I've been MIA for so long, I almost forgot how to sign into my blog. But there has been a very good reason for this... since returning from Colorado, I've had this insatiable desire to overhaul my entire house! New paint in every room, new blinds on every window, a new stitching chair in every room (okay, just one room), and new carpeting everywhere, which will arrive in a couple of weeks. I'm not sure if this mission I was on was due to the fresh mountain air or simply from being with friends who give me lots of positive energy, but whatever it was, I'll take it.
And I must say, Colorado was wonderful! What a beautiful place to present a workshop, and the Sampler Guild of the Rockies' ladies couldn't have been more welcoming. I enjoyed every moment I was able to spend with them! The room was full of not only everyone's stitching belongings, but a large boutique area (I couldn't fit that into the photo) where I did plenty of shopping. :)
It was the Guild's 20th anniversary, and since the theme was Crowns and Jubilee, I presented a reproduction of the first antique sampler I've ever purchased, called 1837 Crowns Sampler. Here is the original:
The smalls I designed were based on the sampler, and I called them A Crowning Effort.
Judy Yunt and Katrina Devine did the most amazing job putting this workshop day together for the ladies, and I can't thank them enough for the honor of being invited to attend. The decorations were beautiful (which included fresh flowers in beautiful blue Mason jars at every table!), the gifts given to every single attendee were outstanding (stitched scissors fobs - 65 of them, front and back stitched! - black Kelmscott Storklette scissors, and beautiful beeswax crowns), and the door prizes were absolutely fantastic (Lady's Trimkeeps and stitching wallets - again, stitched by the sweetest, most generous ladies - sampler charts, and so much more!). And the food! Absolutely delicious, and I think every single person there needed one recipe or another.
It was sad for the day to end, but I left knowing I'd made many new stitching friends. :)
After the workshop was over, I stayed a few extra days at Katrina's house, along with good friends Natalia and Karin (and we got to visit Jen's house for a stitching day as well!). We had such a fun time chatting endlessly, eating everything Katrina cooked (because everything she made was amazing), and "shopping" in her stash room, which holds more kitted samplers and Natalia's stitching wallets than you can imagine.
And did I mention that everything was organized by designer, and then alphabetically?
I'm not even kidding.
We also spent a day going shopping and walking around Garden of the Gods. It was such an awe-inspiring place, with the way the rocks had formed there...
This particular rock formation is called the Kissing Camels...
Hi Natalia and Karin!
And of course, for Instagram:
By the way, Katrina's house is lovely, and I'm quite envious of the view from her kitchen window in the mornings:
And these are her little princesses:
But there's one little princess that will be even more spoiled than these two, and her Grandpa can vouch for that:
Thank you for having me as your guest, Katrina! It was a perfect mini vacation, at least for me. ;)
And by the way, for those of you on Instagram, you can follow Katrina as she works on her Crowns Sampler, and see the color changes she's made. It's coming along beautifully, and if I were to stitch this sampler again, I'd go with her conversion!
(The 1837 Crowns Sampler chart will be available at the upcoming needlework market in St. Charles.)
I suppose I'll sign off of here and get back to my stitching a bit before I go to bed. I'm almost finished with a project I got from Katrina's stash room, which I'll show you in another post. That is, if I remember how to sign back into my blog again. ;)
I'll see you soon!