We live in an awesome area for tourists and attractions– Southern California. But do we ever take advantage of the things we have in our own backyard? I'm not talking Disneyland and such. I am talking about cool museums, gardens, historical downtown areas, and other great attractions we take for granted in my family. With all of Xaver's talk of moving out of state over the last year or two it has really got me thinking we need to “see it all” before we make the big move, whenever that may be.
So today we hopped in the car and took a little trip down to explore Old Town Pasadena. Why Pasadena? Well, my friend Trisha was talking about how she wanted to go to The Container Store out in Pasadena just yesterday. I hadn't been for a long long time and at that, the last one I went to was in San Diego. So Pasadena was fresh in my mind!
First I went on their web page and plotted out a little tour of the sights we wanted to see. Gotta think like a tourist, right? Then I printed a map of downtown with addresses of the sites all of which the city web page helped with. Then I realized we would be driving right by Scrap N Yap. Yes, it is a scrapbook store that I have been meaning to visit after hearing rave reviews from Trisha. A newer online scrapping pal of mine, Ching, also started teaching there so I have been hearing things about it here and there. And of course Miss PJ had already scoped it out and filled me in.
Scrap n Yap was great and Elizabeth was so nice and welcoming. I even saw Ching there–she was cropping! I got some really cool Anna Griffin paper for my Christmas cards–everything was 20% off for Scrap Pink–SCORE! I also got some other fun goodies I hadn't yet seen at any of the stores I teach at. It was a nice atmosphere and Xaver really dug the bike shop a couple doors down in the same shopping center.
We went to the Container Store first where I got this really awesome punch I can't wait to use on a page!!!! I also got some monkey hooks — 3 for $9.99. Um, I bought a single hook back in San Diego earlier this year at a boutique–ONE hook for $7.99. I was a little PO'd to discover I had been taken advantage of but hey, now I know where to get the hooks myself! I was a little disappointed but The Container Store because I remember it being way cooler but it just might have been a case of time embellishing my memories, you know? I am still quite a bit fonder of the items at Ikea and definitely of the Ikea prices.
Xaver got peach, I got strawberry lemonade flavor, Katie got peanut butter cup and Matt sampled all three! LOL
Katie eyed some yummy candy and fudge, and we even saw what I call the “It's About Time” Bakery. It totally looked like IAT but with baked goods inside. We didn't get pics of the inside but here is the outside of Aux Delices:
We also hit up Blick Art Supplies, a really cool Floral Supply place with cool Christmas decor, some stationary shops, and then kicked back at the park. I got my first Copic Marker at Blick. They were really fun to play with but $5 a pen scared me off so I got just one to try for journaling. I am sure I will like it but you know, gotta be frugal and such these days.
After this we made the trek back to the car and stopped on the way home to get me some new clothes. I just let them get all old and thread bare because I can think of a million other thing si would rather spend money on. And I hate buying “fat lady” clothes but I can't go around looking like a bag lady all the time either so I got a couple pairs of jeans and some pajamas. It just so happened they were having a sale and I saved $50 right off the top. And the lady was so nice too–it was a pleasnat experience, which clothes shopping usually is not for me, so that was refreshing.
All in all, it was a fun day! I know we will definitely head back when Xaver's mom comes out to visit because she would just die at that Christmas store. Can't wait to scrap these pics!!