Wednesday, August 10, 2011

StitchinKat seen Stitchin' at the Spa!

Hey y'all!  Back from my lovely vacation in the Adirondacks of New York State, rested and refreshed for the heat wave still burning up North Carolina (96F as I write this!)  We enjoyed the cooler air, the vistas at Loon Lake, and the ice cream at the local diner!  All the pics are clickable if you need a closeup view. ;-)

Not far away from the lake front cabin owned by dear friends is the little town of Saratoga Springs, also known as "The Spa" (for it's history as a resort town) and more importantly, the home of the oldest horse racing venue in America, Saratoga Race Track !! We had a very good day, as all 5 of us visitors won at least one race, DD Kira picked three winners! We each pick a different horse in each race, spending only $2 each per race...just for the fun of pulling for your horse! Between races, you can see I took some time to do some "Stitchin' at the Spa"!
Here are my niece (left) and daughter (right) hamming it up....
And a beautiful view of the track out in the sun (we were comfy in the shade of the Grandstand!)
Watched this one from the rail, with aid from the big screen to tell who won!

The last race of the day finished....after every race, while the winner is paraded and photographed, the rest of the horses get a cool bath and water right on the track before they are led off to their long walks around the barn rows to cool down. Then the winner is led off as well, with many well deserved pats! Only one mishap the entire day, as a filly dumped her rider behind the gate and heading for the barns, but she was easily caught by an outrider and returned, even finishing fourth! Good thing 'cause her jockey would have never heard the end of it otherwise! 

As for that piece I'm stitching on....finished adding the embellishments last night and here it of The Silver Needle's kits for Secret Needle Night  called Camp Wannasew! It's by Brooke Nolan.
Earlier in the week of vacation I finished another of Val's Stuff Kitty Kalendar cats, for September.....
Still recovering from the trip, and stitching a little biscornu before going back to my many Chatelaines!


  1. Gorgeous finishes. Congrats.
    Looks like you had a great time with your family. Loved reading your post and seeing the pics. Your daughter looks lovely too. Don't they all grow up way to fast???

  2. Great finishes. Grats on all the progress lately. And it looks like fun was had by all. I'm glad you had a great holiday!!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time!! I can tell you from living almost in the Adirondacks all my life that it is such a beautiful area! We often just go driving around just to admire all the beauty. In fact, on my birthday, we go on the motorcycles up through the mountains and stop over in Glens Falls to eat at the Outback Steakhouse, lol.

  4. Camp Wannasew ! I love it, imagine a summer camp dedicated to stitching. What bliss.

  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely pics from your vacation, I hope you had a brilliant time. Camp Wannasew, what a genius idea! Love the September kitty too. Best wishes to you.