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!
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
(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