2/25/2011

The Visit aka as the "Creative Surge"

Our Miss Molly immediately attached herself to Cathy and the feeling was mutual.. She literally abandoned DH to be Cathy's constant companion... night as well as day.. Any worries I had about Cathy adapting to over-exuberant Morris and neurotic Molly were quickly dispelled.


The long awaited visit was one long creative surge. We threw ideas out so fast we almost collapsed with laughter when we got ahead of ourselves. Oh oh oh what if?.........


I had watched the long range forecast for weeks willing decent weather.... only the have the coldest, hardest storm to hit Spokane in 18 years... My day to take her to Coeur d' Alene for lunch with a view ended in a blizzard with zero visibility and we were trapped for over an hour because of a pile-up on the freeway. So we ended up not getting a walk in the forest.



On Monday I tried to get a picture of her in focus in the barn going through large bins of fancies and lace but she was a constant whirl of activity...tossing fabric right and left. We spent two days doing fancies, one day doing lace, and one day doing just trims. She kept saying "Oh Gerry! Do you know what this would be worth on e-bay?" Obviously not, as it is still in my barn but she has me convinced to start listing stuff in lots later this spring... and also convinced I can make enough for my dream trip to England. That's the one where you stay in stately mansions, have workshops by the RSN, and are treated like a queen...all for about $7500 (flight extra). Well even I know I don't have THAT much stuff.....
On this day it was about 30 degrees and with the big propane heater going it was quite pleasant. I discovered lots of things I had quite forgotten I had.
But on Thursday the temperature was only 8 degrees F. outside and, even bundled in layers and the big propane heater, we were cold but determined to get through the bins of ribbons, braids, cordings etc. We didn't get to the little bins on the wall or the embroidered linens but made great progress otherwise... Most of the stuff we sorted through were items I collected in my doll-making years....and lots of it. She went home with her suitcase stuffed and a box for me to mail and left me with a lot less to cope with when I start selling on E-bay.
Besides going to all my favorite thrift stores, we poked through the coolest antique mall. We didn't leave any dollars at the antique mall but got lots of ideas for the use of cutter linens (which bins we didn't get sorted). But we found treasures at ALL of the thrift stores including great jewelry we divided to share.



I did cook every day but DH did all the dishes which allowed the maximum time to stitch and stitch to the max we did... early morning and all afternoon every day and late into the night...
It was one of the best vacations I've ever had and I didn't even have to leave home... What a great and treasured friend and sorely missed already...
Tomorrow I will show the progress on the CQ blocks.

8 comments:

Dawn S. said...

Who wouldn't love a Corgi? And what Corgi would pass up the opportunity for constant attention from a new admirer? I am a fellow Corgi owner/lover and former co-breeder. I love reading about your babies.

Judy said...

Oh my goodness...I wish I could dive into your studio.BUT 8 degrees F. That IS COLD!!!Brr...

You both look so happy playing with your fabrics!Good on you. I wish all people could be as lucky as those of us who have hobbies/crafts etc!!Looking forward to seeing what you made.

Allison Ann Aller said...

The friendship between you two sheds a beautiful light all over the Bloggosphere!

Carol said...

"So THERE Hubby! Told ja she'd LOVE my haunts"!!

Momma Bear said...

it looks like you had a great time! what fun, going through piles of wonderful fabrics and laces.
it's wonderful to have friends to bounce ideas off!
maybe you should make it into a retreat for cqers to come to your home and help you go through your barn.
charge a fee for room and board, call it the "get Gerry to london" retreat!

Anonymous said...

I love Mama Bear's comment, I would love to be one of the first to sign up! Looks to me like you two had a GREAT TIME. Corgis rock!
Suzie in Idaho

Whytefeather said...

What a wonderful visit you two had! I envy Cathy her chance to play and sort with you in your barn :)
Love the photo of you two together and who could resist your adorable Corgi pals, Morris and Molly were helping you show Cathy around!

Plays with Needles said...

What FUN!! Some of my favorite dates with Jim are when my niece takes Jack out and we have dinner and a night alone at home. I'm so happy you re-charged your batteries, got creative AND cleaned up your barn. Smarty brithches -- you definitely know how to kill three birds with one friend!!

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