|Ain't we cute? We could totally be sisters.|
First, we had lunch at a little mexican place that had excellent street-style carne asada tacos. Their lemonade was light and tasty, and hands-down my favorite I've ever had. Most lemonade is too strong and too sweet, but this was perfect. We meandered past a bunch of fabric stores, and little shops with cute dresses and tops and such. Laurie told me to feel free to stop in anywhere I wanted to, but I hadn't planned to do a TON of shopping (very limited budget) and didn't want to be tempted. But then...... the shopkeeper said "dresses $7!" Wha-WHAT?! Uh, yeah. I wanna go in there. Cute dresses, but nothing I couldn't live without. But the next shop, I got this:
Cute, no? $7. Seriously. I'm in love. I'm still wearing it from photographing it. So comfy! I have to buy a slip for it though, because it's definitely on the...ahem...sheer side. Next came Michael Levine. Laurie said this was her favorite place, and I can definitely see why. Hoooly moly.
|Just a tiny portion of the warehouse-sized store!|
|Aisles and aisles of quilting cottons.... drooooooool...|
|This is what I wound up with. I showed INCREDIBLE restraint.|
I was amazed at the selection. We're talking "up-to-the-minute" designs. Like "just came out last week" type fabrics. I could have cried with everything I wanted.
After Michael Levine, we wandered a bit. As we all know, I have absolutely no sense of direction, so it was pretty much up to Laurie to figure out where we were at.
|Laurie figuring out where exactly we're at. SHE had the foresight to grab a map. Me? Not so much.|
|She so byoooteeful!|
|Yes, it makes me look very distinguished and sophistimicated.|
|A red and white hat? I had to. You understand.|
Then I found this for $5. YES PLEASE!!
|Rowan assumed I was photographing her. It's all about Rowan.|
We were making our way over to the farmacia Laurie's written about (far better than I could). I promised my best friend Morgan I would look for some of those cool Santa Muerte candles she wants for her house for halloween. What do you think, Morg? I couldn't resist the chicken one. She and I have a thing with chickens. I couldn't pass it up.
|It's not just a chicken, it's a BLACK CHICKEN. Chicken of DOOOOOM!|
Hmmm...what else? Oh yeah! On the way back to my car, we passed a hot dog stand I insisted we try. I'm so glad Laurie was up for one too. It made me feel less guilty. I mean, come on... Could you pass up:
|Bacon wrapped hot dogs give me El Big Happy tummy. YUM. There's Laurie ordering for us.|
Me: "I dropped a pin! I can get us back there!"
......two blocks later......
Me: "This isn't right..is it ?"
We were going in the wrong direction. I couldn't even follow the freaking pin I dropped to mark where we had parked. Typical me. Sorry, Laurie!
So that was our day, and I had the absolute time of my life. It was such a badly needed breath of fresh air, and I feel totally inspired and recharged. Laurie is the kick in the pants I needed to start blogging in the first place, so I suppose it's appropriate that hanging with her was the kick in the pants I needed to start writing again. I feel like I've known her all my life. Love you, Laurie! Traffic on the way home was horrible, so I pulled off to get a vanilla cone from McDonalds. Traffic is infinitely better with good 70's tunes and a vanilla ice cream cone. Try it sometime.
Well, I hear my embroidery calling me, and I have a glass of wine with my name on it waiting. I'll leave you with one final photo of the embroidery I've been working on:
|They're going to be panels in a quilt|