Yesterday the dude and I ventured into the city for the Art Star Craft Bazaar. There were a lot of t-shirts, and despite the vendor called "Cutesy but not Cutesy" (shouldn't that be "Cute but not Cutesy"?) there was nothing even remotely twee. It was delightful to see so many things that I would actually want to buy. And weird stuff. A lot of weird stuff.
But first, I have to tell you about the soup dumplings we had. Oh.My.God. Little pouches of deliciousness! The soup was out of this world, and the combination--wrapper, soup, pork meatball--was just sublime. The scallion pancakes held their own as well. It was so amazingly good. If you are in Phillie, go to 11th and Race. Go! Sakura.
We hiked over to the bazaar at Penn's Landing. I would love to have pictures but I forgot the camera like the dufus that I am. Like I said there weren't many things I wasn't interested in. So we had to control ourselves. The dude got a wooden bookmark with a little skull on it from beacon bookmarks (I should have gotten the one that says "Analog." That's me.) Then we saw this fabulous photo of a little Laotian girl having a bath in a big bowl by Gene Pembroke (Click through: Gallery->Asia-> "Bath Time, Laos"). Perfect for the upstairs (pink, burgundy, and brown) bathroom. Then we bought a faux-bois reusable sandwich wrapper from Chez-Sucre-Chez who also sold cross-stitch, bless her. Finally, we went back to Emmalynne Photography because I had been thinking about this one picture the whole way through. (It's the middle right with scissors and wooden thread spools.) That's going in the craft room.
Anyway, it was a very nice day, and you can sort of replicate it by going to the Art Star website and clicking through the list of vendors. Really, they're almost all on etsy.
And now, you've all been waiting patiently...the winner of May's giveaway: Donna, needleworker not in paradise! I'm really pleased that her number came up. Donna's blog was one of the first needlework blogs I found (also Nicole's and Melissa's); I think we all started within a few months of each other. It seems very appropriate for us to celebrate together.
There are two more chances for you to win. In August, we'll celebrate my sixth year of blogging much like a 41st birthday. Until then...