I spent the night at my old house with my mom last night. It was actually kinda nice, because today is my parents' 48th anniversary, and I had to take my dad a card to give my mom, so I got to see her open and read it. Pretty cool. She was teary-eyed.
I was still looking for things to move to the new house. I had left a lavendar sachet for under my pillow (the inspiration for SO's gift) and wanted to bring that home because I have been restless at night. And in looking for it, I found a stack of old Just Cross Stitches and New Stitches. I sat down for a while and read through them, and found some great charts that would be really charming. From designers I have never heard of or heard little of. I even found some Quaker designs in New Stitches. Pretty cool! So of course, I am bringing them home with me. I must have them close.
I love looking at the old ads for leaflets. It really helps me add to my "must-have" list. Except that JCS seemed to put a lot of their leaflets in black and white ads, so I can't really see what the charts looked like. There's one I want with wild animals that I am off to Ebay to see if I can track it down. Of course, it's funny to think about how it used to be. How did people order stash from stores before there were computers? Did you get a catalog? Did you just trust that the person at the shop would choose right if you asked for a brown fabric? How did it go?