I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Shepherd's Bush Retreat 2012

Janie and I drove up to Ogden to Shepherd's Bush Tuesday for the Birthday Open House and Wednesday for the Retreat Open House.  Suffice to say that we did our best to help the economy with these trips.  www.shepherdsbush.net

We also stopped at Jill Rensel's studio on Wednesday for her open house and so I could buy a couple of mats for 2 of my Shepherd's Bush samplers.  They are absolutely gorgeous and well worth it.  Fortunately we had the address and my GPS because the only sign that it was her studio was a tiny little sign on the glass by the door.   http://renselstudio.blogspot.com/

All along the streets of Ogden are these beautifully painted horses.  This is one outside of the Red Rooster where we had lunch.  http://roostersbrewingco.com/

One of Jill Rensel's staff recommended this place along with their signature appetizer - What a Crock.  It was a combination of eight different cheeses, roasted garlic, artichoke heart, crab and spinach.  It was garlically delicious!

We said a fond farewell to Janie's Mom, then headed up the mountain to Park City to the retreat resort where we met up with our friends Tamara and Lisa.  We are staying in a really nice 2 bedroom condo with one of the bedrooms being it's own little mini suite with a kitchenette and double doors with their own locks.  Janie threatened to lock me out of the main suite if I didn't behave. 

Thursday we visited the retreat shop and did more damage to our pocket books.  There will be alot of show and tell when we return. 

We registered and received our welcome packet in the afternoon which included a very nice bag that we can individualize with a selection of motifs that were designed by each of the retreat designers. 

At the end of the afternoon, each of the designers presented the piece that they will be teaching.  This is a teaser of the Shepherd's Bush sampler that we will be taking the class on Saturday.

Thursday evening was the "Great Cookie Swap" which included various make it and take it smalls for our sewing tin. 

Friday morning was our first class with Charland.  It is a lovely Christmas themed stitcher's roll.  This is the front of the case.  I have finished the piece from the last retreat and this one will be even more of a challenge to assemble than the last one. 

This is a picture of Charland and her daughter Sidney displaying the inside of the piece.  This is Charland's last retreat and we will miss her greatly.  It has been a privilege to take classes from her.

  Well, that's all for now.  We have another ckass this evening with Cici from the Thread Gatherer, then 2 more classes tomorrow - one with Tina and Teri from Shepherd's Bush, and one with Paulette from Plum Street Samplers. 

More later - Sue and Janie

Monday, September 24, 2012

On the Way to the Shepherd's Bush Retreat 2012

September 22 to 24, 2012

Janie and I left Saturday morning at way dark thirty (5:30 AM) on our way to Salt Lake City Utah.  Our first stop was Titus Pastry Shop, a traditional stop for their most delicious doughnuts.  I'm not big on sweets, but these are the best!  Homemade icing and filled with the best cream and custard!  They do not skimp on the filling. 

While I do not have picture of the doughnuts, there was a very peculiar sign at the end of the line.  Most of the time when you see a sign like this, it is for a missing pet...but no, there is a stolen lawn ornament about that someone is missing terribly.  This was our first laugh of the day.  We wish his rightful owner the best in getting him back. 

The next big stop of the drive was the I-80 Truck Stop - HUGE truck stop just inside of Iowa with shops and fast food galore.  Janie snapped a photo from her new iPhone 5 that arrived just in time for the big trip.  (She threatened that we were not leaving until it arrived).

I introduced Janie to her first app for her iPhone - Gas Buddy.  This has been a great help in finding the cheapest gas along the route. 

Janie made reservations for our first evenings stay at the Best Western in Kearney, NE.  She did this as they have a nice breakfast to get us started on they way for day 2's drive with make your own waffles...Yum. 

Another traditional stop along the way is Taco Time in Rock Springs, WY.  There is only one East of the Mississippi (in Goshen, IN - another story perhaps someday on that one). 

We have had MANY laughs along the way as well as listening to 60's and 70's music throughout the trip out.  We've traveled a little over 1500 miles so far with Sue driving the whole way by herself - with the exception of the last little bit up the hill to Janie's Mom's house which is quite steep, windy-twisty and a tighter squeeze than I'm used to to get into the garage.  I didn't intend to drive all the way, but some reason I just kept driving and then it became a mission since Janie wouldn't let me drive at all on the way out during the trip out 2 years ago.  :)  I will happily share the driving duties for the remainder of the trip, so no worries.

This is the beautiful view out of the living room - it's going to be a rainy day, but gives you a taste if what we have to enjoy during the first leg of our journey.