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"