I told you all that on the Saturday before Thanksgiving my plan was to take my Anniversaries of the Heart piece to The Stitchery Nook and see if they could frame it. I almost didn’t go. I had things to do here. I had my bottomless email to go through. I had quilts that needed attention. I so much that needed to be done…plus I had just been to the shop in the last month so I really didn’t need anything.
It was the forever pull of work or play that I find myself wrapped in.
Then Gloria, a blog reader that lives 40 minutes from me, messaged me and said as long as I was going to go to The Stitchery Nook why don’t I just stop by and see her new quilting lodge. Oh my. Now, this was really tempting and pulling at me to really put work aside and have some fun.
I made all of the arrangements to go. I got directions, we set up a time. I was raring to go. Then I realized Kalissa still didn’t have her new car. She had my vehicle and maybe I wouldn’t be able to go.
I called Kalissa, got it worked out, and off I went on Saturday, a little later than I planned, but out the door nonetheless.
Gloria and her husband Gaylen have been spending the summer busy working on building her a new sewing room. If it off house in its own separate building. While they were building they build a lodge complete with a living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom together with the sewing room. Gloria told me how big it was and I don’t remember all the details. I was so in awe of the goodies and wonderful layout that I didn’t even catch it all.
Gloria has an AMAZING sense of design and I just loved every single inch of it all. Gloria loves antiques and has been collecting since she was a teen. The decorating was just amazing. No joke, a magazine company could come in and take pictures…it’s that perfect.
She has wonderful antique pieces that serve as both decoration and function. All of the pieces have stories that go with them. I was there for several hours taking it all in and honestly, I could easily see it all again and again and still be amazed.
I didn’t take pictures. If I ever go again, I’ll ask Gloria if I can. Seriously the building is amazing. In fact, I came home and told my kids that if I didn’t live here in this house, I’d love to build exactly what they built and live in it. WOW, WOW, WOW.
I’d love to go in the summer and see all her beautiful landscapes. They have so many cute areas that I know would be so pretty in the summer when they are in full bloom.
Beyond that, Gloria and Gaylen were so sweet and very hospitable. I had so much fun. They even ended up taking me out for lunch. I was spoiled bad. I was smiling all the way to my next stop. Again and again, I told myself how happy I was that it worked out and I was able to go.
It’s amazing how when you meet some people you immediately feel like friends. Gloria and Gaylen were totally that way.
As I was driving to The Stitchery Nook, my son called and asked what I was doing. I told him I was meeting a blog reader. He started questioning me. My kids get paranoid when I tell them I met a blog reader. It’s the whole “you’re meeting people you met online” worry. I told him I was completely okay. I love that they watch out for me…but still, I have to laugh a little.
I pulled into Osage and parked right out front.
I went into the store and someone was checking out. Liz, who was working, said hi and introduced me to the gal that was checking out. It turns out she was a blog reader. How fun is that? We chatted for a bit…I pulled out… my Anniversaries of the Heart piece and showed them. As the gal was leaving she told me that my writing the blog meant a lot to her and she really appreciated me. I gave her a hug and we parted ways. It was a very touching moment for me. It was one of those times, I wish I had planned for and we could have had lunch or something. In fact, if you’re reading this, PLEASE contact me and let’s meet in Osage and have lunch sometime. I’d love it.
I ended up meeting another shopper who recently moved to the area. She was buying the Newcastle Bouquet chart by Teresa Kogut that I stitched.
I went back to the counter and started looking at frames. They don’t have a huge selection but plenty to tempt me and make coming to a decision not so easy. I brought my Heaven and Nature piece with too so I could order a frame for it. My hope is that I’ll have it stitched by the time Anniversaries of the Heart is finished and I come back to pick it up.
I brought with a project that I thought I would get floss for. I don’t have plans to start it immediately but I really do want to stitch it. Connie sent the chart to me as she was done stitching it and passed it on. The piece is a series with the alphabet and I’ve had my eye on it for some time.
I saw that Kim Goldman from The Contented Stitcher Flosstube stitched the series only she put it together as one piece.
I have the threads and one of the patterns. Connie told me she’d send the others as she finished them and I’m in no hurry…but I figured if I got the thread, then I wouldn’t be tempted to buy something else.
When I got to the register Liz asked me if I knew the gal that was at the check out when I came in. I said no. Then she told me that she left something for me. Liz handed me a gift certificate with a note. I read the note and started to cry (in a good way). It was so sweet.
We put the gift certificate with my file and saved it for the framing. How sweet. I am so touched by the kindness and generosity. I am tearing up again as I write this.
I had the most amazing experience.
Then as I was driving out of Osage, Karl called me. He told me he was in Decorah and it was the last day for out favorite Mexican food truck, Lesley’s Taco Truck to be out. Karl offered to buy me a burrito and have supper with me.
I stopped at the grocery store and as I shopped I found some goodies for my upcoming diet. The chicken stock will be awesome. I’ll make some chicken noodle soup using it and the egg free noodles. Yahoo. I also found some Coconut milk that didn’t have salt. I’m so encouraged about the foods I’ve found this time around.
From there it was home and supper with Karl and then after writing a couple of blog posts, cross stitching.
I can’t think of a more perfect day. I laugh now when I think that I almost talked myself out of going and staying home and working instead. Oh my word, what a day I would have missed out on. I am so thankful I went. It was just the day I needed.
A huge shout out and thanks to everyone who blessed me with the perfect day!!