Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hot Off The Press

I just finished this…

Designer: The Little Stitcher
Design: The Lady And The Unicorn (partial)
Fabric: 32ct Mocha HD Linen over 2
Floss: DMC, VMSS, Threadworks

Another butter paddle now hangs on my wall.  I love these little wooden paddles because they are perfect for small finishes.  I decided to paint the paddle black and am pleased with the finished look.  

This project took three days to complete, and that includes the finishing.  I spent much of April working on a larger project and wanted to be able to post a finish for the 2016 Smalls SAL. Sunday I pulled everything together and began stitching and was able to complete the finishing on Tuesday. 

Here is that larger project that kept me busy this month…

Designer: Birds Of A Feather
Design: Good Things
Fabric: 28ct Lambswool over 2
Floss: Sampler Threads

This is a design from one of my all time favorite designers. I came across the pattern online and immediately purchased it. My Black Horse Inn stitching was put aside so that I could complete this treasure, which I did fairly quickly. The piece is currently being framed. 

Tomorrow I must get up early and head Nashua, NH to attend Celebration of Needlework. This year I am only able to attend two days, but am happy that I am able to attend at all!

Thanks for Stopping by…
Until next time…

Friday, April 15, 2016

Easter In The Mile High City

Another trip to share with you but first, let me post my Gifted Gorgeousness for April.
I put aside Black Horse Inn so that I could stitch two Easter gifts, one for my DIL…

2016 Gifted Gorgeousness ~ April
Designer: Elise Tortonesi-Sieb
Design: Egg of Marguerite
Fabric: 32ct Linen
Floss: VMSS

and one for DS2 girlfriend…
La Comtesse & Le Point De Croix (Freebie)
Fabric: 32 ct Linen
Floss: DMC

We spent Easter in Denver, CO visiting my DS2 and his GF.  DS1 and DIL flew from NYC to spend the holiday, making it that much nicer. Do you know why Denver is nicknamed the mile high city? Because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level (5280 ft).

We spent a day skiing at Copper Mountain.  I was hoping for a glorious spring skiing day but realized this would not be the case when we exited the hotel to a temperature of 2 degrees ~ Brrr!

Arriving at the mountain, bundled up and anxious to hit the slopes…

Having only skied in the Northeast, I had never experienced the high elevation effects on the body.  I didn't know why I was feeling slightly nauseous and a bit light headed but suspected it was due to the fact that I had not eaten.  When we stopped for a break to get something to eat in the lodge, DS1 informed me that I was experiencing mild elevation sickness and suggested I drink plenty of water (something I never do).  The elevation in the Colorado vs Vermont is much higher.

Stratton, VT
Base: 1,872 ft
Summit: 3,875 ft
Copper Mountain, CO
Base: 9,712 ft
Summit: 12,313 ft

ME and DS2

DS2 and GF

DS1 and DIL

Another highlight of our Easter trip was the unexpected, and very generous, treat from DS1 and DIL: Brunch at Elways in downtown Denver. 

We enjoyed an

Extensive selection of delicious food

Impressive and irresistible desserts

And a fun group of 5 of the best people we know
THANK YOU again, G/M!

In a few weeks I will be attending the  Celebration of Needlework show in Nashua, NH., where I will participate in Barbara Jackson's Sunday Best Stitching Basket class. In the class with me will be my friends, Carol S. and Margaret C. I look forward to spending time with these wonderful ladies!

Thanks for Stopping by…
Until next time…