weekend away

I spent Friday night and most of Saturday traveling around the Phoenixville and Skippack areas of southeastern Pennsylvania. Friday night just happened to be Phoenixville's First Friday event but was also their yearly Octoberfest so all the shops were open late, the restaurants were full, the bars were hopping. Not quite my kind of scene but that's OK—it was fun. We ate dinner at a newish bistro whose menu sounded good but was a bit disappointing in person. The better meal was breakfast the next morning at Irish Joe's Cafe, an old-fashioned diner/lunch counter type place with the very best pancakes I've ever had. Orange-cranberry-pecan and the size of small plates—two of them. This was a special but the menu features an oatmeal-raisin version that I'm sure are just as good. As for shops, Hipster Home was fun and I got a pretty striped scarf and some woven-together-button napkin rings on sale there. You know how I love things made from buttons! If you love jewelry and unusual gifts, be sure to check out Diving Cat Studio and Gallery.

napkin ring
Hipster Home button napkin rings

Straw, twig, and leaf bird from Diving Cat Studio

After our pancake breakfast on Saturday we headed north to Skippack. We arrived to find ourselves in the middle of Skippack Days, a town-wide festival and craft show. Along with the many shops that line the main street, there were hundreds of craft and food booths in every available space. I have to say that, after a while, most of the crafts started looking the same to me. Everyone seemed to be doing the same beaded jewelry, baby burp cloths, primitive bird houses, tie-dyed t-shirts (surely these aren't back in style again?). The booths that really stood out, and the ones I actually went into, were the ones that offered a unique twist on the usual fare. I wish there had been more of them. My one purchase of the day (besides a replacement for my 9 inch cake pan at the cookware store) was a gorgeous crocheted silver wire and pearl bracelet made by Jayne Stilley of Jeanne de Jeanne. I'm partial to pearls and silver but all of her work, especially her necklaces, was just stunning.

Jeanne de Jeanne crocheted silver wire and pearl bracelet

We had a wonderful lunch on the patio at Brasserie 73, very French cafe. Grilled chicken with sliced Granny Smith apples, field greens, and toasted walnut mayo on a baguette. So yummy. Will definitely be back for dinner - hopefully we can snag one of the tables near the fireplace!