Saturday, 12 June 2010

Someone stop the Ferris Wheel - I want to get off

Well, hello one and all. Life is just insanely busy around here. I am no longer sure which end is up. And to top it all off- we sold our house on Thursday. Was it for sale  - no. Were we talking about selling and moving - no. Was it in our plans at the moment - no. And yet we sold. The real estate market for cottages is hot here right now and we got a good price for it. And so, we are now homeless. I guess I better get out there Monday and find us a new place to live.

I do have some stitching news to share - warning photo intensive!!!
One week ago myself and my stitching friends were invited to a friend's cottage for the weekend to stitch. We were 14 in all. What a slice of heaven on Georgian Bay. Look at this house.

And this is the cottage!

The view was spectacular. Our host and hostess were just so wonderful. They treated us like queens.

And the frogs - they were in the pond and in the garden and mostly stayed there - thank goodness.

In the midst of all this we decided we needed a name since we have learned that we will drop everything and travel at the drop of a hat when someone says "Road Trip" and the word "stitch" in the same paragraph.

 and so - here we are "The Travelling Stitcherhood". Our motto is "Stitch, Eat, Sleep". I won't bore you with photos of us at the restaurant and the table laden with food!

      Back row - Trista, Bonnie, Christin, Angie and Rebecca
      Middle Row - Barb, Ann, Sylvia, Judie and Clare
      Front Row - Dani, Kathy, Beatrice and Sheila.

Don't you just love it!

Here are some photos of my wonderful stitching sisters.

Ann and Sylvia diligently working away.

Judie, Beatrice, Bonnie and Christin making those needles smoke.

Dani with her Wedding Sampler and Rebecca with her Ink Circles "Kaleidoscope"

Trista working on one of her 7 HAED's!!! and she is doing a Chatelaine!

Sheila and Clare discussing how to finish Sheila's snowman!

The sun room where we stitched when the weather did not cooperate.

My stitching friends gave me back my Friendship Sampler stitched and ready for finishing. Now to find just the right fabric.

I gave Royal Holiday some serious work and got a large chunk of her dress done. I hope to see the end of that dress someday soon.

My sister is here visiting from Texas for 10 days. She came with two children and her new Yorkshire puppy.
I love that girl but she is a bit of a whirlwind! We are having a surprise 80th birthday party for my father later today. We will all be home for the first time in 10 years and the family has increased considerably. We were six and now we are 18. We are going to take lots of pictures.

If things are quiet on this front for a bit, you will know I am out looking for a new home or sitting on the couch vegging from pure exhaustion.

Wish me luck!


Michele B. said...

Thank you for the vicarious trip with the Traveling Stitcherhood! It looks like it was so much fun, and that cottage is amazing. I'm glad you had such a good time. Congratulations on your house sale and good luck finding the home of your dreams soon. Enjoy the family reunion!

Wendy said...

OMG!!! I would love to join a stitching weekend like this. This must have been a lot of fun.

Nice progress on your Royal Holiday!! She is gorgeous.

Deb said...

OMG does that look like a slice of heaven or what? What a wonderful place to get together with stitching friends.

Just love your progress on Royal Holiday. The colors are so, so wonderful!

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

It was a wonderful weekend...wish I was at another this weekend instead of at work.

I hope you have lots of luck finding a beautiful new place to live, you have the opposite problem of most, they find a new place they love and have to sell their current home in order to buy and cannot find a buyer. I hope your new home is just around the corner for you.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Kathy it was a fantastic weekend! Can't wait for next year! You got so much done on yoru MIRA!

So when are you leaving the lakeside, how quickly do you need to find a new place!

valerie said...

What a fantastic weekend and lovely location! I hope you can find a new home quickly! Best of luck...

Judy S. said...

And they say there's no market! I guess you ARE going to be busy. Have fun at your family celebration!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful place to stitch with the girls. Looks like you had a great time.

Royal Holiday is looking great. I love all the different colors of red.

Enjoy your visit with your sister and family.

I hope everything calms down soon and you find a house.


Anonymous said...

Goodness me, you've certainly turned your life upside down!! Hope you find a lovely new place soon! Stitching with the girls looks like the best time ever... Jealous!!!!

Myra said...

Girl! You are really a whirlwind. :o) It looks like you all had a great time stitching and sharing. Good luck in the house hunt.

Patty C. said...

Congrats on the friendship sampler finish :)

mainely stitching said...

You unintentionally sold your home? That's just too funny! You'll find a glorious new home, I'm sure of it. :D

Ranae said...

Why do you want to get off the ferris wheel?
It looks so fun

Rowyn said...

Woah, that's some ride you've been on.

What a beautiful place for stitching. Looks like everyone had a fabulous time!

Carol said...

Oh, I'm so jealous--that just looks like the perfect stitching spot, Kathy! Hope you enjoy your family get-together and find a new home easily. Have fun house-hunting!

Daffycat said...

How interesting! Who sells a house when they haven't put it on the market? That is awesome, Kathy!

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - looks like a fabulous time! I hope you find a new place to live soon. Glad it all worked out for you. Love the stitching on RH - beautiful. I'm speechless practically at your finished RR - it's so stunning!

Jackie said...

That looks like a slice of heaven! I'm sure you didn't want to leave.

Katrina said...

Oh wow~! Hope you find somewhere to live ;-). Looks like a fun stitching weekend to me.

Meari said...

What a great cottage and stitching time!! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

Indeed you've been busy, busy, busy!

stitcherw said...

What a wonderful retreat, it looks a beautiful place to stitch, relax, and enjoy the company and projects of other stitchers. I'd love to join you sometime, Canada's not that far away from Michigan :)

Good luck finding a new place fairly quickly. I can't imagine having to move, I'm such a pack rat. Loved your finished heart sampler, and Holiday is looking gorgeous. Enjoy your visit with family, and Happy Birthday to your dad.

Lynn said...

Wow, no wonder you feel like you're on a ferris wheel! How soon do you have to be out? Good luck with the house hunt.
What a wonderful weekend that must have been for all of you. That area is very picturesque too.
Love your finished RR and Royal Holiday is looking great!

Kim B said...

Geez, I thought we were keeping busy. We certainly haven't sold our home on a whim! You win!!

That looks like a wonderful stitchy time!

Berit said...

Whew! Looks great; all of it--and best wishes for that New Nest Hunt! :)

Aussie Stitcher said...

Royal Holiday is looking wonderful. I hope that you find the house of your dreams and that everything goes smoothly for you.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on selling your home, I think! What a fantastic weekend and in such a beautiful setting. Lovely progress on your stitching.

Carolien said...

Hello dear Kathy,

Congratulations on selling the house and ... good luck in finding another! Can't you move into that gorgeous stitching hgouse you showed us? ;) LOL
Must be like heaven to stitch there together, by the way, and to walk in that stunning garden.
Don't you like frogs? :)))
Love your hearts sampler and all the pictures of you and your friends.

Have a good week & hugs, Carolien

marylin & poussy said...

Oh that it is beautiful!! I shall look a lot to be with embroiderers as you, fascinated which beautiful day owed to you crossed(spent) the friendship is a luck(chance)!
Kisses of marylin France