Wednesday, May 14, 2014


OK - not really - I'm being very cheery with my blog title considering I've not been to visit since March.  I don't know why I keep putting off doing a post.  I will try to do better. 

Recently I went to a wonderful retreat put on by the Sun Region EGA which was held in Crystal River , home of the manatees.  It was attended by about 90 women and it was wonderful !

I tried to focus all my stitching time on my Snooty Parrots - Yes friends I do still stitch !!!!!!!!!!  I just don't get much done.  I am behind on my monthly assignments.  Sadly I found a mistake back in March and had to pull out the entire top border of this sampler.  That set me behind but I am rolling along now.  Actually I have completed the strawberry border and started on the lower case alphabet in the next row. 
 Here is some shots from the Stitching on the River retreat.  Here is the Plantation Inn - beautiful old inn - lovely landscaping.
They had all sorts of cool activities set up - opportunity baskets to bid on with great goodies, manatee downs (it was Derby Day so we had mint juleps and derby pie too!) a fun race with these cute wooden manatees.  I won a race on #1 Ms Knot Fairy and she came home with me - I won her in an auction and DF Carol also won a manatee for her very own.

Here are all my DF's and fellow duClay Chapter Members at our stitching table.  JoyceAnne is next to me and I am behind Carol and Kris is to the left of Carol.

This was our tranquil view of the small inlet leading to Crystal River.  I regret I didn't schedule a boat ride but it rained off and on for the first two days so it was messy.  I heard there was manatee sightings in the canals but I didn't see any myself.
All in all it was a great experience.  My first EGA Sun Region event and I am already excited about attending the SR seminar next May in Orlando.  Why not come and join the fun???

Yes yes I know - this is a glimpse of my long suffering oldest rug hooking project - a large 3ft X 5ft rug - I promise and pinky swear it will be done in 2014 if it kills me.  It is so close to being done - just maybe 10 hours - why can't I buckle down and get it done (sigh) - Now it is getting summer and hot weather and I do less rug hooking in the summer but I vow to get it done.
Hope all is well with you all and that you haven't given up on me.  I enjoy your comments - please do know that I read every one and love hearing from you.  I have you are also having a "marvelous May" 


krayolakris said...

Nice to look back on the scenes of our EGA retreat! Snooty is looking good. Now get busy with that 1 strip a day method of hooking & you'll soon be done with your beautiful rug!!

Henrietta Allegrante said...

Enjoyed the photos of the EGA Retreat, looks like
you all had a wonderful time. The blue basket
rug is looking good. . . I know you can get it

Margaret said...

I'm rooting you on with that rug. Just that small glimpse is sooooooo gorgeous! I so admire your rug hooking. Love your Snooty Parrots. Glad you had fun at the retreat! What fun with the manatees!

Cari said...

Hi girl… Enjoyed the pics of your EGA retreat. The Crystal River area is so lovely isn't it? Peaceful. I'm glad you're stitching away on Snooty Parrots. I didn't get any stitching done on my April assignment but I intend on getting caught up this month. Of course I love seeing your rugs. They are beautiful. Hugs

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Hello Melody! You sure did have a lovely setting for your retreat! GORGEOUS!! We are counting down the days before our yearly travels to St. Augustine!! :) EXCITING! I yearn all year long to be there for those 7 short days....

Your rug is gorgeous! GET IT DONE! And your snooty parrots, well stunning as well!

I wanted to tell you, I'm holding off on the rug hooking until I can devote time to it. I've gotten myself all bound up in stuff and will have to see some of them done before I add another thing. One of these days :)

Jackie said...

Ripping out that border had to hurt! I'm glad you're back on track and moving forward.

10 hours? You can do it! You can do it! You can do it! Commit to 1 hour a week? 1 strip a day? 15 minutes a day? Can't you smell the finish line?!

Karoline said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun at the retreat. Snooty Parrots is looking lovely, shame about the visit from the frog.

You're so close to a finish on the rug, you can do it!

Chris said...

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geeky Heather said...

Argh, so frustrating when you have to frog that much right at the beginning of a project!!! The retreat looks like it was so much fun...I will make it down there again one of these days!! The rug is beautiful...Such pretty colors.

Susan said...

Loved all the pictures, Mel! Glad you're back on track with Snooty Parrots. Nothing more frustrating than ripping out an entire section. I agree with Jackie about that rug. Just a little bit every day should get it done!