Monday, February 14, 2011

I love to shop!

I really enjoy shopping. I am extremely fortunate in that DH enjoys it as well, and knows I try not to go over the budget.

Last Tuesday we stopped at JoAnn Fabrics, to pick up a couple of things. I was very happy to find the JoAnn's store; I was feeling quite insecure not knowing where to find needed essentials. The pearl #5 was for the temari demonstration I was scheduled to give, and the doll clothes patterns were just a lucky find.

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I didn't have to shop for these, my mom made them for C, her great-grand daughter. C will be excited to get some new clothes; she dresses her "WebKins" in them.

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On Wednesday, when DH and I were out and about by ourselves we stopped at The Attic Needlework shop, in Mesa, AZ. According to DH, it is among the top 3 needlework shops he has ever been in (and he's been in a lot!). I picked up a grab-bag, $20 for $100 worth of stuff, and I am very pleased with what I got.

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I picked up a Just Nan "leaf ball" (pattern and fabric) that reminds me of an embroidered temari; it should be a lot of fun to make. I also picked up a Drawn Thread darning sampler that has been on my wish list for a long time.

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In Tombstone all I bought was some fudge, and I cannot show you that because it is Gone! Yum!

We were in Tucson during the Mineral and Gem show. We had trouble getting a hotel room because of the crowd. We finally found a 2 star place to sleep; all the downstairs rooms had been turned into showrooms, Fossils and Minerals from around the world. There were displays from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and China (that I saw, there may have been more). Mom and I had fun shopping in the morning.

There are 3 tiers of dealers for the Gem show. Tier 1 is by invitation only. You can only get in if you can spend enough. That is where the diamond dealers and other fine jewelry dealers do their business. Tier 2 is for re-sellers; you have to have a tax number (the wholesale dealers). Tier 3 is open to the public, and that is what we saw in the hotel we were in. This is the type of stock a mineral store, or a "crystals" store would carry, but I was able to find plenty of nice stuff.

I got this string of Lapiz Lazuli beads from a store representing Afghanistan/Pakistan. He had some beautiful things too. He had some silver enamel jewelry, and a couple of pieces of antique silver jewelry.

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This is a bowl made from a single piece of agate! It is so beautiful, and so delicate. It is only about 5 cm across, small, but so pretty. It came from India.

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This is a fossil from Russia. It is only about 1 inch across, and I think it might be kind of fragile, according to what the dealer said. It is very pretty though, and very cool.

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These I left in the baggies, because most of them are for gifts. I did get one for myself as well though, jade and quartz beads that will probably make their way into another project. Such beautiful stuff! These were from India.

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Later that day, DH bought me this thimble to commemorate the Pima Air and Space Museum. So thoughtful!

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I am hoping that tomorrow my mom and I can get to the bead store! Several years ago my mom brought me some turquoise from that store; I cannot believe I have been here three times already, and haven't made it to that store. My only excuse is that I haven't been doing as much beading since I started making temari. I will let you know if we make it, and what I find.

3 comments:

Moonsilk Stitches said...

Looks like you're having loads of fun. What about beaded temari?...that sounds like fun to me. Missed you last night.

MOM said...

Miss you already. Had a cribbage game, though. Come again!

averyclaire.org said...

What beautiful treasures and what lovely weather! Love the Valentine Temari.