Monday, December 7, 2009

Unexpected Turn of Events and Stitching Fun

Thank you all so much for the many well wishes, thoughts, and prayers for DH's surgery. Surgeon went in...and took pictures only - too much damage. DH is now a candidate for either partial or total shoulder replacement. This was a shock and DH is pretty bummed about it. So the 14th is D-Day with the doctors to decide what and when.

This past weekend was the Tarheel Stitcher's Christmas gathering. I've visited once before, but I'm mostly new to the group.

Here everyone is oohing and aahing over donations. Since DH was doing well, I went for a few hours and it was a blast. Linda was a most gracious and generous hostess - pretty darn funny, too. She'd received donations from Weeks, Silkweaver, GA Sampler, Victorian Motto, Emli's, Valdani's, Glendon Place, and 123stitch.

Sara, Cylvia, Juanita, Faye.....

Heather, Mariann, and Linda.....

Melanie, Judy, Jan, Lynda.....

Linda, the fearless hostess (yes, there were three Linda's) and Heather...

Sara, from our Friendship RR and me...

Faye and me, whom I'd met earlier at a retreat along with Karen SC - we're all blogging buddies.

Everyone had a great time talking, stitching, and eating; we all came home with some awesome goodies, too...
Victorian Motto sent these super cool threads that were created for the group...

named Blue Devil, Demon Deacon, Wolfpack, and Carolina - love it!
Elizabeth of Elizabeth's Designs gave us a special chart and Sara was the lucky winner of a gift certificate to 123 stitch.

ILCS had a "Sock it to Me" exchange. I was thrilled with mine from Nancy Cricket Tucket. She individually wrapped each item - what fun to open them all!
My Christmas exchange recipient, Carol, has finally received her package from me. I really do wonder about the mail sometimes...

Stitched a pinkeep from 2007 JCS Ornament issue. I used Colonial Knots instead of beads - little did I realize there were more than 200???) Also, sewed a little scissor fob and corded a needle threader, and included some other goodies.
Finished a heart for Marian's Friendship RR. She's stitching it in the original colors. Only two more to go...



Now, take a few moments, relax, pick up your stitching, and enjoy a bit of pleasure during this Christmas season, or take a nap.....

And no, he is NOT supposed to be on the couch in there, but he looks so peaceful, doesn't he? Indiana didn't get on the couch until he was 8 years old. Don't understand it. Wait, DS, what did you say? Mystery solved -when Montana was 5 months old, DH would take a nap here and let Montana get up there with him. Funny the things you find out from your children...BUSTED!! :)

35 comments:

Shelleen said...

looks like you had a great time. Wish I lived down there by you all. Hope DHs surgery goes well. I also find my big dog on my couch, every once in a while.

FayeRaye said...

Keep us posted on the 14th for sure!! I know all will go well!! We had the BEST time EVER at Linda's! I love all the goodies she pulled in for us and the fellowship was just great!!! Congrats on all these beautiful exchange pieces...Now, I need to post on my blog or folks will think I have evaporated!!!! Faye

Mel said...

Sorry to hear that the DH didn't get the news he wanted. Here's hoping that they give you a good plan on Dec. 14.

Get together looks like fun. And love all the goodies you got! :)

Meari said...

The stitching get together looks like a lot of fun :)

Sorry to hear about DH needing surgery. Who knows? He may feel sooooo much better after healing up. Then it'll have been worth it!

Hahaha... DH busted.

Paula H said...

It looks like your get together was great fun! And the "goodies" are gorgeous :).

I hope DH gets an answer he can live with next week; I know it's got to be tough thinking you're going to be all fixed up only to be told "umm.. nope... " and to have to wait.

Funny story about Montana.. does DH read your blog? LOL

Emily said...

looks like you had a good time, wish I could join, but it is probably based in Raleigh and it would be hard for me to go anyway. Threads named for things in NC look great. Also sorry to hear about DH, that is hard to hear, hope everything works out.

Parsley said...

Looks like a fun time. Love that your dog was sneaky and got on the couch. :)

Cindy's Stitching said...

Looks like they had tons of charts. You all looked like you were having a great time.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you ladies had a great time. Lovely stitched items.

Please keep us updated on your DH's surgery.

Marl

Nancy M said...

Lovely exchanges both given and received. Funny how our kids allow things and then we have to live with them!!!

Caroline said...

I adore the pinkeep that you made for your exchange - it's gorgeous! I'm going to have to dig out my 2007 issue. Sorry to hear about your DH's shoulder - hopefully they'll fix him up. Great group pics as well, I love to see gatherings of stitchers!

Kathy A. said...

Wow looks like you had a great time at your retreat. How cool that you met Sara!
I love that ornament - but knots - silly girl - I did it with beads - much quicker!
I didn't know they could replace a shoulder joint. Isn't it amazing what medicine can do these days.

saras said...

I'm sure it was VERY cool to meet me! Yeah, whatever! :) I was gonna give you a fit for that first picture.. my thighs look huge! But the one with both of us is great! Will you email it to me?

The nice one, not the big thigh one!

Vonna said...

Man that is a total bummer about your DH and his shoulder. Sending prayers for him. Good Luck!
The stitch party looks like a really great time and super wonderful group of stitchers!
Awww....I'd like to take a long nap on a big comfy couch too!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Looka like an awesome time. With tons of goodies.... Hope everything goes well with the surgery. Awesome stitching. What a cutie all stretched out!

Jo said...

Glad you had a good time. The pinkeeps are lovely, keep meaning to do myself a scissor fob but never get round to it. Good luck for the 14th

Carol said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your husband's shoulder surgery couldn't take place, Carolyn--it must be frustrating to plan for another course of action.

Wow, what a nice time you must have head with all of those stitchers in one place... 200 colonial knots? You must have the patience of a saint :)

Tracey said...

That looks like so much fun- maybe next year I will try to go! Where is it located? Does the location change every year! Beautiful finish and your dog looks so sweet. :) Sorry to hear the disappointing news for dh, will continue to pray for you both!

Charlene said...

That looks like a fun event (goodies and friends)! Did you see that S&F is having a drawing for % off at open house on Sunday? It's during game time, but that's what the DVR is for; right? Very pretty exchange you sent - 200?? Brave soul, you are! Still love that heart friends RR. DH has only a few days to be in suspense - best wishes for him, too. Hope to see you soon!

Barb said...

Looks like the stitching get together was fun. Nice pieces done there. Hope your husband's surgery goes well.

Threads and thoughts said...

Looks like you had good fun,how nice exchanges you did.
I'm sorry to hear about DH, I hope he will get the right treatment and get well soon again.
Edith

5 Foot Runt said...

looks like you had a lovely time with your group. Lots and lots of smiles. Nice exchange gift too.

Rene la Frog said...

Sorry to hear about you DH and will keep my fingers and stitches crossed that all goes well with a replacement surgery.

Looks like you had a great time at the get together

nima said...

wow...you had a nice time with your buddies...hope and pray that your DH's surgery goes well..

Louisiana Momma said...

I so wish we had a local stitching group of some kind.. nothing like that here in Louisiana that I have found. Looks like it was a lot of fun.. and all that good loot too!!

Shelley said...

Looks like you had a blast and walked away with some great goodies. Sorry to hear about DH's shoulder. Will keep him in my thoughts for success and fast recovery. Your exchanges were fantastic. Love the pinkeep you made. Montana looks so comfortable there, lol!

Brigitte said...

What a great get-together with lots of goodies and fun.
I hope that tomorrow will show the best plan for your husband and that surgery will be very soon.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sorry to hear your hubby's shoulder is such a mess! He must be qutie uncomfortable!

Wow what fun you must of had!!!!

Patricia Cecilia said...

I'll keep your DH in my prayers. It looks like you had a great time at the Tarheel Stitchers' gathering. I know about them but I haven't kept up with when and how. Drag me along from time to time, please--the introvert needs to get out more!

Always smiling said...

Hi Carolyn
Praying for your dh on the 14th that all will go well and he will soon be on the mend
Thank you for sharing your picsof your get together, it looked such fun..Loved the heart RR I am joining one in the New Year and can't wait to get started
Love and Blessings
Chris x

Von said...

Continuing prayers for your husband's next shoulder surgery!

Marion said...

Thank you for the wishes on my DD!
I hope your husband is doing okay!!! Sending thoughts your way for him!!

What a fun get together!! I "know" a couple of people at that! LOL

Ah...dogs......mine is napping on my stitching chair as I type this!!
LOL
Take care Carolyn, and sending Happy Holiday wishes your way!!!
In friendship
Marion

CameoRoze said...

Looks like a fun event. :)

Janaina said...

Ohhh what a blast this meeting must have been!
Faye's smile is some remarkable thing! It cant get any larger! Love it! =)
Ohhh... plz dont be mad on DH or the cutest dog ever! =P
Big kiss to both of them!

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