Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Hero Gary

Gary is my hero - no doubt about it, he saved my beloved shoes which I had considered replacing this year after being worn to the point where it was just embarrassing to be seen in them. Now they have a second life, this man cares about what he is doing and takes pride in his work. Honestly you have never seen anything like this, a simple task performed to perfection (and this is while he goes through the trials of dialysis - yet there is no self pity in his voice). He has his stand at the Grove (behind the LA Farmer's Market). He carries with him an album full of celebrity photos, all of whom have been his customers, which he will share with you to peruse while he is attending your shoes. He was busy when I approached his stand, a couple from the Sacramento area made sure he was one of their stops while visiting LA. After this couple had left, Gary shared with me that their family had originally owned the Farmer's Market. You meet the most interesting people at his stand!
See - they are presentable again! (Lila thought so too)
The Farmer's Market is so inspirational. Now that I have to work on a quilt for my great niece, I was inspired by so many different things.
The square containers that held the various fruits instantly brought quilt squares to mind - I love the playful color of the fruits.
This is my first attempt at a real quilt. I sewed strips of fabric together and then cut them into small strips. Quilting is hard work and at this moment I am not in love with the process. But I love my little great niece and she is worth the effort, I have never seen a baby that is so happy, she has such a gentle disposition and loves to laugh - her big blue eyes dance with merriment.
I am on a vacation now and will be dedicating my vacation time to this quilt, so will post more photos soon. I also have a few more photos to share of my favorite yarn store and also my knitting projects. Talk to you soon.


pat said...

Thanks for the walk through the farmer's market (and your shoes are looking good!!)
The new quilt in process is already looking pretty - such soft beautiful colors!

Natalie said...

Yay, for Gary and his way with shoes. It is terrible to part with favorites. I am excited about your quilt. I can't wait to see how it progresses.

Happy quilting

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Thanks for dropping by and for the comment on my photos. Just the other day I was discussing with a friend that ther are so few shoe repair places left, and so many shoes that are not worth the effort or money. Love the produce/quilt comparison.

Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for letting me know about Gary. I'll be sure to patronize his shoe stand.

The quilt colors are beautiful...looking forward to seeing your progress!

Have a great vacation!

Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) said...

(I, too, am playing "catch up" with blogs!) :)

Isn't it Great to find folks who do their job so well, especially when most consider it "simple" or unimportant. Yay, Gary!