Sandra Betzina was the guest speaker - if you've ever heard her speak, you know how delightfully firey her style is - FILLED with tips and tricks & show & tells & answers & hints & advice and unfinished sentences and and and.....always a fun time with her! She has a couple of new patterns out - not only were the new Vogues JUST released, but they're on sale at Club BMV through Sunday - right after being released! If you can make it in to the site (I haven't had much luck yet...overloaded?), check them out! I love her new pants pattern, and plan on adding that to my stash :).
I'm pretty sure that Sandra casually mentioned Stonemountain and Daughter approximately 73 times during her talk; clearly that's her go-to destination for most of the garments she designs. Saturday was the official "shop til you drop" day for the PR weekend. After Sandra's talk, I have a suspicion that most of the out-of-towners who were thinking of spending their shopping day in SF changed their plans so that the first stop was Stonemountain in Berkeley (my personal local favorite...by far!). I already planned on zipping over there in the morning for one specific fabric that Sandra had showed, and I'm glad I got there early! This is what the line looked like about an hour after they opened:
That was maybe 1/4 of the PR folks who were flooding the store!
I was really delighted to finally meet and spend some time with one of my favorite bloggers and PR members, Mary of Biblioblog:
Here's Wendy (one of my local BABES babes) with her pile of fabric (Mary hadn't started shopping yet), backed by a couple of the friendly and efficient employees madly trying to keep everything moving.
Backing up to Friday night, the gang took over a large area of Buca de Beppo in SF - they serve family style Italian meals, and I admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the tastiness of (almost) everything we were served. Lots of raucous laughter and cheers as raffle prizes were handed out and new friendships were being formed (that is, if you could hear enough over the noise to have an actual conversation lol!) - but once again, I somehow managed to NOT hook up with a number of people I had been hoping to meet - y'all are going to have to come back!
It's always nice to spend time with a bunch of other sewists, and in spite of the fact that I'm not normally much of a big crowd lover, I'm really happy that I attended this year. :) Some of the rest of you are probably still out there closing down the fabric stores - I hope you enjoyed your experience in the Bay Area, and if I didn't meet you, just give me a shout out the next time you're here, ok?
Once I left Stonemountain and settled back in to normal errands, everywhere I turned I found that people were commenting on what a great day they were having. Was it the Sunshine? Something else in the air? Just what I was attracting/seeing? It has, indeed, been a very good day :). After running around town taking care of the Stuff of Life, I tended my overgrown-but-still-beautiful garden for awhile. I'll leave you with a few shots that I just took, which will hopefully explain why I'm going to go back outside to enjoy a cuppa out there. :)
Happy Weekend, all! :)