me and the city

park guell

Beach view

It’s been a week since I flew home from Barcelona and I am glad to be back!  Three weeks is a long time to be away from home, but it was a great few weeks setting up for an event for work and I even got to sneak in some touristy site-seeing (except for the Saturday I spent in bed with a stomach bug – yuck!).  Waking up with a view of the Mediterranean each day did not get old.


ribes y casal fabric1

It didn’t seem likely that it would happen, but I got a few hours free one afternoon and darted over to Ribes y Casals!  I love looking for fabric when I travel to cities and this was a store several of you recommended to me – it did not disappoint!  I only snagged this one photo inside the store since I wasn’t sure if it was ok to take photos, so I covertly took this one and went on my merry way.  What a wonderful store!  Everything was organized on tables in large rolls by fabric type and there were so many bold prints and bright colors.

What was different about this store compared to others I’ve been to, since I’ve never been to a fabric store outside of the US, is that you need to wait in line for a store clerk to come over and help you with your fabric selection, and you take them around the store and they cut out what you want.  I kept trying to get someone’s attention to help me with cutting my fabric, but then I noticed the looooong line everyone was standing in and put two and two together.  There’s no rush either if you need help, which is nice; I noticed a group of ladies running around with a clerk trying to find different kinds of fabric for their projects the whole time I was there.


ribes y casal

With my very limited Spanish, I found two beautiful poly crepes that were bright and colorful, like the city itself.  I’m thinking these will make some great dresses for summer!  Not pictured is a navy poplin I found with little white seahorses printed all over, perfect for a sleeveless Alder shirt variation.



Back at the machine

It felt good to sit down at my machine yesterday after no sewing in the past month.  I finished a Driftless Cardigan I started before I left, cut out a new project that should be done this week, and I jumped right in to Me Made May on Instagram.  Happy to be back home and in the swing of things again!


Crashing waves - Ogunquit, ME

Rocky rocks - Ogunquit, ME

Walking along the Marginal Way - Ogunquit, ME

I was lucky enough to escape to Ogunquit, ME this week for a two day mini-vacation with my boyfriend’s family, who rent a beach house for two weeks at the end of August every year. I visited Maine about eight years ago with my family during a car trip up to Price Edward Island and we were very underwhelmed; we thought that the coast of Maine would be more stunning and dramatic than what we saw. Clearly we should have visited Ogunquit! So beautiful and picturesque, calm and tranquil, and a whole bunch of other adjectives that describe this town. The beach was neat and clean and not at all rocky/gravely as I expected, but the water was on the cold side both days I was there (plus we got rained out one of the days and stayed inside playing games all afternoon). It was sad leaving Friday to come back to work, it was like leaving the last bit of summer behind. I know I can’t wait to go back and visit again next year.

And of course, I used the opportunity to take some pictures of a dress I finished during my last vacation in July. Here’s a sneak peek:

Simplicity 2657 blog sneak peek

More pictures and details to come next week, that is, if I still have power after Irene hits New England. Bracing for the weekend ahead…


This past weekend I went to New York to visit with my sister, and my visit just happened to coincide with Maker Faire! I’ve always wanted to go and it was definitely worth the trip if anyone ever has the chance to go.

From left to right clockwise:
Martha Stewart Living Booth – I’m such a Martha freak that I had to take a picture of their awesome booth set-up. It was definitely the best looking booth at the faire.
Knitted Sod Car Cover – made entirely of Fun Fur. Read about the design here.
Stitch Zone – I loved this giant sign right outside the needlework area. Check out those giant knitting needles!
Coke Zero and Mentos Demo – yup, those guys from the YouTube video. Eeepybird did their demo, setting off over 100 bottles of Coke Zero in less than three minutes.
You can view bigger images of these photos in my Maker Faire set on flickr.