Saturday was my day to meet up with Regina. She was on vacation in the area. Oh, man, was it a nice day!
It started out not so nice. Woke up to rain dumping down and headed off down the road to meet up with her. I stopped in at my not so-LNS to drop off my fair framing. They said some things that rubbed me the wrong way. They weren't outwardly rude, but they said some things I don't appreciate. My mom was not happy when she heard what they said. Mom particularly didn't appreciate it when she found out how much the framing cost. She actually wanted to call up the shop and complain, but I told her to let it go. I've been trying to decide if I will keep shopping there, though. I do most of my shopping online as it is, because I don't have time to go to an LNS anymore, and I really don't have time to go to a place that doesn't give me sterling customer service. Life's too short, and I work too hard for my money. Besides, I am having a blast shopping in my stash. As a shopowner for myself, I always seem to have something I want, LOL.
It was so rainy Saturday. I was 30 minutes late to lunch with Regina. I apologized to her; I'm not a heathen like that, normally I'm early, but the rain was coming down so hard, you couldn't see 50 feet ahead of you. You couldn't even see the bay from the normal place I see it, the cloud deck was so low.
We had a lovely lunch and I gave her the pin kit I had bought, and a freebie the LNS gave me. She gave me the most beautiful biscornu. I have to post a picture of it. She is an amazing needlewoman. She showed me her Fertile Circles needlebook that is just amazing. Check it out on her blog. It's more beautiful in person. I drooled over it, figuratively, not literally, LOL. She showed me some of the pretty shells she has found this week and told me how she had collected oyster (or, as a real Marylander, one whose family is from here, and who didn't grow up in the accentless world that is the DC area, pronounces it, "arster.") shells and her plans to incorporate them into her stitching. I will never look at shells the same. I tried to find her some shark's teeth, but the current didn't push them up on that part of the beach like it does at my beach, so I gave her some of the ones I had.
The sun came out after lunch, just in time for stitching. Woo hoo! We stitched on the beach for probably two hours. Regina is an water person, too, and it was wonderful to sit and stitch with another person, smelling the water, watching sailboats, and both of us remarking on how far out in the water you could walk. I brought along a SNN kit that I picked back up again on Friday. Those are perfect for beach stitching, not too detailed, not too challenging. I made good progress on it, and it's done now. Regina worked on her Quaker Rooster, which is going to be so pretty when she's done.
We did get chased inside by the rain after a while, just a summer squall, but we went in. Her husband came back from his day, which sounded like lots of fun, too. He went to a Civil War fort on one of the islands. I didn't even know there was a fort on the island.
I did have to leave, far too early, but it was a long drive back home. I had such a lovely day with you, Regina! We must do it next year.
I'm hard at work now, doing the nun-stitch on the kitten throw. I hope to have it done by the end of the week, but am not too optimistic about it. But, then again, I am almost done one of the long sides, and it's going fast. I got to work 30 minutes early this morning, and took advantage of the stitching time. And used my lunch hour to stitch. This is almost mindless stitching, I just have to remember to wrap twice. After all the shading, this is a pleasure.
It's funny, I've finished two projects this week, and am on my way to having a 3rd finished as best I can finish it. With all the fair entries out of my sewing room, those two bags of supplies gone, and the knowledge that the cat fabric I bought for this afghan leaving soon, it feels so much neater in my sewing room. I know that it's just mind over matter, because that's two small projects done out of MANY, but every bit helps