Monday, July 21, 2014

On My Own Today

I decided to go out on my own on Friday. Most of the WIN group was going to a Naval Museum and I just wanted to wander.

My first stop was a yarn store, of course, in Port Orchard. Was I surprised to pull up and find that this was the author Debbie Macomber's, A Good Yarn, shop! She has modeled the yarn shop after her Blossom Street novels. She writes about the characters that come to the shop in her knitting novels.  In the novel, Twenty Wishes, she stated that she wish she had a yarn shop.  Well she made that wish come true.

Nuno Felting!

She has purchased two Victorian looking building that are across the parking lot from each other.  The blue one is the yarn shop and the pink one is tea room and gift shop.  When you walk into the pink one, you are greeted with Debbie's books which are signed.  On the left is the tea room and on the right the gift shop. Debbie's daughter, Jody, runs and manages this building.  I did not have a chance to talk to her because she was surrounded with people wanting to talk.

My daughter had told me about a little town called Bainbridge Island so that was my next destination.   How adorable!
Location of Bainbridge Island, Washington

It was only about an hour away so it was a pleasant drive with views of the sound. As I was coming into town, I saw the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and Bistro.  The sign said it was free so I parked my car at the end of town where there was 4 hour free parking spaces and slowed wandered toward the museum while checking out all the shops.  The quilting store had some beautiful fabric but I really wanted to see the museum and I am glad I did.  

I stopped at the front desk to get information and was told to see the film first about Jenny Andersen, the wood fired stoneware artist, because it will really give me an appreciation of her work.   They also told me that Churchmouse Yarn and Tea Shop was located in the town and I should visit.  I have been purchasing Churchmouse knitting patterns for years so this was definitely going to be a stop.

I truly enjoyed the film about Jenny Andersen. She likes throwing pots and that is how she started.  Her wood fired ceramic vessels and sculpture were so detailed that you thought you were actually looking at flowing cloth and mask.

The next exhibit was in the Sherry Grover Gallery. The subject title was "You Can Judge A Book by its Cover".  This was a collection of International Designer Bindings. Some of the books were too beautiful to put out for anyone to touch and could only be in a museum.

Hanging in the top floor entry level was beautiful mixed media and patterned prints on paper called Serigraph.  The artist, Romson Regarde Bustillo, is from the Philippines.

Max Grover, a children's author and collage and acrylic artist also had an exhibit.

Max Grover: Hunter, Gatherer, Painter

I finally tore my way away from the museum and started looking for more shops and lunch.   When I got to the bakery, I saw a sign that said Churchmouse Yarns and Tea.  That ended the need for lunch. The staff was so friendly.

After I got my yarn fix, I started wandering the streets again and found these trees with a box of paper and pencils for you to write your thoughts.

On Saturday, Gig Harbor had an arts festival and chalk art along the harbor. I love chalk art so I was hoping to see some good work.

The chalk art was not done by professionals but it was still cute.

The Art festival was quite nice.   I brought a bat to hang by the door.

I met a Nuno felter and her work looks like mine!  I was shocked that she could sell it.  Maybe I should consider doing so too!  LOL!

Monday is Mt. Rainier.  My ankle has been hurting. I do hope I will be able to hike.  Thankfully, I now have my own trekking poles so we'll see.

A day in Seattle

On one of our days here in Gig Harbor, some of us took the ferry over to Seattle.
Actually we had to take two ferries, one from Port Orchard and then run over to the one in Bremerton that would take us to Seattle.

We stopped at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop to see the mummies when we got off the ferry in Seattle.  The shop has been in business since 1899. It was quite a sight to see.

I really only saw the Pike Place Market so I will definitely have to go back to Seattle for another visit. The farmers market is not just a market, it is a destination.

The market was opened in 1907 and covers an area of 9 acres of which now is a historic district with a farmers market, craft market, seafood market and restaurants.  It also houses 350 low income senior residents.

Besides the food and crafts, you can hear and see performers all along the streets and in the market.  They are called buskers.

More than 80 farmers sell at the market. The video below is from YouTube.

 In the fish market section, I still can not believe the size of the shrimp and crab legs!

I tried to take a picture of the vendors throwing the fish to the patrons but could not get a good shot.

I got this video from YouTube since I forgot to video it myself.

I loved that you can cross anyway.

One section of the market had these light fixtures. How cool!!!!!

 No you are not seeing sideways, The light fixture is really hanging like this.

Had to go to the original Starbucks that is across from the market even though I do not like Starbucks coffee.  See the line to get in......

Lyn getting her Starbucks fix.

 Yes, I found a yarn shop!

 This lady made the most amazing umbrellas. I guess you need them in Seattle.

It was a great day!