Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shops I Adore: The Crave

Crave: (v) to have an intense desire for something.

Yesterday was my bi-weekly shopping trip with Mom. My brother and I trade off taking her to buy groceries and whatever else she needs. Her soon to be 90 years may sound like we're following a little feeble lady with a shopping cart through Walmart, but our Mom is no little old lady.  She wisely decided about a year ago that she might kill somebody behind the wheel of her car because of her poor eyesight. She willingly gave up her license, which speaks volumes about her feisty razor-sharp mind.

Our normal shopping day consists of Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, etc., but whenever we want a true shopping experience, we try to hit one of the locally owned shops in the Greater Yuba-Sutter area. Yesterday we discovered a chic little gourmet shop on Bridge Street in Yuba City aptly named The Crave.

Owned by  George and Melinda Barlow, The Crave is a gourmet food and gift shop filled with a massive assortment of Olive oils, condiments, teas, and all manner of epicurean delights and gifts for the foodie in us all.

"Our mission is to make gift giving fun, easy and unique for every occasion. 
We want to satisfy your crave to give and make our little corner of the world 
a place where smiles are contagious."

If you're into olive oils, then The Crave is THE place to come.  I didn't count the number of 
olive oil makers, but I noted that many of them were from local 
Northern California growers. 
And YOU CAN TASTE every one of them on the spot. 
I loved their private label oil myself.

The shelves of The Crave were filled with other delights
 to enhance your cooking experience:
salts, mustard, jars of pickled stuff, jams, etc...

heart warming teas and teapots...

And a variety of gifts and treasures all to complete great gift baskets 
for a friend, family member or foodies...

George and Melinda have been open a year and 
I can't imagine why I never found this shop before.

Though I didn't see Ronnie in Walmart yesterday, 
our visit to The Crave was far more enjoyable...
if you live in the area, it's a must visit!! 
If you don't, they have online shopping in addition to this lovely storefront.

Mom and I will be back...and Walmart Ronnie will have to wait!

P.S. TO MY Facebook FRIENDS and FOODIES - THEY SHIP - go online to their website

The Crave
454 Bridge Street St.
Yuba City, CA 95991
(530) 790-0792
 (855) 854-3700

Laurel. Support Small Business!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing all of you a Happy and Blessed New Year
Dave and I, from his drone...
 Laurel. Still busy sewing, volunteering and enjoying life.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In love with the little things...

My friend Sue is hosting a table at our church's annual Women's Christmas Brunch.  Sue is the Area Coordinator for Dress a Girl Around the World, so naturally nothing but a DAG theme would do for the centerpiece...which I readily volunteered to make for the table.

Because my daughter is so crafty, I invited her over to help out. We had so much fun making the miniature sewing tools and supplies needed to make the perfect little dresses - just like the real ones we make every month at DAG sewfests.  The main part of the centerpiece is about 12-13 inches tall, but what's a DAG centerpiece if it doesn't have a globe representing the places where little girls live?  So our centerpiece is a little over the legal height limit, but no one will notice because it's so darn cute!!!

A jewelry stand, little doll clothes hangers and other miniature stuff, 
add a few Christmas touches and a wield a mean hot glue gun...

I printed tiny images of bias tape on sticky labels...

The tiny dresses brought back memories of sewing doll clothes...tedious, but fun.

My favorite items are the tiny bolts of fabric...

Cuteness Overload!!!
Thanks for your help, Amy!!!

Laurel. Michael's is my friend.
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