Saturday, October 15, 2011

Boxwood & Berries~on the way

I have so much to share about this incredible retreat and so many photos that I am trying to break it up into smaller posts, or it will take me forever to post and you forever to read :)
The drive from Chicago to Spring Green, Wisconsin is about 3 1/2 hours. But there are so many great stops along the way that it took me 7 hours and I still felt a bit rushed.
At one point I took a wrong turn and drove past the beautiful home pictured above. I was so glad that I turned the wrong way! The porch wraps around and the pumpkins continue around the side of the house as well. I've never seen so many pumpkins at one home!
The colors and scenery were so pretty that I drove slower than I usually do just to take it all in...
Here are the treasures that I found in my travels including the coverlet I used in the background and the two tickings under the great staved wooden bucket marked Spaulding & Frost, Fremont New Hampshire (a cooperage founded in 1874).
I was a tied up a bit with picture taking as I had a helper today... :)
Once arriving at Country Sampler, I had a bit of time to do a quick tour of the store and then it was on to dinner at the Feed Mill in Mazomanie WI. It was great fun to meet some of the women of the first session and I was so sorry to miss those that had to leave before dinner. The excitement and anticipation was building! And I was so happy to hear many of them say that Stacy's sewing basket would be simple and fun to construct, although I didn't quite believe them ;)
Well, I'll post this now and will try to get my thoughts and photos organized for Day 1!
Blessings, Patti

13 comments:

MoonBeam said...

Absolutely luv the pumpkin house and all the treasures you found along the way. Very cool!

Bobbi

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh that house is wonderful! And I adore all your treasures!! That new coverlet - and the tickings - and the barrel...And how sweet is your little helper!! He knew he just belonged in that photo!! Can't wait to see MORE!!! Blessings & Smiles ~ Robin

marly said...

What a house! And a cutie for a helper. I'm glad you're doing posts of the event. This will be interesting and the closest I'll ever get to attending!

April Mechelle said...

I am sitting here all ready for my tour!! lol I can't wait! The pictures so far are great!!!

Christine said...

ooooohhh, can hardly wait for more pic's......it sounds like a wonderful experience!
christine

Nancy said...

I want that house! Isn't it pretty? I was wondering if there are any instructions for making the fabric leaves in your blog header photo. They are so pretty and would make such a nice Autumn decoration.

Linda said...

Can't wait to see more.....love that house.

Ann said...

Patti,

Can't wait to see all your pictures. I LOVE the coverlet you found. How nice to be able to just take your time and stop when you wanted to.

~Ann

Rebecca said...

So glad you had a wonderful time at the retreat. Spring Green is one of my favorite places. Just wished I lived closer.

annie said...

Wonderful photos, love that pumpkin house! Cute little helper you've got there! Great finds, looking forward to seeing your other photos!

Beckyjean said...

Lovin that little helper!!

Have a wonderful evening~Becky

my3Kitties said...

You detoured thru my town - i love that old house, you should see it at Christmas time! Did you stop at JJ's on your drive thru too? Cant wait to see your fininshed projects! Tammy

Patti said...

Hi Tammy! Lucky you to live in such a lovely town!! It was my first trip to JJ Stitches, but it definitely won't be my last ;)
Blessings, Patti