I Celebrated!

Honey I’m home!!!

I had a *ball*. First of the best part, I met Melissa, Cheryl, Annette, Pat (Annette’s mom), Susan, and Holly. If all my classes and had been canceled and the shopping mall hadn’t been open, just the fun I had with these fab ladies would’ve made the trip worth it (I would’ve bitched, but I still would have had fun). Melissa’s personality is twice as big as she is, so much fun to hang around with! Cheryl is so sweet and a perfect southern lady, while still being someone you’d love to have as a friend. Annette is so smart, and she let me touch her Kindle so luv her! And she & I stayed up one night untill 3am talking and she reminded me that just because someone isn’t voting for who you might be voting for, it doesn’t make either of you wrong. Great gal to have deep talks with. We also found out that her son & my son may have been seperated at birth. Pat was great too, she reminded me so much of my late mother-in-law, thankfully just the parts that I liked! Susan… she’s the type you’ve got to keep an eye on, very laid back with flashes of wicked humor. And last but not least Holly, she’s just like her stitching very pretty and sweet, really I looked at her and thought she is a Victoria Sampler.

Now, I didn’t take a camera with me. I only have an oversized one and I wanted every extra square inch in my luggage for stitching stuff, so all my pictures will be of what I bought. Other gals did have cameras so I’ll get the good pictures from them.

Here’s what I came home with:

Class #1 New England Needlework Necessaire by Marcia Brown Smith:

Great project, but there were some issues with the kit not being complete (she said she will be mailing the missing materials to those who need them) and some organizational issues. I would have to be in head over heels love with the project before I would consider another class with her. But this is going to be a stunner of a project when I finish it.

Class #2 My Sampler Stitching Accessories taught by Robin Laukhuf of Olde Willow Stitchery:

Yummy yummy silks from her company and an adorable project that the picture does not do justice to. I only managed about 12 stitches on the project (I got hit with a migraine on Friday… boo hiss), but oh wow. Love this. And Robin is a complete and total doll. I would take a class from her again without a doubt.

I also did a “Make-it and Take-it” with Jackies Du Plessis:

Jackie is a Goddess. I had maybe 30 minutes of time with her the whole weekend. I learned as much from her in that time as I did with teachers I spent hours with. I have already told my husband if Jackie is ever within driving distance I am going. Period, so excuses, no waffling.

Thursday night there was also the Round Robins, ladies from my necessaire class, Melissa & Cheryl totally peer pressured me into taking this. Thank you ladies!

Kits from 8 different teachers, to make a pincushion, fob, mini-sampler, scissor sheathes, biscornu, pinkeep, and a zippered bag. Full of awesome. I am going to stitch one of these a month until I’ve done them all.

Celebrations itself was also very free with the giveaways. I won a door prize from the shopping mall and lots of goodies at the Friday night event plus all the things they gave away at the Friday event.

Then I shopped:

From Rosewood Manor:

I bought “Family Reunion” and she gave me a freebie and her full color catalog. If you have ever thought about buying one of her charts, do it. The models in person are breath taking. Probably my only regret from this weekend was that I didn’t go back and buy “A Garden Grew”.

Of course I had to stop by and say hi to Jo at Dinky Dyes:

In the plastic bag is an Oops Pack along with a full skein that I bought, can’t remember the name but it’s one of the gold ones. (the oops did come in a brown baggies so it all was a surprise I just brought it home safely sealed in plastic) And Melissa gave me one of the skeins from her pack that I admired. Lucky me! Oh, almost forgot because I already put them with my needlecase, I bought a pair of purple handled scissors from her too.

From Cross Stitch Treasures booth:

First I had to buy some Q-snaps because I forgot to pack mine. I also got a little gauge to figure out what count your fabric is and a full kit for some Peyote Beading. The booth owner took the time to show me how to do the stitch and let me practice so now I know how to do that stitch too!

Next up is the J Designs booth:

Julie Norton the owner is such a sweetheart, I don’t really need a hardanger class but I wish I had taken one just because she is so nice. I bought a pattern for a lovely doily, some note pads and a cord maker. As I was buying the cord maker Robin (from Olde Willow and class #2) walked by and told Julie’s husband that he had her to thank for that sale because I had asked in class about making the cording for the Sampler Acessories and she told me to buy the cord maker to make my life easier. Robin was teasing of course, but she was right!

At the X’s & O’s booth I found this:

I had been looking at a magnetic pin dish last week at the quilt shop, but it was $16 for a piece of plastic and a magnet, so I didn’t buy it. This was $10 and cute! I’m glad I waited.

From (can’t remember the name) booth:

These are teeny tiny little designs that are done entirely in french and colonial knots on a pre-printed muslin pattern. They are beyond beautiful in person and one of the gals in the booth was working on one and showing just how easy it is to do. Love. Almost bought 3, but since I’ve never done even one I figured that would be overkill, so I settled for 2.

Sweetheart Tree was there with her designs (along with Mr. Sweetheart Tree). If you ever get a chance to see her Trunk Show or if she’s going be at a festival near you, go. In person her work is stunning. And I got to see a preview of some of her monthly/flower samplers that she’s working on now. Love love love June. I know what Mom’s getting for her birthday next year.

I restrained myself and only bought the Irish Blessing Sampler (which I’ve loved forever) and her Shamrock Fob which is darling in person.

And last the Silver Needle was there. I didn’t pre-order something that I thought I was going to. But since it isn’t releasing until March… I may still order…. What I did get:

Just Nan was there with 2 show exclusives (and much more!) so I bought them. Reindeer Run which I’m head over heels for with fabric and some flower thing. Not too sure about the second, but I figure I’ll be able to sell it one day without a problem if I don’t like it. I had to finish off my Wrong Side of the Tracks with Miss Vonnie’s & Bubba’s. And Cheryl can take full credit for Chatelaine’s Medieval Town Mandala, I never ever gave this one a thought (in fact I said I didn’t like it) until I saw her WIP. I had to have this chart. Cheryl’s is so beautiful… I don’t have words. I also bought Egyptian Garden, another one that I didn’t like until I saw it in person (Jane in TX gets the credit for this one).

So that’s it. I came, I stitched, I saw, I shopped, and I met some fabulous ladies. And I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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9 Responses to I Celebrated!

  1. Holly says:

    Great to meet you – I had a blast! Maybe we can all meet up again next year…

  2. Melissa C. says:

    You rocked me like a hurricane this weekend. I can’t wait to do it again!

  3. Melissa M. says:

    I’m totally jealous! It sounds like you had a great time and got to meet some great stitchers, too. 🙂

    BTW, I agree you absolutely should take a full class from Jackie if you ever get the chance. I went to an Elegant Stitch retreat last year where she taught. I was in awe of her finishing!!

  4. Annette says:

    I had an absolute blast this weekend! And I’m even happier now that I caught up on my sleep…. LOL

  5. Jill says:

    Wow! Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time. I can’t help but be a little jealous. I went to the Spirit of Cross Stitch every year (for about 6-8?) in Des Moines so I know what those shows are like. Very fun! Enjoy all of your great finds.

  6. Erin says:

    j.e.a.l.o.u.s. *sigh* Ah well, my time will come!

    Love the stash haul. I’ve got at least 2 Rosewood Manor patterns in my files, you’ve reminded me that I really should stitch one soon….

  7. JenJen3574 says:

    Looks like you had a blast and made a great haul! I’m so jealous! Next time, next time….

  8. suz says:

    I hate you. Ok, not really, but I’m beside myself with jealousy 😉 Glad you had a great time! And made out with a serious haul.

  9. Susan says:

    It was great to meet you, too, Melissa! I had a blast! Great pictures.

    BTW – Holly & I are already making plans to go to Nashua in late April. Care to join us? 🙂

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