Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Last week we stopped by Keepsakes, a needlework shop just a couple of miles from our home.  The owners are Barb Hils and her husband Joe.  Every nook and cranny of this old house is filled with cross stitch goodies.

Approaching the front door via the sidewalk, we passed the cutest cat nestled among the flowers.

Here is Barb, with her beautiful smile, and with My Favorite Things Stitching Basket, Quaker Turtles, and Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif, which she stitched as shop models.

Now here is a close-up.  I wish I had taken the needlework accessories out of her stitching basket so you could see them.

Next is a close-up of her turtles.

And last, here is the inside of her huswif.

Barb told me that one of her customers made a wonderful rendition of Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif using beautiful reproduction fabrics for the lining.  She is now working on the basket.  Hopefully she'll send me photos to show you.

On the home front, our kitchen is now back in order.  This time, we went with a glossier floor finish than in the past, and I love it!  The dust wasn't too bad--the refinisher told us that thanks to new improved equipment they are able to eliminate most of the dust.


Margaret said...

That looks like a great shop! I love all her pieces too -- so pretty! Glad your kitchen is back to normal. Interesting about the dust levels. We need to refinish our floors someday. It'll probably never happen at the rate we're going, but it's nice to know about the new equipment.

Faye said...

Oh to have a treasure store like that in your back yard!!! Her items are just perfect and what better way to show off your beautiful designs!!!!

Take care, Faye

Robin said...

What a neat thrill for both the shop owner (to have you visit) and you (to see all your designs worked up). If I am ever out that way, I know I will make a stop at Keepsakes a must do!

woolwoman said...

wow what a darling shop - that would be my dream shop in a little victorian house. What beautiful WMN items in the post. The little turtles in their basket home are just adorable. enjoy your new kitchen ! happy friday Mel

Pat T. said...

The customer Barbara told you about is my sister. Three stitching friends and I descended on Keepsakes this past weekend, along with my sister. I finally got to see the huswif. It is truly beautiful! You'll love it.