Sunday, August 24, 2014

Karin Moved to New York - The Cross-Stitch Gang is Very Sad



I don't know if you heard the seismic shift in the cosmos.......but there was a collective groan let out in Illinois this summer.  Our dearest best buddy Karin has moved to New York.  Her wonderful husband is now heading up the Midtown Manhattan Hilton and so the fabulous Dutch family has headed East.  But before Karin left we made sure to make the most of every minute we spent together....as we have been doing for the past many years that we have known each other.  

But before we get too, too sad, we definitely give thanks for the world we live in now where we can be connected at all times by texting, Facebook and e-mail!  We are also thankful that Karin will be able to come back at least a couple of times a year for our stitching weekends (that we absolutely live for!!!)

So, we had an official last get together recently at Pat's wonderful abode.  First of all, we had a surprise for Karin.  We stitched this fabulous BBD design with all of our initials on it and we are going to ask that Jill Rensel frame it so it will be extra over the top special!!!!!

 Our other gift to Karin was put together fabulously by Patti.....she got together the many pictures of our times together and made this fabulous memory book for Karin!!!  Above is the cover. 
 Here is Karin looking through the many pages of happy happy memories!!!
 Then, surprise!!!!!!  Patti had books made for each of us!  I could have just wept with joy to be able to look through this book over and over and over again!!!! How thoughtful.

We had a photo shoot so each gal could have their picture taken with the stitcher of the hour.  Here is Pat and Karin.  Note all the delightful pieces of stitching and quilting that Pat has around her lovely home.  Sigh......

 Karin and Brenda.
 Karin and Patti.
 Kellie and Karin.
 Karin and Teresa.
 Karin and Linda.
Karin and me. 


Here is what it looks like when we sit around the table.  There is show and tell of stitch projects in abdundance.  There are phone and ipads to look up new projects.  There are drinks and snacks.  There is love, joy, and so much friendship.  We are so blessed to have each other and to be able to share our passion of stitching together.  We have been through a lot together and we will be through a lot more in the future.  We are a united front and we will always love each other very much.  So, you see, even though Karin is going to live in another state.....we are still very much together.  Always and forever, amen. 

Speaking of show and tell....Karin had some of her pieces framed and ready to take to New York.

 Florry Hollands by Pineberry Lane. 


 A lovely older Prairie Schooler.
Krissy Nelson by La D Da.

There just could not be a post without some stitching right?

So, to sum it all up.  We are really, really, really sad that we can't see Karin at the drop of the hat....but that won't stop us from always being close in spirit and thought.

We love you Karin!  We wish you much joy in New York......we wish you lots of trips back to Illinois and here's to many more stitching memories!!!!


18 comments:

Anne said...

AWww what a sweet send off you gave to her. Good thing for facebook and texting so she'll still be connected to all of you. Love the photos of her and everyone. Her stitching is beautiful!

teresa said...

thanks so much Laura. I love reliving our special days through your posts. We are truly blessed.

Ann Robbins said...

So touching.....we all love our stitching "sisters". Wishing you all many fun times in the future.....

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Beautifully said and documented, Laura. We miss Karin each and every day!

pj said...

A beautiful tribute to your friendships Laura. Well said and wishes for many more memories together!

Patti said...

Thanks for the beautiful post Laura-you document so well. Karin is so very missed in IL but we are having so much fun texting and got to Facetime that it will be Oct. and she will be back! Can't wait!

Jackie said...

What a delightful post! Your love for Karin definitely comes though.

Karin said...

Beautiful post Laura!!! Thank you so much for all those special moments, memories and more over the last 5 years. As we all agreed Part 2 is starting now......many more special moments and memories we will create!! Miss you all girls and see you in October!!!

Karen said...

What sweet way celebrate your friendships. Stitching friends are the best!

Cathy said...

Being in a stitching group myself, I know that it's difficult when someone moves away. Hopefully you'll be able to stitch together again soon. Nice photos of your gathering.
Cathy
CraftyCat

Barb said...

What a wonderful way to wish a stitching buddy well in her move. She has done some very pretty stitching. You are correct. I have a dear friend in Chicago and we email very often!!! It 's wonderful to be able to stay in touch!

Vickie said...

What a beautiful post celebrating your beautiful friendships.:)

Margaret said...

You all are so lucky to have each other. I actually met Karin once before she left NJ to move to Illinois. She is a lovely lady. I hope she and her family are happy in NY.

Kathy F said...

Oh I do sooooo feel your pain. I was the one that had to move off & leave my stitching group. It left such a big hole in my life as it can never be recreated again. But such is life. Hooray for the monody book for all! And once Karin us settled in......I'm seeing a road trip!!!!! Bound to be new shops for you to check out in NY!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a nice send off you girls threw for Karin. It's always hard when a dear friend leaves the fold. It will make your reunions even more special now!

Stitchinowl said...

What a nice post and tribute to your friend Karin!
Carolyn

Sharon said...

Such a beautiful send off for Karin! The friendship and love you share is truly lovely.

Karoline said...

You all gave Karin a great send off, I'm sure your retreats will be even more special now