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-
Bent Creek 123 Blackbird- Robin in Virginia ( miss your blog!)
Bent Creek Zippies Snowman- Frances-
   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.
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...
So nice to see some cactus blooms!
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!!



Robin said...

Wow, Chris! What adventures you have had! Hope your ankle is less puffy and the bruise on your back gone!

Robin in Virginia

PS I can't believe I won the chart. Off to email you!

Ranae said...

Wow, what a fun time, especially at the attic. I can't seem to balance my time either, thanks for sharing

Brigitte said...

Oh wow, what a busy life you live. And so full of all kinds of adventures. So much fun at Williamsburg and in Arizona meeting up with stitching friends.

Justine said...

Such a lot of news! How funny that you bumped into Dani. The stitch in every week sounds dangerous for pockets!
It takes time to read and comment on blogs. I find if I don't keep up I can soon really fall behind and have hundreds of posts in my blog reader.

Vickie said...

Adventurous! Such neat pictures Chris. Love that you met Dani and Kathy.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Balancing time is so hard Chris but I think sometimes you just have to go with the flow as they say. I'm sure things will slow down for you at some point and you can get back to stitching and blogging. I enjoyed seeing the cactus photos.

Margaret said...

I love seeing what you've been up to! It's so nice that you weren't JUST working too. Ouch on your injuries though! Hope they are going away! I so want to go to the Attic. And Williamsburg! What a treat! And flowering cacti! Wow! Anyway, this was a treat. No worries on the blogging. We miss you, but we understand!

Anne said...

Great to see a post from you Chris! You had a lot of adventures since the last post. The trip to the Williamsburg looks amazing! How lucky you are to see all of those gorgeous samplers! The Attic! Eek! I saw Dani's photos from there. So great you got to see her and all that stash to buy...sigh! Hugs from me and Titus!

Cindy's Stitching said...

What a nice post. You travel to so many places. lots of stitching and food always included, what could be better. How nice you got to meet up with Dani.

SusanS said...

Thanks for a fabulous trip to Williamsburg! Looking forward to the next road trip. ��

Melody said...

What wonderful adventures!! I'm envious. I would love to go to the Attic and back to Williamsburg. How wonderful that you got to do both.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Hey Chris, I love going on travels with you. Such interesting places and fun times! Some day I hope to get to see The Attic. Hope your bumps and bruises are all gone now. Don't be too sure about not seeing more snow this season if you're traveling: they're predicting 1-2 inches tonight for Chicago, and I've heard that the northeast has had more this week.

Beth said...

You certainly are seeing America with all your business travels. Have you kept track of how many different states you've been to since you started? I am glad that you are having 'fun times' mixed in with all your business travels.

diamondc said...

Oh Chris: How wonderful for you to meet fellow bloggers.
The cactus are beautiful.
Rich looks so excited about his new cooler, Happy Birthday to him.
Love this post.


The Inspired Stitcher said...

What fun adventures you've been on! Sorry to hear you acquired some ouchies along the way. Hope you have a good week.

Annette-California said...

Oh my goodness!! Wonderful post! I am so thrilled you got to meet Dani in person! WOW!!! How fun! How amazing you got to see some examples from the Williamsburg collection!
Lovely to see you post! love Annette

Sally said...

What a wonderful post Chris. Sorrt about your ankle though. Hope it heals soon.

I have just emailed you. So excited to have the chart :)

Anna van Schurman said...

Looks like you've been having fun except for the injuries. What the heck did you do?! Hope it's all healed up now.

Julie said...

Fun and busy times. How lovely to get to meet Dani in person.

Anonymous said...

It's so cool that you got to meet Dani. I might get my chance this summer.