I escaped my confining chores today and zipped up north to Pear Tree Court (In Stitches in Alexandria), where I met two famous bloggers: Tanya, of the Sampler Girl (having a trunk show and debuting a new design), and Siobhan, all the way from Ireland, who was, as I was, talking and shopping. Here's just part of Tanya's beautiful layout, full of charts and models and with a Jane Austen movie running in the background. I'm sort of kicking myself for not insisting on a photo of the two ladies-but I hate shoving a camera in someone's face, especially when that picture's going to wind up in cyberspace, and although the photo doesn't show it, the shop was extremely busy with stitchers shopping the sale and meeting the designer, so I contented myself with the display. I'm also not showing you Tanya's new design, since she was waiting until after the trunk show to reveal it, I believe.
I bought the new design, and also this, one of my favorites, Mrs. Lincoln.
I worked a little on Tea Party today. Of course, it is your fault that I started it, since I'm going to be reporting on its difficulty considering the embroidery. So far, so good--pretty standard bargello stitch for the grass, then ccs on the woman's dress, with some french knots. I've nicknamed her the headless hussy for the moment.
On the way home, I stopped at Lowe's to pick up some stuff and spotted this gentleman and his bird checking out. Amazing that the bird doesn't need to be confined!
"Humph! You got to fly north, the bird at Lowe's isn't caged, but I'm stuck in this old room! But never you mind, I'm chewing my way out."