Last Thursday was all about getting to Wilmington Delaware. I flew into Philadelphia, the closest airport to the Winterthur Museum. It is only about half an hour away. I rented a car to drive down there. I liked the Chevy Cruze they gave me. This time I made sure I the seat was adjusted so I could see out! I had Matilda, my GPS. I absolutely could not have gone on this trip without it. I decided that my first stop would be The Strawberry Sampler. I had ordered a couple of patterns from them but I had never been to the shop. I missed turning into the strip mall on the first go round so had to try and turn around and go back - but I didn't realize I was on a one-way street. I did finally make it to the shop without too much more trouble. Don't you love the big red Cross Stitch sign?
I got all the stuff so I could work on her if I wanted. I only brought one (really) project to work on, Betsy's Pioneer Girl's Book Etui. By the time I was done at The Strawberry Sampler, it was two in the afternoon. There was a pizza place just a few doors down from the store. So I went in there and indulged in my guilty pleasure, pizza and breadsticks. Yum.
Now my next job was to find the hotel. Matilda got me there just fine. I saw a lady in the hotel lobby who introduced herself, I thought she said her name was Jane but I found out later that I didn't hear it correctly. She said I looked like a stitcher. (I wonder why she said that, because I'm old?)
I was pretty tired as I didn't sleep very well the night before, I was too excited. Later a maid came to my door and gave me a slip of paper. It said that a lady would be in the lobby at 6:30 to take people to another lady's house. I was tired but thought I would be sociable. So I went down to the lobby and was talking to another lady down there who was giving a workshop on Erica Wilson. A van came to pick people up. A lady asked me if I was a teacher. It turns out I was given the paper by mistake. This was a dinner invitation for the teachers at the conference. The lady who introduced herself in the lobby was there. So I figured out who she was. She hadn't said her name was Jane. She was Joanne Harvey who is a very famous needlework teacher. I have a class with her on Saturday. So I just went back up to my room and relaxed.