My brain is a little fuzzy today, so I hope this post is coherent! I tried to stay up until 2 a.m. (midnight MT) last night – or, this morning, I guess – so I could enter my preorder from the Stampin’ Up!® holiday mini catalog. I made it to about 5 minutes till, then thought, you know what? I’m just too tired. Isn’t that weird? I mean – 5 minutes??? But I’m glad, because it gave me a chance to watch a video about one of the new products, which means I went ahead and bought it. *sigh* Definitely a sickness.
There’s a very nice promotion in August. Purchase three packs of designer series paper from the Idea Book & Catalog or the Summer mini catalog and get a 4th pack free! This is a great way to “stock up” on the new designer paper or the paper from the summer mini that will be gone after August. You can order online or contact me with your order.
Yesterday afternoon, Mike & I had some shopping to do, so we headed off to Hagerstown, MD, to the closest Sam’s club. Their prices are better than Costco’s on a lot of things, and there’s no sales tax on food in Maryland. (Nice!! Speaking of which – I think this weekend is the sales tax holiday in Virginia…look for great specials and bargains!) After shopping for all that food, I was hungry, of course. So we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants for some sustenance.
Here’s the thing…WHY, when a restaurant is virtually empty, does the hostess seat you either right up next to someone else’s table (I know it’s easier for servers, but it’s a pain for customers) or next to the restroom? She took us past several lovely tables all the way to the back. Yep – the last table before the restrooms. In some restaurants, they’re down a little hall or hidden or at least behind a partition or something. In this one – staring you right in the face. We had sat there before and, seriously, it was annoying. Not only do you get a nice peek at the inside every time someone goes in, but there was a steady stream of people passing our table to pay their visit.
And this is what really surprised me. The hostess seemed genuinely shocked when I asked if we could sit somewhere – anywhere – else. “It’s cooler back here than up front.” Ok. So don’t put us up front. Put us in the middle. I thanked her for her thoughtfulness, but admitted that sitting by the restroom just kind of ruins my appetite. So she moved us past several empty tables to another one – right next to another couple. (Really – there were 15 tables in that section, and only one being used – and that’s where she put us.) Oh, well. They were quiet and we were quiet, so it was ok I guess.
The whole point – it’s hard to find places to eat that are…nice. Maybe I’m just spoiled, because when I was growing up, we never ate at fast food places or “chains.” My parents and grandparents always patronized restaurants owned by friends, so we were treated nicely – like they truly were glad to see us and serve us a meal. I think that’s why we enjoy Piccadilly’s so much. Everyone knows us and they’re almost like family. And their soup and specialty flat bread pizzas rock!
So here’s my salute to elegance and days gone by.
Stamp sets: Hello, Doily; Teeny, Tiny Wishes; Timeless Treasures; Ink: Very Vanilla craft, Versamark; Regal Red stampin’ write marker; Soft Suede, Basic Gray classic; Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Metallic – gold, vellum card stock; Other: Matchbox die, Big Shot, modern label punch, doily triple layer punch, Very Vanilla seam binding, antique brads, basic pearls, clear embossing powder, gold embossing powder, stampin’ dimensionals, heat tool, embossing buddy, sponge
I stamped the doily image in Very Vanilla on vellum, then embossed with clear powder. For the teacup, I stamped in Versamark and embossed with gold powder, then colored the back with a Regal Rose marker (stained glass technique). I stamped it again in Basic Gray on Very Vanilla, cut out both teacups and layered them so the image would “pop” a little more. I wasn’t planning on adding quite so many pearls, but couldn’t get stopped! The gold and Cherry Cobbler tags are die cuts from the Matchbox die. And, of course, I had to ruffle the seam binding. It’s so easy! Just find a thread at the end and pull. Be sure to either knot the other end, tape it down or wait until you’re finished ruffling to cut, because you can pull the thread all the way out and have to start over.
That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.