Elizabeth Woodford and I have been blogging needle friends (BNFs) for a couple of years now and we finally had the chance to meet each other in Alexandria, VA yesterday.
Since the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit is about halfway between the two of us (Elizabeth lives in Virginia and I'm in Maryland), we decided to meet there and see the exhibit together. We spent a few hours touring the show, eating lunch and talking non-stop.
It's funny to meet BNFs in person after you have gotten to know them so well online. We know so much and yet...so little. We have knowledge of the other through what we each have chosen to share with each other on our blogs. But that leaves the whole rest of someone's life to get caught up on!!
Well...I'm here to tell you that Elizabeth and I had one heck of a first date!
Elizabeth has to be one of the most upbeat, positive, and supportive friends I have online. Her work is exuberant and full of life. Whether she's teaching felting to school children (LOVE this post), making art quilts, dying, journaling, jewelry making...she happily does it all...and does it well.
Check out this beautiful scarf that she Nuno-felted using a silk crepe de chine blouse from the thrift store, some lace from a garage sale and a little bit of wool roving...!
She just whipped it together on Sunday so she could wear it to our date on Monday! Love the colors...Elizabeth also loves gardening and flowers.
Today she taught a Beaded Cuff class. Each cuff is unique to the maker and her classes are getting rave reviews. I LOVED this cuff...and "Happy" is most definitely Elizabeth's signature.
After lunch, Elizabeth took me to her favorite bead shoppe which was only 10 minutes from Woodlawn...Beads Limited. Oh, it's a "must see"!
This is the owner Rosalie Lamanna or "Ro"...she's a joy.
And she has filled her store from floor to ceiling with stringed beads...many of them vintage. Even the back of the door was covered!
It was a wonderful shop located inside of an old brick apartment building complex -- not a "normal" location for a bead store but it works! And it's only 10 minutes from the Woodlawn needlework show! It was an added bonus to an already terrific day.
And if that's not enough, Elizabeth gave me a collection of her sun prints which I have coveted for years. I LOVE her sunprints! They are gorgeous and I cannot wait to use them...And for her to teach me how to make them...
We may get to see each other again for the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival the first weekend in May. Fingers crossed. We just need our pocketbooks to recover from the bead debt we incurred yesterday...
If you haven't met Elizabeth, give yourself a treat and head over to her blog, Elizabeth Creates, and say hello. And thank you Elizabeth for a great day -- I'll get in trouble with you any day!
See you tomorrow for more adventures...
P.S. Here's the bead store info:
1801 Belle View Blvd., Suite A-1
Alexandria, VA 22307
Hours: Sunday 1:30 - 6:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11-6pm