Sue was able to get a day off from care-giving Saturday and decided to use it for some Row By Row shop hopping locally. She visited 6 shops in Northern Virginia to pick up row patterns and license plates, and whatever else struck her fancy. She'll share the first 2 shops today and the others in subsequent posts.
Artistic Artifacts is the shop we teach thermofax printing at, and this was the first stop. It was great to just spend an hour here and soak up the atmosphere! This year's row for the "Home Sweet Home" theme was designed by Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts, you can see the row in the background above and the photo below.
Second stop on the "rowed" trip was at the Hollin Hall Variety Store south of Alexandria, a few miles from Mt. Vernon. (no website, but there is a Facebook page) They are a new shop participating in Row By Row this year, so designed a row but not a license plate. We could devote a post to the Variety Store in itself, and perhaps we will! This is exactly as it's name says, a variety store. Think of the modern day dollar store, but better! The Variety Store has been around for more than 50 years! Both Sue's husband and Elizabeth grew up in the area, and remember it from childhood. They have an entire aisle of floor to ceiling shelves devoted to fabric and notions, and the remainder of the store has everything from household items to toys and educational kits, hardware and floral supplies, to penny candy. You name it, its probably there!
That's all today - come back for more of the "rowed" trip!