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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Garden Picture Walk

Here are some spring photos from my garden this year...

Flowering Crab Bush
Daisies Going Crazy
Columbine Gone Wild - see the tiny little starts in the center...
Roses getting ready to bloom
My first rose for the year

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Fine and Fancy Tulip Tray

I'm a bit behind with this posting.  In March, I had the pleasure of taking two classes with Sherri Jones for her weekend with the High Grove Stitchers hosted by Nancy Piercy.  This was my first class with Sherri and she did not disappoint.  Pre-stitching was required for this class and I am happy to report that I had all of my pre-stitching completed for this piece.  In fact, one of the five pockets I stitched twice as I mistakenly stitched the wings of the swan in Tent Stitch instead of the charted Wide Gobelin.  I decided to forge ahead and see if I liked the wings any better when I got to the Pyn Cushion and Needle Case.  The Wide Gobelin made a huge difference in the texture of the wings, making it look like there were feathers.  Fortunately I had enough linen left over to re-stitch the panel over using the correct stitch.  

Here is the finished tray... 

...and here is the finished tray along with the Pyn Cushion, Pyn Tower, Tulip Needle Case and Velvet Berry.  

I also took her Lounging Hare class; however I have nothing to report there.  I have been busy with other projects including pre-stitching for another class so I have not had a chance to stitch any more for Lounging Hare.  

Best Stitches,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

50th Anniversary Trip ~ Longaberger, More Needlework, Antiques and then home!

The final leg of our 50th Anniversary trip started on Thursday, April 30th.  We headed up to the Longaberger Homestead for shopping and basket making.  We had always wanted to go, and it was less than an hour's drive north of I-70.  I searched online and saw that they were running a special on Thursdays for their make it yourself baskets.  We arrived in the afternoon and made an appointment for 2:30 so we could grab a bite of lunch at the cafe'.  The basket we chose was the Small Storage Solutions Basket which measures 10 3/4” long x 9 3/4” wide x 4 3/4” high and has leather handles.  We were able to choose our own colors for the middle section weave and the top band.  My favorite color combination is purple and sage.  We were also able to customize with tack jackets.  They had started the bottom of the basket for us and got us started with the weaving of the sides.  Our guide finished off the top band while we each hammered in the tacks along with the "Bee" tack jackets.  I think it turned out really well for my first time ever with basket weaving.  

We also added the tag "Happy Anniversary" in honor of the trip!

We stayed the night in Hebron, Ohio where we found a nice family run restaurant for dinner.  On Friday, we continued our drive West to visit our 3rd needlework shop of the trip to Cross My Heart in Columbus, OH and then ventured on to the final stop of the trip to Heart of Ohio Antique Center.  This antique mall boasts 116,000 square feet of goodies for us to peruse.  We made it through the entire place in just a few hours.  We each found some choice pieces of glass.  This was my haul for the day - seven pieces of glass for just $34.  

We made it home before dark, unpacked the car and called it a very successful trip!  Overall we traveled about 2000 miles and a wonderful time was had by both!!!

Best stitches,

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

50th Anniversary Trip ~ Littlestown and Gettysburg

The next part of our trip was set to travel to Littletown, Pa when my ancestors settled in 1735.  My 8th great-grandfather traveled from Germany and settled in Germantown, PA in the late 1600's and moved his family to York County in 1735 in order to purchase farm land.  Through a genealogy paper I received from my Mom many years ago, I was able to track the location of the grave of my 7th great grandfather in Christ Church cemetery near Littlestown through Find-a-Grave.com.  I was also able to obtain a copy of a 600 + page book of the family line that provided maps of the family farms.  Here are some of the pictures from that part of the trip:

Site of the original church preserved in the form of a park

Current church 

Preserved tombstone of my 7th great grandfather.
The text is in German

Another family member dating back to 1826 ~
text is also in German.  

Revolutionary War honor is placed on both of their graves

In addition, I snagged some phlox growing wild in the grass near my 7th great grandfather's grave that I am planting in my garden.

We left Littlestown to continue our journey on to Gettysburg.  We started with the visitor's center and watched the film, viewed the cyclorama, and went through the museum.  The best part was the cyclorama which was painted after the Civil War and opened to the public in Chicago in 1883.  Here are a couple of photos and the link for information on the painting - www.nps.gov/gett/learn/historyculture/gettysburg-cyclorama.htm  

We then headed out for the driving tour of the battlefield.  Here are a few of my favorite photos.  

Tomorrow I'll end with the remainder of the trip and the return home.

Best stitches,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

50th Anniversary Trip - PA Dutch Country, Lancaster and York

After leaving Stratford Hall, we made a brief stop for some wine tasting at Ingleside Vinyard.  (www.inglesidevineyards.com/).  We each bought a bottle of wine, and then headed north to spend the night in Pennsylvania Dutch country in Paradise, PA.  

We stayed at the Best Western Revere Inn in Paradise, PA which is located behind the historic Revere Tavern, built in 1740:  www.reveretavern.com/.  Dinner was absolutely delicious, and then we relaxed for the rest of the evening in our comfortable rooms.  Mine hosted a king bed with sofa and recliner ~ one of the best hotel stays on our trip.  

The next day we headed out to visit Sylvia Petershiem's Quilts, my favorite place to buy Amish hand made quilts that are hand quilted.  I have bought a couple of quilts from her previously 20 or so years ago and after finding out that they will be retiring in the next year or so, decided to by one more.  I bought a gorgeous Maryland Star quilt in navy and gold tones.  It will be my Autumn quilt as I have one for each of the other seasons.    

Next we headed up to Great Windsor Chairs in Lititz.  I have seen their chairs online and fell in love, but wanted to visit them in person to see what looked and left the best in person.  While I did not buy one on this trip, I see one in my future.  
Sack-Back with Comb Windsor Armchair

This one caught my eye, but I prefer the style of arm below versus the paddle style in the picture above.  

Nearby was a nice antique mall that we explored, a family style restaurant that we had lunch at, and a candy store where I bought part of my dog sitting gifts.  We headed south to downtown Lititz to go through Days Gone By Creations, then down to Lancaster to Stitches Unlimited.  Both places have been mentioned by Nan from Threadwork Primitives.  

Our final stop for the day was in York, PA where we booked our room for the night.  The highlight of this part of the trip was the restaurant next door that caught our eye...Quaker Steak and Lube.  The food was excellent paired nicely with a glass of cold beer.  

Tomorrow's blog will move on to our visit to Littlestown and Gettysburg.

Best Stitches,

Monday, May 4, 2015

50th Anniversary Trip - Williamsburg and Stratford Hall

The 2nd part of our trip was to leave from Virginia Beach and drive up to Colonial Williamsburg on Sunday April 26th.  

I had been to Williamsburg about 20 years or so ago, but Kate had never been.  It was so relaxing to walk through the streets with the restored homes, Governor's Palace and Capitol Building.  Here are a few photos of our tour of Colonial Williamsburg.  

We also were able to spend time in the museum and saw some gorgeous antique samplers.  This one was my favorite.

Part of the journey for our 50th Year Friendship Anniversary was to explore our heritage.  Kate is a descendant of the Robert E. Lee family.  We visited Stratford Hall along the Potomac River on Monday the 27th.  This was the home that Robert E. Lee was born in.  The land was purchased by his father in 1717, and the great house was built between 1730 and 1738. Here is more information on Stratford Hall:  http://www.stratfordhall.org/

It was a beautiful spring day and the gardens were so lush and green.  We even had a little tour guide through part of the gardens.  She followed us through much of the cooks garden.  

Tomorrow I'll post on our journey through Pennsylvania Dutch country, Lancaster and York.

Best Stitches,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

50th Anniversary Trip Begins

On Thursday, April 23rd, my lifelong friend Kate and I started our journey on our trip to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our friendship.  We met 50 years ago this summer when I was 5 and she was 4.  Her grandparents lived across the street from the house I grew up in and Kate would spend part of the summer with her grandparents every summer.  We have kept in touch over the last many years through college, my marriage/divorce, living in various states including WI, IN, IL, KS, SC, and CA, and many other life changes.  It is rare to have a friendship last that long, and remain true and steadfast over the years.  We have been there for each other through the celebrations and the hard times.  Mostly we have just enjoyed spending time together over the years sharing many of the same hobbies that we developed an interest in separately.  This trip ended up encompassing many of those interests...

We left for the first leg of our trip to head toward Virginia Beach, VA for the Dyeing to Stitch class with Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers.  We stayed the first night outside of Lynchburg, VA at the B&B - Speed the Plough.  We took State Rt. 130 out of Glasgow, VA on our way to the B&B which is a very windy, twisty road going up and down the mountainside and followed along the James River on some spots.  Kate had a great time driving while I managed to not get car sick.  Our hosts were Lori and Rowland Girling.  http://www.speedtheploughbb.com/.  

These are the pictures of our rooms.  Kate had the Blue Room...

...and I had the Rose Room

They were as comfortable as they were beautiful.  We had a wonderful dinner that evening at The Depot Grille in Lynchburg, VA.  http://depotgrille.com/lynchburg/.  The food was wonderful and atmosphere was befitting of the historic and relaxed nature of our trip.  

Later than evening we exchanged gifts.  Kate surprised me with a memory box filled with little notes with 50 different memories over the past 50 years.  Such a thoughtful gift - I will treasure it always! 

The next morning following a wonderful breakfast, Rowland took us on a tour of the house and the grounds.  The home was built in 1850 and the property has been in his family since 1915.  This is an aerial picture of the property that has been colorized and enhanced.  It's a beautiful property of 300 acres with several out buildings.  

We finished the trek to VA Beach on Friday the 24th to start with the open house at Dyeing to Stitch.  We were greeted by Paulette who is such a sweet lady.  It was great to see her again and she is always so gracious.  These are a couple of her new designs that I picked up at the shop. 

We also received our registration gift at the shop that is a lovely pin cushion that I couldn't resist starting that very night.  It's not done yet, but it will be as soon as I get home. 

The class was held on Saturday, April 25th.  Here is the picture of the class piece - "The American Sampler".  It is my favorite of everything that Paulette has designed so far.  There are so many wonderful elements to the piece.  The three flags represent three of the founding fathers born in VA - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison; the dogwood to the right of the house is the state flower, the cardinal is the state bird, and "Sic, Semper Tyrannis" is the VA state motto meaning "thus always to tyrants".

We had our class in the morning, and gathered together for lunch after class with the whole group.  During the afternoon, Kate and I drove over to the Atlantic Ocean.  Even though it was rainy and chilly, it didn't dampen our spirits.  I managed to get my feet in the Atlantic Ocean, all be it with my shoes on. 

This is Kate holding the umbrella so I could get pictures of the ocean and beach without getting rained on - such a great friend!

The evening ended with many of us gathering for dinner at the Baker's Crust near the hotel.  

Tomorrow, I'll post more about the next leg of our trip ~ Williamsburg and Stratford Hall. 

Best Stitches,