Monday, June 22, 2009

Philly and thereabouts

It's a wonder that all of us living in the northeast U.S. aren't green and molding, with all the rain we've had lately. So much rain, in fact, that I wasn't able to take photos of the adorable town of Narberth, PA, where Cloth and Bobbin is located and where I taught a Birthday Party Dress workshop on Saturday.

The shop is almost directly across the street from the train station, which made our commute fantastically easy despite the deluge. I adore large cities and the many transportation alternatives they offer: Todd, Tsia and I took the Bolt bus from NYC to Philly, and then Septa (the commuter line) to Narberth. Nearly door-to-door service and we could nap, read, and relax the entire trip instead of watching the road. So inexpensive, too! You would be shocked.

Anyway, no photos of the store or the class, I'm afraid. But eight adorable Birthday Party dresses will soon be finished, and we all had a good time making them.

I did managed to photograph this little surprise, which Johanna specially ordered from Whipped Bakeshop for the class. Isn't it stunning? And let me tell you, it was delicious, too. Tsia was excited to eat her own head. Please tell me that's normal.

I have just one photo of Philly for you, taken out of pure joy that the rain had stopped (momentarily, I assure you) once we emerged from our train on our way to the hotel.

And for some reason I focused on signs during this trip. Here are a few favorites:

After a few hours at the Philly Art Museum on Sunday (No, we didn't do the Rocky thing on the front steps, sorry), it was time to head home again. Thanks for a fun visit, Johanna and friends!


  1. Cloth and Bobbin is a great store in my neck of town. I should have stopped in! We're fans of BoltBus and frequent Septa riders. Glad you enjoyed your little trip out here.

  2. Awwww - the cake is adorable! Sounds like you had a good time, and I always enjoy your photos.

  3. That wonderful store is a recent find of ours. We are from the northeast (rural - so we drove ourselves) part of PA and we made a trip around the quilt stores of the Philly area.

    Cloth and Bobbin (and the town of Narberth) was last stop and by far favorite place. We're looking forward to a fun trip back! Wish we could have been there for the class.

  4. Glad you liked the ease of getting to Philly! We (Philly Tourism) wish more New Yorkers would discover that.

    I'm also a big fan of Whipped Bake Shop - nice cake!

  5. Maybe all us North Easterners should get together and do an anti-rain dance? It really is getting ridiculous!