Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tomorrow's Heirlooms Retreat (Picture Heavy)

As usual, it's been a bit since I have been here but I won't wax poetic about that. I am here to tell you about my lovely trip to Chicago for the Plum Street Sampler and Jeanette Douglas class at Tomorrow's Heirlooms! I have long wanted to meet Paulette of Plum Street and when I heard this class was being offered I knew I had to sign up. The class was the weekend of July 17th-19th.  I went a day ahead because I wanted to spend a little quality time in their store.

This is the front of their store. It wasn't super big, but it was jam packed full of all things good and stitch related. Old and new. When I arrived, I had just missed some of the retreat ladies and I had the whole store to myself for a couple of hours. It was delightful! Jan was working that day and she was so wonderful and patient with me .I truly enjoyed my visit. Then the first event of the weekend was the meet and greet with Paulette and Jeanette in the TH hotel suite that evening. Both designers were super nice and I must say Paulette was just as beautiful as I had imagined. Jeanette was a hoot, so funny! She also is former nurse, I was surprised to find out.  Plus we got treated to their wonderful models and some new releases to boot! If you haven't gotten these two, run to get them! 

I love this and I have started this one...slow progress Gorgeous colors. I will show you soon! 

As a cat lover this had to come with me! It's beautiful and in the picture below you can see some more of Paulette's fabulous tarts!

Some of her serial bowl finishes just because ;-) 

Serial Bowl Lessons

Then the second day was a class day and we started off our morning with Paulette of Plum Street and this beautiful sampler she designed.
It is called A Merry Hart and it is gorgeous! Done on PTP Ale. Mine is on 32 count.

Yummy colors!

Then next is was Jeanette's turn and this was her design
It is called Pumpkin Patch Box and it came with the wooden tray and all the little felt and threads to  make it everything. It's quite lovely! They also both did a collaborative project together of which I can't find to show a picture of! :-(  I will try to show it in my next post. I will show you a picture of them going over their piece instead!

The other two ladies (one in yellow is Kim and the darker solid pink is Pam) they are the owners of the store and put this together. They were super nice too! 

 I also got to meet a very special someone and that would be Laura! We have talked via email and follow each other on Instagram, but of course we had never met. I must say Laura inspires me to buy...a lot!! LOL She has such beautiful person inside and out and I so enjoyed meeting her! Your can find Laura's lovely blog here. Here we are together...now don't look at me!

Laura and I!

Another friend I had an opportunity to meet was Kathy!  She also model stitches and has done some model stitching for Paulette too. We were room mates in Chicago and it was a pleasure getting to meet her to too. I do believe there was more enabling of stash involved too! 


I also was able meet several other online friends. Which was amazing! Linda, Brenda, Natalia, Katrina, Rita, Teresa, Karin Deborah, Nataly and Pat. I hope I named everyone!    All in all just a great trip and now my ears are perked up to see what comes out next. I am really wanting to go to Country Sampler! Anyone been?  If you have made it to the end of this post. I thank you for bearing with me and thank you for visiting me too! 

Blessings my friends!


Robin said...

What a fabulous weekend you had -- lovely projects, gathering with stitching friends, and shopping.

Robin in Virginia

Southpaw Stitcher said...

You were in my neck of the woods. The retreat sounds fabulous! I was fortunate enough to attend one of Paulette's workshops last year, and she is so friendly and down-to-earth. Jeannette Douglas is someone I'd like to meet one day. Now that I'm on the Tomorrow's Heirlooms email list, I should be getting notifications about their upcoming retreats! Glad you were able to go. Country Sampler is wonderful--highly recommended!

Nancy watkins said...

You HAVE to go to Country Sampler. Best shop in the world!

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Julie said...

Such pretty things you are going to be stitching.
What a great weekend for you and your online friends.

Brigitte said...

Oh Sharon, what a wonderful time you must have had at the retreat with these excellent designers and with so many stitching friends you knew from the internet. Thanks for sharing all these pictures, I was savouring every single one of them.

Dani - tkdchick said...

You're so lucky and aren't retreats so fun!!! I ADORE Jeannette!!! She's such a sweetie. I had taken a class from her once and the next time I ran into her she remembered my name! Isn't that impressive?

Both very talented designers!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I have never met either designer but I met the crew from Chicagoland and I know the enthusiasm with which they throw their heart and soul into their stitching. I remember the one time I was with them at a retreat with fondness :)
I am so glad that you got to go Sharon, you are so hard working and taking care of everybody you deserved a big treat! And this looks like a most wonderful one!

Christine said...

What a great combination of teachers ~ Lucky you!

Marilyn said...

It sounds and looks like you had a fantastic time.
The best times are with friends and stitching. :)
I'm sure you were enables............a LOT!
The projects are all gorgeous.
Country Sampler is nice, it is in a quaint town, very peaceful.
Have fun!

Ranae said...

I wish I could have been there, I'm kinda close . I was at the last one they had with the Scarlet house. I went to Paulette's from the inspired needle, maybe we will be able to meet up the next time

Stitcher S. said...

Looks like a great time!

Sally said...

Looks like you had a great time!

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