This weekend we decided we had to make a trip to see Wendy Addison's incredible store/studio/museum! After seeing THIS post a couple of months ago on Pam's blog we had to see for ourselves.
We also intended to go to the Alameda market (but never made it). So the weekend was lovingly called "the Pam Inspired Pilgrimage". Which turned out to be a good name since Wendys store is located out a twisted road in the middle of some vacant hills. When you get there it is really sweet. The town is adorable and it's hard to imagine it all being left behind. It's a bit of a ghost town that is now partially restored but in a good rootsy sort of way. Ahem...On with the pictures. (For really great pictures of the same space do go to Pams post on the subject!)
You can imagine our minds splitting open right there when we opened the door. Even with Pams photos and the visual preparation of that we where all stunned. There is a sudden panic that you will miss some visual treat if you move. So we sorta flopped around like chickens and then like iguanna's. Trying to cover every square inch with our eyes.
Wendy is such a welcoming and sweet woman. It's so nice to be in her little place and feel at home to explore and to ask and to dream. I appreciated her willingness to receive so many enthusiastic people and her humility. All that stuff we see at Target this year with all that glitter and countless other new sources are inspired by her and her creative mind. (Though the credits have not been properly linked) And yet she just seems down-to-Earth, and open. A real treat. She will be having two more weekends of her Open House. So go check her out! She's only open during special events and when you call in advance. So make a point to be at her open house. Call for times. Here is the cute little map to get to her place. You'll think you're lost but you aren't! (Click on the map for a larger view to print)
All of this wonder made us only hungry for even more! We had gone out to Wendy's with the lovely Mindy Carpenter and she told us we HAD to go to Tail of the Yak in Berkeley before we left town. So we bravely navigated the insane traffic there and did indeed discover this incredible landmark store! (Thanks Mindy!!!) The pictures with the butterlies are from their front window display. they had a lot of these wooden dolls dressed up in all sorts of fabulous costumes and some where even made out of paper! The store was a wonderland full of perfectly placed items and it had a girlie french feel with a fantasticly gothic quality. The only thing is that I wanted to be more moved to buy things. It was so beautiful but it seemed like if I removed the item from the store it wouldn't seem special anymore. But the entire store is like a set to a fairytal general store. Like a land where you need glitter for vitamins and ornaments as side dishes. They even have doves in a huge giant wooden birdcage right in the middle of the store. I was afraid to ask to take photos inside the store so unfortunately you will have to go see for yourself.
But all this got me thinking about my all time favorite store! So I decided I should add some of their elegance here as well.
This lovely place is Lucca - Great Finds in Old Town Ballard, Seattle. I LOVE this little store! There is something about it that makes my heaart flutter. Old and new and magic and industry all in one happy place.
Th eonly oter place missing from this post is Prize hich I am lucky is here in my town of Ashland, Oregon. So I will go take some pics there and post them soon. It's good to be back home and now I'm bursting with inspiration thanks to all the fantastically creative people who are willing to share their creativity through their businesses and make it available to all of us. It's so exciting.