San Francisco Craft Trip
Oh San Francisco…you always treat me well.
A few weekends ago my friend Cathie and I headed down to the City by the Bay for the ReMake Conference by Brit & Co. We knew we were going to be in for an amazing time at the conference, but we arrived a day early because we knew we needed to do some shopping beforehand! We took some ques from Creativebug’s Craft Lover’s Guide to San Francisco, and plotted out our route and started off early on a Thursday morning.
First off the Ferry Building. I had never been here, but heard great things about the shops and restaurants. It did not disappoint! There were so many amazing food vendors with smells that wafted through the rafters. I probably could have ate from every one. We decided upon the Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick. Delish!
In addition to eating some breakfast we explored all the other shops in the market. This shot is from Heath Ceramics. If I actually had room for more serving ware in my kitchen I would have bought something. I’ll just have to keep it in my back pocket until my kitchen gets bigger.
Far West Fungi. Who knew there were so many mushrooms? I didn’t. I thought this display was beautiful.
After the Ferry Building we headed southwest on Market St towards Union Square. On that route we ran into Daiso Japan which was also recommended on Creativebug’s list. I had never been to one of these stores, even though later I heard that Seattle had one. They had their own “craft” aisle. Awesome. I picked up a bunch of colored wool to make wool felt balls. They also had an amazing section of origami paper and containers. I love containers. I always find a use for a good container.
After a $15 purchase at Daiso, we headed West to check out Britex Fabrics. My purchase amount here wasn’t as lucky. Oh, the fabrics. This was not your typical Seattle fabric store. This was for REAL designers. I felt a little out of place, but we thoroughly enjoyed roaming and touching all the wares.
We continued to head Southwest in search of beads. It took us awhile (and a stop at Starbucks to cool off) but we finally found the bead store on the list called General Bead.
The location definitely fits Creativebug’s description, “hidden in an alley downtown.” We weren’t really sure there was really a store there until be came right upon it. This store was trippy. The employees look like they have a lot of fun decorating the walls, pillars and stairs. Plus we met the store cat, George.
You think we would have stopped for lunch by now, but no…we kept moving with our mission in mind. Next up, Flax. This was the mother-load.
This was similar to our Dick Blick or Daniel Smith in Seattle…but BETTER! They had such a selection, and a whole room dedicated to paper. If we weren’t flying home, and worried it would get wrinkled, we probably would have bought some.
By this time it was hitting around 4:30 PM and we needed to take a break. We called an Uber car and made our way out to Pig and Pie in the Mission District. We refueled with some fried chicken and pork meatballs. Yum.
After that we had a little time left so we walked down Valencia Street and found tons of shops! Just a few that were our favorites were Photobooth and Paxton Gate. After that we were spent. We headed back to the hotel hauling our purchases for a little downtime before our late late dinner at Bar Tartine.
What an incredible day. I explored San Francisco like never before, and came away with a lot of goodies to work into my crafting.