Category: city guides

shop local :: Spool of Thread

Spool of Thread sewing lounge is tucked into one of my favourite spots in Vancouver along East 15th Avenue between Kingsway and Fraser. One part retail shop, Spool of Thread carries (in my opinion) one of the best selections of modern fabrics and patterns for all your sewing projects. They also host a number of workshops from beginning sewing lessons to more advanced techniques as well as offering people an opportunity to drop in with their own projects and rent their machines by the hour. People always ask me where I find the fabrics for my fabric pouches and this is the place folks!

I first met Lili when we were members of the Vancouver Craft Mafia and they have been a highlight at Got Craft? since May 2010 hosting the DIY space at the show. We are excited to have them back at our next event and look forward to seeing what new project they will be sharing with all of our attendees!

Make a day of it by enjoying a coffee at Matchstick and carrying on down the block to Collage Collage and Precious + Few.


Spool of Thread
101-649 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver
web | facebook | twitter

top and bottom images by Karla Lim | middle image by Bella Lime

city guide :: san francisco, ca

San Francisco (CA) in the Fall is the best. We missed the torrential downpour that SF had during the last baseball game before the World Series and enjoyed some warm sunshine which we welcomed with opened toe shoes! As you know, there are tons of places to see, eat, visit, etc in San Francisco, but here are a few of the places we visited on this trip (my 10th!). PS. 3 days is not enough!

Tartine :: 600 Guerrero Street :: A small cafe with no signage outside except for a piece of 8.5×11 piece of paper with their hours, but who cares as this place should be renamed baked goods heaven. Somehow I managed to squeeze in two trips filled with flaky croissants, coffee (hot + iced), and a lemon poppyseed cafe.

Trouble Coffee :: 4033 Judah Street and General Store :: 4035 Judah Street :: I follow puglypixel via instagram and know that Trouble Coffee is one of her regular stops. Never ones to turn away from discovering a new coffee shop, we hopped on the tram and headed (WAY) down Judah Street. Great little strip of shops hidden outside of the city and super easy to get to as well. Bring your treats and walk a few blocks down to Golden Gate Park or the beach.

Makeshift Society :: 235 Gough Street :: An amazing space for creatives to work, share, collaborate, or just hang out with each other. A clubhouse for creatives. I won’t say too much about it as you will have to stay tuned for a full post!

Four Barrel Coffee :: 375 Valencia Street :: Nice space with their coffee shop at the front, brew bar on the side, and roastery at the back. A lot of beards behind the counter, but not in a pretentious way and they had great coffee.

The Curiosity Shoppe :: 855 Valencia Street :: This area of SF has really changed over the past years and it looks like there is more to come with construction crews lining the streets. We really fell in love with the Mission District and with so many great shops and places to eat, it wasn’t hard to stay away!

Craftsman and Wolves:: 746 Valencia Street :: Thanks to Donna for the recommendation! A contemporary pâtisserie serving a selection of cakes and pastries that are all immaculately presented.

Pot + Pantry :: 593 Guerrero Street :: I had pinned a picture of their store front and didn’t realize that they were located in SF until we happened to pass by on our way to Tartine. Definitely one of my favourite finds on this trip, but you will have to stay tuned for a full post to see more.

Have some favourite SF spots of your own? Feel free to leave a comment and share them below!

shop local :: homesteader’s emporium

Homesteader’s Emporium is a one stop shop for all of your urban homesteading needs. Whether you are looking to start raising your own chickens, collect your own honey, roast your own coffee, or compost in your apartment; this is the place to go to find all of the supplies you would need. As a DIYer himself, owner Rick, used to spend a lot of time researching places in Vancouver to purchase materials and ingredients for his own projects before he decided to set up shop on East Hastings in Vancouver.

Carrying a wide selection of goods for your own projects or to gift to family and friends for the holidays, Homesteader’s Emporium will provide the tools you need to make your own sauerkraut, cheese, or beeswax candles. They also offer plenty of workshops to provide you with the know-how on how to make soap as well as partnering up with community groups and like minded businesses to present jam making sessions and a workshop about growing your own mushrooms! Make sure to check out their events page here for upcoming sessions or pop over to the shop to discover everything they have to offer.

The crew will also be at Got Craft? on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 10-5pm selling cheese presses, DIY sauerkraut kits, handmade soap and candles, and more!


Homesteader’s Emporium
649 East Hastings, Vancouver
web | facebook | twitter |

london, uk :: columbia road

I am up to my eyeballs wrapping up the last wedding for our season and sewing projects for the upcoming IDSwest. Hope to pop  in before the end of the week to show you what I am working on, but until then, here are some more pictures from London (UK)!

Home of the famous Columbia Road Flower Market, this small area of independent shops are normally only open on the weekends with Sunday being the busiest with the market. If you have the time, I always suggest taking a stroll on both a Saturday and Sunday. It’s like night and day. You won’t even realize that you are at the same place!

Some favourites include Elphick’s (Sharon has amazing taste and I admit to spending too much on my last trip!), Suck and Chew (love the name and the decor), Treacle (click here for my Poppytalk shop tour), Beyond Fabrics (my go to place for sewing notions), and Vintage Heaven / Cake Hole (the name says it all), and Jones Dairy (pretty sure that cat lives there).