Before I forget, I want to blog about my day last Saturday because it was just such a great day. As always, it started off with a bit of sewing. I finished up the dress I posted about yesterday. Then my husband and my oldest kid and my youngest kid headed off to a sugar shack to enjoy Maine Maple Sunday. (Maine Maple Sunday really is usually on Sunday, but we had other plans for Sunday. Luckily we found a few places that were open on Saturday, too.)
We started off with a yummy, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.
Then we checked out the syrup-making operation and shopped in store a bit. They had every maple product imaginable. We already had quite a bit of syrup, but we bought some maple fudge, maple sugar candy, and maple cream. So good.
Then we visited the resident horse, Ginger. My husband directed the two kids to stand in front of Ginger for a photo. They obliged then Ginger nuzzled my son's neck. His shocked reaction was quite hilarious.
As soon as we got home, I hopped right back in the car to head to the second SEAM meeting in Belfast. I picked up two sewing friends along the way. It was great to have a nice long car ride to talk about sewing and everything else under the sun.
This time the SEAM meeting was at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast. We made some fabric flowers which was fun, but I had a hard time focusing, since there was all that fabric sitting there just waiting to be looked at. I did end up doing some shopping. I might have been a little bit bad. I neglected to make a rule in my fabric challenge that if I was forced into a fabric store, I couldn't be responsible for controlling myself.
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply is definitely a place I'd visit again. They had a great selection of fabric and books and some interesting other art/craft supplies as well; drawing tools, embroidery supplies, lots of interesting paper and paper crafts. The shop has great lighting and it was well organized. There was a big crowd, but you didn't feel like you were tripping over people or getting in someone's way. Belfast is a fun town to spend some time in anyway.
The three of us who came to SEAM together are all big fans of Alewive's, and we all noticed that there's not much overlap between the two stores - even though they both have plenty of modern fabrics. If you're planning a shop hop - and official one - or just one on your own - I would definitely recommend visiting both places. They're about an hour apart and both in pretty, classic New England settings.
Conveniently, one of the car pool-ee's had to be dropped off right near Alewive's, so we shopped there after the SEAM meeting. Alewive's had all the new-again Denyse Schmidt fabrics, so I had to get some of those. I'm probably going to regret not getting more, but I'm trying to save some money for Kinokuniya.
Here are the results of my fabric binge.
But I'm back on the wagon now. I used up my 11th stash fabric, and I'm ready to cut out two more.
Happy almost weekend!