Saturday, October 27, 2012

Presents, Projects and Purchases

I hope you don't mind one more post about the Bittersweet Sisters trip to Osage, Iowa...
Look at this wonderful display. Everyone was so kind and generous!
Kim treated us to a Chicago style dinner one night with delicious food brought from Chicago - Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza and Portillo's Chocolate Cake. (If you have ever had it, you know how divine both of these are ;)
And look at this:

Nicki gifted each of us with a wonderful graniteware pie plate with some sweet sunflowers, wool from a jacket of hers and one of her husbands, some acorns and I guess I should admit some chocolates which seem to have disappeared...

Linda made 5 of the beautiful pillows! One for each of us!
Her stitches are so tiny and perfect, a quilter at heart.
Carla made us these perfect project bags - I absolutely love both fabrics inside and out. This has become my new project bag for the train. And do you see the fantastic vintage style Halloween treat cup that she made in the back? Mine is sitting on my kitchen windowsill so I can admire it while doing the dishes.
Wendy was a maniac too! Making each of us these wonderful pouches - cross-stitched and mongrammed from a lovely design by Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm. I think that she said that she had never finished anything like this before, but she did a fabulous job. She also made a wonderful memory book for me too.
I didn't make gifts for everyone, I ran out of time.
But I did design a little project for us to do:
Here they all are in various stages of completion. We each brought a favorite piece of autumn colored wool and free hand cut hearts and shared them. I had already made a pillow as a model at home, but wanted to create something with the shared hearts. So...
  I made a little runner. I think it looks so sweet with the pillow and the pincushion that we made at Ewe & Eye.
Carla surprised us with a project of her own:
She brought a huge box of scrapbooking supplies.

And here is Carla with the wonderful banner she designed. She brought lots of supplies so we could personalize it , but I loved her style, so

Here is mine at home on my mantle.
Linda brought show and tell:
A fabulous hooked rug that I just had to share!
While in Osage, we stayed at the second floor above The Stitchery Nook:

The accomodations were fabulous!
It has been recently renovated and each of us had our own big work table, close enough together that we never stopped chatting as we worked :)

One of my favorite features:
This great exposed brick wall down the hallway to the bedrooms.
Here we are once again:
The Bittersweet Stitching Sisters is a fitting name - meeting in the autumn and it is so bittersweet that we live so far apart that we are lucky to meet but once a year...
One can never have too much wool, right? Here are the lucious wools that I bought on the trip.
and here is Jill Peterson's latest book that I picked up along with some wonderul hand dyed threads. (Half off at Ewe & Eye!)


And a few more patterns that I just couldn't resist!
You have been so patient with me as I go on and on about this trip.
So next post I will reward you with a giveaway :)
For now I am off to the first high school football playoff game! Go Hawks!
Can't wait to see my youngest son, the tuba player, in the halftime show.
As soon as the game is over, we will run up to my mother-in-law's house - we are celebrating her 80th birthday!
Until next time...
Blessings, Patti 


Jacqueline said...

I am from Iowa originally and have really enjoyed your trip to Osage. I have never been there but now it is on my to do list when I get back to that state to visit family. I loved seeing all the wool, the projects and the fun you all had.

Thanks for sharing.

Mabel Jane's said...

Looks like a lot of memories were also created. Thanks for sharing...Blessings...Pam

Raymond Homestead said...

Oh Patti, what a fun time you must have had! I had fun just looking at your pictures and hearing about everything! So many nice gifts that were made and I love the little runner you created, so cute! You're so talented! The only thing I don't understand is why the chocolates are missing from that one photo?! ;-)

April said...

I have so enjoyed seing the pictures and hearing about the projects! Thanks for sharing!

marly said...

Oh my! I so enjoyed the posts of your adventure and drooled over the shops. What lovely presents and generous stitchers! Nice haul on the purchases too!

annie said...

You all are very blessed to get together and have so much fun! I love your creativity, and the photos are fabulous!

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful place to gather with others and share crafting and ideas. Lots of nice goodies that you can work with, always fun to buy something new.


Carrie P. said...

I so enjoyed seeing all the posts about your get together. what fun and loved seeing all the wool.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Hey Patti-girl!Loved seeing everyone's work...that little cross stitched pouch is my design in last yrs. Primitive Quilts & Projects mag ~...FYI!!
they did a great job & thanks for sharing the info ~
Blessed be,
Lori from Notforgotten Farm

Gloria Galiana said...

I have so thoroughly enjoyed your posts about Osage. I grew up in Osage and am now in Texas. I know all about the jobs and how awesome they are. My parents have since passed, but so want to go back for a visit.

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

Catching up on my favorite blogs--wow, you had quite the artisan adventure! What great projects and shopping. Really enjoyed reading about your trip and hope to work in a trip to that part of Iowa! ~Roberta

HomeSpunPrims said...

I thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures of your Bittersweet Sisters gathering! Thanks for sharing them with us. All the places and projects are inspiring. I have been to Country Threads a few times and it always takes my breath away to go there. So many wonderful things! Lori

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous time you all had! I have new project lust over everything you showed.

What a great group of people to know.

Heather said...

This trip was awesome! What beautiful goodies, but more so it sounds like it was a great time of fellowship with dear friends.

Wait, so did someone steal your chocolate? ;)

Oh, such a beautiful trip! I loved the pictures!!!! Share away!

PS I love your project!!!!