betsy Morgan Adventure...

Our adventure began several weeks ago when we found out that Betsy Morgan was going to be teaching in Carmel, Indiana last weekend.  Checked in with some of my blogging buddies from Indiana and within a couple of hours had all the details.  Unfortunately the registration had already closed, but we were able to decide quickly and were added to the list of participants.  We completed our pre-work and anxiously waited for this special weekend to arrive.

We decided that it would be manageable to drive to Indianapolis, but it would require an early start on Friday morning.  I value my sleep, but I was up for the challenge.  We agreed on a 6:30am start...

My traveling companions for the weekend were my stitching friends Judy, Chris, and Mrs. Dash...

No, not that Mrs. Dash!  This Mrs. Dash...

Despite the difficult relationship we've had in the past (me and Mrs. Dash), we seemed to get a long fairly well this weekend.  At times she can be very quiet, at other times quite bossy.  It's very irritating when she goes into her "recalculating" mode, but otherwise all was good.

An hour and a half into our trip I convinced the girls that we had to make a little detour.  Neither of them had ever been to the Norske Nook in Osseo, WI.

This restaurant is your typical small town cafe, but they are especially known for their delicious pies.  You only live once, so why not stop and have pie for breakfast?

Chris and I each had a piece of sour cream raisin pie...

Judy had strawberry...

I would say that our day was off to a really good start, wouldn't you?  We continued on for another 2.5 - 3 hours eventually arriving at our next pitstop...Lynn's in Madison.

Note that Chris and Judy are posing nicely for the photo, little did they know I was focused on taking a picture of the sign!!!  Lynn's is a unique store -- they do framing, they have art supplies for painting and drawing, and they also carry needlework.  The purpose for our stop however was to see the Scarlet Letter models that were on display.

Talk about a feast for the eyes... there were some other beautiful models mixed in with those from the Scarlet Letter.

Can you pick out Manifesto in the center of these two photos?  There are a lot of stitches in that design!

The photo above didn't turn out so well, but on display was the reproduction (above) and the original sampler (below) -- the original sampler dated back to 1774.  Can't remember the name of this sampler, but I'm sure many of you will recognize it!

Below is another sampler where the reproduction was displayed and the original sampler was below it.

We are so glad we made the stop.  It was great fun seeing these beautiful samplers, both the originals and the reproductions!  If you are in this area, I highly encourage you to stop and visit.  It sounded like they may be switching out the models on display sometime later in June.

I think we drove for about 5 or 6 more hours...anyway, we arrived safely at our destination in Carmel, Indiana.  We had a delicious meal with excellent service at Max and Erma's and then settled in for a good night's rest.  We could hardly sleep knowing that we were about to take a class with Betsy Morgan!  Stay tuned...more tomorrow.