My mom and I used to take “field trips” often. Our field trips were usually to a scrapbook, craft or needlepoint store. Those days have become few and far between with a full time job for me and all the things that go into raising a very school-involved kid. My mom doesn’t drive into unfamiliar areas anymore so my Mother’s Day gift to her was to take her on a “field trip” to a needlepoint store in Alameda that we really like. Both of us are trying to finish up some canvases we have so this was something I knew she would like to do.
The store we like is Needle In A Haystack. We haven’t been there in a long time but every time we go we’re able to get what we need. They have everything you need for needlepoint, crewel, cross-stitch and more. There are stretcher bars, fibers, kits and canvases. It’s a beautiful store.
Today I bought what I needed to finish up three Christmas stocking cuffs. I started them quite a few years ago and just recently got them out to finish. One of them just needs a hand full of stitches (ran out of the fiber I needed) and some beads added. Another one is about half finished and the third one I have not even started. They work up quickly but I have kept them in a closet and just never really thing about getting them out. So, now I have all I need to complete them. When they are done I’ll send them out to be finished. I think I could probably do it myself but with all the work that has gone into them I don’t want to chance messing them up. There are people out there who can do it and do it right. So, that’s the route I’ll go.
These are the cuffs:
BTW, after the needlepoint store we had lunch at Spenger’s Seafood Grotto in Berkeley. Forgot how much I liked that place. Spenger’s is also a place we haven’t been to in a long time. Glad we stopped there. Mom had New England clam chowder and I had seafood gumbo. Really was a nice treat and I nice way to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom.
I think I’m going to make some tea and get to stitching. Have a happy Mother’s Day and keep on stitching.