Tuesday, March 6, 2012

66:365 To the Pennisula

Well, I probably should have worked today though my mind feels a bit crispy at the moment. So, instead, we headed to the Peninsula. My Mom is still in town and I wanted to bring her to an amazing garden named Filoli. I took a photos of these flowers to remember the promise to myself that I will continue to work with people who are creative and for whom Verb is a good fit. I guess it's another way of saying, when one door closes another door opens. And to have faith that people will be here to help when help is needed. After we toured the garden, we went to Pescadero for crab cioppino and pie at Durate's. Then, we headed to Nine Rubies in San Mateo. I had never been there, and it is a lovely shop.

In other news, I committed to doing my first fabric show on March 17-18th. I did this thinking that it would be a good way for me to reach more crafters and to let more people know that we have fabric in our shop. Given the fact that we had such great success at Stitches West and sold out of many colorways, I should be dyeing. Though really, I would like to allow my mind to wander and to sleep, oh yeah, and there's always running the shop.

I also really wanted to dye wool and silk for the show. I did order a couple bolts. It is something I've wanted to do since opening the shop, so I guess, the least the show has done is to get me moving in that direction. Carrying fabric has been a really interesting juxtaposition to carrying yarn. Since we don't dye fabric (well, not yet anyway), I don't have quite the connection to the material or to the client as I do with our yarn. And then there's the fact that we have fabric shops in the area with a ton of inventory. So, doing this show, and as I gather my samples and explore our class offerings, has brought to my attention once again, that I have a lot of work in strengthening my voice and vision in the fabric department. In time, right? In time. If anything, I know doing this show that I will learn a lot. And the focus for me is going to be as healthy and balanced as possible within the circumstances - in other words - keep things simple but beautiful.

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