Last weekend I joined my sister and brother-in-law at a lawyers conference in San Diego. I was going to be there from Thursday night until Monday morning. So of course I had stitching to pack. Over the course of the week before I left I started tossing stitching in a bag to come along. By Thursday this was the collection of xs:
and the needlepoint collection stood at:
Really, Ruth? What were you thinking? Sure I tend to do just-in-case-of-armagddon packing --- you know, what if you suddenly have to stay an extra 2 days and you run out of stitching (and reading-- the same Ruth armageddon-packing principle applies to reading). And besides, I'm a mood stitcher. I have to be in the mood for a piece or a type of piece. If I don't have something to match my mood, I wander about grumpy and disconcerted. Anyway, there I was Thursday afternoon with 3 medium-sized needlepoints, about a dozen xs ornies, 3 medium-large xs samplers, a large over-1 piece, and a giant xs flag (completely unstarted). Who was I kidding??????
Ultimately the stitching bag included the powwow shawl dancer and the pot of flowers needlepoints, 5 ornaments, and 2 samplers. Oh, and the needlepoint stocking which I was delivering to my sister for her to work on --
I had put in the velvet for the hat and scarf and tested my plan for the fuzzy cap parts (namely I padded the base and covered it with a randomized application of Fancy Fur (from Rainbow Gallery)-
Want to know what I stitched? Not a single solitary thing. Not even a single stitch.
Apparently I was in need of the exercise of carrying my stitching bag to and from San Diego. You would think that I would learn from this experience, but I doubt it. After all I've been down this road before and not yet learned a thing. Oh well. At the very least I will always be ready for armageddon.
While I'm at it I may as well share some of the loveliness of San Diego. The lovely view from my hotel room (God bless lawyers -- they pick some wonderful hotels)--
We (the sister and I) checked out some museums in Balboa Park)
We met some lovely paintings:
Maiurice Braun's "Southern California Landscape"
Alfred Stevens' "The Parisian Sphinx"
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's "A River Scene with Houses and Poplars"
Well, I have to run, but I'll be back with more stitching and San Diego sharing -- after all, I haven;t shown you my fresh stash accomplishments or my collection of San Deigo orchids and fruity drinks!
Have a great rest of your day.