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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hobby Lobby and In Stitches

I have been on vacation for the last 11 days. We went to South Carolina to visit my Dad and Step-Mom. Had a good visit with alot of family, ate wonderful food and did alittle shopping. Georgianne (SM) took me to Hobby Lobby. We in MA don't have Hobby Lobby but I sure wish we did. I LOVED the place. The picture shows all the great stuff I bought. Alot of ribbons and trims, paper mache boxes and some wooden framey things to attach my stitching to. So much fun stuff!
After we left South Carolina, we headed for Virginia. First we stopped in Fredericksburg
and I visited a stitching store and came away with nothing. Then we moved along to Alexandria where I visited In Stitches. What a wonderful store with a lot of great stuff. As you can see I bought afew things to enhance my stash. Lovely pieces of LSL, a hornbook design with the hornbook, LK Boo Sampler, SB Halloween kit, RTR Halloween kit and because I can't resist scissors, the new cat snipes. It was a really nice experience except for the torrential rain. I really wanted to take a picture of the front of the store. It was beautiful, all decked out for fall.

I didn't do alot of stitching on vacation. I did start this Thanksgiving design. I am going to love this piece. After we left Virginia we headed up to Staten Island, New York to visit Joanne's family. Her family is Italian. Talk about great food. Ate to much and loved every bite. We shopped there to but it was for Italian pastry and cookies and bread. What can I say, some of my favorite things. They have a store just for cookies, it was amazing. Over 100 kinds of cookies. Should have taken some pictures.

We got home Sunday evening and this was waiting for me. I jumped right in and will try to finish it tomorrow. Cleaning and doing laundry got in my way today. I just love these monthly designs by LHN.

I am going to miss my stitching group tomorrow because I am going into Boston with one of my dearest friends, Kathy. She is a breast cancer survivor. Two years ago a lump was found during her mammogram. She asked that I go with her for all her appointments because of our friendship and because I am a nurse. I took notes and asked questions and tried to be supportive. She ended up having a lumpectomy because of other issues. I went to a number of her chemo treatments. Kathy was wonderfully brave during the whole process. So tomorrow, she will have an appointment for a mammogram, see her oncologist and her surgeon. I know it will all go well. Then we are going to lunch and do alittle shopping to celebrate her 2 year anniversary free of cancer. Tomorrow is a great day.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I love all the comments that you leave. I am trying to catch up on all of your blogs. I must say that I did miss reading and blogging last week. Until next time- Happy Stitching!

34 comments:

BeckySC said...

Deborah...welcome back :) Sounds like you had a nice trip :)
I just love the LHN November :) Adorable :) And your Thanksgiving piece is looking CUTE too :)

~*Shar*~ said...

When my ex hubby was stationed at Ft. Belvoir Va. 22 years ago; I use to stitch models for In Stitches. :) It is a wonderful store; the ladies there use to be so sweet; the day I went into labor w/my DD; the Dr. told me to go walking and we went there. I went into labor that night. LOL

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like a lovely vacation. Lovely stitching and new stash.

Christine said...

Sounds like you had a great time. The LHN November piece is adorable.

Farm Girl said...

Lovely to hear you had a great trip. Your new stash looksd fabulous - and I really like your little squirrel.

Denise said...

What a vacation! Love the new stash and how many pieces of linen did I see?

Stitching on Thanksgiving already - you're putting me to shame!

How are you finishing your monthly LHN?
Denise

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

Your vacation sounds like it was fun and relaxing, I love your stash you came away with. I am loving your thanksgiving piece, can't wait to see more of the cute little snowman.

Good news to hear your friend Kathy has been a breast cancer survivor of two years. My Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago this Christmas and she just had another checkup and all was well. It was great news, and I am glad Kathy is the same. Enjoy your day together.

Siobhan said...

I hope Kathy's appointment goes well! I'll be thinking of her and you. Enjoy the day!

It sounds like you had a fantastic trip. Love the stash! In Stitches is one of my favorite stores, love the staff there, too!

Nice stitchy progress!

Leslie said...

you've been all over this east coast!! My daughters boyfriend lives in Fredricksburg ~ they swear that I will love that town. Someday soon I will have to visit.
I love the turkey ~ so far.
Have a great wednesday

Jackie said...

We have a Hobby Lobby here that I pass twice a week and I've never been inside. It sounds like I need to correct that!

I hope all goes well with Kathy. I know your presence will be and has been a comfort to her.

Margaret said...

Sounds like you had a great trip! We don't have a Hobby Lobby either -- love the stash you got there! I want some pompom trim. In Stitches sounds like a great store too -- and you got some great stash! Love your Thanksgiving stitching, and the November LHN piece too! I hope your friend's checkup goes super well!

Annie said...

What a great trip. Nothing like letting a stitcher loose in a store she has never been to!

The LHN November piece is adorable.

Best wishes for a successful doctor's visit with your friend.

Carol said...

We have no Hobby Lobbies either and I'd love to visit one someday--you sure picked up some goodies, Deborah. I especially love those little cat scissors :)

Your turkey WIP is so cute and I agree that the LHN monthlies are darling...

Wishing your friend a good check-up--she is lucky to have to there with her.

Sally said...

Love your new stash and your WIPs.

Good luck to Kathy for her check-up.

Cole said...

Great stash haul!

Good luck to Kathy on her check up, she's lucky to have a friend like you to be with her through those rough times.

Hazel said...

Beautiful wips and great stash! x

BrendaS said...

Wonderful stuff from Hobby Lobby. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Nice stash purchase too!

I love the LHN monthly designs too! Yours looks great. I need to get back to mine:)

Have a great day with your friend. I hope everything goes well.

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Sounds like you ahd a lovely vacation and visit. Of course the best part was the visit to the LNS? LOL Nice stash enhancement too.

Love, love, love your LHN monthly block. I must get this one!

I hope all goes well with your friends appointment. Good luck.

Robin said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had an amazing trip. I feel stuffed just reading about the wonderful food. Wow! You really brought back some wonderful things. I bet you can't wait to finish off some of your stitching so you can use some of your new treasures.

You are a wonderful friend to accompany your friend, Kathy. I know it means the world to her. Hope all goes well.

Melanie said...

Sounds like a great trip! :)

Phyllis said...

We missed you today. Had we read your blog ahead of time we would have learned that you weren't stitching with us for a good reason. Hope you and Kathy enjoyed the day. Emma missed you, too.

natalie said...

I love Hobby Lobby. It's such a fun store! Love your LHN piece. Good luck to your friend tomorrow. :)

Natasha said...

I miss Hobby Lobby I lived in SC but now in California... I really like the Thanksgiving design you are working on, can you tell me what design it is?

Take Care and Happy Stitching

Bekca said...

It looks like you got some great things when you were away. I hope you had a lovely trip and LHN November is so sweet. Happy stitching to you.

Myra said...

Wonderful stash aquisitions. You LHN Nov looks great as does the Thanksgiving piece. Sending good happy thoughts for your friend.

Blu said...

Sounds like an awesome trip! Great new stash.

Good luck to Kathy

Ellen said...

Thank you for the lovely comments about my shop. We were glad to have you on such an ugly rainy day.
Question for you? Whose chart is on the top of your page--the one on the left with a "pumpkin in progress"?
Ellen

Tricia said...

What a fun post! thanks for sharing! And have a lovely day celebrating with your friend. :-)

Nicole said...

Great stash haul! I've heard In Stitches is a great shop. Wish I would have stopped by when I was in D.C. last summer. Definitely next time! Love your new start and your November finish! Too cute!

Quiltsmiles said...

Glad you had a great vacation AND replentished your stash so successfully. Several postings ago you mentioned that you had a frame to "pop in and out" of your different Anniversary Stitchings. I would love to know more about how you went about this.

I'm finding the framing quite expensive and Samplers, BBD, PS and many other designers are very appealling to me recently so I'm adding o my stash too. Yikes! I just ordered Crescent Colors, Weeks Dye Threads and GAST threads all on sale until 10/25/10 and with those some scissors and patterns my order totalled 198! Double YIKES! WHen you have time, I would love to know more. Thanks Jane

I hope Sammi is feeling better.

Lois said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip and you brought home some very nice stash. Hope all went well for your friend.

Michelle said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time. Your new stash is lovely enjoy it. x

Berit said...

I think the Nov/Dec are my favorites of these LHN packs.

As for HL, we had them in Tulsa where I grew up, but nary a one here in NJ.

Pumpkin said...

How wonderful! You must have had so much fun :o)

Great stash!

That is so sweet :o) I'm sure everything will be fine too so enjoy the day together!