Thursday, October 29, 2015

Count Me Inspired

Happy Thursday, 
I went once again to the Count Me Inspired retreat that Cathy from The Inspired Needle puts on in Shipshewana, Indiana. I took a few pictures when I remembered, so here we go...

Cathy set up store, way too much to buy and surely not enough time, you know what I'm talking about, lol 

Here is the table of the smalls exchange 
Every single one was fantastic and I would have been happy with any of them

Here is my small I stitched, it is the partial design of Threadwork Primitives, Ever So Grateful

I lost the photo with the one I choose, but here it is at home 
A most fabulous needle book and of course I picked a Halloween package

Cathy held a people's choice award this year. Barb won!! She made the Halloween bag in the middle of the photo, beautiful. Barbs prize was a free retreat next year, wow, how generous! 
I'll try to be back tomorrow with our treats from the retreat, stash and two finish photos, so stay tuned...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Iowa Road Trip, what fun!!

Happy Thursday all, 

Last week Anna and I made a road trip to needle shops in Iowa 

First stop was The Village Needlework in Marion 
All I bought was a big roll of olive wool. I could have bought more, but didn't want to spend all my pennies in one store. 

Second stop was Fiberworks in Waverly
The store was jam packed with oldies and so much to dig through, it was unbelievable the stuff that was there, maybe good treasures??!!
Yes, there was treasures, I found some loose feathers. I plan on making trades, since I already have them. It gives stitchers a chance to get the charts without high price tags on eBay. I see I'm missing some stash from the pile. Lots of  bags filled with cheap priced linen, always my favorite 

Next stop was a small antique store in Floyd
I bough a singer sewing drawer, nice find, for me anyways

We made it to Osage that night and stayed. In the morning we were excited to get up and get going downtown. We visited Debbie's Quilt Shop. Look at all the finishing goodies we found 
The ladies were super nice and it was great to chat with them 

Then a few doors down we went to The Stitchery Nook, oh my! what a store
I'll let the pics do most of the talking 

The store is as huge as it looks and so in order, tons of models. 
Liz and sherry are the owners. We had the pleasure of visiting with sherry. 
She showed us the upstairs that sleeps up to 15, wow, what a great place to stay. It had great lighting and everyone had there own table. There was a group staying up there, it's been their third year. 
It's great for any needlework and scrap booking. I will definitely be staying there in the near future
I didn't want to take pics and impose on the group. We quietly peeked in all the rooms 

Which reminds me, they have a huge section for scrap booking 

Here's my stash I bought from there 

We had a fabulous dinner at a pub called Teluwut (tell you what) between the shops
We ate dinner there and then lunch, it was that good
We went to the Ewe and Eye wool shop not too from downtown, but they weren't open.
I heard her son passed away unexpectedly and not too long after that her daughters boyfriend/ fiancé passed away, so sad. I don't know If that's the reason they were closed. They had been opened since then. 

Who knew Iowa could be so fun