Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tea with the Queen

I had my yearly gyn checkup this week.  Thankfully all is well from that end (pun intended), BUT my BP and cholesterol still need to be medicated, and surprise, surprise, I weigh more than ever – in my life.  One of these days I will get back on the wagon, but he didn’t care for that attitude.  He’s right, but we all know your head AND your heart have to be in it before success will be achieved.   On to more fun things…
I noticed today that the Bride’s Tree Ornament SAL blog is asking someone to take over as administrator.  It is a fun project to do, so if you have the time and interest, hop over and volunteer.

You’ve listened to my chatter about the stitching getaway weekend my LNS, The Stitch and Frame Shop, sponsored with a project by Clara Blalock from The Stitching Parlor.  She was inspired by the lovely china tea set.  It is such a beautiful project, even more so in person.  The velvet bag is scrumptious on its own!   Clara is a delightful lady, excellent designer and teacher, and her project is superb!   If you ever have an opportunity to have a class with her, GO!

The getaway started on Friday afternoon with friends gathering and greeting, some we don’t see very often, others I’d never met, and one on-line friend I got to meet!   Angel was there, and I hadn’t seen her since Camp Stitchaway,  and  Carolyn was able to work out the details of life to be able to come to the retreat!  It was such a treat getting to meet her in person! 
She is such a kind and funny GirlFriend.  Can’t wait until we get together again.    

After some time chatting and such, we all went out for dinner for more fun and chatter.  When we got back, we reviewed the project, fondled, ohhed and ahhed the velvet and satin, and started our outline backstitches.  We got to take a trip over to the Shop for a private purchase evening!  Since I live in the town, I decided to sleep at home, but I’m sure I missed a lot of late night fun! 

Saturday, we stitched more, had lunch, stitched more, had Tea, stitched more…  You get the point – the purpose was stitching, and we did!!  We had dinner on our own, so some went shopping, Peggy opened the shop again, and I went to care for Pixie.  After that break there was more stitching, THEN Show and Tell.  What wonderful work these ladies do!    Of the 50-some pictures I took, here are a few…


Sunday was the final day – a bit of stitching, packing up, with fond farewells and hope to see you soons!  In the afternoon, I did more stitching and got my name graphed ‘over one’ and stitched, between naps. 


Thanks to Peggy, for such a great getaway!  I know a lot of planning and work goes into making this a success, and in my book this one was Excellent.  S&F also sponsors a fall retreat at Myrtle Beach in November, but I do believe I heard that it is full.  If you want to check it out, I imagine it will be posted on their site before long.

I meant to show you what I've been stitching.  The Three Amigos finished the inside of the needle book roll at the retreat, and I've been working on the outside...



  1. Thanks for sharing fabulous photos of the retreat Charlene!

    The project looks amazing and I can't wait to see the finished set. I can tell everybody had a great time... but of course spending time with fellow stitchers is HEAVENLY!

    The EGA chapter I'm into had a stitching retreat last weekened of January but I didn't able to attend. Hopefully I'll be able to next time.

    Happy stitching!

  2. Charlene, looks like you had a fantastic time!!!!

  3. Charlene,
    Your needleroll looks fantastic. I've been working on my Zentangle most of the time, but haven't been stitching much this weekend. I've never frogged so much in my life. I'm with you on the dr. visit - hard to get motivated sometimes, isn't it? Great pictures of the fun times!

  4. I like your new picture of yourself. I don't see where you've gained a lot of weight. Maybe you need to run one of the Stash for Pounds things again (LOL)

  5. Hey Lady!! Your project is coming along quite nicely & quickly too! We had such a good time! Can't wait till the next get-together!

    Are you ready to let me have the halloween piece?? LOL

  6. Oh Charlene, it looks like you had so much fun! Dan and I have decided to move back down to Wilmington NC so maybe one of these retreats is in my future! I sure hope so, I would love to meet you and the other girls! Great stitching job too!

  7. What a lovely time you had. It looks like a lot of fun. Tea and stitching, what else could a gal want? Love your new pic!!! What a beauty!


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