Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Penn Dry Goods Market


Hello Friends!
   Last Thursday my friend Susan and I headed up the road to Pennsburg, PA for the 3rd Annual Penn Dry Goods Market.
We stopped in Richmond for lunch. I finally found this cool building. We ate at a nice place called Comfort.
So, I had comfort food... A vegetable plate of green beans, squash casserole and mashed potatoes. Yum.
This was the first lecture that I attended. If you ever have the chance to hear Candace speak, take it! Other lectures that I attended were about collecting samplers by Amy Finkle, costumes of The Wizard of Oz, and Westown samplers.
I came home with this sweet ornament from the gift shop. One of my friends stitched it and there are a whole group of samplers from this area that have townscapes. 
Here is one of them. And you can also see the dates for next year's market.

One of the highlights of the trip was that Lisa from The Inspired Stitcher attended and she recognized me.
Lisa is a wonderful stitcher and I am so thankful to have the chance to spend a little bit of time with her. Hopefully we can do this again next year or I will get to Cincinnati.
You never know who I will run in to!
Susan and I went by Pottsgrove Manor. We didn't take a tour this year. We just went to the gift shop. It was beautiful, last year when we visited it was pouring so it was nice to walk around the outside of the house.
   It was a wonderful weekend. Friends & Samplers, is there anything better?

I hope that your week is off to a great start wherever you may be.

Hugs!

Chris

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Here & There

A little catch up on where I have been the last couple of weeks since the rally. There has been stitching so that makes me happy.
I headed back to Detroit for an event in Ann Arbor. It was the Tuesday morning after the riots in Baltimore and my 5:30 am flight was supposed to stop there and then continue on to Detroit. The plane went straight to Detroit instead. It was like flying on my own private 737. I am sure that this will never happen again.
I met up with my friend Tina and this time we tried Biggby Coffee. This is a Michigan chain. Their Baristas are awesome. My drink was wonderful.
My event was in Ann Arbor. I will have to come back and explore more.
I finished up this little and Chessie & Me piece. 
 Then it was off to Kansas after a quick overnite and event in Asheville.
These 5:30am flights are tough. This is what it looked like when my flight was leaving RDU that morning. 
I was training on setting up the computers at a new site in Salina, KS. I had the chance one day at lunch to visit Rock City Park. 
These are huge. It looks like a giant dropped a bag of marbles.
There was some very strong weather while I was there. The wind is exhausting.
Fortunately everything passed the area that I was in.
I finished this other little Bent Creek kit.
I am always stopping in Midway! I had a  good view of Chicago this time. One of these days I will leave the airport to visit you!
Another quick finish, Shepherd's Bush Liberty  kit. This one only took a couple of hours. I am doing pretty well stitching from stash!

So now we are caught up a little.
I hope that wherever you are you have some stitching time.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and those who have family member's graduating... congratulations!

Thanks for traveling with me!
Chris


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rally Time!


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Hello Friends!
   I hope that you are all well and enjoying a lovely spring. As always I have been busy but Rich and I did go to the Southern Dodge Power Wagon Rally in Callison, SC the end of April. If you click on the link above you can view a little video of the event.
  Here are some more pics...
Rich and I stopped for lunch and took this picture.
This year's tee...
Beautiful trucks!
Our M 37.
Mud!
I got to drive this one, power steering makes a huge difference!
Happy Guys!
Mud boots are a neccesity��
The best vegetable plate ever!
Do you see the waterline? These trucks are amazing!
I can't believe it went by so quickly. And I am looking forward to next year.
I am still stitching. Here is another Bemt Creek finish.

Thanks for traveling with me. I miss all of my blog friends. Now and then I have time to look at blogs but I am not reading them consistently and I feel like I have not been a good friend. I am sorry.

Hugs!
Chris

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chart Winners & Nebraska

Hello! 
   Happy Friday! Thank you for all the interest in the charts that I have to pass along. I used the Random number generator and the winners are as follows..
Annette from California wins the Good Luck chart from SB.
Beth from Garden Grumbles wins the Liberty chart from Bent Creek.
Please send me your snail mail addresses so that I can mail these off.
  Last week I was in Omaha & Lincoln, NE. I have never been to Nebraska before and was very excited to visit.
These beautiful spring planters were at the airport.
This is the Bob Kerry Peddestrian Bridge that spans the Missouri River.
In the middle of the span is the line between Nebraska and Iowa. 
2 states at once! Ha!
I did walk all the way to the other side so that I could say that I did visit Iowa. 
   The next morning I got up early and walked around the lake at the Chalco Hills Recreation area.
Pretty morning colors.
Just me and the deer.
And a heron.
It is 6+ miles around the lake. What a gorgeous park.
  After the walk I had to work. I really wish that I had more time to explore Lincoln. The Haymarket area had a lot of cool restaurants.
I did run in here and picked up some treats for Rich and my Mom.
It was a quick trip to Nebraska. I would like to visit again. It is not an easy place to get to. My travel home on Saturday was long and I had to fly through Orlando.  I really don't like my job on days like that. I was too aggravated and tired to stitch. I also missed having some fun on Friday with Rich. He had a truck rally in town and they convoyed to dinner Friday night. Rich lead the convoy behind the police escort.
  
 This is my current travel piece. I am enjoying working my way through my Bent Creek kits.
  Rich and I are making vacation plans for the fall. It looks like we will visit Austin and San Antonio. Ant advice on what to see or do is welcome!
   Where will you be traveling this year? I hope to travel with many of you via your blogs.

Stitch On!

Chris

  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NC & KS

Good Morning!
  I have been back to Asheville and to Kansas the past couple of weeks.
  Asheville is always nice to visit. After work one night I went to explore the Grove Park Inn.
I am so glad that I did. I walked around and admired the view...
Since it was so lovely I dicided to stay on the property for dinner.
What a beautiful evening.
Last week it was back to Kansas. After my flight got in I stopped to have lunch at the City Market in Kansas City and was thrilled that this museum was part of the complex.
The Arabia was a steamboat that went down in the Missouri River in 1856. It was fully loaded with supplies for 6 stores up the river. Nothing was salvaged after it snagged because it sunk into the sand and mud and a day later only the smokestacks were visible. 
It was found in a cornfield in 1987.
Look at all that was on board.
I love those glass canisters.
Readymade clothes , bolts of fabric, wool, hats...
Every sort of household hardware.
Button, pins and needles.
And so much more. It is the largest collection of pre civil war items. 
If you have the chance to visit, do it!
When in Kansas you have to have BBQ. This is from Bobby D's in Emporia, KS. Yum.
I had to take a picture of this guy.
This is my current travel project. Some more Bent Creek Stitching.

So we are caught up!
I hope that you are having a great week!

I will draw names Sunday for the charts in the last post.

Have some fun this week!

Chris