Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SF wrapup: Mostly Melizza

We've been home for more than a week now, and my memories are starting to get fuzzy.  Time to wrap it up!

The weekend was spent with family: eating yet another French dinner and walking part of the route of the Bay to Breakers in reverse to get to the Ferry Building.  When we went out for dinner, I wore my newest Cambie dress with a navy jacket and orange sandals, but of course I forgot to have Hubby take a picture of the outfit!  It traveled surprizingly well - I only had to do a tiny bit of touch-up ironing.

Coit Tower, some boats and the Ferry Building.

I have no idea what these guys are supposed to be!

Lovely mosaics on the walls inside the Ferry Building.

On the Monday, I had my final meet-up with Melizza of Pincushion Treats.  I honestly can't remember how I "met" Melizza.  I have a feeling I first became aware of her through the Colette Patterns group on Flickr:  she's made some darned cute stuff from those patterns!  At any rate, I started reading and enjoying both her blogs - at the time she was living in London and had her sewing/baking blog and another blog about her adventures as an expat.  And then some time later, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway she held for one of her handmade pincushions and a beautiful fabric-covered buckle from Liberty!

Melizza is stateside again, and lives a little south of SF.  So I hopped back on the CalTrain to go down to meet her and her gorgeous baby boy, Ollie.  It was a warm beautiful day, so we spent a few hours together walking around the town.  We started out with a nice brunch, followed a little later by The Most Delicious Gelato I have ever had.  And then of course we needed some coffee to perk us back up :-)

Here's the bad news:  neither of us remembered to take a single picture of us together!!  From the moment I got off the train, we were talking non-stop until it was time for me to head back to the city.  I didn't realize until I was already on the train that we'd forgotten to take pictures!  But I will tell you this:  Melizza is beautiful, inside and out!  And she was amazingly relaxed for a new mom - little Ollie is only 2 months old! 

So instead I'll show you a picture of the little gift I brought for each of the ladies I visited.  They are all knitters, and they are also all into cooking and food.  So I made them each a project bag with this cooking-themed print:

fabric is Michael Miller Atomic Kitchen

With polka dots inside:


Now here's a little secret:  I've been shy my whole life, and am often hesitant to meet new people because of it.  But meeting these three ladies was such a joy, and not at all scary in part because I already felt like I knew them from reading their blogs, but also because they are all warm, wonderful people.  I didn't feel the least bit awkward or tongue-tied with any of them.  Melizza said it best in an email later, and echoed my thoughts about all three meet-ups:  "It truly felt like I was catching up with an  old friend."

So thanks again to all three of you for rearranging your schedules so that I could come visit.  My three meet-ups were truly the highlight of my trip!

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  1. That is wonderful that you have been able to meet up with all those people! It was so sweet of you to bring them your gorgeous, handmade creations too. I'm sure you looked like a model in that dress!

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    1. Hehehe - I hope so! I was a little worried about flashing somebody with that gaping bodice, LOL!

      I feel so fortunate that I got to meet up with these three ladies :-)

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  2. Thanks again for coming to meet me. I had the best time with you. And your bag is taking a prominent place in my sewing room.

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    1. Awww, thank you! It really was a great day!

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  3. You are a treasure, Ms. Gail. I love my new project bag. It's so roomy and of course well-made. All them manufactured ones don't hold a lick to it. XO

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  4. I can't stand it -- two of my favorite blogger peeps catching up without me!! Ah well, I'm glad y'all got to meet in person and it sounds like you had a wonderful day. :)

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    1. Yeah, we kept saying, "Where's Susan?!" ;-)

      I've got news for you - there's a small possibility we may head to Austin for Thanksgiving, and if we do, I'll be knocking down your door!

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    2. Aaah! I'll keep my fingers crossed... :)

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  5. Oh, yay, Melizza seems AWESOME! I'm so glad you got to meet her! I love the little bags you made-- they're so cute!

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  6. those bags are adorable! glad you had such a great trip and got to meet up with people, sounds fun! i would be terrified. i come from a line of socially awkward folk... haha i'm such a train wreck sometimes!

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    1. Hehehe - me too. But crafter/bloggers are such great folks, it's hard to feel awkward around them. Especially when you've already been communicating via comments and such.

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  7. Wow, so great you got to meet all these cool ladies! And how lovely of you to make them a bag too! Awesome :D

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    1. It was really great - as I said, the highlight of my trip was meeting these three!

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