CATS was being held in the Riviera. I was in the shopping mart for only about 10-15 minutes I seen Ann (Whizgidget) and Stasha who are gathering the followers to go to Stitcher's Paradise. I ditch the folks (who weren't staying long anyway) to go with the girls. I met Stasha and Margaret for the first time, and the others on the trip were Ann, Debi (my birthday twin) and Suz. Plenty of time to shop at the lns and I got a few things on my shopping list. (Stash acquisition to follow.) We got back to the show in enough time to have cake for Sandra Vanosdall's birthday and the anniversary of The Sweetheart Tree. :) I spent the rest of the afternoon going back and forth between the stitcher's lounge and the shopping mart. (They were right next door to each other.) Highlight of my day: I got to meet Marcia Manning of Cross Stitch Wonders who I've stitched about 5 models for. She's based out of Michigan and I thought I'd never meet her in person so I was very excited. One of the reasons I wanted to go to this Las Vegas show was the design that Laura of Enchanting Lair was going to have ready for the show. I got the Dinky Dyes threads for it and a piece of Picture This Plus fabric (Willow 28 ct Cashel linen) and started Realm of Wishes in the stitcher's lounge. I went to dinner with the girls (all from the trip above and Darla) but the folks were going to pick me up so we could go to Diamonds International and Fremont street to see the light show and go souvenir shopping, so I apparently missed all the fun with the waiter, pictures and the balloon man.
For the first time I won a door prize! It was a bag (clear plastic w/zipper & handles) from Heaven Lee Creations that had: 4 various size tins, 2 bead containers, a bottle of "Angel Wash", a fat 1/2 of Wedgwood 32ct Jobelan, an unmarked piece of 10x10 needlepoint fabric?, and the following Heaven Lee charts - Strand of Pearls, Bloom, Friends, Happy Boo Year, Half Breed.
I bought from:
The Sweetheart Tree - Blackberry fob (including the beads)
Simply Old Fashioned - Ever So Little #12 Turtles, #14 Cow Moon
Picture This Plus - 13x18 28ct Cashel Crystal Highland, 13x18 28ct Cashel Willow, 13x18 32ct Belfast Willow (plus one more piece that is a gift)
Dinky Dyes/Enchanting Lair - silk: Desert Sands, Kayla's Rose, and the thread pack/chart to Realm of Wishes
Stitcher's Paradise (booth) M Designs Las Vegas Tree Ornament (store) M Designs Snowflake, Bent Creek Snapper July Sings, 1 pk gold needles, 1 pk curved beading needles, 2 pks beads, 2 skeins Anchor, GAST Brandy, Thread Gatherer Medieval Mulberry, Phoenix Rising, Doodle's Frankenstein (Frankie is so cute, and he came with a spider button. Gotta find a piece of scrap fabric to start him on next.)