And I was a bad girl and stopped by a special little fabric store in Castro Valley called The Bolt's End. (Check out the vintage basket weave trim, great for handles on zakka purses!) They buy closeout designer fabrics and sell them for a couple dollars per yard cheaper than anywhere else I've seen. Plus the ladies who work there are really nice and helpful, and the store's within walking distance of a wonderful tiny bead store (the owner knows me by name now), a yarn store (a little pricey, but fun to look in), one of those paint-your-own-pottery places (for which I have a gift certificate I need to use before I move), and last but not least, there's a little shop that is a lot like etsy. It has spaces that are rented out to crafty people who sell their handmade wares. It's really cute, but the name escapes me. I think it was Crafter's Cottage, but I'm not sure. I'm really going to miss Castro Valley, I think I'll have to come back to the area once in a while for the shops, and back to Hayward to eat at Smile Thai and Le Paradis.
*Letting the kitten get into a huge bag of yarn and unwind every ball around the entire house. I, personally, think it’s adorable.
*Going to the rediculously expensive chocolate and buying just one for me, and not telling my boyfriend I went there without getting him one.
*Taking way too long in the shower just so I can finish singing the song that’s been stuck in my head for a week.
*Using my relatively agile toes to pick something up when I’m too lazy to reach down and use my hands like a normal person.
And of course I got a bunch of adorable stationary (there's too much to photograph it all!):
This sweet little felt bucket will hold all of my cutting tools on my desk, which I'm trying to organize right now.
I got a million little notebooks, a couple of my favorites are here, along with a sweet little zippy pouch made with wide-weave linnen and a leaf embroidery, and some cute erasers (I got some pencils and pens too!):
I got a bunch of gifts as well, and an apron, some papers, and some twine to crochet. That little store is so much fun, I'm so lucky to have someone out there to clue me in to stuff like that! Ah, the wonders of the blogging community!