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Friday, December 9, 2016

Williamsburg Day Three

It is now Friday and the retreat begins in earnest.  I have a class in the morning and in the afternoon for the next three days.  My roommate and I get up early to get some walking in.  It is just getting light as we began.

We walk until breakfast opens at the resort.  The breakfast is provided but it is nothing to write home about.  BFF#2 is staying in a condo on the resort and has a full kitchen.  Yesterday I went over to see her place and I got a decent cup of coffee.

I am very excited as my morning class is starting and I love the project which is a box.  Well, the afternoon class is a box too.  I have a thing for boxes evidently.  The morning class is lots of fun.  The teacher has a little treat to put in our box when we finish it.  She also talks about Fair Charlotte and I am very glad I bought one in the boutique yesterday.  After she talks about Charlotte many women head off to the boutique to get one.  We also talk about the special stitches in the piece.  I can't wait to get started.  I've made up the little felt bunny that is in the additional kit I bought in the boutique yesterday.  It is so cute.  Oh fun, fun, fun.  It is hard to concentrate and stitch in class.  Oh when I get home, I'll get this made.  This is Molly.  She let me use her glue stick.  She is just the nicest person.

We have two hours for lunch.  We go over to the restaurant and I have a guilty pleasure, a hot dog.  Yum.  I see a baby wearing the very moccasins I just bought for Evan for Christmas.  I guess they are the "in" thing for babies.
Then I am in the afternoon class.  The teacher is dyslexic and has a hard time conveying her instructions.  But we go through the written instructions.  A page from the directions is missing but she'll bring it tomorrow.  She also gave the quilt template plastic to the morning class and it was meant for the afternoon class.  She'll fix that tomorrow too.  It sure is fun to be in class with my BFF and BFF#2 as well as other friends.  I think I'll make a few changes to the design.
We went to downtown Williamsburg for dinner on Friday night.  This is the busiest weekend of the year for Williamsburg  Torrie told me about a candy store and I really wanted to go there.  It was called Wythe and bo, was it a good store.  I got lots of candy (great chocolate covered orange peel!).  Then we found a place to eat.  It was just a small place.  Four of the five of us got macroni and cheese of some sort.  It was weird as two guys came in, one was pushing the other in a wheelchair.  The guy not in the wheelchair was waiting at the counter and bent over spilling a whole bunch of ammo out of his backpack.  Yikes.  Why would he have a ton of ammo???

We spent the rest of the evening in our room stitching.  My roommate was determined to finish a small from her morning class and she did.
It was another full day.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Williamsburg Day Two

Two things I forgot to tell you yesterday.  Our first day in Williamsburg it was 77 degrees.  Wonderfully warm.  No coat was needed.  Loved it.  My roommate arrived late that first night.  It was too bad because she was the one who suggested we go to the French restaurant but didn't arrive early enough to go.  This was our building:
The resort was great because there are lots of places to walk.  I was very proud of getting my steps in every day.  My roommate walked with me so that was nice too.  I usually walk alone when I am home.
We are so excited because the retreat actually starts today.  I have an Early Bird Class this afternoon.  Then the Boutique opens after that.  BFF and I get breakfast at McDonald's as it isn't provided today.  We check in and get our information packet and name tag.  It is so nice to see lots of people I know.  I can't show you my projects as both teachers I have classes with have asked me not to post photos of their designs on my blog.

 I love that moment when we get our kit in class.  But often several parts of the kit are passed out piecemeal.  Once in a while parts are missing until the next day.  There wasn't any stitching going on in class.  We were just listening to talk about the directions. We made a small bow thing that will go on top of a scissors fob.
Everybody gets so excited about the boutique.  People start lining up way before it opens.

  I think BFF was first in line!  I enjoyed seeing all the stuff in the Boutique.

There was a kit to go with our main class that I bought along with a Fair Charlotte doll and some floss.  I was good and didn't spend that much.
My roommate was getting hungry so we went over to one of the restaurants and got a snack.  Warm crab dip and this dessert.  I love that my roommate likes to have dessert as much as I do.
It was delicious by the way. 
We had the banquet that night. 

 At each seat was a small gift of candy.  I love it!  BFF#2 told me not to eat my candy before the meal.  However, I did have a piece or two.
There were lots of prizes given away (donated by vendors).  I won a kit that I didn't want.  Everybody got a little pocket kit designed by one of our teachers.  It was nice.  Then it was time for the speaker.  She was very good and entertaining and I learned some things.  But everybody was tired and ready for the banquet to be over.
It was another busy fun day.
This is the view from our room.  You can just see the James River.
Main classes start tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Williamsburg Day One

DH took me off to the airport early in the morning.  Flights were uneventful (thank goodness!).  I got to Richmond airport about noon.  BFF and two friends picked me up at the airport.  This is what four women in an SUV look like:
Poor BFF could not see out her back window.  And there were three bags in the back seat!  We were all very excited about the retreat.  What to do first?  Of course we had to drive to Williamsburg which is about an hour away.  Then we had to decide, Resort or Haus Tirol, the needlework store.  Of course the needlework store won.  We thought maybe we would get there before the crowd but we met several people we knew in the store.  So fun to shop for stitching stuff and see if they had anything nifty.  I didn't get very much, I tried to control myself.  This is what I got:
 They had the Erica Michaels strawberries all made up and they were darling.  Who doesn't need a bit a fabric?
 They also had some Weeks Pearl Cotton on a spool.  I thought I would try some.  There was another kind of Weeks that was two strands.  Have to try that too.
Who doesn't love a Barbara Jackson strawberry?  Love it.
After the needlework store we went to check in at the resort.  We were early and our rooms weren't ready but we got to leave our luggage there.  The best part is they promised to deliver our suitcases to our rooms.  I'm so glad, there are steps and it is a hassle.  I'm so glad they are taking care of the suitcases.
It is time to go to the DeWitt Wallace Museum where we are scheduled for a tour of needlework stuff.  I'm worried that we won't have enough people.  We are supposed to have at least 10 for the tour.  A couple of people didn't show up.  But we invited some others that we ran into at the resort.  I shouldn't have been so worried.  It all worked out fine.  All the drawers below the exhibit of Southern Textiles were open so we could see.  Fantastic!

 We could take pictures too. This was one of my favorites:

 It was really great to see all the samplers and other stitching.  I loved it.  The DeWitt has a gift shop too.  It was fun to shop there.  I was tempted but didn't buy anything.

Then I went off with BFF#2 and two other friends.  We had an errand to run and then we had reservations at a French restaurant.  I went to this restaurant twice before and it is fabulous.  We were met at the restaurant by Grace (who wishes to be known as the English BFF) and Linda.  So six of us had a blast and a very good meal at Le Yaca.  Yes, of course, I had dessert.  Three kinds of gelato.  Yum.  I forgot to take pictures.

It was a great first day at Williamsburg.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tree Tops

I can almost taste a finish of The Owl and the Pussycat.  I got the felt padding in and the gimp around the tree trunks.

 Only one spot I need to work on.  I started the tree tops. There is three of them and they are all done in different techniques. I'm almost done with the sequined tree top.

But today will be mainly getting ready to go to Williamsburg early tomorrow.  I've printed my boarding passes and I have some last minute packing to do.  I have one more package to mail off at the Post Office (more torture!).

It is warm outside.  It may even get to 60 today.
I got a package in the mail yesterday.  It is cardboard from Australia.

Why on earth would I buy cardboard from Australia? It is all the cardboard pieces needed to make Home Sweet Home.  I have the roof done so now I can lace it to the cardboard roof piece.  I just have to find it.  Story of my life.

I'll be back with tales of my travels next week.

Monday, November 28, 2016


I worked on the trees of The Owl and the Pussycat yesterday.  Great progress was made!  All the spangles things are in!

 All the Italian mesh ribbon is in!

Both of the trees are in the process of being outlined with gimp, gimp and more gimp.  Oh I am loving how it is looking.  Just wait until I get to put the boat in.

The bathrooms are clean.  I've been to the Post Office to torture the workers there.  DH has been using up his stamp collection on the packages we need to send.  This morning package had 138 - 34 cent stamps on it!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Long Way Home

I didn't stitch very much yesterday.  I tried to buy a book on Amazon.  Amazon told me I already had the book.  So I tried to cancel the purchase.  Then I couldn't find it on my "devices".  But I really wanted to read this book.  I don't often go see a movie.  When a movie is based on a book, the book has so much more information than a movie can have.  Besides the fact that stuff is changed (Hollywoodized) to make the movie more interesting.  I wanted to see the movie "Lion", based on a true story.  I went looking for the book that it is based on.  The book is called "A Long Way Home".

  That is the book I wanted to buy on Amazon. So because I really wanted to read it, I ended up buying it again.  I spent all yesterday afternoon reading.  I'm not quite done with it.  I'll finish it today.  It was very interesting, an easy and quick read.

I went back to the Queen's hair and filled in all the spaces.  Now I'm ready to add the rest of the loops.  Then it will be done.

 I know, it doesn't look much different but I am much happier with it.  I didn't really realize when I started the hair that I needed to cover all the area.   Hindsight is 20/20.

I need to get back to The Owl and the Pussycat.  I want to finish the left spangled tree today.

I saw on a blog that someone had finished the Just Nan Limited Edition scissors roll.  It was very pretty.

 I have that kitted up somewhere.  I just have to find it and I'll take it with me on my trip to Williamsburg.  It will be so nice to see my friends.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

I Wore a Hole

Do I dare go to Target today?  Yes, I must.  I need to color my hair before my trip on Wednesday.  So I need some #9 Natural Blonde (yeah, right).  Let's hopeTarget isn't slammed.

I worked on the left side tree of The Owl and the Pussycat.  The trunk is covered in spangles.  You need a beading size needle to go through the spangles' holes.  Each spangle has three stitches to hold it down.

 I wore a hole in my finger putting on spangles and I'm not even done yet.  I started the right side tree.  It's easier as Italian mesh ribbon covers its trunk.  I got a few pieces of purl pearl put on too.  I know it doesn't look like I did much but handwork like this takes forever.

  This piece is starting to look close to being done.  Hey, I found the mica moon that I couldn't find a while back.  And I found the guitar that will go in the hands of the owl.

I decided to add more bullion knots to the Queen's hair before I put the loops on.  I tried it on one side and it looks good.

I got some eggnog made from coconut milk.  It's good!  Especially for the lactose intolerant.  I saw a video of Martha Stewart making candied orange peel and I want to try it her way. It takes a long time though.  Then I also saw a recipe for cinnamon and sugar pretzels (Pampered Chef).  I want to try that too.  There are just too many good things to eat this time of year.