Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stitching with Friends....

Nothing better than stitching with friends 
at the beach. The PALS Stitching at the Beach 
retreat was last week.  Unfortunately, my camera 
decided to take the weekend off so no pics, but 
the good thing is a lot of stitching was done.

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I was treated to goodies including this little 
cutie from Charlene which is the perfect 
memento for the retreat.

Love the little beads for bubbles!

What a cutie!   The bright, vibrant colors 
pretty much sum up the time we 
had stitching & laughing!

So many designers joined us this year including 
Tanya from The Scarlett House.  She designed the 
cutest little freebie for "Stitching at the Beach" 
and many of the Pals didn't wait to get it started.  
 I am sure you will see some finishes 
soon because it is precious.

What was in my stitching bag?  Well, I did get 
one ornament stitched and then turned my 
attention to one of my Crazy Challenge pieces.  
I made great progress and was able to 
finish it up this week!

Goode Huswife "Flowers of Lebanon"
stitched on 32ct black evenweave w/ DMC

I still can't figure out why this design took so long 
to finish!   I guess it has to be stitching on the 
black.  I feel like it took me a good month but 
now that I look at the completed design, 
am amazed how small it really is.

Love the funky colors!

I definitely made this one my own by changing 
colors and the design (mostly by accident).   I do 
like it for its vibrant colors and it just pops on 
the black fabric.   Now it will go live in 
the bin of unfinished finishes.

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Cooler weather is finally moving south and I am 
so happy for it!  Hope my friends to the 
north stay safe from Hurricane Sandy.

Happy stitching....


  1. Glad you had a great time! Love what you got from Charlene. I especially love your finish -- it's gorgeous!

  2. I knew it wouldn't be long until you finished it! Love it! The ones that I thought would make good companions were BOAF Bloom and Kindness Sampler. Maybe not, but they are all colorful!

    Great gtg at PALS - let's not wait so long until next time!

  3. I do admire stitchers who do projects on black fabric, they always look so spectacular.
    Lovely gift you received, it's always nice to have fun with friends, especially stitching friends.

  4. A lovely gift received and a gorgeous finish.

  5. It was great to see you again. Your gift from Charlene was lovely and your finish is very pretty.

  6. It was so good to see you Karen! I love your gift from Charlene and your finish!! It turned out so pretty. Let me know when you want to meet up at Amy's!

  7. Flowers of Lebanon is beautiful. The colors certainly pop and look great. And such a lovely gift from Charlene. Sounds like you had a good time.
    love Annette

  8. The Goode Huswife design is so beautiful and bold in colours!! Sweet gift from Charlene!!

  9. Glad you had a good time away. I always think accidental changes make the best ones lol xx I try to included at least one in everything I do xx

  10. Great meeting you Karen! Your finish is beautiful and so glad you got some things done at the BEACH. I loved it there and met so many wonderful stitchers. Had to come over and bother your table now and then too. pam

  11. Glad to hear you had a great time at the retreat. Lovely gift and challenge finish :)

  12. I love your Flowers of Lebanon finish, such amazing colours just jump out at you, beautiful!!

  13. Congrats on the finish Karen. I love the colors you chose on the black fabric. There is no way I could see to stitch on black. Yours looks awesome.


  14. I can't believe I sat beside you for nearly 3 days watching you stitch this....It is a true beauty and the computer image doesn't do it justice~~ Love love love it....

    Hope your week is not too crazy...go Tigers and Heels~~~ Faye

  15. What a sweet gift from Charlene. It sounds like ya'll had a great time. I love your finish - so dramatic on the black, gorgeous!

  16. ooooo was only thinking hadn't heard from you for awhile and now I know you were having a fab time at the retreat ... cute gift from Charlene and love that wee bird you finished too ...
    take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxx

  17. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. What a sweet gift from Charlene. Your stitching is lovely.

  18. Glad you had fun - i hope to do a stitching retreat someday ... until then - keep posting - i so enjoy hearing about them ;)

  19. I'm glad you enjoyed your retreat! I'd love to make it there one day. Your gift from Charlene is adorable, and your finish--LOVE it!

  20. Your latest finish is gorgeous, and what a perfect gift from Charlene :)
    Best wishes and happy stitching to you.

  21. Congrats on the gorgeous finish! Love the little pillow from Charlene.

  22. Oh no! Not the bin of unfinished finishes!! This one is so pretty.

  23. Glad to hear that the retreat was such fun for all and that you missed the terrible storm heading that way. Love your is absolutely gorgeous, so vibrant!

  24. Glad it was such a good retreat, but then again, they all are, aren't they?! I absolutely love FoL - beautiful!

  25. Glad to hear you had a fun time! Your finish is incredible...the colors just pop off that black linen.

  26. Love the fish! And Flowers of Lebanon is spectacular!

  27. Such a pretty design in really looks good with the black material.
    Looks like you had fun at the retreat, hugs.

  28. Sweet gift from Charlene!! Love the piece and how it pops on that black fabric!

  29. Glad you had a great time Karen. Lovely gift from Charlene.

    Love Flowers of Lebanon. The colours really pop on the black fabric.

  30. Wow--love the piece on black, Charlene!! And your retreat sounds delightful--it's been fun to see photos on everyone's blogs of all the good times :)


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