Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring has finally Sprung!

It has taken quite some time, but Spring has finally arrived.  There is color everywhere now!  

It has been a few months now since I have last updated the blog.  I have been doing some stitching, really I have!  Even through the winter, I found some places to go and fun things to do.

I visited the Cloisters in NYC, a museum that is part of the MET that has medieval artifacts.  It was my first visit there and so amazing to see the displays and pieces from centuries ago!  There was also an antique card exhibit on display going back to the 1400s!  Most of them were hand drawn or hand painted.  There were some glorious tapestries to be seen, including the famous unicorn tapestries.  

I always manage to fit music in my life.... I visited Daryl's House twice! 

First, seeing James Maddock, and, then again, for a Johnny Cash tribute on Johnny Cash's birthday! 

Lots of fun!!  

In order to get into Spring fever mode I went to two flower shows!  

First, was to the Macy's annual flower show in Herald Square NYC.  The theme this year was America the Beautiful and the displays were GORGEOUS!  From Lady Liberty's torch to the Golden Gate Bridge and everywhere in between I was amazed at how they transformed the department store into a flower extravaganza!  

From Macy's in the heart of Manhattan I then zipped up to the Bronx to the NY Botanical Garden to see the annual orchid show... Orchidelirium!  

Orchids in every color and shape and bursting in beautiful color!  

Just a few weeks ago I found a Spring quilt show in Southbury CT by the Piecemaker's Guild.  

Such an amazing array of talent and designs to be found..... from cats, to VW beetle van :), to a calendar quilt, even the Kiss by Klimt!  

Just last weekend I went out with family and friends for some weekend fun.  We went to the local German restaurant and enjoyed a beer and good eats.  

The was even a stein locker for the regulars to keep their mugs at the ready!  

And Gigi says Hello! while she is enjoying her cat nip carrot!  :D

And on to the stitching world....  

Our Sampler Years facebook group has been growing and having fun each weekend with Sampler party weekends celebrating different designers or having stitch-ins!  Please join us to be part of all the fun!  

We have also created a dedicated blog, Our Sampler Years blog, for the group where we post featured interviews.   Please take a visit to see our most recent interviews with Margriet of The Essamplaire and Brendon from Linen and Threads in Australia and more!  

And, last but not least at all!  My stitching project!  I am still working diligently on Miss Lucy.  Here are a few more sneak peeks and I am hoping to be releasing her this summer!!  

This sampler is such a joy to be working on.  It is so colorful, I think the young girl who stitched it almost two centuries ago used her linen and thread as her coloring book!  

I wish you all happy Spring days with lots of pretty blooms and pretty stitches!!  xxxx

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A New Year, A New Start!

2016 has had a good stitching start!

Today I received some wonderful stitch-y mail - the new premiere sampler from Hands Across the Sea Samplers design studio!  Miss Mary Ann Bournes 1791 is such a gorgeous sampler!  The chart is done wonderfully, with color and detailed history. So much to love with this one, the border, the bees, the sweet animals on the lawn, and, of course the birds!  

Congratulations to Nicola and Sandra on their new venture.  Their new website is chock full of wonderful details about samplers and helpful guides for stitchers.  Please take a look see!   

And New Year's Day I got a running start stitching on a SAL!  This one is EN 1815 by Heartstring Samplery.  It will be fun to see what everyone will do with this one, picking their own colors.  I have chosen to use Nina's Threads, in Old Berry.  Not sure if I have enough thread for the whole design so I may improvise with some other colors.  I also grabbed some linen from my own stash, 32 ct PTP Legacy.  This is a nice stitch on the 32 ct, easy on the eyes!  

So I hope you have all gotten off to a great start this New Year!  

I have also found the Bloglovin' app on my phone!  Downloaded it today and realized it is a much easier way to keep up on reading all of your blogs.  

Already the holidays seem like memory, although I am glad that there are still some pretty lights and decorations out and about.  I took this photo on my way home from work today....   

Wishing you miles of smiles and stitches!  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx