We had made plans that I would pick up L-bug on the way up. The meeting spot was just a few exits from the Fairfield IKEA exit! Since I was doing quite a bit better on time than I had hoped, I had to stop in to look for some Cloudberry Jam!
So I left IKEA with a nice photo of a clear blue sky with the Swedish flag flanked by the US and the Ohio ditto. Very pretty!
The new and hot stuff from the Nashville market was on display. Hard to ignore...SamSarah's R is for Robin (I hope that I will be able to start stitching on that in a month or so - it is just adorable! And yes, I did get the button pack, complete with worm-buttons! LOL)..
There was a huge floss wall, piles and piles of frames and a bunch of adorable accessories. As you can see, L-bug was as pleased with the selection as I was!
As mentioned in the post before this, we were greeted by kittens when we arrived at my In-Laws. My MIL welcomed us with open arms and four 1-week old kittens. Two of them did not even have their eyes open yet! The were all just dropped off at the animal shelter where she volunteers. The staff told her that they'll survive if they survive, but MIL didn't like that and brought them home so that she could bottle-feed them every few hours. She named them Eeney, Meeney, Miney and Moe. LOL I was pretty sure that Eeney would not make it over night, but last we spoke, he was better than fine, so that is great! It's not for nothing that MIL was crowned Volunteer of the Month at the shelter last month!
All four are boys, by the way. FIL was clearly not thrilled about all the extra pets that landed in the living-room, but as long as they don't stay for too long he'll stand it.
This is Meeney making it out of the basket onto the slick sofa.
After a visit to the lake - it was incredibly cold and windy! - and dinner at the Golf Club, it was straight to be to gather energy for an early morning and a long day of stitching.
This is our hostess for our Patricks Woods weekend, Rose. She is the sweetest lady and had planned and taken care of everything you can possible think of, from food, to payment and shipment of pre-stitch kits.
I loved that we started off both days with a really nice breakfast (I am still in awe) and let me just say that her egg-casserole is fabulous! She shared the recipe, so it'll be real interesting to see if I can duplicate the yumminess. I must also say that I was so impressed with the help she got from her husband. Not only did he sleep in a recliner down in the basements (together with the cats, since Sherri is allergic to cats) to make room for some extra over-night guests, but he also helped in the kitchen, heating up food and loading the dish-washer. I have a feeling that my DH would be MIA in a similar situation at our house... just sayin'!
Rose is a very accomplished stitcher and has displayed many of her samplers around the house. The sampler she is standing next to was the first she ever stitched! Quite a challenging first sampler, don't you think?
Oh, and did I mention that Rose is a published designer!? Shows up that I have stitched a number of designs from her company Tomorrow's Antiques. We got to see all of them in person during the weekend (Rose's friends insisted that she'd show them to us - I am so glad that they did), so now I will have to get the kits I don't have - especially the snow-flake!
I also want to tell you that some of the other ladies spoiled us with sweet gifts that went with the theme of each class. We got buttons and button-headed pins during the Sunday class and we were spoiled with a beautiful and very useful home-designed and printed note-book for the Blue Ribbon Sewing Box class. I don't have a photo of the treats now, but I'll try to show you in an upcoming post.
We did also get to spend time with the sweet dogs of the house. The house rule is that Ozzie is not allowed on the couch. He gets away with a technicality; Rose is under him, not the couch!
Below is a photo of the beautiful and canine lady of the house. She got abandoned after she was too old to race on the tracks, so Rose and her husband rescued her. She was a great champion in her days and won several racing competitions. Now she is 14 years old and lives the comfortable life. Rose told me that she has run off from home twice and both times she was found running around the horse tracks! Racing is obviously in her blood and her backbone.
I am sooo jealous of Rose's fantastic sun-room. I want a sun-room! I love the way it has been decorated - Isn't this the coolest shelf!? I am a sucker for stained glass and this is such a neat idea.
Enjoying breakfast in the sun-room!
Rose gave me the green lights to show her samplers and stitched pieces to you, so sit back and enjoy!
This is an old Birds of a Feather sampler (Happy Hearts Sampler).
Another classic BOAF; Sally Spencer.
The sampler wall in the sun-room:
The beautiful boxes, idea courtesy of The Twisted Stitcher.
Display case with all kinds of goodies. Merry Cox, Lauren Sauer, Leslie Rudnicki, and many more designers' pieces have been gathered here. Note the pretty Liberty Hill box on the floor.
Our second day carried with is an extra treat in the form of Jane and her pickle tree. What is so incredible about this tree is not all the beautiful ornaments, but the fact that Jane made all of them (except one) all by herself. She does have a much more extensive collection at home; this tree is only for the small pickles. It looks very festive, don't you think? (I found this article about the myth of the pickle, by the way. I have no clue whether the contents of the article is accurate or not, but an interesting read nevertheless.)
One of many beautifully beaded pickles:
A large button pickle, another beaded version, one made from green bottle glass and one made with felt:
Semi-precious stone and a felt pickle with some gorgeous beaded leaves in the foreground. The latter ornament was made by Jane after a beading class were she learned how to make these leaves.
Another button pickle, complete with curly tendrils:
The tree was admired by all.
Once again it is well past my bed-time so I'd better get off this computer. I just wanted to share some of the beautiful things we were treated to over our class weekend.
Take care and hang in there - it is almost weekend!