Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stash Enhancement

I just returned home from a great weekend in Atlanta with my son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Anna. Andrew was in his BMW blogging/photographer mode at the Petite LeMans north of Atlanta on Saturday where he spent the day photographing the race and the BMW racing team in particular. Anna and I spent the day shopping at Lenox Mall and had a delicious dinner at The Buckhead Diner (the white chocolate banana cream pie is highly recommended!). If you are shopping at the right time of day in the Neiman Marcus shoe department, you will be served champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. No, we weren't buying - "just looking" at the Manolos. I was wearing my Birkenstocks - I'm surprised they let me in the shoe department there!

This morning after breakfast we made a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was such a perfect day to visit - not a cloud in the sky, mid-60's - just beautiful. If you are ever in Atlanta, make an effort to get there! I didn't take my camera but Andrew took some great pictures which I'll share with you later.

When I arrived in Atlanta on Friday, my first stop was at In Stitches, a needlepoint boutique in Buckhead. It's located in a cute little house on Shadowlawn Drive. I was excited to discover that they were having a Melissa Shirley trunk show. They had a nice selection of large and small canvases in the show (and in the shop, of course). No way I was walking out of there without an addition to the stash! Here's what I bought -

Melissa Shirley's Gold Pears - one striped design and one damask design. I started on the damask pear with an antique copper Kreinik braid. Each of the designs comes with some "velvet" leaves. Love them! I also picked up a couple of new Zecca magnets.

I couldn't resist picking up one of Melissa's Ribbon Candy canvases with a Halloween theme (imagine that!). The ribbon candy canvases are featured on the cover of the current Needlepoint Now. This is a particularly good issue. I love the projects that are featured this time. Note to self - remember to renew the subscription to Needlepoint Now!

Thanks to the ladies at In Stitches who were so attentive and helpful!

This past Thursday afternoon there was a thumping and scratching sound at the door after the UPS man dropped off a special package at the door. Look who has arrived!

I don't think I'll even put the Wolfman on the stretchers until I have made a little more progress on his buddy, Dr. Acula. The Dr. is already put out with me because I haven't been showing him much attention these last two weeks. I was disappointed to learn that the stitching diagram for his coffin was incorrect. Oh, well, that part has been done for quite a while and I don't think I'll be taking it out. No one will ever know - unless you tell them! You won't do that, will you?

Our W.Herr Wolfe is quite striking with all that fur to be stitched. I love the pumpkins and the moon in the background. Hope I can get back on a regular stitching schedule with him.

I look forward to sharing some photos from the Botanical Garden with you later this week. Hope you have a wonderful week!



  1. Hi Melinda,

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I am so happy that you get to spend so much time with Andrew and Anna. I love all your new canvases. The two pears you purchased are just beautiful and your thread selection is perfect. I have not accomplished much in stitching either. Am really going to try to get the good Dr. done within the next two weeks.


  2. In Stitches is my LNS and I absolutely adore them! I actually sent my husband in with a list of things I needed for the House (he got me Halloweenies as an anniversary present) and they even called me to clarify on a couple of things.

  3. Melinda

    What a fun weekend. I hope to get to Atlanta sometime. Love those MS pears...great choices.

    It's hard to stitch and do all the other fun stuff, isn't it? Getting cooler here in Calif and more condusive to stitching, I hope. Waiting for H Herr Wolfe to arrive and back to Dr A

    Have a great week

    Sue VanderNoor

  4. Hi, Linda, Megan, and Sue - Thanks for stopping by! It was a great weekend and I hated for us to leave and go home in different directions - me to Augusta and them to Jacksonville. Hope I get to see them before Thanksgiving!

    Megan, you are so fortunate to have In Stitches as your LNS. Their thread selection is HUGE - so many options! Any husband you buys his wife needlepoint is a keeper!

    Linda - I want to finish the Dr. in the next 2 weeks also. Tonight I'm going to take care of the gold trim on the cape and stitch the bowtie. Last night I stitched the outlines to the coffin.

    Sue - This cooler weather is wonderful! I may even turn on the heat tonight to take the chill off in the house. We're supposed to be in the mid 40's in the morning - shiver!!! Please let me know if you get to Atlanta and I'll drive up and meet you somewhere - In Stitches, maybe?