Friday, July 14, 2006

Stash Shopping Day

I figured it was time that I started Veronica's Neighborhood RR.... I saw in Bea's blog recently that she had stitched up The Tea Room by Country Cottage Needleworks, and it occurred to me that it would be perfect for this RR. Veronica had written in her note along with her project that she and her husband often take a walk in the countryside and stop at a tea house... and she mentioned wanting a lamp post too... this design has one! Since Veronica is not online, I asked Su, her daughter, if Veronica would not mind a building that is not a house - she said sure! I didn't have a lot of time today to stitch, but I did manage to get the bottom part of the tea house done... I will stitch most of the elements from the chart plus more...
As I mentioned last night, Mike is so overjoyed with his new car that he suggested some stash shopping for me today. He took me to see Sue at Colonial Needleworks this morning. I picked up some linens... a cut of R&R 30 ct Americana Blend from her box of small cuts, as well as a 17" x 17" cut of R&R 40 ct. Antique Cotton that I need for a Brightneedle project, and a fat eighth of Lakeside Linens 36 ct Pear... so pretty.... I also picked up LHN's new Pear Tree Inn and a chart I thought might be decent for one of the Neighborhood RR projects at some point called No Ewe 2 by Finger Work (I totally don't understand the title of the chart - sure, there is no ewe on the lawn... just a cat and a crow on the roof... but does that explain the title??)....and I picked up a skein of DMC I needed for Veronica's Neighborhood RR, since I knew I planned to start that one tonight...

Mike and I then had to drive back to the car dealership in Amesbury, Massachusetts to pick up some forgotten paperwork. That is near the beach, and Mike then totally surprised me by taking me to Yankee Cross Stitch in N. Hampton, NH too! I haven't been there in ages for several reasons: 1) I am now so lucky to have Colonial Needleworks close to home - and a good friend there; 2) Yankee changed ownership recently and their stock has been low for a while now; and 3) with gas prices as they are now, it is hard to justify that long drive any longer... But it was a nice surprise, and I did manage to find some things I wanted - I got Blackbird Designs' Tokens of Friendship book, Barrick Samplers' Sisters of the Heart, and a stunning pair of italian embroidery scissors that feel soooo good, and are sharp and precise... I don't know what the brand is, but I do adore them! Yankee's stock is still very, very low....
This is for Karen (sorry, can't enlarge, Blogger decided to revolt and not add this one, had to use Photobucket...): I went to my mailbox to put in some outgoing mail this afternoon and had my camera with me to take some flower photos... I saw a dragonfly lazing about on a daylily bud by the mailbox and thought you might like to meet him :-) Sorry I am not a good photographer.

Stitched on today: The Tea Room on Veronica's Neighborhood RR

16 comments:

Cathy said...

Carol - how lucky you are to have a husband that will go with you to the needlework store! Lots of neat stash - I recently ordered the Pear Tree Inn too.

Barbara said...

Wow, Mike's one-of-a-kind! What a fun day, and what great stash!!! That dragonfly picture is so perfect. I love them....

KarenV said...

I like your start on Veronica's RR - I think the tea room is a great idea!

Great stash - what a lovely day you had :)

Mary said...

Mike is really great!!! I enjoyed the dragonfly picture. I think you captured it very well. I've enjoyed seeing your stitching lately with your blog. I look forward to my daily email to say you posted in your blog. Thanks!

Red said...

How COOL is that?! That your S/O would actually take you to a Cross Stitch Shop as a surprise...without prompting, pleading...cajoling?! If I had a S/O who did that...I wouldn't know what to do with him. I'd be like...Don't you want to go do something while I'm in there? Are you feeling okay? Okay...what do you REALLY want????
Lucky you...does he have any brothers?????? Kidding.

lena-lou said...

Ooh Carol my Mum is just going to love that Tea Room on the RR it is just her!! I have phoned her and left a message for her to call in today if she can and I will show her it on my computer :-)she will get a nice surprise. I like your stash shopping and wish we had a really good LNS and your dragonfly is pretty I love them well captured!

zoeandcooper said...

Veronica's RR is looking great. I love that piece:)

Great stash! The fabbies are so pretty!

Kath said...

Love Mike's fickleness, thought it was only us women who did things like that. Go the car!!! And look at the places you get to go to too hehe. Nice stash.

The RR is going to looko lovely and will enjoy following its progress. Tea room a fab idea.

Thank you so much for that little job you did for me too, I have heard back from her.

Barbara said...

Me again on Saturday night - I've tried 3 or 4 times to send an email but it keeps bouncing back. :(

Nicki said...

What a great DH you have to take you to needlework shops! Love the new stash - especially the Barrick Samplers one and the book :)

Your RR start looks really great too!

tkdchick said...

What a lovely road trip! Todd would NEVER do anythinglike that for me!

Susimac said...

What great stash and a great hubbie you have. Mumms RR is off to a great start, will be speaking to her this afternoon.

Katrina said...

some great shopping all round there Carol, your new stash and Mike's new car!!

Karen's Blog said...

Hi Carol,

Thanks for the dragonfly photo. Just beautiful. I haven't seen one quite like him here:) Chataliane Mystery IX is looking wonderful. I am so glad your Chatelaine comittments are over for the month:)

Michelle said...

Love the Tea Room - what a great idea to include it in her neighborhood! Congrats on the great stash!

Heather said...

Beautiful stitching Carol and I love that dragon fly, you've taken a lovely photograph.