Monday, February 6, 2012

Five States In Four Days

I've been doing a bit of traveling lately. Last weekend, two friends and I took a road trip out to Spring Green, WI, to the Country Sampler. Pay close attention to those upper windows because that, my dear readers, is what is referred to as "The 2nd Story."

There is an apartment above the shop which contains three bedrooms with seven beds, a full kitchen, two bathrooms, living room and awesome work space. We planned to stay in the 2nd Story overnight and spend the evening getting some needlework finished. But first, we planned to arrive in time to take a "make-it, take-it" class that was offered at the shop. It was to be a wool heart done in wool applique, a technique I had not done before. We used a book by Maggie Bonanomi called "Buttonwood Farm." My finished heart is pictured here.

I did have to spend some time in The 2nd Story assembling my heart as I didn't get it completed in class. My friends decided not to put their initials on their hearts. The applique is addicting and so fun! I definitely will try it again.

We stopped for lunch here and I can highly recommend this place!

We took a class last year at Celebration of Needlework, NH, and wanted to put together our boxes. Here is Pam hard at work assembling her needle case.

All three of us were able to finish the inside, tufted lid, but I have not yet stitched my needle case, so only Debbie & Pam's boxes are totally complete. Aren't they lovely? The boxes are hand painted by a woman somewhere out East.

Next time I will show you what else we worked on and give you a bird's eye view into the work area. It definitely aided us in getting so much completed in such a short amount of time!


  1. Looks like lots of fun!!! Love the little hearts and your box :-).

  2. Glad you had such a great time! That Second Story is like a dream place to me.....I would love to spend a week there!!!

  3. Sounds like just the best time ever! So glad you got to try a new technique!! The boxes are lovely. Glad you had a great time.

  4. Hey! that place looks familiar, lol
    The hearts look totally fabulous and the boxes are fantastic
    I'm glad to hear you ladies had a great time.