Around town

A few weeks back my husband and I had a lovely outing to our downtown area. We parked the car and started wandering  the streets. It was on a Sunday so it was nice and quiet and a real leisurely way to spend a few hours. We admired the beautifully decorated store fronts and I couldn’t resist taking some pictures.

 

We love to support local artists and were very excited to find an old warehouse turned shopfront where many different artisans had their wares on display. This place is a bit of a hidden gem because you have to go through an archway and down an alley to get to it…very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish! In the shops within there were candles, paintings, greeting cards, but also stained glass, and some really cool “Steampunk” clocks. That place is definitely worth a return visit!

The shop with the FARMHOUSE sign caught my attention right away of course!IMG_2439

At first I thought the name of the shop was FARMHOUSE, but no, it was simply a sign on display. Lucky me because that sign just HAD to come home with me!17553544_10155113684765522_5688645661644154123_n

I think it looks perfect in our kitchen! I even joked with my husband that I will make a “quilts” sign and a “.blog” sign to hang next to this one….I don’t think he thought that was very funny….. 😀

Some other goodies we picked up while on our outing were these mushroom inspired cards and watercolor paintings and this poster.

Have I mentioned that I am a bit of a mushroom fanatic? Not for eating ( they are okay), but I just love the beautiful shapes and colors of all those poisonous ones like you always see in fairy-tales. So when I found this poster/wrapping paper I was in heaven!17499153_10155113305325522_4362174610466631745_nI of course shared a lot of my finds in our Facebook group. Then one of the lovely ladies in our  group shared a picture of some amazing  mushroom fabric she had found….I decided that I really needed to add  mushroom fabric to my stash ( after all, can one EVER have enough mushroom fabric?! I didn’t think so!) Do you know that there is a LOT of mushroom fabric out there? I was so excited and might have gone a little overboard…

Suffice to say that I will be able to make mushroom inspired quilts and projects for many, many years! I found many of these marvelous fabrics at an Etsy store called This Old Fabric Store. I was super pleased with the selection and how FAST my order was shipped! ( If you would like to check out her store, any orders over $75 get free shipping and if you give her a like on Facebook you get 10% off your first order!)

In the meanwhile I have also been going a little crazy pinning anything with mushrooms on my Pinterest board:

Oh so pretty!! And I love the one with the snail on the toadstool….that might have to become a little mini quilt, what do you think?!

I did find some patterns featuring mushrooms:

You can check them out here, and here, and here.

Judging from all the photos I was able to pin, and all the mushroom quilt patterns I was able to find, I am obviously not the only one with a crush on mushrooms! How about you? Do you have anything you are obsessed with? Please share in the comments!

Until next time…happy creating!

Monique

 

 

9 thoughts on “Around town

  1. love reading your blog. I am obsessed with cats. I have fabric, wrapping paper, knock knacks, dishes… I could go on and on. One year, for My birthday, my sister bought a big basket and filled it with all things cat. Each was wrapped in a different cat paper.

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  2. I’m not so obsessed with a subject more a color or colors, anything red and blue and I usually head straight for it. Love all your new fabrics, and that sign is perfect.

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