Monday, July 25, 2011

Giveaway Reminder and Some Stitchy and Williamsburg Stuff

Hello blogging friends!  It is a very hot here in the Shenandoah; temperature records are being set right and left.  

I would like to remind everyone that TODAY is the last day to enter my Birthday Giveaway!  I will accept entries until late tonight/early tomorrow morning (trying to take into account time zone differences) and I will draw the winning name tomorrow morning.  If you are interested, scroll down or click here to enter! 

I don't know if it is the heat or just the lazy days of summer but I have had a hard time focusing on my stitching.  I stitched on two projects last week, Richmond Sampler (Anne Maria Clarke) and The Sparrow.  I did more frogging on Richmond than actual stitching so I got disgusted and put her down for a few days.  Hey, sometimes friends just need a short break from each other and this is one of those times for me and Anne Maria. 

The Saturday SAL with my friend Robin (no blog) has been progressing rather nicely.  Here is my progress so far...

Now for some stash enhancement!  As many of you know, I recently had a birthday and my friends and family certainly know how to spoil a girl.  My family gave me a StitchMate Needlework stand (woohoo!), my dear friend Robin spoiled me with lots of goodies and hubby gave me my first Scarlet Letter chart!  Here are some snaps of my goodies...

From Robin - La-D-Da "Praise God" with Lakeside Linen and over-dyed threads...how did she know that I have a special love for the doxology?

More from Robin - Tree of Life Samplings "Emma Rose" (our next SAL!) and a great pattern for WIP Pouches!


More goodies from Robin (what a great friend!) - my new pocketbook addition, a Sampler notebook, needles, a bookmark and some beautiful HDF silk!


From hubby - The Elisabeth Hoover sampler - Hubby is from Harrisburg, PA and this sampler was stitched in Leah Bratton's Harrisburg school in 1803.  It is part of a group of samplers called "the Susquehanna Samplers" identified by their compartmentalized borders and central human figures.  This may look like an easy stitch but after careful perusal of the instructions, Elisabeth will be anything but easy!  That's OK, you know how I love a challenge!

On to Williamsburg and Yorktown!  For our anniversary my husband and I took a sunset sailboat ride around historic Yorktown.  It was a wonderful experience and the sunset was spectacular!  I thought I would share some pics with you...
Our boat before the sails were lifted...we sailed on the schooner Alliance
The sails were raised just as we left the pier...


The sun was beautiful...


It was a magical time watching the sun set over the York River.  After we docked hubby and I had a lovely late dinner at a neat little restaurant right on the water.  While we were walking to our car we could not help but notice the moon rising over the river...and it was RED!  Here is a picture...

Isn't the moon stunning!  It was a fabulous evening...an amazing sunset and an equally amazing moon rising...definitely a memorable anniversary!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a great week!


13 comments:

Gabi said...

Hope you had wonderful Birthday :)
Love all your new stash - everything is drool worthy so to speak.
Your WIP looks lovely too.

Karen said...

Beautiful new stash! You received some lovely presents. Hope you had a great day!

Laurie in Iowa said...

What fun to go on a sunset sailboat ride. Romantic too!
You got some wonderful goodies for your birthday. This is the first time I've seen the SL chart and I'm looking forward to watching your progress on that one.

Catherine said...

Wow! That sailboat ride looks amazing! As many times as we have been in that are, we've never thought of doing that! Guess I'll have to put the bug in hubby's ear for next time!

Love all of your birthday stash!!

Margaret said...

Wow, that moon is amazing! Your sail looks like so much fun! Love all the new stash. I've never seen that SL sampler. All I need -- another to desire. lol! Love your progress on the WIP -- so pretty!

Mouse said...

ooo lovely presents of every one and what a lovely way to spend your anniversary :) love mouse xxxx

Nancy said...

Great birthday presents! Glad you had a great birthday and that sailing ride looks like such a great experience!

Wanted to thank you for mentioning Cross Stitch Station in an earlier post! I stopped there on my way back home from the mountains and fell in love with the shop! Can you believe I spent two hours in there oooing and ahhing and talking with Terry! She is a joy and her shop is lovely!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures of the Williamsburg area! Love the picture you caught of the red moon! Wow!

Enjoy your birthday goodies especially the purple 'thing'!

Robin

Deb said...

Beautiful pictures of Williamsburg! Especially the red moon. Just love all your stash enhancements and now I see that there is another sampler that I have to add to the list - Elizabeth Hoover. Love it! I don't remember seeing it and I comb that site religiously. You've got wonderful taste in samplers.

samplerlover said...

Happy belated Birthday. You have a lovely collection of presents. Just what a stitching girl needs:o) Love Elisabeth as well. Another beautiful sampler to add to your wonderful collection. Your sail trip sounds like you had a wonderful time - Sandra.

Carol said...

What a wonderful bunch of presents you received, Valerie. And that sailboat ride around Yorktown looks wonderful. I've never been there--will definitely put is on my list now that my youngest son has moved to Virginia :)

Love your new Elisabeth Hoover sampler, too--looking forward to following your progress!

Katrina said...

Love your stash enhancements and new start!!! Happy belated anniversary, pretty pictures of your trip too :-).

Kathy Ellen said...

How wonderful to have been blessed with so many stitching goodies and a spectacular sailing trip Yorktown and Williamsburg too! Your friends and dear husband are so thoughtful must hold you very dear in their hearts! Happy Birthday Wishes to you!

I am very intrigued with the Elizabeth Hoover Sampler from The Scarlett Letter Designs. I must check out the sampler series too:) One of our sons and his family live near Harrisburg, where he and his wife also attended college. We love our trips to PA...such a very special part of the country.