Las Vegas, Nevada - 4-30-11
welcome to:
Thimbles On Wheels
Thimbles On Wheels (TOW) traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday
4/30/11 for a meeting hosted by
Jean Shoup, Jack La Flesch and The
Silver State Thimble Society
.  The meeting was held in Jean and Jack's
beautiful home.  As usual, some flew in, others drove, but all utilized
"wheels."

In attendance were 30 collectors from 10 states:  Arizona, California, Ohio,
Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and
Wisconsin.  (See photo above.)

The Embassy Suites on Swenson Street was our home base - a beautiful
hotel with two live swans named
Elvis and Priscilla who live and swim in
the palm-tree-lined,
multi-story Atrium. Members gathered in the Palm Bar
in the Atrium on Friday evening for a Meet & Greet Reception with
complimentary drinks and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.  Everyone enjoyed
visiting with old friends and catching up.  In addition, Eldon McCue
demonstrated his method of
straightening thimbles and the tools he has
made therefor.  A very interesting demo - thank you Eldon.

On Saturday morning, after a fabulous cooked-to-order complimentary  
breakfast at the hotel, everyone car-pooled to Jean and Jack's home - a
half hour drive.  And what a fabulous home it was that awaited us!  Some
ofJean's
IRIS had already bloomed but there were enough blooming during
our visit for everyone to enjoy the spectacular blossoms.

We arrived around 10:30 and the first event was the
Sales Mall.  Wonderful
thimbles and other sewing items were to be had - a surprisingly large
assortment from which one might choose.  Of special note were the
following thimbles particular only to this meeting:

-- A copper Woodsetton thimble in red with an engraved IRIS on the front
from
Jean Shoup.

-- A copper Woodsetton "Peep" thimble in blue offered by the "Silver State
Thimble Society," a recently formed local group.  The scene inside shows
the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign above the words "Silver State
Thimble Society Est. 2011."

-- A silver-plated and blue Woodsetton "Peep" thimble in the shape of a
bell, celebrating the
Royal Wedding which took place April 29, the day
before our meeting.  The Peep inside shows a photograph of the Royal
Couple and the words "HRH Prince William of Wales & Kate Middleton".  
Only 200 of these were made and the final 11 were offered at our meeting.  
(Read more about Woodsetton Peeps
here.)

-- A new TOW thimble of caned polymer clay with the TOW logo included.  
Made by Boulder Bay Thimbles, in assorted colors with a millieflori design
of various flowers, each including Iris in honor of our hostess' garden.

After the sales mall everyone enjoyed a mouth-watering
buffet lunch served
poolside
.  It was truly a feast, for the eyes as well as the palate.  It was
Spectacular with a capital S.

Around 2:30 the program portion of the meeting began.  First up was a
program by Mary Craft entitled
"Iris Thimbles," which paired thimbles and
sewing tools containing iris images with photos of some of the exquisite
iris blossoms from Jean's garden.  Next, Kit Froebel presented
"Enameled
Thimbles"
by Emily Visher, from the TCI Education Program.  After that,
Mary Craft presented
"Thimbles Fit for a Queen" by Frances Graves,
also from TCI.

The group presented our hostess with a few Swan Thimbles to add to her
collection as a token of our gratitude.

Later, after socializing for a while, we were treated to a "Build Your Own
Pizza" buffet on the patio and poolside.  Members loaded their own pizza
crusts with their choice of toppings, which was then baked and returned to
the builder.  What a unique and mouth-watering delight that was!

Drawings were held for
Door Prizes and a Raffle of numerous items
donated by members.  Everyone enjoyed this immensely.

If you noticed the
Christmas Tree in the corner while viewing the slide
show, it was decorated with favors and pins from past TCI conventions and
meetings.  We all got some great ideas from the innovative ways Jean had
used these tiny treasures as decorations.

Everyone had a chance to view Jean's wonderful thimble and sewing tool
collection, as well as all the beautiful Swans throughout her home, before
departing.  As the sun grew dim, a wonderful thimble day drew to a
close.

THANK YOU to our hosts, Jean Shoup, Jack La Flesch and The Silver
State Thimble Society for their hospitality!
Everyone who attended will
cherish the memories of our visit.

And a big
THANK YOU to everyone who helped with their donations and
time.

We hope those who weren't able to join us will be able to do so at a future
meeting.  Maybe the next one will be near you, or perhaps you or your local
thimble group might consider hosting a meeting in your area.

Until then,
"Happy Thimble Trails To You."
Back Row, l to r:  Pat, Sharon, Crystal, Lettie, Mary, Kit, Kathy, Rhonda
2nd Row from Back:  Eldon, Ruth, Marty, Emily, Judy, Shirley, Sandy, Mabel, Sandy
2nd Row from Front:  Donna, Jean, Sondra, Mickey
Front Row:  Bonnie, Marguerite, Irene, Joanne
Not Pictured:  Justin, Dick, Jack, Bob, Jeff