Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pinterest...I'm there

I've had a love-hate relationship with Pinterest since it first arrived.  I had an account for awhile and then deleted it.  I decided to reopen it a couple of months ago.  Today on my lunch break I added a widget that will give a link to my Pinterest boards at the right side of the page, closer to the bottom.

My pins mostly focus on cross stitch (shocking, huh?), but there are, of course, other boards like food, places I've been, places I'd like to go, and the requisite "eye candy" that every woman needs.

One thing I can say you WON'T see on any of my boards is pins that are copyright infringements.  It kills me every time I get on there and see where people have blatantly scanned copyrighted patterns to share with others.  Anyway, enough of that, as I'm sure you've heard it all before and don't want to see me get up on my soapbox. 

So, in closing, if you'd like to follow along, please feel free to click the link at the bottom of the page and get to know a little more about me and what I like.

Happy Pinning!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Stan Hywet Ohio Mart 2013

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you might remember in the past I've talked about the Stitchery Showcase at Stan Hywet.  It's an annual event I've been attending with my mom for the past 25 years.  Last year I got together a group of ladies I've met through various in-person & Facebook stitching groups and we all went together.  

This past weekend was time for the Ohio Mart once again that the Stitchery Showcase is normally part of.  I'm very sad to say, this year they did not hold the Showcase portion.  It's the first time since I've been in high school that I didn't attend.  However, I still had a stitchy friend come stay with me for the weekend and we attended the Ohio Mart and had a fantastic time!

We started the day off with a trip to the Stitchers Fair Tent.  It's basically like a yard sale of nothing but needlework & quilting items.  I picked up some great bargains on fabric for my personal stash and had a nice look through a ton of patterns.  As I limit my stash to a specific amount/area, I didn't see any of those that were just screaming at me to buy.

When we left the SFT, we decided to take a walk through the rose garden before the rain set in.  They still have a bunch of roses in bloom, and they all smelled wonderful!

They have 100+ artisans booths to look through.  I found tons of places I picked up business cards for some possible future online shopping (gotta watch that budget).  The only items I purchased were this gorgeous Italian wine bottle cheese platter and a couple of small xmas gifts.  ( handmade & local!)

 After a bit of shopping it was definitely lunch time.  The Ohio Mart not only features your normal "fair food" like Italian sausage sandwiches & pizza, but they have several other local caterers, etc. that are there.  We decided to get lunch from Totally Cooked Catering.  They happen to be within walking distance of my house, which smells wonderful when I drive by on my way home from work at night, but also have fantastic food.  We both decided to skip the normal fair food and buy a lunch at their tent that consisted of an Ale Braised Beef sandwich on a pretzel roll (it included some sort of awesome horseradish sauce) and Smashed Potato Salad.  Definitely worth the $7.00!

Lunch was followed by more browsing through artisan booths, plenty of rain, and some time in the conservatory.  Unfortunately it was too late in the season for the butterflies to still be on exhibit, but there was still plenty of beautiful plants to look at.  We found all these little mini landscape scenes mixed in also.  They're unbelievably cute with the tiny benches, lamps, gazing balls, etc.

And of course, if you know anything about me, what is my favorite thing to do on a Saturday in the Fall?  Yep...stitching & football.  Good thing my stitchy friend is as much a football fanatic as I am!

It was a great weekend and I'm looking forward to it again next year.  Hopefully the Stitchery Showcase will be back in place as I'm already accumulating a stash of items I want to enter.  :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Where in the World?

I had commented on another stitcher's Facebook biz page yesterday with a statement about being in the U.S.  She replied that she didn't know she had any followers/fans in the U.S.  I told her where she could go on her fan page to look at the insights and see the countries that all of her "likers" are from. 

I've known it was there for quite a while now, but don't look at it on a regular basis.  Just for the heck of it, I decided to check mine out and make a list of all the countries that I have followers/fans of my Facebook page.  This is what I found:

  • As of yesterday there were 503 people from 45 different countries in the world that have liked my Facebook page. 
  • People from the United States and United Kingdom make up 78% of my fan base.  

 Just for the fun of it, following is an alphabetical listing of the 45 countries that someone living there has virtually spent time with Stitchnmomma:

Dominican Republic
Isle of Man
South Africa
Sri Lanka
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States

Is your country on the list?  If not, head on over & join the fun.  :)
I have to say, I find it really flattering that such a diverse group of people like what I design, create and share on my page.  

Thanks to all of you....YOU ROCK!!!