Last Saturday I decided I couldn’t stand to be in my house any longer. The boxes that were stacked up here were getting my nerves. I hadn’t told you all that I needed the mail situation to change. I was nervous to say anything and didn’t really know quite how to go about changing things. Kalissa was driving home from working an overnight shift. She called are we were chatting. I told her I didn’t know what I wanted to do that day. I knew I should stay home and tackle the mess but I really wanted to just get out of the house. Then Kalissa said, “What could you do today that would make you happy by the time you went to bed?”
Hmm. I told her to have this mail all taken care of would be my ideal. She said well stay home and do it. I just couldn’t. I was so needing a break and time away to think it all through. So…I wrote the blog post telling you all about the changes in the mail program. Find that HERE if you missed it. I scheduled it for the evening post. I sent a copy of the blog post to our three daughters. I asked them for their opinions…away I went.
As I drove away from my house I could feel the stress of it all lifting. Whew. I finally did it. I went and shopped at the Amish settlement near Hazelton, Iowa then cut cross country to Merry’s Stitchins near Jessup Iowa.
As I drove I decided I was going to buy a wool kit if I could find one I liked. I’ve seen several cross-stitchers pick up wool projects lately. I’ve done several wool applique projects in the past and would love to do one again. I really wanted to make a pillow for my dough bowl.
They had some cute wool things…
I liked this Welcome Sign but …
really couldn’t think of a place for it and a pillow was still what I really wanted.
There were lots of things to distract my looking.
The store has a great balance between samples and fabric.
There were some wool projects here but again…no pillow.
This zipper bag was really neat but I was trying really hard to concentrate on what I really wanted…a mini wool applique pillow kit.
I liked these pillows and would be so tempted to make something like this for a benefit. People around here are big college football fans.
I was surrounded by tempting things but I was still staying strong.
There were so many novelty prints. There was also those great strips for binding but I kept saying no.
The ceilings are high here and they were loaded with quilts.
There seriously was quilty goodness everywhere I turned.
If you live in Iowa…or even within a drive, this really is a nice big shop.
Merry’s daughter Julie is the owner and creator of the Patchabilites patterns. One portion of the store is designated just for her designs.
She specializes in small wall hangings. They had MANY different metal hangers for the wall hangings.
I was slowly getting closer to the wool section…but there were so many things that stopped me along the way.
I love farm prints…
What an amazing collection of black and white fabrics.
You can see I’m getting closer to the wool…
YES. I found it. So cute!!
Lots of table mats, runners and wall hangings…
I really did like them but, I wanted a mini pillow. Hmm.
Do I cave and buy something else or hold tight and wait it out for what I really want?
In the end…nothing tempted me enough to make me buy it.
These cute polka dot scissors were the closest thing to tempt me…but in the end, I left the store with nothing. I would love some cute ones to put in my cross stitch project bags, but it’s nothing I need. So I passed.
It was fun just looking and I appreciate that I got away. I’ll stop again…they always have great items to tempt me.
If you saw some thing that tempted you, I know nothing about prices or availability. You would need to contact their shop. The information on Merry’s Stitchins’ can be found HERE.