Saturday, May 3, 2014

How Time Flies...

Greetings Friends,

It is hard to believe May is here and it has been so long since I've updated my blog.  Thanks for sticking with me during my absence. 

During Spring Break my friend Marsha and I made the 10 hour drive to Minnesota to mark a shop off our bucket list.  We visited Stitchville USA and it was definitely worth the drive.  I was so busy shopping I didn't take many pictures but I did get a few of the shop.  Their website boast 4,200 square feet of cross stitch heaven and over 1,000 framed models. 
They did not disappoint.  Marsha and I walked around for nearly an hour with our mouths agape.  Then we got down to business.  In all, I think we spent about 8 hours (with a quick break for lunch) wondering around admiring the models, enjoying the wall of fabric and filling our baskets with goodies to take home. 

On the stitching front, I couldn't take it any longer and ordered from the Scarlet Letter.  I've admired several from the web and decided I needed to start And All Was for An Appil.  I've finished the outline, now I get to add color.

I also jumped on the Snooty Parrots wagon.  I love this sampler.

One of the things I picked up at Stitchville was a piece of 45 ct. linen (well, more than one but this is what I used first :).  I decided to stitch Carriage House Sampling's The Birds & The Bees on it.  It's tiny, but so far so good.

Here's a birthday gift I sent over the pond to a great friend.

Here are a couple of pieces I finished stitching and haven't finished yet. 

And here is a piece I stitched and finished for a 
Valentine's Day Exchange with my buddy Karen.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope Spring has finally made it to your neck of the woods.  The coming week is supposed to be glorious.  Think it may be time for " porch stitchin' ".

Keep on stitchin,


Mouse said...

ohhh wow I am jealous of such a wonderful shop .... its almost like harrogate in one shop
love your new starts and your wee gifts :) hope you have a very happy stitchy week :) love mouse xxxx

Chris said...

So nice to see an update! What a great roadtrip. All of your projects look wonderful!

Vickie said...

I would love to get to Stitchville one day too! Awesome. You have many great pieces going on. :)

Robin said...

What wonderful projects you have created and/or working on, Nan! Glad spring has arrived in your neck of the woods!

Robin in Virginia

Fiona said...

Great stitching, the birthday gift sits pride of place on my sewing table and is so pretty and the perfect colours. Your shopping trip looks amazing.

Annette-California said...

Beautiful new sampler wips. I love the snooty parrot you stitched, such pretty colors. oooh shopping for new stash and a store on your list of must sees - fantastic. Great finishes too! Yes we are having lovely weather. Wow 45ct linen, good for you. love Annette

cucki said...

Wow great update..beautiful stitching..
Big hugs x

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Good to hear from you and see some of your pretty stitching!

Marsha said...

I Totally forgot about the banding. I had wanted to get some. Next time.......when we fly.