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SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT!
It's hard to believe, but we don't spend ALL our waking hours stitching! Let's face it, sometimes ya gotta do laundry or buy groceries. Sometimes we even do other fun stuff (like eat out!). So we're compiling a list of non-stitching favorite things to share with you! If you have some you especially like, email us & we'll definitely check them out!
All of us read & a few of us (Beth & Nancy, particularly) sometimes have a hard time choosing between stitching or reading. We know that many stitchers listen to audio books, but Nancy & Beth seem to need to be able to touch (&Smell) their books. We're a little concerned about the whole "smelling" issue, but they assure us it is essential to the reading experience. I don't see any of Oprah's favorite Kindles in their futures!
We also LOVE jewelry - Molly is now our very own dealer, I mean "sales representative" for Silpada (new catalog - "want it, want it, got it, don't wear that color, want it, WANT IT, WANT IT!!).
Phyllis is our resident "wow, that's gorgeous" person. She is also our bargain finder! Seriously. Typical conversation: "PHyllis, your dress/top/shoes are gorgeous. Where'd you get them?" Her reply: " oh, it was on the sale rack at ______ . It was originally $1,000 but I got it for $25, plus I had a 20% off coupon and it was Wednesday, so it came out to 13 cents!" Yeah, we don't even try anymore.
We quilt (well, some of us do - not Molly. sore subject). We decorate (actually, we like to "virtually" decorate). We eat (we ALL do this - a lot!!) We love our dogs & cats. On good days, we love our kids. On other days, we try not to hurt them! We like makeup. And shoes! And cookies (in an alternate universe, Beth would be a baker - however, this would be the definition of "eating your profits").
so without further ado (altough there may be more ado later) . . . .
Things we like to do
The Stencil Shoppe (our Olde Ridge Village neighbor & Beth's buddy since 6th grade)- check out their line of culinary stencils - it's not just for walls anymore!
Phillies - Molly & Beth are here at least 2 or 3 times a month, not including the POST SEASON & WORLD SERIES!
Fireside Stitchery - aka, Fiber Heaven! The best place for needlepoint (& we love their huge selection of threads - talk about a dangerous place!
Chadds Ford History - Lise, our illustrious framer, is also the baker at the John Chad House - beehive oven, colonial garb, great bread!
Quilter's Corner - the new quilt shop in Olde Ridge Village. Great place to get your fabric for your stockings & pillows!
Quilter's Hive - another of our favorite quilt shops in our area!
Anthropologie - look for sales, browse for ideas (Nancy has big letters from there on her wall - the first initial of each person in their family - really cool!).
Stitchin' Post - a fabulous quilt shop in Sisters, OR. If you are ever in Oregon on the 2nd Saturday in July, you have to go for this!!
Picnik - Abby's newest favorite photo website (& she knows her photo websites!). Anyone can make cool stuff from their pics (black & white with just 1 spot of color? Zoom in (looks like an action shot)? Add captions? This is the place.
Terrain at Styers - our local nursery, they also now have a cafe, workshops, a farmer's market - it's wonderful!
IKEA - we love this place. We have outfitted 3 shops, 2 houses & a poolhouse at IKEA. Ruthie, of course, has a real "thing" for anything Scandinavian & finds IKEA's things to be so logical (she often says "those Swedes are so creative"). In fact, she would love to be the "night watchman" (actually, if they would let her, she'd just live there).
Places we like to go (& stay)
Hotel Hershey - whenever Ab & Jay get a chance to get away from the heathens (ooh, I mean the darling boys), this is where they go. Sadly, they don't even leave to go get dinner - they just order spaghetti from room service.
Wentworth by the Sea - in New Castle, New Hampshire. Molly took her goddaughter here last year for a girls weekend away - I need a godmother!
Williamsburg, VA - Beth went to college here & we all love going there. If you're going, make sure to eat at The Cheese Shoppe in Merchant Square (get a sandwich with LOTS of house dressing - in fact, you can just get a big tub of house & bread ends. It's so worth it).
Things we like to eat
Special Teas Tearoom - another of our friends from Olde Ridge Village. A great place to have lunch (or just go for tea!).
Flour Bakery - in Boston. I know, not local, but if you're in Boston GO THERE. Abby's husband is from Boston & Beth discovered this place a couple years ago. If we had anything like it here, she'd LIVE there.
Jaker's - a great restaurant in Missoula (Nancy again!).
Rice Paddy - our most FAVORITE place to eat in Georgetown, SC (right below Pawleys Island). Whenever we went to Carm's (& when she's been back from New Zealand & goes to SC) this is where we go. YUM!!!
Charcoal Pit - the best burgers in the area. Also great cheese steaks. A Wilmington landmark.
Capri Water Ice - The best water ice & gelato around! A summertime favorite.
Recipezaar - so if you actually want to cook (if not, see "things we like to watch"), this is a good recipe search site. You can actually enter what ingredients you have on hand & they'll find you recipes using those items. It's getting harder & harder to find excuses not to cook!!
Things we like to read
Chester County Books - if Beth & Nancy are missing, this is more than likely where you will find them!
Jennsylvania - the website for Jen Lancaster, author of "Bitter is the New Black" & more books. This girl is hysterical. Her books are memoirs & her life is pure entertainment.
Earlene Fowler - One of our favorite writers!
Lisa Scottoline - If you ever get a chance to see her GO! Smart, funny & entertaining.
Things we like to wear
Dansko - if you haven't tried these clogs you should! Worn by doctors, chefs & girls at TSS! Also, if you're in our area, go to the outlet in Jennersville - they're HALF PRICE!
Sephora - got makeup? Molly & Beth discovered this place during a trip to Charlotte. When one opened at King of Prussia, they took the day off for the occasion. Sad, we know.
Silpada Jewelry - we are addicted. We can't get enough. Really. Is there any such thing as too much jewelry? Even Abby (who NEVER buys or wears jewelry besides her wedding rings) is hooked!!
Things we like to watch
Food Network - All the food you could ever want - & nothing to clean up!
Top Chef - even more great food TV - who knew you could be a competitive cook?
HGTV - we love this site (although I think Connie loves it the most!). Connie's favorite section is "rate my space"!
Drop Dead Diva - bad name for a great show. Fashion model dies & comes back as a size 16 lawyer - funny & makes a point (but not in a snippy way).
Project Runway - is this not the greatest show? Sometimes it's really great, other times it's like a train wreck. "Auf wiedersehen".
Chris White Sucks - Mary Anne's son is a comedian. She's not so sure about the name of the website...but he is hilarious! Mary Anne has also been the subject of some of his jokes!
Things that smell good (aside from books)
Meadowsweet Herbs - a wonderful herb shop in Missoula, Montana - a Nancy recommendation!
Thistle Bath and Body- handmade soaps & other treasures from Woodstock, VT (where Molly's folks live!). Even the boxes smell good!
L'Occitane - delicious skin care inspired by Provence. One of Nancy's favorites!
Modern Mermaids - Eco-friendly cleaning products. These SMELL so good! They have all-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, hand foamy (as opposed to purell), veggie wash, hand soap & dish soap. All are completely chemical-free & effective. We've switched!!
Main Line Animal Rescue - Molly's 2 fuzz faces came from here & they do a WONDERFUL job rescuing, & finding homes for, animals. You may have seen them contributing to the show on puppy mills on Oprah last year, Nightline this year & recently concerning Michael Vick.
Pennsylvania SPCA - again, all the great work they do...you just can't say enough.
In the Company of Dogs - a great catalog for anything you need connected for dogs (T-shirts, beds, jammies...) & the people who love them.
Pet Kraze - our local pet supply store - we love them!
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