Speaking of the sampler guilder, one of its members who shall remain nameless (she knows who she is) committed a tremendous act of enabling. She brought in a needlepoint piece she had obtained through the Shining Needle Society, a Yahoo group. Of course, I had to check it out and now I, too, am taking a class through the society. Here's my progress on Inchies, a wonderful design by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals. I have self-imposed a limit of one "inchie" a day because these are like potato chips--you can't stitch just one! And if you are interested in needlepoint, don't say I didn't warn you about the Shining Needle Society. There are some seriously gorgeous projects there.
In other news, my husband and I spent a lovely day at Longwood Gardens this week. The weather was beautiful and the gardens were, of course, gorgeous. We try (or rather he tries) to create beautiful beds around the house, but the plants often get gobbled up by the deer that roam the wooded area behind our house. The trip was capped off by a stop at The Strawberry Sampler to pick up some threads for a fall project and then lunch at Jimmy John's, a small restaurant on 202. We had heard a lot about how great their hot dogs are and were not disappointed.
I'm currently reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett who is one of my favorite authors. This book is living up to my expectations, although I don't think many books can touch her Bel Canto. I just bought a ticket to hear Ms. Patchett speak at the Free Library of Philadelphia in November. On a week night--retirement is great!
Hope all is well in your world!