Friday, June 11, 2010

A Trip to the Haystack

GR&DF thank you for your kind comments - I opened up one of the Tim Tam's last night and what a great little cookie!! Crunchy, chocolaty deliciousness! I now know what all the talk is about -

Yesterday afternoon instead of heading home we ran over to Tessa's Hotel and picked her up for our trip to NIAH - It was a pretty tough mess of a traffic on the way out of town, but those are the breaks sometimes. Once across the Bay Bridge it was a clear shot through the Posey Tube and onto Alameda. For those that might not know Alameda is a island in the SF Bay and there are only a couple of ways to get onto or off by car - one is the Posey Tube/Webster Street Tube the other is an old metal bridge. We usually use the tubes. This will come into play a little later. After getting to the store we found a super parking spot right out front!!

We shopped the store pretty good. I found some things and here are some stash snaps -

I picked up a special cut of LL Vintage Autumn Gold for my SoHRH. Here is a snap of the silks with the linen. It looks like it will be a really nice piece. The only thing I am changing is the black border colour - from black to a very dark blue.

I also picked up this -

I went and pulled the chart from the pile o' stash and found that I had already kitted the project. I didn't like the linen I had chosen a 32ct Flax with Thread Gatherer Silkn'colors "Tapestry Green." I really like the silk but wanted to get another piece of linen - so I found this LL Navy Bean 36ct piece that I think will do much better.

I also picked up a couple of things for the regular stash heap -

How could I pass on this lovely piece of BoF Sandpiper. I also picked up the little chart to go along with the Jenny Bean Charts I already have. Tessa picked up quite a pile of stuff also. Mostly things that are hard to get in Australia - all together we did quite well and Jennifer was a great help!!! Here is a snap -

- of the two of us out front of NIAH.

After we left and got back on the way home we ran slap into a gigantic traffic problem - I think but am not too sure but there must have been some sort of wreck in the tub going off the island and luckily I could turn us around a get across the island and on to the bridge - this only added about 45 mins to the ride home. But it was one crazy traffic jam!!

Last night the flicker was a DVD from Netflix. I have had this on my queue ever since it came out on DVD - it has been on "very long wait" up until two days ago. Now that I have seen it I am so happy to have not spent $15 and seen it on the big screen. It was Disney's "Princess and the Frog" - 2009 - starring the voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos and Keith David. I really wanted to like this film - as I am a Disney fan from way back and I did in a couple of places but overall I felt it fell quite flat - on two major points - characters and story - set in 1920's Jazz Filled New Orleans - a visiting Prince is turned into a frog and accidentally a hardworking "Princess" is accidentally turned into a frog also- the frog story then shifts gears and revolves around and evil Voodoo conjure man trying to use a replacement Prince to get rich and gain power over the city while the Frog Prince and "princess" race against time to turn back into humans. There where some really bright spots and the music was very good - not memorable but very good. A nice little film that is very rentable not buyable.

There you go sports fans. Once again I must thank you for stopping by and for you kind comments - have a great weekend!!

Take care,
edgar

24 comments:

Sharlotte said...

The fabric you picked up for SoHRH is very nice indeed! Those other linens and charts look great as well! Glad you had a good time with Tessa and her hubby. Have a great weekend dear Edgar!!!

Mary said...

Love your new stash! I'm envious...some day I am going to get to shop at NIAH! The store looks fabulous online.

I didn't realize there is an underwater tunnel and enjoyed reading about it from the link you provided.

Sharlotte said...

I was going to mention that I was thinking about using Dirty linen from I think Zweigart for Shores but I think I like the gold you picked out better. What do you think? Do you think the Dirty linen will be ok with that pattern or are you familiar with that color?

Karen said...

love all the fabrics you got! What fun getting to meet up! great pic of the two of you!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi Edgar! I am sorry I missed you at the shop. I love all the stitchy items you picked out.
Much Love,
Mary

Carol R said...

Great stash haul! And thanks for the peek inside NIAH - I can just about see through the windows!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Edgar, look slike some fantastic stash shopping was had by all! When I am travelling the first thing I do is find the needlework shops and try to get in touch with a local stitcher or two! Its always so nice to meet fellow stitchers.

Tim Tams are heaven!

Berit said...

Awesome time and stash! I hate it when traffic gets like that here--usually it's pretty good but when it's bad, well! Once we spent 3 hours on what should have been a 40 min trip to LaGuardia Int'l. Whew!

I completely agree with your evaluation of Frog Princess.

I see that NiaH is actually moving locations; sounds like the new one has better parking--hope you'll enjoy it!

Margaret said...

Oh, I'd love to go to NiaH just for the fabric! lol! Great stash! Glad you two had a good time! Bummer about the traffic, but at least you knew a different way to go. :D

Jennifer said...

Looks like a good time was had by all. Sometimes traffic IS worth the wait, especially to go to a shop like that. Let me know the "damage" so I can send you some $$$.

ariadne said...

Oh I am so happy you will stitch the Shores....I will be looking forward to seeing it develop!I wish I could stitch it one day!Ariadne from Greece!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing your new stash, Edgar. I also appreciate reading your movie reviews. Thanks for having such a great blog!
Lancy

Carol said...

Hi Edgar, sounds like you had a crazy ride but a lot of fun! So...what's the story behind the EC shirt? I think I remember you saying you are from the east coast but more northern than NC.

DaisyGirl said...

I heard that NIAH is gonna move. Hope it's still close to you. Hope you and Rico have an awesome weekend!
I know I will, I get to work at the shop of stitchy goodness!
Hugs,
DaisyGirl

DonnaTN said...

Looks like you picked up some good stuff! Glad you had a fun time and the traffic didn't put a damper on your outing!

Mel said...

Great new stash! :)

That is too bad that Princess and the Frog is disappointing I have it on my zip list (Canadian equivalent to NetFlix). But now I now not to expect much.

carol fun said...

What a great haul-- such gorgeous linen and silks. I'd love to check out this shop next time I get to California. Have a great weekend --

carol fun said...

What a great haul - such beautiful linen, silks and charts. I'd love to check out this store next time I'm in California. Have a great weekend --

SilkLover said...

I can't believe you found a parking space right out front!!! Tessa must be a good luck charm. Did she show you her completed Townhouse Sewing Case? Probably didn't bring it with her, though. Gotta save room in the suitcases for the return trip!

Lynn said...

I love what you found. Sound like you had a great trip. Sounds like one must be persistent to get where they want to go with the traffic. Have a great weekend and wonderful week.

Loraine said...

Such wonderful stitchy stash! Love the picture with Tessa. So fun to meet a blog friend, and to hear about your adventure to Alameda!

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Sherry said...

to see some really cool SoHRH check out theadgatherer.blogspot.com for several HRH pieces. Deb took the pictures at a guild meeting we had last weekend (I forgot my camera) and we had a focus group - working on HRH of any type, stitch and then show-n-tell.

Love your stash enhancements! Sounds like a great time.

Tracey said...

Great stash! I wish we had such a LNS nearby.