Wednesday, 9 September 2009

When life deals you lemons ....... go purple

This is my hair after a trip to the hairdresser's with my granddaughter on Friday.

We are both now ladies with purple bangs. This is my way of thumbing my nose at a world that is just too cruel sometimes and to bond with my granddaughter. She now thinks I am the coolest grandma anywhere. lol.

This invitation went out several days ago.

Come one, come all
To a stitcher's free for all.

Come early, stay late
I'll meet you by the lake.

Bring your stitching, needle and thread
Out of town, I'll provide the bed.

Saturday we'll have put luck
and please, we don't want duck.

Sunday, I'll do brunch
Believe me, you won't need lunch.

So, write it down, don't delay
mark your calendar for the day.

September 5, 6 and 7
What can I say - Stitcher's Heaven.

A few of my friends took me up on the invitation.

Here we are minus Ann who stayed at home to keep the store open Saturday but came in the evening and then again Sunday.

What a wonderful group they are!! and such fun. There was a great deal of laughter, some stitching and lots of eating. The dessert table was twice the size of the dinner table lol.

We had several new guests this year. A very warm welcome to Donna, Bonnie, Laura, Marj, Trista, Fran and Judy.

A very special visitor came in the name of Judy M. I met Judy a couple of years ago through her blog and this year she came to the retreat from Friday evening to Monday noon. It was so nice to meet her in person. I have made a great new friend.

She has been named "New Judy" as she is the third Judy in our stitching crowd.

Dani and Christin stayed for the weekend as well. Dani played "Dish Fairy" with New Judy's able assistance. She also played taxi service for a trip to Knowledge and Needles and grocery shopper for those things we ran out of.

Christin has nominated
herself my historian and is busily cataloguing my stash. I was suprised to find I actually had something in my stash that she did not have and she had to raid my stash for thread on Sunday. Believe me - that is not easy.
There were a couple of people checking out my stash as she catalogued it.

Donna and I are in the same Friendship Sampler RR and she was able t
o hand Carolyn's piece off to me in person.

My house and yard were fill. There were stitchers at the patio table,

on the swing, at the firepit table, on the lawn, (well Barb's taking pictures) in the Muskoka chairs, (that's Dani)

at the kitchen table, at the sunroom table, on the couch, in the rocking chair and on the floor!!!

We were even treated to a wedding on Sunday. There is a common area next to my home and there was a wedding. Here is the lovely bride and groom on a perfect day

For other great photos of the weekend check out Dani's and Fran's blogs.

It was a grand weekend. The weather was perfect and the company was delightful!
Thank you ladies for making my weekend.

On to stitching - I will leave my works till another post but have a couple of things.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pattern is ready for a new sister. Please go to and enter your name if you are interested.

And --- up for adoption ---- is a Dimensions stocking kit that has been in my stash for a number of years. I have tried to stitch it twice - once on 18 count navy aida and again on 16 count. The ladies have convinced me to pass this poor thing on to someone
who will actually finish it. Included for adoption is the chart, charms and the fabric with the tiny amount stitched on it that I actually did. First one to offer to adopt it gets it.

Now I am on the hunt for a new stocking for a guy. Any ideas?


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a marvelous time!

mainely stitching said...

No ideas on the stocking issue, but your hair looks so fun and your stitching gathering just makes me green with envy (in a good way). It's been far too long since I could meet up with any locals stitchers, and I miss everyone!

Vonna said...

Well that looks like it was a beautiful weekend filled with lots of good things (and good buddies!)
Thinking you Kathy...hope all is going along well....

Jenny said...

WOW - I am so jealous that I live too far to come to one of these - looks like everyone had a fabulous time. :)

Wendy said...

OMG!! Loved to watch those pictures!! Looks like you all had a great time. I would love to do this some day.

I have a surprise for you on my blog ;)


Kajsa said...

Love the bangs! It looks like a wonderful weekend of fun.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Thank you for hosting...I had a FABULOUS time on Saturday and I almost ditched everything and came Sunday as well but I was the responsible one this time and stayed home. Love the stocking, if no one adopts it I *might* be willing to stitch it up for you if you like. It would take a lot of pleading and more weekends at your place :-)

Missy Ann said...

Gotta make a trip to Canada...

Oh, and love the bangs. :D

Cindy said...

Looks like you had an awesome weekend of stitching!! You're very lucky to have that many stitching buddies :)

You're very brave to do that with your bangs, but they look great! Very cool that you could do that with your granddaughter!!

Carolyn NC said...

I want to come next time!!! It looks like you all had a fantastic time!
PS - I like the purple bangs - isn't it amazing the things our children/grandchildren like?
How are you - keeping you all in thought and prayer for whatever you're having to face. Take care.
PSS - I love my RR - can't wait to see your heart, too!

Judy S. said...

Looks like a funt time, Kathy. Isn't it amazing what those grandkids can convince us to do? Purple looks good on you.....

Terri said...

I'll have to make sure I come next year. I'd love to go back to Ontario.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Kathy thanks for the fantastic weekend. I LOVE the pic of me in the adirondac chair! I so enjoyed sitting out there in the sun, stitching!

I can't wait for next year.

Hugs and kisses! Keep smiling and laughing!

Linen Stitcher said...

[sigh] What a wonderful gathering of stitchers and in such a lovely place!! Sounds like a fabulous weekend.

Wendy said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful weekend - great pictures!

Hey - I made that stocking for my son Nicholas...many years ago now :-D

Aussie Stitcher said...

I love the purple streak in your hair, you are one very cool Grandma. I love the photos of Jackson, it must have been wonderful for you to have all of his attention for a day. I hope that the family 'issue' gets resolved with a favorable out come for all.

Wanda said...

Such a great weekend! I am envious! I stitched too, pretending I was there with you. And your hair....awesome!!! I can imagine that you are the coolest grandma ever! And, being the coolest Aunt ever in my family, I know that's important!!!

Maxine said...

Love your hair Kathy:) Looks like you ladies all had a fabulous time and I am sooo jealous lol.

sandra said...

Great hair! It looks like you had a great time! Poor husband, where did he run to?

stitcherw said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all, what a fun get together. Fun bangs too. :)

Bonnie Brown said...

Thanks again for a wonderful weekend Kathy!

Cindy F. said...

Love the invitation and all the great pics!! Honestly, you guys have the best get togethers!! Wish you all lived in Texas!!!

Cindy F. said...

Love the blue hair and I bet your granddaughter already thought you were the most awesome grandmother before you did your hair tribute:)
But what a very special thing you did:) I'm so proud of you!!

Lynn said...

Looks like I missed another fabulous time. Are you going to Rebecca's in October for her stitchy weekend? I'm able to make this one for sure.j
BTW, I love the hair!