. aside. For some reason I failed to take a photo when the yarn arrived so I am swiping a photo of my June yarn off the Loopy website. This is Shellbeach - A Qing Fibres yarn dyed in London. I always try and use "new to me" yarns for camp projects. The requirement for June's challenge was to use a pattern published in 2019 so I went for one of my favorite designers Janina of Woolenberry's new design Drops of Joy. Yarns this busy can be tricky to work with but it looked so summery to me, I couldn't resist !
I mentioned in my last post I was on my way to the Sun Region EGA seminar in Orlando the first weekend in May. I was so busy - I was Facilities Chair - I didn't have much time for photo taking. I also didn't take a class because of this reason. I also had very little stitching time but I did have fun with friends. The other big surprise was my roomy and DF Carol R and I won BIG ! our chapter duClay EGA donated not one but TWO big boxes of stitched items for the opportunity drawings. I was so proud of our members who planned and stitched so many special "travel" related pieces to donate for our travel boxes. I never win anything but for Carol and I both to win duClay's boxes it was just so special. An amazing array of items in my box, a project bag and a whole bunch of stitched smalls made by some awesome ladies.
Next on the travel log was a trip to "heavenly Hiawassee" - in mountains of North Ga. just a few miles from the NC border. We rented the same condo on Lake Chatuge that we shared last year with my folks. On the way up - we love to visit the Coleman House B&B They serve a wonderful lunch buffet 6 days a week, closed Saturdays.
Here is my DH and my dad exiting the big wraparound porch into the side garden.
that brick structure behind me was their smokehouse - every country plantation home had a smokehouse of their own. Also surrounding the house are wonderful gardens. I particularly love the oak leaf hydrangea. Theirs were just stunning and that is the blossom behind my head.
Here is a side view of the smokehouse -the lovely Queen Ann in the background and that huge Oak Leaf Hydrangea that was almost bigger than the smokehouse. I always wish we had time to sit on the big porch and take a few stitches. Many many years ago - some of our sampler guild (now defunct) and our rug hooking friends had a retreat at this B&B and I have such fond memories every time I step on that porch of lovely days gone by.
Here is my wonderful step dad who is more like a father to me. We were pleased to celebrate his 81st birthday while on this trip. Never without a smile on his face, he is an awesome stitcher too. He has been working on Scarlet Letters Eleanor Parr for many months and is closing in on a finish. He's done many Mirabilias too, those are his favorites to work - he's not particularly crazy about samplers.
here is the view of the lakefront from the lower deck. Lake Chatuge spreads for miles around the Hiawassee and Young Harris area. There are many fingers and coves and this condo is on the eastern most portion of the lake. It's right in the middle of town but seems so quiet back on this cove.
A lovely sunset shot, we sure hated to say goodbye.
Coming home to hateful HOT NE FL was not fun. record highs all week near or over 100 degrees. WAY too early in the summer to be this hot. However - I sure send prayers for all those who have been devastated by tornados and floods in the Midwest and Texas. I am also very apprehensive about an active hurricane season predicted for 2019. So much sickness and sadness on this earth, I guess that's why we all find such solace and peace in our hand work. whether it be knitting, needlework, hooking, quilting or whatever keeps your hands busy and your prayers going for us all - keep at it - we definitely ALL need prayers. I love to hear from you all - please do leave a comment for me.
Until we meet again - I hope June is joyous for you and yours.