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Just got back late, late last night from Destination Dallas.  Just missed that terrible twister that did so much damage; I certainly hope everyone else got back safely.

Had a really wonderful time, except for losing my cell phone on the plane upon landing, and having all kinds of problems with my room key.

Luckily the airline’s Lost and Found called me, and it turned out I am not the only one who loses cell phones on airplanes:  when I eventually turned up at the Lost and Found desk, they had three boxes full of them, and a separate one for iPhones.  Many thanks to the kind stranger who found my cell phone and turned it in!

Other than that, it was wonderful show… the dinner was fabulous, the classes I attended were informative; and I really appreciated the opportunity to sit down in a one-on-one setting with famous designers, stitchers, vendors, as well as the chance to meet and exchange ideas with other needlepoint retailers.

Anyway, I only have time here to put up a quick pic of some of Denise’s interesting canvases, as I have to run and take care of some things today.  I don’t know about you, but I find the visuals of Day of the Dead (a celebration which in Mexico takes place on November 2) themes quite appealing… and I bought a number of canvases this year that I am sure I will have a lot of fun with,  I look forward to creating stitching guides for these, stitching some of them, and, of course, selling those I can bear parting with.

Dia de los Muertos art  has long been popularized by the work of various Mexican folk artists, including the great Jose Manuel Salas, and in literature of course was the basis of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, one of the finest novels ever written in the English language.

Well… gotta go… expect much more news, and lots of pics, later in the week.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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