I need to continuously remind myself of the first button on the sidebar of this-here blog. I know I can be hard on myself for not blogging as often as I want to, or think I should. What I really don't like is when I don't have enough time to visit your blogs!
We have been busy here since returning home from the Tree Of Life Samplings retreat in Indiana. Masterchief's son came to visit and stayed with us for a few days. This was a very special treat because they haven't seen each other for nearly ten years and this was the first time for me to meet him.
I got a bit of stitching done while he was here though as I tried to allow the two of them time together to catch up.
I started Land Of The Free, designed by Kimberly Meuller.
I am using all the recommended threads but I didn't have the exact linen on hand so I'm using something very close to it, 36 count Mineral Ice from Sassy's Fabbys. The houses will take some time to finish but I am really enjoying it so far.
I have so many pictures to put on this post. I will just put a brief description on them to try and keep it short and sweet......
|Pinkeep, scissor fob and needle book all designed by Jan from Tree of Life Samplings for the retreat|
|Finding treasures in a grab bag I purchased|
|Guess how many buttons?|
|I asked Masterchief's opinion and he helped me guess the closest number. I won a Vera Bradley bag!|
|Trimmings and threads from my retreat projects. Yes, I cleaned up my mess when I finished.|
|Mary shows us her WIP. She stitches so beautifully!|
|Jan is counting how many turtles I devoured that night. Well I can't be in my jammies without a little chocolate!|
|TOLS retreat gang|
|Me with Jan Alexander, (Tree Of Life Samplings)|
|Me and Megan, Jan's daughter|
|Candace and Wendy. We were really working this frame thing!|
|Masterchief helps Jan date one of her jars. She is a collector of Ball jars too!|
|Jan and I look through some of the magazines and charts I bought at her shop|
I am so glad my Masterchief went along for this retreat. He not only did ALL of the driving but was a wonderful photographer for us! Thanks Honey!!
A big thank you to Jan for having this retreat. It was my first one ever and I had a blast! I sat between Jan and her daughter Megan and it was just as if we were family. Love you girls!!
While in Indiana, Masterchief and I found an antique mall and came away with a few goodies.
|Cast iron Mr. Peanut bank|
|Old dress patterns that will look great in my stash cupboard|
|A pretty champagne glass (even though I don't like champagne, I still had to have it!)|
|An adorable tea cup. I love the decoration around the inside rim|
|A few more blue willow plates and a small bowl to add to my collection|
WHEW!! I think this has to be right up there among the longest posts for me! We took so many pictures. I tried to choose the best ones. If there are any that the retreat girls think I might have that you want, please email me and I'll do my best to find it.
If you stuck it out till the end of this post you deserve a reward! I picked up a few things while at the retreat to offer in a giveaway. If you are interested in a few patterns etc...to add to your stash, leave a comment on this post only telling me so, (if you don't tell me you want to be entered in the giveaway I will assume you aren't interested.) I am not exactly sure when I will draw a name though. There are a few irons just waiting to be thrown in the fire here and I don't want to pin down a date if I don't think I can stick to it. I will just say it might be one week....or it might be two. OOhhhhh....I love a mystery, don't you?
Thank you BIG BUNCHES for visiting my blog today! I appreciate your sweet comments too.