Monday, October 20, 2014

Sampler Guild Road Trip

Our Guild Program Chair - Elizabeth Ellers out did herself with our weekend trip.  We began Saturday morning leaving via chartered bus heading to Philadelphia the first destination for our weekend excursion.  We arrived at M. Finkle and Daughter around 12:30 where we were welcomed by Amy Finkle who hosted an open house for all of us in her wonderful shop.
Sampler lovers - need I say more?

Ever wonder what happens when the Loudoun Sampler Guild arrives for a tour?
As you can see we filled the room and everyone had their eyes on something.
Once everyone headed upstairs to view the samplers
I took the opportunity of taking a photo of the area.

Amy Finkle shared the background of one of the many samplers
hanging on the walls of her shop (sorry the photo is blurry)
Here is a sampling of what is available
(except for the one in the upper left hand corner which is sold)
We had a wonderful visit with Amy and appreciate the time she took to share her samplers with us.  All of her samplers and furniture is absolutely amazing and was a joy to see.  Once we departed Philadelphia we continued our trip to our next destination - Princeton.   We arrived around 4:30 and we all checked into the Erdman Center Princeton Theological Seminary for the evening.  We found our rooms and dropped off our bags before heading out to dinner.  Some made the trip into town while others walked across the campus for dinner in the dining hall.

Once everyone had returned from dinner we had the art studio to ourselves for an evening of stitching, chatting and door prizes.  Amy Mitten who visited the guild to teach a couple of classes in April had forwarded several goodies to Elizabeth specifically for our October excursion
Our day ended with a few hours of stitching before heading off to bed.
Sunday morning I woke up fairly early and walked into Princeton to make a trip for coffee and to take in the scenery.  The brisk air and leaves changing reminded me that Fall is definitely on its way.
Morning stroll into Princeton's downtown area
One of many beautiful churches
Had to photograph this home since it is very similar to our home
minus the sun room on the left
Morven Exhibit Location
Morven was very close to where we were staying a few of us loaded our items on to the bus and walked over to the museum.  The exhibit Hail Specimen of Female Art! was amazing.  We were treated to a lecture by Dan and Marty Campanelli followed by a tour of the exhibit.  Afterwards we spent some time in the gift shop and enjoyed lunch from Panera in the homes sun room.   Once again we all loaded back onto the bus for the trip back home. 

Shortly after I took the outside photo of Morven I twisted my ankle coming down the four stairs at the front entrance. My husband picked me up once the bus returned to Virginia.  Off we headed to the urgent care center to have my foot checked out where they confirmed what I figured had happened.  My right ankle was sprained and believe it or not this is the fourth time I have sprained this ankle.  Both of my wonderful nurses hailed from New Jersey and wanted to know why I was in Jersey, which museum I visited and what the exhibit was all about.

So all-in-all it was a Jersey sort of day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Just recently began adding new items to my Etsy store and will continue to add over the next few weeks.  Majority will be needlework related sewing tools, linens, quilts and a few samplers.

I have a beautiful Silver Chatelaine Stamp Case and Silver Pig Tape Measure along with more great items I have acquired over the years that are ready for new homes. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Light at the end of the tunnel

Ever since market my life has been a whirlwind.  For my full time job I had a critical exam that consumed any free time I had for the last five weeks.  Out of the four exams I had to pass this ONE and it wasn't making it easy for me.  There are four exams required to be passed and all of the others I was able to pass first go around.  This one I had the pleasure of failing twice - the third time was either going to be the charm or I would need to find a new career to pursue - no pressure. Fortunately, for me I have always worked well under pressure.  Before I left to take the exam I told my husband and mom if I fail it the third time then this was not the plan God had for me at this point in my life, because it sure wasn't from the lack of studying and preparing for the exam. Over the last two years the verse that always comes to mind is 

"For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, 
to give you a future and a hope" 
- Jeremiah 29:11
When I sat down to take the exam after it started - can't write anything down before then I wrote another verse that comes to mind quite often at the top of my erasable board.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 
- Philippians 4:13

It was with this mindset that I began my exam for the third time and hit the submit button - which seemed like forever to tally my score even though I am sure it was only a few seconds.  I about jumped up out of my seat when I saw the words PASS - never has one little word looked so good!  I was ecstatic to see I was able to bring up my score in two of the critical sections by approximately 30 points each.   I passed the exam with room to spare.

Now what do I get to do with my new found free time? I get to study for one more optional exam and a certification, but before beginning all of that fun I spent Friday evening and a good portion of Saturday at an amazing auction.  They were selling the estate of a collector who was more of a curator of fine antique quilts, crocks, furniture and all kinds primitive accessories.

Friday night the focus was quilts and stoneware.  My mom and husband arrived before I was able to get there and my seat when I arrived had three quilts he had already purchased for me that I had marked in my book.  As the night continued I had no trouble accumulating more.
Stack of quilts not all were from this auction
I headed out Saturday morning to Day 2 of the auction.  My husband told me to take his car since he thought I wouldn't be able to get much into his. 
By 10:00 this is what his car looked like and it was full by the end of the day. 
Beautiful sampler in blues and whites
Another wonderful sampler I had to remove from the frame
the glass was not cut large enough for the frame and
I was afraid leaving it would do more damage than good

Beautiful Victorian bed with hand carved medallions.
My husband had to make the trip out to pick this one up.
It was too beautiful to leave behind and will
probably replace Lance's existing bed.

After two days I ended up with quilts, samplers, furniture and of course I am a sucker for handmade wood boxes and was able to pick up one that is hand hewn - I don't know why I love wood primitive boxes and tools.  I joke that I must have been a wood worker in a prior life.  My mom also bought one for me which I didn't know until we loaded up because she was walking around and bidding behind me.

All of the goodies I found over the months and years are too many for just me.  I will be gradually adding many of these beautiful finds to my Etsy store for those of you who may be interested in adding to your collection.  I firmly believe each piece I find has it's own unique story and each of us are only it's temporary caretaker.  I will be including as much information about each piece based upon what I know.  I want to be able to share its history and how well it is made.  Some of these treasures only come around once since many are from the mid to late 1800's.  If you are interested in any of my finds you may purchase them thru Etsy and if you are local we can arrange pick up or delivery instead of shipping - just let me know.