Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tomorrow's Heirlooms Retreat - July 2012

This is what is known as "virgin" Q-snaps......Q-snaps that were purchased with the anticipation of a great weekend in store at the Tomorrow's Heirlooms July 2012 retreat.  Tomorrow's Heirlooms is a fabulous cross-stitch shop in Glen Ellyn, IL which is run by a mother/daughter team - Pam and Kim.  Their website is tomheir.com, but it is under construction right now.  They have been in business for many years and they have tons of great charts, threads, etc.  

This summer they planned a fabulous occasion with Lori M. of La D Da and Linda L. from Chessie & Me.  (two of my favorite designers!!!!).  Friday evening there was a meet and greet and shopping in a boutique at the hotel....as you can imagine we were all quite hepped up about it.  

Early on Friday my stitching buddies and I met up for lunch and then checked into the hotel for some relaxing and stitching before the shopping frenzy. 

I was able to meet and talk to both designers and let me tell you...they are both top notch cool women.  Very friendly, easy to talk to and such talent!!!  So exciting.  

Pam and Kim had the boutique organized beautifully and it was lots of fun.  

 I fell in love with this design by La D Da (after my friend Teresa did! I had to copy her and buy it too!) It is named Seven Virtues.
I have loved this design, Glory House, by Chessie and Me for a long time.....so I finally bought it!
 Cast of Characters!  My stitching buddies mean the world to me.  We have so much fun together and support each other and laugh together.  I am lucky that we are able to get together so often and go to retreats, shops and gather in our homes together. Above is Brenda and Linda...I know Linda will kill me for putting that picture up of her closing her eyes, but it is the only one I had with Brenda....
 Here are Barb and Linda (with her eyes open!). 
 This is myself and Jayne.
Here are T&P!  That is Teresa and Pat.




This is Patti and Karin.
 This is the kit we received from Lori M. of La D Da!  Woop!!!  So cool!  Love, love, love the colors.  We received the fiber and fabric.  NPI silks were used.



 Here is the Chessie and Me project from Linda L.  Wow!
 Linda also gave us the chart to do the little Chessie and Flag seen on our floss card.  She also taught me how to do the satin stitch and Smyrna cross this weekend!  I feel empowered!



Okay, I hate pictures of myself but I am relenting and putting this one up because prior to this being taken I had a bit of a shopping frenzy.  I purchased the LED light you see, the clip to the table magnifier, the chart stand and the scissor holder.  My heart was racing after all that fun.  Now I am fully equipped stitcher!!
Here are a couple of the charts I bought.  I cannot wait to stitch both of them!

We had a fun weekend and loved visiting with our other stitching friends, Ellen, Barb, Jean, Jill and Carol.  

Thank you so much to Pam, Kim, Lori and Linda!!!  What a wonderful weekend.

30 comments:

BrendaS said...

Great post Laura!!! It was a super fabulous weekend and spending it with you girls made it perfect!!!!

JAYNELOMBARD said...

Had a wonderful time with my stitching buddies. Fun post Laura.

marly said...

Looks like everyone really enjoyed the retreat. I love that little La D Da.

Patti said...

What a great post Laura!!! Fun re-cap of an enjoyable weekend!!! I am sure the Skobley Family Reunion was not near as good as this retreat!!! I assume Mr. D is in the know about your recent purchases since it is plastered all over the Internet!!! Final thought- HOW did I miss the 7 Virtues???

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Fun post, Laura!!!
Love all the pictures, especialy the one with my eyes closed!!! LOL.
Linda

Karin said...

Fun post about a great weekend Laura!!! It was wonderful to spend time with all of you girls!

Cathy B said...

Thank you for your recap of the weekend. I like the way you shop! Great projects; great designers...perfect weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your fun outing with us, Laura! Love the picture with all your new tools! Glad you didn't pass out from the stitching fumes!

Robin in Virginia

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh! Such fun projects you received!!! I love them both! And it's so much fun to see what everyone looks like too! I already know Karin, but the others -- great stuff! Glad you all had fun!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Looks like you had a great time at your retreat. Such cute projects! I'll have to make it a point to visit Tomorrow's Heirlooms. (I've never been there.) If I can get to Designers Desk (which is actually a bit farther from me, I think), I can get to Glen Ellyn!

Laurie in Iowa said...

The retreat projects are fabulous. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and it was fun seeing the photos of your partners in stitching.

Deborah said...

looks like a great time was had by all! Love the retreat projects. Both are wonderful.

CathyR said...

Love the retreat pieces and lots of great pictures of you all. So glad you had a great time!

Cathy

thegreytail said...

got a rotten shade of green on my face after reading this.. you definitely had a lot of fun! (and I like your fully equipped version! :D!)
I remember the first time I found a scissor frog, I felt like a pro..!! how silly!! :D
happy xxx! enjoy the new stuff!

And This Little Pig said...

Oh Laura you are such a lucky duck, I wish we had stitching retreats here, plenty of quilting retreats.

And what a wonderful retreat, never much looked at La-D-Da saw the odd chart here and there, but my God they are divine. Will now have to seriously think of adding some to the stash!

Wonderful time had by all, again lucky ducks.

LiBBiE in Oz

Carol said...

Glad you had such a wonderful time, Laura--just love those projects!

Vickie said...

I can see you had fun! Wow! I will rejoice with you in your stash enhancement.

Giovanna said...

Those are all lovely projects! Glad you had a nice time.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Looks like you had a super great time! It's fun to finally see a face to put with your email address now. You look like one happy stitcher indeed! Thanks for a fun post! Have a good week.

Barb said...

What a super event and great charts!!

pj said...

Laura: You and your friends have been having too much fun! Looks like you are the Professional stitcher now with all your tools! I love those projects and wish I could have joined you at this retreat!

Now we will wait to see these projects completed soon, right?

pam in iowa

Mindi said...

Gorgeous projects, and the retreat looks like it was a lot of fun. both of those designers are ones I'd love to be at a retreat with.

Anne said...

Lovely post! Looks like you ladies had a lot of fun and it must be amazing to have so many stitching friends! I adore that 7 virtues chart too...oh no! More to add onto my to do list! Yay for being fully equipped!!

Lois said...

Oh my word, what a great post!! The retreat pieces are gorgeous and fun to see you all! That Seven Virtues chart I've never noticed/come across before. I do believe I will need to try and find it!! It's lovely!!

valerie said...

Lucky girl! Retreat sounds amazing...I'd have loved to go. LaDDa and Chessie and Me are wonderful designers!

belle said...

Hello

Just having a look at your blog for the first time.
You have some lovely stitching.

Looks like you had a lovely time with stitching friends.
Great new stash too.

Ranae said...

Oh! it looks like you gals had a whopping fun time
Thanks for sharing
Love the purchases btw

Karoline said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend

Sweet Sue said...

Hi Laura, really enjoyed spending some time here, beautiful work and pics ~ not sure why I haven't been here before, dopey me! Hope it's ok if I follow along, if not, well then I'll go sit in the dirt and eat worms. Happy Weekend!

Patti said...

Hi YOU!! Just popping in to say hi! How are your Olympic Projects going??? I did an update on my blog- I actually may finish! I am working on Fancy B- kinda nervous- I don't think she will be done in time- :( But I'm trying. Have a wonderful weekend and hoepfully see you Tues!