Yikes! It was just Saturday yesterday... what happened to my week?
I'm trying to get caught up before I have to leave for the next trip so I think I worked all weekend... proofing patterns, packing orders, unpacking the last of the Market boxes, and so on. The good news is that I'm mostly caught up, to the point where I was out and about on Tuesday.
I took photographs, files and quilts to the printer to get the last three covers finished, and then I ran all sorts of those little putzy errands that need to get done at some point. But lest you think I didn't have any fun... then you don't know me at all. I did a few of those "since I'm not going to be far from there anywhere..." little side trips.
First up... Anthropologie. They have the best "stuff"... like these awesome soaps! They are wrapped in felted wool, wool that acts as a washcloth while you use it, then shrinks as you use the soap. They smell amazing, but I admit it, the real appeal is that I think they're a hoot.
They are made by a company called Fiat Luxe Designs ~ and really, the scents are fabulous.
Then after a couple more errands ~ very important stuff, I promise ~ I went by one of my favorite Phoenix shops ~ Willows Home and Garden.
They were doing some major re-arranging of furniture in anticipation of some new arrivals... suppose I'll need to make sure I am by there again in the very near future, huh? (Be sure to check out their blog to get a sense of their fabulous style.)
And since I was downtown... and it was lunch time... I stopped by my very favorite place to eat in Phoenix, Pane Bianco, for what have to be the best sandwiches on the planet.
The sandwich shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 to 3, and for a week or two once or twice a year. It is owned and operated by Chris Bianco, a James Beard Award-winning Chef. He is also the owner-proprietor of Pizzeria Bianco, a world-famous pizza place in downtown Phoenix. He's been featured on Oprah, Martha Stewart and several Food TV shows, and his restaurant has been named by several writers as serving the best pizza in the country... perhaps even in the world. Yes, it is that good.
But I like his sandwich shop better.
There are four sandwiches on the menu ~ a Market sandwich that changes daily based on what is good and available. (It can range from the most awesome bacon, Emmenthaler cheese and arugula combination to a sandwich made with Serrano jamon, manchego cheese and a locally-made peach mustard.) This is the Mozzarella and Tomato ~ yes, its rather like a Caprese salad. Lots of freshly-made, locally-made Mozzarella, and lots of fresh basil and tomatoes. The bread is a flat round of pizza dough baked in a wood-fired oven then sliced across the middle. The bread is warm, crispy and a little chewy, and the ingredients are fresh... words cannot describe how good something this simple can be. If you're ever in Phoenix, you simply must go there ~ everyone I've ever taken there has loved it.
And before I forget, there are a couple of things I need to mention... some post-Market housekeeping, if you will.
A huge thank you to Ginny in Canada for the Calgary Flames socks! I love them and I will think of you every time I see them and wear them!
Another huge thank you to Melody and Michelle, two lovely ladies I met at Market in Pittsburgh. They came by the booth to say Hello, and when they returned on Sunday, Michelle brought me a wonderful little Pressing Pal. (I promise to show a picture soon.) It is a small blue wooden bird whose tail is used as a pressing tool. I love it ~ even more after Michelle said that she had given me the blue bird so that I would always have a "bluebird of happiness" with me. After she said that, Kathy Schmitz wanted to steal it... Michelle gave her one too.
And speaking of Kathy, she was my roommate at Market and I think that was a huge factor in why I had such a good time in Pittsburgh. If you're not familiar with her work, Kathy is an amazing painter and artist who also designs for Moda Fabrics. I always buy lots of trinkets from her at Sample Spree... this was one of my finds this year...
Kathy has an Etsy shop where you can find some of these wonderful little pendants.
And thank you to Gudrun Erla of GE Designs and her buddy Yvonne for a terrific ride from Pittsburgh to Chicago on Monday. Gudrun is one of those lovely people that I get to meet quickly at Market and then wind up waving at while we scoot past each other at Market, and it was so much fun to finally get a chance to sit and visit without that "work thing" intruding. What you don't know is that getting to sit together on the flight wasn't all that easy, thanks to Southwest's no-assigned seating policy and an obnoxious man's ridiculous insistence on folks not saving seats for people in later boarding groups. He was a jerk... not to me, he was a twit to someone else, but it meant that I resorted to a some odd behavior to save a couple of seats. Gudrun posted a little bit about it but the best reason to jump over there is to see her wonderful booth, and to see just how much fun she had at Market!
And that's it for now... Mom wants dinner which means I have to go fool around in the kitchen and figure out what to make... which is probably warranted lest the Adult Protective Services people get on me for running a "sweat shop". Mom's been busy packing patterns... lots and lots of patterns.
I'm off to make dinner