Friday, October 29, 2010
An Irresistible Temptation
From Janet Bolin -
The first of the Threadville Mysteries, Dire Threads, about Willow Vanderling's future adventures, is coming out June 7, 2011. Meanwhile, here's what Willow has been doing in October:
From Willow Vanderling -
Gulp! I've taken a gigantic - and daring - step.
My best friend, Haylee, moved from New York City to Elderberry Bay, Pennsylvania, and opened a fabric store, The Stash. I've been jealous ever since. Finally, I visited her.
After Haylee opened The Stash, her mother started a yarn shop. Haylee's mother's two best friends opened a notions boutique and a quilting shop. Word got out about this village where people could buy everything they needed for their textile arts projects, and Elderberry Bay earned a nickname - Threadville.
Busloads of tourists shop and take classes in Threadville. These tourists have been pestering Haylee to find someone to teach them how to embroider with sewing machines, so Haylee introduced them to me.
Everyone calls what I do machine embroidery, but perhaps thread art would describe it better. Though I usually use embroidery software and high-tech sewing and embroidery machines to create pictures with thread, I showed an enthusiastic group of Threadville tourists some fun tricks they could do with ordinary sewing machines. They wanted more.
Across the street from Haylee's shop was a recently renovated store with a For Sale sign in front...
On the outside, the building was a charming Arts and Crafts style bungalow. Inside, it was perfect for the sort of thread art shop I've always wanted to own.
I fell in love with the apartment underneath the shop, also. Because the building was on a hill, the apartment was bright and airy. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooked a private, hedged-in back yard. At the foot of the hill was a riverside cottage that I could fix up and rent to summer visitors.
When I wasn't running my store (yes, I quickly began thinking of it as mine) or playing with my software and machines, I would be able to hang out with Haylee, hike on the trail between the cottage and the Elderberry River, go boating, stroll on the village's vast sand beach, browse in those other amazing Threadville shops, or dine in restaurants overlooking the lake.
So...I put in an offer on the property. If it's accepted, I'm quitting my job in Manhattan and making this big change in my life.
I'm excited and scared. Scared that I won't get that Threadville property, and scared that I will. What have you done that gave you a similar feeling? Did it work out?