Have to admit, Astoria is a lovely place. I personally prefer a little more blue sky in my days, but could this view be any prettier?
OK, possibly it's nicer from this angle.
Found this growing along the edge of a parking lot...
Here's Pam documenting the view from our hotel room.
It was great to live like little trolls under our bridge for a day or two.
And as Pam has already mentioned, Astoria is home to Pig 'n Pancake. Where the slogan is that EVERYBODY loves Pig 'n Pancake.
And what's not to love? Strawberries...whipped cream...souvenirs!
Then it was off to Long Beach, Washington...home of Anna Lena's Quilt Shop.
Here's darn close to the only shot I got of Monica...she was our ever so capable driver.
First we visited Karen Snyder. Who I have to say has THE BEST studio in the entire world. I'd think there would be no reason for her to ever be anyplace else, but I've also seen her house. (Insert sigh of delight here).
Here's Karen taking a Very Important Phone Call. With her aqua phone, natch.
Everything is aqua or orange, just the way she likes it.
Karen's mighty proud of her coordinated desk drawer. As well she should be!
So we all headed over to Karen's wonderful shop, Anna Lena's.
Where they take their store hours very seriously.
I wasn't any better than Pam at getting pics of the shop. Too busy shopping, I guess.
Had to pick up a copy of Karen's latest book--and it's wonderful. Quilts AND recipes.
Here's my loot back at home...had to get that darling greeting card framed asap.
So then we had a terrific time over at Monica's...her studio is incredible and I was able to meet the infamous Mimi myself! She actually helped me with an emergency mending task but somehow I don't have pics of that. Trust me--the little gal is amazing.
All in all it couldn't have been a better trip--quilts, quilting, and all the wonderful people who go along with it!