Monday, January 21, 2013

Brrr...It's Cold

Just a little less than 24 hours ago, I was enjoying this sunset....


The temperatures in Phoenix this weekend were in the 70's; when I arrived home this afternoon it was -6 degrees.  My body went into shock...almost.

You might be wondering what I was doing in Phoenix?  Let me tell you....I was here:


Yes, for the very first time ever I visited Attic Needlework - it's actually located in Mesa, just outside of Phoenix. My friend Judy and I have had this on our bucket list for some time.  We decided to attend their Sampler Symposium that was held this past weekend.

Now that I am home, I realize that I don't have a single picture of Jean our hostess and owner of the Attic.  She is just as delightful in person as you would expect her to be (based on her newsletters). Her staff at the shop was also very friendly and extremely helpful.  Judy and I enjoyed our afternoon of shopping on Friday very much!

The weekend's festivities began on Friday night...we each made one of these:


Mine isn't quite finished yet, but it will be soon and then I will share a picture with you.  We had done the stitching in advance and then worked on putting the books together when we arrived Friday.  Vickie Jennett of Needlework Press walked us through the process.  At one time, stitchers (in the 1800s) relied on these little books for their patterns.

Here's a look at some of the antique books that Vickie has collected:


And a look at some of the pages that would be folded up inside these little books:


And another look:


It was a fun little project and a great way to kick off the weekend!  If you are interested in reading more about these little books, dig out your old SANQ magazines!  Vickie wrote an article about them and you can find it in SANQ volume #32, Summer 2003.

Just a little taste to "whet your whistle"...as you know, I like to savor weekends like this, so I'm going to draw out these posts for a couple of days!

I've got to find a blanket and my stitching now and warm up!

14 comments:

Ranae said...

You lucky duck!
I bet you and Judy had a fun time
It's on my bucket list and will be probably for awhile

Giovanna said...

What a wonderful place to visit - thanks for sharing the pics and memories.

Melody said...

Lucky girl to get to go to Attic Needlework!! I bet it was a big shock to leave Arizona and head back to Minnesota! We are in the deep freeze here tonight too, but think you are colder.

Faye said...

Oh my goodness!,,,, you went???? You lucky lucky lady!!!!! I want I get there someday....... I am about to scurry to the craft room and dig out my issue of SANQ and reread.... I love these books.... Plus they are useful....

Waiting with baited breathe for photos! I'm tickled you were there! Faye

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Jealous!!

Margaret said...

Lucky lucky you!!!!

Kath Hintz said...

Wow Cathy, sounds like a whole heap of fun you had. Shame that you have gone back to cold, just imagine all the stitching you are doing right now!

Barb said...

That does sound like a wonderful way to spend the week-end!!

Deborah said...

I am so jealous! The attic is on my bucket list, as well. Can't wait to see the rest of the posts.

Siobhán said...

Lucky you! It looks like it was a fantastic time.

Laura said...

I am so happy for you and Judy that you got to go to the Attic!!! How fun!!!!! It made me go to Expedia and look up flight prices!!! A trip there is something I want to do too! Can't wait to see all the updates!!!!

Karin said...

Having been twice before to their Sampler Symposium I knew you would have a great time!! :-)

Jean said...

Oh its all sounds wonderful, lucky you and your friend.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Cathy, what a great adventure! I wish I could have been a mouse in your pocket! I can't wait to read more.