Saturday, March 21, 2015

Where To Start??

Tap, Tap, Tap....Anyone out there? Forgive me for being absent, not replying to comments, peeking at your blogs and not commenting. I really hate the fact that I have not been able to balance my time to be a good blogger. I keep hoping!

Thank you everyone for your interest in re-homing these charts. I used the random number generator to pick the following recipients of the charts...

Shepherd's Bush Forget Me Not- Sally-http://stitchingplace.blogspot.com
Bent Creek 123 Blackbird- Robin in Virginia ( miss your blog!)
Bent Creek Zippies Snowman- Frances-http://asymphonyofstitches.blogspot.com
   Go visit Frances blog, she is having a great giveaway!

Please send me your addresses and I will get these charts mailed off next Saturday!

So I last posted on 3/4/15....where have I been?  Warning! Photo Heavy!
 Blacksburg, VA for work...I think that this is the last snow that I will see this year.
 The Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild  had a meeting at a member's home. We were joined by member's of the Charlotte Sampler Guild.
 Cissy shared her lovely collection of antiques with us.
 Then it was off to Pittsburgh for meetings with the implementation team. The sales team were having meetings too so there was bowling that night.
 Then there was more bowling... as a kick of to Rich's birthday celebrations I took him bowling. It is something that we never do so it was an adventure.
 See that last frame? Why can't I always do that?
Usually we go somewhere for the weekend for Rich's birthday but I was leaving town on Sunday so we stayed local.
 For his birthday we picked up a cooler that he has been talking about for a year.
For lunch Rich chose The Big Burger Spot in Greensboro. My friends had told me about this place and it was definitely yummy! After that we finally went to see American Sniper. What a powerful movie!
 On Sunday Susan and I headed up the road for the  textile conference at Colonial Williamsburg.  Our first stop was at The Black Sheep. I love this quirky place. We met up with our friend Mary Ann before heading the rest of the way to Williamsburg.
 Susan and I also stopped at The Proper Pie for a slice. Yummo! Needless to say we skipped going out for dinner.
 The series of lectures were wonderful. I love learning about samplers, the makers and the teachers. There were also lectures on clothing, quilts and coverlets. We also had the chance to see many wonderful examples from the Williamsburg's collection.
Treasures....
Then of course there was the chance to see and catch up with friends! 
More mayhem!
Kathy from Pennsylvania gifted me with this lovely stitched pocket and ornament. So sweet!
Hampton Inn has a sense of humor. I pointed out the mustaches on the cups to Susan and she came back with this ensemble the next morning. More fun!
So from Williamsburg it was off to...
Phoenix!
So nice to see some cactus blooms!
Amazing!
So besides wonderful flowers, when you go to this area and you are a stitcher.... you go to The Attic!
Such an amazing shop!
And since it was stitch in night and you never know who you may run in to... Dani! from Black Belt Stitching was there with her friends. What a treat to meet her in person and also her stitching friends! Every Thursday The Attic has stitch in from 4 to 8. Stitching and shopping? What could be better?
One of the store's wall of models, so inspiring.
Kathy was putting the final beads on this amazing Chatelaine piece. The picture does not do this justice.
I also had a couple of wonderful meals in Phoenix. Rich and I definitely need to come back and spend more time in Arizona, and maybe see the the Grand Canyon!
 I also left Arizona with a couple more things...
 This is on my back...
And my ankle is quite puffy. The shoes are cute though!

There was some stashing and stitching but I will save that for my next post!

Happy Spring my Friends!!

Chris

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Road Work

Hello my Friends!
   How is your week going? Thank you for your visits and comments. You guys are the best!
   So... Road work...
Not this type, but what is in my travel stitching bag. 
Binx wants to know. Also I need to do some housekeeping. That pink liner is flaking off...messy.
  So let's take a look inside.
Some floss for an ornament that I am working on, my orts (I will add those to this years ort jar), needles, an anniversary card from my husband, a finished Bent Creek piece...
3 pairs of scissors, a finished Shepherd's Bush piece, a little stitched chicken from a friend, a Heart and Hand kit, nail file...there are also note cards and stamps. 
  So now I only have 1 pair of scissors with me. I took out the finished pieces.
I have some charts to pass on. Let me know if you are interested in one of them and I will pop it in the mail. If more than one person is interested I will draw a name.

So what is your "road work" ?

Safe Travels!

Chris


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