You choose if you want to send/receive a teacup or mug, or even both! I chose a mug, I'm not very dainty. 😉
This is what I received from Carolyn @Seaside Cottage. Such a beautiful mug, I love the glossy colour. Instead of coffee, she sent me a spicy chocolate mix (18th Century style chocolate) to add to my coffee. Just a little spicy, but yum! This week it's supposed to get much colder so I'm going to try it with instant coffee and hot milk, I can't wait! She also sent fireweed jelly, something I had never heard of before. She lives in Alaska and it's common there. A lovely sweet treat, luckily no one in the house typically uses jelly so it's all mine!
I don't remember seeing Fireweed when we were in Alaska, but if when we go back I'll be looking for it.
Thanks again, Carolyn, perfect goodies for the fall.
I joined a group on facebook, Stitchers' Escapes, and found one that was close enough to go to...
the 2017 Fall Getaway in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
I asked DJ if she wanted to go with me. She did, and we went!
We left on Friday morning, after a pit stop at the craft show at the fairgrounds just down the road from me. I bought a few things, but wait until you see what she bought! I hope she posts about it soon.
The sun peeked out here and there along the way, but at least you could still see the fall colours, so beautiful. She drove and I was able to take some photos. It only took us just over three hours, not bad at all.
Thanks to Annette and Linda, who organized the retreat, here's what went on...
DJ shopping at Silkweaver Fabrics. What a treat to have them there, plenty of fabric and patterns to choose from. Needle minders too, but I didn't get any.
I was pretty good and only found a few things that I couldn't live without! I already started the one ornament.
So many lovely colours to choose from, it was hard not to get any more than these three.
BFF Pouches (email@example.com) was there too, so many fun choices! All different sizes, I think they even custom make it if you have a special size you need.
I saw so many I liked, but I had to have these two! I know they won't be my last.
The backside, the funside!
Gifts from Linda and Annette, the floss and needle minder. Also a treat from Fiberlicious. I love all the colours!
I loved the exchange table, these are the treasures I found. I brought some things too, mainly lighthouses and the last time I had looked, they were all gone. Win, Win!
There were about 55 of us, from PA, NY, NJ, DE and all the way from Canada! Even more states, but I couldn't remember them all. I did get a chance to speak to everyone (I hope) when I walked around to see what they were working on. So many beautiful pieces, from the start of some to the almost finish of others.
Here's our group, but I think we're missing some.
While talking with Sheila and seeing what she was stitching, she shared this with me. These are her instructions on how to put together a gift card pocket. So sweet of her to share it with me.
I FINALLY finished this little guy from Joyful World by The Snowflower Diaries. I changed him to look like a precious dog I know, Kita. I also did french knots instead of a lazy daisy, I saw it on the fb group and thought it looked great. Although I'm not happy with the colours I chose, I'm not changing it!
And because I finished it while we were there, I won a shirt, awesome!
For dinner on Saturday night, DJ, Karen (our new NY friend!), and I went to Red Robin. So convenient, it was right next door. I think you can tell we were having fun together.
I tried the Blue Moon Beer shake, made with vanilla soft serve, Blue Moon, orange liqueur, and OJ. It wasn't bad, but I think once was enough.
That evening, there was a pj party and a silly slipper contest. So I put on my pj's, robe, and slippers and headed down! Not everyone joined in, but it was still silly fun. I was the one on the upper left 🍷, the two next to me won though. DJ's in there too, she's wearing the Elf on the Shelf slippers.
Back to stitching...
I spent most of the time working on Emerald Mermaid. I started her skin over two and have never really been happy with it.
So I started her elbow over one and I'm so much happier with it. Although I will not be happy about frogging all the skin I stitched before.
And then it was all over and time to go, getting back to the real world stinks!
We had a fantastic time and are already looking forward to another one, hopefully sooner than later!
THinking THoughts, and being THankful on THursdays.
So much excitement yesterday getting ready for a stitching retreat this weekend, that I totally missed posting! DJ and I are headed to a retreat in PA for the weekend, our first one with... 😲 strangers! But first we're headed to the local craft show at the fairgrounds, it's that time of year already. It's supposed to be in the 70's today and we'll be hearing Christmas music there I'm sure! Crazy weather.
So I am thankful for getting away (we both truly need it), and meeting new stitchy friends. If you happen to be there, that would be awesome, come look for us!
It's my favourite time of year and that also means it's time for Jo's Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop! If you haven't already, go there now to know where to start collecting letters for the Halloween phrase.
I just finished this skull for Gman1.
This Mill Hill is supposed to say ...*BE*SCARY, but because it reminded me of the skull and crossbones on his fraternity's badge and coat of arms, I changed it to his fraternity and added my makeshift skull and crossbones. Not the best, but it worked.
I know this is from last year, but I had to show her again!
A couple weekends ago, Karen, P, and I headed to the Dulles Expo Center for the Craftsmen's Classic Art and Craft Festival. Why do I go? To see Randal Spangler of course!
I brought the piece I'm working on, I just wish I was further along!
And what should I see, but an amazing dragon shelf! There was a cat and dog one too, but I love the dragons.
Since this one was sold, I ordered one for my Christmas present and I can't wait!
This was taken a few years ago when I purchased a print or two. Randal is great and I hope to see him again next year with my finished piece!
Time to move on and we all got fun Halloween "tattoos". This is finally starting to come off my arm, it lasted over a week.
I had to buy a couple!
I found another Christmas pressie, a necklace! 🎃
This booth had icicle names, but I didn't see mine. I've only ever seen it in Germany. I asked him and he actually had it behind his "counter"! Of course I had to buy it and one for each of the guys to put on the tree this year.
I'm going to frame these cards together for all the seasons, and also bought Nathan and I bookmarks.
And my last treasure was this trio, my loves! 💖
From there, Karen and I headed to Walmart to purchase a few items to make me look pretty for Cori's Halloween party. Cori doesn't like is scared of zombies 😱, so I just had to do it.
Lovely bones tattoo.
My model foot.
And I got her, I know she really loved it!
See? She loves me.
I think she liked the old hag better.
Makeup by Karen, I couldn't have done it without her! Not only did she do my makeup and helped with my hair, but she cut up my Walmart shirt on the way back from the craft show.
I couldn't have done it without her!
I went into the beer store on the way and scared the clerk who thought there might be more coming in!