Friday, 11 October 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground 🐾

Today Gman1 and I payed a visit to my parents, and Addie too! It was my Dad's birthday last Sunday, so we had a little celebration with them. Addie got a goodie too, a Halloween collar!
Here's Little Missy keeping me company while stitching. She's not like Maximus who likes to play with the floss. Oh no, she'd rather try and chew the fabric! So I figured out rather quickly not to leave it alone with her.
I'm not quite sure how I'm going to finish this, it's for a dear friend who recently got married and they are both "bikers"! 🚡

During her walk, she followed me into the pachysandra patch to jump around and try and grab the weeds I was pulling. I'm still waiting on more leaves to fall for her to run and play in them!

Here's my Momma and Addie, she was finally calm enough to sit with her - Momma can get kind of wild! 😜

I think we wore her out before we left, she was exhausted!

My Dad took lots of photos, but he has to "fix" them before sending them to me so I've got nothing to show!

Are you a picture taker or more in front of the lens? I do like to take them, but nothing like my Dad!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Fun at the PA Fall Getaway! πŸ‚

Finally, it had arrived, time to head to Pennsylvania for a stitching getaway! Get ready of lots of pictures...

Linda and Annette @Cross Stitch and More by LinAnn Events hosted this absolutely fantastic weekend, many thanks to you both! I hope you decide to come back here next year, but it not, I'll go wherever you choose!
Here are the goodies we received - patterns, needle minder, scissor fob (with our own initial on it!), telescope magnetic pick-up tool, and we got to choose three colours for the tree pattern. I think I got it all!

I won a door prize on the left, and then won a prize for most creative bag in the exchange (I think that was the title?) more on that later. I went from having zero scissor frogs to having two - awesome! Now I need more scissors.
Karen gave our table some homemade lip balm made from the beeswax from their bees, and NY Annette gave us a Halloween themed needle minder. So sweet, thanks ladies!

Although I didn't take her class that was offered while there, I do love the patterns designed by the lovely Sue Hillis.

Seeing them all stitched up and finished made them look even more amazing!

And the other part of her display.

I was only going to get the Stitches for the Needleworker, but seeing the Happy Thanksgiving framed made me want to get that one too. And a sweet freebie was included also.

Jim and Kevin @Needleworker's Delight/Silkweaver Fabrics were there and brought so many patterns, fabric, and goodies!

And there was another fabric table too!

More finished treasures, so tempting.

After one of my purchases with them, I won a $15 gift certificate so I had to get another piece of fabric. I could have sworn I bought another pattern, but maybe it was one I liked but they sold out.
The bag was made by Sarah, isn't it beautiful? Can you see the "butterfly"?! πŸ’€

It was such a beautiful day, Karen and I stepped out for a walk to enjoy the sunshine. The trees really hadn't started changing colour yet, but it was still pretty.

After a most delicious lunch earlier, we thought we would wait until later to have dinner, but when we got back to the stitching room, everyone else had gone to eat.

That left us alone in the room... trouble! πŸ˜‰

But instead, we joined everyone for dinner. The lunches and dinners were delicious, and the desserts... even better! It's a good thing our room was a bit of a walk away, I was still able to get my steps in!

Then it was time for the CIDER exchange. Each item had to begin with the letters in cider. These were mine, C - Christmas chart, I - invisible thread, D - DMC floss, E - Etoile Floss (2 Halloween and 2 Christmas colours), R - Ribbons for finishing.

I also stitched this without the beads and altered it to fit the theme. I finished it there but couldn't show it as finished piece and ring the bell since it was added to the bag!

Here it is put together. I made the bag on Thursday night, nothing like waiting until the last minute.

These were all the bags, so many creative ones! We played it like the white elephant or dirty Santa game. Lots of "stealing", laughter, and luckily not too many tears!

This is the gift I chose, it came from Edie - thanks, Edie!
C - Christmas, I - Igloo, D - Drink, E - Embroidery thread, R - Red. Did you notice the two Sue Hillis charts?! I told DH I was stitching the pink drink for his bar, he just rolled his eyes!

And then there was the giveaway table, I brought a box and still ended up bringing a lot home! I guess I'll be bringing it to the next retreat in two weeks.

These are some of the treasure I couldn't pass up.

There were so many gorgeous finishes, this was NY Annette's adorable mouse! It was the first one she put together, with Fran's help, and turned out great.

Although I didn't finish, I'm getting closer! Just the Harvest Moon to go, wishful thinking to be done by the full moon on the 12th.

And then all too soon, it was over. 😒
Thanks to Helene for sharing our two tables group pic! I made lots of new stitching friends, such fun! Even the darn frog joined us, he definitely made his way around the room.

So until next time, I'm already looking forward to it!
And on the way out, some colour to tease us.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground πŸƒ

Finally... today (and tomorrow, AND Sunday) I'm stitching at the PA Fall Getaway! Meeting up with several stitching friends I've met before and meeting LOTS of new ones!
I'm still working on Autumn Things, could there be a finish for me this weekend?

We are obviously stitching inside, but just outside the doors where we are is this lovely view. Too bad it was crazy windy today, or I might have taken a break out there to stitch for a bit.

Karen didn't arrive until the afternoon, but this PITA lovely frog was saving her spot!

She's working on her hives and Miss Honey Bee was supervising.

This was our view during dinner, just stunning.

I'm sure I'll be taking more photos tomorrow, with plenty more to tell!
Next week I'll have to catch up to my blog reading and responding to comments, this week was rather crazy.

Are you able to attend any stitching retreats?
I don't get to the big ones very often, but luckily this one worked out. And I'll be at a shorter one in two weeks. I could get used to this!

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Scavenger Photo Hunt, September πŸ“·

Bring on September and those beautiful colours! It's time for Katie's I live, I love, I craft, I am me ... scavenger photo hunt this month.

The words for September are...

I do have pictures of some cool cobwebs, but this is a cool one too. And it even glows in the dark! This was a fun stitch and I have it out year round.

Changing Foliage
This was taken several years ago in Cumberland, MD, as I was driving to my parents house. I had to pull over to take it. I loved all the colours and it was October, perfect as a Halloween picture.

When aren't these two snuggling and cosy together?!

Scarf (scarves)
The rival teams - Redskins vs Cowboys.
I made the Skins for my sister-in-law and the "Girls" for my chosen sister, Cori. I guess you can which team I prefer?!

I do love baking, but this time of year it's time for baked pumpkin donuts. I made this the four years the Gmen played football in high school, every Thursday afternoon for the team dinner before their games on Friday. I can honestly make them now and not want to eat one!

My own choice
Here's my parents precious Addie, she loves leaves too. I can't wait to see her run around in them when they all start to really come down!

I can't believe September is almost over and it will finally be October... bring it on! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ•·πŸ‚
I'll be catching up on reading the other blog posts tomorrow, I hope you take a look too.

See you next month?

Friday, 27 September 2019

Friday's Stitching Ground πŸ‚

Today's stitching ground brought me to the enclosed porch with some company! Although Ming is enjoying the sunshine by herself.

I'm still plugging away on this and loving it.

Quick question, does anyone have this pattern I could borrow? Or rather, my girl, Karen? Her Mom started this and Karen can't find the pattern. Dear Judy died unexpectedly last November, so Karen can't ask her where it is and would like to finish it. We know it's Little House Needleworks and she thought it could have been in a book or magazine?

Thursday, 26 September 2019

The People Chose 🐝

Here's to the perfect end of the summer with Jo @ Serendipitous Stitchingand this time we're celebrating BEES🐝!

An oldie, but a goodie - Cottage Garden Sampling, My Garden Journal. I just wished I had stitched it smaller.

And here's this little cutie from The Snowflower Diaries, Joyful World. The series is still out there as a freebie if you're interested.

I made this for my Momma, it came from Hobby Lobby.

After the last one, I got stung by the bee and got this one to stitch from Little House Needleworks.

Then I saw this one from Hinzeit and had to get it! I changed the banner colour, I thought the original was too bland for my liking.

And thanks to Jo stitching this one, Gathering Honey, I started it but have yet to finish. I haven't made it to be bees yet, but the hive is there, they must still be inside!

This is another one I still need to finish, Celebrate Summer by The Sweetheart Tree.

Here's one I have, but haven't started yet.

These are Nora Corbett's Miss Honey Bee and Miss Queen Bee, they were model stitched by Melanie the WIP Slayer. Aren't they gorgeous?! I can't decide which one I'd rather stitch... or maybe both? I'm thinking of using the honeycomb fabric when I do.

Finally, some words to remember...

So buzz on over to see Jo and the other blogs if you haven't already.
Next month - cats! Although I know I have more cat photos than stitched pieces.