I braved the interstate for the drive down to Mornington and I was very pleased with myself. I have this driving on the left side down pat. Google Maps had been my constant companion on this trip and we are becoming quite good friends. Got a little nervous when I couldn't get it to turn on before the trip but Bre channeled "The IT Crowd" and told me to turn the phone off and on. Worked like a charm.
In the hour drive, I got out of the city and drove by horse, sheep, and llamas. So fun. The topography was very very flat. The sky was huge. I found Treehouse Textiles easily and it was very cute. There were a number of originally designed patterns in the shop which were all scrappy. I'm not a scrappy lover but there were some really nice patterns. I did find a really cute needle holder kit which I bought.
Also had a lovely chat with the lady working at the shop. There were a couple of books on making accessories that I was tempted to get but I decided I have plenty of books. I know, I know you can never have too many books but I didn't buy them. The shop didn't have a ton of fabric and not much of it was my taste; a lot of flowers and pastels but they had some really pretty dot fabric which I already own. The decorations were sweet and I loved the giant sewing table in the middle of the room. It told you so much about the store.
On the main street of Mornington were tons of little shops and they were having a street fair/farmers market.
There they were in all their bright colored splendor about a quarter mile away. The day was picture perfect, bright and sunny about 65 degrees. I couldn't have asked for any better. So I trekked over to take some pics of the beach boxes. Some of these little places sell for a couple hundred thousand dollars. What? They are cute, but come on!!!!!!!!
After my beach visit, I headed to visit Magic Patch Quilting which was a nice shop. They mostly had muted colors. I thought of it as a Thimbleberry type shop. They had some nice samples and most of their patterns were on sale for half price so I picked up a cute cupcake pincushion pattern. This shop probably had twice the fabric as the first store but I really wasn't tempted except for something I got as a gift for Mom.
Next shop on the way home was Palm Beach Quilting. This shop was maybe three times as big as the others and they had some really cool things I hadn't seen before. They have this cool sort of color by number quilt. Basically it is like a coloring book page printed on a big piece of white fabric and you applique fabric to the corresponding section of the top. It really did look like fun. They also had some very cute hand embroidery patterns by an Australian designer and some really beautiful quilt kits. The only down side to the shop was the woman was on the phone practically the whole time I was there. Not my idea of a good shop owner.
I came home and hung out for a little waiting until the evening when I was to meet Bre at Drag Queen Bingo. What a blast!!!!!! We met up with two of Bre's friends, Sally and Emma. They were up for the entertainment. The theme for the night was Cher. Both of the drag queens lip synced to Cher songs in between calling bingo games.
It was a bawdy fun night. To make it even better I won the second game and was called up on stage to have my numbers verified.
After Bingo we drove Sally to the CBD where she lives and saw this lovely sight. That is one of the art museums bathed in blue light for the evening.