A piece a Week – A Pattern Remix

Sidetracked is what happened to me last week – in a mass of projects I saw this beautiful fabric in my project pile and thought what can I make with this? Then a flash of inspiration came – why not combine your favourite top and skirt combination and see what happens? So I used the skirt of a favorite dress pattern of mine. For the top was a fabric a good friend in Portland gave me last time I visited. I really wanted to focus on the super cute birds in the print and used the Geometric Top pattern from the Burda Sewing Vintage Modern book – I pretty much wear the black version of this top every week to ceramics class and it can be layered with long sleeves and with its interesting cut it sits quite low and does not creep up when I am working on the wheel. This dress makes me so happy as yellow is my favorite color. Currently I am planning my wardrobe for when we leave the country to visit Australia in 4 weeks and it will be winter ūüė¶ at least yellow is a happy colour!
Vintage chick fabric
The front of the dress has pockets – which I love
A V at the back of the top with a yellow fabric I found in my stash 

This was going to be a Mothers Day dress but the day was far from what it is today, which is lovely and sunny! Yesterday by the beach in Pescadero the sun was hidden by cloud most of the day so I made this top in a wool to be worn as a layer. I like the way it turned out and it is a lot of fun with a short skirt and tights Рan easy layering piece for a Sunday at the beach in California. 

The geometric top in wool suiting
We had organized to meet our friends from Oakland in Pescadero for Mothers Day for lunch at Pescadero Country Store and after a feast we walked down to see the goats at Harley Farms. There were so many baby goats, way too much cuteness. After our 1 mile cruising walk we decided to go and hang out at the beach for a bit before heading home. Lucky for us we were there in time to see a family of whales swimming by in the shallows. We could see their little fins popping up out of the water and the air from their breathing holes Рsweet! While we were at Pescadero there was a parade down the street celebrating the Portuguese community check out the mini horse taking these folks for a ride! 
Dudes strike a pose Рloving your mini horse! 
We wandered up to Harley Farms to check out the goats as a tradition of ours for the many years we have been visiting Pescadero Рno trip is complete without a visit to the goats! And we were in luck with seeing lots of baby goats and a trip up above the store to the hayloft where sat a huge table and chairs. 

Just like being in Alice in Wonderland 

As it was nice overcast weather we made our trip to the beach for a final farewell to Pescadero.

The pair of us on a rock – very rare photo op!

Missy finds clay and makes a cat

The cat closeup

Adding a bit of detail to the head

A bee in a poppy – one of my favorite photo captures

This guy found a whale bone Рnot really it is a stick! 

Mothers Day hike

An beautiful looking wildflower for all the wonderful mums out there

We planned a hike with a couple of friends who wanted a low impact walk and we thought that Edgewood Park and Preserve would be a great option and it was! Again a lovely sunny day with great friends, a recipe for a grand day out. And certainly a perfect day to enjoy Mothers Day!

Delicioso Peruvian food

An amazing Peruvian flan

Lunching in San Mateo as we had a delicious lunch at this hole in the wall Peruvian restaurant. I had never tried Peruvian food before and I did find one appetiser that was vegetarian – most of the menu is with meat. Which was fine for the rest of the family! I didn’t let that deter us as the dessert look delectable – so I was looking forward to that. The snack of the corn and spicy dip we had before our meal was tasty and to follow up was a house specialty for my husband who wanted beef and the kids had a fried rice with chicken which I shared with them as well (chicken was easy to pass on to the kids). The flan for dessert had a caramel sauce which was just like a creme caramel from the supermarket but 100 times better. Afterwards we enjoyed the B Street Books which is across the road and had a very interesting array of second hand titles. It is sometime fun to explore the SF Bay area…