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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Threads That Connect Us One to Another

Hello Dear Friends,

It has been much too long since we have connected with one another, and I have missed all of you so much.  So, I am determined to enjoy sharing with you once again and to be a little more faithful to my blogging once again.

Today is a beautiful sunny day here in the cold Northeast, and the temperatures are warming up enough to melt some of the icicles hanging from our rooftops.  We just missed a snowstorm hitting here on Sunday night, which nicely dusted the ground with only 1-2 inches, very pretty to see in the morning.  This Thursday night, we are supposed to get a really big storm, but I love the snow, so I am thrilled with the possibility.  Just more time to stay cozy and sip tea and stitch!

I have been working on two fairly large stitching projects for the past few months and thought that you would like to see my progress.  As you can see, I didn't finish 'Quaker Christmas' in time for Christmas 2013, but I have only 3 more pages to go!

For the past few months, my friend, Donna and I have been doing a long distance SAL on Sunday nights, stitching "Giovanni's Alphabet' by Tempting Tangles Designs.   
As you can see, each letter has all of these intricate little bits of stitching, which are pretty tedious and require a lot of attention so as not to make a lot of boo-boo's.  We try to watch Downton Abbey on Sunday evenings while stitching, so you can imagine that it is a bit difficult trying to concentrate on both at the same time, and not a whole lot of stitching is often accomplished!
"Snow Angel", a wonderful design by Lone Elm Designs, was given to me by my dear husband, along with a beautiful round wooden sewing box, for Christmas.  

As you can see, not a lot of progress has been made so far.  I really should be stitching this wonderful piece with all of the snow that we been having this winter!  I used to love making "snow angels" in the snow with our children when they were little ones.

Last month, my dear husband and I celebrated a big milestone anniversary, and traveled to a very special historic inn in Camden, Maine, called the Norumbega Inn, which was like staying in a small vintage castle type of residence.  Each room had an ambience of it's own, tastefully decorated with antiques, and the beds were just wonderfully comfortable.

 The view from our room was spectacular!  This was one of the few clear parts of the day at sunset.  Most of the time, there was a heavy fog over the bay. 
The Library Room was very special, a guest room that was very spacious with it's own upstairs library.  The gorgeous stained glass round window over one of the bookcases was more beautiful than my photo can depict.

This cozy little nook is right on the first floor just inside the main entrance of the house.  I could just imagine Jane Austen sitting cozily on one of these benches, writing or reading a book, can't you?   
Each morning, my husband and I would come down for a sumptuous breakfast, cooked by our host, Phil, a gourmet cook, who is also a chef, and served by his lovely wife, Sue.  The fire was always crackling warmly, and our breakfast was enhanced with beautiful melodies of of soft music.  We also enjoyed a 5 course "Mini-Tasting Dinner" on the second evening of our stay.

A very memorable anniversary, indeed!

 Until next time, dear friends, I think that Miss Meggie has the right idea.......Just stay as cozy and warm, wrapped up in your blanky as possible!

Blessings In Stitches & Friendship!



  1. Wow! What a beautiful home! Happy Anniversary to you both!
    You have made quite the stitching progress.
    Snowy and cold here too.
    Henry and Mabel do as Meggie does also. ;)

  2. So nice to get caught up with you, Kathy! I've thought of you often and wondered how you were doing since your dear mother's passing.

    Your Quaker Christmas is stunning--a real work of art! And I like the new start on the Lone Elm design, too.

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband--it looks like you celebrated in fine style!

    Stay warm now--at times I wonder if this winter will ever end...

  3. Oh wow, what a wonderful thing to do for your anniversary! Happy belated anniversary! Love your stitching too. Quaker Christmas is spectacular!

  4. The christmas piece looks great. What a nice place to stay for your celebration. Looks so cozy. Stay warm.

  5. That Quaker Christmas is huge and beautiful. You will have it done by next Christmas, some projects are like that. Thanks for sharing the wonderful Inn pictures. What a great place to celebrate a special anniversary.

  6. Quaker Christmas is coming along fantastically! I predict a finish well before Christmas - an early finish! :)

  7. Love all your current projects here! You're almost finished with Quaker Christmas - it looks fantastic. So does Giovanni's Alphabet (are you stitching it over one, by the way?)
    Hope you had a nice anniversary. Your photos look lovely.

  8. Happy Anniversary! That looks like a beautiful place to visit and celebrate. And your stitching is lovely! You've made so much progress on the Quaker Christmas. I'm sure you'll finish it in no time now. :D

  9. A beautiful place you stayed, many congrats on your milestone anniversary.
    Quaker Christmas looks lovely.
    Your title of this post made me smile, at our community centre we are in the process of putting a project together and the title is 'Community Threads' chosen as the craft project brought all the threads of our community centre together.

  10. Oh Kathy, your Christmas Quaker is Spectacular. WOW you have made lots of great progress. Giovanni's alphabet is so beautiful. I enjoy watching Downton Abbey & stitching too:)
    Happy Anniversary! The Inn or castle is incredible - Great place to celebrate your anniversary. Thank you for the lovely photos. By the way its the zipper pouch, needlebook, chart and linen that I'm giving away for the prizes. Just wanted to clarify. And thank you for mentioning my giveaway - very kind & sweet of you. love Annette

  11. So great to hear from you again. And you were very busy stitching during your absence. You have three absolutely lovely designs on the go. And as it seems you will soon have a finish.

    What a wonderful and perfect way to celebrate your anniversary. Such a beautiful place! Thanks forsharing the pictures.

  12. Your Quaker Christmas is looking gorgeous and the angel box is going to be stunning.

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, it looks like you had a trip to remember.

  13. Welcome back Kathy! Glad to hear you are okay. Happy Anniversary! That little trip looks wonderful and it sounds like you had a marvelous time together. Wonderful progress on Quaker Christmas!! It's nearly complete! Pretty new designs too that you are working on. I really like the Lone elm Design and that box is beautiful!

    Hugs and prayers

  14. How lovely to see a post from you. Your Quaker Christmas is looking beautiful as is your alphabet. Love your start on Snow Angel. I'm also stitching that but started in the middle with the house.

  15. Welcome back! Lovely to hear from you again. You have been much in my thoughts because I am stitching a design you sent me!
    I love Christmas Quaker so much, but gosh it is a big design, lots of work there!
    The Christmas Angel looks more manageable and is a lovely design too.
    According to a Facebook Quiz I am supposed to live in Maine and now I have discovered my perfect house for when I move there. Of course you will still be welcome to come and visit!

  16. I actually logged on to visit your blog! Christmas Quaker is beautiful. The Inn looks wonderful. What a special place for your special anniversary. Last night I finished on the R on Giovanni, well the cross stitch part, and I am determined to finish the little motifs today. Then I'll send an update with a photo. Happy Monday!


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