This weekend my husband and I went on a "babymoon" - one last getaway trip with just the two of us before the new baby arrives! Things have been so hectic at work and home getting projects wrapped up before baby that this was a very welcome retreat for both of us. We left our son with his grandparents and took a drive up to Paso Robles, CA. We rented a vacation home that had a spectacular views;. here was our breakfast Sunday morning.
My husband 'just happened' to pick the weekend when the Firestone Beer Festival was happening in town. So while he was sampling that, I explored downtown Paso Robles. Of course, my first stop was Birch Fabrics/FabricWorm. I've love their online shop, especially the custom bundles they put together, their extensive collection of Japanese fabrics and of course the cool designs of their line of organic fabric, Birch. On their site you can buy scrap packs and get a big assortment of beautiful fabrics. But even better was that in the store you can put your own scrap pack together and pay by the yard! I seriously spent over an hour raiding their scrap bins!
The bins are divided as either 'regular' or 'japanese/organic. Their 'scraps' are mostly pieces cut selvage-to-selvage off the bolt in pieces under a half yard; some of these pieces are quite big and a great value. If you've seen the beautiful selection on their website you can imagine that I had a hard time 'editing' my selections. Here's what I got from the 'regular' bins, including a nice assortment of Summersville in the blues.
And next here are my finds from the 'japanese/organic' bins. I was beside myself - $10/yard, are you kidding me?! This was essentially half price.
The beautiful blue/lime prints from Birch are for a swap gift I'm working on for the #talknt swap. This is the first twitter based swap I've participated in and I haven't done a swap in a while so I'm excited to begin this. If you're on Twitter and like to sew, you have to check out #talknt.
My fabric haul made me feel a little bit better that I couldn't partake in all the fun beer and wine tasting over the weekend. My husband and I are both wine lovers and enjoy traveling to wine country. This weekend we also visited some wineries and while I couldn't do any wine tasting, we packed our picnic and I took in the gorgeous scenery.
Here is where we enjoyed our picnic on Sunday afternoon, at Justin vineyards, whose wine we love. The pool was certainly inviting considering it was around 90 degrees! Now that we're back I'm feeling recharged and ready to get back to the long 'baby nesting' checklist I left behind. One of the first things I did when we returned was pick up the special order fabric that came in for her nursery curtains! The room is now painted and furnished and I'm working on the decor - I look forward to sharing that with you soon!