Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Crafty Excursion and my New Scissors!

Hi Friends! A couple of weeks ago, I had a fun filled day with my sister out in her neck of the woods. We hit up crafty locations, book shopping (my favorite), and had a pretty cute lunch. 

I've always wanted to check out The French General out in Los Angeles, so that we did! It has been a dream of mine to see her store, and it did not disappoint!

The French General Store

The French General is a wonderful company that sells antique french goods, ephemera, beads, jewelry findings, fabric, she also has published books out there as well.

An hour and a half later my sister and I emerged with wonderful pieces to make jewelry, french badges, and paper crafting items. I can't wait to get started on the earrings from one of the kits I purchased!

My Goodies from French General

We had lunch at a wonderful farm-to-table cafe in old town San Gabriel near the Mission called Alexandras Table. She makes delicious fresh seasonal sandwiches, salads, and soups, french press coffee, and delicious cookies and such.

Alexandra's Table

Did I mention how cute this place is too? It's decorated with cheery colors, and she also sells gourmet foods there as well.

Gourmet Foods and Goods for Sale

Pretty Tabletop Decor

I loved this soup - Zuchinni and Potato Soup. Yummo!

Zucchini and Potato Soup
Book shopping finds - antique and new. I'm currently reading Susan Branch's new book - A Fine Romance and I'm in love with this book!  It's basically her diary of her trip to England. I highly recommend this one. A New England Nun and Other Stories is a funny one. Basically about women who sew and drink tea all day (hmmm.. sounds familiar). 

Antique and new books

When I got home, I received my Japanese scalloped pinking shears!!! I've searched high and low for these darn scissors. Unfortunately, these are not available in your average craft or sewing shop. Sure there are scrapbooking scalloped scissors out there, but not ones for fabric. I found them on Etsy, and sadly, this was the only pair the seller had. You can find more made from Germany and such just by searching on Etsy for Scalloped Scissors.

Scalloped Scissors

What am I gonna do with these you ask - everything and anything! These will add a cute girly touch to some of my projects. Wait and see!!

See you real soon!


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