We drove up to my folk's place in Maine and met VT who my mom had been kind enough to fetch from the Portland airport. We had treats to share. I had made flip flop scissor fobs and a notebook to put into the bags I had decorated. I also included a few freebie patterns.
DD made up goody bags that included candy and gum, hand cream and a nail file, a magnet needle holder, a nap raiser, Thread Heaven, and a thread straightener. It was all included in a pretty little autumnal bag. So sweet!
After lunch at Wild Willy's on Friday, we made the pilgrimage to Yankee Cross Stitch which is loaded with beautiful stitched pieces, but I didn't see that many new things. It's a sad fact that we forgot to take a photo of us in front of the store. My mom drove us, and even though she doesn't stitch, she did pick out a couple of patterns. For me to stitch for her. But she bought everything I picked out because it's almost my birthday so it's the least I can do. I got two Mosey n Me patterns, Twigs and Blocks of Christmas; Carriage House Samplings, Annie's Garden; monsterbubbles, Lizzie Borden; Good Huswife, June Morning; Blackbird Designs, Flea Market Souvenir, and finally I found a copy of the JCS Ornament Issue. (I bought the Hillside Samplings chart, Animal Samplings, at Colonial Needleworks.) My mom picked out the Sue Hillis Designs, Why Men Fish and the Dimensions Flip Flop kit, though I have permission to substitute the fabric.
We shopped a bit in the mall where YCS is located. Before driving back we swung by Strawbery Banke so DD could see "a three hundred year old salt box" per her special request. We stopped at Yummies on the way home. We bought candy like we were...kids in a candy store. For dinner we had Mike's Clam Shack clam chowder and lobster rolls.
Saturday was a beautiful day so we took a short cruise past Nubble Light. We walked around (shopped) Ogunquit before heading back to pick up my dad for dinner. Lobster on the marsh. Mmmmmmmm lobster. Then we swung by the Bush's place to watch the sunset. (Some of us were more excited about that than others. But next time George, Jr. pulls his aw-shucks-I'm just-a-man-of-the-people act think about summering on Walkers Point. Personally, I know that I had a privileged childhood, and our summer place was next door to one that a bunch of frat boys rented!)
Then the weekend was over quick as it came. We did do a little stitching, I had kitted up a Drawn Thread pumpkin fob, but people had also brought their own projects. So it was more a weekend with stitching friends than it was about stitching. I guess we'll save that for camp next year.