While I was in Texas, I snagged this sampler kit at the bookstore for only $5! I was doubtless the only person in the Rivercenter Mall that saw this kit and squealed, "Ooh! Samplers!" I thought it would be a great way to keep myself busy on the plane back to New York.
Inside are 3 cute old-timey sampler patterns, a motifs and techniques book, a wooden hoop, aida cloth, thimble, embroidery floss, and a big, dull needle.
I am such a slow cross-stitcher, and get bored and burned out with it very easily. Don't believe me?
This is all I did in about 4 hours of stitching (our flight was even delayed and I started in the terminal:
A weird and funny sidenote to that - I stitched while waiting to board the plane, with a big, dull needle. A woman sat across from me and stared intently at me - I just assumed she was a stitching fan. Anyhow, the minute I folded up my cloth and put away my needle to board the plane, she said, very loudly, "You'll have to check that needle at the gate." I smiled, looked confused, and said "Um, I've never had a problem with a needle before on a plane, " to which she very firmly and angrily replied "Those are the rules - you HAVE to check that at the gate." She repeated it a few times, equally loudly, and seemed about to report me to security. I was so confused and angry that I was about to throw away the needle just to get her off my case, when my boyfriend returned from the bathroom, asked what was going on, and very patiently took the needle over to the gate to make sure it was okay, which of course it was. To which the random woman replied, super loudly and forcefully, "I am so sorry - DO YOU ACCEPT MY APOLOGY?" When I didn't reply she again said "WILL YOU ACCEPT MY APOLOGY?!" I still have no idea what her problem was, nor did she even try to explain. I guess she was just the random rule police.
One thing that is definitely not allowed on the plane are scissors, so instead of using my teeth again, I invested in a cute thread cutter. It's a very simple contraption and it seems impossible to cut yourself- you just slip the threads into the grooves to cut the thread.
It works really well and is even easier than having scissors. It also makes a cute pendant that I would actually wear. (I also scored that turquoise dress in Texas, for a whopping 14 dollars...)
Speaking of necklaces, I found a really fun one in Texas:
There's a string of small artsy stores on S. Alamo, just outside of downtown San Antonio, which is where I found this little gem - you need to see their sweet faces close up, to fully appreciate them... I love worry dolls, and I'd never seen them on a necklace before - there were 2 in the store, but I loved the bright turquoise and reds on this one.
I am so not a traditional gems and jewelry type of girl - expensive jewelry is offensive to me because I think it's a waste to spend a lot of money on trinkets. I love instead, little unique things like this, with a story and a memory behind them...
My only other "souvenir" from Texas was some delicious pan dulce:
I filled up a big bag, and comforted myself for a few mornings in New York, eating pan dulce with my morning coffee. That's about it for my Texas adventures... I'm feeling less glum now, thanks to your comments - it does make me feel better to know I'm not the only one missing family and home. The weather's improving and I really enjoyed Easter, even though there was almost no room at church for me. Hope you had a good Easter!