Monday, March 21, 2011

Woodlawn & A New Start!

Yesterday, Jill and I traveled to the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit in Virginia.  Gorgeous place, great needlework pieces, and a great lunch in the cafe!  They would not let us take any pictures inside, but I did get some pictures outside.

This is a mug I bought in the Woodlawn gift shop.  You all know how much I love mugs!!  It was hard to get a good shot of this one as the entire mug is a clear pink/purple.  LOVE IT!!!

This was outside in the Necessary (or outhouse) that was used at one time.  I had Jill go inside and act like she was shutting the door to use it!!! 

This is the stash I picked up at In Stitches, which is only a few minutes away from Woodlawn.  If you are ever able to visit, I highly recommend it, as they have more patterns and threads and gadgets than any needlework store I have ever seen!

This was the back of the mansion.  Just gorgeous!!!

And here is the front!

This is my new start, a pattern called Bloom from the most recent issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework.  I am using the required overdyed threads on 40 count French Lilac Lakeside Linens.  It is barely 2 by 2!!

Here is The Daughter's progress on one of the butterflies from The Cross Stitcher (UK) magazine.  She is doing a great job!

This was our dessert in the cafe, Decadent Chocolate Cake.  Oh, it was so yummy!!!  We both had the chicken salad sandwich, which was also great.  They served your drinks in wine glasses.  We were first in line when they opened, so we had a great table by the window.  They also served the food on these nice china plates.

This was the building where they stored dairy products.  It was amazing to think that George Washington gave these 2,000 acres as a wedding gift and that it took five years to build the mansion and surrounding buildings!

Here is the front of In Stitches. 

And finally Jill getting ready to dig into the chocolate cake! 

We had a great time and will definitely go back next year.  I may even enter a piece in the exhibit.  We'll see...

In peace, love, and stitches,


Parsley said...

What an awesome day!!! So...did you alway know Jill or through blogging? What a treasure either way to have a friend to have fun with!

Heather said...

That cake has me drooling!!

Babs in Alabama said...

What a fun day and how wonderful to have a stitching buddy to go with. The pictures are great, as well as your stash from In Stitches. Thanks for sharing with us!

VegasJilly said...

We had such a fun time! I am so glad that we get to hang out and do stitchy things together!

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day. Great new start. Lovely new stash. I love your photos.

valerie said...

Sounds like a fun day at Woodlawn. The pictures are great. Wonderful progress on Bloom and The Daughter is really moving along on her butterfly! It looks great and fun with the bright colors.

Do you remember where you found your little crown needleminder? It's cute and I like that it's small.

CalamityJr said...

What a great day! You had the exact lunch I'd have chosen so now I'm hungry, lol! So Bloom was what I asked about; are you going to stitch Bloomers, too?

Vicky said...

What a wonderful day and great pictures :)

Mylene said...

Beautiful pictures, sounds like a great day!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing such a fun day. Wish I had a friend like that. Am drooling over the chocolate cake. That is so mean! LOL

Peggy H.

Pumpkin said...

Oh wow, looks like you gals had a great time!!!! And MORE stash! :oP''''

Meari said...

I have to ask.... How many mugs do you have? lol I think you should share a pic of all your mugs!

Astrid's dragon said...

After stitching with DJ today and her telling me how wonderful it was, and now your input - I've got to go! Might try Friday or this weekend.

Your daughter's butterfly is starting off nicely!