Monday, October 14, 2013

And so it begins...

The marching band played!

The children cheered!

The King and Queen even made an appearance!

The Bittersweet Sisters arrived in Osage, Iowa!
(Arriving during the Homecoming Parade was so appropriate :) 

We took up residence above The Stitchery Nook.
A wonderful and very large shop, perfect for picking up needed supplies and the first two items in the giveaway gift bag - the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue and the cutest little snail measuring tape that you ever did see. 
The retreat center above the shop is the newest and roomiest that I have ever stayed in. After staying for several days, I never want to leave!

We stopped in a new bakery "Taste" for a little snack, yum!

This cute little shoe store has the most perfect shoes for a needleworker and I just couldn't resist: 

A pair of boiled wool slippers with applique that are oh so comfy and a pair of clogs with wonderful and unique buttons - I was so glad that they had my size!

Then it was on to The Flower Gallery!
We loved this shop last year, a feast for the eyes and the nose.
We couldn't wait to see what artist, Carol Herman had created this year!
There were lovely items displayed inside and out.
And here is the treasure that I purchased this year:

I just loved the red barn board and the Indian corn.
The most wonderful surprise came later that evening, when Bittersweet Sister, Nicki gifted each of us with a custom made piece by Carol Herman!

Bittersweet vines painted on shaker boxes - each unique.
Be still my heart!
I will treasure it always...
I guess that I should end for now before I bore you, but I have so much more to share :)
Blessings, Patti


cucki said...

Wow such fun :)
Everything is so sweet..
Big hugs x

Carole said...

Love, love, love your clogs!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Oh my goodness those shoes are adorable! Warm Blessings! Amy

moosecraft said...

That Osage sign in awesome! I've never seen so much detail put into a town sign before. LOVE the shoes!!!! The pumpkin sign is wonderful too... and the shaker box... WOW... so many goodies!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

There is so many things to say, but the thing I'm going to comment on is: THOSE CLOGS! LOVE THEM!!!!

Karen said...

Those new shoes rock - love them. Your journey certainly started out wonderfully - can't wait for the next part.
Hugs - Karen

Orange Sink said...

LOVE it all! The clogs are awesome! Can't wait to see more pics Patti! Thanks so much for sharing it here so we can at least get a little taste of what it's like!!
Cathy G

marie said...

Those shoes are awesome! Love the town sign. Show us more.

linda said...

Love the barn board corn, shaker box with bittersweet, slippers and shoes! I have been waiting for your adventure! Never bored.

marly said...

We're not bored! Share more!!

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Can't decide what was our greatest treasure many to chose from but those shoes are just awesome.

Linda said...

The manufacturer really should reissue those shoes! Now I'm jealous all over again!

Marilyn said...

It looks like a great time was had.
The shoes are awesome!

sjb said...

PLEASE tell us the manufacturers of both of those adorable shoes!

Carole said...

Would you like to sell me your shoes? I don't care what size they are...too big? I'd stuff cotton balls in 'em...too small, I'd scrunch my toes up....whatever it takes! Would you share the manufacturer or website of the store? Please, please, please (I'm really whining)