Thursday, November 5, 2015

A One Day Shop Hop~Stop #1

Last week my husband and I were able to take a quick trip to San Diego, California. He had a one day conference, so I had one day to visit as many shops as I could :) Oh boy! Did I shop!

As soon as I knew that we were going, I had to see how far our hotel was from a shop on my bucket list ~ I was in luck! It was less than 30 minutes away... Can you guess which shop it is?

The Country Loft in La Mesa, CA!
Oh my! My heart started racing as soon as I pulled up and saw the sign. Could I really, truly be here?

This sweet little craftsman home with it's welcoming white picket fence *sigh*

I just wanted to move right in and I hadn't even entered the door :)

Sweet vignettes greet you as you walk in the door!

All you can do is stand in one place and try to take it all in...

Home decor, wool, embroidery, quilts ~ this store has it all.

And it is all displayed so beautifully!

I think that I started hyperventilating at this point!
How will I ever make decisions on what to buy?!

I just love how the supplies are displayed in antique fixtures!

I heard a joyous fellowship taking place in another room and had to take a peek

Several ladies were taking a class.

They were all very sweet and allowed me to take pictures :)
The lovely lady on the right (I've forgotten her name - sorry!) was working on this lovely table mat:

A Buttermilk Basin pattern - you can rest assured that this pattern came home with me.

The classroom area was filled with beautiful models
 Enough to take your breath away...

They are starting Maggie Bonanomi's "Village Green" as a block of the month. The colors are softer and subtler in person and I am finding myself tempted...

And the house is not the only space to be explored...

Out back is a wonderful antique shed.

Everything is displayed so beautifully!

So inspiring!

And inside was filled with wonderful primitive treasures.

Oh why was I traveling with only a carry-on bag?! :(


And I loved this great stone fireplace in the garden. 
Wouldn't it be great to pull a stitching chair up next to it?!

I can't tell you what a thrill it was to see JoAnn Mullaly's Crazy Quilt in person!

I'm sorry that photos can not do it justice.
I still can't get over the amount of patches, wool applique and above all the incredible embroidery!!!

Those little flowers and that house - oh my stars!!!

And the work by Cheri Payne was also exciting - oh how I love that owl!

And the work of Cottage at Cardiff Farms!
How can one shop contain this much beauty?!

Everyone at the shop was so kind and welcoming!
I felt like I had come home.
(And their suggestion of visiting Little Italy was spot on, but I'll share that fun another day)
If you ever have a chance to visit Country Loft, run don't walk! 
You will love every minute that you are there.
And if you can't get there in person. you can visit them:
at their online shop here
their blog here
Facebook here
(They will be having their Christmas open house this weekend, I wish that I could go back ;)
Thank you ladies for such a lovely visit!

I think that at this point, I could have headed home perfectly happy and content,
But this was only the first stop...

I'll be back to share more soon...

"Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
    before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever."
~1 Chronicles 16:33-34

Blessings, Patti


Marilyn said...

OMG, that looks like a fantastic shop!

Gisela said...

Love the photos and 'yes' I would never want to leave.

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a great shop! What'd you buy?

Laura said...

How exciting!!!!! So glad you got to go to a shop that you probably would never have been able to get to!!!!! What fun!

old crow said...

Oh my goodness!! You made my day!! One of my very favorite shops!! I have been there a few times, but it has been a long time. Thank you for sharing your pictures, I miss that lovely shop!! Just love it!! I hope you purchased many goodies while you were there!! Your pictures brought back lovely memories!!
I would love to go back!!

paulette said...

Loved every moment!! Thank YOU for taking us along!

Sandi said...

Love that shop and all the goodies, once when I was there JoAnns sister Cathy was setting up a display for her then new book Folk Branches. So much temptation each time I visit.

Love Fillipi's Pizza Gotto in Little Italy, always eat there at least once each visit....time to go again! Thanks for the great photos.

Shelley said...

I KNEW by the first pic exactly where you were....didn't need to see the sign...MY FAVORITE shop....used to live a couple of blocks away....they got me into the whole wool art....thank you for the happy memories...

Cindy P said...

That's funny, I felt exactly the same way when I went there last year !! Loved the store, and it was pure HEAVEN to be there!! Thanks for the pictures, I lost mine !!

Kurt Schindler said...

Looking forward to see what you bought and the other places you visited. I love the shop too (about 50 miles from me) and I know what you mean when you talked about hyperventilating.


Susy said...

Hi Patti,
We were so excited to have you visit the shop! You really gave a wonderful tour of The Loft in your blog...thank you! It's such a nice place to work and teach. What could be better than being surrounded by your friends, and all things sewing that you love!
Happy Stitching and Congratulations on your darling wool mat "Woodland Walk", in the new Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine!