Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's Houston Quilt Market Time!!

Good Morning... we are all up and waiting for the downstairs "breakfast area" to open so we can get some COFFEEEEEEE!!!!!  You know... I was going to bring some with me just in case the room didn't have enough for us this early in the a.m.  ……… but I thought... "No"... it's a great hotel and they are sure to have some.  NOT!!!  The room has this funky little pot with a little cassette...weird... and guess what... only ONE!  grrrrrrr…..  You know... you just don't mess with a girl and her morning coffee!!!

This morning we will be off to the Quilt Market for the first day with 3 people that have never been here before and that is soooooo exciting.  I remember my first trip to the quilt market years ago - my heart was pounding.... my knees were shaking.... and I didn't think I could take a deep breath!

We have Rhonda and Bruce Wilkerson from Scrappy Rooster - St. Marys, Georgia with us.  This is their first market and they asked if we come with them to show them the ins and outs.... Then our friend - Wynette (from Camp Blanding) came with us toooooo.  This has always been on her "bucket list" and she can  cross it off!!!!

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So.... my mission on this trip is multi... Be the best mentor I can be for Ronda & Bruce - AND find something wonderfully new - you know.... that ONE thing that takes your breath away... that you just get so excited about you can't wait to show it to everyone.   PLUS... Meet all of my quilting friends and colleagues that I've missed over the passed few years.


Here's a few sketches I've been working on....  If you were to see these sketches.... would you rather work them with wool applique?  Embroidery?  Or... may a combination of both?




Let me know your thoughts!!!

We'll be back with more news and hopefully some great photos from market!!!

Gloria & Vicky!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2019 Shipshewana Retreat

"Let's Just Get Away"

May 20 - 27, 2019

Farmstead Inn & Conference Center
Amish Country
$350.00 - Lunch/Dinner & Lodging not included

370 S. Van Buren Street - PO Box 185  
Shipshewana, IN  46565   260-768-7319



This is what you have been asking for....
Yes... for those of you that have always wanted to visit  Amish Country - this is it...NOW is your chance!  We have just returned from Shipshewana, IN - the heart of Amish Country in the Midwest.  We have made arrangements for our stay in the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center.  Now this Inn knows all about retreats... they host them all YEAR LONG.  Quilting, sewing, scrap-booking.. you name it!  Our conference room area is LARGE, bright and equipped with 8' tables and coffee centers.  We can really spread out!

The city Chamber of Commerce is putting together a wonderful welcome package for each of you when you check-in at the hotel (3:00 p.m.)  From there you will get settled in your room  and we'll all meet up in the conference center and head out for dinner together! 
During the week you are free to come and go as you wish...take tours, shop, antique, visit Amish homes, sew, quilt, hook rugs... anything goes.  This is YOUR RETREAT... even if you DO NOT WISH TO WORK ON ANY PROJECTS... you are still invited to attend.  Use the Farmhouse Inn and the Conference Room as your "home base" and have a great time exploring.  

We are  so excited about the flea market - a 2 day event with thousands of vendors.  They even have an app for your phone... if you're looking for something in particular - you feed it into the app and it will direct you to the appropriate area within the flea market!  We remembering attending this flea market many, many years ago and it was SO MUCH FUN!  There is even a mailing center near by in case you need to ship items home.

During your stay - you will have a wonderful  hot breakfast each morning.  Then you can sew  or wander the walking paths... rent a bicycle, or head out for daily adventures.  You will eat the best home-cooked meals ever!  Have you ever had broasted chicken?  Oh my!!!  It's one of our favorites...along with home made dumplings.  Spend the day in Yoder's Dept. Store, shop the many quilt stores....  it goes on and on!  PLUS... we will have fun things for all of you also!!!

Click HERE for Registration Form

  Print, complete and mail the form to the address shown along with your $350 check.  Then you will call the hotel directly to register for your lodging.  260-768-7319    If you are sharing a room with someone - only one of you need to register. Your hotel payments are not due until you check out!   (Room rate is $128.80 Single/Double Occupancy)  Be sure to tell the staff the NAMES OF EVERYONE IN THE ROOM.  Split the room rate with your girlfriends!!

So... are you ready to sign up?  WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!  Contact all or your girlfriends... this is a great trip to travel together!  Making new friends, seeing new things.... new part of the country... shopping, sewing... IT'S GOING TO BE THE BEST TRIP EVER!

Please call 904-742-1100 or email oldgreencupboard@aol.com if you have any questions!  
We're excited... HOW ABOUT YOU?
Gloria, Heather & Vicky


Thursday, October 11, 2018

They're HERE!!!

How happy I am that you are excited about our new "Queen Bee Thread Waxers" !  Some of you may have a puzzled look on your face... so let me explain!

One of the stitching "pet-peeves" I have while stitching is my thread!  Not the thread itself (I always the best threads) but how it behaves while I'm stitching.  It doesn't seem to matter if I'm using floss, sewing thread, pearl cotton, wool thread, silk thread.... mine was always twirling and twisting... knotting... fraying so much that it would literally separate.... grrrrrr!!  

I decided to get to the bottom of it and here is what I discovered!

1.  I was NOT a good girl about cutting my thread when preparing to hand stitch (as in hand mending, sewing on a button, sewing on a quilt binding, putting a hem in ....).  If I forgot to have a pair of scissors with me - I would bite or break the thread! E-E-E-E-E-E-E-K-K-K-K-K.... (please don't judge my laziness).  

2.  I swear I have NO FINGER PRINTS on my right hand fingers... I cannot grip a needle for anything.    Because of the bad gripping capability on my part, I would constantly be turning the needle for a better grip!  What happens then?  Yep... you guessed it... twirly needle means twisting thread!  You know the kind... you have to hang the needle (with the thread already in the eye) upside down and let the thread twirl back to normal.  So I discovered finger cots (more on those later).

3.  I thought it was better to have LLLOOONNNGGG thread... so I could sew more stitches and for a longer period of time.  NOT!  All it did was knot, twirl, and then split... it was like a magic trick... I'd be sewing along and then I wasn't!  The longer the thread - the more times you pull it through fabric - the weaker it becomes....until eventually it separates....e-e-e-e-e-e-k-k-k !!! Are any of you relating to my problems here?  I think I can envision some heads going up and down in a "yes" fashion... am I correct?

4.  My needle was always coming unthreaded.   g-g-g-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!

5.  I was NOT using the correct needle for the type of stitching.

Well... this long story led me to some investigating to resolve my stitching issues.  Here's what I discovered....

My thread was NOT being cut properly from the spool.

I couldn't grip my needle well - very frustrating!

I was sewing with a piece of thread...WAY TO LONG!

All is now resolved... I've placed a pair of small scissors in every project bag that I'm currently working on.  I also have finger cots in each one!  I've learned to have my thread length between 18" - 24" (or the size of your arm from your elbow to your finger tips) and I have made -

Queen Bee Thread Wax Conditioners 

They are now on our website  Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Look to the right of the main screen and you'll see Bee's Wax Thread Conditioner.  Click on this link and pick out your favorite!!!

They are all handmade (with real bee wax) and will ship to you in a sweet little muslin bag which is great for storage.  While you're on the website ordering, be sure to read the instructions on how to use your Queen's Waxer to condition your thread from fraying, knots, twisting, and separation.  

Queen's Guard

Queen's Court

Queen's Garden

Queen's Nectar

Queen's Crown

Queen's Silver Heart
These are so special for all of your friends that sew as special gifts and don't forget your secret sister.  If you have any "special" charms that you would like to use on your was conditioner, please contact me and we'll see if we can substitute yours for the ones we are currently using. 

p.s.  Don't forget Christmas is just around the corner....
Have fun stitching!

Gloria, Heather & Vicky


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Camp Blanding - September 2018!!! More News!!

Yep... it's official... we are FULL !!  We have our max of attendees!  So exciting!

So... here are some other reminders!

1.  Don't forget to bring your knives, scissors, etc. that need sharpening.  Wrap them up in a towel and place them in a sealed zipper bag.  Inside the bag be sure to provide your NAME & Phone number.  Hang on to your bag until we call for them.

2.  We're having MORE VISITORS...   Saturday we will have Tony Baker with his featherweights.  Also Lularoe (clothing) will join us for your shopping pleasure.

3.  Bring your Opportunity Quilts with you.... We need to give more to the Post for their distribution to the military and families.

4.  Don't forget to bring your checkbook and/or credit card.  We'll have the:

Sale Room
An "Opportunity Quilt" ticket sales
*  Red Crinoline and Sew It Began will have some items for sale at their sewing stations.
*  Olde Green Cupboard will have "Beeswax Thread Conditioner" (handmade by me)

PLUS.... (drum roll)… let's all thank KIM COOPER for locating a massage therapist (Raymonica Scott)  to visit with us on Saturday!!!  She will arrive after lunch and be with us until later in the evening.  We will have sign up sheets for you to complete prior to her arrival.  (she's bring a massage chair)   I don't remember her fee schedule but it was VERY REASONABLE!  Oh my gosh... there is nothing better than a neck, shoulder and back massage when sewing!  Right? !

Please remember... if this is your first visit to Camp Blanding to adhere to the speed limits, wear your seat belt, NO TALKING ON THE PHONE WHILE DRIVING.

Bring your food, snacks, drinks (we provide coffee), ironing station, projects, sewing supplies, SWEATER, don't forget to double check - sewing cord and foot pedal (I can't even begin to tell you how many of us have forgotten ours....), Driver's License or government picture identification card.

Please add my number as a contact in your phone:  Gloria Parsons  904-742-1100  In the event you have any issues getting on the post - call me!

Lodging Keys:  Pick up at the Armory Building - enter at the back right side of the building (double doors) at 3:00 p.m.  on Thursday.  Then you'll have time to get set up in your lodging and then return to the Armory at 5:00 pm to set up for lodging.  I do apologize that you have to wait in line outside until 5:00 pm in the heat.  However, the offices are open and the Armory staff is still working until that time.  We can get pretty loud during setup so they've asked us to wait until the majority of the soldiers have finished work for the day.

I think that's it... if you have any other questions... please call or email me.

The GUARD LIST IS BEING SENT TODAY!  In order to enter, your name must be on the list.  I have added all newcomers to the Guard List!  If I should have forgotten you by error... ask the guard to call me.  My name and number are at the top of the Guard List.

See you SOON!!!

Gloria, Vicky & Heather




Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Another GREAT RETREAT planned!!!


WELL... as all of you know... Florence is still hanging around and making a mess of everything!

Our retreat in North Carolina at the Black Stallion was cancelled.... we even had to evacuate.  Thank God we didn't have a full house yet... !  The staff was there a day early and in the process of cooking, setting up the classroom, etc.  when we received the telephone call... in a matter of seconds our dreams were crushed.

So... we packed everything back up (that we had just unpacked) and tried contacting everyone that were all over the United States...some of them even traveling to us... and told them the news.  Needless to say - we all were holding back the tears as well as possible.

We had already prepared 15 chickens for barbecuing, made banana pudding, ice cream dessert, etc. and it all went bye-bye.

HOWEVER, we all managed to leave the island safely and we're doing our best to work on a reschedule!  So for those of you that were scheduled to attend... once we get a plan into place, we will contact each of you FIRST - then once we can open it up to our other quilters.

Lisa Bongean has many openings in her schedule next year … so keep your fingers crossed!

To continue on with the RETREATS... I wanted to share this one we have coming up!!!!


RED CRINOLINE QUILTS

OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD DESIGNS

PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS

Date:  November 13 - 18, 2018
Place:  Primitive Gatherings Retreat House
Menasha, WI
Instructors:  Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison

$1000 Price includes:  TWO new quilt designs with Paula (includes fabric for 2 kits) instructor fees,
5 nights lodging, breakfast each day, 3 lunches (on class days), road trip to JJ Stitches Quilt Shop & Country Sampler Quilt Shop, Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop - all TOP 10 Quilt Sampler Shops, all three shop owners & Paula are fabric designers - there fabric is available for you to purchase, one day with Mary Ellen on demos  -  from tools to techniques, Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop HOLIDAY SHOPPING (we get to shop one day early at their Christmas Open House), Free time, Sewing time, Antique Shopping, and more....

We only have a few openings available... this is one of my favorite retreats ever with three wonderfully talented shop owners that always surprise you with great new designs!
Don't miss this opportunity to attend - 
it's going to be an adventure you'll want to repeat over and over!


print your registration form, call me, and sign up today!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NEW...NEW...NEW...!

Hi everyone!!

We are so excited to share with you patterns from some of our favorite wool and embroidery designers.  You know how we love hand embroidery, wool applique, cute "critters", fun organizers/ bags, wool applique and MORE.  So we are going directly to the designer or wholesale supplier and bringing them to our website! 


The main portion of our "home screen" will continue to be open for blog postings.   "Shopping" options are located on the right side of your screen.  Simply select the different options with your cursor/arrow and press the enter key.  The screen will change and take you right into the shopping mode!  

We do use PayPal for our shopping cart.  However, you do NOT have to have a PayPal account.  When checking out, an option to pay with a debit or credit card will be available.  Sales tax(if applicable) and shipping will be charged to the transaction.  

Our first artist that we have for you to take a peak at is a long time favorite of ours.  

http://www.oldegreencupboard.com/p/blog-page.html

Bonnie Sullivan


All Through The Night
Bonnie Sullivan

Bonnie also designs fabric for Maywood Studio.  She specializes in the best flannels you will ever see.  When we had them in the store (Olde Green Cupboard) it was a fall line and they looked almost like woven wool.  Simply gorgeous.  Great quality, no pilling, soft, and washed/dried beautifully.

We are even more excited to have her BRAND NEW SPRING 2018 PATTERNS - straight from Spring Market!  You can be one of the first to get her patterns and start working on her gorgeous designs.

She's a genius.. and you'll understand what I mean when you see the patterns and embroidery lines are already printed on the background fabric! You'll have NO TRACING at all!  How about that?  Check out the sample below!

This is her NEW Needle and Thread pattern.  The background fabric is printed with not only the ruler fabric, but also the spool of thread and the embroidery lines.  You'll add the applique pieces and hand stitch on the embroidery lines.  PLUS... she has another surprise....!!  Many of her new patterns have laser cut applique pieces you can order.  OH MY... this is getting better and better !  

http://www.oldegreencupboard.com/p/blog-page.html

Check this out... these are the pieces you will use with this project!  They are ready to adhere to your project and then stitch - by hand or machine.  The technique is your choice. Isn't that cool?  
http://www.oldegreencupboard.com/p/blog-page.html

So... now it's time to move your eyes just to the right of where you are reading on this main screen.  At the top you will see:   SHOP - Bonnie Sullivan Patterns.  This is where you will be able to see all of the patterns we've chosen from her collection.  

Hold on to your seat.... We even have her fabulous seasonal patterns!!!  We work on Christmas patterns, ornaments, and projects all year long.  Bonnie's are just to fabulous for you to NOT have the opportunity to order.  Order them NOW and begin your work. 

Many of the projects give you the option to finish them into bowl fillers (ornies), pin cushions, or mount in a frame!    I'm doing all of my Christmas Bowl Fillers into the 4" x 6" black frames.  Those small frames are adorable tied onto the Christmas Tree as decorations.... or even onto packages with pretty ribbon.  What an extra "special gift" to make for your sewing or stitching friends for Christmas!  Order them now and you'll still have plenty of them to have them all ready for this Christmas.


I really like this style.  Once you have the pictures all finished and framed, tie cute, whimsical polka dot ribbon then you attach the frame to the tree limb.  You can click on the pictures and it will take you to websites to check out different 4" x 6" frames and ribbon.  I have found that these small frames are hard to find in the stores.... so I always order them on-line.  If you buy the ribbon with the wire in the edges, it is so much easier to form into a pretty, fluffy bow that stays!  

So... Grab your  project case, needles, threads, scissors, and head to the iron!  Press everything in place and start stitchin!  

Oh... first... wait...  make sure you order them from us first!  I'll pop them in the mail to you pronto!  Then... send us pictures when you're finished.  We'll make a "braggin' page" on our blog for all of you! 

Keep watching your email for more Blog News!!!

Keep on stitchin' !!

Gloria, Heather & Vicky

No.... we are not going to Missouri Star again...

Well, I'm not sure how in the heck the Missouri Star blog posting/email was published again....
It must have been an error on my part.  I was working on the files yesterday and I must have checked it by error.

Sorry for the boo-boo!  However, to report back to you on our Missouri Star trip that we went on last year.....  it was fun!  The group had a blast. 

I'm working more on postings today... so if you see anything weird post again... .just think to yourself

"That crazy Gloria is at it again"  !

Have a wonderful day everyone!!!

Gloria

Monday, May 14, 2018

Primitive Gathering Retreat with RED CRINOLINE QUILTS!


Come and join The Olde Green Cupboard and Red Crinoline Quilts at the Primitive Gathering Retreat House.  Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison will be instructing 3 days of classes, shop at Primitive Gatherings Christmas Open House (oh my... this is so much fun!), and take a trip to JJ Stitches Quilt Store and Country Sampler Quilt Shop plus antiquing and FUN!!  Only 20 spots in this great week of events.  Sign up today!! 

 Go To:  www.oldegreencupboard.com for your registation form!




Saturday, May 5, 2018

My head is SPINNING...


Olde Green Cupboard - Retreats 
SIGN UP TODAY!
click on each retreat for more information and the registration form

REBEKAH SMITH - FOLK ARTIST   July 12 - 14, 2018
St. Augustine, FL
Openings available in all classes! 
Plus 3 days of open stitching together.

CAMP BLANDING RETREAT - Starke, FL 
July 26 - 29, 2018
Openings available!

SUN, SAND and STITCHING with LISA BONGEAN - PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS - BLACK STALLION Retreat House
Outer Banks, NC
September 11 - 16, 2018
ONLY 3 King Bed Balcony Rooms
Double Occupancy rooms available!

CAMP BLANDING RETREAT - Starke, FL
September 27 - 30, 2018
Openings available!

RED CRINOLINE RETREAT - Menasha WI
Primitive Gatherings Retreat House
September 13 - 19, 2018
Stay at the Retreat House - only room for 16!
Openings available!

CAMP BLANDING RETREAT - Starke, FL
to be announced for 2019
Openings available!

SAVANNAH QUILTING RETREAT - Savannah, GA
February 10 - 15, 2019
Downtown Historic Savannah !!  Openings available!

ONE RUG TWO RUG HOOKING CAMP - Savannah, GA
February 17 - 22, 2019
Openings available!  Registration information TBA

CRUISE TO ROME!!! - Miami, FL
March 29, 2019 - April 12, 2019
2 Oceanside Cabins and 5 Inside Cabins
is all that remain!!!  Sign up quick for this fabulous 14 day
cruise to the Azores, United Kingdom, Spain and Rome!



If you have a group (friends, family, guilds, church) that would like our assistance in planning a cruise, retreat, bus trip, inclusive location, antiquing trip...  or any type of event, contact us at oldgreencupboard@aol.com

We are here to make your trip dreams become a reality!

Print and post to your bulletin board.... or add these dates to your phone calendar!















Savannah Retreat.....!!!

Hey gang....   5/5/18

We just posted another retreat for all of you on our website for February 2019.    Look to the right of the screen and you'll see one for Savannah, Georgia!

Wait until you see what a super, great, price it is!!!  Go there NOW!!!

Gloria, Heather and Vicky

Monday, April 23, 2018

Red Crinoline Quilts Retreat!!! Yippee!!!











RED CRINOLINE QUILTS

&

OLDE GREEN CUPBOARD DESIGNS

are heading to Menasha, WI to celebrate the Holiday Season
and hang out with Primitive Gatherings!!!




What a fun time we have planned for all of you! Sixteen of you will get to stay at the Primitive Gatherings Retreat House while enjoying the event! We'll all be camped out at a hotel...giving all of you the fun experience of being together, sewing, laughing, eating, and having a blast!


November 13 - 19, 2018


It's time to head back Menasha, WI
to the Primitive Gatherings Retreat House!
(lodging limited to 16 people)  Class limited to 20 students
Join Red Crinoline Quilts (Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison) where they will be instructing TWO NEW QUILT DESIGNS!

Now for the details....

  •  Early admission to Primitive Gatherings Christmas Open House (it's AWESOME!)
  •  Six Nights Lodging in Primitive Gatherings Retreat House
  • Two days of classes with Red Crinoline's Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison
  • Two New Quilt Designs (kits INCLUDED) from Paula's new fabric line from Marcus Brothers
  •  One day full of demos, tips & tricks and some "hands-on" with Mary Ellen Robison
  • Transportation to and from JJ Stitches Quilt Shop and Country Sampler Quilt Shop
  • Breakfast each day along with lunch provided on class and demo days (dinner on your own - kitchen available, deliver in, or dine at many restaurants in the area)
  • Free Days to antique and enjoy additional "retail therapy" (a.k.a.... .shop 'til you drop)
  • Tour of Primitive Gatherings warehouse and Lisa's Design Studio
All travel arrangements to/from/and during the retreat are the responsibility of each individual with the exception of our group trip to JJ Stitches and Country Sampler Quilt Shops.

Retreat Fee:                $1200 
Deposit:                       $250    (Check only - payable upon registration)
Final Payment:            Due by September 13, 2018 
Non-Refundable:        After October 13, 2018


Print and complete the form in full (please SIGN) and mail with your $250 deposit check (payable to OGC) to:
Gloria Parsons
7625  Putters Cove Drive
Jacksonville, FL  32256




Olde Green Cupboard Designs - Event Planner
contact:  Gloria Parsons  904-742-1100 for information/questions
Each person must complete a registration form.

Friday, April 20, 2018

What Great Ideas!!!

Hi Gang!!

I wanted to share a few GREAT IDEAS with you related to..... PLASTIC!!!

Have you ever seen or used the adhesive placemats?  They are more common with babies.... to use in restaurants on the high chair or table!   These are perfect to have around the house and to use when you are working on different projects.... using glue?  Painting?  Clay? ... anything that may make a nasty mess on your work surface... Use one or two... how ever many you need to cover your work surface...then simply peel away and toss when you are finished! 

Do you have wee ones at home that like to color, use water color paint, colored pencils or markers... these are PERFECT!  No more worry about the mess on the table.





Here is my other plastic "love".... simple plastic shower caps.  OH MY GOSH... I use these for everything...   I cover bowls of food that go in the refrigerator.... when I cut my wool strips for my rug hooking, I put all of my wool strips down inside... it captures all of the "wool fuzz" in the bottom!   Sorters... yes I use them to sort items .... thread, floss, fabric strips... on and on!!!  Get yourself a package of them... then think of all the things you do daily.... how you can use them.  You will thank me.... I just know it!




There... you have it... two new ideas to use in your home and in your sewing studio!  

I'm thinking of blogging about how to design your sewing studio with fun new looks.... how to take an item that is normally used in the home... and using that same item in your sewing studio and change the entire dynamics of it's use.  Does that sound interesting?    Of course... my first love is the "Farmhouse" look!   I think I may start there.... with the galvanized look.....  

Stay tuned!

Gloria

There's a "gremlin" around here.....

Oh yes.... he's a crazy "gremlin".... he seems to send you all old posts from our blog!!!!

Who are you????    So sorry for the old blog posting....  I'll try to find this little fellow and tell him to

GET OUT OF TOWN!!

Gloria, Vicky & Heather

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We Have an Opening for the Black Stallion Retreat!


Are you ready to relax, enjoy the fresh air, play in the pool, walk on the beach, eat scrumptious food, shop and site see, stitch with Lisa, sip your morning coffee on the balcony of your room overlooking the beautifully groomed landscape in this country club....?    We've found the perfect place for you!!

If you were on 'the fence' about attending our Black Stallion Outer Banks Retreat with Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings... you are in luck.





We have a room that has opened up for double occupancy (king bed)!  Oh yes... this is a retreat you will remember forever...!

We have filled this gorgeous house full of gals that love to Wool Applique Stitch!

Lisa has a fall theme this retreat and I've seen the sketches of what's she's getting ready for you and I'm here to shout... you are gonna love it!  along with her teaching the main classes, Vicky, Heather and I will be working with you on some "make-it-take-it" items that compliment Lisa's designs!

This house is gorgeous... all 20,000 + sq. feet of it!  You will love it tooo... our menu is such fun this retreat...  We will be utilizing that wonderful barbecue area along with the HUGE pool and pool house.

If you've never been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.... you MUST VISIT.  We may even see some wild horses roaming the beaches.  It is amazing to see them and then to realize... they belong to no one... they eat and exist off the land.  So Cool.  If you can't stand it any longer and you want to come.... go to Olde Green Cupboard Website - Look for Black Stallion Retreat on the right side of the screen and GET SIGNED UP!



Front entrance to this HUGE home.

No... this is not the house... THIS IS THE POOL HOUSE!!


One of the most beautifully decorated retreat homes we've
 been fortunate to find!  It has a great classroom and 3 kitchens!
Oh my!!!! 
Please don't pass up this wonderful opportunity to have a great time with all of us.  I promise... you won't regret spending a week with us in this great house, making great friends, having THE BEST TIME EVER!

Visit Olde Green Cupboard for more details on the flyer and registration form! 
 See you on the beach!!

Lisa, Gloria, Vicky & Heather





Sunday, April 8, 2018

"My Favorite Things" (for you toooooo .... we hope...)

These are a few of "my favorite things"..... from my Favorite Friends!  It's time to brag on them!!!

Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison work so hard on their company - RED CRINOLINE QUILTS.... designing new patterns, working with Marcus Brothers Fabric Company, designing wonderful block of the month programs, vending at quilt shows and writing beautiful books!  This is their first book.... and they are now working on their second one!!

Red Crinoline's NEW BOOK!!!!  


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

Here's another NEW BOOK from my sweet friend Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings.  Oh my gosh...this fun book is wonderful and you will LOVE IT!!  It's such a sweet gift to give to one of your quilter friends for a "surprise" (just cause you love them) or as a birthday or Christmas gift.


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

Keep more than just a journal - keep a record of your quilting life! Photographed at designer Lisa Bongean's beautiful lakeside home, this inspiring week-by-week journal is filled with eye candy to enjoy year-round. 

Answer fun prompts to create lists for must-do quilting adventures, keep track of projects, document gift and charity quilts, or simply keep this gorgeous date book as a memory journal for future generations of quilters in your family to cherish. All in a perfect size to carry in your bag on the go!


Then.... we have Rebekah Smith - Fork Artist that will be with us in July of this year.  We are so excited to have the opportunity to learn her technique in making these gorgeous pieces of wool art!  If you also would like to learn from her... please look to the right of this page and you'll see where you can sign up for her classes!  It will be great fun...!  We have gals from all over coming to Jacksonville/St. Augustine to be with Rebekah... why not you too?



(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

....and last but not least is my sweet friend Susan Ache!!!  We met Susan about 15 years ago when we had our store in Mandarin.  In walks this bubbly blond that was so excited to learn how to quilt.  She was NOT confident in picking out colors for her quilts.... and at that time she loved the primitive palette.... I had such fun helping her pick out the colors she loved and before we knew it she would be back in the store with the quilt ALL FINISHED!  SHE WAS A LIVING MACHINE!!!  We teased her all the time that we've never seen anyone sew so fast in our lives... and guess what?  She was self taught!!!  She's never taken a class in her life.  I don't care what she does... cook, decorate, sew, quilt, cross-stitch... she's so good at all of them.... one of those gals that can fall in a pit of tar and be perfectly fine when she crawls out!!!  Gosh... I admire and love her to death! 

Then one day she asked me to come to her house and she wanted to chat about "making pattern designs".  I told her if that's what she loved...go for it.  If she didn't like actually writing the patterns herself... find someone that did and she can design and they can do all the computer portion.  Guess what?... she now designs tons of quilts and has HER OWN BOOK!!!   SUSAN ACHE.... WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!  HERE IS HER BOOK!.. YOU MUST ALL OWN ONE!!!



(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)

This book must be in your library TODAY!!!!

Then ... there is one of my most talented friends in the photography field... she doesn't quilt... I don't think she even knows how to sew on a button (sorry Susan....) Susan Michal!!!  She just returned from Africa with lots of photos of African animals.... but this book... it is so awesome... especially when you see how some of these beautiful ballet dancers pose....

Susan Michal... you are so awesome and I'm so 
proud to be your friend....
God has given you the most wonderful talent... showing the beauty of others....  

If you have children (or if you have taken ballet), please gift them with the beautiful book... it's breathtaking!


(Click on book cover for a link site to purchase your OWN copy!)


This now ends  "my favorite things"  for you today.  I decided we all like certain things... wonderful things in our lives... that we do, we use, we eat, we see, we touch... and I'm so happy to share all of them with you!  

We'll chat more!!

Gloria


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Farmhouse Threads and Friends - Garden Mystery Quilt - Block 10

Good Morning to all!

Today is the day we get to debut our Olde Green Cupboard Block 10 for the Farmhouse Threads and Friends Garden Mystery Quilt!
We are so excited about the quilt this year....  I'm told we have close to 400 participating... with that great information I had to call my supplier and order more fabric.


Thanks to Everyone for Participating!!


Click on both links to print the complete pattern and full size template drawing. Be sure to print the template pattern in the horizontal setting for the correct sizing.
Click Here: FREE PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

Click Here: FREE TEMPLATE DRAWING 

Kit Available: $14.00
(wool colors included in the kit may vary slightly, but we will do our best to make them look similar to the image above)


When we were children - living on a small farm - we had a HUGE garden... and I mean HUGE!  Plus a HUGE strawberry patch.  All summer we helped... from planting, weeding, dusting for bugs, turning the melons so they would ripen on all sides (tip-toe through the vines), digging up potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, shelling peas.... oh my gosh.. I could just cry remembering how much work it was!  Mom would plant marigold flowers all around the outer edge of the garden... she said it was to keep bugs away!  I'm not sure it worked very well... I can still remember Daddy giving each of us a coffee can with a small amount of gas in the bottom, pliers, and gloves.  We had the job of removing those nasty tomato worms from the plants.  Ugh!  In the can they would be tossed...only to be destroyed later! 

Then it would be time to help prepare all of the vegetables for canning.  I sure wish I had a $1.00 for every ear of corn I shucked and a penny for every snap bean and pea pod I touched!  

After canning, mom would count the jars on the kitchen counter and table.  She would say, 'Girls... we have 110 cans we need to listen for the jars to pop... help me to keep count"!   When they were totally cooled the vacuum inside would make the metal pop giving the jar a good seal.  We would eat those canned vegetables all year long until it was time to can more... all from our "Mystery Garden".   

Now that we're older... we would love to have a garden... but the sandy ground just doesn't do well with our growing.. plus it's so hot everything burns up. (although I am going to give a try with some tomato plants this year).   My husband teases me... he says I surely do NOT have a green thumb.  I seem to kill all the plants I get for the yard and house... so say a prayer for my future tomato plants.  If they grow well and harvest a few, I'll take pictures and show you!

Just think after our week... only two more to go!  If you haven't started downloading your FREE patterns, you still have time!  Did you see that word FREE????  Oh yes... so cool!  Plus each designer has block kits for you to purchase... or you can make the quilt blocks with your own fabric and wool... your choice!

February 2nd, Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

www.farmhousethreads.com

February 9th, Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand


February 16th, Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs


February 23rd, Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms


March 2nd, Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings


March 9th, Shawn York, The Rusty Crow


March 16th, Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs


March 23rd, Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs


March 30th, Joyce Weeks, Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.


April 6th, Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard


April 13th, Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus


April 20th, Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan


April 27th, finishing instructions by Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads


Please have fun with our block... hope it makes you smile and happy when you're "in the garden" !!!

             Gloria, Heather and Vicky