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!