Sunday, June 20, 2010

Back from my Med Cruise !!

Hello and Happy Sunday !!! I thought I would post something about the wonderful Med Cruise I went on and that was organized by the Silver Needle. I came back from it totally exhausted: too much sightseeing and fun activities !!, but the cruise was a lot of fun. Very well organized by Judy Bradford from Expedia. It was great to meet so many stitchers from so many different places. It just confirmed my belief that stitchers are some of the greatest, friendliest people in the world. I just wish we’d had more time to stitch, but our agenda was so full of other activities.... We went to Naples and the Amalfi coast (which was absolutely breathtaking), Rome Pompey. Next we hit Pisa and on to France: Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo and the French Provence. Below are some pictures of the many I took. The Voyager of the Sea was a great ship full of so many different things: from shops, to restaurants, pubs, casino, pool...

Florence was a special stop for me because it was there that I got to fulfill my long time dream to see the statue of David sculpted by Michelangelo.... isn’t it just breathtaking, it was impressive and just absolutely beautiful. I didn’t want to leave its side !!! :-)

We got some great goodies from Lindy (Silver Needle). The one below is a humbug pincushion (is that what they are called???). It was designed by Just Nan exclusively for this cruise and for the Silver Needle and I love the colors in it (even though the pictures I took of it are not that great). Each side has the name of a country that we visited during the cruise. It will be fun to stitch and finish, and a great little memory of our trip.

We also got the chart for an absolutely beautiful sampler designed and signed by Giulia Manfredini from Giulia Punti Antichi. The sampler is inspired by antique Italian motifs and stitches. It was designed for our cruise and dedicated to Lindy, the owner of the Silver Needle. It is stitched on 28 ct Antique Tan linen by Wichelt and 16 different colors of Valdani thread. I may stitch it on a higher count but i'll keep the same colors because I think they are beautiful. I can't wait to stitch it.

Well, this is all for now. I am currently in Spain visiting my family and I'll fly back to the States on June 25th. I am starting to get very sad thinking of leaving my family again. Every time I come home, I just want to move to Spain again. It takes me about two weeks to get over my homesickness and be able to function normally. Yikes !! Family is a big deal, isn't it?

Happy stitching !!


Margaret said...

I loved seeing and hearing about your cruise! Lucky you!! The special gifts were great too! It must be hard to deal with the homesickness every time you go home for a visit. Family is indeed so important. Enjoy your time while you're there!

Katrina said...

Looks like a wonderful cruise!!!! The Just Nan piece is so cute. Glad you are getting some time with your family too :-).

Karen said...

OMG....looks like you had a great time on the cruise! Love the pics. Thanks for following my blog and I can't wait to check yours out.

Hope you made it home safely....happy stitching.

Nieves Mª said...

¡¡¡Querida Natalia¡¡¡¡ ¡¡¡Que contenta tienes que estar con tu familia....y la paella ¡¡¡ con lo rica que sabe¡¡¡¡
Además Crucero incluido....yo hice uno hace tres años y me lo pasé muy bien, me encantó la Toscana, Roma, Florencia, Capri....todo.
Un beso y ¡¡feliz vuelta a casa¡¡¡
Nieves Mª.

Sharyn said...

Hi, Natalia!
I was on the cruise with you! A friend sent me your blog neat to see your pics! I haven't posted any pics on my blog yet. Came home and life got in the way! Congrats on winning the World Cup!

Sharyn :-)