Make socks not war – or sock it to me, fishy

sock circles
sock circles

I have been traveling my b#*t off. (Strange because it’s still very visible back there!)

My patriotic Santa Cruz man
My patriotic man

A different port every week – and a different man in each port…

But last week’s traveling was for a fun, a two night mini-break to Santa Cruz with a girlfriend!

The super-hip Dream Inn in Santa Cruz!
The super-hip Dream Inn in Santa Cruz!

We did all the sites,

Beach view from our room at the Dream Inn
Beach view from our room at the Dream Inn

beach,

What is a boardwalk without a scary chair swing ride?
What is a boardwalk without a scary chair swing ride?

boardwalk,

Building from 1887 - yes, Please!
Building from 1887 – yes, Please!

Victorian buildings,

The only plants worth photographing (huge, BTW)
The only plants worth photographing (huge, BTW)

plants,

Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz
Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz

fabric store,

I'll have a third wave please!
I’ll have a third wave please!

third-wave coffee place (although I prefer 4th-wave coffee)

Pumpkin Boranee - out of this world!
Pumpkin Boranee – out of this world!

amazing pumpkin dish at Laili called Boranee – Out of this world!

Vintage shoes!
Vintage shoes!

shoe shopping,

Ummm... YES!
Ummm… YES!

antique store (where I MIGHT have bought these mid-century modern dishes),

Sea Lion family off the Santa Cruz Pier
Sea Lion family off the Santa Cruz Pier

the long pier walk,

Socks and more socks!
Socks and more socks!

and the sock shop!

Fish Sock
Fish Sock

But it was the trip to the sock store that produced the best results!

Still the fish sock
Still the fish sock
Supplies (not including sewing machine and stuffing)
Supplies (not including sewing machine and stuffing)

And I made it all into a fish toy!

Handsome side view
Handsome side view
Attractive top view
Attractive top view
Sexy angle view
Sexy angle view
ready for her close up
ready for her close up

I think I’ll call her Pucker.

I have to thank some sock maker somewhere for making such a great sock for me to play with.  And I have to thank my dear friend for the GREAT trip!!!

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Where’s Waldolethea going to be next?

Carmel has succulents bigger than my shoe - and my head!
Carmel has succulents bigger than my shoe – and my head!

Waldolethea has been a very busy person and she’s got even more coming!

Beefeater of Monterey
Beefeater of Monterey

Next up on Waldolethea’s world tour is a lecture at the Diablo Valley Quilt Guild.  (remember when I wrote about their fall quilt show?)

Detail of Wonderful Stripes, by Nancy Bourne
Detail of Wonderful Stripes, by Nancy Bourne

For you local yokels (and I mean that in the nicest way), you can stop by the guild and see some of my quilts and photos, hear me blah blah on (in a very good way), and see me wave my hands in the air a lot! That will be the evening of June 20. To find out more click here.

More bigger than my shoe succulents in Carmel
More bigger than my shoe succulents in Carmel

Then it’s down to Monterey county for some really special fun!

Findings Invite
Findings Invite

First up it’s a fun trunk show of dresses for big girls (that means adults) and little girls (that means kids). I’ll be there to help out on June 16.

Camper dress
Camper dress

The dresses are made by two clever Carmel ladies (one just happens to be my aunt), and it’s going to be a fun day. The little store called Findings is just darling and they are having a 10th anniversary 30% off sale! Cool!

Findings has tons of great ribbons and trims!
Findings has tons of great ribbons and trims!
Findings has magazines and books (mine!)
Findings has magazines and books (mine!)
Findings has amazing pillows created by Walnut Creek's own Jane Yuen Corich
Findings has amazing pillows created by Walnut Creek’s own Jane Yuen Corich
And Findings has some great vintage trims and buttons
And Findings has some great vintage trims and buttons

After the weekend at Findings, its back to Monterey for the FROSTING ON THE CAKE!

Bella's Studio in Monterey, California
Bella’s Studio in Monterey, California
Bella's Studio corner window
Bella’s Studio corner window

I am teaching in the most fabulous studio in the entire state! Bella’s Studio in Monterey. Come join me for a fun Friday night preview party and Saturday Workshop class for making your own Dream Chair Quilt! Look!

Bella's Studio has everything!
Bella’s Studio has everything!

Bella has everything you will need to make your quilt top – sewing machines, cutting stations, pins, irons, scissors – you name it.

Pin cushions, rulers, scissors all ready for you - no schleping!
Pin cushions, rulers, scissors all ready for you – no schleping!

The price of the class even includes a kit of fabric created by me and the Dream Chair Quilts pattern pack!

Some pretty fabrics and sewing treats!
Some pretty fabrics and sewing treats!

Act fast, there are only a couple of spots left in this small, exclusive class. With only six students I’ll really be able to work closely with everyone! Oh, the chair quilts we will make!

Workshop invitation
Workshop invitation

Contact Bella as soon as possible to snag a spot! Call Bella at 831-920-2272 or email bella@bellastudiomonterey.com

Bella's Studio June Calendar
Bella’s Studio June Calendar

For the answer to the question Wanna Get Away? – this time you have to say YES!  Hope to see you there!