A Bit of California Sun

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We took a little vacation down south (of Oregon) recently to relax and do a bit of sightseeing. Recognize this city?

Not ringing a bell? Does this view help?

Aahh- there you go! San Francisco!

Our trip entailed lots and LOTS of walking, eating, walking, looking around, and eating some more. It was incredibly fun, and I’d really like to go back and do some more adventuring someday. We saw too many things to list, but I thought I’d share a few highlights here.

These are the Sutro bath ruins, which we saw from lunch at the Cliff House. We didn’t go to the ruins themselves, but next time I’ll be making my way down to explore what’s left of this old bath house.

San Francisco has a very lovely Japanese tea garden, which we visited while walking around Golden Gate Park.

And of course we had to visit the Painted Ladies! I was amazed that so many of the houses looked just like this. I wasn’t expecting to see so many beautiful homes.

We went to a huge list of amazing places, but there’s one that (of course) sticks out to me. When I told my students at Modern Domestic that I’d be visiting San Francisco, they said I had to make time to go to Britex Fabrics. Lucky for me, it only ended up being a few blocks from where we were staying, so we took a morning stroll and headed over to check out the four floors of gorgeous fabric.

I was a little sad I wasn’t able to take any photos inside, because you would not believe the room of buttons. The wools, cottons, silks and jerseys that I had to leave behind about broke my heart, but they would have broken my wallet as well! Rob found two lovely fabrics he’s going to sew shirts out of, and I bought up a wool lace remnant and a lovely thick knit. It was so nice that they shipped it to our house so we didn’t have to find a way to stuff it in our suitcase.

All-in-all, it was a fantastic visit to a bustling city. I’d better start making plans for what to create with my new fabric!

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  • http://www.robalan.com Rob Alan

    AACK, I need to make those shirts… ;o)

    • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

      That you do! Oh DARN. I guess we’re going to have to sew AAAALLLLL WEEKEND! ;)

  • Elizabeth Mackey

    I live in the SF Bay Area, and Britex is amazing, but I don’t like their attitude there. There is another place in SF called Satin Moon, that is more boutique, but packed with a lot of goodies. If you feel adventurous, and want to head over to Berkeley/Oakland, there is Stone Mountain Daughter, and Piedmont Fabrics, the latter, being a mini Britex, without the attitude. They have the most gorgeous garment weight cottons and other beautiful fabric.

    • http://reallyhandmade.com/ Amy Alan

      Everyone I met in Britex was incredibly friendly. I also got there exactly when they opened, so there were no lines or crowd and everyone was happy and ready for the day. I’d love the check out the other surrounding fabric stores some day. I’m already thinking about planning another trip to San Francisco that focuses solely on buying fabric!