Saturday, October 24, 2009

Warning: lots of pictures!

This past weekend ( last weekend, not this one), a bunch of stitching friends and I got together for a stitching getaway in Cape May, NJ.  We had horrible weather -- 2 nor'easters with tons of wind that made the house groan -- but wonderful times in a pretty Cape May style house in the heart of the historic district in town.  Thanks to Kathy and Lorraine for the Cape May pictures -- I need a small camera to keep in my purse!  Here's the house we stayed in -- enough bedrooms for all!



It was quite luxurious, with a very long dining table where we could stitch and stitch and stitch!  While we were there, we celebrated my friend Kathy's birthday.  I gave her a little present, a needle roll made from a Blackbird Designs chart from their With Thy Needle book.  I hope she doesn't look too closely at the finishing work.  :D



I don't remember what fabric I used except that it was a 40ct fabric.  I used the called for fibers.  I put our initials down at the bottom.



I used a fabric from the BBD Beach House fabric collection for the inside lining.




Lorraine took a picture of the birds on the beach.  Aren't they cute?



If anyone can identify them, Lorraine and I would love to know what they are.

While at Cape May, I got to start a new project.  :D   Yes, I planned it that way. lol!   Anyway, I joined the bandwagon and started Paradise Lost by Plum Street Samplers.  It really is a fun stitch!  Except for that blasted tree on the left -- somehow that one was intimidating to me!  Here is where I am on it as of today.



I'm using 40ct vintage Light Examplar linen with the called for NPI and Gloriana silks.  The colors are just amazing!  The ladies from the weekend can attest to how I sorted my threads to start the project and discovered I was missing a color -- boy was I an unhappy camper!  But I figured out that I wouldn't be needing the color for a long long time, so I cheered up pretty quickly.  And now that I'm home I've found the color in my stash so I'm even more happy!

Here's a picture of the gang in the house's livingroom.



Thanks for a lovely time, ladies!  And a special thanks to Nancy for arranging the weekend for us!

In other news, my father sent me some pictures of his trip to mainland China.  He got to visit Olympic Park, which is pretty cool!













I hope you've enjoyed this picture intensive post.  Have a great weekend -- and thanks for stopping by!

44 comments:

Dona said...

Margaret, your needlebook is beautiful and I'm sure Kathy will always treasure it. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time.

The pictures of your dad are so sweet. Very cool that he got to go to the Olympic park.

You've made a lot of progress on your PL. It really is pretty, and I hope to start it someday soon. I've got the chart, but no fabric or threads yet.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Marjorie said...

Oh lucky you! I love Cape May, when I was a kid my family used to go camping there all the time. I miss it! And the needleroll is beautiful!

Jan said...

Oh Margaret, how cool that you got away for a stitchey weekend! The house looks like it was way cozy and charming for the stay. Lovely pic of everyone.

Love your needleroll birthday gift for Kathy. That is so lovely, and the fabric chosen to line with is perfect! Know she must have been thrilled.

You have made great progress on Paradise!! Kudos!!

Jan said...

Oops forgot to mention how happy your dad looks during his visit to the mainland!! Bet he had lots of stories to share with you, too!

Nancy said...

I love the house you stayed in! Glad you had such a nice time. The needleroll you made your friend is very pretty, and I'm sure she must love it. Paradise Lost is looking beautiful. The pictures of China are very cool!

valerie said...

What a fun weekend!! Love the needleroll you made up for Kathy...it looks great and what a cool house you gals all stayed in. I knew you were going to start PL soon...look at all your amazing progress. :) I'd still be stuck on that left tree! lol

Melissa said...

What a lovely post Margaret! Your stitching weekend sounded marvellous! I love all your stitching, as usual! The more I see of PL the more I want to get it now, rather than later!

Have a great weekend.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a great gift, Margaret. I know Kathy had to have been thrilled! I love the pics of your dad, especially the 2nd one with his big, beautiful smile! He's a very handsome fellow.

I can't believe how much you got stitched on PL already. I say that about everything you do but really, I am just amazed at your smokin', hot, needles!

mainely stitching said...

What great fun!! I love the gift you made for Kathy, and have really enjoyed hearing about your weekend away with other stitchers. Thanks for including the cool pics of your dad in China!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I loved looking at all your snaps Margaret. Thanks for sharing with us. Your long weekend in Cape May sounded just perfect, despite all the rain. That just meant you weren't conflicted about staying indoors to stitch. Your PL looks fabulous.

Cathy B said...

What a wonderful way to spend weekend - with friends, in a beautiful house and setting, doing what you love to do - stitching!

The heedleroll you stitched is beautiful. I'm wondering if I need to get on the Paradise Lost bandwagon?

Siobhan said...

Margaret, holy shmoley, you must have the fastest needles around. You go girl!! :) I love your PL progress.

The Cape May pictures are wonderful. I love the NR that you did for Kathy. The finishing is fantastic on it! On the birds, I want to guess that they're sand plovers, but I am just pulling that off the top of my head and I'm probably wrong.

I enjoyed the pics of your dad--how cool that he got to see Olympic Park.

Cari said...

Your needlebook is beautiful! Good job. I'm sure your friend loved it. A stitching retreat with good friends at Cape May...WONDERFUL!! Although the weather was rainy and windy it seems it would be perfect for some serious inside stitching with dear friends. I am lovin' your Paradise Lost. Isn't it beautiful? You are a QUICK stitch girl!! And the pics of your Dad in China are priceless!! Thanks so very much for sharing! Have a great week!! Hugs

Ann's blog said...

Beautiful work Margaret and I love the Cape May home you stayed in. The pictures of your Dad are very nice. Your stitching is lovely and I like all the colours you use.

Lizzie said...

Great post Margaret, what a fabulous new stitching and I love the needle roll. Sounds like a wonderful weekend despite the weather.
Lizzie
XXX

Vonna said...

What a stitchin' good time you must have had in that lovely home!!! I love your new start :) PRETTY!
and your father's pictures are beautiful...I love to peek inside other's lives to see thier life and experiences :)

Glenna said...

What great pictures of your weekend! I also loved seeing the pictures of your dad enjoying his trip!

The needleroll is fantastic as is PL. I am having the same problem with the tree--it is daunting, isn't it? I just can't get a rhythm going with it, I think perhaps because I'm missing one of the critical colors. You really do have turbo needles--wow!

And I agree with Siobhan that the birds are plovers.

Sherry said...

You did a wonderful job on the needlebook, Margaret! How much fun you must have had even with all the foul weather!

How much fun your father must have had on his trip too!

Love to Stitch said...

Cape May is a great place to visit! I love looking at all the Victorian homes, they are all so beautiful. Outstanding progress on your P.Lost! I cant wait to jump on the wagon!!! Awesome to see your Dad at Olympic Park, gives great perspective to it, I have only seen pics from the tube. Glad you had a great week!

Isadarena said...

your needlebook is just beautiful ,Margaret and it sounds like you spend a very nice time in Cape May.

All your pictures arevery nice and you made a lovely progress on your new stitching !!


I hope you a great Sunday :-))

Katrina said...

Great gift for Kathy! I love the BBD pieces :-).

Your Paradise Lost is gorgeous, I can't get over how much you've finished.

Fun pics of your weekend away and your dad.

Jackie said...

A weekend retreat with stitchy friends during rainy weather sounds fantastic to me! I like being inside doing the things I love when the weather is bad.

Amazing progress on PL! The tree is fantastic!

Deb said...

Margaret, you did a great job on the needlebook!!! I did that one a while ago and was going to take it in for framing. I think I like your idea a lot better (read: a cheaper solution to finishing).

Looks like you had a wonderful time on your stitching weekend and you saved the most perfect thing to start! Too bad that the weather wasn't better for you!

Loved all the pictures!

Kellie said...

Beautiful house! Love Paradise Lost!! It looks fabulous!

Loretta said...

Very cool. Margaret. Great to see the photos of you and Kathy. You made her a gorgeous gift!

Loraine said...

What a wonderful weekend! Hopefully the rain helped you get more stitching done!
Love your little needle roll. It is wonderful. Your friend is very lucky.
Fun pictures of your Father.
Take Care.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Looks like a fun place to gather and stitch with friends. Your PL looks great and I can't believe how much you accomplished. Love the Needleroll you made.

The birds are Black Skimmers and this is the color they take on for winter. Yes I am a little bit of a bird geek, so I had to look it up.

Your Dad looks like he is having fun. CJ ok;-)

Alma Allen said...

Hi Margaret,

Looks like you had a wonderful time. Love your finished needlebook. What a great idea...the sampler is the perfect size.
Wish your weather had been a bit more sunny and warm...but it was probably perfect for staying inside and doing a bit of stitching.
Looks like your Dad is having a great time in China.

Giovanna said...

Sounds like you had a great time, despite (or maybe because of, lol) the weather. The BBD roll is just gorgeous (must stitch that one!) and what a great "start" on PL - can't wait to see more of that. And thanks for sharing pics of your handsome dad :-)

Melissa said...

Margaret

The birds are puffins or skimmers. I'll have to look to be sure-I think they are called by both names- but they are a protected species down here and areas of our beaches are closed down for nesting season. April to August I think.

Your weekend sounds wonderful. I'd love to move into that house and the needle book roll you made Kathy is wonderful. Your finish is perfect.

Love the pictures of your dad too.

Melissa said...

Margaret-I just checked the birds are black skimmers. You can google them and find out all about them.

Brigitte said...

Margaret, that needlebook for Kathy is so so beautiful. What a fantastic idea to make this design into a needlebook. I'll have to keep this in mind ...
Great progress on the PL sampler. And congratulations on finishing Fred who you showed in a previous post.

Cari said...

Margaret, I always look forward to your posts.

It sounds like you had a great weekend with your friends. What a beautiful, old home. I love the big porch!

What a lovely gift for Kathy - I have stitched this piece and it was such fun and turned out lovely - I framed mine but I love that you made it into a needleroll - what a perfect idea and you did a wonderful job!

PL keeps popping up and it's such a great piece - you've really gotten a lot stitched. (love your needleminder!)

What a proud daughter you are, the pictures of your Dad are great - he looks like he is having a good time.

Enjoy your week.

Karoline said...

The needlebook is gorgeous, I'm sure that Kathy loves it. Your stitching retreat sounds great fun, it's always good to get away like that.

Great progress on PL

Anonymous said...

i can't believe it! you and siohban are almost done w/your paradise lost and i'm still waiting for mine. :(
i am so sad!

and i just got my A&E box in the mail yesterday...

i love your needlebook! looks like you all had a fun time in cape may!

your dad looks like he had a grand time in china!

joann in tx.

woolwoman said...

I have always wanted to go to Cape May - there is a rug hooking retreat up there and a friend of mine went last year - said it was awesome there - I'm so glad you had a nice time with a great group of friends- and what a lucky girl Kathy is to get that beautiful needleroll from you. Your PL looks wonderful - I'm not surprised at all you are about 1/2 finished with the concentrated stitching time you had at your retreat. I'm not going to start mine just yet but the pull is sure strong. Nice to see photos of your Dad on his trip. Mel

Michelle said...

Beautiful needlebook! I know Kathy was thrilled with it. And you are just booking along on PL - you all will be done by the time I start it! Love the photos of your Dad and the photos of your retreat - what fun!!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi, dear Margaret, What fun to see your pictures! I know you had a great time stitching and spending time with friends on Cape May. I lived in Mendham, NJ, several years ago for a couple of years, so I know those beautiful cottage on Cape May! Your needleroll is just beautiful.
Hugs, Deb

Margaret said...

From onw Margaret from another Hello. I enjoyed your post, so many lovely projects.

Littlebit said...

What beautiful pictures, Margaret! Especially enjoyed seeing your dad..he looks soooo sweet!! I'm ENVIOUS beyond belief at your progress on Paradise Lost! By the time I'm ready to do it, everyone else will be finished.

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

Margaret - I adore your 2 'Freds' - Kathy B-D always uses the best colors doesn't she! Your needlebook finish looks great too and I'm sure the recipient was thrilled to receive it. Congrats!

Lurline said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed your Post, Margaret - such a beautiful place and beautiful friends. I love your work and it has been a real pleasure to visit!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Sharon said...

What beautiful pictures. I love that you had a get together at Cape May. Sounds like a fabulous time was had. The pictures of your dad are great too. Paradise Lost is gorgeous Miss Speedy needle!! LOL

RuthB said...

Enjoyed your picture intensive post? Wellllll... heck yes!

Beautiful stitching and family fun and adventures... what more could we want?