Yesterday, my BFF (haha) Giuliana and I hit Joann Fabric at 630am -- hooray to G for getting up and out so early! We walked in and after briefly looking at the 99 cent Butterick patterns, grabbed our cutting table ticket without even having looked at any fabric. We were #s 70 and 71 and they were only on 35! This after only being open for 30 minutes! Quite alright though since it was difficult to shop with so many people grabbing up cheap fleece and flannel. And then there was the injury to tend to...
While looking for patterns I accidentally let the drawer roll shut on the index finger of my left hand! ARGH!!! It *&#^$(@)#$ killed! Giuliana thought we were hospital bound but nothing was keeping me from fabric shopping! I ran it under some cold water and suffered through. It still kills but I'll survive!
Anyway, two hours later we were at the table. Now, we all know that Joann is not the greatest fabric store in town but unfortunately, it's just about all we got. I LOVE Ryco and Lorraine's to death and shop them quite frequently -- but with my budget (and I use that term VERY loosely!) you just can't beat the prices at Joann. And if you do some digging, you can find some pretty OK stuff. Plus the notions wall at 50% off! C'mon!
So I left Joann with some very cute flannel for lots of kids PJs. I also got some quilting fabric and this ADORABLE salt & pepper washable wool for Ava's Christmas skirt (from the new Ottobre, of course!). Wait until you see! I need to start sewing immediately for all the Christmas gifts I need to do. But I love it and just can't wait!
Speaking of Ottobre and Black Friday shopping, I went to the Stunt Sewing blog this morning and saw that Corie is having a HUGE Black Weekend sale herself. I wish I could buy all of her things, I swear! Please check out the website here -- especially if you have little ones to sew for this Christmas. The patterns and fabrics she has to offer are just amazing!
Only 26 days until Christmas! Better get sewing!
On Sunday I went to an ASDP seminar where Ann Steeves, owner of Gorgeous Fabrics, spoke about the upcoming Spring fabric trends. Ann is a fabulous speaker and soooo knowledgeable about all things sewing! I really enjoyed listening to her speak and was glad to have a few minutes to talk to her face-to-face -- she's too funny!
Monday was spent running from place to place getting ready for Thanksgiving and doing the usual dropping off and picking up of children at school. Not a lot of time for sewing but look at what Chris (our mailman) brought....
I finally broke down and purchased another issue of Ottobre Magazine from Banberry Place! I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about this mag since it's almost all I use when I make clothes for my babes. I poured over it three times last night after I crawled into bed. The clothes are just too awesome! I woke up wanting to stitch something up for Ava to wear on Thursday and actually got to the point of rummaging though my stash but then I just couldn't do it!! Even I know when too much is too much! Christmas is coming though...
Well now the cherubs need to be fed and shuttled off to school. Hoping to have time to quilt today after I make some pumpkin bread!
This week proved to be very productive as I finished up all four Shabby Stockings, two corduroy caps, three more aprons and six lavender eye pillows. How does she do it, you ask?
Well, it was actually very helpful that my computer broke down AGAIN and was at the shop for two days. We found that it cannot be fixed and so it has now come home essentially to die. After 7 years (thats about 180 in computer-years), we have concluded that a new computer must be bought. Not something I really want to do one month before Christmas but what can you do...
So now, my hopes to make at least $20 to cover the cost of the Bazaar table has turned into my hoping I make somewhere around $500. How many lavender sachets is that???
Donna went to NYC with members of the group at the end of October and I asked if she could get me a bag from Mood -- famed fabric store of Project Runway. YES, I was at the store this July with my hubby but ran out without a purchase after running into Season 2 finalist Daniel V on the second floor. I was just too excited to shop at that point.
Anyway, I expected dear Donna to return with a plastic store bag but no... this wonder woman talked the store manager into giving her seven of these beautiful, heavy, grommet handled bags. And I am the lucky recipient of one of them!
Amazing!! Donna... you are my new best friend!
My new nephew, Jack was born this morning around 530am weighing in at a very nice 8lbs 9oz. I'm sure he'll be every bit as cute his big brother.
from the Wicked Witch of the West and the dead pirate!
My good friend Elyse and I will embark down this new road together - wish us luck!
And keep watch to the right for more info and pictures of some of the things I hope to display.