For once I didn’t stay home on Saturday. DH is going to be traveling at least 17 days in March (Germany, Texas twice and Atlanta). I told him we needed to spend a day together. So after my hair appt in the AM I picked him up and we went to Manchester. My favorite quilt shop stayed opened for me so I could purchase my May Shop Hop tickets. While I was waiting for Susan to fill out the Shop Hop passports I browsed her half-off book rack and found “Learn to Do Red Work, 77 Re-Creations of Antique Blocks”. Since I recently started playing with red work I thought this would be a fun book. DH came into the store with me and while I browsing the books, he was browsing the fabric. Next thing I knew he had found two fabric he liked and asked if I could make some placemats and potholders for the kitchen. How could I turn down such a sweet request? But because I like to work with at least three colors we spent another 20 minutes looking for fabric #3.
We spent a couple hours browsing a furniture store that was having a clearance sale and then a couple of clothing and shoe stores. I can’t believe how hard it is to find a black dress pumps that are wide, not pointy toed and comfortable. I’ve been looking for two months and finally found a pair. Thanks, DH for buying them for me.
The highlight of the day was dinner at Gauchos, a Brazilian restaurant. What’s so special about a Brazilian restaurant? There is no menu to order from. There is a salad bar and “gauchos” walk around the restaurant with grilled meats on huge skewers and slice and serve the meat to you at your table. Meat choices include two or three kinds of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, sausages. Side dishes include potatoes, rice and fried plaintains. Of course there are some wonderful American desserts.
On our way home we stopped at Lowe’s for some home items (somehow not very romantic, but with DH on the road there are some items that need to be done before he leaves). While we were there I grabbed some paint chip cards. If you haven’t read the newest Quilter’s Home magazine or been in a paint dept lately you can now get paint chip cards that have complementary, monochromatic and analogous colors on them. How do you use them in quilting? Well take the paint chips to the LQS and buy fabrics that match the colors. What a cool way to match colors. I’m going to use them when I go on my Shop Hop in May to pick fabrics.
Today is laundry day and maybe some time in my sewing room or maybe some red work.