I went to my LNS on Monday (feels like Monday was about a month ago) for their Christmas in July sale. My mom had wanted to go along, but my daddy had to go to the hospital, so she couldn't go. I know, the question remains, "Why didn't YOU go along." My dad goes to the hospital pretty frequently since the accident. It's usually not that serious. The doctors admit him in for a couple days, and then they release him, usually with a sheaf of new doctors to go to. This is the difference between having Medicare and an HMO. If he had an HMO, they would give him a band-aid and some Neosporin and an admonition that, if he needs follow-up care, he best not go out the network. but with Medicare, it's "Come on down, let's test you for every possible cause for your toe to hurt."
Anyway, so I didn't go. Mom was OK with that, but she still wanted to go to the sale. I am pit-sitting today because I have to work tomorrow and can not go to the beach with SO and his family. Bummer! He only took one of the boys, so if you are on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and see a Mustang with a pitbull hanging out of it, it may be my SO; tell him I said hi and that the other pit chewed the board fence. So, because I am afraid said pit will eat through the rest of the fence, I took my mom to the LNS and kept Shaka in the house.
It was crazy busy in there today! It's always kinda busy, but this was an extreme. They were having the Carriage House Sampler lady there as part of her trunk show. She was signing a book of Gude Huswife charts and her charts. I thought about running back out to the car and getting my SOHRH for her to sign, but I figured that would be not good as I AM changing everything around. She signed Mom's copy of "Visiting Bird", which I promised Mom I would stitch for her soon. That was pretty cool.
Another lady was selling this really neat jewelry. It's hard to describe, but it was like she took a print, backed it with a sliver of stitching, surrounded with glass, then sealed the whole thing in silver. It was so beautiful. I didn't buy a necklace--I am tapped out til after the fairs--but Mom did buy me a necklace that she'll give me for my birthday. I know cause I picked it out. It's pretty. It has a print of a little girl holding her doll on the front and a Quaker motif on the back. It was a hard choice between that and the one with the squirrel, but I did choose. The jewelry didn't look that hard to make, sorta like she bought pretty little things at antiques shops or estate sales and made collages, wearable collages. It was nice.
I tried to behave with my purchases. I didn't see the point of buying a lot of charts when I have so many started and not a lot of extra money. The LNS started carrying Thread Drops, so, since they were cheap and I have been wanting them, I bought a pack of those. We'll see how they work. And I bought, "And A Garden Grew." So pretty! Just lovely.
Oh, they had the newest issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework. There is a beautiful Halloween fairy in there by Nora Corbett. Just gorgeous! She makes the magazine worth buying, but she's not the only thing that was pretty. It's all autumn-y designs. Lovely. Pumpkins and a fall farmer's market design. I haven't made my final read through, but it's a can't miss.
And I bought the Kreinik for my geisha. I am almost finished with the gold in her scarf, and it hasn't taken long.