Friday, October 2, 2009

Denver Shopping Adventure

I get the e-mail newsletter from a stitching/framing shop in Denver called FanciMats & More.  The newsletter this week said they were going to be open special hours--3:00-7:00 p.m. today--to introduce their finds from Market.  I've only been to this store a couple times, even though we live just 50ish miles from there (I HATE driving in Denver traffic!).

Anyway, I convinced DH that we should head down there today.  We got there about an hour and a half before they opened, so we wandered around downtown Littleton a while, until we found a nice place to have a late lunch.  We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and wandered back to where the car was parked to wait for 3:00 p.m. 

I did a bit of stitching on the way to and from Denver; I'll share that tomorrow.

When it was a couple minutes to 3, we walked across the street to the store; there was a group of 10 or so ladies waiting outside for the store to open.  Obviously there are some serious stitchers in the Denver area! 

DH found a bench inside and made himself comfortable while I started looking around.  It only took me about 40 minutes to find a LOT of new stash!  Oh my!  Here's some photos of what I came home with. 

To start with, they had several copies of the new "Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow" by Carriage House Samplings, along with the fabric cut for it.  The fabric is 40 ct, which I've never tried before, that could turn out to be a real challenge with my bad eyesight.  I'll definitely need my magnifier lamp for this one! 

I noticed those charts and fabric did NOT last long!  These women stitchers did some serious shopping--a feeding frenzy if I ever saw one!! 

Next is Lizzie Kate's new series "Christmas by the Letter."  I purchased the threads and patterns from Silver Needle online a while back, but got the fabric today.  They had a sample stitched up and the fabric I bought is the same as their sample,  It looks like a fun stitch.

When I saw their model of Lizzie Kate's "Boo Club," I just couldn't resist getting those charts as well as the fabric for it.  I also picked up a really pretty needleminder by Kelmscott Designs, and a 10 x 12 cut of Stoney Creek's new fabric called 'Blue Sky' - 28 ct. (my favorite count to stitch on).

I seem to be collecting Prairie Schooler designs, altho so far I have not stitched a SINGLE one!  I admit to being totally in love with "When Witches Go Riding" that Rene la Frog recently finished.  Today I picked up "Boo To You."

One last picture from this stash adventure....a bunch of great freebies they had for customers to grab; on the table with a variety of goodies--candy corn (did you know they make chocolate/caramel candy corn?), cheese cubes, fresh fruit, and wine!

I left the shop a truly happy camper, even though my credit card was smoking!  I stitched all the way home (altho I was putting binding on a quilt, not working on cross stitch).  We were driving through Denver during rush hour, which can be rather ugly.  We got caught up in a few traffic snarls due to accidents, but made it home safely, well in time to watch the entire Rockies/Dodgers game this evening.


That's it for tonight.  holy cow, it's after midnight and I didn't stitch a stitch, just surfed the web, read blogs, updated my blog, and watched the Rockies game.  I seriously don't understand how some of you get so much stitching accomplished! 

Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO


staci said...

I've only been to FM&M a few times, it's a very sweet little shop. Looks like you got some great new stash!

Nancy M said...

With all this new stash you've acquired you better get stitching!!! LOL I've been *looking* at Boo To You, also.....just haven't broken down yet. Sounds like a fun time!

Meari said...

Great stashing!

Gabi said...

Oh my gosh..I'm SO jealous. You have already the Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. Lucky you.

Great stash in general. All your purchases are lovely.

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