Tuesday, February 23, 2010

let's talk about saturday

Don't you just hate those blogs where people go on and on about all the wonderful places they've been and the people they've seen and the stuff they've found? Me, too. So I really do kind of hate myself for discussing last Saturday.

Pam and I stayed at our very favorite place--the Apple Farm. The parking lot is more beautiful than most people's flower gardens, the food is delicious and the rooms are super nice. If you're nostalgic for the 1980s and loved the world of Waverly chintz, floral wallpaper borders and pickled pine furniture, you'll be right at home. It's all so very comfortable. And doesn't have that motel smell...know what I mean? Even the nice places tend to have a certain aroma.

Should have taken a pic of our room--just picture a big bay window and sweet brass beds with pale pink and white blankets.

The weather was a little iffy--it rained pretty hard Friday evening and we were hoping for a better Saturday.

Pam had already met Susan Branch at Quilt Market many years ago but I'd never met her. One of the most fun parts of being on Twitter is getting to talk to Susan--pretty much every day. So when we heard about her Farm Stand event, we knew we'd have to go! I tweeted my impatience with the length of our drive...and Susan tweeted back that Pam and I were to count cows--most cows wins a prize. That was an easy one--Pam was driving so most of the cows were mine!

We wanted to get to the Farm Stand sale early--and don't let the gray clouds fool you--it really didn't seem at all dreary. Just nice and fresh.

That's Susan still directing set up.

We met Susan right away and she's exactly as you'd hope she'd be. Completely delightful.

It was a good thing we were among the first to arrive--otherwise I'm certain our treasures would have been snapped up before we got to them.

I found all my treasures in or around this tent...the tablecloth is a duplicate of my favorite vintage cloth that I'd already chopped up for valances...love the pillowcase and the doll bed and the big hunk of crochet. And look who else is here--my prize from Susan!

While I wouldn't normally recommend a cupcake breakfast, if they're Amy's cupcakes, any time of day is perfectly reasonable. She and her trailer could not have been cuter. And by all means try the chocolate peanut butter cup--you won't regret it.

It was sad that we had to take off so early--it was after all a long drive home and we both had stuff of the non-fun variety to attend to. Our last stop was in Paso Robles at the Cowgirl Cafe--amazingly good food.

Here back at home are my favorite Susan Branch items--I got this sugar bowl and creamer many years ago for Mother's Day. I was a stay at home mom and money was very tight--but I fell in love with these and my husband bought them for me. Pretty sweet, huh? What's not so adorable is what is kept inside the sugar bowl...that badly discolored quarter was made that way after it was eaten by my then 2 year old son. And that's all I need to share of THAT story.

And no, there's not much to tell about Sunday--spent most of it in a Benadryl-induced haze. Which was fine. Because the cobwebs have gotten blasted out of my head and I'm ready to design and sew again. And it's about time!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun designing... I would have loved that place, especially with all the vintage travel trailers... And I think cupcakes are perfectly acceptable for breakfast... It's just a frosted muffin!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Minick and Simpson said...

All my quilt friends do the coolest stuff. I want to see all the treasures.


6:24 AM  
Blogger Tabitha said...

Yes very jealous of your travels but love to live through other bloggers...you certainly do do the coolest stuff!

6:47 AM  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

It was tons of fun. I loved all of it, especially seeing Susan Branch again. So very sweet.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I'm thinkin ya'll have great stuff out there on the other side of the USA..can I come over?


2:30 PM  
Blogger Jen in NY said...

Great pictures, Elizabeth! And you are so funny...quite the narrator! I love SB too...I am very jealous that you got to go to the show, looks like it was lots o' fun!

5:13 PM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Oh my, it looks like such fun. One of my earliest quilts was made with SB first fabric collection, still one of my favorites. And the cupcakes...I may make a road trip up from SoCal just for those!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Kathi D said...

Oooooh, you got good treasures! I love the darling door prize!

6:15 PM  
Blogger info said...

Love the quarter in the sugar bowl story, you told just enough! And it gives the full flavor of motherhood that you saved it! So nice to meet you Elizabeth, wish we'd had more time! Have a wonderful day...thank you for the story and photos! xoxo Susan Branch

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Amy O'Kane said...

what a wonderful day! and pleased as punch to meet you. can't wait for next time our paths meet up again! :)

12:05 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

I can't believe you didn't find out and post what roses those are in the picture...sheesh! So pretty!!

What a fun trip. I love reading about you and Pam driving all over the place.

I will have to find a copy of the magazine!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many memorable moments in Motherhood. However there are few events that stand out like a child swallowing a coin and the events that occur afterward. ;)
It looks like you had a wonderful day, I really enjoyed the picture of the door prize. She's a real little cutie.

8:51 AM  

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