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.