I’m back from my fabulous vacation visiting NYC and Toronto! I’ve actually been back for a while now but I’ve been trying to get back into some sort of routine now that it is Summertime. Without fashion school classes this term, I’ve been letting myself really enjoy the longer days spending time with friends and family – I haven’t actually been at a sewing machine since May!
Here’s a quickie re-cap of my trip out east:
Can I just say, I love this city? I get inspired and excited pretty easily and I could not believe the energy that exists in NYC. There is just a presence there that is so aligned with who I am when I’m in “the zone”. Do you know what I mean? When I’m focused and driven and have my eyes set on a goal, I’m just living in the moment and things are very real. It’s in these times when I feel most alive. It’s when I get things done effortlessly and efficiently. It’s when things just work out. It’s intense! This is exactly how I felt in NYC. People seem to have a lot of purpose there.
The whole experience there was amazing. The food, the fashion, the sights, the shows, the shopping, the drinking and being merry – I loved it all!
Guess who I bumped into?
Sonja from Ginger Makes met up with me and my sister and took us to a few of her favorite places. Of course, Mood Fabrics! And because she knows how I am so into making work out pants nowadays, she brought me to a few spandex houses! I still dream of all the spandex to this day. She was so kind and generous with her time! And for those that haven’t met her in person, she really is as nice and real as she is on her blog. My sister even said, “So, a complete stranger is going to meet us and show us around Fashion District?”. And I said, “Yes! That’s how us sewing bloggers roll!”. She was shocked and delighted that there are still genuine people in the world. Maybe we’ve been living in Orange County for a little too long – haha!
After our fantabulous week in NYC, we journeyed back home to Toronto. People used to tell me Toronto was a smaller version of NYC. I would say, no (maybe 1000x smaller)! But our trip home was also amazing. There is a feeling you have in your heart and gut when you’re “home” and that is irreplaceable. I got to see all my friends and family and it was like my sister and I had never left!
I also met a “new” friend. You know her as Gjeometry – I, now, know her as my dear soul-sister, Catja.
This woman is amazing! She took a whole day out of her Summer schedule to take me all over the “Spadina/Queen” area of Toronto (the fashion/fabric district). At the end of it, we shared a lovely meal together (with yummy alcoholic beverages might I add) and we even have a “Twinsie Challenge” (same matching fabrics in different proportions) which I’m sure you’ll see on both of our blogs soon(ish)!
I’m so grateful to have started a blog and to have joined this community of the kindest and most creative people. It’s really incredible that so many of us are literally miles and oceans apart yet are connected through the love of creating things. Yay us!
I’m so happy to be back in California. Vacations are great but there’s nothing like getting back into a routine. And don’t you worry, I do feel my sewing machine calling out to me everyday. I think it’s time I answer her call.
I hope you are all having the most wonderful Summer! You’ll be hearing from me again soon!