Wow - it's up from 18 below to +5 today. Temps are going up and by the time I leave on Friday, it is supposed to be a balmy 36 degrees. Will believe it when I see it (or feel it, as the case may be).
I must admit I was flattered that a group of hearty souls dragged themselves out in this cold to hear me speak this morning. Not sure I would have done the same, had the shoe been on the other foot. The North Suburban Needlearts Guild is a group of diversely talented women, all of whom do something with a needle -- beading, felting, sewing, knitting, weaving, book arts, etc. Many of them do surface design or make jewelry - and almost all of them do more than one thing - and do it well.
Some of the members belong to a group called Womens' Journeys in Fiber and their work is amazing!
I just spent an hour on their website, http://www.womensjourneysinfiber.com -- completely awed by their talent. You really need to go there.
After taking me out to a lovely lunch, my host for the afternoon took me to a place in Chicago called American Science and Surplus. Oh,mygoodness -- what fun to browse. Here are just a few of the things I resisted buying.
It did make a rather amusing afternoon. My favorite stop was at an independent bookstore, where I purchased at least three novels to keep me occupied. Yes, I have some books on myiPad but I am not in the mood for any of them. And there is nothing like paper reading matter to make me happy.
Tomorrow - Can this Fabric be Saved?