Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Thursday, June 16, 2011


This is the inaugural image of me in something I made. Since I am a sewing instructor I figured that I should show that I practice what I teach-well crafted, wearable clothes. This particular skirt is the one I asked Tim Gunn ( see earlier posts ) about skirt length. I did exactly what he advised NOT to do and truncate my calf. I really like the skirt and the awkward length; I just feel too old for a maxi length, over the hill for a mini and bored to tears with another knee length. Since I'm 5"11 I think I can work the mid-calf length.

Skirt: Butterick 3134and a beautiful heavy knit from LA @ $2 lb ( see earlier post ) approx. cost $3

Sweater: Target on sale

Camisole: Gap

Shoes: Steinmart $49

Belt: Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie; so old I forgot where I got it :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MISSION: Maisonnette in Oceanside

On a semi-sunny Wednesday afternoon I went in search of Maisonnette in Oceanside. Students had raved about what an inspiring little shop it was and what I saw online intrigued me. Oceanside is only 19 miles from my house but, it always feels so far because the drive through Camp Pendleton. Of course, you never know what you might spy at Pendleton and this drive did not disappoint- a desert style encampment.

Downtown Oceanside has such a military town feel to it, but Oceanside really is a pretty little coastal town.

I finally found Maisonnette at the corner of Surfrider and N.Freeman St. It is the cutest house right off the main street. Parking is easy and if you're planning on going click on the store website for open hours and a little store history. I really love that this family is nuturing their passions AND sharing it with us.

Maisonnette delights all your senses the moment you walk through the front door. The store is bright, bursting with creativity, and full of wonderful items from books to paintings to fabrics to photos to jewelry! It puts a smile on your face just to anticipate the delightful browsing that awaits you :)

Good selection of books and fabrics by one of my favorite textile designers- Amy Butler. And lots of wonderful patterns, fabrics and books by Anna Maria Horner, who could become another favorite textile designer.

The prices very reasonable to very beautiful fabrics and the selection of striped knits at $6 a yard was incredible! First it's so hard to find knits, much less with a print that you like! Also, lots of garments on display made from the patterns and fabrics in the store.

I couldn't resist...

So I left with a nice bag of striped knits ( who could resist $6 a yard! ), maxi dress pattern, wallet pattern, polka-dot bias tape and a GREAT woven bird/cage fabric.

I think the smile on my face says it all- Maisonnette was a joy to visit. It's a little jewel box full of treasures in nearby Oceanside.