So...I have the day off today. YAY!! Decided it was time to get some things marked off my 'to do' list, and "Take some samplers to framer" was one of the items that's been languishing on my list for a long time.
I brought down some samplers from the closet shelf....and chose four to take to the framer....
Yeah I know...that's only three....can't find a pic of the "Our Daily Bread" I stitched back in 2005! YIKES!
So off I go with samplers in hand to the framer. Let me say I LOVE my framer. She does an EXCELLENT job and has the most exquisite moldings...cha-ching! But she always seems to have a good sale going (i.e. 50% off the exquisite moldings), so I tell myself it evens it all out. Anyhoooo...love her! She does excellent work.
I haven't been in for quite a very long time....a couple years! But once I unrolled my samplers, she remembered. I went about my business picking moldings...and she marveled at the samplers, asking if I just travel around and look for old sampler patterns or what because she has seen old samplers in the DAR museum and they always say the patterns are for sale, etc. I explained that I have quite the stash of charts and that the internet is an evil enabler for the sampler lover! She laughed. She kept looking at the samplers and said "Did you stitch ALL of these? And the ones I did before?" (she is the one responsible for all the framing on my sampler wall). I say yes. She looks up and looks at me and says "ALL of THEM? You stitched ALL of them?" and I say yes...and I have more to do! She asks incredulously what I do with all of them. I explained the sampler wall...she is amazed. She figures up each framing estimate.....we discuss her gracious layaway plan of 1/3 down....etc etc....idle chit-chat...she gives me the total...which is much much easier to swallow in 1/3 increments even though it's still a HUGE chunk (did I mention I have caviar taste in moldings?) of cha-ching. I write out the check....
She again admires the samplers and THEN she asks "Does your husband think you're CRAZY?"
I chuckled...nervously.....handed her the check.....we won't go there!