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Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Lovely Weekend Away

I truly believe that when life gets very busy and you start to feel run down the best thing you can do is just get away.  Which is what I did this weekend, on Friday after work I got into my trusty Hyundai Accent and drove down to Brighton to the home of Ann and Dan and my favourite LNS (yes my favourite LNS is 3 hours away!) Knowledge and Needles.  Its been a very busy time at work for me and the drive down was quite a challenge, I had to stop at one point to hit Timmie's and get a tea.  Then a little while later, I was forced to pull over at a rest stop and take a 15 minute power nap.  After that I was good to go!

Before I got to Ann and Dan's I stopped in at Kathy's new house!  Kathy was heading off to Arizona for the winter on Saturday morning, so I wanted to get in one last visit with her and see the house now that all their renos are done and her stuff moved in.  By the time I got to my final destination I was pretty pooped and ready for bed!

Dan's great vanity plate! CYI DRV

A man, admiring his Kingdom

Before Dan had it re-painted

On Saturday I had a great day!  After a great breakfast made by Dan, he and I set out in his brand new TOY, his convertible Corvette.  Dan was very generous, and let me take the 'vette for a good spin!  I must admit at first I was quite nervous taking his baby out for a spin.  Boy... did I have fun driving a real sports car!  He also let me chauffeur him around in it again today.

Playing shop owner for the afternoon

Ann and Dan had a meeting they needed to attend that afternoon, so I was left running the shop, Knowledge and Needles for the afternoon!  I quite enjoyed helping the customers that came by that afternoon, and making some sales on Ann's behalf.  While talking with the customers I thought to myself, "wow I really know my stuff!".  I could easily see myself running an LNS if I ever had the time, luxury, and money.

Sam, a little visitor at Ann & Dan's

The PERFECT day!

I wasn't alone the whole afternoon, Ann and Dan had a house guest, and he needed letting in and out.  I set myself up in front of a nice fire in the wood stove with Art Deco Spirits.  After lunch Bonnie and Beatrice joined me for some stitching too!  Thanks for coming out girls!

I got a good chunk started on the Air block of Art Deco Spirits, but I must admit I find these large blocks of colour a little boring.  I miss the complexity of projects like Celestial Dragon.

A fist full of colourful Carrie's Creations floss

Couldn't leave these cute JBW designs behind!

Of course, I couldn't leave without buying a little stash!

Ann & Dan thanks for a great weekend!


Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend. Lovely new stash and great progress on your Art Deco Spirits.

Carolyn NC said...

What fun - sounds like a fantastic weekend!

Karen said...

It must have been a blast driving that Corvette around! Looks like you had a great weekend! :)

Christine said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend, that is a fabulous little car!
Great new stash too, those Carries are just fabulous

Katri said...

Sound like a very very nice weekend! As did the stitchy weekend, you have a great bunch of people meeting each other!

Bekca said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time, especially with stitching in front of the fire :) Love the stash enhancement too.

Hazel said...

A weekend away?? At a needlecraft store?? WOW! This must be the PERFECT getaway. It looked like a wonderful weekend. And what fab stash you brought back. Love the red stockings. x

Lisa said...

Sounds like the perfect get a way...some time with good friends and hanging out in a needlework store! Heaven! Cool that you know Kathy; she is part of the RR group which is just about done - as soon as she stitches her heart on my RR then the RR project will totally be complete!
Take care - hope that things arn't as crazy when you get back, or at least you feel more rested and relaxed!

Bonnie Brown said...

It was great seeing you and Beatrice again!
Thanks again for a relaxing afternoon.

Giovanna said...

Wow, what a perfect weekend. You look great behind that counter!

Lee said...

Don't we all fantasize about running a needlework store, even for just a day? How cool that you had that experience!

Carol said...

Dani--you look like a natural cross stitch shop owner!! What a fun experience :)

Your new threads are luscious and I love the JBW charts, too--have fun stitching them!

Heidi said...

Looks like a great weekend! I'm jealous! I spent most of Saturday cleaning house and working on my typing work! Your weekend looks like MUCH more fun!

claudia said...

Now that sounds like a fantastic weekend! You got a little bit of everything in there!
That car is beautiful, love the plates. I'm a little jealous that you got to drive it.
Ann and Dan are great friends!

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

I wish I could have come and spent the afternoon with you...but two boys in tow would not have made for a fun afternoon. Glad you recharged the batteries :-)

Jo said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend... glad you enjoyed it!!

Lynn said...

A neighbour and friend of ours has just purchased an '81 Corvette which we've been enjoying some rides in.
It was great that you were able to help out Ann. Stitching time too, it sounds like the perfect weekend especially when you come away with stash. I love the floss!!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Dani,

When I first started reading
this post about your road trip
and glanced at the pictures of
the pretty, pretty red car I
was thinking to myself:

Hmmm.... Dani's got herself a
pretty nifty car there. I
didn't know that she had a

Then I read further and
realized that the car belongs
to Ann's husband. Lol! But
you did get to take her out
for a spin and I'll bet that
was a blast!!

I can never get over how far
you are willing to drive for
a stitching weekend, even if
the weekend is a normal two
day weekend.

So do you think a six hour
drive to Georgetown on a long
weekend sometime is doable??

Just wondering.

You look quite professional
behind the counter at Ann's
and I have no doubt that you
could run a LNS of your own
with great aplomb and with
the necessary expertise. It
must have been a lot of fun

And the opportunity to do a
bit of stash shopping, and
to stitch in front of a nice
roaring fire with Beatrice
and Bonnie wouldn't be too
shabby either.

Have a great week! Cheers!

Brigitte said...

Getting away from everything is often the perfect means to restore your energies. Nice weekend!

Julie said...

You look right at home behind the shop counter. Nice new threads and charts.

Jodie said...

Oooooh working in an LNS looks like FUN!!!

Sally said...

Sounds as though you had a fantastic time Dani :)

Nice new stash too!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great weekend. That car is stunning, and I'd LOVE to be able to work in a stitchy shop lol.