Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Visit To The Strawberry Sampler....FINALLY!!!

Greetings from Malvern, Pennsylvania!

I visited The Strawberry Sampler yesterday Tuesday and as promised I have several pictures.  Click HERE for the link to Molly's blog at the Sampler.
Masterchief's check hit the bank and I hit the road, tires squealing, smoke rolling....whheeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
I even had a charming fella holler out his window at me.  Something about where it was I learned how to drive.

I don't want to talk about it.

I didn't buy nearly as much as I thought I would.  I guess I was shocked at what it costs to have finished pieces professionally framed!  You see my neighbor usually makes my frames to any specification I want and he won't charge me anything!  I only need to stain them and buy the glass.  He's been so busy this summer though with relatives visiting and making goodies in his shop for his grandchildren that I dared not ask him. It's worth every penny though to have the girls at the shop frame them.  I wouldn't trust anyone else to do it.
Here are the frames I chose for these finishes.....

I can't wait to see them all framed up!

When I walked into the shop I was first greeted by a stench that I first thought was burnt popcorn.  I tried to ignore the burning sensation developing near the back of my throat.  It would have been the kind thing to do.
As I neared the room in the back of the store where small miracles happen, wanting to say hello to the "Strawberry Girls", my eyes began to water.  I wanted them to believe I was just SO HAPPY to see them but they quickly fessed up and I was off the hook.  Here is the offender.....
and the poor unsuspecting burnt offerings......
I think Molly missed the semester in home economics about microwave usage.  She put the already-baked cookies in the microwave for 15 minutes to heat them up.  "But they were frozen", she said.
They opened the door in the back for ventilation and offered the cookies as a sacrifice to the dumpster out back.  As I shopped I thought I heard mutterings about someone going dumpster diving but I dared not go back there again.  Even poor Frankie almost needed mouth to gill resuscitation.

Here are a few pictures Lisa was kind enough to take of me with Beth and Molly.  We chose the sampler section of the shop to be in and catch up.....

We also posed for a picture of us trying to look like Charlie's Angels but I looked like a COMPLETE DORK so I conveniently chose not to post that one on here! 

I'm not really sure what Lisa was thinking when she took this one...but....Beth, where are your shoes?

Here are a couple of my favorite parts of the shop......

There is Stella at the register, ringing up my order.  

Below is a picture of the three pairs of scissors I picked up there.  Two of them are smaller in size.  I like them. They will make a nice addition to the others at home in my frog!

Picked up a couple pieces of linen...a 40 ct. piece of LL Navy Bean, also 40 ct. white and a 35 ct. piece of overdyed.  I am going to use the white for a 'sampler-sort-of-something' to announce my grandson's arrival.  Do you remember my ABC Tapestry?  I am going to use the letter blocks to spell out his name, LIAM. Then under it I'll put his birth date and maybe his weight.  I haven't decided exactly how it will all go together but I know I want to use those letter blocks for his name.  It won't be finished until way after he's born but I will get it done!  I'm going to use the #930 for it.  It's a beautiful blue.

Speaking of my little love, here's the latest pic of him taken just yesterday.  His parents are told he now weighs 2lbs. 15oz.  She is about 29 weeks along now.  He is just precious already!!

They have come so far with these things today.  I remember looking at the screen when they did an ultrasound  on me for Josh 25 years ago and I couldn't identify anything!

Well that's it for today's post.  It has taken me almost all week to get this put together.  Masterchief and I think maybe it's not the internet service here but my laptop that's giving me fits.  
Thank you for visiting with me today and thank you so much for your comments.  
I did manage to find a few minutes to stitch on Thank You For Serving but nothing really picture worthy.  I will take a quick pic of it today or tomorrow and post it. 

~~Peggy Lee

added note.................

***Masterchief sure has put a hurtin' on the banana pudding but he says he'll be happy to share what's left with you!***  
~~I've coached him that we CANNOT offer banana pudding as part of the next giveaway~~


Catherine said...

Love the frames for your pieces!! And Beth, well, I think we should call her Shoeless Beth. She was barefootin' last time I was there too!

What a great pic of the baby!! Love it!

Berit said...

Ooh! Now I want to find out how far they are away from me and go! :D

15 minutes in a microwave!? Even I only use 7.5...and that's for rock-solid steam-in-bag brussels sprouts!

Nice stash; I especially love the small "plain" gold handle scissors.

Jan said...

oh what fun!!! Love all of the pics, thanks for taking and sharing them. Always wonderful seeing pics of the inside of a great stitchey shop! Lovely frames you chose and lovely new stash! Thanks for persevering and getting your post to us!! How much longer are you staying with the Master chief?

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi! Love your frame choices and yes that blue IS gorgeous! Thx for the great pix ~ swoon:)


Carol said...

You picked some lovely frames. And oh, what I wouldn't give to have such a beautiful shop nearby...

Your grandson has such a darling expression--I'll bet you can hardly wait until you can hold him in your arms and spoil him :)

Hillery said...

What a fantastic picture of the baby. Wish my ultrasound pics were that good.

Deborah said...

Glad that you enjoyed your visit. The frames you picked look perfect. I love the scissors.

Daffycat said...

Oooo, your finishes will look fabulous in those frames. I hope it won't take too long to get them done...I'm excited to see!

Karen said...

I love the frames that you chose. The Strawberry Sampler is a beautiful store! Thanks for the pics. :)

Teri said...

What great pictures and all those wonderful framed models all over the store. Oh my! Love the frames you picked out for your pieces.

Blu said...

Sounds like someone had a great time!
You've picked some lovely frames! Can't wait to see them all done up.

dixiesamplardesigns said...

What a great trip and some wonderful stash! Love the little scissors.

The Strawberry Sampler is one of my favorite shops, but i can only get there about once every couple of years...I think Michele and I are due another trip soon!

Liam is gonna be a gorgeous little boy!


Vonna said...

That looks like a great grand shop to visit in! WOW!!!
And your frames chosen are lovely! Can't wait to see them all finsihed up :)

Suzanne said...

I love the frames you have chosen for your pieces. What an awesome shop to visit. I love the scissors you purchased.