Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Stitching anniversaries

When I sat down to write this I realized that I had a number of  stitiching related anniversaries to celebrate this month. Today marks my 300th blog post and Thursday will mark 5 years of blogging! I'm so very close to 200 followers which I consider amazing since I don't find myself all that interesting, lol! Finally this Saturday marked the third time I've hosted my Tuesday night stitchers for an all day SAL. I reside in a small village located about an hour's drive from Ottawa so it's a bit of a trek for them to join me. The first year I only had a small number make the drive but this year there were 17 ladies who joined me over the course of the day!! All these anniversaries suggest a giveaway to celebrate, don't you agree? Details of the giveaway will be on my next post so keep an eye out for that in the coming week.
In the meantime, here's a sampling of all the fun we had this Saturday. The first few shots are of the Gazebo Gang. 

Barb, Diane and Sally
Jeannine, winding floss
Dani and Tracey

Pam trying out Lianne's stitching frame as Lianne and Karen look on

Karen with her Blueberry Homecoming
stitched over one!
Mary's Growth Chart
More of the Growth Chart
Lianne's BBD finish
BBD Honeysuckle Manor
personalized by Lianne
Clarisse also joined us for the day but I neglected to take any pictures of her. She spent a great deal of her time trying to climb into everyone's stitching bags!
As for my stitching, well it's pretty sad. As the hostess, I was too busy checking on everybody and chatting it up so there was very little progress. I worked on only Magic Garden Sampler. Here's where I am at this point.

 As for what was actually stitched on Saturday, it's only the worm, as seen in the pic below. Pathetic, eh?!!

During the course of the weekend I also pulled out Maisonnette aux Fraises and frogged all of the white flowers, replacing them with soft yellow ones instead.

The stitching group is always so generous and we had an abundance of food. There was enough for two meals on Saturday and Bob and I are still going through the leftovers! Quite a few brought gifts with them. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Jeannine brought for me! 

I hope these are the only frogs I encounter as I stitch!

Lianne also brought a surprise gift for myself and Dani. Lianne is a proliferative stitcher who does beautiful work however for some time she was not aware of any other stitchers in her area. Then she stumbled across my blog and Dani's blog at the same time. She was very shy. I say was because she's not shy now and is a delight to spend time with. However at that time she was shy and lurked in the shadows, reading our blogs for 8 months before she got up the nerve to contact us through email. We both encouraged her to join our group and the rest, as they say, is history! Lianne is a regular member of our Tuesday night group and has participated in stitching get togethers with us throughout eastern Ontario. Here's a pic of the three of us.

To celebrate the third anniversary of her contact with us, she brought each of us a small gift - a project bag, containing some felt for finishes, a tape measure, Carrie's creation overdyed floss and an antique scissor frog!

Look at this lovely frog a little closer!

I find the bottom is just as pretty as the top of this one. 
It was such a sweet thing to do Lianne. I'm very touched and I thank you soooo much!!

So that's the end to this spring's SAL. There might be another come fall if I can get things together. 
Many thanks go out, not just to my Tuesday group, but to all my blogging friends who have enriched my stitching journey over the past five years. I have the most amazing group of friends and the fact that I haven't even met some of you doesn't matter in the least. You've proven that you're the best! I do hope that I get a chance to meet more of you in the future and hope that at some point you might make a visit to our little spot here in Canada and join us for our SAL. Wouldn't that be fun?!

Stay tuned for my giveaway offer. There may be more than one!!


  1. Congratulations on all of you "anniversaries" The GTG looks like a good time :) I never get any stitching down when I go to Stitching GTG's as I am always tyo busy talking , eating and looking at everyones beautiful projects. Which by the way there were some lookers at your's. I especially like The Blueberry Homecoming, it looks great over 1, Thanks for sharing your day with us :)

  2. I enjoyed reading this post! Congrats on all your anniversaries. Your stitching group looks fun, maybe i will get to it one day on one of our trips to Canada ;)

  3. What a happy post. Hooray for good friends. Frog salt and pepper shakers! Oh my! I will stick with mine... poodles of course!;)

  4. Lovely pictures. Happy Days all round . I wish I could come and join you ,lol.X

  5. Great post Lynn. Very nice seeing what everyone was working on and you got some lovely gifts too:))

  6. I enjoyed today's post very much! How lovely to look at smiling and happy faces on the pictures. It is so obvious that you got very inspiring and wonderful time together.

    Thanks for your sharing...

  7. Hey Lynn,

    Looks like a good time was had by all at your
    gathering over the weekend. It sound as
    though it was the perfect day, with stitching,
    talking and eating plus the odd little gift.
    Did it rain at all or did the day stay grey but
    dry as it did here? I loved seeing all the
    projects that the ladies are working on. It
    must be so much fun to regularly get together
    to share a common passion.

    Congratulations on writing 300 blog posts
    and 5 years of blogging, and nearly two
    hundred followers. What an incredible list
    of accomplishments that is!! You should
    be quite proud of yourself.

    Your stitching friend Lianne is a generous
    lady and it's so nice that she was able to
    find your blog and discover a whole parcel
    of new friends to stitch with. You just
    never know who's out there ... not too far
    ... who also loves to stitch.


    P.S. say hi to Clarisse for me.

  8. I always enjoy seeing photos of your stitching get-togethers, Lynn! That is great that 17 made their way to your home--I loved seeing everyone's projects. They're all so beautiful :)

    Congratulations on all your milestones--I sure hope I make it to five years. Some days, I wonder!!

  9. What a wonderful post! Congrats on all the anniversaries! Your stitching day looked like so much fun. I do wish I lived in your area. Everyone's projects are beautiful. 30

  10. Congratulations on your anniversaries! And, I so enjoyed seeing the photos from your stitching day with friends--it looks like fun was had by all, and some beautiful stitching was shared!!

  11. Looks like you'd a very enjoyable day and how lovely that so many turned up! Congrats on all your milestones! I know exactly what you mean about blogging, when I started out I wondered how I'd get on. Of course, here I am several years later and I love being part of the blogging world.

    What a lovely gift from Lianne, cute frogs - here's hoping they keep the other type of frogs we don't like away!!!

  12. Sending BIG congratulations to you Lynn for your anniversaries, 5 years is a wonderful achievement and I'm so happy I've been able to follow you for some of them!
    WOW! fun times had by all, I'm really envious, I've never been to or been part of a SAL so if I book my ticket now, can I come to the next one :o)
    I did have a little laugh to myself as I forgot Clarisse was the name of your lovely cat and thought for one moment it was a member of the SAL going through the stitchy bags!!!
    Great post, great pics and can't wait to see more of Magic Garden

  13. Wow Lynn! it looks like you had an amazing time with your stitching friends. It looks like a wonderful group that does beautiful stitching.
    Congratulations on your anniversary!
    Great Stitching progress!

  14. Good morning Lynn. congratulations on all those big dates! Wow, 5 years = what wonderful treasures you have shared! I am so happy to have met you and shared with you. Sending hugs from Beatrice and I

  15. Great milestones! Congratulations!! Your day of stitching looks like a lot of fun and I'd say a great success. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Congratulations on all those great milestones, Lynn! The get together looked like a lot of fun and a lot of lovely stitching!

  17. Congratulations! Your group looks like they are having a lot of fun. I recently saw Lianne at Knowledge and Needles on her way home to Ottawa. I look forward to seeing you again in August at Ann's retreat.

  18. Congratulations on all of the anniversaries! It looks like your stitching group had a smashing time, and they're all working on some very nice projects.

  19. Happy Anniversaries ^.^ Hope there will be many, many more to come. Looks like you all had tons of fun. All those projects shown are amazing, especially that growth chart. It looks huge! Your Magic Garden Sampler is growing too ^.^ Mine's still stuck exactly like the picture I took :P


  20. You do have quite a few anniversaries to celebrate - congratulations!! :) It looks like so much fun to get together with stitching friends and so many lovely projects! Cats do love bags don't they. :D Your Magic Garden sampler is coming along nicely - so pretty!

  21. Lynn great post! I had a fantastic day it was so nice to get together and stitch! You are a wonderful friend and hostess!

    My post will be up this Saturday about your day of stitching I'm a little slow!

    Lots of reasons for you to celebrate!!!

  22. Hi Lynn, I am #191 as a follower on your blog:) I don't know why its taken me so long. LOVED your post, getting to see everyone's wips and talk about a party. A stitch get together & shopping:) Wow! Love it! Your beautiful wips are lovely.

  23. I would love to visit you in Canada for a SAL, I'm sure I'll get there someday :)
    It looks like you had a wonderful time with a lovely group of women. Enjoy those leftovers!
    Best wishes.

  24. Oooh Lynn! Looks like you gals had so much fun! I wish I could be closer and join in the fun! Love what everyone is working on! Those frogs are so beautiful! Big hugs to you!!

  25. What a fun bunch of ladies! Congratulations on the anniversaries! :) I love the gifts from Lianne, and your Magic Garden sampler is so pretty! I love that bird on it.

  26. With all of those smiling ladies, they most definitely had a fantastic time! :)

  27. Great post and what a busy group of ladies you all are. Everyone has such beautiful projects going.

    Love the frogs!