All I can say is that I didn't intend to drag this out so long...
Here I am my first morning in San Francisco ready to go out. It is cool and I intend to walk around a while and perhaps snag myself a treat before meeting Lisa for lunch. Although you can't tell, and I forgot to take pictures during the day, the jacket is navy, and I am wearing a winey-purple tunic under it. By the time I met Lisa, the scarf was either tied to my handbag, or stuffed inside.
After admiring each other's watches I mentioned that I needed a second watch, one without a leather strap, one that I could wear working outside in the humid summer heat. I had been considering an Apple watch for some time, especially the lavender-strapped variety she had linked to in her blog. However, each time I went shopping for one in Knoxville the lavender was out of stock, and I was reluctant to order it sight unseen. And so, after a conversation-filled lunch, being only a couple of blocks away, we proceeded to the Apple Store.
The store is architecturally brilliant, and I wish I had taken more pictures, had spent more time looking at the way the store uses light and space, creating something that is both protected and open, modern yet with a respect for the past. Alas I was entranced with the process of spending money and being kitted out in my new watch.
The next day I went to the Fort Mason Center with friends to see the American Craft Council Show. We had a lovely time. I was surprised in that the show seemed smaller and quieter than I had remembered the early shows at Rhinebeck being, or the Baltimore and Atlanta shows, which I remember as being mammoth and crowded. But it has been years, and perhaps my memory is faulty. There was much to see, and I collected some cards from artists whose work I admired. The tiles pictured above reminded me of paint colors I had been looking at recently, and they also appeal to that part of me that loves old Craftsman tiles (and over-the top art nouveau tiles as well), that same part of me that still dreams of a 1920's or 1930s house.
But this necklace was the only thing I purchased. It seems there was a gray and lavender and rose gold theme going on. Two simple beads on a cord. It was the specific shapes and colors that attracted me, and its casual simplicity. The necklace is exactly the kind of simple shape I love, especially in the summer, when it feels too hot for any excess.