Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hi from Salt Lake City!

Dear readers, I'm writing this from Utah with an adorable black cat in my lap. His name is Ed. Isn't he handsome?

I'm here for the Sewing Summit this weekend, and came a bit early with my friend Ashlee, who is originally from Salt Lake. I'm staying at her lovely family's lovely house with this lovely temporary cat, who is helping me bear the separation from my own adorable kitties a bit better. I'm working on my book today and prepping my classes for the Sewing Summit, but don't worry--it's not all work! I'll have time to explore some vintage shops here later today and relax a bit too. And hopefully find some time to play around on Ashlee's mom's amazing vintage sewing machine. It's pink!


I've been so fortunate to see so many parts of the country this year: St. Paul, Cleveland, Novi, and now Salt Lake City. (And Orlando next week!) I've truly liked each one of them, and the change of pace is refreshing. I've been so stressed at home, and traveling can certainly be stressful too. But all the gallivanting has really helped me detach from my day-to-day life, which is a kind of a good thing right now!

More to come on the Sewing Summit and my adventures in Utah! How is everything in your neck of the woods?

24 comments:

  1. Try and get out for some good ethnic food. SLC has some AMAZING Thai and Indian restaurants. I know it sounds strange, but the LDS mission influence has brought back some great cuisine. Plus I hear they're loosened their alcohol laws which should make getting a drink easier (Utah-brews are often quite good).

    Oh, and Cafe Rio is like Chipotle but way better. And I know for some people to say that is heresy, but they make their tortillas right there.

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  2. Ahh, how I wish I could be at a sewing conference today! Please post pictures of your adventures!

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  3. Welcome to Utah and autumn! If you get a chance, head up the canyons to Park City or Sundance--some awesome places to shop up there, not to mention the scenery. Decades is a lovely vintage shop (with a cat and a sparkly floor!) in SLC on State and about 600 South. It might also be worth your while to hit up the Family History Library near Temple Square. There are also some really lovely cemeteries in Salt Lake, if you like that kind of thing. If you haven't heard of Amy Royer and Yellow Bird Fabrics, you must! She's wonderful and has one of the best fabric stores in the state. I suspect she might be at the summit, so you might run into her. Have fun! Stay warm!

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  4. Welcome to the Rocky Mountains! You have fans everywhere and I just wanted to say Howdy!

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  5. Hey I'm in utah!

    How are you liking the rain?

    I so wish I was attending the sewing summit!

    Have a great time!

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  6. The nice thing about travelling for work is you go places you may not have been inclined to visit on vacation.
    Have a great time!

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  7. Black - it's the new black. :) Glad to hear you're having fun.

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  8. I'm headed that way, actually. I'm excited for your class(es)! And what a cute kitty!

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  9. Good for you! I always found travel to be invigorating and exhausting at the same time. There is so much inspiration to be found in every new place.
    My travels to SLC were more than a decade ago so I can't share any good eating or shopping tips, but I know you'll find plenty of good stuff.
    Enjoy!

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  10. Gertie I hope you brought a coat with you. Utah weather is crazy and it looks like we are in for a cold one the next couple of days. Is the Sewing Summit at the Salt Palace?
    =) Nicole

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  11. My dad's side of the family is from the Salt Lake area and well I am in Orlando, hope you enjoy your visits everywhere!

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  12. SLC is one of my favorite places in the world. Have a great time! If you have time, try to catch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing on Sunday morning. My friend Ryan is the assistant conductor.

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  13. So sad I have to miss the Sewing Summit, I was looking forward to your fit class.

    Make sure you head over to Decade while you're here - it's one of the best vintage shops I've ever been in!

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  14. Coolest sewing machine ever!

    Hi Ed. *pat, pat, pat*

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  15. I'm going to "The Sewing Summit"! And I am going to see you there Gertie! I have signed up for some of your classes and I am sooooooo excited!!!Looking forward to meeting some of your other friends that comment on your blog too!!
    See you soon!

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  16. Welcome to our neck of the woods! Ditto what Marie said about Cafe Rio. MUCH better than Chipotle. And Star of India right in downtown SLC is by far the best Indian around. Going there tomorrow nigh for my anniversary, in fact!

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  17. Welcome to Utah! I am signed up to take some of your classes on Saturday! Can't wait!

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  18. I'm working currently in a little village called Chevak, Alaska this week. But I'd LOVE to be sewing!

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  19. I am in Salt Lake for the Summit and I CAN"T WAIT to meet you in person. This is my first time visiting Salt Lake. Looking forward to a fun Summit. Looking forward to your classes.
    Sadie

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  20. Welcome to Utah Gertie! I found you via google...
    Hope the weather is to ;your liking..
    some of us aren't quite ready for winter yet... we still need Fall!
    Enjoy the Conference... and you get to sew on the cute vintage pink machine... what's not to like?

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  21. I'm in SLC and couldn't make the summit. We've had such lovely weather and this weekend turned out so cold. Like the others have said, if you have chance, go to the mountains and see the beautiful fall colors, see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday morning, and eat some good Thai food as well.

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  22. Wow, Gertie, you are a marvel, and so adorable. LOVED your class at Sewing Summit, so fun to meet you in person after cyber-stalking you on Craftsy. Thanks for the great tips and links. Hope you loved your visit to our fair city!

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  23. wow! cool machine!!

    www.sewfreak.blogspot.com (a blog about sewing!)

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  24. Was so nice to meet you. I was the one next to amy on the author panel. I'll be following along on your blog now and waiting anxiously for your book

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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