April 17, 2019 was embarkation day of our cruise Barbados to Lisbon on the Quest. Our trip actually began Monday afternoon with our drive to Kansas City. We stayed overnight in KC at the Courtyard Marriott because we would need to be at the airport at 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Tuesday was a long travel day - KC to MIA, then MIA to Barbados. The Fairmont staff was there to greet us, however, and expedite through customs. We have stayed at the hotel before and it is a beautiful property. A welcome glass of chilled white wine led to a short nap before dinner. Dinner was at the hotel restaurant. Micheal had the tuna appetizer and part of my steamed mussels. We then each had a fish dish - fresh, of course. Not the frozen that we get at home in Kansas.
Michael went for an early swim before breakfast. Breakfast was a buffet. I had a bit of quiche, some fruit and some local coconut bread. The restaurant was on a terrace of the hotel looking out at the ocean. As is usual with a tropical, outdoor restaurant, the local birds were flitting around waiting for some crumbs. Well, they will take what they can get and will land on the table to try. I was very amused when a family came in with two girls who were both carrying tennis rackets. One of them noticed and did not seem to like the birds flying around. I expected, from her behavior, for her to bat at the birds with that racket and I believe it crossed her mind as well.
The designs for the Collective Stitch are gathering in my "to do" box. Spring is the theme for 2019. The full list of participating shops will be posted as soon as I feel it is final. I hate to post a partial list, but may do some next month with a disclaimer "Not the final list - check back".
To get a complete blog, it is necessary for me to try to go back and move some of the information from previous locations. Some are lost, but I have copied over some of my blog posts from earlier locations. If you have looked at the posts, it may seem odd that there are some from 2010 when I took over TSV, but, those were on blogger where I initially started the blog. Obviously, I have not been very consistent with my blogging.
The site should remain where it is and as it is from now on. Of course, I say that and then there will be an update that crashes everything. . .
There is a Holiday Activity Page happening right now on TSV. To connect with the social area/community, the intent was to have drawing entries be submitted through the group set up for the activity. A page was created, also, but the majority of the activity is taking place in the group. I wanted to introduce those who have not visited the community to the latest version of the site. A year ago, it became necessary to move to a new hosting service and re-do the site. At the time, the technology was available, but was costly, to migrate all the information and, after taking a poll of the members, decided to start fresh. Hopefully, the new format will be appreciated as a social media site dedicated to needlework. I appreciate those who have remained loyal and welcome all who wish to be a part of the best online needlework community!
The first edition of the cross stitch activity, Mystery Stitch Bingo, started on July 5, 2018. When I sat down to create the first design for this, I decided to use a 100 x 100 stitch chart and divide it into 25 sections with 20wx20h stitches each. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but got hung up on the 25 sections. What was created was a "Summer Garden" themed design with 25 spot motifs representing garden features. These included some water features. I designed this based on the Sulky cotton petite palette that I used in my "April Showers" design. I mainly did that because I had them on hand. I believe that the participants enjoyed the activity. There were pop-up prizes for days 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20. The prizes were awarded to the person who first posted a picture of the stitched section for the day. The grand prize went to Sandy W., who was the first to post a stitched picture of the entire chart. The next of these will start on September 1 with a design from Rosewood Manor. I thank Karen for her generousity to and support of The Stitchers' Village!! Here is a representation of the July chart which will be avaliable as part of The Stitchers' Village Designs portfolio: