November rains, winds and snows....Late Nov post

I think that the weather has a very large range in November, one can have lovely days and then some real dismal ones.... in your area too? Gosh, I feel that I missed October or something.... the last time I posted, I was getting ready for Thanksgiving and now it is getting ready for Thanksgiving for our American friends. Here is wishing you a lovely holiday and may your family and friends and you enjoy the time together and may your turkey be delicious, sorry Mr. Turkey but we do enjoy you at this time of year! Since beginning of October we had our wonderful retreat on the Cape! Oh by golly, it was a super time. I loved every minute of it, except for the finishing up of the kits that Pam and I did in our room till midnight one night.... okay I will admit that was not wonderful..... my back was aching and Pam was freezing as I had put the air co way down, and we were sitting in our pj's trying to finish up kits - I had to add all the fabrics ( 3 different colours) to my kit as I had Picture This Plus send the fabric to Pam of Olde Colonial so I wouldn't have to pay for across the border twice! and add the buttons and shells to the 100 shell biscornu kits! Good grief, I truly thought it would not take long, but one forgets as you work away on stuff at home, and can come back to it, how long each thing takes.... but I found out that night! But nevermind, we had a great time, there were some awesome 'get- ups' - the California gals had these terrific outfits every day, what fun to see them! and one stitcher had a witch hat with all Shepherd's Bush Hallowe'en smalls on it. So very cute! The venue was beyond special, I loved the Chatham Bars Inn, wow is all I can say, a view of the elbow of the cape like no other. I was able to get in to Providence, RI a day or 2 ahead and then we toodled up the cape up to Provincetown, and saw the Highland Light and a few other things like old gravestones along the way! Tina and Teri of Shepherd's Bush and I, had clam chowder and 'Lobstah' rolls everyday! I felt like a Lobster roll at the end, not pretty I know! But oh so delicious. We had a wonderful time at the Spooky Stitches retreat that Pam Reed of Celebration of Needlework along with her 2 daughters, Kelly and Tammy put on.

Then it was home and back to reality of getting my stuff done for the European markets cruise Down the Danube! and the next chart for Lindy of The Silver Needle's Circle of Friends group. What is that saying 'no rest for the wicked' - I must have been very wicked as there has been no rest! and you know on some level I do love it..... but really it has been so very busy. But I am starting to see the end, and look forward to the cruise for just not thinking about all the Nashville stuff I have to do.....! Yes, that is also lurking around the corner, I just got the email on the classes, and the sheets to fill out as to what you want for tables etc. I always think, okay just get through this and you can breathe.... and then the next thing is on the hot plate ready to be worked on before you can take a breath. When I first started in this designing thing.... in 1999.... I would take more than a half year to do a piece, hahahahaha.... I laugh now,  but of course, it was all new to me then and I was working .7 (3/4) time at the hospital. Now it truly has become a part of my life and it just happens..... I do like my brew time though, I like to know a year or 2 ahead if and when I hold an event somewhere so I can muddle it around in my brain, do research and have my soaking time.....

Well, I got sidetracked, as I was talking about the Christmas markets cruise in a WEEK! I hope that you all have your 'special' sweaters to wear for our ugly sweater evening, I even found a neat present for the winner! Do you have your ornament stitched for the exchange? I do, thankfully got it done in time for Mona to finish. Thanks Mona! And speaking of Mona if you are taking her class, do you have your ornaments ready to go for the finishing class? I love what I have seen in the facebook group - JDD Cruise- Finishing Class. I think Judy has sent you all a note on the stretcher bar size for the sampler for our classes. Won't it be fun, stitching in Europe! We have a sweet little sampler and the kit will have everything you need - just bring scissors, any of your favourite needles, and stitching tools and your hoop or stretcher bars, Qsnaps that you use, or in hand is always fine too. The fabric cut is 9 x16". See you all in a week and a day or so....... <grinning from ear to ear>

Not sure if you saw this last blog but 2 new JDD facebook groups were started and I hope that you check them out and join. They both are great groups of gals and I am always happy to visit there and answer any questions or help along the way. Jeannette Douglas is Our Common Thread and Jeannette Douglas Stitchers. Check them out and share your 'stitches'! I received a rather lovely note from a 'fan' this week, and it is wonderful to know people are stitching with pleasure! In the spring I had the opportunity to invite a stitcher to my office here and it was such a fun, laughter filled visit. I love how stitching just claims us to be friends instantly when we meet fellow stitchers. Here is her link on her take on our visit. Thanks Mel, I still have such warm memories from a great day in the spring. http://epicstitching.blogspot.ca/2015/03/an-afternoon-with-designer-jeannette.html

Once we get back home from the cruise, it will be full steam ahead on the all the new stuff for Nashville, it will come up quickly. I think I have posted next year's events on the events page..... I will check that I did and hope to see you soon, till next time.

PS - We had issues when I went to put up the pictures in November and hence why the post is so late.... we are on track again, enjoy.

December post soon to follow!

Family Thanksgiving 2015 Granum
Family Thanksgiving 2015 Granum
 Pumpkins In Hyannis, MA

Pumpkins In Hyannis, MA

Fun little pumpkin display in Chatham
Fun little pumpkin display in Chatham
Pumpkin display Up close
Pumpkin display Up close
Great colours
Great colours
Lobster Rolls
Lobster Rolls
House on the Cape
House on the Cape
Chatham Bars Inn view of the Cape
Chatham Bars Inn view of the Cape
Highland Light
Highland Light
Cranberry Bog
Cranberry Bog
The California grils
The California grils
Tina and Teri with the Shepherd's Bush smalls hat
Tina and Teri with the Shepherd's Bush smalls hat
Receiving Ryder love
Receiving Ryder love