Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stitched at the Beach

Hey, Folks!

Stitching at the Beach with PALS was great this year!  It was so much fun visiting with old and new friends!  Even though it was cloudy and rainy most of the time, I love the coast, and this was a good excuse to stay inside stitching!  There were over 115 there this year, along with several venders. 
  I got more stitching done than usual – maybe because of the weather, or because I didn’t feel sick like last year!

The main finish was Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers from the Just Cross Stitch 2013 Halloween issue.  Of course there were changes: I used 36ct Dark Bunny from Hand-Dyed Fibers.  Also used some of the limited edition GAST fibers.  Also almost finished the Victorian stocking from the 2008 JCS Christmas ornament issue.
I have since stitched Trick or Treat from the same issue on some mystery linen using a combination of silk fibers.  Pretty cute, I must say, but it's hiding right now... Do you enjoy being rebellious and using what you like or have on hand?  I have lost misplaced my camera, so these are all phone shots.

Aren’t stitching buds just the best?  These are some goodies I received – just because!  There was this sweet little strawberry from dear Faye

a pretty patchwork pin cushion from lovely Linda, 

a wool snowman ornament from the crafty Lynn, 

a paper spool filled with chocolates from kindly Karen, (Teresa got a better photo)

a 2013 Myrtle Beach glass ornie from Michele

a crescent moon stitch picker from Diane

a scrabble tile necklace from Karen,

and the sweetest needle minder from Sandy – you can call me Sandra!

We made a quick run to the Quilters Cottage and I picked up a few pieces.  

 And we had a cording demo by Miss Linda.  This is the trim I've made since that demo. Thanks Linda - an example is worth a thousand words!

Do you have blogs that make you feel like you’re visiting with the person while you’re there?  Not necessarily stitching blogs, just favorites?  A couple that I enjoy:

The Pioneer Woman talks about her family farm, home schooling (which I seldom even look at), an occasional guest author, and cooking.  She has some fantastic recipes (like Perfect Potato Soup), oh, and a TV show on the Food Network.

Posie Gets Cozy is a wonderful photographer who has an online crafting business, shares recipes, and her adoration of the one-year-old that she and her husband adopted at birth. It has been an amazing year for them, and it’s so nice to get a peek into such a loving family.

May 2013 be filled with Happy Stitching!



  1. Nice finish and near finish. It was such fun to meet you ladies:)

  2. Your trip looks like lots of fun! I love Posey, just bought all her felt ornament kits. Her house is so stylish but cozy. <3

  3. wow you sure had a great time and loved getting to see all the goodies you brought home.
    I adore the Pioneer woman and Posey too:) I've lost rack of all of Ree's recipes I've made but love her cooking show on TV. love Annette

  4. Sounds like a great time at the retreat, Charlene, and what wonderful remembrances from your friends! Your finish and almost-finish both look wonderful...

    Watch out! Now that you are an expert cord maker you will see how addicting it is!

  5. Looks like you had a great time at the retreat! I'm so glad! Lovely goodies from friends too!

  6. You accomplished a lot, had fun, and got lots of gifts too! Sounds like a good time to me.

  7. Stitching friends are the best Charlene. It sounds you had a good time with friends with the gifts you received and the stitching you've completed. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead:)

  8. Sounds like you had a fabulous time at the beach Charlene! Love your finishes. What great treats from your stitching buddies. Lovely new stash too.
    I love both of those blogs :)
    Have a great week!

  9. It was a lot of fun at the PALS retreat this year. Glad that you had a finish, that was great.

  10. What a fabulous time you had. Such wonderfully nice gifts you received.

  11. I am happy that I was able to attend this year and see you again and meet many new stitching friends. It was trully a great time.

  12. Sounds like you had a great time. I love visiting the beach, any one!

  13. Great finish Charlene.... definitely need to move this one up on the To Do list. Great time stitching with you too! Happy stitching....

  14. Great work, and sounds like so much fun with 115 of your closest friends. =)

  15. It was so good to see you Charlene! I hope we can plan something soon!

  16. Ahhh Charlene -- you make me yearn for a good ole Pals retreat. It's been too long! And kudos to you for getting all that stitching done!!!! Somehow I always got distracted :)

    Welcome home and happy stitching!

  17. wow! sounds like a fun meet-up!
    ...and a lovely finish too!

  18. It was great seeing you again Charlene! I knew you would finish more than the PSS piece! You are very diligent... It was a fun time! Hugs!


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