Friday, April 5, 2013

Off on a adventure!

"Travel brings power and love back into your life."
Being in the company of those who accept you as you are, and who believes in you even in times when you can’t believe in yourself anymore. Laughing, dancing, chatting away the night in your pajamas while eating potato chips and homemade cookies. Now that’s heaven! (author unknown)
Well I am about to be in the company of a friend just like that and I can't wait. My bags are packed not only with clothes and stitching but with great anticipation of a wonderful, fun and relaxing time with my friend Pam, Confessions of a Southern Stitcher. I first met Pam at my first stitching retreat back in October of 2010. About 6 months later a list of everyone who attended email address was sent out and the first thing I did was email Pam to see how she was doing. I knew at the retreat we could have a great friendship but unfortunately she had to leave the retreat a day early due to an illness in the family so we didn't exchange too much information. Well that email was the true beginning of a wonderful friendship. I don't even want to admit just how many emails go back and forth on a daily basis. We are now about to journey on our fourth stitching retreat. I am so excited, I fly out tomorrow morning for Birmingham, AL. I will stay at Pam's for a couple of days and she will show me around town and on Tuesday morning we head out on a 500 mile journey. Who knows just what we will find along the way.
When we were at a retreat in New Hampshire, 2011 we did a project that I wanted some old wooden spools to use with it. On our way home we visited a couple of thrift stores. I found some spools but you had to buy the whole basket. It was five bucks so I said why not. It was a nice basket that I always thought I would love to redo. When I started to get my stuff ready for this trip I thought I could put my stuff in a little basket to take to and from class. Well that's when the old thrift store basket came back out.

This is what the basket looked like. A bit faded old 80's fabric but the a great basket. Now the inside was another story. Old off white satin with stretched out elastic.

Well first thing I did was see if I could even get the old stuff out.

Well that was easier than I thought. So I found a cute pattern and started stitching away. Took my stitched piece to the local Hobby Lobby and found some matching material. After it was all done I was quite pleased with myself.

My daughter loved the basket so much and said she wanted one. I have an old sewing basket that was her great grandma's that I recently found. I am going to attempt to see if I can redo that basket also. Maybe on this trip I will find a pattern that will be perfect to stitch for the top of it.

My little basket is all packed full with all my stitching needs and ready to take the journey to visit a good friend. I look forward to posting about our journey. Stayed tuned because who knows where the journey will take us.

"Nothing but Heaven itself is better than a friend
who is really a friend."
Titus Maccius Plautus
Always keep love in your stitches,



Dawn said...

Oh have a wonderful time! The basket is beautiful!

pam said...

Your basket turned out so lovely! can't wait to see it in person. You can work on the one i have from my great aunt while you are here. It is a hot mess.

cucki said...

Such sweet basket..I love it so much..
Hugs x

Denise said...

All I could think was, "A tisket, a tasket, a wooden little basket." Have a wonderful time at your retreat and enjoying time with friends! Can't wait to see all the pictures.

Simply Victoria said...

The basket fix is beautiful! Happy fun on your getaway!

butterfly said...

Have a wonderful time, it will do you the world of good.
What better than to spend time with a sewing friend.
Your basket is just wonderful you made a fab job of it, hugs.

Lee said...

Enjoy your trip and find lots of inspiration for your embroidery. well done your basket looks lovely.

Deborah said...

Enjoy your time with Pam. The basket is awesome.

Karen said...

Such a beautiful basket! Have a wonderful time! I envy you :)

Carol B said...

Have a great trip! Your basket came out great. You inspired me to do that with an old worn out basket that I have.

Catherine said...

Love your basket ~ great job!!
A little green that you are having this trip with Pam!! But, I know with your updates, we'll all feel like we are taking the journey with you! Have fun!

Silverlotus said...

Oh, the basket is just lovely! I've been wanting to try something like that for ages. You did such a great job.

Jan said...

Such a pretty result

Bekca said...

What a beautiful make over! I hope you have a lovely time on your trip :)
Best wishes.