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I’m Back!


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I’m happy to be back in the blog-o-sphere again, and am so thankful that Needle ‘n Thread wasn’t “empty” for the last couple weeks! Thanks to all the generous guest writers who shared a glimpse of their needlework worlds!

Here’s a little glimpse of my vacation:

Dreamweaver's Cottages on Prince Edward IslandView of North Rustico Harbor, Prince Edward Island

That’s the view from our accommodations on Prince Edward Island. We had a terrific time the whole trip, but I have to say, there’s something about the Canadian Maritimes that gets in your blood. I’ve got to go back!

For our Canadian leg of the trip, in addition to Prince Edward Island, we ended up going to Niagara Falls (the Canadian side), Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, and Halifax. Halifax was a last-minute decision, and we didn’t really know if we would even follow through with the drive there, but we were so glad we did! It’s a beautiful and intriguing city, especially if you like history and the sea. The weather when we were in the Maritimes was perfectly gorgeous and suited to the setting. In Halifax, for example, a misty front rolled in while we were visiting the Citadel.

The Citadel in Halifax, Nova ScotiaLooking out from the Citadel overlooking Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia

On Prince Edward Island, we enjoyed warm, sunny days and cool nights.

North Rustico Harbor Lighthouse, Prince Edward IslandOne of the many beautiful lighthouses on PEI

We also spent some time on the East Coast of the US, visiting family in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The Northeast is really gorgeous, but wow. When it gets hot there, it gets hot! It was a lot of fun visiting my sisters and their families, but by the end, we were a little road-weary. We cut short the trip by about a week and headed home to Kansas.

A couple tentative plans for the trip didn’t work out: I never did make it to Winterthur in Delaware to see the Plimoth Jacket, and I did not visit one needlework shop. Though I thought I would be disappointed – and I thought that when I got home, I would be really sorry – I have to say, I’m not! It was, in all respects, a “vacation,” even from needlework!

Still, I did manage to come into contact with a few needlework-related items in our travels, and I’ll share those, as simple as they are, in later posts.

I’m happy to be back! Now it’s time to work out some plans for Needle ‘n Thread. There are so many things I want to do on the website in the next month and a half, before school starts up again! I’ll be working out a calendar to see what I can squeeze in for you. In the meantime, I still have a couple guest posts that I’ll publish – two exciting ones, actually! One is on smocking, with a detailed tutorial, and the other is on embroidered miniatures (with a fantastic look at a miniature 17th century style embroidered casket!) I’m available again for questions and comments on the blog and via e-mail, and I’m looking forward to digging into some needlework! Keep an eye out for upcoming “stuff”!



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    1. Thanks for the welcome, everyone! It is always good to be back among my friends again!

      Oh, Kath – you’re right, the flag was at half mast the day we were in Halifax, and we noticed it at various points en route to Halifax, too. I know there was an incident on the news in Toronto, I think, the day before, but I didn’t catch it. So I enquired about why the flag was at half mast, at two places – the Citadel and down at the harbor. And while I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I don’t know what happened that required the flag to be at half mast, there is some consolation in knowing that the folks I asked didn’t know, either. But it’s something I meant to find out for sure about, because I have a lot of photos that have the flag in it. Maybe someone else can tell us? The photo in Halifax was taken June 23rd.

      Thanks again for the welcome, everyone! I’m looking forward to the upcoming month (if I could just get myself together!!) I’ll be switching to another project, by the way, which is somewhat disappointing as I really wanted to finish the floral glove and the fish, but I’ve got a gift to make due in less than a month, so I’ve got to hop on that. We’ll see how it goes!

  1. G’day Mary,

    How tantalizing. Those photos are beauties. I wonder why the flag is at half mast?

    Looking forward to the smocking and miniture. They’re both things I tend to collect articles on. Also to what you will have for us when you can.

    It’s good to have you back Mary but I’m pleased you were able to get away too.

    Cheers, Kath.

  2. wow
    Nice to hear that you had a wounderful trip. Thanks for sharing the photos. Through that I too enjoyed.
    Waiting to see your next project

  3. Welcome back,Mary.Waiting to see what you’re upto next πŸ™‚

    Deepa Balagopal (don’t want to be confused with anyone else,hence the full name πŸ™‚ )

  4. Welcome back Mary. I am looking forward to all new stuff that you have planned. The guest posts in your absence were interesting.

  5. This is what I found about the Flag being flown at half mast in Canada on the 23rd June 2010.

    As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 16), the flag on the Peace Tower in Ottawa and on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments across the country will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, to mark this day.

  6. Meant to add this also… It is flown at half mast to mark National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

  7. Welcome back, Mary!
    The guest posts were so informative and introduced us to some new “faces” in the Needleworld. Great to know you enjoyed your trip but very nice to have you back bloggin’ away.

    Bit of trivia: PE Island was the setting for the lovely old childhood series, “Anne of Green Gables”. Always have wanted to travel there for a visit.


    1. Hi, Sharon! Yep, we went to Avonlea, which they’ve set up as a little fictitious village near Cavendish. At first, we weren’t sure if we’d spend the time to go. We thought it looked somewhat “kid oriented” – but I’ve always been a fan of LM Montgomery’s books, and my Dad has always loved the Anne of Green Gables stories. So we stopped to take a look at the place, and we debated for a few minutes about paying the admission price if we weren’t going to stay long. We ended up staying most of the day and having a blast! It was great fun! The trip to PEI is absolutely worth it. The island is beautiful, and the people are so very friendly and warm. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more pleasant place for vacation, in every way. We are planning another trip there for next summer; we didn’t see half of what we could have, since we were there for only four days, and we also want to see the rest of Nova Scotia, especially Cape Breton. ~MC

  8. This notice and others were listed at the Canadian Heritage site: http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/meb-hm/index-eng.cfm

    June 23, 2010

    National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

    As per the Rules for Half-masting the National Flag of Canada (Section 16), the flag on the Peace Tower in Ottawa and on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments across the country will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, to mark this day.

    The Flag was at half mast again on the 25th and 26th, for individual soldiers who died in Afghanistan and also in memory of a former government official who died.

  9. Dear Mary, thanks for share with us your dreams. nothing was left behind.
    thanks a lot.
    hugs from brazil…
    rozi – July 11, 2010 1:16 pm

  10. Welcome home, Mary!

    It sounds like you had an enjoyable vacation. Good for you. Isn’t it wonderful to catch up with far-flung family? And isn’t it great to be home again?

    Your guest writers offered interesting topics. Thanks for making the arrangements.

    I look forward, as always, to your next needlework adventure.

  11. I am from the Annapolis Royal area in NS…the pic of Halifax made me homesick. The maritimes are wonderful, you really do need to go back. It truly is God`s country!

  12. Hi Mary, welcome home! Thank you for sharing your photos of your holiday, especially from Halifax NS as Dad’s sister and her family live there. No, I have never met them as they emigrated from England before I was born.

  13. G’day again Mary,

    Thank you to those who enlightened us on the half mast flag. Stop, think, remember.

    The mention of Anne (with an e), reminded me of a a sign I read about. Mr and Mrs Kindred had a liquor shop and called it ‘Kindred Spirits’!

    Cheers, Kath

  14. Welcome back Mary!
    The series of guest posts has been amazing! It was such a great idea. I learned so much and discovered other blogs to read.
    Thanks! As always, you inspire me.

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