I'm a devoted wife, mother of two incredible boys, full-time professional and crafter. I must find time to create each day or I feel like something is missing. All that I make I create by hand as I don't even own a sewing machine. I'm a city girl who also yearns for time in the country.
When the Bittersweet Sisters get together for our gathering, the idea is to work on our UFO's as we all have a lot of them :) But we also like to do a few small projects together as well.
We all work with different mediums and it is fun to try something out of our comfort zone - especially if there is a pro right there to help :)
Wendy likes to work with paper. So we made these little paper cones. It was interesting to see how she just whipped hers together. I took a little longer. Nicki's is on the left. I love the little flags on top and the little tags attached to the raffia. (Kim might have been working on her Star Party homework, but you didn't hear that from me...) ;)
Carla works in mixed media and designed this little ditty. Oh my goodness did we laugh and have fun with this! Yes, those are the Bittersweet Sisters in a somber pic reminiscent of the good ole days with added witches hats. Someone thought the Bittersweet Witches Reunion really started with a "B" and that started us laughing all over again. I think that mine almost came out as nice as the original and you can be sure that this Halloween decoration will have a place of honor each year ;)
Carla also came up with this amazing idea!
We made feathers out of old sheet music and wire. Then dyed them with really neat glitter mists that we also used to dye watercolor paper and ribbon. The idea is to tie it with the ribbon to a leather bound book. I have mine all put together and I am really loving it. But I just realized that I didn't photograph it yet, so I will have to share in a future post.
Thank you Wendy and Carla for having us step out of our comfort zones and try something new and exciting. Projects that I would never have tried without you both at my side!
I had a little project as well. The idea started because my sister is an accomplished knitter. She creates amazing things that are really useful - socks, mittens, scarves, sweaters, I could go on and on.
I create pillows, table mats and pin cushions. not quite as useful.
So I designed something that we could carry in our purses and might trigger a memory of our times together when we see it.
Wool tissue pouch holders with velvet trim.
My husband thought the idea was goofy, but I think they came out kind of cute.
Well, I am short of time tonight, so the fabric challenge will have to wait for another day.
I forgot to mention in my last post that a little pack of wool from Ewe & Eye is also included in my giveaway gift bag...
I also have to give a shout out to Osage's finest!
They showed up at the niche of time to help out these damsels in distress one night after a really exhausting day. But that is a story for another day...
"Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Our visit to Ewe & Eye had been highly anticipated all year long!
We had such an incredible visit last year, that we couldn't wait to go back.
Marge and Beth are such beautiful ladies, inside and out, and we wanted to show our appreciation for their wonderful hospitality. So this year we put together a basket - each of the Bittersweet Sisters brought a food item that our state is known for along with a postcard for our area. I brought Chicago Mix popcorn from Garrett's along with a postcard of the Wrigley Building where I work.
The Ewe & Eye shop is so cozy and welcoming from the moment you get out of your car.
Beautiful sights all around.
We had a lovely lunch in Marge's home.
This sweet sight is right inside the back door.
After lunch we had a little show and tell.
Bittersweet Sister, Linda from Georgia hooked this incredible rug of Buddy, her cat. Isn't he amazingly lifelike?! Linda always shares fun stories of her sweet Buddy and now we feel like we've almost met him ;)
Bittersweet Sister, Carla from Fargo shared her bobbin lace projects.
Can you even imagine making something so complicated?!?!
Bittersweet Sister, Nicki of Iowa shared a family hooked rug - a challenge project from Ewe and Eye - how fun!
Beth shared a great wool applique picnic basket that she picked up at a recent show - keep an eye on that basket - we are all coveting it!
Marge shared a lovely pillow from the same artist.
Here are a few of my purchases -
(the wools on the left from Ewe & Eye and those on the right from Country Threads)
I went a little crazy on the hand-dyed velvets - I just couldn't help myself!
And some of Gentle Arts new wool threads that I am anxious to try.
I also picked up a kit for Stacy Nash's Butternut Tavern - the way they had it stitched and framed was just stunning and I stared at it all day long :)
Marge and Beth gifted each of us with a beautiful piece of their specialty wool and a white pumpkin - both of which can be seen in my blog header. They have inspired one of my offerings for November...
We were so busy and having so much fun that we forgot to take a photo of our group! I was so very sad when I realized this as we don't have a single picture of all the Bittersweet Sisters together this year :( but if you have a chance you can see a really fun picture of the group from last year on Ewe and Eye's blog. Just click here.
Thank you Marge and Beth for another incredible visit!
I hope that you aren't bored with us yet, next up are our class projects,
gifts and the fun fabric challenge!
"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
When Mary heard that I was hosting a giveaway here on my blog celebrating the trip, she put together a wonderful and generous goodie bag - Country Threads "Back to Charm School" book, not one but two different Goat Gazette cookbooks, Heirloom Mallow Seeds from the farm, and lovely notecards and Country Threads pencils too! Wow! the giveaway gift bag is filling up.
Thank you Mary ever so much for your generosity and kindness!
We had such a very special visit!
After our visit, we headed to Nicki's house for dinner and to talk about the special day.
These beautiful flowers were blooming in front of Nicki's lovely home, but I forgot to ask what they are... Hey Nicki, can you tell me the name of these beauties???
And look at this beautiful wall in Nicki's hallway featuring not one, but two Maggie Bonanomi Club pieces from Country Sampler.
Another lovely special day in Iowa!
For all those that have asked about my new shoes:
The button clogs are by Think! of Austria. Unfortunately they are from last year's collection and are no longer available. Maybe you could get lucky on ebay?
The boiled wool slippers are by Haflinger of Germany.
My husband thinks they both look like old lady shoes.
I'm glad that someone else appreciates them as I do lol!
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."