Here's my Tuesday SAL progress on LLL. At first I was second guessing my green choice, but as the thread played out, I decided that I liked it again. It's just a little more subdued in color than I originally though it would be.
I'm using Belle Soie silks colors Old Crow, Poison Apple and Herb Garden. The fabric is PTP Heritage.
I worked on Rise and Shine a bit before we headed out to Youngstown on Saturday. And I even ironed it for you to get rid of the embarrassing wrinkles.
And then I worked on a small gift in the car over the weekend, but it's not photo ready yet.
So - the Youngstown Ohio Hobby Lobby? Kind of a bust. Has HL changed, or did I just not notice that they are much more heavily into home decor than other craft stores? I came away spending only a few dollars. Seriously - under $10.00.
My goal was to find a Mighty Bright floor lamp, but their craft lamp section amounted to one Ott floor light (that I already have) and a couple of the old style Ott folding lamps.
OK, so I left with a Christmas apron and a couple of small easels, but no worries, because there was a big Joann's around the corner and (miracle of miracles) I actually had unexpired Joann's coupons in my bag!
Well now, Joann's had the lamp, but it was marked the ridiculous price of $124.99. Any stitching shopper who knows her lamps knows that this lamp retails for $99.99. Now, with my 40% off coupon at Joann's, that would have come to $74.99, but that inflated price really burned my butt. And in fact, Amazon is selling it for $66.99 with free shipping. So I walked out without it.
So the quest continues.
In happier news, we had a fabulous meal at the Youngstown Carraba's Restaurant. Why the Carraba's people chose to skip over the Pittsburgh restaurant marked is beyond me. They've put restaurants in Philly, Lancaster and then whoops! No restaurants until clear over in Youngstown.
And then the next day we drove to Vermilion to pick up some crazy-huge stereo speakers, but somehow our timing was off and we arrived in Vermilion an hour early. So to kill some time, Dave wanted to take a ride into the downtown area and see Lake Erie.
So there we went, la, la, la, riding down wee little Main Street on a Sunday at lunchtime and I was thinking that this is the kind of town where nothing is open on a Sunday. So we were seeing the water ahead of us, when suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I spied something and yelled, STOP THE CAR!
It was a sweet little needlework shop! And it was OPEN. On a SUNDAY! So I visited Clare's Stitching Post. You know how sometimes you see a sign or a Yellow Pages ad and it has a name like that and then you discover that it's really a knitting and yarn store. Or (worse yet) a place that does custom machine embroidery? And you go away all bummed out. I was completely prepared to be sad, but Clare's is all about cross stitch. It's a new shop, and it's quite small, but she has lovely things. And new things, which was really nice. Some little shops just have the same-old-same-old. It's like they won't spend the money on new merchandise until the old stuff is sold and I totally don't get that.
But anyway, what a neat little town! Besides shopping at Clare's (where I bought LK's 2010 snowman, along with threads and fabric), I did some damage in a candle shop and a chocolate shop, and I had an excellent cup of coffee at a sandwich shop.
It was a great day...