Monday, March 14, 2011

Springing Forward

Ok, so this whole time change is crap. Saturday night, I lost an HOUR of my life that I will never get back. An HOUR! In stitching time, that's like, a whole day. Except, I was asleep, but whatever. You know where they don't do daylight savings time?! Jamaica! Oh, I miss Jamaica. This time last year, Matt and I were planning our glorious escape. *sigh* This year, every other minute I want to yell at someone and rip their hair out because they keep asking me the same stupid questions ten times to which my answer never changes. Of course, these flashes of rage/irritation are quickly followed by the need to curl up into the tiniest corner I can find so noone can find me and bother me. LOL

This past weekend was very enjoyable. Friday night, I met up with my best friend and MOH to get our hair done. I enjoyed a nice trim and styling while she got some coloring and sassy hair cut. It was very relaxing and we were the last customers of the evening, so we pretty much had the run of the place and excellent stylists. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely pay a visit to The Spa at Roops Mill. They are a full service spa and everyone is super nice!

In stitching news, Danielle and I went to the stitch night at The Stitching Post Saturday night. It was very nice to get to meet up with her and to be able to shop for a bit before settling down to stitch for a couple of hours. There were alot of ladies there and the tables were set up right in the shop. It made for some interesting trips around the shop trying not to bump any of the ladies or step on anything. Danielle and I made sure to get out of the way seats to avoid bumpage. I was kind of disappointed in the food selection, I must say. To attend stitch night, you have to sign up in advance and pay $15. I thought this meant that not only was I paying to attend the shop after hours, but that I would also be getting some kind of dinner. It WAS 6pm-10pm, prime dinner time on a Saturday night. Instead there was a platter of unimpressive grocery store mini sandwich wraps, a basket of mixed potato chips and cookies. The wraps which I shouldn't have even eaten anyway since they all had tomatoes in them and they make me break out, but I felt I should get my moneys worth. I would say there were about 20-30 ladies there, and at $15 a person, a total of up to $450 income for the shop, they could have splurged on the food...just a bit. Lets not forget that people who attend are also buying more stuff while they are there. It was nice to get 10% off my total, but still. I was starving when I left, but I felt like it was too late to eat anything when I would just be crawling into bed when I got home anyway. That's not to say I won't go again, I'll just remember to eat beforehand. It was nice to be in a group setting, stitching and relaxing with other ladies telling jokes and showing our work. I couldnt help comparing it to the stitch nights I have heard about that are held at In Stitches. They have door prizes and catered food, which I am sure they probably charge more to attend, but it seems to have a bit more thought and planning put into it.

While at stitch night, I was on the hunt for a pattern I decided would be perfect for to stitch as my wedding sampler. I have seen alot of wedding samplers over the years and, wow, the majority of them are sooo cheesy! Then, just last week in my blog wandering ways, I saw that Paulette over at Plum Street Samplers had posted some pics of finishes done by other people. One of the finishes was her pattern "A Sweeter Love" and it was perfect!! So, Saturday night, I prowled the shop on the lookout for this pattern and I gave a squeal of delight when I found the ONE copy in the racks! With Danielles help, I was also able to find fabric and also decided to make it my first silk piece. Paulette does the majority of her designs with NPI silks and at almost $4 a pop, those things aren't cheap! God bless her for also providing the DMC colors, but since this is going to be a "special" piece, I decided I would go for it and get the silks. Even better that I was getting 10% off. There are *gasp* 27 silks called for in this piece. NO, I did not buy all 27 colors that night! I bought ten, with plans to buy the rest when Danielle and I go to the Woodlawn show this weekend and visit In Stitches. Plus, I am really developing a liking for Plum Street Samplers patterns and have a couple in my stash, so I know the silks will get some future use. We are very excited to go on this little day trip as it will be the first time either of has gone AND we will get to visit a new shop!

Lately, I have been told that I need to be putting up pictures of some of my finishes that didn't make it onto the blog. I was able to take the pictures yesterday, but haven't gotten them onto a computer yet, hopefully I can get to that tonight and someone will leave me alone about it, LOL.

Hope you are having a good start to your week!


Danielle said...

You wouldn't be talking about ME would you? hahahahahaha. Yes, the next stitch night we go to, we will meet up at 5pm and go to dinner beforehand!!!!

Parsley said...

Glad you had a good time with Danielle!

Lee said...

I learned a similar lesson at stitch night at a nearby shop. I assumed that the $5 fee included some kind of snack at least, pizza at best. I didn't realize it was more like a space rental fee. So I didn't eat dinner before I got there and man-oh-man was I hungry when I left! They didn't even provide water, and all in a town where the sidewalks roll up at 6PM. Like you, it didn't stop me from going again, but live and learn!