Happy Spring from Michigan!
My Sweetie and I just returned from our Spring vacation in Kentucky and Ohio. I long to see blooming flowers and trees and was not disappointed. Our first stop was to two small communities outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
"The Top Drawer" is located in a small village called Mariemont. I was surprised to find that Mariemont looked like a small village you would find in Germany. The owner Sandy was very warm, friendly and helpful. The Top Draw does have a website and she does mail order. Please see the photo below. Of course I found some treasures to bring home with me. vbg
The next shop I visited was only a few miles away in another lovely small village called Madeira. The shop is called "Absolutely Needle Point". They had many wonderful selection of threads but they do not have a website.
The photos below is some of the beautiful silk embroidery flosses I discovered I did not have in my stash. Oh it is so soft and the colors are so lovely I can hardly wait to use it.
I also found some more colors of the wonderful Kreinik Metallic Mirco Ice Chenille Floss. Oh, how I absolutely love this thread. Love it.
I also discovered I new Kreinik Metallic "Wire" Medium #16 Braid. I look forward to create stumpwork creations with it. They are the 5 spools in the front of the photo.
I really fell in love with another Kreinik Fine #8 Braid called Threadworx. This one is new to me too. I bought two different colorways. It is so very pretty.
To couch down the Kreinik 'Wire" I bought some Kreinik Fine #8 Braids in some very lovely colors. Oh how I love all kinds of flosses. So this is what I discovered in the first two shops I visited in Ohio. More to come. LOL
I have been wanting to visit the "The Quilt Box" in Kentucky for years. Why you ask, because it was voted by American Homes and Gardens as a Top 10 Quilt Shop in the country so I just had to see it. LOL
It is located several miles out of Dry Ridge, Kentucky. After you leave the main road you have to drive back in a mile or so on a very narrow gravel somewhat road through a middle of a large woods. The photo below was the widest section of the road. Thank goodness my Sweetie has a 4X4 truck because the path/road got pretty rugged and very very narrow. But it was a great adventure and we loved it.
It was so well worth the wee adventure because when you get to " The Quilt Box" you will instantly fall in love with the tranquil, green, and beautiful area in the hollows of Kentucky. The shop is also the owners home. The shop owner and her staff was very warm and friendly and I could truly see why it was considered a Top Ten Quilt Shop. Unfortunately, they do not have a website.
I bought these lovely "Pink" fabrics at "The Quilt Box"!
Recently I bought some "Velvet Rick Rack" at a etsy shop called, "Macy Brooke Boutique"! Oh, I was so pleased with the velvet rick rack in it many array of colors. I will definitely enjoy using it on my creations.
Here in Michigan we had a very long cold Winter and our Spring has been rather coolish too. So My Sweetie and I treated ourselves to a Spring trip south to southern Ohio and Kentucky. Here I found incredibly beautiful blooming trees and flowers. The pink blooming tree is called a "Red Bud" which is my favorite flowering tree. I have two very wee ones in my garden but they have yet to bloom. Isn't the Red Bud the most Gorgeous Tree.
The white tree is a "Dogwood". I have several of these in my garden too. I am hoping my white one blooms this year just like this one.
I am not sure what the flowers along the driveway are but I fell in love with them. I think I will have to add them to my garden this Spring. Aren't they so pretty in pinks and purples?
When I started to see all the beautiful blooming flowers and trees I started creating a wee poem in my mind. By far I am no Poet but I thought I would share it with you all anyways.
Oh Spring, Oh Spring, Oh Spring!
Oh, how you make My Heart Soar and Sing!
Gazing out over your Kentucky Hills of Greens, Pinks, Purples and Blues;
They make my Winter Weary Heart burst with Gaiety.
Oh Spring, Oh Spring, Oh Spring,
Thank you for coming back again!
I would also like to wish all my Family and Friend A Very Happy Mother's Day!
I will post Part 2 of our Spring Kentucky trip at the end of May.