Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well, I'm back from the frozen north.  And when I say frozen, I mean frozen.

See that -13 reading?  That is the outside temperature as we headed out for our drive home.  It was brutal. To say that I am glad to be back in sunny, warm California is an understatement.
After 9 days I got a bit of cabin fever and needed bit of exercise, so I decided to brave it and take a walk.

Despite the cold, it really was quite peaceful.

These forlorn spring toys sat waiting for warmer weather.

And yet, holiday cheer was still to be found.

...and just for ironies sake.  Frankly, I really think the maintenance people are going to need a bigger bucket.

The day after this big storm, my favorite quilt store, Pine Needles, had a huge sale.  My husband thought I was crazy for getting up early, to make the drive on ice-packed roads, just so I could make it there right as the store opened.  I know he thought no one else would go out in that weather but I knew I wasn't the only
fabric-aholic unable to pass up 40% off.  And boy, I was so right.
While the rest of Gardner's Village was a ghost town, Pine Needles was packed.  There were women everywhere and bolts flying off the shelves.  Not to mention, more than one bewildered husband standing in a corner holding someone's purse.
As I wrangled my way through the crowd, I caught the eye of several other women.  We gave each other wry smiles as we recognized our mutual addiction.  It was worth it, though.  I got some great fabric, including 4 beautiful fat quarters for my give-away,  but I will wait to show you my haul until the next post. 
I have had a couple of people ask me where Pine Needles is and why I love it so much.  So, while I was there, I asked Holly if she would mind me taking pictures of the shop to post on my blog.  She graciously allowed me to take as many shots as I wanted. Sorry for the quality, but I had to take these with my phone.

Pine Needles is the type of shop I daydream of one day owning myself.  It is warm and inviting.  The shop has a decidedly country feel with a nod to the funky.  They have tons of fun, modern fabric...

And, great ideas of how to use it. Unfortunately, I was only able to capture a few of them, but they have everything from quilting and embroidery patterns and supplies to patterns for handbags and children's clothing.  Everywhere you turn there is something to delight and inspire.
Their staff is SO friendly and they treat you like family.  Since I live in California, I only get to go there when I make my visits to my family, which are only about once every 3 months, if I'm lucky.  Yet, the ladies there recognize and say Hi to me every time I shop there.  That really means something to me.  

They also have my absolute favorite sign. One of these days I will buy that lovely sign, but so far, every time I have been there, my car has been so full, I have no way to fit it in.  I just hope it doesn't sell before I can find a way to get it home.

If you are ever in the area, take my advise and stop by Pine Needles. If you do, I promise you that you will go back again and again.
They are located in Gardner's Village at:
1100 West 7800 South
West Jordan, UT 84088-3500

Of course, Gardner's Village itself is a delightful place to spend the day.

I mean, who can resist atmosphere like this?

While I was browsing in the other shops there, I had my mind on the coming new year.  I thought about my personal resolutions and wondered what I should focus on. Gradually, I began to notice messages everywhere and realized that perhaps someone, somewhere was giving me some guidance.  I thought it would be nice to share with you.  Again, pardon the quality, iPhones aren't the most professional cameras.

As we go through this new year together, I hope we will see all of these messages unfold in our lives.