Sunday, July 12, 2009

~*Catching Up*~

Hello Dear Friends! I've got some catching up to do and I'm so sorry to have not posted for a few days... it has been a fun, busy few days!

What a cheery smile Marianne has!

This past Thursday I finally had a chance to meet up with my dear friend, Marianne ~ in person. We have been friends via email for over a year now & only live an hour apart. It was about time we met face to face, huh? She is truly the sweetest! Her family, home, and critter babies are super sweet too! She introduced me to a marvelous cross stitch shop in Wichita called Hearts Desire. I was able to meet the owner & drool over the fibers and charts (ok, I didn't really drool, but you know what I mean!). There isn't a cross stitch shop near my home, so it was a big treat to visit this awesome store. I plan to revisit it, and Marianne, much~much more now too! After shopping, we spent the afternoon stitching & I also showed Marianne how to needle punch. She took to it like a natural! Oh, and I can't forget to tell you... Marianne is an amazing cook! She treated me to supper of homemade sauce, meatballs, and bread! This time... I really did drool! LOL

Yesterday was the monthly hook-in with Judy and Rustic Rug hookers. It was a smaller crowd than normal, but still great to get together for a day of hooking, wool shopping, and eating. I was disappointed my SIL, Robin, and good friend, Sher couldn't make it... but hopefully next month they will. Here is a photo of the wool I purchased ~ love the new over-dyes Judy had! ~ and an update on the rug I've been trying to finish for over a year now. I don't know why this one is so slow going! At least it is closer to being finished.

With the busy last few days, I've been behind on emails. While catching up, I was delighted to find this fabulous finish from France! The email was in French & I found myself disappointed that I could not remember much from 2 years of high school french class... but thanks to an online translator, I could read what Isa (no blog given) had said. She combined 2 freebie charts, ~*Beholden*~ and ~*Spring Freebie*~, to stitch up the most darling, pinkeep. The fibers & finish are so sweet and special! Isa, merci beaucoup!

Amidst all the busy days... I have been cross stitching on MODELS. I'm working frantically to get the finished & put the polishing touches on them. It won't be long.

Wishing you all warm smiles...


  1. Sounds like a fun hooking day and yes, those are beautiful wools. The french pin keep is really nice, love how she used a cottage style for the colors.


  2. That is so neat to finally meet a friend that you have known that long. I have met so many nice blogging buddies. Maybe one day I will get to meet them. Right now at this house-life is soooo busy!

  3. Hi Betty!
    Next time you come to Wichita, give me a shout. Heart's Desire is my LNS. Debbie and the gals there are the best!!! I'd love to meet you!


  4. Was so wonderful finally getting together Betty!! We certainly did have a fun day! Looking forward to many more visits! Love the piece that Isa put together, very nice! Punch Needle really is much easier than I thought! Thanks for taking the time to teach me!

  5. What fun you have been having! Cross~stitching, needle punch, rug hooking just a perfect time and spent with friends!
    The pinkeep from France is a beauty!

  6. Oh Betty, I'm soooo envious....Meetting up with a friend, going to a cross stitch shop and the Hook-In, all in one week!!!! I promise next month I'll be in Topeka. (Had Codi's shower Saturday...By this time next week the wedding will be over.) I love your new rug and can't wait to see all the yummy wool in person~~SOON!!! Hugs, Sher

  7. The pinkeep is DAHLING!!! Does it sound more French when it's spelled that way?!
    Wish I was close enough to hook at Judy's with everyone.
    Isn't it fun to finally meet your e-mail buddies?
    Hope you're having a great summer!

  8. Hi, Betty! Great photo of Marianne! How cool that you were able to give her a private lesson for punchneedle. I've had one lesson, but it's been almost 4 years. I need to start over. Sounds like you had a lovely day! And I must add that our Heart's Desire is a GREAT shop!


  9. bonjour Betty,

    merci beaucoup pour la photo sur ton blog, et merci encore pour tes freebies, @+++


  10. Oh how nice to actually meet one of your on line friends, I hope I can do that some day. The cross stitch piece is just beautiful, I love the addition of the blue button and the lovely trim around the border. The little rabbits are just precious.


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