We took a whirlwind road trip to CA the other week. First we went to the bay area so that Steve could work a few days at the CA office. While he did that I ran errands but that Monday I was able to drive to Berkeley to meet a flickr friend, Marilyn/Spiced Coffee. We forgot to take pictures but we did go to three different fabric shops, Stone Mountain and Daughter, New Pieces, and A Verb For Keeping Warm. We also had lunch at a little grill near the New Pieces shop. It was lots of fun and always nice to meet someone you've only known from online groups. Marilyn is the recipient of my Aurora Borealis quilt from the Fab Little Quilt Swap.
Here's a couple of interesting fabrics that I got at Stone Mountain and Daughter. Marilyn had found the bunny fabric and I had found the dots fabric. They looked so good together that I just had to get a little of each. I'm thinking they'll make a fantastic tote bag. I just need to find a fantastic grey to go with them.
A Verb For Keeping Warm is mostly a yarn shop with a nice selection of prints. They dye their own yarn so if you're really into knitting/crocheting go check them out. The thing that I was most thrilled with was the small swatch of pre-stenciled cotton jersey so that you can practice the Alabama Chanin technique. I can't wait to try this out!
At New PIeces I found the perfect white to grey ombre fabric to use as the backing for my Aurora Borealis II quilt that I'm working on. (Yesterday I finished the last flying geese ribbon!)
The dogs loved being back in Sunnyvale, mostly because they got to play in the backyard and got to visit with their cairn terrier friends from the neighborhood. We then drove down to LA so that we could visit Steve's aunt who's in a convalescent home recovering from a few weeks in the ICU. We didn't have much time to stick around and sped off towards Vegas and then home. Nope, we didn't stop to gamble in Vegas but we did let the dogs play at the dog park for an hour. (They were getting so cooped up in their crates.) We're fortunate that the dogs are good travelers but next time we'll bring the RV instead of the car. It's hard to find hotels that will allow dogs and they're not that cheap anymore. It would have probably cost the same if not a bit less to have our RV even with all the gas it takes. Lesson learned. We did get to take a quick detour and drive through Zion National Park after Vegas. Gorgeous!! Pictures to follow soon.
So now we're back in Cheyenne. We got one more week of temperate weather to recover from our trip, but this morning we awoke to snow. Yes you read that correctly, snow!!! I guess summer is beyond being over in this part of the US.