Saturday, July 5, 2014

How I spent my summer so far.....

I know summer technically started less
than 20 days ago but we have
been going full force since mid-May.
We visited the The White House in
Heath Springs, SC.   They have wonderful
fabrics and vintage trims all at great prices.
(Picture from web) 

 The most interesting thing about the
White House, though,is it is owned by
Jim Shore and his wife, who turned their former
home into a quilt shop and a showcase for
the complete Jim Shore collection.
I have lived in SC all of my life and had no idea
Jim Shore was from little ol' Health Springs....
small world!
Next it was off to my niece's graduation....
Beauty and her Salutatorian speech.
Then there was my hubby's 30th class reunion...
Allendale Academy Class of '84 rocks!
Then vacation took us on the trail of
Lewis and Clark
in Virginia and Washington DC.....
Can you say history field trip?
I was able to visit two cross stitch shops
and come home with some goodies....
Cross Stitch Station
Waynesboro VA
Johnson City TN
Both were very nice so if you are ever in the area...
I have found some time to stitch too!
Priscilla's Pocket "Liberty"
Stitched on 32 millennium blue
w/Victorian Motto
I finished that in time to stitch this little freebie...
Primitive Betty's "Liberty" freebie
stitched on 32ct Mocha WDW
w/Victorian Motto
I finally started Homespun Elegance's
The Sheltering Tree.  
This one has been in my basket for years and
I just couldn't wait any longer.
HE "The Sheltering Tree"
stitched on 35ct linen
with DMC
This design has some funky flowers but
I do love the house on the hill.
Funky flower.....
and more funky flowers.....
I put the last stitch in this morning and really
do like it even though I find it odd.   
Not sure why I love it so but I do.
We had a quiet July 4th weekend and I can't wait
to see what the second half of summer brings.   
I do plan to start something patriotic since
the holiday has me in the mood.
I do hope you had a great weekend and
thanks for visiting.
happy stitching....


  1. Congratulations on your finishes! Would you mind sharing what VMSS threads you used for the Primitive Betty piece? I like your rendition. It sounds like you have had a few adventures including a stop at Cross Stitch Station.

    Robin in Virginia

  2. What a great first half of the summer!!! You've travelled, visited shops and gotton stitching in~ you're in mighty fine company with Jim Shore being a fellow South Carolinian!!!!

  3. Great things you were up to during the first weeks of summer. Your stitched pieces are wonderful.

  4. Looks like you are having a great summer ,
    love all your stitching ,also love all the photos thanks for sharing.

  5. All this sounds like a perfect start to the Summer to me :)

  6. Sounds like great times! Stitching is looking so pretty...enjoy the rest of your Summer.....

  7. You've been busy! Lots of fun stuff you've been up to! Love your finishes too!

  8. Wow! You have been very Busy! Love Jim Shore, and the White House is relatively close to Lexington where my SIL lives, so maybe next visit! What an exciting summer you are having... visits to historic places, family affairs, stitchy finishes and starts... Great post!

  9. Cool! And the Sheltering Tree is great.

  10. It sounds like you've had a great summer so far. I love those funky flowers too :)
    Best wishes.

  11. Busy busy :) I love that Liberty stitch... I just passed through Johnson City Tn this weekend I also passed a sign that said there was a place called Hevenly Stitches near Bristol. I did no thave time to stop on Friday and Sunday they were closed. Next Time I am up that way I will got to the XS store in Johnson City :)

  12. Looks like you have having lots of lovely moments shared with family and friends.
    Lovely stitching projects you've been working on too.

  13. Wonderful finishes. It looks like you have been very busy and having fun.

  14. Summer-timmmmme, and the livin' is easy... but in your case, that's busy! Sounds like y'all have been having a great time. Pretty stitching, too. Hope the second half is as much fun as the first. Stay cool!

  15. Great start to a summer vacation. Am going to be in Johnson City in October how did you like the shop there

  16. You've had a great summer so far:) LOVE the white house and I know of Jim Shore's art but not of the house! Very beautiful wips you've been stitching. LOVE all 3.
    love Annette

  17. Sounds like a great trip! Loved seeing your finishes.

  18. Gosh, you have been busy. Glad you found time for your lovely stitching though. xx

  19. It looks like you have been keeping busy. Love your finishes!


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