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Monday, June 26, 2006

for the love

of a good friend...

blue.coat

i met sam almost 10 years ago. when we came to la la land on getty graduate internships. there was an instant connection. and we have remained close, though neither of us remained on "the hill", and we now live on opposite ends of the city.

so when she dropped me an email to tell me a favorite fabric shop near her was going out of business and this saturday was their final day of course i said i'd be there. d agreed to hang with the girls (by luck animal planet made its only west coast stop just blocks from our house so they headed over there.) and i headed down the coast - half an hour later and 30 degrees cooler we headed for bfast at a fave diner (felt so odd - but good! - without the girls) then off to the fabric store. only to find it didn't open until noon. no worries. we were two women sans kiddies. salvation army? check. fave local thriftstore? check. then back to the fabric store.

so you would think that now i would share with you here all the amazing goodies i came home with. alas, there wasn't anything that caught my eye... happens that way sometimes for me. i have become rather selective. i pick a lot up but don't take that much home. and no remorse this time either - so all good!

but i didn't go home empty handed.

snail.sachet

sam has started a bluecoat etsy shop and i was lucky enough to be her first customer! yay!! i picked out this - the sweetest lavender sachet for the girls room and one of her fun fabric buttons.

she also has an awesome (such an l.a. word but it just fits perfectly here) vintage fabric and trim trove that she sells through her ebay shop. and she let me peruse her cupboard to see if there was anything i liked. and of course there was. so i came home with this...

tulip.calico

and when i later expressed concern that holly hobbie had a new great grand daughter and what was wrong with the original...?? she insisted that i take this too.

hobby.fabric

as i drove back up the 405, heading home, listening to twang (yes i have a secret crush on cowboy nick. hard to explain but i do...) i made plans for summer pjs and sundresses for the girls... and smiled at a morning well spent! thanks sam!! let's see each other again soon.

and thanks everyone for the sewing machine guidance. all so welcome!! i will let you know what i come up with. and karen l - is that you??

6 comments:

melissa f said...

sounds so good. at this point, a car ride sans child is like a little vacation.

molly said...

i just realized, I clicked on all the links in your post and got lost in all the reading. Now, I'm back to you, realizing I forgot to comment! Your alone time with a good friend sounds divine. I'm so proud that you walked away from the store with nothing. It does feel good to have a little self control sometimes!!
After setting up my fabric on shelves, I realize that I have refined my tastes a bit, since I started saving fabric long ago. It's just not worth the space to have something I dont really love.
But it looks to me, like you really made out in the end. Wonderful stuff. Thanks for the link to the etsy shop too. It was fun to peruse!

hannah said...

wow, friends, thrifting, fabric and diner food without children? its like a dream... so glad you had fun. i was obsessed with holly hobby as a child, please dont tell me they have corrupted her into some crazy modern version too.

Tracy said...

i don't get out without the girls often... but have found time with my girlfriends and important treat. trying to make more time for it...

karen l said...

Yup -- it's me! Got your blog link from C's blog. Spent the whole weekend sewing. Nothing in the stores I want -- have an aesthetic allergy to peasant skirts. Made a leopard print silk slip dress and a 40s style linen dress. CUTE turtles!!!

Tracy said...

hello karen!! yes the turtles rock...