A simply spectacular sampler weekend!

Begin at the beginning, they say. So, that's where we'll start--with the laughter and fun of teachers Maegan and Nancy, at the opening session of this weekend's Summer Sampler Soiree offered by Attic Needlework. Then there was our decision to recreate a Victorian chili pepper pinkeep to commemorate this event in the desert sun. (Fortunately, last week's record-setting high temps moved on.) While we enjoyed our weekend inside a deligihtfully air-conditioned classroom, husband Niles was camping at Riggs Flat Lake with son, Patrick, somewhere high in the mountains of south-eastern Arizona. All of the weekend's projects were fantastic! Maegan and I we were so proud to work alongside our Arizona neighbors from The Scarlett House, Milady's' Needle, Priscilla's Pocket, Needlemade Designs, Samplers Remembered and Five Times Blessed. As you can see in the photos, the stitching on our project is pretty simple: One side of the chili pepper says "hot & spicy," the other, "2012." The challenge is in finishing the red leather top and bottom with beautiful 13mm ribbon green by River Silks (ask your favorite needlework shop for this great silk ribbon for your next project). The weekend was so inspiring, that I headed home to my work room and promptly celaned the top of one of my desks to make space for the next project. (Yes, that is a bare wood surface. I even dusted!) So pleased that Annette Wright already finished the little perforated paper sampler included in our kit. (As one of our projects once said, "All for th joy of doing." So meaningful to share bits and pieces of history to be enjoyed today!) And, finally, some mountain flowers that Niles brought home via his new digital camera. (Who ever would have imagined this little gift could creade somewhat of a monster, as now the amateur cameraman makes narrated videos to share the entire outdoor experience.) All-in-all just a spectacular August weekend! Thank you to all who attended this fun Attic Seminar!