I had to leave the Alameda without purchasing from them, since my car was filled to the brim and I had already spent more than I had intended. But I couldn't get those pillows out of my mind, so I decided to drive to La Selva Beach last week to check out Patine, the little shop that they run their business out of.
The view of the inside of my car from the side door--good thing I didn't have any passengers!
What a wonderful little enclave La Selva is, just tucked into the coast there. It's a little treasure, quietly welcoming those who enter.
I spent the better part of the afternoon drooling over everything in the store, taking photos, and visiting with Dani. Her husband, Erik. stopped by as well, so I got a chance to meet him too. He designs and creates the pillows, doing all the sewing himself. Sounds like a keeper to me! What a warm, friendly couple they are; it was such a pleasure to get to know them.
In addition to the pillows, I ended up with a bit of jewelry, candles, and a couple of vintage shirts. If I had unlimited funds, I would have scooped up everything in that store--the furniture, the artwork, more pillows, light fixtures, clothing, everything.
This is the shop watchdog--the only thing that's not for sale!
Someday I'm going to take the Amtrak up Hwy. 1--amazing route
Thank heavens Max approves!
When I look at the pillows, I'm reminded of the peaceful afternoon I spent on my solo drive, finding the gem of this little community, and most importantly, making a new friend. If you're ever in the area, I encourage you to stop by—Dani would love to see you.