Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back from California and Fair and Square Exchange

Well, I am home from a long and fun trip to San Fransisco. I attended a conference for my college and am quite exhausted. I learned a lot and am excited about using some of the techniques in my classes. The city was beautiful, even with the smoke from the nearby wildfires. We were able to visit some of the sites, but we only had a few hours every evening for sight seeing. We are going back in the winter, so maybe I can see more.

When I got home last night, I had a package waiting for me. I had received my squares from Mary Kathryn for the Fair and Square Exchange. She sent me some beautiful bee themed squares, some needles, thread and a bee button. I love all of it. I finish all of my squares from this exchange as pinkeeps. This one will be beautiful

These are the squares that I sent to Mary Kathryn. I thought the pattern was perfect for the Friendship Fair and Square Exchange. This is a great exchange to participate.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I'm off to California for the week...

I am attending a conference this week in Oakland/San Francisco. I leave tomorrow morning, so I wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know why I haven't posted for a while. When I get back I promise to show lots of progress pictures. Most of what I have stitched lately are for exchanges that have not been received, so I can't show any pictures of those. Enjoy your week.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wow, how time flies... (Lots to share)

I am so sorry it has been so long since I have posted. I have no excuse. I have been busy with the textbook, a professional conference, gardening, and a wonderful stitching retreat, but mostly I have just been lazy. I am really enjoying my summer vacation.

I have lots to share. First, I received a wonderful exchange from Laurie through the Hooked on Exchanging group. She made me a floss tag for the Freebie exchange. She also included lots of wonderful goodies including the pin cushion, which I absolutely love.

This past weekend, I attended the Shakespeare's Peddler Stitching Retreat. It was held in Hattiesburg, MS, which is only 20 minutes from home, but we had such a great time. My two sisters, Sharon and Bridget, and our friend Lisha, also attended. We stitched quite a bit. Theresa, owner of Shakespeare's Peddler, is a great person and was a wonderful hostess. At the retreat we participated in a Pins and Needles Exchange. I made a small sewing box. I stitched a Lizzie Kate design for the top and then included scissors and a pack of needles. I was very excited about the finished product. I thought it was so cute. I received a beautiful scissor fob, stitched by my friend, Lisha. She included a pair of scissors, which I love.

Of course, we had a chance to do some shopping while at the retreat. We each received a gift certificate as part of the retreat package. I used my gift certificate to pick up a Loose Feather piece and started stitching on it. I also got the fabric to complete the Sam Sarah Twenty-Five Days piece. I had purchased the leaflet back in February and started stitching on the small pieces. I can't wait to finish this one.

While at the retreat, I stitched on the J is for Juggler band sampler I purchased last month. It is a lot of fun and very easy to stitch. I love using the specialty threads and the learning the different stitches. Can't wait to finish this one.

Lisha and I also started working on Tiger Lilly. I just love this piece. We have decided to do this as a SAL. I stitched on it yesterday some and am making great progress. How is your piece coming along, Lisha?

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I will try to do better about posting more often.