Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fun stuff to share

Well - I think I can get use to this being at home thing --- just don't tell my husband.  I have been tackling all those things I kept meaning to do and just didn't because work got in the way (silly work).  I think I shared a while back I was going to take over the basement.  Who needs the basement when you have a living room and dining room looking very, very lonely most of the year.  I honestly have to say this section of the house we only used during the holidays.  I have been transitioning all of my stuff around and it is starting to take shape.  Still a lot to move around but it is getting there.  I will share photos once everything is finished right now let's just say my husband is calling me Sanford's lost daughter....

For those of you who don't know I love to decorate and I love old stuff.  I have to admit the majority of the items in my home have either come from auctions, flea markets, side of the road or mom - asking me if I wanted what she picked up at either an auction, flea market or side of the road.   I believe it is official to say I have finally turned into my mother.  I have given thought more than once to reselling some of my finds.  A few months ago I contacted all of the local shops to find out about renting space and apparently everyone else is doing the same because I ended up on waiting lists all over town.  Well, low and behold the one I would really love to have space at sent me an email  asking if I would be interested in a space the first weekend of April during the Design Weekend at Lucketts Store in Lucketts, Virginia.

For those not from the area and even those who are nearby Luckett's Store is one of the better known shops for unique design finds.  My love of antiques and handwork carries on into my finds.  I have quilts, hand embroidered linens, sewing tools and sewing accessories.  Boxes - I love boxes - great to hide a multitude of items in plain site while blending in with the rest of the decor.  I probably had the only little boy that thought an antique child's tool chest was where every little boy kept his play dough while his crayons were in an old cigar humidor.  Chippy, painted furniture - believe me there is not a piece of furniture that a can of paint won't fix.   Here are some of my recent finds that will be joining me at Lucketts in a few weeks.

Mid 19th Century Pantry Box makes the perfect sewing box
- come in various sizes and allow for hiding and stacking.
The Autograph book is from 1940 and all of the owner's friends wrote their wishes for him.
I believe it is safe to call it the predecessor to what we would refer to as a year book.

My collection of the chandelier crystals with an old key not quite sure why I enjoy collecting them
- must be my love for all things sparkly
Silver cleaning day - once again my love for all things sparkly
Great quilt I picked up while in Bristol each piece is made from silky fabric cut into a triangle.
The blanket is silky, has a  nice weight to it and feels pretty luxurious  with a nice sheen to the fabric
- once again love the shiny stuff
Costume jewelry I picked up for the beads in silver gravy boats
I also am partial to Lance jars and will pick them up when I find them and of course Mason jars. 
My way of paying homage to my little guy Lance and nephew Mason.
Button, button who's got the button found these lovelies at an estate sale
and will be picking up a Kenmore sewing machine in the wood case later this week.
Apparently she was a professional sewer and I was fortunate enough to stumble into her sewing stash

 During the week I also picked up a sampler to add to my collection and begin to reproduce. 
Elizabeth Gaskin is full of yellows, blues and greens. 
This photo isn't the best but does give you an idea of the overall design.

 I have included a close up below that will give you a better idea of the design

I love the verse and given the personal changes going on for me right now
I thought it was appropriate and found the verse fitting for me.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulations: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world"

- St. John 16:33

Now I get to pull together those items sitting in my basement I have been collecting
- saying one day...well looks like one day is here. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

This is getting really embarassing.....

I have come to realization I am not the best blog poster in the world - now is when you are suppose to act surprised.

So much has happened since I returned from market.  I had found out in January my position at work was being eliminated - not really sure how to take that still but any how.  My last day was February 28th - or was supposed to be.  I already had a trip planned to Williamsburg when I found out and just hadn't asked for the day off.   So my last official day ended up being a vacation day.

Off to Williamsburg I went to enjoy the stitching retreat Jeannine Koontz hosts two times a year.  We stayed at Ft. Magruder Inn.  I really don't believe I accomplished much stitching, but it was so good to get away.  I spent some time at High Cotton - first time I had a chance to visit the store and when I walked in I felt like I could just move in.  I love hand embroidered linens, silver and antiques what more do you need except the tea cups or in my case coffee cups filled to the brim.  I found some wonderful items to add to my collection.

On Saturday we found out a Quilt Show was going on just down the street at the Hampton Roads Colisieum.  I could have spent the rest of the weekend walking thru the vendors.  I haven't tried my hand at quilting - my mother is the quilter and she hand quilts - no machine quilting for her.  However, I love, love, love fabric I will buy it just because I love it.  In many cases I have no intent for the fabric I just loved it.  We did enjoy walking thru the quilts on exhibit.  Here are a few photos of the exquisite work we enjoyed.

This piece was made up of what appeared to be a variety of scrap fabrics
brought together to make a Singer Sewing Machine
Wonderful use for all of the handmade doilies we come
across and are never really sure what to do with them
but as a needle worker we can all appreciate the wonderful
handwork involved.  I thought this was a creative
idea to ensure these pieces have new life breathed into them
Baltimore Album style quilt
However, what I was most intrigued with were these glasses I sat down and tried on the demo pair and all I can say is love, love, love them - until the young lady told me the frames were made from titanium.  Believe it or not people I am allergic to titanium the one time I had my eyeglasses made from titanium where the frame touched broke my skin out.  However, I have been communicating with them and they will let me know what the alternative may be.  If you get a chance to demo the glasses - please do!   You will fall in love with them.

Saturday evening we made our way to the bar to have dinner and as I was sitting there people in costumes kept walking by - their attire was amazing.  At first I thought maybe someone was getting married and they wanted everyone to dress in Colonial Williamsburg attire.  One of the ladies in our group asked where they were going and why they were dressed up.  They were invited to George Washington's Ball and we were told we could stop by for the festivities.

Needless to say we were not dressed appropriately, but their dancing and costumes were beautiful.  Apparently there are groups located throughout who re-enact the time period thru dance and costume.  One of the ladies we spoke with let us know she had costumes for not only the Colonial period but for the Revolutionary War and Civil War time frames.  We thought it was a great way to learn more about the various time periods - but what really attracted us were the beautiful gowns.
The WIlliamsburg Heritage Dancers
George Washington Ball
Here is a photo of Jeannine along with some of the ladies
who stopped by our stitching room later in the evening.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back Home

What an amazing time at my first market.  I really don't even know where to begin to start in order to share my experience.   Having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who enjoy needlework as much as I do was a real treat.  I was really nervous to begin with since I did not know what to expect.  First goal was to set up my exhibit room which I was surprised I managed to grab from home the exact items I needed and fortunately it all came together.  Since I only decided a month ago to attend I was able to bring my most recent sampler and an optional companion piece along with my samplers.  I have several items that will be released fairly soon since they were in process and just not enough time to finish stitching them.

 New Market Release

Founding Father Series
George Washington's Mt. Vernon Sampler
Framing - Total Framing, Fairfax, VA
Model Stitched by - LaDonna Snellbaker

Optional Companion Chart
Martha's Needle Case
Framing - Total Framing, Fairfax, VA
Model Stitched by - Stacy Diokno
Finishing by - LaDonna Snellbaker

Both use Lakeside Linens 32 ct Meadow Rue
Gloriana Silks - Pacific Blue, Antique Gold Dark, Fresh Snow,
India Black, Elizabethan Green and Schoolhouse Red
The Needle Case does require coordinating fabric of your choice

Here are a few shots of the exhibit room set up which was the living room section of our hotel room, which I really liked.  I felt as if I was at home and welcoming guests to my home.  Those of you have visited my home when you see the photos you will know why I felt right at home.

Sarah Rayment Sampler Reproduction (left)
Lakeside Linen 32ct Butter Cream
Gloriana Silks - 003, 007, 086, 091, 103, 104, 105, 106, 116, 119, 124,
124A, 131, 133, 160, 161, 166, 169 and 173
Framing - Total Framing, Fairfax, VA
Model Stitched by - LaDonna Snellbaker

The room lighting did present a bit of a challenge
but now I know for next go around to bring lights
instead of rushing out to the local store which only
had one can light and one clip on light left
Sarah Leigh Sampler (center)
Lakeside Linen - Meadow Rue 36 ct
Gloriana Silks - Vanilla, Cranberry, Antique Pink, Raspberry Parfait,
India Ink, Taupe, Green Gables, Cobblestone, Baby Corn, Blythe Green,
Coffee Bean and Milk Chocolate
Framing - Total Framing, Fairfax, VA
Model Stitched by - LaDonna Snellbaker

Mary Utley Sampler (right)
Lakeside Linen - Meadow Rue 36 ct
Needlepoint Silks - 134, 184A, 294, 502, 513, 563, 695, 698 and 753
Framing - Total Framing, Fairfax, VA
Model Stitched by - Kyla McKay-Dewald
Necklaces and Counting Pens

Next to our room on one side was Myrtle Grace Motifs and Erin was as sweet as she could be along with her husband Andy.  Her punch needlework and cross stitch designs are outstanding.  They told us on Sunday they would be packed and ready to hit the road to head back home by 5:00 and they were.  I am pretty sure they couldn't wait to get back home to their little one.

On the other side was Meg of Lindsay Lane Designs another new designer that I had the opportunity to get to know and we were able to share our experiences we have encountered as new designers.  Along with the joy of having ten year old little boys.  Meg has twin boys a month older than Lance who wasn't with me but I knew within about 5 minutes if he was, the boys would have found each other.  Lance is a lot like my mother never met a stranger.  Speaking of my mother as always she in many cases blazed the trail before me in meeting everyone.  I believe she really enjoyed herself.  It only took her two days to figure out there was a designer there that shared the same last name as her mother's maiden name.  She was so excited to tell me and share the story - I told her I was surprised it took her two days to make her way to her exhibit room.

To top off the weekend vendors donate models for the Great Model giveaway and I donated my Margaret Morley model which was won by Sara with Salty Yarns.  
Margaret Morley Sampler Reproduction
Lakeside Linen - Maritime White 32 count
Needlepoint Silks -292, 294, 743, 749, 841, 842,
863, 943, 944 and 946
Framing - Total Framing, Fairfax, VA
Model Stitched by - Martha Dillow
Prior to the drawing there is a drawing for all the vendors who enter items for the opportunity to win a free exhibit room for the St. Charles market....guess who won a room??  Why yours truly, so I will be heading off to market in August.  I have several designs I will need to get moving on to make sure they are ready in August.  Most will be original with maybe one or two reproductions depending on how far I get.  Looks like I will have a very busy and exciting time ahead of me.