And the Winner is…

Kerry!

 

Congratulations!  The grab bag is on its way to you!  Now, one request.  You have to tell all of us what is inside!  I know we are all curious to know!  It’s been killing me not to take a little peek!

 

Thank you to everyone that entered.  I promise next time I’m at the beach, I’ll stop in to Stitch by Stitch and “grab” a few bags…no pun intended!  There were a few inquiries about a website for the shop.  Unfortunately, Stitch by Stitch does not yet have a website, but they have told me that is on their short list.  I will keep everyone posted.  For now, you’ll just have to keep an eye on Nikki, In Stitches and hope that when I go to the beach for a weekend here or there, I stock up!

 

I Old Store Frontwas so surprised at the number of people who commented that they didn’t have little shops near them like Stitch by Stitch.  How sad!  There is such a difference between the shopping experience at a small shop and a large chain.  I love dropping into my favorite little stores, talking to everyone there, asking questions if I need help, and getting inspiration for my next big project.  I’m feeling very Margaret Sullavan / Meg Ryan here, but “the shop around the corner” really is something special.  Sometimes these little gems are hidden in strip malls, or have tiny signs out front that you can easily miss while driving by.  You really have to search them out, but it is so worth it.  Don’t get me wrong, I frequent my large, chain craft store probably twice a week, more if I have coupons, but for some things it’s just not the right fit.  And, if you’re looking for a place to get your creative juices flowing, a little shop crammed full of beautiful, finished projects, all the supplies to create your own, and the knowledge of the store owner, is the perfect starting point.

 

In emailing back and forth with all of you over the last few days, I also came across a topic that I hope won’t offend any of you.  Some younger readers, close to my age, expressed some concern that they don’t always feel comfortable walking into these little shops because they don’t look like the typical craft artist the owners are used to seeing, and often are assumed to be amateurs.  In all honesty, I have to admit that I, too, have experienced this.  I said to one commenter, it’s almost as if they’re whispering to each other, “Does she know where she is?”   In fact, I told the story of how when I first moved to Connecticut, I was excited to explore the local quilt shops.  After combing through and choosing fabric for about an hour at one shop in particular, I walked up to have it all cut, and the woman looked at me and said, “Now, honey, you do have a sewing machine, right?”  Needless to say, I haven’t been back, but please don’t let experiences like this keep you out of your neighborhood “shop around the corner.”  You have to find one that fits you.  When you do, you’ll find yourself looking for reasons to stop and see what everyone’s working on.  You’ll become a regular.  You’ll gain confidence in yourself, and you’ll see your creativity soar.  There’s some special about these little shops…the imagination and creativity you’ll find inside is contagious.

 

Enjoy, and congrats again, Kerry!

 

Nikki, In Stitches

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6 Responses to And the Winner is…

  1. meri says:

    Congratulations, Kerry! Lucky girl!

  2. Holly says:

    I had no idea people would say things like that to customers. How weird. I’m sure they are losing customers that way.

  3. Chris says:

    Congrats to Kerry – can’t wait to hear about your surprises – so please share!!

    Just $.02 regarding shops. (may I?)…..maybe the shops need our input? I have been in some shops that initially have been a bit “cool”…..but once we started chatting (which ultimately leads to laughing!)….the atmosphere was more conducive to creative juices flowing. A fairly local shop to me has staff that have different tastes in products and fabrics than I, but I must say that they have listened to my suggestions for additions to their inventory, etc. and have been responsive without losing their original primary focus/identity. They have always gotten a desired item in for me and now are more in tuned. These ladies are fairly new to the shop owner business and have grown in the services that they offer, their products, and their staff as a result (which equates to more of those creative juices!). Having a wonderful, “intimate” local shop is just like an investment – so try not to give up on it too quickly since we need to grow in this sisterhood of folks who create so eloquently…. 🙂

  4. Turtle says:

    congrats Kerry!

    We got lucky last fall when debbie macomber opened up a shop with some of her friends just down the road. The dangerous part is it is less than 10 minutes from the house, lol. I had to stop in for a fix the other day!

  5. Julie says:

    Stitch by Stitch looks wonderful. My tiny town doesn’t have any craft stores at all, big chain or small independents, so I am always jealous of people who have either in their town. 🙂

  6. Becky says:

    That feeling is the way it is with me and my local JoAnn’s. They all know me and are interested in what I make. We play show-and-tell all the time. Most of my work is an advertisement for JoAnns or Moda or both. The manager lives just a block and a half over from me now, and each of the people who work there take the time to talk to each person. They really are a cool bunch of people! And my local quilt shop just doesn’t compare…nor do they carry much in the way of the “younger generation” of quilters.

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