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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our Weekend @ Celebration

What a long weekend. Most of the week before was quite hectic with an awful lot of work preparing for the annual Celebration Of Needlework weekend. I unclothed my shop walls as I packed up and shipped the models to the hotel in Nashua NH so that the show designer booth could be set up. In addition to those models more were sent down to Erica from Yankee Cross Stitch who also honored me with a display of my work.

Bailey Wanted To Come With Us :(
Its just me doing some last things to get ready for class

Love Life Class

White Pumpkin Pin Cushion for Round Robin
Having completed my shipping task I next prepared 50 kits for the shows Round Robin and another 14 "Love Life " kits. (I'm tired again just thinking about it)

So Friday afternoon included a road trip with my hubby to Nashua NH (Yes he volunteered to help keep me in check despite the fact that he was getting sick again, brave soul) Pulling up to the Marriott what my wondering eyes should appear but my friend Joyce and sister Anne with all their shopping gear. Having caught up on news with them it was a quick check in, change of cloths and down to the show. I checked in at the show registration desk and dropped of my models for Love Life and White Pumpkin pin cushion. The show designer models were right next to the registration desk and was so happy to see quite a few people talking to Kelly there. We touched base with Erica and Marlo at the "Yankee Cross Stitch" booth and then off to see more. We met a couple of "Mainers"who had a vendor booth "Thread Express". Colleen and Marlee whose shop is in New Gloucester Maine. They were simply just great people and their specialty work was just beautiful. As it turns out we made some new friends and will hopefully will be working together with them on some future classes and possibly a seaside retreat.
Well the classes went very well at both groups and the stitchers were just wonderful down to earth people.This brings us to Sunday morning, one more stroll to check out the vendors and then packing and wrapping of the 40 plus stitched models. And we were off for a ride back home to our shop "By The Bay"

In closing this very long post I want to extend some very heartfelt thanks to the many people that purchased my designs and to all of my class participants. Next I want to thank Pam Reed for having me as the Featured Designer this year and thank you Kelly for taking good care of my models at the display. It was also nice to meet Bob Reed of Olde Colonial Designs who makes the most beautiful frames and boxes. I hope to have him make some for me soon and I will be designing some small pieces for them and selling them in the shop. Thank to Erica from Yankee Cross Stitch who also displayed many of my models and remains one of my oldest industry friends. And yes thank you to my brave husband who was a big help behind the scenes giving me moral support. He referred the weekend to "Estrogen Weekend" You could count the men that were there on one hand. (And he spent the following week in the hospital :( but is home now and doing ok

That's all for now and look for longer hours at the shop for the for summer, and hopefully many classes. We are taking on the task of building a website. Wish us luck as I hear horror stories about them!. But I am very persistent so if there is a will there is a way.Thanks for reading my very long post and hope you enjoy the pictures. There were so many more vendors to take pictures of but I ran out of time :(
Good Day , donna

The Quilted Crow


  1. Oh I wish I could have gone! Looks so wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing pics with us!

  2. I wish I lived on the East coast and not in the south.. I was planted in the wrong place.. maybe... lol I love all the pictures. I know you are tired. Glad to hear your husband is better. Love those class kits.. You need to put some on your Etsy!!!

  3. Anonymous6:22 PM

    Sounds like you put in lots of hard work, but had loads of fun! One day, I hope to travel up the easy coast to join you ladies in the Estrogen Fest!

  4. Looks like Bailey hates being left out of the fun!
    I'm glad you had such a wonderful time even though I realize it was a lot of work for you. Your Love Life design is really great!
    I'm with Lorrie, I'd love to travel east and join you all some time!


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