First of all, I wanted to show you these little pincushions I made for everyone. I love a simple 4-patch design and sometime over the year I found this awesome grape fabric, so I knew I had to make these. Finding the grape charms was a bit of a challenge, but Linda directed me to Artbeads.com and they had just what I needed. The little pincushions are a snap to make, and they're even easier if you follow this tutorial. Her method for attaching the buttons is especially helpful.
For our first night, I was working on a La D Da pumpkin design, but soon after we had all arrived and settled in, we did our ornament kit exchange. So the next morning I got started on Barb's kit, the design from LHN. I love, love, love it! I also loved all the other kits, and I'll show them to you as I get them started between now and Christmas, but in the meantime, here's my progress on Barb's.
|A lovely mottled linen, and GAST and DMC threads!|
And as for the other girls, here's what they had going on!
|Carol's Thanksgiving PS. Carol is a PS expert!|
|One of Pam's 2011 Challenge pieces, a whimsical Halloween house from a magazine, but I don't remember which magazine. Pam - a little help here?|
|Barb's start on my ornament kit. As of today, she says she's almost done. Way to go Barb!|
|Linda's awesome project, stitched as a gift for a friend she grew up with in Cleveland and who has since moved to the other side of the world. Literally!|
We had a wonderful time together, with lots of stitching, talking, sharing and laughing. It always ends too soon though. We get these weekends once a year and it's kind of funny when I start getting the "countdown" emails - we look forward to them like kids at Christmas.
In other news around the lake house, my kitchen sink has returned! I will never take a sink for granted again. I've been painting ceiling boards, and hope that the contractor will have the ceiling completely in by tomorrow. Now a floor would be nice...
Oh, and later I'll have more pics to share, too, because earlier in October I visited with some other stitchers. They let me drop in for a day during their retreat in Deep Creek MD, since I live practically around the corner (and I kind of invited myself...). Does anyone remember the old SNL skits with John Belushi - the ones where he played The Thing That Wouldn't Leave? Um. Yeah.
See you tomorrow!