Monday, September 26, 2011

Ft Mason book sale

Every year, the Friends of the Library has a big used book sale at Ft. Mason. This year, we attended the preview evening, before the general public was able to get in. I took one shot just to show how big it was....we had a delightful dinner at Greens afterwards.

Sausalito visit

Yesterday, we visited Sausalito. It was raining a bit, so it wasn't as pretty as it would be on a bright sunny day, but we still had a good time. I wanted to see Bluebird Yarns and we also had an excellent breakfast at a nearby Italian restaurant, plus browsed in a couple of other shops on Calendonia street, around the corner from Bluebird.

Another spooky Halloween quilt underway!

This pattern was purchased at the Georgia Quilt Show a couple of years ago. We bought a piece of the black and white skeleton fabric at the show, but the rest of the fabrics are from my stash. I fused all the smaller pieces in place and will machine quilt around the edges of them to hold them down permanently.

Monday, September 19, 2011

A "flavor-ful" dinner and a Halloween quilt!

For our anniversary, we had dinner at Flavor, a relatively new restaurant near the Half Moon Bay harbor. I took pics of our desserts, which were divine. My entree was a seafood pot pie, which had a really delicious crust and large pieces of scallops, shrimp, and fish inside. The only downside is that the sun was pouring in through the large windows that face the ocean, so we had to pull the blinds down to avoid getting cooked (the restaurant does not have air conditioning, just ceiling fans.) Other patrons were complaining about the heat, also.

On Sunday, I made a small Halloween quilt from a kit that my DIL bought at a quilt show in Atlanta a couple of years ago. I'll bring it when I visit them in October. It is mostly fused applique, with the quilting and applique stitching done at the same time, so this was a fairly quick project.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Glen Park visit

Glen Park is a typical small San Francisco neighborhood near a BART station, with a few nice shops and restaurants. We used to live here, years ago, in the little blue-gray house shown in one of the photos. The new owners have really done a nice job of planting the front garden, when we lived there, it had just a small tree and some hedges. Today we had lunch in the corner coffee shop, "A Nice Little Place to Eat" (is that really what it's called?), which has been there forever, and checked out the bookstore and a few other shops. Lovely day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Another visit to Japantown

Seems like I'm here every month, at least! I love it, and I had a $5 coupon to use in the bookstore. Couldn't pass that up--the three books (well, one is a magazine) cost about $47 with my membership discount and the coupon. We ate at the restaurant with the paper lantern outside, and also checked out the kimono shop on the bridge between buildings.

Half Moon Bay Farmer's Market

I dropped by because the spinners were there (many of them are also knitters I know) and took a few pictures of the flowers and tasty food, too.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Piedmont Yarns and Fentons Ice Cream!

On Sunday, after the Alameda Antiques Market, we went to Piedmont Yarns in Oakland, which is only a block away from Fentons' Restaurant, so of course we also ate there. We split a huge sundae, pistachio and pomegranate, totally decadent. I also had the crab salad sandwich, delicious! The hand knitted gloves were in another storefront on the same street, I loved the colors.

Santa Cruz and the Golden Fleece

On Monday, I drove to Santa Cruz and checked out the Golden Fleece, a yarn shop I have visited before but that now has a new owner. The shop seems to have more yarn than it did the last time, and it was quite busy even on Labor Day. I can recommend the coffee at the Java Junction coffee shop across the street, also! On the way back home, I stopped at the Swift Stitch, another yarn shop, but it was closed. I consoled myself with fresh lemonade from Kelly's French Bakery next door, delicious.

Kings Mountain Art Festival

The weather was gorgeous for this year's Kings Mountain Art Fair! I bought a few pieces from my favorite potter, Foxlo. I loved the sketchbooks by Paul Shardlow, they are real sketchbooks but just one or two pages have drawings that he reproduced from his personal sketchbooks and mounted in frames. There was one wool vendor but I didn't purchase any yarn this year.