All too soon, the final day arrived.
I had to show you that Faye of Carolina Stitcher was with me in spirit at the camp - I used the wonderful project bags that I won in her giveaway and received many compliments :) I thought it was so appropriate as Faye had used a Stacy Nash design :)
One of the best parts is time spent with kindred spirits - both new friends and old.
I had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful stitchers (& designers) from places as far away as California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and New York!
It is also so inspiring to see the wonderful finishes and works in progress that people bring with
Fran brought with this incredible hardangar runner that she is working on.
At the end of the camp, Jeanne and Stacy had a drawing of the "overachievers" - those that finished their book construction and tray sides - there were several of us. I was so thrilled when they drew my name!
This is what I won:
A lovely pinkeep made by Stacy herself!
What a treasure that I will cherish!
Thank you Jeanne and Stacy for such an incredible camp!
If you ever have the opportunity to attend an event at Country Sampler, Go! You won't be dissappointed, and will create memories to last a lifetime.
You can't be at Country Sampler for four days without doing some shopping.
Here are my purchases:
I bought a few wool kits for Maggie's last book and couldn't resist a great deal on "The Maine Project"by Blackberry Primitives. I have been thinking about it for a while and it was on sale so I couldn't pass up the kit. I think there are a few left here in case you can't live with out it as well. :)
On my way home, I took my time and did a bit of antiquing.
Thought I would share a few things that caught my eye, but that I didn't buy...
Love the textures
and the patinas.
This is what did come home with me - a tramp art frame (to be used for some stitching), antique velvet, a flower frog to hold antique thimbles and my favorite find! An incredible rughooking - the wool strips so fine that they are almost as narrow as yarn. The colors and detail are wonderful. It is framed in wood and can go right on my wall.
Isn't it fantastic? And the best part:
On the back is its history along with...
a newspaper article from Maine on Ethel Fitzgerald, the woman who created it.
I am just thrilled with this find.
I think it will be pretty hung with a find from a few years ago.
A watercolor of a similar mill found at an Estate Sale.
You have been so kind with your comments while I rattle on and on, so I would like to have a little giveaway.
Since I now have the kit - I have an extra pattern for the Maine Project along with three pieces of different vintage wool army blankets.
This giveaway is open to everyone. Simply leave a comment on this post or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Maine Project in the subject line and tell me - what are you looking for at antique stores these days?
I will pick a winner on Sunday.
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."
~1 Corinthians 12:12-14