Monday, May 26, 2014

A Fun Day Out and Blackbird SALing

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend.

On Saturday my friend from Long Island visited for the day.  She took the ferry to Bridgeport and we started our day early.

We went shopping at a fantastic shop in Sandy Hook CT, the Country Mill.  I read about this shop on Lori Brechlin's blog Notforgotten Farm when she was visiting CT last fall.  I was surprised it was only a few miles from my home and knew my friend and I would enjoy a visit too.  

Lots of folksy and prim decorations.  Rooms and rooms to explore!  I was happy to find Lori's new book of needlework designs too, and of course, had to take it home with me!  Lots of great projects in this one.  Even some needle punch and rug hooking which I would like to take try at sometime.  

Our next stop was to Shakespeare's Garden in Brookfield CT.  It is a beautiful nursery with greenhouses and paths to walk through. 

Everything is in full bloom and bursting with color!  A feast for the senses!


Their Barn Shop is chock full of unique and interesting goodies!!  So many creative ideas!

After all that shopping we decided to take some time to relax by Candlewood Lake.  Even on a cloudy day it is a beautiful view.  

We also ventured to Ridgefield for more shopping and then found a great place to stop for dinner on the way back to the ferry where we could sit outside in Newtown called Pub 25. 


I totally splurged on dinner having the Lobster Mac and Cheese... YUMM-O!!  It was such a wonderful day and great to spend so much time catching up with my friend for the whole day.  

In the last few days I stitched a bit on the Blackbird SAL, all of the 4-sided stitch portion.  I tried it first with 2 strands but on the 32 ct linen it seemed too bulky that they did not look like squares.  One thread seemed to be the right direction.  I think it gives a kind of lacy look.  

The next step will be the eyelet alphabet in Toasted Barley.  I have enjoyed seeing everyone's variations of color and style, all so pretty!!  

I wish you a wonderful week full of happy stitching! xxxx


Robin said...

Krista, what a wonderful outing you had with your friend! You had me drooling with your Lobster mac 'n cheese picture. I bet it was yumm-o!

Your BBD sal piece looks great.

Robin in Virginia

Giovanna said...

The BBD sampler is looking great, lovely stitching. Great shots of your outing too.

P.J. said...

Ok the lobster Mac looks scrumptious!! So glad you had a joyful day with your dear friend. Love the shops...adding those to the travel list. My GF and I are always looking for a reason for a good road trip!!

Lanie said...

What a lovely day for you and your GF ... so nice to have that time to share!
Love your BBD sampler!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

oh it was so great to see pics of Newtown Country Mill again! I will be there in June ~ can't wait to visit with Linda and see the beautiful town of Sandy Hook once again :) ~ I've never been to Shakespeare's Garden though, might have to pencil that one in too !


Margaret said...

Your daytrip with your friend looks like so much fun!!!! And the lobster mac and cheese -- OMG! So yummy!

Penny said...

What a wonderful day out with your friend! I think I could spend a lot of time in that Barn Shop. :) Love your stitching on the Blackbird SAL!

Mii Stitch said...

Looks like a really fun day out! Your Blackbird SAL piece looks fantastic :)

Vickie said...

Very enviable day out! Your SAL is pretty.:)

Anne said...

What a fabulous trip to Long Island! Makes me want to go there! That view is beautiful!! The lobster mac and cheese sounds like heaven to me! Love the BBD SAL piece and like you, stitched the 4 sided stitch with 1 thread since it was too bulky with 2. About to embark on a whole lotta eyelets :D Hugs!

Carol said...

What a fun day you had, Krista--your photography skills are enviable!!

Mary said...

Sounds like ther perfect day, Krista! Your sampler looks great.

woolwoman said...

what a fun adventure you had. From beginning to end, looks like my kind of day ! Your BBD SAL looks great! YGG - Mel

Shirlee said...

What a fun time spent with your friend! So happy you had such a great day together : )

Brigitte said...

Oh Krista, what a wonderful day you could spend with your friend. These pictures are just awesome. I would like to visit that lovely store, too, but unfortunately it's way too far away from me, lol. And nothing like that around here :(
Great progress on your BBD piece.