Saturday, July 24, 2010

I won!! a chance to attend

the EGA National Seminar in San Francisco.

My EGA (Embroiderer's Guild of America) chapter had a drawing which pays for the recipient's registration, class fee, and the two banquets.

I was so excited and since my husband has frequent flyer mile - we only have to pay for my food, half of the hotel and my kit fees.

The classes I am taking are: Marsha Papay Gomola's - The Acorn Accessories (page 14 in brochure) and Catherine Jordan's Point Bonita Lighthouse (page 23 in brochure).

Both these designers are wonderful and I am so excited.

To top this off - our son lives in San Francisco so I will get to spend some time with him also.

Well, off to get some stitching done - thank you for stopping by - I really appreciate your visits.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Do you ever get caught up???

It seems like I am always in 'catch up' mode, but at some point I do get to where I am back into a normal routine - whatever normal is!!

I am soooo far behind in my blog reading, but I am working my way through all the wonderful blogs that I so love to visit. I am not leaving messages on all, but know that at some point I will drop in.

My yard is looking pretty good - have been trying to get out there in the mornings a few days a week, need to take the camera out with me one of these times - but have to wait until daughter comes home from her vacation - she took my good camera and left me my good little instamatic!

Just two shots of my 'Wild Berry' strawberry pincushions from BBD Joyeux Noel book.
These were gifts - look how cute the packaging is - I picked the bags up at Michael's way long ago - it is a Martha Stewart product. It is a clear cellophane bag with pretty cardboard insert with holes punched at the top and then when filled a ribbon fits into the top to secure.
Since July is my 'Christmas in July' stitching month (actually anything holiday) I am working on Wiches Hollow by The Primitive Needle and would like to get Tis the Season done, but I am thinking that would be wishful thinking. I will continue to stitch Holiday things til December.

Have some exciting news that I will share with you all hopefully tomorrow when I find out if everything falls into place!!! I won something!!!

Have a great day everyone and thank you for stopping by - I appreciate it --- Roberta

Thursday, July 15, 2010

We're HOME

Hello everyone.

It has been well over a month since I last posted, but DH, Terry and I are home from Italy and France.

Terry had been invited to make a presentation at a conference that was held at the university in Cassino, Italy.

Our trip was wonderful, we were gone for 3 weeks, a few days at our niece's college graduation, just over a week in Italy and then on to France.

I never thought I would see Rome or Paris in my lifetime!!! I am so glad that we had this opportunity.

I posted only a few pictures - I took over 1100!!!!

Terry and I in front of the Vatican standing in St Peter's square.
Michelangelo's Pieta - Michelangelo was only 25 when he created this sculpture in 1499.
Piazza Navona - Bernini's Fontana del Quattro Fiumi (fountain of the 4 great rivers of that time - Nile, The Plate, The Ganges and the Danube.
Trevi Fountain
Mount Vesuvius in the background of Pompeii.
The Abbey of Montecassino - sits atop a mountain above the city of Cassino. Known as the Cradle of Christianity and of European civilization. Was destroyed by the Allies during WW II, but the house of San Benedetto was rebuilt. This Abbey has quite a history and a incredible WW II cemetery.
View of Cassino as we drove up the mountain to the Abbey.
View from our hotel room in Cassino.
Now we are in Paris - can you tell!! The Eiffel Tower. This is amazing to see.Arc de Triomphe.
After a long day for sightseeing and walking - we walked so much on the trip!!! We ate and drank and never put on any weight - the weather was also HOT.

A nice cold beer at the Fouquet Cafe on the Champs Elysees.
The Louvre - spectacular!! We spent the whole day here and still didn't see it all.
The Mona Lisa-Leonardo da Vinci - I was able to get about 5 people deep to see this, but not any closer. Still think I got a great photo. This painting is not at all large as one would think. It is lovely.
Thank you for staying with this long post, but I wanted to share with you some of the highlights that DH, Terry and my experiences. I will occasionally post other photos and adventures.