Thursday, August 26, 2010

Judith Marquis class Sept. 28th

Special Hours...Special Tuesday, September 28th, 12pm to 3:30 pm Judith Marquis will be teaching this notebook/doodle cloth class of embroidery embellishments not just for smocking but also for any project you are working on.

Stitches include: Bullions, Cast on Flowers, Feather stitch, and more.

Class Cost: $45 and includes your doodle cloth, needles, sampling of threads, notes and light snack.

You bring sharp scissors, embroidery hoop [4-6 inch, round or oval] magnification and light if you need.

$25 Deposit please to hold your seat.

Judith will have samples and examples of her stitching. Plus her Patterns including her newest pattern: Autumn Leaves.
Can't come for class...come to see the trunk show and patterns.

Hope to see you September 28th----YES it's a TUESDAY--Special Tuesday!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer is ending

How does this happen every year?? Summer starts on June 21st and it seems like the days are long and slow for July. Then poof...August 1st and bam..August is over. School starts for some middle of August and most by Labor Day.  The days are getting shorter [that is the part I really dislike] and the cool dry air arrives heralding fall.  Sigh.

Back to school time, Fall weather, smells of fall evening campfires, fireplaces, sweaters and long pants.  Many fond memories of school days and holiday anticipation all rolled together.  There are four seasons to a year, 90+ days in each.  Which do I love the most? ALL of them for various reasons.  But Fall may be my first favorite because I always think of it as new beginnings.

New beginnings are in line for ths Fall.  The shoppe is lining up some new ideas and using up our available supplies.  The end of September Judith Marquis from Canada will visit and teach a class on Hand Embellisments for your projects.  Mark your calendar for TUESDAY [yes] September 28th .  Full details will be available in another day. 

SAGA's 31st National Convention is September 22nd to 26th in Norfolk Va.  The shoppe will be closed that week so that I might attend.  Here is hoping that we have good fall weather and no storms that week.  Hurricane season is in full force...we can't be unaware of that. I feel like October starts tomorrow...time just keeps flying.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day holiday and that school starts smoothly for all.  Besides new beginnings at the shoppe, my family will be relocating in the weeks to come.  It is making for very busy days and nights.  NEW BEGINNINGS ... new challenges.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

52 days

Yes, 52 days with no car.  I survived, but my family is worn out from driving 'Ms. Daisy' and lending me cars.  My little four wheeled cart is back!! and working fine it would seem.  As this is typed, I am drinking my first morning coffee and anxious to get going back on my routine. 

What happened to my car?? For years I have believed that cars are more susceptible to crashes and bumps than anything...that is true. But they can/are HIT BY LIGHTENING!! and friends, with computers in cars now, not just electrical systems, but the whole dang thing can be blown away/out.  That is what happened to my little blue car.  Hit by Lightning...through the antennae. Not very visible or explainable to my mechanic, who kept trying to figure it out. Ultimately, it was taken to a major dealer/shop and after a month, was finally figured out/verified there.  Thank the good lord for comprehensive insurance which did cover the expense!

So, bottom line, if you think not having a car is a little thing in life, think again. Today we are overly reliant on our own private transportation.  It is a way of life and thinking that is absolutely overturned when taken away.  I am so thankful to my family, for sharing their cars, driving me and more, how to repay them is not easy.

 Can I also say that it is a very sad thing that in this country of 'opportunity' that we do not have a public transportation system for all.  There is no cohesive means for anyone to get from place to place without their own vehicle. Can we not find or see the need for mass transportation that works? Think about jobs created?? Advantage to the green world? Economic impact for many on so many levels.  To me it would be one of a few simple solutions to helping our country gain stability, growth and pride. 

The last 52 days have afforded me mental dysfunction on so many I have my car back and it would seem my brain is firing on all levels.  Thank you Tony B....I am grateful for your dogged expertise.  Hope I never need it again!!