Monday, April 27, 2009


After a fun day of travel, I'm back home again, getting back into the swing of things. Original plans of returning with Kathryn and Nancy changed when Nancy's husband was admitted into the hospital on Thursday and she hurried back to Redmond to be with him. Kathryn (from Surrey) went with her to Surrey and the U.S. border, then brought her own car back. Dear Jo-Celle from Aberdeen, WA, went far beyond the call of duty and friendship in taking me from Port Angeles, across the Kitsap Peninsula, onto another ferry across the Puget Sound and down to Nancy's home to pick up my SUV. From there I stopped in Issaquah for a snack and a box of Krispy Kreme donuts to take home to the fam. No Victoria souvenirs - just donuts.

They love donuts.

I love to stitch. But I have another love. A love I have denied for too long. A love for shoes.

These fun, funky shoes were on sale in the shoe store next to the Button & Needlework Boutique in Victoria. On sale!!! Add 20% savings to the sale price once you make the dollar conversion and I quickly snapped them up. They are soooo me!

Back to stitching. Thea designed a winner for us this year with a beautiful etui and needlework smalls. I started the scissor case.

And the pinkeep.

And the hardanger heart ornament that will go on the front flap of the etui.

Here's a picture of the project partially shown. For more, go here.

It was an awesome time away with friends old and new. Guess you won't be surprised that I signed up for the retreat next April. I cannot wait!!


Cindy F. said...

Ooooh...lots of pretties:)

Anna van Schurman said...

Info on shoes please!

Von said...

Sorry guys! I hit enter too soon and zap, I published without commentary! :D

Dianne said...

You were a busy stitcher! And they are great shoes.
Sorry about your friend's husband though.
Someday I'll get to go on a retreat like that-I sure need one. ; )

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching! And those shoes!! Too cool.

Lili said...

So many beautiful things to see and nice thiungs to read here. Your grand-daughter's dress turned out awesome (couldn't be anything but awesome) and she modelled it perfectly.
I just looove these shoes. And yes, I think they tell a lot about you.
I hpe your friend's DH is feeling OK now.
Many hugs, dear Von,

mainely stitching said...

Oh, what fun! And those shoes!! Oh! Before I had kids, I had a shoe fetish going - you'd never know now, seeing me stump around in my sneakers. LOL.

Cindy F. said...

Von..I am a shoe person too!
Love a colors;) These are adorable!
So glad you had a wonderful time on your retreat:)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Love the shoes!!! Your stitching is beautiful also!

lena-lou said...

The retreat sounds so fabulous Von :-)) No wonder you have booked to go again, the project looks very pretty !
Super shoes I think they will really suit you and I hope you enjoy wearing them all spring/summer :)

Take care

Karoline said...

Glad you had a good time Von, the Etui is gorgeous

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oh I just love those shoes they'd be TO DIE for in RED!

That etui is gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Your projects look wonderful and those shoes are just awesome!

Kathy A. said...

What a gorgeous piece Thea designed for your retreat. She is a wonderful designer.
Love those shoes!!!
Glad you had such a fun time at retreat.