Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vacation Goodies

I said I would be back with photos of my vacation purchases and here I am. Before we went on vacation I told DH I wasn't interested in fabric shopping or visiting quilt shops. For one thing there were no quilt shops in downtown Vancouver (and if I missed one, I'm sorry) or in Whistler. There was a quilt shop near downtown Vancouver but I didn't feel like taking a half hour bus ride to get there. For another I have plenty of projects and fabrics for now. My goal was to find artwork by local artists to bring home with me. And that is what I did.

In the jewelry category I found The Crystal Gallery in Lonsdale Quay that was having a 50% off sale. I found these two pendants made of dichroic glass. It's hard to see in the photo, but the design on the green one is a little like patchwork.
As an anniversary gift we found these silver earrings in Whistler. There is a tiny diamond in each of them. They are made by Hot Diamonds in the U.K. They may not have been in Canada, but I like them because the diamonds are guaranteed to be Conflict Free.
Our first shopping day was spent on Granville Island. A few weeks ago I was sharing with friends how crappy it was when the one day of the week I had to run errands it was raining. We started sharing photos of the umbrellas we wanted to buy. Well, on Granville Island we found The Umbrella Shop. Of course, I had to go in. I found this adorable umbrella.
Here's a close up. It's still a little tough to see, but there are pink and teal dresses on the umbrella. I'll definitely look chic when I head into the rain on errand day now.
Also on Granville Island we found Hollyfields, a home and garden shop. In there I found this gorgeous vase. Yes, it's a dress and yes, it's a vase. It was made by an artist at Benaya Art Ceramics, a group of Canadian ceramic artists. They have several different dress vases. And if you look here you can see some great quilt tiles that I want to buy. I didn't see these in the store or I would have bought them instead.
I did buy a little something for quilting. I found Beadworks on Granville Island. I bought these two little bottles of beads.
I've got some mail goodies to show tomorrow. But it's late and DH should be home from Florida soon. Time to be a wife! Woohoo!
Sweet P


Fiesta said...

wow Sweetpea, you bought some really nice goodies. I simply love the vase.

Teresa said...

Wow, you really found some nice things and they will always remind you of your wonderful vacation.

Rhondee said...

What wonderful makes the vacation all the more fun when you can bring back neat things. Good for you!

Kim said...

very cute stuff indead :)

julieQ said...

Looks like you had a fun time shopping and vacationing! I am glad you have fun memories.

Kathy Wagner said...

Love those beads! Gorgeous!
Your husband must be one awesome guy if you celebrate returning to "wifely duties"!!

Libby said...

Perfect souvenirs. They will long remind you of the fun vacation *s*

Mary said...

We wandered around Granville Island too but I didn't buy anything....except of course, the beer sampler at the brewery!