Sunday, August 14, 2011

Market Mania

Hi all, today was the last day of the TNNA Needlework Market and it was a FABULOUS day! We finished up the shopping and got all our goodies safely tucked away in our room. Then....I went back to a few designers rooms to snap some photos to show you all. These are definitely some favorites. **Warning: Very picture intense!

Breath of Autumn by Chessie & Me

All Hallow's Eve by Chessie & Me

Emma Rose Freedom by Tree of Life Samplings

You may remember this piece released last Market.
Emma Rose Friendship by Tree of Life Samplings.

Penny America by Tree of Life Samplings

Harriet Redfearn 1830 by Queenstown Sampler Designs

Harvest Sampler by Heartstring Samplery

A Spooky Spot of Halloween by Midnight Stitching

Stitch An Inch by By The Bay Needleart

Then, due to some customer emails looking to know what Blackbird Designs were released, I went up to their room. Here are the photos of the models. Some are from the new charts and some models are from the Spencer Museum book.

And then, the best thing of all......I went into Summer House Stitche Workes booth yesterday to see what new things Beth had. She was running a promotion for her new design, "Autumn Garden". With your purchase, your name went into a drawing to win her stitched model. I filled out the slip and added my phone number, email address and even my hotel room number so that Beth would be sure to contact me when I won the drawing. I popped into her room periodically during the weekend to check on my model and to make sure it was doing well and we would just laugh over my silliness. Well, imagine my surprise when my cohort Debbie came to find me to let me know that I had won the drawing!!!! I was flabbergasted and thrilled at the same time. Woohoo! Thanks, Beth, I love, love, love the design and know it will be a fantastic seller in the shop!!!

This is Beth and I with the framed model. Beth is just the sweetest gal. I hope she sells a million copies of this pattern!

Thanks, everyone, for bearing with the LONG post. Hope you saw some things you liked.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Birthday Fun

This past Sunday was a stitch-in at the shop. The "girls" surprised me with a lovely card and a gift certificate to Vera Bradley. Yippee!!! I get to go shopping again. I think I will be in the market for a new "Fall" bag, so I hope to find one within the next few weeks. Thanks, my friends, you are the inspiration to my needle!

Even though today is the actual birthday, I had to work all day so my husband took me out for dinner yesterday at Wildfire in Oak Brook. I ordered the Prime Rib. Yummy! They also had an excellent Shrimp Lobster Bisque. After dinner, we split a small half-slice of cheesecake. What was I thinking not bringing my camera??! The cheesecake had a veil of raspberry sauce and a smattering of fresh berries. Delish!

Today at the shop I was kept pretty busy so the day went by very quickly. When I finally got home, this is the sight that greeted me.

That husband of mine is a keeper! Too cute. Then the next sight was this.

Inside the packages were some silly things like mints and gum (that I love), a new mouse for my laptop, a hands-free holder for my phone while in the car and a new Cuisinart blender/chopper. Now before you get too worked up over the fact that my DH gave me a practical gift for my birthday, I need to let you know that he did not want to get me the Cuisinart. I begged him for it. He wanted to get me jewelry or something equally wonderful, but I really, really wanted the new chopper! It is now washed and waiting for our next meal. Here is a stock photo.

My DH also got this cute, little New York Cheesecake. It was quite yummy. I'll have to remember this tiny cake the next time I have a craving for just a small slice.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes today. It was a very fun day!