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Thursday, February 17, 2005


I am still trying to recover from our wonderful trip to Nashville last week. What a fun time! I shared a room once again with Cathy Campbell of Primitive Traditions. And spent a lot of time with her and her husband Bob as we tried to eat at every restaurant in Nashville proper. I LOVE Nashville. I didn't get to see any of it last year so Chuck and I drove down last Wednesday so we would have some time to look around. What a nice city. If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it. We're already planning what to do next year.
The show was wonderful. The nicest shop owners came into my room. I wasn't quite as nervous this year so I was able to spend a little more time talking to everyone. And although time is short, I was able to get out and look at the other designer's rooms. I never cease to be amazed at the incredible talent.
Thanks to each of you for your kind words and support. I can't begin to express my appreciation!
Talked to the food guy at the Strasburg Hotel today. Am looking over the menu for the retreat. It's so hard to choose..... The spots are quickly filling up. I expect that we will be full in the next few weeks. Pat and Violet from Lakeside Linen will be sending along the linen for the prestitching very soon and Mark at Needlepoint Silk is gathering your silks. Watch your mail....I have a very special gift that should be arriving soon!
Call or email if you have any questions. Spring is coming, I have a blooming crocus already!

Friday, February 04, 2005

Nashville, Here I come!

I can't believe that I will be leaving for the Nashville Cash and Carry Market next week. The time between Christmas and the Super Bowl just flies! So just like last year I'm scrambling to get ready for the market. Next year I'm going to spend all of January lounging on the sofa eating bon bons as I'm going to have all of my new designs stitched and printed by mid-December. LOL!
I wanted to mention that I am priviledged to be teaching a class at A Stitcher's Garden 2005 Retreat in March. I will be joining Nancy from Glory Bee and Ann & Liz or Brightneedle in Syracuse NY March 11-13. I've heard that Jan's retreats are fantastic and I'm looking forward to the trip and meeting everyone! You can read all about the retreat at www.astitchersgarden.com . Hope to see you there!
My retreat is filling up fast. I've had several people sign up over the last few days and am expecting to hear from more after the 14th of February when I get home. The plans are moving right along and I hope to have a picture of the completed box in the next few weeks.
I am so excited to see what's new this year at Nashville. It's always exciting to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Chuck and I are taking a few extra days to attend the Heart of Country antique show and see the Nashville sights.
Have a happy Valentine's Day! I'll be home on the evening of the 14th.