Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring has finally Sprung!

It has taken quite some time, but Spring has finally arrived.  There is color everywhere now!  

It has been a few months now since I have last updated the blog.  I have been doing some stitching, really I have!  Even through the winter, I found some places to go and fun things to do.

I visited the Cloisters in NYC, a museum that is part of the MET that has medieval artifacts.  It was my first visit there and so amazing to see the displays and pieces from centuries ago!  There was also an antique card exhibit on display going back to the 1400s!  Most of them were hand drawn or hand painted.  There were some glorious tapestries to be seen, including the famous unicorn tapestries.  

I always manage to fit music in my life.... I visited Daryl's House twice! 

First, seeing James Maddock, and, then again, for a Johnny Cash tribute on Johnny Cash's birthday! 

Lots of fun!!  

In order to get into Spring fever mode I went to two flower shows!  

First, was to the Macy's annual flower show in Herald Square NYC.  The theme this year was America the Beautiful and the displays were GORGEOUS!  From Lady Liberty's torch to the Golden Gate Bridge and everywhere in between I was amazed at how they transformed the department store into a flower extravaganza!  

From Macy's in the heart of Manhattan I then zipped up to the Bronx to the NY Botanical Garden to see the annual orchid show... Orchidelirium!  

Orchids in every color and shape and bursting in beautiful color!  

Just a few weeks ago I found a Spring quilt show in Southbury CT by the Piecemaker's Guild.  

Such an amazing array of talent and designs to be found..... from cats, to VW beetle van :), to a calendar quilt, even the Kiss by Klimt!  

Just last weekend I went out with family and friends for some weekend fun.  We went to the local German restaurant and enjoyed a beer and good eats.  

The was even a stein locker for the regulars to keep their mugs at the ready!  

And Gigi says Hello! while she is enjoying her cat nip carrot!  :D

And on to the stitching world....  

Our Sampler Years facebook group has been growing and having fun each weekend with Sampler party weekends celebrating different designers or having stitch-ins!  Please join us to be part of all the fun!  

We have also created a dedicated blog, Our Sampler Years blog, for the group where we post featured interviews.   Please take a visit to see our most recent interviews with Margriet of The Essamplaire and Brendon from Linen and Threads in Australia and more!  

And, last but not least at all!  My stitching project!  I am still working diligently on Miss Lucy.  Here are a few more sneak peeks and I am hoping to be releasing her this summer!!  

This sampler is such a joy to be working on.  It is so colorful, I think the young girl who stitched it almost two centuries ago used her linen and thread as her coloring book!  

I wish you all happy Spring days with lots of pretty blooms and pretty stitches!!  xxxx

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A New Year, A New Start!

2016 has had a good stitching start!

Today I received some wonderful stitch-y mail - the new premiere sampler from Hands Across the Sea Samplers design studio!  Miss Mary Ann Bournes 1791 is such a gorgeous sampler!  The chart is done wonderfully, with color and detailed history. So much to love with this one, the border, the bees, the sweet animals on the lawn, and, of course the birds!  

Congratulations to Nicola and Sandra on their new venture.  Their new website is chock full of wonderful details about samplers and helpful guides for stitchers.  Please take a look see!   

And New Year's Day I got a running start stitching on a SAL!  This one is EN 1815 by Heartstring Samplery.  It will be fun to see what everyone will do with this one, picking their own colors.  I have chosen to use Nina's Threads, in Old Berry.  Not sure if I have enough thread for the whole design so I may improvise with some other colors.  I also grabbed some linen from my own stash, 32 ct PTP Legacy.  This is a nice stitch on the 32 ct, easy on the eyes!  

So I hope you have all gotten off to a great start this New Year!  

I have also found the Bloglovin' app on my phone!  Downloaded it today and realized it is a much easier way to keep up on reading all of your blogs.  

Already the holidays seem like memory, although I am glad that there are still some pretty lights and decorations out and about.  I took this photo on my way home from work today....   

Wishing you miles of smiles and stitches!  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Holiday Fun and Happy New Year!

Here we are at the end of the year.  I usually love this time to go back through my blog to see how many finishes I had for the year.  Well......  ummmmm....  I am so very sad to see that I had not a one!  Nope!  Nada! 

BUT, I did have a very fun year!  One of the best I have had in probably ten years, so for that I am thankful.  And I did have quite a lot of starts this year (or near-starts!).  So that will be my focus going into 2016.....

OK, big breath!  Jenny Bean, Red House Sampler, Mary Gail, new repro Lucy, Hannah Pepper, Rachel Hyde, Ann Grimshaw, Ann Tarbox, Sarah Harris, and Heaven and Nature Sing! 

 PLENTY to work on in the New Year!  

In the past month, I did get back to the MET again, to see the sampler exhibit and the beautiful Angel Tree!  

I even took a stroll from the museum past Central Park.... which was still in autumn color....

All the way to the BIG TREE!  I had not been to Rockefeller Center in many years so I was ecstatic to see the Angels and Tree and all the shop windows!  

And St. Patrick's Cathedral too!  

It really is amazing how quickly the holidays come and go, all the hustle and bustle and family fun time.  I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday too.  

Bergdorf Goodman's window was rocking in style! 

It is New Year's Eve and I will spend a quiet time at home enjoying Ryan Seacrest's Rockin' New Year's Eve and putting some stitches in one of my near-starts from above.   I wish you All a wonderful New Year filled with happiness and love and lots of fun stitches!  xxxx  


Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Met Exhibit and Lots of Fall Fun!


Back again.... I have been having some trouble with my tennis elbow so not much stitching has happened in the last two weeks.  However, I did get to SEE some stitching and TALK about stitching, and that is the next best thing! 

A few weeks back I headed into NYC on my birthday.  I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time in about 20 years!  There is a FANTASTIC! exhibit going on right now, called Fashion and Virtue, about textiles through the centuries.  Some amazing pieces of clothing and, surprisingly, some needlework and samplers!!  Including a very special visitor from the UK, the Jane Bostocke sampler (top right)!! 

 The exhibit is running through the beginning of January so if you have the opportunity to get there I say "Go, Go, Go!!"  There is so much to see and explore ....

It was a beautiful day that day so I also spent some time walking through Central Park, a first for me!  The Autumn colors were gorgeous!


I also found Strawberry Fields.... dedicated to John Lennon.........

 It was a fun-filled day for sure, and I hope to return during the holidays to see the exhibit again and the BIG TREE :)  

As we usually do during this time of year, my family had our annual soup contest!  Here I am in my chef's hat again with my soup... We had a theme this year and each had to pick a soup from a different country.  I made Portuguese Kale and Sausage soup but, sadly, did not bring home the trophy this year... that honor went to Brazil!  Always lots of fun! 

And what is more perfect this time of year than a jack-o-lantern?!  Thousands of them!  :)

I went to the Great Pumpkin Blaze! at the Van Cortlandt Manor in NY.   Thousands and thousands of pumpkins carved and ablaze, it was such an amazing sight!  

And just yesterday I got to see Chris from Tot Hill Farms!  Always great fun when we have the chance to get together and catch up and talk stitching and so much more!!  

So even though not much stitching there have been lots of fun times along the way.  

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only days away now.  I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday with friends and family.  Count your blessings (and your stitches!), each and every one!  xxxxx


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stitching and Festival Fun!

Hello again!  Yes, here I am, 2 posts in one month, it is a wonder!

I have been diligently doing my exercises for the tennis elbow problem and happy to report I was able to do a bit of stitching this weekend!

The Heaven and Nature Sing SAL started on the 15th and I was determined to put thread to linen.  I did a bit each day since and here is what I have to show for it....  I absolutely love it so far!

I am so happy to have gotten in the groove and accomplished so much.  

Even though it has been only a few weeks since I last wrote it has been a busy and fun time.  

I did get to see Bernard Fowler one last time.  I was fortunate to see him in Bridgeport CT, in a small club.  He really puts on a rockin' show!  

And this has been the PERFECT time for leaf peeping here in the New England area!  This past weekend I took a ride to Rhinebeck NY to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.....

There was the NY State Sheep and Wool Festival.... what a fantastic festival!

It was definitely a feast for the eyes with color and inspiration at every turn.....from knitting to felting to rug hooking.......


and yarn EVERYWHERE in EVERY color and texture imaginable!  lol 

Also lots of great accessory items like baskets and shaker boxes.....

And, of course, all the sweet babies that give us the wool to make the yarn!  Baaaaaaaa!

It was a wonderful day, clear and blustery, and full of color.....

These were my festival finds...  some gorgeous alpaca yarn in a variegated black walnut, soooo soft!  And also a new cookbook by Nancy Fuller.  It was so nice to meet Nancy and have her sign my book.  I love her cooking show and how it really celebrates the Hudson Valley area.  

 Since my last post, I had seen a new post on the Sarah Harris SAL blog.... out of the blue!  So it inspired me to pull out all my supplies for her.   She is quite a colorful sampler and will be a compliment to Lucy with the pinks and purples.  To see more about her, the dedicated blog is here!

I hope you have had a great stitchy weekend too!  Here are my impatiens which I am so surprised to see thriving despite the sudden cold snap we have had......   

Have a wonderful new week!  I hope to see you again soon!  xxxxx