Thursday, June 25, 2015

One Lovely Blogger Award


Dear Annette over at the California Stitcher nominated me for this award back at the end of April. Thank you Annette! I know that many of you have posted 7 things about yourselves and I have enjoyed getting to know more about my blog buddies. Since I am so late to the game I am just going to do the 7 things and ask anyone that hasn't participated in this to go ahead and grab the award and do a post. You are all brave and inspiring to me!

So... here we go....

1-I met Rich at Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT. It was the 80's, 1986 to be exact....almost 30 years ago....

2-I was born a couple of weeks early, actually it was 9 months and 6 days after my parents wedding. I was jaundiced and had to have a blood transfusion. I try and give blood on a regular basis since I was a recipient and have a - blood type.

3- I consider myself to be a shy person( there are many who would disagree with this statement).

4-Since Rich and I have been married we have had the following cats...
Millie Peanut
Smokey
Belle
Cookie Boy(she was a girl and the vet's office always just called her Cookie and it irritated me)
Lexie( one of the Big Girls)
Sable(the other Big Girl)
Binx
Beau
I would love to have a dog but Rich and I are not home enough to properly care for one. If I have the chance to visit with a friend who has a dog I am very happy.
5-I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It is my favorite sweet. Vickie took me out for some amazing frozen custard in Milwaukee. I also love this ice cream, http://www.graeters.com/.

6- I would love to do a walking holiday in England.

7-I am a floss licker.

So there you have it.

Thanks for visiting!

Chris

Monday, June 8, 2015

Milwaukee, Bangor, Savannah, Arizona, Samplers, Friends, Hiking & Baseball

Hello!
   I thought that I was caught up there for a brief moment but time has wizzed by so here we are in the middle of June.
   From my title you can tell that I have been pretty busy. Are you ready to catch up?
   After leaving Pennsylvania it was off to Milwaukee for a Monday event.
Milwaukee looks beautiful from here! I had some trouble with my rental car booking but Roxanne at the National counter in Milwaukee fixed everything for me and greeted me with a hug.
Then there was this little guy to greet me in my room.. Another first that made me smile.
The next morning I remembered that Vickie from a Stitcher's Story was from Wisconsin so with some quick phone calls we arranged to meet up that evening. 
Here we are! I was so honored to meet Vickie and her entire family.
She gifted me with this wonderful bookmark that she made...see Beau & Binx? And of course green is my favorite color. Thank you Vickie! I am enjoying using it.
Vickie and I went out to eat at a local place since she knows how much I enjoy doing that and boy was I in for a treat. This is red raspberry custard with fresh red raspberries in it. Yum!
   What a wonderful evening Vickie! I hope that we can do it again sometime. Thank You!
I also had the chance to go see a little of Lake Michigan. This lighthouse is gorgeous.
Beautiful!
 Thank you Milwaukee for wonderful people, perfect weather and for being so beautiful.
  Next stop...
If you have the chance to visit New England this is a must! It is an amazing exhibit.
Portland, ME samplers.
Canterbury, NH samplers...
The museum will be publishing a catalog for the exhibit and you can contact them to be put on the list. My regret is that I could only spend a short amount of time during my lunch break before heading up 95 to...
I am learning to set up the computers at our new locations and was in Maine to get some more practice.
I also had the chance to catch up with an old friend from High School...
One of my Maine family..
And Paul...
The Bangor classic sandwich..
With this view for lunch. This used to be the lumber capital of the world and this river was filled with schooners and other ships. It must have been incredible to see.
  Then it was back to NC for Memorial Day Weekend.
   Saturday we went to see the 611. She has just been fully restored and was getting ready to go back home to Roanoke, VA.
What an amazining steam engine!
On Sunday we went up to Eden, NC for an 11 mile canoe trip.
So peaceful!
Apparently Rich and I paddle fast.... I think that I only know one speed. It was lovely day.
   Next stop.. Savannah, GA.
I took an early morning walk...
Beautiful old city...
I was also fortunate to meet up with my friends Karen & Sherry.
I had worked with Karen when I was sent to Hawaii 6 years ago with CVS.
We went to a ball game... The Sand Gnats won! Woohoo! Hopefully they will make it to NC one of these days.
The weekend after Savannah I picked up 2 pieces from the framers. This is Marietta Stebbins. She is a Deerfield, MA reproduction.
This is summer tribute by Stacey Nash. So nice to have them home and on the walls.
   Next stop... Arizona.
I got to revisit Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ. So beautiful!
Sunscreen is my friend... And if I have to have sun screen it might as well have a minion on it....
Cactus bloom.
Hiking in Sabino Canyon in Tucson.
Stitching at the Attic in Mesa, AZ.
Am I lucky or what? I had a wonderful evening stitching with everyone there.
So, I think we are caught up!

Thank you for traveling with me and your friendship!

Chris

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