Sunday, February 22, 2015

Just Cross Stitch

Sometimes when I get an issue of a magazine in the mail it does not have anything of interest in it. It can be a cooking mag, Entertainment Weekly or Just Cross Stitch. If that is the case I will pass the issue on to someone else. My Mom gets my cooking magazines.
  With Just Cross Stitch I will also pass on an issue that doesn't have things that I am interested in. And I continue to have a subscription because I know then that I will get the preview ornament issue and the ornament issue and I look forward to those issues every year. 
  Also if you look at the price of any chart now... Comparable ones that are in JCS run $4 to $10 each. So I figure that the $25 I pay a year is worth it. I get that in charts out of the ornie issue.
  So when my current issue arrived I was very pleased.
Here is what I like..
Sweet spring designs by Needlebling.
These pin cushions by Jeanette Douglas. I was looking at some of these kits at Stitchville USA last week. They are straight stitches. 
This sweet design from the Little Stitcher.
And finally this design by Hands on Design.

There are other charts too that are not my style if stitching but if I just count these ones.. All I can say is "Jackpot!"

So if you are thinking about canceling a subscription or getting one.... My vote is to keep/get a subscription!

Chris




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sister Stitcher

 One of the pluses of traveling is that I have seen friends that I have not seen in many years and I have met others in person from the blog community.
  My work event was Friday afternoon so I was unable to schedule a flight home until Saturday. This gave me a chance to catch up with Catherine from I Love To Stitch Blog. Catherine and I have been friends for many years through our blogs and I was thrilled to meet her.
  We had a wonderful dinner at Star of India in St. Cloud.
Good food and wonderful company!
We talked and talked. It was amazing how much we have in common.
Catherine gifted me with these sweet Shepherds Bush pieces. Thank you my friend! I hope we have another chance to get together.
 I made it home Saturday evening and got to spend a little time with Rich. I am supposed to fly out of Raliegh Durham early Tuesday morning but there is supposed to be a weather event so I will go spend the night by the airport since it is 76 miles from my home. That means I have to get packing!

Have a wonderful week!
Be safe!

Chris

Friday, February 13, 2015

Stitchville USA

Hello Minnesota!
  How is your week going? It is cold here but at least there is no blizzard approaching. I feel sorry for my friends in the Northeast. I hope that everyone is home safe and spending some time stitching.
  
This is something that you don't see in the Carolinas. Ice fishing! It is a big deal here. In my travels to St. Cloud I also saw a pair of wolves out in a field. You never know what you are going to see do you?
   So my flight got in before lunch so I spent my lunch break here..
Wow! Wow! Wow! This store needs to be on every stiitcher's bucket list.
Look at the fabric!
Where to start? Look at all those models!
This store is a full service needlepoint store with all the fibers that you might ever want and fully stocked. If you need 3 skeins of one color of WDW or GAST threads they have it.
   I was also very impressed with the availability of some older designs. Many stores do not stock older designs and order low quantities so that they can turn their inventory. If you are looking for an older design this is the place to call..
This is what came home with me. I love the Bent Creek Zipper kits and I love 
snowmen. These are great travel pieces.

Well time to go to work.
Happy Friday my Friends!

Chris


Monday, February 2, 2015

Texas ✔️

Hello Friends,
   First-I had 6 people interested in the Schoolhouse Samplings chart. I used a random number generator and Kathy L. was picked to receive the chart. Kathy please get your address to me and I will send this off to you.
  The past week saw me take a quick trip to El Paso, TX. By quick trip I mean that I wasn't gone all week. There is no easy way to get to El Paso. Going out there I went from Raliegh to Nashville, then on to Phoenix and finally El Paso.
When I flew into Phoenix, I saw this from the plane. They are ready for the Super Bowl.
 Coming home it was the same number of stops, just some different ones.
When I got to El Paso it was late afternoon and I headed out of town for a steak dinner. This was the view from the restaurant.
This was my view in the restaurant. It was a very nice meal.
  
From my hotel room I can see Juarez. El Paso is a border town with Mexico.
The next evening 6 of us went out for Tex Mex.
This looks like the real deal.
I had an chicken enchilada with red and green sauce. It was delicious and so different than other Mexican meals that I have had.
  The next day I headed back to the airport for an early flight out.
This huge statue is at the airport entrance. I had time to stop and get a pic early in the morning.
  Thank you El Paso!
The rest of my week was pretty uneventful. I got a little stitching done on this Chessie & Me patriotic piece.
This week I will be in North Carolina working at a couple of different sites.
I am hoping for a good week with some more stitching.

Thanks for traveling with me!

Chris

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Prim Finish & A Chart to Pass On

Happy Weekend All!
   Did you have snow? Have you spent some time stitching? There was more rain here in the Carolinas. The skies cleared this afternoon and tomorrow is supposed to be nice.
  I have another finish to share with you.
This is A Schoolroom Christmas 'Christmas Elf.' I am not sure where or when this made it into my stash, a store visited many years ago or a guild tag sale? It was a fun stitch.
See the date? 1986?  I wasn't doing this kind of stitching then. I wasn't stitching at all.
  So, would you like to stitch this? Please et me know and I will pass the chart along. If more than one person is interested I will draw a name next Sunday.
   Well I am going to stitch some more....
If someone cooperates.

Chris


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TUSAL

Hello All!
   How did it get to be the end of January? Hopefully the days are starting to get a little longer. There is still a lot of winter left, at least it had not been quite as cold for many areas.
  So last year I really failed on my TUSAL posts. 
Here is my jar filled with 2014's orts. all the red is extra cording that I didn't need when I finished some ornaments before Christmas.

   
Here is the jar that I have picked out of my collection to use for 2015. Not a bad start to the year for me. 
  I did have another finish...
Free Betsy Z25 by Bent Creek. This has traveled around the country with me. I am trying to finish up some things that I have had started and are close to a finish. So, it gives me my 2nd finish of 2015.
  How is your 2015 stitching going?

That is all I have for now. Stitch on my Friends!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oklahoma ✔️

So, what do you do when you are stuck in a small town in Kansas over the weekend? Drive to Oklahoma City! 
 
It was a 2&1/2 hour straight shot from Newton. Of course I went easy on the coffee before getting in the car. No worries, on this drive there were plenty of truck stops along the way.
This was my first stop for a late breakfast/early lunch.
This was one of the best steaks that I have ever had. It is located in Stockyard City.
I walked a round  a little.
After that I headed over to the Oklahoma Museum of Art.
The current exhibit was of young Chinese artists.
This is a little close up of a large piece that was gorgeous!
This huge piece is a textile piece.
Some close ups...
Pretty incredible.
The museum also has a huge Chihuly collection. When Rich and I were in Seattle we went to the Chihuly Gardens next to the Space Needle and we went to the traveling exhibit in Richmond a couple of years ago so I really didn't think that I would see anything different.
I was wrong.

Such amazing colors and forms.
It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
There was a little stitching during the week.
My work week was long. I am ready to be home.

Have a great weekend my friends!
As always thanks for traveling with me.


Chris