Sunday, April 20, 2014

Back from Branson, Missouri

Hello there wonderful readers, well as the title states - I am back from Branson, Missouri. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had such a wonderful time at Cecilia's Samplers retreat last year (and the year before) that I decided to go again this year. My friend Barb wanted to go back with me and her Mom, Marg, decided that she wanted to join us as well. Whoohoo, another road trip for Weezie and friends. I love to drive so the thought of driving for 2 1/2 days was not a problem. The drive there was uneventful, seeing some green along side of the highways was great, the closer to Branson, the more green grass there was. Now just to explain a bit more, when I left Ottawa, my front and back yards were covered in over 2 feet of snow so I got a bit excited to see green grass and thinking that maybe spring was finally here! lol For those of you who were just as fed up with winter as I was, you can really relate to this.  Here is a shot from last year and look, some green grass..... I know, I know, you must be thinking that I am crazy, getting all excited over some green grass but winter was really long this year!!    We actually went down a little earlier than the expected so we decided to take in a couple of shows.  I had wanted to see "SIX" and "Doug Gabriel" last year so I was determined to see at least one of them this year.  Fortunately for me, both Marg and Barb wanted to see them as well.  "SIX" is a group of 6 brothers who not only sing but do all the instruments with just their voices - what a fantastic show.  I will do another post just about the show and with pictures about them.  We also got to see Doug Gabriel,  I had met him 3 years ago when we went to one of the local breakfast places and also met him last year as well.  He was just a regular guy out talking to people and inviting them to see his show.  So this year, we go out for supper to a restaurant called RibCrib and guess who is there.... Doug Gabriel... so of course I just had to go and talk to him.  He came over and talked to us and gave us a coupon for 50% off the ticket price for all three of us - gotta love that.  (I will do another posting about his show as well as some pictures of him.)  Getting back to RibCrib, if you are in Branson please be sure to have a meal there, the ribs were absolutely wonderful, the baked beans (one of their sides) were yummy!! The portions were huge, so we all had leftovers the next day for lunch.  I will definitely be going back there next year.... ummm, yeah, you guessed it... I'm going back again next year.  And on that note, have a wonderful day and remember that you are loved.  Big hugs, Louise aka Weezie.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Toy Shop is finished

Hello wonderful friends, first another happy dance for me.... I finished my Toy Shop late last night and I am so pleased. It is another Mill Hill beaded kit and it is part of my Christmas village as well as being part of my 31 day challenge from last year. So whoohoo, another one to cross off of my list ... but if you are like me, you've added a couple more to the list. lol So what am I now going to work on, welllll.... I promised my girlfriend Barb that I would stitch a teapot for her as her birthday present (I am so cheap). I am using Bejewelled (Crescent Colours, I think) on a lovely overdyed evenweave entitled Mint - we picked these up last year when we were in Branson Missouri for the Cecilia's Samplers retreat. I enjoyed myself so much last year we are going again this year! Can't wait. I have to apologize for not having a picture of the Toy Shop for you but you are not going to believe this, I couldn't find my battery charger for my camera. I looked upstairs, downstairs and even in the kitchen!! I have been looking for it for a couple of weeks and the worst part was that I was absolutely positive that I had put it back in my craft room on top of the computer - and it wasn't there. Now I know that I have a messy house but I do have certain spots that I always keep certain items - camera and batter charger are two of them. So yesterday while at my computer, I turn around and see a black spot on the floor underneath my sewing chest - yup you guessed it - it was the charger! a big sigh of relief because I really didn't want to buy another one. So when I get a chance I will take lots of pictures of the finished challenges as well as the goodies I received in Sturbridge Massachusetts. So wonderful people, until the next time, remember you are loved. Hugs Louise