Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Retreat Post 2013

 Welcome to all my new followers I hope I donot bore you with my posts.
I was at the Minnesota Needlework Guild Retreat from 8/7/2013 till 8/10/2013, I should have been there until sunday but had to leave on saturday evening Mike became very ill at church during Mass on that saturday, an ambulance had to come check him out Father Victor called my cell to let me know,  I was lucky enough to be only fourteen miles from home, the Retreat was at the Kings House Retreat Center in Buffalo, just east of where I live.
I had such a great time, the ladies were a hoot at my table, I sat with three lovely ladies that were from North Dakota and one from Minnesota up north.
The picture on the side  is from Elaine, she knows I have a fetish for buttons and somehow knows I love the colors pink and lavander, she stitched this herself, it is lovely, thank-you Elaine. (not sure if she follows my blog)
She made this just for me, her work is perfect such wonderful stitching.

Secret Sister Exchange 

At retreat there was a Secret Sister Exchange, this is  like a Secret Santa game, you are given a name that needs to be kept secret until the reveal on saturday night, however I did not follow the direction closely, I did look in my retreat information and that is the info I was missing, you were to give a small gift each day starting on wednesday, I gave my Secret Sister all hers in one big lump, I gave her a lovely box from Joann fabrics with a bow and magnetic closer in the colors of purples and lavanders, a Blackbird Designs Pattern, a pin in the shape of a heart made with felt and a zipper, chocolatess and a plastic project bag that I cross stitched Elaines initials on and attached to the bag.

The Secret Sister I had was great at picking out things I like, the note pad is something I use daily, I love the Mary Englebreit  pin cushion is so sweet, I love trims and the Spring Simple Treasures is so cute I will work on that soon, I have never owned a Vera Bradley now I do, I love it along with the tin box and tape measure, the zipper bag on the bottom is so cute I am so lucky to have done this exchange I will do it again next year if they have one.

This is a Bareroots pattern I finished at retreat, I just have to finish the other candle mat this week-end, this is about 6 inches across and all done by hand, I love working with wool and making penny rugs.

These are a couple of things that greated me in my room, there was also a metal drinking  bottle which I love because I hate drinking out of plastic.
My Roommate was a lady that was so  gracious and lovely, we  hit it off right away she is a beautiful needlepointer, she was working on a project for her daughter.

The food was good and lots of it, we had a lot of fun sitting with different ladies each meal, it is fun to learn about other peoples likes and dislikes.

I took a class from Lynn Payette, she is a hoot we talked about women in the service, she was in the Navy, she is a very interesting lady to talk to.
I took her San Antonio Angel class it was well worth the money. I will finish her sometime soon, I just need to do a little repair on her arm.

The above four pictures are from the destash pile at retreat I did take lots of stuff and dropped off  lots of patterns,  I  sure made a haul when I looked through the pile, I know I donot need anymore stash but how could I resist the Quaker Boo and the Jenny Bean Christmas patterns along with the rest of my finds.
I will be adding another post this week-end of some other things from retreat.
I hope all is well with you all.
Gods Blessings to you.


Friday, August 2, 2013

My Winnings

I am a member of the Stitchervillage, I play as many games as possible on this site they have games often, the site would give you a list of words and you would pick 15 out of 30 and wait for game nite, on game nite you go into the chat room and play, now I am not a winner  I have played several games on Stitchervillage, the format has been changed, now it is Bingo, you get a Bingo card and play that way, I was a winner last month a big winner, thank-you to Stitchersvillage for the prizes I won, and here they are.

Mixed Berry Cheesecake with threads, fabric, beads and pattern, I love this lovely little kit, I will start stitching on it at Needlework Guild next week. (see my bingo card) yahoo.

I am such a Another Button Company fan I was so surprised to win this kit, everything is including, even the stitck pins, I plan on working on this on saturday after mass and dinner.
If you are not a member please check the site out http://stitchersvillage.com
There is a chat room with many stitchers that are a hoot, chat usually starts about 19:00 I donot get to go to the chat room often due to work, but I do try.
There are also sites to visit and shop, a place to show what you have worked on and many other things to be involved with.
On wednesday next week i am leaving for Retreat in Buffalo, Mn. This is put on by Minnesota Needlework Guild, I have never gone before to this retreat so am in wonder of what I will find  at first I thought it was expensive, but found out it is not so bad the teachers fees are included in the price along with lodging and meals.
They have a Sisters Of The Heart exchange, I did sign up for this, I cannot show you what I have made and collected right now because this person may be a follower of mine and she would see what i have done, I really want it to be a surprise.
Well I am working at home this week again and need to get to work, have apleasant week-end with lots of stitching.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nancy is having another givaway read on

Nancy at http://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com is having another great givaway, please pop over and enter, this is a big givaway, 100 followers will win a gift.
I have bought and used Nancy' threads they are wonderful, for the price you get double the amount of threads as a regular skien.

Happy Stitching