Friday, May 6, 2011

Willows & Blooms

Last weekend I spent a delightful time with a fabulous group of women at "Willows & Blooms" hosted by my favorite store in the world:

Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin

Day One was taught by the talented Linda Lautenschlager of Chessie & Me.
Our project was an unfinished reproduction antique sampler. Linda provided appropriate period motifs and taught us how to finish designing our sampler. How Fun! Linda now has a blog ~ be sure to visit her by clicking here.

Day Two was taught by the always amazing Maggie Bonanomi. Geraniums were the theme and the potted paper geraniums were such a great project ~ very different, fun and rewarding. And the wool applique geranium picture will be perfect for summer.

We even squeezed in a bit of time for a favorite antique store...

Treasures around every corner.

You never know what you will find and you must look up in the rafters, too.

I think that one of the best parts is spending time with women that have like interests and delight in the joy of creating. It definitely feeds my soul.

(My photo is missing our darling Pam who left a bit early. We missed you, Pam!)

We were also so lucky to get a few peeks of projects from Maggie's next book coming out in the fall and an autumn piece that Linda is designing. Oh my goodness! I can't wait for them to be released!!!

I was enjoying the company so much, that I didn't finish my wool picture as I usually do... (Instead my dear friend Kim was the overachiever at this workshop! Way to go Kim!)

Here is my progress:

Hopefully I'll be back soon with a finish!

At least my paper geraniums are completed and I am enjoying them thoroughly!

I wonder how they might look in red or pink? Hmmm...

Blessings, Patti


Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a fun day and such great projects!

debbie said...

Thanks so much for sharing ~ I really want to go to one of the Country Sampler retreats,darn the airfares from Fl! :)
Love all of the projects! I went to Primitives o the Midwest last yr & didn't finish ANY of mine, but enjoyed spending time with "kindred souls"!
Love your blog, too!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thanks for sharing about your wonderful trip!! I love to read the newsletter from CS and would so love to be able to attend one of those workshops!! So happy you got to go, get inspired, and then share it with all of us so we can be inspired!! Those paper geraniums are so amazing!!

Ronda said...

How exciting~.. Country Sampler is a favorite of mine. I so enjoy the weekly newsletter. Thank you for sharing!

marly said...

Geez. You are one talented lady. Don't know if I will ever get to Country Sampler, but from what I've read and seen on blogs, it is one fabulous place. Glad you had such an enjoyable weekend. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Wendy Dicranian said...

Hi Patti,
Glad you had a great mtime. I like the wool geranium picture. Your table mates from Boxwood and Berries being there was fun too I bet. Hope to see you there in the fall. Wendy

Katrina said...

What a fun day and the projects are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

It would have been awesome to be there! Love the projects you made! Can't wait to see the completed piece with the geraniums!