That's what I did Saturday, drove alot, spent more than I should have. I'm thinking it's time to go back on the $20 a month stitching allowance again. That almost worked for half of 2011.
We started off at Shepherd Bush. It really is just a treasure trove of everything. I had a small list of floss and some buttons that I wanted to pick up and I got those, plus a few more things.
Above are most of the flosses I needed, plus some white fabric for hardanger class project. I think I am going to use the purple checked fabric for the cute little ornament with the snowman button on the side and the word ... ...
You know... I couldn't remember the word for that ornament, so I just went and searched through my magazines from this year and couldn't find the ornament! I know I've seen other people stitch it up, and I know I have the pattern somewhere... If you know what I'm talking about, can you please point me in the right direction?
I've seen those darling cream boxes all year and always thought about getting one. Well, I finally did. I also got a Shepherds Bush pattern to stitch up and put in it. It's the blue one, in the middle of the bottom row, below.
I couldn't resists Fa La La, all packaged up for fun in a stocking, plus three more scissor fobs. I guess that little bit of small stitching that I've managed to do had cheered me along a little bit. They didn't have everything that I was looking for, so I put in an order for some buttons to go on This is Christmas by Raise the Roof, and a couple skeins of current floss to stitch up Songs of the Season.
Our next stop was to The Craft Center of Fine Stitchery. It was their open house day and everything in the shop was 20% off. I started by collecting the couple skeins of floss that I needed that Shepherds Bush was out of, and then wandered around looking at everything.
I've loved the 'Gingerbread' stitched houses since they came out and the chapel is a lovely addition to the collection. And at 20% off with the floss and charm pack... well... I didn't say no. I also picked up a french pattern of ornaments. It's charted in one color, but I've seen it done up in reds, greens, and golds that was absolutely stunning. I think I shall give it a go that way... one of these eons.
I had already paid for my purchases and was over by the snacks table when I spotted the basket of new stuff. With cookie in hand, I sat down and went through the basket. And found a few more things that were calling my name.
The Last Stitch Cemetery made me laugh, so it was added to the basket. I love the whimical Christmas by the Cricket Collection. And Ornaments Ala Round by Glendon Place was just stunning. It had to come home with me too. I think I feel a serious case of startitis coming on!!
LMS got some lovely fabrics and flosses at both stops for an angel she is going to put together for the top of her Christmas tree. She also found me a Christmas Present. (I found a present for her and gave it to her before taking a picture of it.)
I do love sparkly glass thingies.
Tired and shopped out, we came home.
I should not need to buy anything else until the beginning of the year. And then it's a $20 a month budget. ... but I still need the skein of B5200 that I have still not managed to pick up.
Hugs and Stitches,