Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trip to the Mother of all LNS's! IMHO!

That just means that I haven't been anywhere else! This past Saturday Daughter and I went back to Phoenix to see a hockey game and for me, the Attic. Attic Needleworks, of course. Saturday morn, before we left, I checked their website and found that it was Nashville Market day. I had a feeling that it was going to be busy there. And was I right! First let me say that the front of this shop has reflective film on the windows and the door. When we drove by looking for a parking spot, my daughter said "It looks closed" (wishful thinking on her part!). I said that it couldn't be, today was Market day. We parked and I talked her into coming inside with me. Wow! It was crowded, and I felt I had arrived in Heaven (can you tell I haven't been in a needlework store in awhile?). By the way, my daughter ended up going to the car and waiting for me! Off to the right was a table with a class in session and a long line checking out. There was all the samplers on the walls, samplers that I've seen other bloggers stitch. But let me tell you, they look so much better in person. Especially the Sarah Elizabeth Brooke sampler. That was front and center, first thing you saw when walking in. This one was stitched on what looked like a stained fabric. It wasn't as huge as I thought either, and all the samplers were framed without glass. Made me think of framing without glass. You could spend 3 or 4 days at the Attic and not look at the same thing twice. All I wanted to do was look at the samplers!

To make a long story short, I found almost everything on my shopping list, plus a little bit more. Take a look
I had been looking for this chart and always thought it was a stand-alone. It wasn't until recently that I learned it was in the Joyeux Noel BBD book. I also got a cut of Lakeside Vt Pear, right below the book, to stitch it on. I'm not a big sampler stitcher, having stitched only one, but I've admired the Christmas Garden design by BBD and grabbed it as it was the last one left. The other fabrics above are 40ct Vt Meadow Rue and 36ct Vt Maritime. Below are leaflets that were NOT on my list!

It wasn't until I got home that I noticed I had bought all Christmas and Halloween. Beginning at top left, left to right: The House that Jacks Built II by Prairie Moon, Fancey Blackett-The Harvest Dance by Pineberry Lane, by golly be jolly by LK w/fabric, Ghostie Manor by Bent Creek, Bringing Home the Tree w/fab and fibers by LHN, and Dead of Night by Funk and Weber Designs.

In another room was all the new Market stuff. By then I had all the above in a basket, which was getting heavy. I was trying not to add it all up in my head. I looked around at all the things in the Market room but decided I'd better quit while I was ahead. Besides, my daughter was still in the car! Luckily, the weather outside was a pleasant 70 degrees or so. The whole 2 hours I was in the store, I stood in line to checkout for 30 minutes of that. I know for a fact that a lot of money was spent in that store. One woman in front of me had dozens and dozens of skeins of fibers, fabrics, and a few charts. She put it all on credit. Then it was my turn..ouch! But you know what? I'm good with it. I kept it below $200! And it'll keep me out of trouble!

February is basically the time when me and my daughter do a little splurging. I receive my tax refund and do some of the things that we don't get to the rest of the year. After the Attic, we headed out west to go to Cabela's and to the Arrowhead Mall, to look around and kill some time before the game. Unfortunately, the Coyotes lost 4-2. Here's where they play, Jobing.com arena
It was a great weekend!

Last week, for the first time ever, I took a stitching of mine to Michael's to be framed. I already had the frame. I am very happy with it!
This was one of my WIP's from 2011. I had non-glare glass put on with spacers. The framer did an excellent job stretching the stitching and the cost wasn't all that bad. I'll have to wait another year to have anything framed because I know bigger things will cost more. Here's another side of the frame
I stitched on one of my Crazy starts the last week of February, Candy Corn by With Thy Needle and Thread

She's coming along. I began my Freebies Madness Challenge on the 1st. I don't have a pic of that but I should be done stitching it this week. I hope so! At the rate I'm going, I'll have dozens of WIP's for next year!

I just received more stash in the mail today

More needed floss, yet another scary design, and a needleminder that I really, really needed! This is seriously the last of the Stash that I will be buying (lol!). I'm counting on my willpower to not start any of my new purchases and just concentrate on my freebies for March and go back to CJC starts in April. When I've actually finished a couple of designs, then I may reward myself with a start on something new! We'll see!

Thanks for coming along for the re-cap of my trip! Since I spent enough at the Attic, I will wait for another year to visit! I know, very hard but if you've been to Phoenix in the summer, you'll understand!

9 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Those look like great charts and wonderful fabric! Happy Stitching all year!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Yes, I've got enough stuff to stitch for the rest of the year!

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  2. What a wonderful trip! I hope to get to the Attic someday. You got wonderful things.
    I love your little stitchy start.

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  3. It sounds like you had the greatest time. And you picked up a lot of wonderful charts!!

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    1. Yeah, you know how those pesky charts just kinda jump into your basket?! Thanks for stopping in!

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  4. What wonderful things your brought home from market! I love, love, love the BBD pieces. I can hardly wait to stitch that one Joyeux Noel book. Your framed piece turned out so pretty.

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  5. What nice stash you came home with. Enjoy Christmas Garden when you start it, it's such a beauty.

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    1. Thanks! I'm trying to decide on the fabric for Christmas Garden. I know it'll be 32ct either way. I'm leaning toward French Vanilla by R&R. Welcome!

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  6. I know how you enjoyed The Attic. I am lucky enough to be able to stitch there every Thursday evening and once a month on Sampler Sunday. The stitcher and staff are just great and alway welcome new stitchers. Classes are great also. Hope you get to make a stop there soon. I'll be back in the fall for the winter season.

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