Monday, June 23, 2014

On the Road Again - AGAIN!

Just returned from another road trip. Couldn't update during the trip because we didn't have internet access at our hotel.

After last week's trip to Indy I spent two day s at home to catch up the laundry, restock the groceries, and then repacked the suitcase for another needlework weekend. I know, it seems kind of crazy - two needlework weekends in a row - but when some of your favorite designers are so close to home, you just have to do it!

We left early Thursday AM. No stop for pie at the Norske Nook this time (don't want to ruin a good thing!). The drive was shorter...we were only going to the Chicago area this time.

We arrived early enough on Thursday to take in two needlework shops. We stopped first in Geneva, IL to visit Designer's Desk. This shop has been in business for thirty years and they have some hidden treasures in their basement. Needlepoint is on the first floor; cross stitch is on the second floor. We made a little dent in the wallet here!

Check out this model of "Virtue Outshines the Stars" - it was huge. Must have been stitched on 28 ct linen...

On to Welcome Stitchery in Crystal Lake! If you're from this area you are probably wondering why we didn't stop here first since it is further north (and we were traveling south.) Our route was "very strategic," we saved Welcome Stitchery for our second stop because they were open later.

Then I remembered that there was a Vera Bradley outlet store in Aurora, IL which was near the hotel we were staying at.

We did a little damage...

Will share more tomorrow...more shop visits followed by a class with Betsy Morgan!

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BrendaS said...

Cathy - you went to my local LNS- welcome Stitchery! Next time I will meet you there. Isn't it a fabulous shop? There is a wonderful restaurant across the street too!!!

Annette-California said...

LOL Just a little bit shopping!!!
HOW FUN!!! Lovely store fronts too for the stitchery shops. AND Vera Bradley..... I think you planned perfectly. love Annette

Vickie said...

Oh wow! Lots of purchases! Can't wait to see.

Laura said...

Great shopping!!!!! Love that trunk full of orange Vera bags!!! Love Welcome Stitchery!!!!!!

KimM said...

Oh my goodness! What a GLORIOUS trip - can hardly wait to find out more

Margaret said...

Looks like so much fun!!!

Marie said...

You are quite the stitching traveler. I am jealous of all of the amazing retreats and classes you attend. :-)

That sampler is beautiful.

The car trunk...what a riot! Great picture.

Kay said...

Haha! Love seeing the trunk full of goodies! Welcome Stitchery is the best - glad you got to stop there, wish I could have gone, too!

msmartello said...

Awww! Look at all those Vera Bradley bags! I am so jealous! LOL!
I can't wait to see more.


Pam in IL said...

How fun! I grew up in the Geneva area and really need to get back "home" to do some shopping too. From the looks of all the bags in the trunk, I think you put a big dent in your wallet, lol.