Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Those Who Can Wannasew; Those Who Can't Wannabe

In the spring The Silver Needle in Tulsa plays host to a very successful retreat for stitchers. It's called Camp Wannasew, and several of the gals from St. Louis Stitchers have been attending for years. Last year, upon returning home from camp, it was suggested that the entire St. Louis Stitchers group should pack up in 2007 and head to Tulsa instead of having our usual spring stitch-in. Naturally this idea was deemed *brilliant* and plans were made accordingly. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect stitching world, so not everyone was able to go. With that in mind, I decided to throw a stitch-in that same weekend for the disappointed few who couldn't make the trip. Monique gets full credit for labeling our get-away weekend "Camp Wannabe."

Camp got underway on Friday (March 9th) with the arrival of Monique. Meri arrived soon after. It was just the three of us Friday night and we had the best time! More campers arrived on Saturday. Several of the Violet Threads gals were able to attend, and it was a nice mix of the two groups. The crew on Saturday included Terri, Ilene, Beth, Linda, Mary, Sandy, Meri, Monique, Jane, Cathy and moi. I took a few pictures. Funny how everyone concentrates a wee bit more on their project when the camera comes out.


Well lookie there. That is a bit of stitching hanging on my wall. Incredible! And they said it couldn't be done. Susan even mailed me a hammer. (No kidding. A hammer. In the mail.)



The above photo features counted cross stitch, quilting and surface embroidery all peacefully co-existing in the same space. Life is good.

Question: If a camera is pointed at you but you don't acknowledge it, can it still take your picture?

Answer: Yes, you can still be immortalized forever in digital media. Having your picture posted in Toadlilyville is just a bonus.



Counted cross stitch X2 plus applique in the shadow of the world's largest purple bookcase. Thank you Lord for Ott and Daylight. AMEN.

Saturday morning Meri spent some time exploring the local scrapbooking shop and an antique mall. One of the many treasures she returned with was a Ladies Home Journal magazine from 1893. Saturday evening she entertained us by reading an article from the magazine. It was about speaking properly and avoiding the use of slang. Apparently in 1893 using expressions such as "you bet!" was considered bad form. It gave us all a good giggle, and we're still reminding each other "don't be slangy"!

There is more to tell and more pictures, but I think I'll save it all for another post. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome back and encouraging words!

17 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh Chelle, thanks for these wonderful photos! It's great to see everyone enjoying themselves and to hear about your fun Camp Wannabe adventures! :)

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great weekend - what fun! And congrats on getting your needlework hung up!

Carol said...

What a fabulous weekend! Stitching in a group is so much fun. Sounds like Camp Wannabe (LOVE the name, by the way) was a big success.

BeckySC said...

AWWW, you all look as if you are having a great time :) Wish I were there :)
((hugs))

Erica said...

What a lovely gathering of stitchers you had. It looks like everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly!

The Silver Thistle said...

Welcome back! Great photo's too! Sounds like a fun time.

I had to laugh at the 'bad form' article, heheh

Jenna said...

That's a wonderful idea you had, Chelle. How generous of you to play host, too. :)

Meari said...

Camp Wannabe sounds like a great time! Really funny about the hammer being mailed to you. Hee Hee! I also found it funny about slang usage. An older lady I work with uses the phrase "You bet!" all the time.

Dawn said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Love the pics:)

anna said...

What a lovely idea! I looked enviously at all these pictures :) Thanks for sharing!

Michele said...

what a great idea! and looks like everyone had fun! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Taffy said...

It was fun to see Camp Wannabee. I am sure everyone had a great time.

whitecalla said...

What a wonderful get-togather session. This camp is wonderful.
Everyone seems to be enjoying. Congrads on a successful camp meet

Sew-in-Love said...

This looked fun! Wouldn't mind something like that myself....

I don't know too much about HTML myself and I know that I don't put the extra returns in with photos. It's just a programme glitch, I suppose. Anyway, you and I'll just have to keep on deleting, adjusting, previewing and editing until we get the layout we like for the time being. If it hleps though, I've seen several blogs where the author hasn't dealt with these lines and it doesn't look nicely laid out at all.=( We're doing great!=)LOL!

Maddie Can Fly said...

What a fun weekend! And I love the purple bookcase.

Margaret said...

Great pictures of your wonderful weekend and what a perfect name. I wannacome to Camp Wannabe!!

Red said...

Sounds like it was a fun weekend!
We talked about doing one here the same weekend as Hershey and calling it Chocolate Withdrawl at the Beach.