If you've read Barbara's post already, you know we met up in Belfast yesterday. It was about the 1/2 way point for both of us, me from down south and Barbara from down east. We had fabulous weather, sunny and warm for February so it was perfect for walking around town and checking out all the neat shops. Barbara and I hadn't seen each other for at least 3 years but it didn't feel like that long. We didn't get any stitching in this time but I did get to see her new pieces for the Gift of Stitching magazine - I hope we won't have to wait for too many more issues to be able to stitch them - the two I saw are wonderful!
After meeting at the Belfast Co-op and having something to eat - I had a chocolate croissant that was still warm from the baker's tray-we toured the city. Barbara surprised me with these lovely vintage magnets that are already being put to work on the refrigerator! Blogger is acting up so you'll have to turn sideways to see them!
Along with all the shops Barbara mentions, we also visited a great shop, Coyote Moon. I ended up leaving with this book which caught my eye. Belfast is a very arty town with lots of galleries. Here is one that we visited that had some really neat items. We also stopped at The Good Table where I finally found a red dish soap dispenser which I've been hunting for.I also bought this really cute laptop skin at a very cool store we visited called Yo Mama's. They had some great gift items, jewelry and home goods; one of those places you could find something new every time you visit.
Since Barbara so comically named my new mittens "Elmo mittens", I thought it only fitting she should have a pair of her own. She picked out this gorgeous skein of mohair which will become "Oscar the Grouch mittens" shortly. I started them while watching the Olympics last night.And finally for some stitching related stuff, here is my progress on Block 2 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. Now I'm off to see if I can find some updates from this weekend's cross-stitch market-I have a gift certificate that's burning a hole in my pocket! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.