This little detective is ready to solve the case of Who Needs Snuggles?
His coat is made of a super soft and snuggly cotton flannel and I found this fun dark brown faux fur to use for his hair.
Grab one from my Etsy shop!
These little cuties are available in my Etsy shop!
She’s one of my favorite dolls to make because she always comes out so cute! The little buns are scientifically proven to be adorable, even though sewing them all on kills my poor little fingers.
Some scruffy space pirates are available in my Etsy shop! I’ll be making some princesses to keep them company later this week.
I’m back from vacation and it is time to get back to work! I completed and added three new plush to my Etsy shop.
On the 20th we made our way from Los Angeles to Cayucos on the central coast. We stopped in Oxnard to pick up a kite and some strawberries.
We stayed at the Seaside Motel in Cayucos, which was seriously adorable.
All the rooms have a different decorative scheme like Rambling Rose, Tea for Two, and Fish Fantasy. There was one room left when we got there and it just happened to be exactly the one we wanted, Birdhouse Bungalow.
There’s also the sweetest little garden in the back of the hotel with lots of beautiful plants, decorations, and places to sit and enjoy the sound of the ocean. We were out in the garden around sunset and saw several hummingbirds whizzing around, as well as some hummingbird moths. I had heard about these, but hadn’t seen one close up before. They apparently like purple, because they were feeding from purple flowers and seemed very interested in my head! There were also some monarch butterflies fluttering around.
After settling in, we walked the few blocks down to the beach. We had some limited success with our kite, but it was fun trying and the view was nothing to complain about.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to go out on the pier as it has been condemned due to structural issues. There’s a campaign to raise money to rebuild the pier, check it out here.
On the 21st, we headed a little north to Cambria to visit Moonstone Beach. The beach is pretty much all rocks rather than a sand beach. Many of these are moonstone, hence the name of the beach. We spent over an hour very happily sprawled out on the beach looking for pretty rocks, until my mom realized the tide was coming in and we had to scoot around an outcropping if we didn’t want to get stranded.
I was searching out small rocks to use in some teeny glass bottles I had picked up at SCRAP in San Francisco during my last trip. The rocks lose some of their luster when they dry, so I need to experiment with resin and sealers to see what gives them a nice shine. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Wednesday was a fun and crafty day! Our first stop was M&L Discount Fabrics is Anaheim. This place is huge, I think we spent over three hours there. About half of the front section of the store is devoted to quilting cottons but there is also a great selection of fleece, minky, lace, and special occasions fabrics as well as patterns, buttons, and notions. We spent most of our time on the back section of the store though.
There is a HUGE section of flat fold fabric, most $3 per yard. Most of it is cotton but there was also a ton of t-shirt jersey, upholstery fabric, denim, and more.
Seriously, look how tall some of these stacks are! We could barely see over them.
It’s a bit of a pain to look through, especially when you find a fabric you like that’s waaaaay at the bottom of the pile. Our poor arms were getting really tired by the end of our visit. The price is right though, and they actually had some nicer quilting cottons and linen-look fabrics.
With sore arms, we headed over to Wildfiber in Santa Monica.
The store is adorable and well organized and the staff was very friendly. I don’t do much as far as crochet or knitting, but my mother was very excited to see and touch all the beautiful yarns.
There was a cute place to sit and work and lots of lovely examples of work.
They also carry a selection of books, buttons, and knitting needles.
Finally we headed over to Sherman Oaks to play some mini golf at Castle Park. We had so much fun we decided to make mini golf a part of every visit from now on. We played through course three, so we have to other courses to check out when we make it back.
I’m still having fun with my mom in California!
On the 18th, we headed over to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. I love visiting museums and science centers, and natural history museums are one of my most favorite. (Yes, I’m a huge nerd.)
Being very mature adults, we spent the most time in the children’s Nature Lab downstairs.
The front part of the Nature Lab is made up of tables, each featuring an activity or interactive feature and an illustrated nature story with specimens.
We wrote our own nature story.
We participated in fun activities!
The Dino Hall was our last stop.