Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's A New Year Approaching - What Are You Grateful For?

As I reflect on 2009 I see that I have so much to be grateful for.  I had the great pleasure of being introduced to many new people, some of whom I know will be lifelong friendships.  My wish for the new decade is that I will have time to spend with each and everyone of those people in my life that are important to me.  My parents, although both having had a difficult year are getting ready to take yet another winter trip to Sanibel Island and I am grateful that are still able to do that.  I am grateful for those friends I can truly count on one hand.  You know that ones that will stand by you at any cost.  I am fortunate to have that in my life.  I am extremely blessed to have participated in many wonderful shows this past year and won another Best of Show in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  My wish is to be able to expand this year into the Pennsylvania area.  I hope that I am able to slow down, appreciate each day and smile, everyday.


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What do you win do you say??
Well, one of these wintery lighted snowman hand made here a Rocking Chair Stitches. 

So here's hoping your New Year starts off a winner!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Good Morning New England Winter

What a beautiful morning here in the Northwest Hills of Rhode Island.  Wonderful day ahead of making cookie gifts, wrapping and Patriots football.  Thought I would share a couple of pics of around my yard.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Deck The Halls

OK finally found some quiet time to take pictures of all of the efforts for the holiday house decorating.  I love the holiday season.  All the memories of my children on Christmas morning.....oh wow sentimental.  Cabbage Patch Dolls, Care Bears, Glo your memory being jogged as well.  Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the ORIGINAL Nintendo.....  So there you go, I am sure that now I have put my age out there. 

Party tonight with some great friends for which I made a wonderful Pumpkin Roll with Ginger Roulade and I decorated it with simply just a bow. 

And then the East Coast snow storm.  We are now expecting two feet of snow so I guess Santa will have a way to get to our house on Thursday evening.

Wonderful Santa Board painted for me by a wonderful friend.

Kitchen hutch with my snowman collection that grows by the year.  Greens, antique basket and wonderful lights.  I just love this.

Marvelous Candy Canes from Country Stitches found at one of the shows we did.

Stockings were hung....

Yup more snowmen.....  by Cindy again
I just absolutely love her stuff.

My antique apothecary chest, my prized possession.

The Tree filled with ornaments that have meaning.  Childrens' firsts, given to me all going to be handed down one day.  Even my 27 year old daughter's Rainbow Brite...remember her? 

Front hallway hutch and yup more snowmen.

What you see when you leave our home. 
We hope you had a wonderful time

See you after the storm!
Stay Safe and Warm

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My Best Friend's Wedding

Sometimes there is nothing better than a wedding.  This is my best friend of 52 years....imagine that.  Our parents were best friends and we have carried on the tradition.  I love you Elaine!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Starting to decorate and even in the snow!

This is New England and really wait a minute and the weather will change.  The day before yesterday is was record setting temps in the 70's and tonight....SNOW.  Oh it's great though, put me right in the mood to decorate the house.  Wanted to show you a few pictures of the beginning stages.

Getting there.....I hope

Santa and his pointsettia's

Front Entryway


Kitchen hutch

More tomorrow as we progress.

Thank you to my Mozo for all your creative expertise.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Is it really December in New England??

So today in the Northwest Hills of Rhode Island it was 70 degrees.  I had thought about putting up the Christmas Tree but it just didn't seem quite right so I will wait until this weekend when the weather is a bit more that even a word??? LOL

We had a wonderful time in Deerfield and it was busy with lots of new friends and old ones as well.  It is so nice to be able to put faces with the names on my email list like Mary and Pat.  So nice to see both of you.  It's great when you are able to shake their hands  and have a conversation face to face.  

We were told by many people that our booth was the best at the show.  How wonderful is that?  Several people came specifically to see us.  That is such an honor.  Our classes were well attended and the women had a great time learning how to stitch.  

I have pictures to post and will do that tomorrow.  For tonight I think I will shower and relax because in addition to the show I had a flu the entire time.  Thankfully I am feeling better.  

I know it is a bit late, but tomorrow both November and December's winners of the Sweets penny rugs will be picked.  Will it be you??

More later

Keep your family close.!!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Deerfield Christmas Sampler

What would Thanksgiving weekend be without Deerfield weekend and the wonderful Christmas Sampler.  Hundreds of top of the line artisans and crafters, Christmas music, massages, gifts, food and fun all in one convenient place.  What more could you asks for!  It is held at the world Famous Better Living Center at the Big E Fairgrounds in East Springfield, Massachusetts.  Visit their website via the link to request a coupon for dollars off admission.  We are honored once again to be part of this wonderful event for which we have won two BEST OF SHOW.  I can't wait.  Of course, dinner is first on Turkey Day and I am working on that as well for 26 people YIKES. 

Join us if you are visiting for our class on how to make a penny rug.
  It's a simple project that shows you the basic stitches for creating a masterpiece.  Sign up early, spaces go really really quickly.

Off to the chocolate chip cookies I am making to take to my daughter's house today while I am watching Mason and watching football with my daughter.  I love her!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

We're Off

Well it's finally here and we are totally exhausted.  We have a few last minute things to do like shower and get change lol.  Other than that we are pretty much set.  I wish that bluetooth technology would allow us to sleep the entire drive ..... hmmm maybe a driver lol.  In any event we are off ato what we hope will be a very successful first showing at the Wilton Historial Society's Fine American Craftsmen Show in Wilton, CT.  Hopefully will upload pictures from there to give you an idea of how these shows work.  Wish us Luck!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Getting ready for Wilton OMG!! Busy Busy

We are unbelieveably busy getting ready for our first time at Wilton Artisans, one of the biggest shows on the East Coast.  Honored obviously to finally be selected to be among the finest Artisans in folk art and primitive wares. 

Just a smidgen of what's coming with us.....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Folk Art Festival of New England

A wonderful day was had by all at the Folk Art Festival.  Attendance was up and it was busy and steady all weekend long.  We are all hoping that this is a good sign for the economy.  I am going to post a few pictures of the gorgeous booth that Country Plus had.  Judy has such a knack for wonderful design and decoration. 

Enjoy these pictures and look forward to the slide show that will be coming soon.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

So Excited -

I am so excited today.  My partner and friend is coming home.  She recently moved to Maryland and she will be coming here for the month of November to visit, reconnect and of course sew and design.  Welcome home Constancia!! 

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Getting Ready for November

We are anxiously awaiting our Fall shows. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What A Great Day

What a wonderful day we had at the Private Showing at the home of the Itinerant Painter.  Two days of special fun, drawings and friendship.  Old and new friends passed through the doors of the warm primitive home of the Itinerant Painter.  You should join us next year.  Warm cider, hot coffee and all kinds of goodies kept everyone with full tummys.  The offerings of Lynne Andrews, and Joy from Rhode Island Soapworks were enjoyed by all and I was humbled to be in the same room as all of them.  The Itinerant Painter's Rufas Porter like original paintings were the hit!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New New New

OOhhhh Aaaahhhh - This morning I got a MMS Text from my girlfriend and partner Connie who dreamt about this new design and made it yesterday.  It's called Mason's Mittens because we both have a little Mason in our lives.  Hers is her nephew and mine is my "adopted grandson". Well in other words my daughter's friend has this 10 month old named Mason who is just awesome.  So if you would like to make a Christmas Tree Skirt for your own Mason, visit Rocking Chair Stitches. 

And OH By the Way, this is one of the little Mason's -- ISN'T HE JUST AWESOME

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October 4, 2009

It's a dreary morning here in Northwest Rhode Island.  We are hoping that the weather will at least turn sunny for the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run.  My husband will be riding in that and I will stay home to sew and get ready for the upcoming show season.  I am going to post some pictures for you after our wonderful day yesterday with Mason, Lynn, Theresa, N'evaeh, Princess, Brittney and Chuck carving pumpkins and eating pizza.  Great day!!

Bring on Fall Pattern

Bring on Fall Pattern
One of our customers favorites. Easy to do!

Autumn Spectacular

Autumn Spectacular
Beautiful pattern for pillow and runner