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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Four Days Uninterrupted Stitching!

Hi all - I am finally getting myself back down into the basement (it is cold and we have mice down here - ugh!!!) to share last weekends retreat experience with you.
It was wonderful!  We had such a great time together and we got so much done and we were spoiled rotten!  Since it's late, I'll let the pictures do the talking!

Gift from my friends!
From Bunny^Hop - she felted the adorable basket by herself!  It is just too cute!
 From Big Dog - a wonderful pin-cushion (it is even cuter in real life!):
From the Retreat Host-family - a bunch of super cool kits:
 From myself .... ;-)  (I was actually pretty pleased that I bought so little, so I almost fell over backwards when I heard the total....):
The stack of goodies in the last photo is easily explainable - check out the 6 (!) trunk-shows squeezed into the temporary cross-stitch store!
Homespun Elegance - my favorite!
  The Workbasket - love this stuff!
Another favorite - JBW Designs:
The store was crowded!

We checked out our friend's finished pieces and super-finds:

We checked out each others WIPS:
Check out L-bugs fabulous progress here
The pattern is a free 2012 SAL by Ellen Maurer-Stroh - you can down-load this Biedermeier style sampler charts here.  Yep, it is on my To-Do-"I-Wish-I-Had-More-Time" list....  I got the linen over the weekend... ;-)  (Speaking of Biedermeier samplers, check out this one by Romy in Austria.  She pulled together this sampler by herself by adding motifs to her growing sampler.  Isn't it just gorgeous!?)

Compared sizes.... (Sandy Orton's American Sampler WIP on 25 ct and 40 ct - yes, I know that I am behind!!!! LOL)

We were more or less serious about stitching!  Bzz*Bzz*Bee is 100% prepped and ready to go!
B#1 (aka Froggie) & B#2 take time to laugh:
 We stitched until we dropped, took a power-nap, and got back to work!

We all got a lot of stitching done.  Here is my tally for the weekend -
EH 1669 - Before: 
After (yep - too lazy to iron before the shoot...):
 The Hillside Samplings Folk Art Needle Box is finished!  (...at least the stitching part...)
 ...and a new start! - CRC carrots (leaflets 241 through 243.  Note how cheap I am with my linen)
Funny, since I brought the charts, floss and linen form home and it shows up that these CEC carrots were on display in the store.  I need to find a cute tree to display all my junk in too!

Other "important updates" - lookie what I won on E-bay:
Some vintage and very pretty strawberries from eastern Europe for my mini glam-tree!

I also have a super-lame new start (a total of 19 stitches): Altona wool cross-stitch from Fremme.

Well, it seems to be quite a bit past my bed-time again.  Time for some sleep so that I'll have another productive day in the lab!  Things are actually working well right now, so that is a novel feeling.... LOL

Take care and Happy Stitching,


  1. hello dear, i can see it is looks like alot of fun..glad you had a wonderful time..
    very lovely gifts..i love pin cushion so much..cute..
    sweetest stash..i love everything so much..
    lovely photos..all the finishes are so sweet..
    keep well dear and happy stitching xx

  2. Wow! What a weekend!
    Your stitching progress looks great and what wonderful stash.

  3. So much eye candy! Looks like a really fun weekend for sure! Love all the projects and all the pics!

  4. What a fun weekend! I wish I had been there with you : ) Blessings, Shirlee

  5. I see you had a great time! I love all your new stash, the carrots you are stitching are so cute and the way they are displayed in the store is a very good idea.

    Have a good day!

  6. Såå mycket fint, som vanligt! Imponerade med alla vackra mönster och timmar som ligger bakom för att få dem att växa fram! Verkar som ni hade himla kul!
    Puss syster, längtar

  7. I think you were very restrained with your purchases considering all the temptation!! What a fantastic weekend!

  8. how can you moan about the wee mice's HUH ????? and lovely stitching with every one and all their progresses its great to see other stitchers and ooooo nice stash and goodies too:) love mouse xxxx


  10. Whoah!!! Stitching overload. I'd go hog wild in that place, hehehehe.

    Glad you had a great time.

  11. OMG, it must have been heaven!!

  12. It was great to see the pics from the retreat. I had a great time and enjoyed hanging out with you and the girls.

  13. Looks like you had a fantastic time at the retreat, and I'm amazed at how restrained you were with the stash acquisition. Those trunk shows look wonderful.

  14. Wow!! It looks like an amazing weekend. I loved seeing all the projects and the pics of the trunk shows! Nice WIPs, too.


  16. The Stitch A-Way looked fabulous! I was admiring the pictures and noticed that two of your friends have a clamp style wooden table frame. Do you have any idea what the make and model is?