Thursday, 26 February 2009

Vegas Baby

First of all, thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a little note for drawing of the sisterhood. I have met many wonderful new people and checked out many new blogs (still working on that). The winner's name is Carol - Linen Stitcher.

We are in wonderful, wacky Las Vegas.

My first stop in Las Vegas was a wonderful little slice of heaven called Stitcher's Paradise. I was introduced to this shop by an online friend and we met there. Here is a photo of Juls and I in the shop. I walked out with 1/2 yd 25 count antique white lugana for my HAED, 1/4 yd. white 32 count lugana to restart my Cirque des Cercles, Glendon Places "Monster March", M Designs "Las Vegas" (only available at this shop) and some new threads. I was so in awe I left without the threads that I actually needed. It was so nice to meet Juls. She knows her fabric and designers! She amazed me with her knowledge. We had a lovely time and extended it to dinner in a local restaurant. Thank you Juls - it was a great pleasure to meet you and I hope we meet again.

We have had some friends from home fly here. We have met them and are touring the strip. It is as anyone would expect - over the top. There doesn't seem to be any recession here. It is crazy busy and the number of young people is astonishing. We have had lots of laughs and have not won a single dime in the casinos. Such is life. As I have been to Vegas several times I thought I would share a couple of different photos of the Strip.
These are the doors to the ladies washroom in Planet Hollywood in Caesar's Palace.On the exterior wall of the Venetian.Dh and his friend outside of the Riviera.

Now, for stitching. The Fair Squares that I have sent recently have been received and so I can share them with you.
My Round 11 squares are:
Dear Friend by Elizabeth Designs on 32 count antique white Lugana. I added the heart in the middle.

My Winter Squares were a freebie (Mausimom I believe) on the same fabric.

There was no information on these lovely squares I received from Mia in Finland. They are gorgeous. Love the design.

I am working on a couple of secret stitches at the moment and so cannot share anything else for now.
I will blog again when I can. We are leaving tomorrow for the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona and Jerome and then home to Yuma.

Take care. And May all your losses be little! Just ask me about that!!!!!


Daniela said...

Looks like you had a great time in Vegas. Lovely squares you have received.

Kim B said...

Lovely squares! I've only been to Vegas once and it is definitely over the top!!

Rowyn said...

What fun - being in Las Vegas AND at a stitchy shop.

All your Fair & Square's are lovely.

Beatrice said...

I love the photo of you and Juls.
what a lovely way spend time with a stitching friend. How nice that you have met her.
What a pretty shop.
I'm glad to see you are having a good time.

The squares are all very pretty!!!

Annemarie said...

What a fantastic picture of you and Juls in the LNS. And what a lovely LNS. Gosh, all those finished pieces on the walls make my eyes water...

All of the F&S Squares are just gorgeous!

Anna van Schurman said...

I got that M Designs Vegas pattern when I was there too! Love Stitcher's Paradise. Hope you had a great time on the rest of your trip. The Hoover Dam was much more interesting than I expected. And Grand Canyon is phenomenal this time of year (no crowds). Have fun!

samplerlover said...

Hi Kathy,
Sounds as if you are having a lovely time in Las Vegas, The stitching shop that you went to sounds wonderful.
Your Fair Squares are lovely. I really like the one from Finland.
Have a lovely time - Sandra.

Linen Stitcher said...

Stitcher's Paradise. That name says it all, doesn't it? And judging from the fabulous models on the wall, the name is accurate!! (Oh, and the "models" of the actual stitchers look great as well!!)

Nice finishes on the Fair and Square exchanges!! I really love that one from Finland, too!

Enjoy your travels.

Suzanne said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Las Vegas. It's always great to visit a really good needlework store.

Love the photo of your DH and his friend outside the Riviera. By the looks of those sculpture's bottoms, it seems everyone has had to do the same.

Lovely squares you stitched and received.

Carolyn NC said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time in Vegas! Love the exchanges you sent and received!

mainely stitching said...

I have yet to go to Vegas. I've been to Atlantic City once but everyone tells me it is NOT the same. LOL. Love the pics. That needlework shop looks utterly amazing!!!

Wendy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! Great picture of you and Juls!
That needleshop looks so great!

Brigitte said...

You seem to have a great time down there. And what a treat to meet a stitching friend and spend the day with her.
You stitched some lovely squares and also received some beautiful ones. Great exchanges.
Enjoy your trip to the Grand Canyon.

sandra said...

Great time in Vegas!
Love all the squares!

Ranae said...

I expanded the photo just to see the wall. What is the one with the witches in the upper left hand corner? I cant make out what the caption says. Do you know the designer. That must have been mighty nice to meet up.
Pretty squares.

Crazee4books said...

Hi Kathy,

Wow!! What a wonderful store!!
Look at all the incredible
stitchy goodness all around you.
There's nothing like spending
time wandering around a X-stitch
store, admiring the framed pieces
on the wall, rummaging in the
stacks, and pulling thread off of
display racks.

And how wonderful to have the
opportunity to meet another
blogger friend. Sounds like you
and Juls had a great get together.
You were able to get some great
stash while you were there too,
picking up materials that you will
be needing for upcoming projects.

Your squares are lovely, with my
favourite being Dear Friend with
the pretty pink hearts and dainty
flowered vines. Very pretty. The
snowman square is cute, but since
I'm feeling rather OVER Winter at
the moment I'm not able to muster
much enthusiasm for snow by-products.

Mia stitched you a lovely square
too, with a pretty variegated
thread and an intricate pattern.

Your finish of "My Needle and
My Floss" looks fantastic!!
And it must be so cool to be a
part of the "sisterhood" now.
A project is even more special
when there's a story attached to
it. Make sure you write that
story down if you frame this
and attach it to the back of the
frame so it won't be lost or

You've got some great places
to visit on your traveling
itinerary. Hope you have a
great trip.


Cindy F. said...

Now THAT'S a vacation!!! Wish dh and I were there with you guys!
So glad ya'll are having fun:)

Very pretty squares...sent & received!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Looks like you're on another great adventure Kathy! Hope you have a great time at your other destiantions!

stitcherw said...

Looks like you had a lovely time, and nice stashing. Monster March is so cute, I'll enjoy watching your progress when you start that one. Congratulations too on your finish of My Needle, it turned out wonderfully.

Von said...

There's certainly a lot to see and do in Vegas! Wish I'd been able to get out to the lns when I visited a few years ago - it looks amazing!

Enjoy the rest of your trip and travel safely. :)

Michele B. said...

Hi Kathy - Stitcher's Paradise is a perfect name for that shop. I wish I had been with you! I tagged you on my blog. Michele B.

Judy S. said...

Enjoy Sedona and Jerome, Kathy. I love that part of AZ.

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a great trip! Will look forward to hearing more about it!
How fun to meet Juls!

Wendy said...

Wonderful pics from Vegas! The LNS looks like an amazing shop - sigh, all those incredible shop models! Have a great trip back home.

Craft-i-leigh said...

Hello there. You are a familiar face to me as I have seen your comments on other stitchers blogs and have visited your page before.
I am new to the world of stitching and have been browsing various blogs to try and gain some knowledge and get some tips / ideas. I originally started with a stamped, then counted “kits”. I’m working on my 2nd chart and have noticed some big differences in floss types and quality.
My Cross Stitch Mentor has told me that I’m ready to graduate from Aida, but I really like Aida. Maybe it’s just beginner’s comfort???
If you would answer my question… What type of fabric or fabrics do you prefer and why? Brands and counts?
I would appreciate any advice, thanks!

Juls said...

It was great to meet you Kathy!!!! I had so much fun! I do know the name of that black and white design...just can't think of it at the moment! I hate when that happens! I will find out probably this wednesday. I hope the rest of your trip was fun!

Lynn said...

That looks like a wonderful shop Kathy! I'm so glad you were able to meet Juls and that you had such a lovely time.
I haven't been to Vegas in 30 yrs!The landscape has changed significantly. I love the pic of your DH outside the Riviera. Those bottoms look like they've been fondled on more than one occasion,lol!! Enjoy your trip.