Miss Crayola Creepy 12:21 PM
We've got some bad news and some good news in this post. The bad news is that my serger broke (RIP Brother 1034D (2014-2014)) and my sewing machine needed a tune up. I was machineless for weeks. The good news is that at least it all happened during the busy time of summer when my husband and I were traveling. Wait, who am I kidding, it still sucked, but I'm trying to look on the bright side.
Let's talk about my first trip, San Francisco. A few weeks ago we headed to Alameda (a city near SF) to stay the night with our friend Matt and his girlfriend Sarah. Side note, I discovered that Sarah designs clothing patterns for a skateboarding company, so cool! Ok back to our trip: it was a last minute idea to drive up after work (we had originally planned on leaving the next morning), so I was able to squeeze in some fabric shopping at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. I was super excited to visit because a lot of you mentioned that I should stop in if I was nearby.
There was a large area of quilting cottons and a side room full of apparel fabrics. Immediately, I zoned in on the knit section and found some things that I liked and wanted to buy. Claire cut my fabric and rang me up. She was super rad and friendly and I really enjoyed talking to her. Now we are Instagram buddies, yay!
Later in the day I made it to Britex in San Francisco. It's a pretty overwhelming place, they have practically everything! In the end I only bought the scuba cat fabric, but could have easily walked away with half the store if I had the funds haha. Everyone working was really nice and helpful even though it was a pretty crazy day. A water line burst in the basement of Chanel (next door) and it was chaotic in Union Square. The area was closed off to cars, other businesses were dealing with flooding issues, and there was a bunch of water running down the street.
My next adventure took place in New Orleans a week or so ago. My husband and I went there for a work convention and some fun. Ever since I was a teenager reading Anne Rice books I dreamed about going to New Orleans. It did not disappoint! The history, architecture, and food (I had oysters and gumbo every single day haha) were even better than I expected. We didn't end up going to a fabric store, but I did stop in a cute yarn store in the French Quarter, The Quarter Stitch.
The owner was really nice and friendly and chatted with Luke and I for a bit. There was a huge selection of yarn and the price points were good. If I ever go back to New Orleans (hopefully I do!) I will definitely go back to this shop.
My only souvenirs from the trip were some Christmas ornaments (I collect them from places we visit, dork alert), yarn from The Quarter Stitch, and this pretty hand beaded headband from Trashy Diva. I can't stop wearing this headband! Yesterday I was cruising around my yard in pajamas with it on my head and my neighbor complimented me. She probably thought I was crazy for wearing it with pink and maroon striped pants and an old worn out pink top, but whatevs.
By the time I got back from my trip my sewing machine was fixed, yes! Can't wait to sew!