Friday, September 29, 2006

An early return.... :-(

I don't have any photos from Hershey today. After a nice breakfast this morning with Patti, Joanie and Nancy, Mike and I went out to investigate Hershey. We did not get very far. An issue arose at home and the need to leave and return ensued. All is fine now. I will spare the details as this is a public blog :-) Anyone wanting to know more, email me :-) But.... smiley faces aside, it was very sad to have to leave a day early! I missed out on meeting so many people that I was really, really looking forward to meeting! I am so sorry! I hope everyone had a good time in the Stitcher's Lounge and I cannot wait to read your blogs and see your photos.

So... 7.5 hours later, we finally got back to NH. We hit every possible construction and traffic jam between Pennsylvania and NH, including one right near our house that had to have been an accident on the highway. Fortunately, we were close enough to home to know how to get around it easily. To find the bright side, I did get to finish the ship on Mermaid and the Sea while I watched the Red Sox win a game tonight! **If I go to CATS in Hershey again, I will fly - that ride was too long. I might fly to the one in Las Vegas next year - anyone else interested?

And, here is my stash from CATS - I didn't break the bank, but had fun! Our first stop was The Silver Needle's booth where Nan Caldera was a special guest. Couldn't get near her. Although I got into the area early, there already were folks standing around her and looking like they had no plans whatsoever of moving anytime soon! But I did pick up "Be Witchy!" which was an exclusive for the show (little witch chart you see in the photo), along with LHN's new release, Two Blue Houses. We then moved on.... so many vendors there, about double what we see at Celebrations. I picked up a fat quarter of R&R's 32 ct Mockingbird linen for half price at the Sunflower Samplings booth... then on to Liz Turner Diehl's booth to 1) pick up a copy of a missing page of instructions from the class, and 2) to buy her stunning new Pollyanna's Summertime Lamplighter Garden kit - which had not impressed me until I saw the stitched model - then it was a must buy!.... and I did splash out a tiny bit at the Picture This Plus booth, but did limit myself to one piece - a pretty fat quarter of Crystal Glacier belfast... a final purchase made at the CATS Souvenir Booth - the chart commemorating this year's event (by Stoney Creek) - and I got the matching mug too :-) All in all, no major spending, but I feel I got enough good memories in the stash department.


Stitched on today: Mermaid and the Sea

12 comments:

KarenV said...

You're back! Sorry you had to leave early, but it sounds like you had a great time whilst you were there. Thanks for sharing photos - nice to put faces to names :)

Glenna said...

Love your photos of the show and stash, and your account of the journey, and I'm sorry to hear you had to cut it short. I'm interested in Vegas for next year, assuming it's also in the fall.

Susimac said...

Your photos are great, and you sound as though you had a wonderful time at CATS even though you had to cut short. Your stash is lovely.

Von said...

What a shame you had to cut your trip short, Carol. I know you were so excited to meet up with more stitching friends. :(
Loved your account of your time at CATS tho, and especially the pic of you all curled up in the big leather chair stitching away. What fun!
You may not have broken the bank with your purchases, but you got some really nice things. :D

Mary said...

Sorry you had to leave so early. It looks like you got some great stash. I love the mug you bought. I forgot to add that I think the picture of that project from the class you took looks great. If it looks that great in the photo, it must be absolutely stunning in person. I have got to get to CATS someday!!!! What is this about Vegas? Does CATS have a time out there too?

Cathy said...

Sorry to hear that your time in Hershey was cut short. Glad that you enjoyed what time you did have there and it looks like you got some pretty cool stash!

BeckySC said...

Dear Carol...
I am very sorry that you had to cut something you were looking forward to so much so short! What a shame! I am glad that you enjoyed what time you did have though :)

Your progress looks great :)

Talk soon :)
hugs to you :)

Cathy said...

We were sorry to have missed you, Carol. I'm glad you had time to get your hands on some good stash, though!

AnneS said...

Sorry to hear your trip got cut short ... hope everything is OK ... :) Your stash is awesome - good to see you got time to get some shopping in before you had to return home :)

Jenn said...

I'm sorry that you had to leave CATS early. :( The one in Vegas next year sounds like a lot of fun.

You got some great stash and I love the mug you got. It's so pretty.

Isabelle said...

Oh, Carol! What happened to make you have to leave the festival so soon? Boy, you must be so disappointed! I really hope all is fine now! Love the stash you bought, and I LOVE that picture of you stitching :) (((hugs)))

Sharon said...

Bummer, you had to leave early. You got some nice stash though-that Pollyanna by LTD is gorgeous.