Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm back

Hello Friends,

We came home yesterday from a lovely trip. Mr. Lucky, our daughter, 2 friends and I started our vacation in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The boys played golf and the girls went into town for some shopping (mainly window shopping--I'm not a big shopper). I didn't bring my camera to town but did pick up a tourist's map. Pinehurst is a very pretty little village.
A couple of days later we headed south to Florida.

Mr. Lucky and I with Goofy at Disney Epcot. Do we look like tourists or what!

Great little "chef's band" These guys drumed on all kinds of kitchen utensils and were great fun to watch.
We also took a road trip to Naples and Ft. Lauderdale but sorry, no pics to show you.
Most of the trip was spent relaxing in the wonderful Florida sunshine. I did have time to get quite a bit done on Kaaren's Sept. freebie stitchery. I'll show you once it's complete. In the meantime, I thought I would share a tip with any new stitchers out there.

Many stitchery projects call for 2 strands of embroidery floss. What I like to do is take one strand of floss that is twice the length I need (about 35" is what I like to use).

Fold in half and pass both ends through the eye of the needle.

Take your first stitch but don't pull all the way. Come back to the underside and slip your needle through the loop.

When you tug to secure, you have a neat little starting point with no knot. This trick is wonderful for your cross stitch projects too; no more having to secure the ends in your first few stitches.

OK, all. Will talk at you later, I've still got unpacking to do! Rumi


  1. glad you had a nice vacation and are home safe! and wow on the thread trick...i wish i would have known this BEFORE i started that darn mary wigham! thank you - i will use it in the future! ☺

    p.s. which one is goofy and which one is hubby in the pic?????

  2. Pinehurst is 23 miles from me! Quaint little town till there is a golf tournament!Isn't Florida a wonderful place to visit? I spent a week there last spring and had so much fun!

  3. Did you and Mr. Lucky Frog get Mickey Mouse ears? It would go perfect with his Hawaiian shirt!

  4. Goofy is one of my favorite Disney characters. Glad you all had a great time.
    I used to use that technique with cross stitch and why didn't I think of it for my embroidery.
    Thanks for reminding me of it.

  5. Go the tourist look! Just gotta love that Hawaiian shirt - at least you get to go to the Disney places without needing a passport :0).

    Great tip - thanks.

  6. Rumi,
    Hope you had fun. You were close to the Baggaraggs...I am in Sarasota. I love epcot. We were there a couple of weeks ago. Glad you are home again, safe and sound. Hugs, Robin

  7. welcome home!! Other than a fabric shop, Disney is the best place on earth!!

  8. Welcome home. Looks like you had a great holiday, Disney is on my list-one day.
    Thanks for the tip although my eyes are getting that bad that i find it hard to thread one strand let alone two and thats with a needle threader. LOL

  9. Thanks for the tip Rumi. Separating DMC 6 strands is a pet hate of mine. I wish they would bring out a 2 strand edition. :-) Have you tried Valdani threads- so wonderful to work with.

    It looks like you had a wonderful holiday.

  10. Looks like a fun holiday - Disney World is certainly a wonderful vacation spot! Thanks for the thread tip - wish I knew that when I was going through my cross stitch phase.

  11. Hello! I was wondering where you got that cute Pinehurst map! I have been trying to find a map just like that for the Village for our wedding. Thanks!!

    1. Dorothy, I picked up that map at one of the local shops in Pinehurst. It's been a few years since then but I assume the shops still hand them out. Good luck and congratulations