Geez Louise--I wonder if it's true, that whoever dies with the most fabric wins! (I guarantee you that's a contest I'll never win...someday I'll show pics of my mother's sewing room!) I spent whatever time I could over the past few days refolding and organizing "the good stuff".
I'm already wondering how I ever had it all in that one big cupboard. Well, I do love the new little cubby cupboard
and everything in it. Maybe too much, really. I don't want to use any of it. I've just let it become too *precious* in my mind. Stupid, I know. The lower cubbies are holding various projects that I'm going to try very hard to tackle one at a time. While getting more comfortable with the idea of using the stash. I discovered that even tho it hasn't even been a year that I've had fabric out in the sunny new studio, there was already sunfading on the folds of many fabrics. My only other option is to pile them away in tubs and/or in a dark closet and then I really wouldn't ever use them. A couple of new etsy purchases I'd like to share. From an old online friend, Tina who is now making sweet little needle felts.
I purchased the little hillside lamb, and she sweetly made me the ladybug on a leaf ' just because'. Thanks again, Tina!
Here's the selvage bowl I grabbed from Kathi's shop the other day.
I see she has a new one listed as of today. I am so impressed with the work and the quality of this bowl. I have to say; I wouldn't make them for as cheaply as she sells them, but as long as they're worth it to her, then lucky us!
In the first pic above of the big green cupboard, right in the middle you'll see an overflowing blue bucket...those are the selvages I trimmed off just about every fabric that I refolded during the past several days. I've seen so many great ideas online, mostly via links from Selvage Blog , and I haven't yet thought up a new idea for using them, but there they will sit (while I more than likely overthink it.)
One other etsy purchase, from a couple of months ago but if you haven't already seen this gal's work you really should
Keep in mind, this is under 4 inches tall. The artist is Tammy Smith and her shop name is Homemade Circus. The whimsy as well as the quality of her work makes me want to buy several more pieces!
Here's what's been in my machine for a few days:
Whenever I head a couple towns south of here to visit my friend Karen I drag her down to their local fabrics & crafts store. Last time we went this airport panel grabbed my attention. I suggested and she agreed that turning it into a floor quilt provided with little wooden cars would be a great gift for her grandson's first birthday this June. I'm proud to say I spent more than the usual 45 minutes machine quilting it. And I honestly do think that practice is leading to improvement, although my stitches are still very elementary. What I'm most excited about with this project are the planes and vehicles and buildings that Caleb and I found on our last visit to Daiso, the Japanese dollar store. It's actually the 100 yen store, but with the exchange rate most things are a dollar fifty. It's starting to look like we've made this bay area store a routine stop-over when we go visit my oldest daughter Erica in Monterey. Usually we just have the most fun buying all this plastic crap for very little money. I probably overbought for the airport quilt (you can see many other still bagged toys in the background) but... well, you know; they were only a dollar fifty each!
My Monday weight loss report: I just used the past hour writing this blog post rather than going to my WW meeting. I know by the bathroom scale that I didn't gain but didn't lose, either. I got a caloriecount.com email last week, on St. Patrick's day, for a "beautiful green velvet soup." For reasons I can't begin to remember I made it. I think I wanted to offset all the Easter candy I'd been snarfing down. The soup consists of broccoli, zucchini, spinach, split peas and celery. And water. It was a very large batch and after boiling it for an hour I then had to small batch by small batch puree it in the blender. It was all I could do not to hurl, because that is exactly what it looked like. Now, every day when I microwave a cup (and listen to Caleb complain about how bad it stinks) I am reminded of the opening scene in Shrek where he's sitting in his *hot tub* and when he farts the bubbles go bluuurp up out of the 'water'. Yeah...it looks like that. Want the recipe? lol. I'll spare you the photo, but share this one with a thumbs up recommendation.
If you're like me protein is the best stabilizer for hunger attacks. Sometimes I just have to tear into a chicken breast RIGHT NOW! These are super low in sugar, really high in protein, and only three WW points. By the case at Costco around the pharmacy dept.
This ran long. Thanks for staying with me if you made it to here. More to share so I'll see you again soon!