The Fabric Store // Los Angeles

I was recently invited to visit The Fabric Store, a new fabric shop in Los Angeles. It’d be silly to turn down an opportunity involving fabric, so Maxwell and I accepted the invitation and drove over. One thing I’ve learned about balancing mamahood + work is that babies looooove fabric and craft stores (just watch their eyes light up). It’s pretty magical.

Venturing out to explore new fabrics, weaves and studying how color has been arranged is totally my happy place. Actually, we were out shopping last weekend and I saw a piece of clothing made from a really pretty pink tweed and already I was envisioning it sewn into something else. I guess that’s how you know you’re a seamstress, right? ;)

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While I was shopping for new fabrics to take home I couldn’t help but take some photos along the way…

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Succulents on a big, wooden work table? Amazing.

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The floor of The Fabric Store was pretty amazing, too. Tile from the various businesses, spanning however many dozens of years, could be seen. It was a fun pop of color and quirk, if you ask me :)

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It wasn’t hard to notice that the bolts were arranged by color story. The pinks, yellows and grays were my favorite — but are you surprised?

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My happy boy, my little charmer… I can’t believe how much he’s grown since we were here!

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I have a fun collection of new fabrics that I’ve been saving for a special project. It was fun to browse through The Fabric Store’s collection — I seriously think I walked the store five times — and pick out a couple yards of my favorite designs. I picked out something super fun, something traditional to my style and something a bit neutral.

And I can’t wait to share!

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Thank you The Fabric Store for the new fabrics. Your new shop is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! xoxo

{Baby Bump — 36 week update}

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outfit details: skinny jeans, Motherhood Maternity | striped cardigan, Gap | gray tank, Target | necklace, made by me| heart headband, Lady Like | boots, Payless

We had our weekly baby appointment last week… Are there any guesses how much Baby weighs right now? What if I told you Zack laughed and my eyes got really big when the doctor told us? Yeah ;) That would mean Baby is about 7.5 lbs. [long pause] so I guess there are no worries about having a little chubber come D-day.

Everyone keeps asking if we’re ready for Baby to arrive and I guess my answer is yes? We have a couple of things packed in our hospital bag and we have the essentials ready/washed at home… But how ready are first-time parents, really? Ha. Most of what’s left to do or pack is stuff that the hospital will provide for us, so that’s a little reassuring.

I’m definitely slowing down come evening time, getting out of bed is a circus act, and just like in the beginning of my pregnancy there isn’t a whole lot that sounds appetizing. I feel like I sound like a broken record but fruit, juice, rice-cakes are what I crave — and not too much else. I guess fruit isn’t too bad of a craving? ;)

We stopped by a gift shop called Handmade Galleries LA in Sherman Oaks yesterday and it was so great! Reminded me of all the fun handmade gift shops I knew about in Minneapolis, so we stopped outside to take my bump photos before heading inside.

So… I guess it’s a toss up how the rest of the pregnancy will go. Will I make it to 40 weeks? Will Baby come early, come late? :) Any guesses? I think that may be the hardest part for us [not finding out the gender hasn't been too difficult]…

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I LOVE when shops have all-glass fronts!

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It was so fun to see colorful mix of art on display…

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And their valentine’s display {those candles on the left, they smelled amazing!}…

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Geometric wooden beads on a necklace + blue glass bottles + beautiful floral plates… love!

Do you have any favorite handmade gift shops in your town?

 

{My favorite eats, treats + local shops in Minneapolis.}

Nearly three years ago to this day Zack + I moved to Minneapolis from Detroit. Right now we’re on the road, driving to Santa Monica to start yet another family adventure. I’m sure I’ve already cried this morning, as we left the city. Probably twice. From September 2010 to August 2012 we called Minneapolis “home”, and I quickly came to love many restaurants, bakeries + shops. Most of what are listed below are locally owned ~ all are unique, fun + definitely worth visiting. For those that are visiting Minneapolis and are staying downtown, I noted the places that are located downtown; the rest are located within the city of Minneapolis, if not very close to it.

Enjoy my favorite finds, and Minneapolis — we’ll always love you. You helped me birth Gussy Sews and then in June 2012 you were the city where we learned we were expecting our first baby. We love you Minneapolis! :)

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EATS:

Hell’s Kitchen, a unique spin on traditional foods {downtown Minneapolis} — favorite: Ham + Pear Crisp

Britt’s Pub, pub + grill {downtown Minneapolis} — favorite: Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad

Kieran’s Irish Pub, fantastic pub + grill {downtown Minneapolis} — favorite: Hot Pretzel + Mustard Platter

Bombay Bistro, Indian food {downtown Minneapolis} — favorite: Chicken Curry Entree

Pizza Luce, the best pizza in Minneapolis {downtown Minneapolis location} — favorite: Baked Artichoke Dip + Bread

Burger Jones, burger, fries + homemade shakes — favorite: Salted Caramel Shake

Punch, Neapolitan pizza — favorite: Margarete Pizza

Edina Grill, fresh + organic fare — favorite: Chicken Pear Salad

Our Kitchen, greasy breakfast diner  — favorite: Kitchen Special with Pancakes

Common Roots Cafe, local + organic fare — favorite: Fish Tacos

YUM!, kitchen + bakery — favorite: everything :)

TREATS:

Patisserie 46, french bakery — favorite: Ham + Gruyère Croissant

Sugar Sugar Candy, old fashioned candy shop — favorite: hard candies

Sebastian Joe’s, homemade ice-cream shop — favorite: Oreo Ice-Cream

Candy Land, TO DIE FOR fresh popcorn, chocolate + treats {downtown Minneapolis} — favorite: Caramel Popcorn

YUM!, kitchen + bakery — favorite: everything :)

SHOPS:

Patina, handmade + quirky gifts for self, home, baby

I Like You, handmade gifts from over 200 handmade local artists

City Salvage, beautiful architectural pieces, furniture, old door knobs/glass bottles/antiques

Hunt & Gather, GIANT quirky antique store

Paper Hat, handmade art + gifts

OUTSIDE FUN:

Nice Ride MN, hourly/daily bike rentals

Lake Calhoun, clean beaches {with lifeguards}, bike/kayak/canoe/pedal boat rentals, The Tin Fish restaurant, separate walking + bike paths, restroom near restaurant

Lake Harriet, clean beaches {with lifeguards}, bike/kayak/canoe/pedal boat rentals, Bread & Pickle restaurant, separate walking + bike paths, restroom near restaurant

ODDS + ENDS:

The Chair Hair Salon, make sure you visit Rachel, she’s a pro at curly hair :)

Royal Pet, dog grooming

FAVORITE FABRIC SHOP:

SR Harris, wholesale fabric outlet {the building is 30,000 sq ft!}

{Minneapolis meet-up, 10/2: let’s build a Terrarium together!}

Did you know I’m kinda obsessed with Terrariums?

Well I am.

There’s a local floral shoppe named Amelia’s that I LOVE to visit, and when I found out they were hosting their first-ever Terrarium building class I signed up right away! I even turned my blog post about my new, pretty Terrarium into a DIY post.

Then Amelia’s hosted a second Terrarium class, and of course I signed up for that!

And then I had the genius idea to host my next bloggy/twitter meet-up at Amelia’s. I asked Christina, the owner, how she’s feel about that ~ and lucky for all of us she said YES! :]

That’s Liz up there in the yellow cardigan. She helps teach the classes, and she’s so sweet & adorable and I secretly want to be her friend.

I’ve hosted a few bloggy/twitter meet-ups before. Mostly local ones here in Minneapolis, where I live, but I even planned one in our home state of Michigan for Christmas 2010. And I’ve BEEN to other meet-ups. I just love meeting my online friends in real life. And actually — pretty much all of my in real life friends here in Minneapolis were first met online. Yeow! Isn’t the internet fabulous?! ;]

Here are the details on the class:

Amelia’s Flower & Garden Shoppe ~ Sunday, October 2nd from 2pm – 4pm
910 W. 36th St. | Minneapolis, MN 55410 | 612.208.1205 | Google Map directions

It’s $20 for the 2-hour class, and that price includes all materials you’ll need to make & bring home your own Terrarium. Plus, they’ll have a cheese & wine tray out. Yum!

To RSVP: please send me an email [gussy AT gussysews DOT com] by September 27th {Tuesday} with how many friends you’ll be bringing! Maybe collaborate with your friends so you don’t double or triple book your reservation? hah.

I’d LOVE to meet you — hope to see you in just a few weeks, October 2nd!