Friday, May 6, 2016

"Cotton-n-Wool Gathering" Retreat - FULL

Afternoon to everyone!

I wanted to post a quick blog/website message the
"Cotton-n-Wool Gathering" Retreat in Appleton/Menasha WI for November 13 - 19, 2016 is now FULL!!!

We are taking names for a waiting list... please email:  and I'll add you to the list.  It's just started but I'm sure it will become large after awhile too...

We do get cancellations... you all know how things come up... sickness, family issues, etc. so don't think that just because you're going on the waiting list you may not get in... sometimes that is not the case at all... it's over 6 months away!

Now... we are still in the planning process in planning another wonderful trip for March of 2017 for Lisa - Primitive Gatherings!!!  Something brand new.... and is it ever a hum-dinger.... we hope you will love it... more to come on that at a later date.

Thanks so much for all of your wonderful excitement to attend the "Cotton-n-Wool Gathering" with Red Crinoline Quilts, Primitive Gatherings & Olde Green Cupboard Designs.  We are all so honored by your excitement to be with all of us and we have an awesome trip planned for all of you. 

For those of you that will be attending - we are getting a hotel list prepared for you. When it's all ready I will email it to each of you.

Please let me know if you have any questions on anything.  We will have pictures of the "main" projects out to you asap.  We won't show you everything.... we have to have some surprises you know...

Chat soon!!

Paula & Mary Ellen - Red Crinoline Quilts
Lisa - Primitive Gatherings
Gloria, Heather, Vicky - Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Cotton-n-Wool Gathering" - November 13-19, 2017 - Appleton, WI



Red Crinoline Quilts
Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison

Primitive Gatherings - Lisa Bongean

Olde Green Cupboard Designs
Vicky Iannucci, Gloria Parsons 
and Heather Lynn

November 13 - 19, 2016 

$375 ($150 deposit required
check or cash only at registration. 
Balance due October 31, 2016)

*  One day of Quilting with Paula - NEW design - kit included

*  One day of Stitching with Lisa - Kit included

*  Multiple projects taught by Vicky & Gloria - Kit/s     included 

*  Demo Day - Paula and Mary Ellen -  Lucy Boston blocks, English paper piecing,  "mini" hexagons, stars, Dresden plates, and more!  Supplies/kits available to purchase.

*  A days deluxe motor coach bus tour to JJ Stitches & Country Sampler Quilt Shops with lunch & FUN

*  Christmas open house at Primitive Gatherings (Yippee!)

*  Free time for stitching and shopping

*  Welcome package

*  Door prizes, goodies, and surprises....


Meals - We will prepare a menu, grocery shop, (and cook), then average out the cost for all of us to share.   It averages out VERY reasonable (includes sodas, snacks, etc.  Some meals may be at your expense when out for the day)

Lodging and Transportation:  Your responsibility


November 13 (Sunday) arrive at Primitive Gatherings by 4:00 pm

Welcome Get Together/Lisa's Studio - Tour the studio and warehouse - Have dinner out together (our own expense)

November 14 ( Monday)  1st day of class - 20 at Lisa's for her wool project for the entire day. 20 at retreat house for Paula's quilt class.  Afternoon shopping at Primitive Gatherings. 

November 15 (Tuesday) 2nd day of class - each group of 20 changes locations for their classes.

November 16 ( Wednesday)  Demos (Lucy Boston blocks, mini Dresden Plates, hexies, mini pointed stars +) and Project Day along with some Make-it-Take-it  sessions at both the Retreat House and the Studio.

November 17 (Thursday) Primitive Gatherings Christmas Open House + Free afternoon for shopping (sounds like a great time for antiquing)

November 18 (Friday) FULL Day deluxe motor coach tour bus trip from Menasha to JJ Stitches and Country Sampler quilt shops(with lunch, fun & games).... they will be all "decked" out for the holidays!

November 19 (Saturday) Travel Home

Email:  Olde Green Cupboard Designs    - and we'll send you the registration form.  This retreat is for ONLY 40 students... so don't delay.  You know how fast these retreats fill up.... Bing, Bam Boom....!!! 

Come join us for a fabulous week of friendship, fun, shopping, and having a BLAST!!!

Thanks so much.

Paula, Mary Ellen, Lisa,
Vicky, Heather and Gloria

Primitive Gatherings Cruise 2018 is FULL !!!

Hi everyone...

Lisa's March 2018 Cruise on the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is FULL!! 
She's done it again... filled her cruise up faster than a "jack rabbit" !  We have exceeded our student maximum by a few and have a waiting list already.

We will be more than happy to add you to the waiting list!  Contact us at:  Olde Green Cupboard Designs 

We do have 2 more wonderful events we're helping Lisa with...  One is November 2016 and March 2017!

Keep watching our blogs!

Lisa, Gloria, Vicky and Heather

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Let's CRUISE again! March 2018 - Primitive Gatherings

Please join us and Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings on the Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas on a fabulous 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean!  We'll visit the private island of Royal Caribbeans Labadee - Haiti, then on to Falmouth -Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico ! 

We've reserved the entire conference center on the ship for Lisa's "wool-n-hand" class - exclusively designed for attendees (will be debuted several months before sail date....that gives her the opportunity to use her newest fabric line for you), make-it-take-its, open sewing (don't forget to bring your OWN sewing machine), surprises, shipboard entertainment, great ports for fun-filled excursions & shopping... and MORE!

We pre-booked the cruise in advance to be assured we have the entire conference center.  Great way to get booked (reserve your reservation) and SAVE your money for final payment(almost 2 years), shopping and fun port adventure excursions.  Final payment is not due until 90 days prior to sail date! 

Lisa's cruise filled up in less than 3 weeks this past February.... so don't delay.... sign up today! 
Email: if you have questions!
Download and Print: 
Registration Form

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Let's Make Baskets!!



It's Sunday morning and the weather is to be beautiful here in Jacksonville today!  I think I may even work on removal of some weeds in the front patio area and get a little vitamin D today! 

PLUS... I wanted to let you all know... we are offering basket classes again... (or... I can make a basket for you)!

We've had several classes here at the house and it's been so much FUN!  I love having them here... we can eat lunch... relax if we need to... and we only have 6 students so that's very manageable and gives everyone the attention they need with their weaving. 

We are currently making beautiful "rainbow"  market baskets..... with curls (if you prefer) and then  adding a walnut stain!  Wow... does the stain ever make them warm and vintage looking!  Keep watching our website & Facebook for class dates, times and location.  I'm working out dates for enrollment - so these larger baskets can be held at Cinnamon's Quilt Shop (giving you an entire table on your own) and will have them on the site soon!!! 

The following baskets are from and
they are simply AWESOME!! 

This finish is called "weathered".  It's one of my absolute favorite finishes to a basket using a combination of stain and paint!

This basket is the longest I've ever seen!  It measures 51" long (I'm thinking ours will be MUCH shorter)!  Can you imagine?  It's painted the most awesome blue I've ever seen and then wiped with a cloth so it gives the appearance to be old and worn! 

This basket is long, flat and wide!  Then it's finished with a beautiful red paint.  Once dry - you can also add an antiqued finish over the red paint!

I've just ordered this pattern but with great handle tape that is dark navy
with cream stripes and navy accent reed! 
These are great for toting around while shopping or carrying items back and forth to classes!

Large storage basket with bushel side handles.  This one is wonderful with the colored reed around the center and top!  Once you have it all woven,
we'll stain it with a walnut shell wash!

Okay... .I'm now off to kill those weeds... and then throw some laundry in the washer.... find something to fix for dinner tonight... and then to my sewing studio I go!   I'm designing something NEW today.... (with little...tiny... hexies...)! 

Sew some stitches today!!!

p.s.  We are working on 2 FABULOUS **NEW**  retreats .... We can't wait to tell you about them when MORE details are ready!!  (so us chill bumps....)

Friday, April 1, 2016


I am so sorry to send this announcement to all of you attending the April Camp Blanding Retreat... I have just been notified by the Post Commanders Office that our April 21 - 26, 2016 retreat cannot take place.  The entire post is now and will be full of soldiers on work-ups for deployment - which has recently just happened.

They have been trying to find a location for us.. knowing that we have approximately 150 attending - however... there is simply no building - classroom - or facility that we can use... they've even looked at putting us in 2 different locations... they are just not available... all are being used for soldiers.  Including all of the lodging.

As we all know - this post is used for our Army National Guard and when they need any of the facility - they have first priority.

We have looked at future dates... and it appears as though our July 28 - Aug 2 date is ok PLUS our September date 23 - 27 for an additional session.  The Armory Building will be finished at this time and there are NO assigned army units to the post during these dates.
We will keep the retreats with the 3 or 5 day options... however, due to the expenses of the remodeled facility we have to have at least 65 to stay for the 5 days  in order to cover the additional daily fees.

For those of you signed up for the April Sale room - you will keep your same numbers unless you decide to NOT be in the sale room.

I'll send more information within the next few days.

I soooooo apologize... Your funds will be automatically transferred to July unless you ask for them to be moved to September.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of our troops.

Gloria, Vicky & Heather

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Chalkin' & Chattin' !!!

I've found another LOVE in my life (other than my honey, children, grandchildren, and sewing....)! 

It's Chalking!!!!

Oh yes... I can see you now... you're saying to yourself... NOOOOOOOOO... not another project!  I said the same thing!  However, I've found a way to do my "chalking" and combine it with my sewing and projects!  Plus... I've been making adorable items for the house, to combine with my other crafts, and making gifts!

If you would like to get a group together (4 to 15) I'll come to your location and show you how!  We'll begin with a project, sign, saying, etc. that I have here already to go.  Samples will be emailed to the hostess to share with your group... then I'll get everything prepared and we'll have a fun class together.

Cost:  $40 for 16" x 19" pattern, unfinished frame for you to paint (color of your choice) and the supplies to make your pattern.  I will have already prepared your boards for you. (special designed projects/boards  = cost adjustment)   A class normally last around 3-4 hours (depending on the number in class)

I have patterns related to:  Kitchen, Baby, Friends, Everyday, Home, Christian, Sports, Christmas, Easter, Spring... I can just about make you anything as long as I have enough preparation time for drawing and copying. 

Here are a few that you may LOVE ALREADY!!!!
(excuse some of the photos...they did not come across well into the blog format!!!!)


If you find any designs or sayings and you're unsure if you are allowed to use them, just give me a call (904)742-1100 or send me an email ( and I'll research it for you. 
Once you get the first one made... you'll want to make more!  You can chalk on anything!!  Go to my Pinterest boards and check them out!! 

Boards:  Chalkboard Fun & Chalkboard Stuff

Hope to hear from you soon!!!! 
Chalkin' & Chattin' !!!

Gloria Parsons
Olde Green Cupboard Designs

p.s.  I promise to NOT make you clean the erasers....remember those days?