Friday, May 30, 2014

San Francisco, day 3

This morning was our last in the  citiy's innards - we walked a bit more, then rented a car & headed off to find Britex Fabrics, drive/walk the Golden Gate Bridge & more.  Alas, after driving around Union Square & passing Britex more than once, we just couldn't get up the nerve to pay about $20 to park to pay the store a visit.  Traffic was a bit nerve wracking for us small city folks, driving the hills was fun but we were ready to head out of the city.

I found another cute looking fabric shop on google, Peapod fabrics, just south of Golden. Gate Park, but strike 2, they didn't open til 1.  Boo!  I took a few pics thru the window:

Golden  Gate Bridge was was grey and a bit foggy, & I spent a long time just looking at it while the family ventured out to walk on it.  I didn't have the mental fortitude to walk with them; the wind was howling & the traffic was so loud I just opted to gaze at it.  In that time alone, I found my mind thinking of Ellen Benson as I was surrounded by tourists from around the world: she'd be snapping beautiful photographs.....

We drove a bit down the coast, stopping at the Cliff House, taking a group selfie with the
 ocean in the background:
We're just a bunch of goof balls....

Things I've learned on this trip:

-- Siri has made my marriage better.  I love this robot woman's voice.  She has smoothly guided my husband to our destination, with minimal interruptions from me, who would have been trying to read a map to him.  Thank you, robot voice woman.

-- traveling with 2 teenage daughters is like driving the streets of San Francisco: ups and downs.  It's
 anticipatory, exciting, don't know what's coming when you turn a corner, braking hard with frustration and laughing til your sides hurt with silliness & glee.

--HGTV is so fun to watch in hotels at night.

--I loved riding the Muni bus system.  People stand up without hesitation when an elderly person gets on, and that person sits right down in the vacated seat.  I love that.

-- seeing all the homeless people made me sad....& more so seeing the mental illness attached.

Tomorrow: Santa Cruz beach & boardwalk!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hip Stitch goes to San Francisco, day 2

Fisherman's wharf.....Chinatown.....Lombard street.....Coit Tower......Golden Gate Park......Japanese Tea Garden......what a city.  Time for sleep.  Here are a few pics from our day:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hip Stitch goes to San Francisco

Today begins a vacation!  The checklist is complete:  new skirt sewn, shoe bags made, fabric stores googled....let's go!

New skirt, made from Birch Fabrics new organic knits, and my grandmother's train case.

A beautiful Albuquerque morning.
See you in San Francisco!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HIp Stitchers

Good grief, how did a whole month go by without a blog post?
Nonetheless, here are some creations by our Hip Stitchers:

Teresa brought in 2 fabulous bags she made....and 1 adorable daughter to help model them!

One finished mini quilt by a young quilter!

Another completed quilt by a young quilter.

Finished dolls made in the Miss Dolly class

Doll quilt whipped up for a birthday gift (lucky friend!)