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Thursday, March 26, 2015

WIP Wednesday a Day Late, The Attic and Stash!

Alrighty, I'm back and I'm done travelling for the foreseeable future... as far as I know!  Where to start... stitching, my trip to The Attic in the Phoenix area or my new stash???

I think I'll get the stitching part out of the way first.

Before I left for my March Break trip to visit with Kathy in Southwestern
 Yule: Winter Solstice
The Primitive Hare
stitched on 40ct linen with DMC 

Arizona I started and finished my March Ornament.  I pulled out yet another freebie that I've had set aside to stitch.  Since life was so busy it was easiest to stitch up something that wasn't too big or complicated.

During my week in Arizona I focused solely on Cirque des Carreaux by Ink Circles.  I am very impressed with the progress I managed to make in a week. I've finished page one and there's not left to go on page 2.

Of course who doesn't want to see The Accolade?

Now onto the FUN, FUN, FUN stuff!!!  I do have other pictures from my trip, but not to overload you right now I just want to share my trip to The Attic!

Kathy and I set out for a little road trip during the last days of my visit with her.  We stole the car and drove the 3 hours up to the Phoenix area where we met up with Terri who was so kind to put us up overnight.  I had first met Terri years ago during my first trip to visit Kathy in Arizona, but at that time she was living in California and I was flying in and out of San Diego.  It was so nice to reconnect with Terri!

Later that afternoon she too us to her LNS, and one with quite a reputation, The Attic!  No wonder, look at this shop!  Its big and every nook and cranny is filled with models and charts to look through.

Terri stitching away

Not only were we able to shop to our hearts content (and boy I did some serious dammage), but it was stitch night too!  I must admit I couldn't really settle down to any stitching, I was too distracted by the shopping!

Me & Chris

While I was puttering around the store I had the best surprise on Earth!  I hear my name and I turn around, it was Chris of the blog Tot Hill Farm Stitches!  Oh my goodness!  What are the chances we would be not only in the same State (as you know I'm up here in freezing, cold Canada), but the same City, or even that we managed to be in the same store on the same day at the same time!  It was just so nice to get to meet Chris!  I sure hope our paths will cross again in the future... or maybe we need to arrange that, Chris?

As you can see I did very well at The Attic... lots of charts, fistfuls of floss, and some fabric.

During my first days at Kathy's she finished up the stitching on the Chatelaine, Desert Mandala!  During the rest of our stitching time she was madly beading away.  As you can see that's how she wisely spent her time at The Attic (though I do know she made a few purchases).  Terri and I were there to witness her full on, Happy Dance!!!!  Here it is in all its glory.

Then on the drive back South, I told Kathy we needed a picture of her in the desert with the cactus and her Mandala.  So here she is!  We found the perfect Saguaro to accompany Kathy and her Desert Mandala.

I had an amazing week with Kathy and I got to spend some time with a lot of fantastic people!  I wish every March Break could be like that!


Barb said...

What an awesome break you had! Meeting Chris must have been fun. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos!

diamondc said...

Wonderful Post love the pictures, Chris is such a great lady.
I hope you had great weather when there.


Angela P said...

It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! Love the freebie you stitched.

sharine said...

How much fun does that shop look?!
Great stash haul:)

cucki said...

It's look like you had lots of fun time
Sending you big hugs xx

Christine said...

Lovely stitching and your trip looks fantatstic

Brigitte said...

What a treat to meet your stitching friends and another treat to meet Chris at the Attic. All the stash that you bought is just fantastic. I would have spent my last money in this great store, lol.

Bette said...

I would so have loved to have been there. I can't tell you how much I miss Phoenix. It sound slike you had a wonderful time and got lots of great stash!

Marexstitch said...

what a nice little holiday you had. Looks like great fun. Love your finish. Enjoy your new stash!

Vickie said...

What an awesome adventure! My favorite picture is the last one. :)

Carol said...

Oh, that is so funny that you and Chris ran into each other like that, Dani! The world is smaller than we think :) I just loved seeing your photos of the attic (the skeleton "husband" is a hoot)!

Looks like you made some great progress on your giant WIP, got some great new stash, and had a wonderful visit with Kathy and Terri--a perfect trip in my mind!

Ann said...

Sounds like the perfect week! Love the stitching--and the stash enhancement--and so glad you met up with Chris, one of my favorite people!

Hilary Cook said...

I wish I had a store like that nearby. The chain stores are so lacking in anything good.

Linda said...

Great post Dani. Looks like you had a fantastic trip. Love all your new stash. All of the stitching is fantastic.


Annette-California said...

That was one AWESOME Fabulous Spring Break!!! WOW! Congrats on Winter Solstice finish - beautiful! GREAT progress on Cirque des Carreaux - Its so Gorgeous! And The Accolade - amazing. Love it & wow what great goodies made it home with you from the Attic! Incredible you got to meet Chris there. Talk about a surprise!!! Perfect photo of Kathy in the dessert with her finished outstanding Desert Mandala!!
love Annette

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sounds like the perfect trip to me. Your stash is great, so many lovely charts to choose from. How amazing to meet Chris there too, I bet there was a lot of chat going on that day!
I just love the photo of Kathy in the desert with her mandala, a perfect photo.
And of course, your own stitching looks great. I have those Prim Hare freebies in my stash too.

Bea said...

Awesome trip and your stash looks fantastic. Lovely finishes/progress for you and Kathy's finish is just WOW! What a wonderful trip.

Sylvia said...

WOW!!!!I am glad you had such a wonderful trip.

Sally said...

What a fantastic break you had! So glad you got to meet Chris. Your paths were obviously meany to cross!

Lots of gorgeous stitching. Kath's mandala looks stunning.

Anna van Schurman said...

What a great trip! It's always such fun meeting other bloggers! Can't wait to see you finish the Accolade.

Andrea said...

It looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time.

Cindy's Stitching said...

What an awesome trip. The store looks amazing. I see lots of charts i want, not that any of us dont have enough. How nice you met up with chris. The stitching pieces are coming along great.

Julie said...

Great stitching.
Looks like a wonderful trip, made even more special with the added surprise in meeting Chris too.

stitcherw said...

What a great trip, sounds like you had a fantastic time. Love your new stash, and you made wonderful progress on Cirque des Carreaux. The Attic looks like an awesome store to visit, totally envious of you.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Ok that's just the most fun ever! What a beautiful shop - I wonder if I could talk my husband into a road trip. :) blessings, marlene

Kaisievic said...

Oh Dani, thank you so much for sharing your trip to The Attic with us. The shop looks awesome and how lucky you were to catch up with Chris. Love your new stash and your projects are coming along nicely, especially The Accolade. Also, Kathy's mandala is so beautiful! What a great March break you have had!

Melanie said...

Ooooo, that looks like a great trip. LOVE the beautiful shop. What a treat. :)