After my boyfriend left the hospital we decided it would be best if I stayed with him for a few days. I don’t have a sewing machine with my boyfriend so I wasn’t able to continue working on projects. However, while I was there, I managed to go to a few local shops for the last week of Row by Row.
My first stop was Piecemakers in Costa Mesa. This place is a wow! It’s such a odd feeling to go to a shop and feel like you’re at home. I kept thinking I was at my grandmother’s home except my grandmother’s home doesn’t look like that. It was an ideal of what grandma’s house should look like.
The first room features home decor ready to be purchased. While I looked around, I discovered a tea room! They have a tea room in the middle of the store and they serve apple pie! Then *mind blown* they bake their own apple pies in their kitchen classroom upstairs. Guests can take an apple pie baking class. How cool is that? I didn’t sit down to eat some pie but it looked delicious. Maybe next time. The back of the store has fabric, patterns, yarn, embroidery patterns, etc. Of course I purchased some fabric: one fat quarter neutral and some fabric for a wannabee quilt, maybe for the upcoming National Jelly Roll Day.
Upstairs is a whole different beast. There was a room with Christmas ornaments, ready to buy quilts (they were beautiful!), classrooms that can be reserved, and a beauty salon. This shop has it all, even a band! In early October, there will be a Fall Holiday Sale and I can’t wait to go back with my mom. I truly think she would enjoy the place.
Once I got back to Anaheim, I took my boyfriend on a food adventure to Zzaam! I’m not sure how long this place has been opened but I’m glad it’s near by. Back in 2011, I had traveled to Seoul and fell in love with their food. My favorite food while visiting was Mandu-Guk (Dumpling Soup) and I’ve never found it in the USA until recently at Zzaam. I’m looking forward to going back to the restaurant because I didn’t get the Mandu-Guk. I was so excited that I didn’t read the menu. I ended up ordering the Street Soup. It was a little different from Korea but that’s because it was missing Spam and Franks. Hah! It was delicious.
My next adventure in Orange County was in Tustin. My boyfriend and I began our day with breakfast at Snooze AM Eatery. I’m not a fan. I think the food and service is better at Denny’s so I won’t be going back. But anyways, after breakfast, we headed to Mel’s Fabric and Sewing Center for another Row by Row. My boyfriend, Andrew, ended up talking to the owner about the long arm quilting machine that was on sale. The only thing keeping my boyfriend from purchasing the long arm is the space. We have no idea where we would put it. Decisions…
My boyfriend is interested in buying his own machine in order to make a living for himself. With the seizures getting worse and worse, we aren’t sure if he will be able to have a full-time office job. I am just thankful that he has been able to keep attending grad school. We are both in our mid-30s therefore the idea of being permanently disabled is scary. I’m one of four people who take turns driving him around but I don’t know how long everyone else will continue to help us. There was already one negative Nancy who advised my mom (not even me!) that I should break up with him.
When I get stressed about life, I end up buying fabric. And that is exactly what I did! I went back to M & L’s Fabric to buy fabric for the Project Linus quilt. I’m been wanting to purchase Disney’s Lilo and Stitch fabric for a really long time. I didn’t have a reason to but when I saw that Project Linus asked for a neutral fabric, I jumped at the chance. The fabric on the left is a bright beautiful orange (the photo doesn’t do it justice). I’m loving the color combo of orange and teal. I’ll try and remember that for next time.
I realized I was on a Disney kick when I purchased some Mickey Mouse fabric to make some ears and a travel bag for my friend Susan over at Wilderness, Found. I can’t wait to finish this project because it was meant for her birthday (August) but I didn’t start until September. Maybe we will be able to go to Disneyland for one final summer adventure. And of course, I couldn’t leave without buying MORE neutral fabric.
Yards of Neutral Bought: .375
Total Yards of Neutral: 12.25