Saturday, October 25, 2014

Shepherds' Bush Retreat part 2

Here are the last of the pictures I took at the retreat......

These gals love to be teacher's pet and this year even made their own buttons, in case we wouldn't notice.  They always make me laugh !!!!

This is Saturday night's banquet.......a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.......

Somehow, I missed the picture of the main course.....too busy eating , I fear.......

Teri is always all smiles, all the time, no matter what craziness is going on behind the scenes !!!!

Everyone got special gifts at the end of the night......

which turned out to be specially designed kits from Tina and Teri......they're just beautiful !!

As usual, the week went WAY too fast and now I'm back in Wisconsin enjoying the last of our Fall color........

Continuing to stitch on Jack's Bash with my spooky cat mug
and replaying all the fun of the past week in my head.  Tina and Teri really are masters at putting on these retreats.....they think of every last detail that will insure you of a wonderful time and work tirelessly to make it all happen.  Thank you, thank you, thank you  !!!!!!

The "kids" did miss me, but after leaping on my lap every chance they got for  2 days, they reverted to their old habits and have settled in together , so I can get some work done !!!

That's all for now.......I've got to get busy getting kits ready for the Southern Delaware Historic Sampler Guild (hope I got the name correct).......I'll be teaching there in a couple of weeks.

Hope you've all found a wonderful Fall project to stitch on !!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Return from Park City

Hi All, I'm back from the fabulous Shepherds' Bush Retreat in Park City, UT, and of course wanted to share some of the fun we had.  Even though I took an extra day on either end, the time went way too fast (guess that's another sign of getting old, but let's not go there).

Our first stop of course was "The Shop" in Ogden...also known to many as "Stitcher's Mecca".

Unless you've experienced it in person, it's really hard to describe......the shop is sooooo full of's always hard to know where to look.  Every inch of wall space is literally covered with's really unbelievable !!!  

I think you could spend days just looking at everything !!!

As you can see, it's a REALLY  fun least Jeanette, Teri, and I think so.

This was my view of Paulette most of the week....besides being a wonderful designer, she's a professional photographer, at least in my mind !!  if you want to see really great retreat pics, check out her blog next week !!  I'm sure she'll have her "stuff" up by then.

After an afternoon of Oooohing and Aaaahing , we headed into the mountains to Park City.  Below are a few of the breathtaking views out our condo windows and balcony.

Jeanette (Jeanette Douglas Designs), Paulette (Plum Street Samplers), Pat Ryan and Ann Robbins (R&R Reproductions) and I shared a condo and spent many late nights and early mornings stitching and laughing together.  I loved every minute of it !!!

We couldn't wait to see each other's class like little kids on Christmas morning, brought out our pieces, laid them out next to each other and "shreeked" because they all looked sooooo beautiful and really complimented each other.  You can't imagine how nerve wracking it is to not know what anyone else is designing until you get to the Retreat......

Here are the fabulous results !!!

First is Tina's for Shepherds' Bush................

Then Paulette's of Plum Street Sampling.......

Next is Jeanette's from Jeanette Douglas Designs.......

Then Pat and Ann's offering from R&R Reproductions.....

And finally, mine...........

The theme was "Over the River and Through the Woods" and Fall, and as you can see we all had very different interpretations........yet they all worked well together.

Cecile from JABCO also designed an adorable stuffed wool pumpkin with buttons of course, but I didn't get a chance to get a photo.

We all participated in making our own buttons under the watchful eyes of Cecil and Rachael on Friday night and I think I speak for all of us , when I say we have a new appreciation for that skill !!!!!

I've got a few more pictures to share, but my blog page is acting up and I'm afraid I'll lose what I've already I'll try to be back with part 2 tomorrow.......stitch on something you love until then!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Playing catch up !!

Hi All !!!!  Where has the late summer, early fall gone??  Can't believe we're in the middle of my favorite season, and I hardly feel like I've enjoyed any of it yet !!

I did manage to get the 2 latest installments of my clubs out in a timely manner and will give you a preview .......

The first design is for the old Mill Stitchery Club and would make a lovely place to park your work or display an unframed little piece.

This second design is for the  "Treasure box" for the "Chessie's Heirlooms" club for Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  The little pin pillow fits inside the box or can be used separately.

Now I'm off to pack for Shepherd's Bush Retreat in Park City.  I can tell you will be a FABULOUS time for all!!   Can't share that piece with you yet......nobody sees anything until the opening night .....but I will post pictures when I return !!  

Here are a few little fall bits I've put out this year.....I've become addicted to "Domes"...... they're so fun to fill !!!

My latest stitching addiction is Paulette's (Plum Street Designs) "Jack's Bash"'s the perfect fall stitching project !!!!  I'm really loving all the colors she used and thoroughly enjoying every stitch !!!

Well, that's enough rambling for now......I must get packed and ready for tomorrow's travels.  
Until next time, I wish you all a wonderful new fall project to stitch.......busy fingers are happy fingers !!