Monthly Archives: September 2019

Wanna See My Fabric, etc. Haul?

Who can resist a sale of fabrics and notions?  Not I!  Not I…even in a pouring down rainstorm.  You all who are sewers or makers know exactly what I’m talking about.  A sale of fabric and notions doesn’t come around often?

I met this woman at a nearby garage sale this summer.  She was helping out at her friend’s garage sale and had some of her ribbons, buttons, and quilt kits there.  I bought lots of her buttons and ribbon by the way.  Tiny mother-of-pearl buttons and silk ribbon spools for 20 cents each!  Come on… are you kidding me?

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I asked her about small scale fabric and she told me how she had bought out her friend’s quilt shop in Texas and had tons of fabric to get rid of sell over at her house, but it probably wouldn’t be until September, so of course I gave her my email.

I haven’t made any dresses for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes yet and I really want to.  I needed some one yard cuts for these, so that was my main reason to venture out in the rain this morning. 😮 and 😉  (As if I needed a reason.)

It was so much fun.  It was like a fabric store in her basement.  And she had a beautiful basement (with a kitchen) at that–a most gorgeous house from what I saw!  She had a cutting table set up where she had a helper cutting fabric.  At another station her sister (I think) was in charge of adding up purchases and collecting cash.  All the while she kept bringing out more fabric!!!

Her quilting room was painted the most wonderful shade of lilac.  She said the color was called muddy lilac or something like that.  It was a very rich color of lilac and very calming, I felt.  It didn’t look muddy at all, simply perfect.

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Here’s what I found for the girls’ dresses.

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The first two fabrics (below) are my favorites for my doll ensembles.

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I found these buttons–$1 for all!  The carrots for Easter bunnies and baskets, the apples for fall outfits, and the candy canes to use now.

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Below are the rest of the fabrics for doll clothes.  Some are only fat quarters, so I’ll need to sew side seams on the skirt, but it’ll work fine.

I love yellow and the tiny bits of lavender and grey are really pretty with these shades of yellow.

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This fabric is a very pretty light powder blue.  I hope the scale isn’t too large.  Maybe it’ll at least work for my Kaye Wiggs’ dolls.

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Lily-of-the-valley!  My favorite flower!  Maybe this will become a pincushion.  The print is a little large, but I love it!

 

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I just realized that these look like daffodils, don’t they?  They are very tiny.

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Very soft and delicate.  Isn’t it sweet?

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I wish you could have come with me! ❤

 

Itsy Bitsy Punkins

“Itsy Bitsy Punkins” (hand made and one-of-a-kind) for Amelia Thimble will be available today (September 26, 2019) at noon, CST.  The sales page for this ensemble will be located under the ‘Available’ tab.

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If interested, please submit a contact form.

Shipping to U.S. addresses only please, thank you.

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If you’d like to knit your own version I have knitting patterns for these pieces. ❤

Busy Bee Week

Hi there! ❤  How’s the new season treating you?  It’s day 3 of autumn over here in northern Illinois.  The weather has been bee-utiful!  Not one single complaint do I have!

After an early morning yoga class on Monday I did not feel like heading home.  It was a gorgeous day and I was very close to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  We are a member, so parking is free and there is no entrance fee so why not stop by for a little while, right?  (BTW, I ended up staying for more than a little while)  It was great!

I took some photos to document the first day of fall 2019.  The roses in the Rose Garden were still blooming profusely and their scent was heavenly.

The only trees I noticed that had begun to change were in the Rose Garden.

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Speaking of bee-utiful!  How about this busy bee!  He seemed to love the roses as much as I did.  There were ‘zillions’ of busy bees all over the many roses.

The hutch in the English Walled Garden has showcased grape hyacinths, geraniums, succulents, and now violas throughout the 2019 season.  These violas are definitely my favorites.  I love these tiny pansy-like blossoms so much.  The basic variety reseeds in my (neglected) garden each year.  I’d love to have all of these color combinations. *sigh*

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Here are a few more photos I took at the gardens.  Still looks quite summery, right?

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While there I had lunch outdoors and did some sock knitting too.  One of the specials that day was Mushroom (sorry, Terri) Leek Flatbread.  It was a treat and very yummy! I wish you all could have joined me!

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Yesterday I got Amelia Thimble’s Sweater Dress Extension pattern published.  It’s in my Ravelry shop.

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As I was writing my blog post on Monday morning I noticed how the sunrise hit some of the trees in the backyard.  They looked like they had begun turning color, but that’s the sunshine hitting them.  So enchanting!  I love early mornings.

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Today wasn’t my most productive.  I had an appointment at the hospital which left me feeling quite tired afterwards.  Everything is fine, but it’s quite a long drive and just stressful in general going there.  I did manage to get this post written though. 🙂  And I am glad I did; it was so very nice visiting with you! ❤  Thank you for stopping by!

I’m hoping tomorrow is back to full steam ahead.