Thursday, January 05, 2006

SBQ, 1/4/2006

Do you do your stash shopping at your LNS, ONS, or both? Which do you like better? Why?

Hmmm. I actually just discovered my LNS about a year ago, so until then I was strictly an ONS/eBay kind of gal. I've always purchased floss (DMC) at where ever the best prices are - Michael's, JoAnn's, A.C. Moore. Now I use my LNS for framing, and will make small and/or impulsive purchases there from time to time. If I need one spool of Kreinik, or a package of Mill Hill beads, it is easier to run to the LNS than to pay shipping and then wait for them to arrive! However, if I need to make a big purchase - all beads and braids for a Mirabilia, for example - I can find MUCH better prices online. My LNS is usually pretty deserted, and it can be a little weird just hanging out there. (It makes me feel like I MUST buy something!) The lady who owns it isn't the friendliest, and I often feel like I'm imposing, even if I'm just browsing through the 50% and 75% off bins. Still, between those sale bins, the inexpensive end cuts of fabric, and the random bead or charm, I can usually find something I "need" when I'm there (generally to drop off or pick up framing orders).

So to answer the question, yes, I shop at both LNS and ONS, and depending on what I need, I like them both equally!

I'm sorry there are no pictures again today.....gosh, you'd think I'd be itching to play with that new camera..... Last night was my "long night" -- the night I work at the pool until 9:30 -- so I just crashed when I got home. Well, I take that back, I plopped in the recliner and pulled out the teeny Popcorn Bear kit that I got free in a British stitch magazine. It is aida cloth, not my favorite, but I was too lazy to swap it out. Most of my small bits of fabric are 28-ct., and the kit had 16-ct. aida....and since they give you only enough (non-DMC) floss to stitch with 1 strand instead of 2.....I figured better safe than sorry. I think I'll make him into a little tuck pillow/pincushion/ornie when I finish him, rather than use the flimsy little mat they include for framing. Of course, he isn't really a priority right now, just an "I'm too tired to focus on evenweave or linen" time-waster!

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