Monday, June 22, 2015
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I've been busy at the jewelry bench lately! That makes me very happy!
I've been busy with new sampler designs too!
In fact, I'm driving three stitchers crazy with new designs. (Sorry Phyllis, Jean and Carol.)
Another stitcher just finished a new design. (Thank you Denise!!)
And Beth and I have been talking about another new design she'll do for me as soon as she's finished the amazing piece she's stitching for my sister, Marty.
(I cannot wait for you to see that one!!!)
And, I've been working on a new punch needle design.
So, things are happening!
All in good time my Lovies!
(Where did THAT come from?????)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
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While in Williamsburg, Virginia for the Primitive Stitcher Society Retreat, I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Noland. Becky and I hit it off immediately and when I learned she was designing samplers, I offered to help her in any way I could.
Fast forward a month or so and Becky and I were trying to figure out the easiest way to meet about halfway between her home in Richmond, Virginia and mine in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Then Becky had a brilliant idea! Virginia Beach!!
Who can resist a trip to Virginia Beach? Certainly not me!
We decided to meet at Dyeing to Stitch in Virginia Beach on a Tuesday morning and stay in the area for fun in the sun on the beach.
That didn't happen!!! It rained the ENTIRE time we were there! We never even saw the beach - not once! But, we stayed at a fabulous resort in a gorgeous room, brought plenty of projects to work on and plenty of snacks! What more could two girls want?!
Becky brought me fabulous gifts she made with her very talented hands! She made a beautiful bag of antique linens. It's fully lined in a very French-like red and white stripe, complete with an interior pocket. It's absolutely stunning!
Inside the bag, Becky put a gorgeous red wool heart she made for me. Check it out!
And, to make the gift totally over-the-top, she found a bracelet that is totally me!
What an amazing, thoughtful and wonderful gift!
I cannot wait for Becky to introduce you to her new designs! She has great talent and creativity to spare! She's been hard at work learning the new software and hardware she's needed to produce patterns that I know will be total hits. You are all in for such a treat!!
Becky is one of the sweetest women I've ever met. She's kind, generous, has a sense of humor that totally clicks with mine. Her taste in music is both eclectic and fantastic! She kept up entertained with a play-list that wouldn't quit! She's also a talented interior decorator. And, she has a source for the BEST cupcakes you'll ever have in your whole life!
Visit Becky's blog when you get a chance - it's WONDERFUL! Here's the link:
Dyeing to Stitch, by the way, is an amazing shop!!! Anne Robbins was working the day Becky and I went and she's such a joy! Their supply of linens, threads and patterns is HUGE!!
So, go to Virginia Beach whenever you can! Visit Dyeing to Stitch, hit the beach, catch some rays, say hello from both Becky and me, and avoid the rain at all costs!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
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I haven't bugged you all with jewelry photos for a very long time.
So you are due!!
Actually, I haven't made jewelry for far too long.
I've been very focused on samplers and find that I cannot seem to focus on jewelry and samplers at the same time. I'm not sure why. And it drives me nuts.
It's a definitely personality flaw and one I have no idea how to correct.
I've been designing samplers at an amazing rate! In fact, at the moment, three wonderful, kind and generous stitchers are stitching for me.
Thank you to Denise, Phyllis and Jean!
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
I'm off to the beach this week for three days of fun in the sun with a friend. Can't wait!!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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I'm SO excited to be teaming up with Nan Lewis and Tomorrow's Heirlooms for a new Club called "Heirloom Samplers"!!
All the contact information is in the notice above.
Hope you can join us!! I have my first piece designed and ready to be stitched. I'll share a sneak peek when I can.
Monday, May 4, 2015
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I returned yesterday from the amazing, fantastic, wonderful and awesome Primitive Stitcher's Retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia. I truly can't say enough good things about this event. It was incredible!!! Each and every detail was thought out and carried out with such care and enthusiasm. I can't think of a single thing that would have made it better. It was THAT good!!
I'm going to be posting photos from both my camera and my iphone below, in no particular order. All of the smiling faces you'll see below are proof that EVERYONE had a great time!!
My punch needle class.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Now I'm counting hours instead of days!
New designs - ready!
Class Kits - as ready as they can be!
Jewelry - ready!
Models - ready!
Charts - ready, ready, ready, ready!
Clothes, packing - getting there!
Project for weekend - ready!
Antiques - ready!
Props - almost ready!
I'm super excited and fortunately, energized.
Yesterday was a different story. I hit a brick wall late morning. Took the afternoon off, had my hair cut, dinner with a friend, back home to work, work work.
My apartment looks like a bomb went off, but hopefully after I pack the car, I'll be able to get it back into shape pretty quickly. Then I'll have to clean because my brother will be staying with my dogs while I'm gone. Thank you Tom!! I'm SO grateful!
There are so many people I'm looking forward to meeting in Williamsburg. And so many old friends I'm anxious to see again. Not to mention a super fun ride there with Carol Sims.
I swiped the photo below from Ridgely Johnson who posted it on Facebook. It's such a perfect representation of Williamsburg.
Safe travels to those headed to Williamsburg this weekend.
See you there!
I'll be back early next week with a report!
Kathy's Sampler Charts & Antiques
- Kathy Barrick