A not so strange thing happened to me on the way to the fabric store. I started to pass our local thrift store, and it sucked me in. I confess I didn’t try to resist very hard. As a result, I’m going to have Saturday Show and Tell. Here are my thrifting finds of the day.
The blue basket and two metal shelves (one is sitting on the other) will be used in my never ending effort to organize my sewing room. (I don’t know how people manage neatness with only a sewing corner. My hat goes off to them.) I’ve yet to learn to knit, but the set of needles was too amazing a deal to leave there. I have great hopes of one of my knitting friends visiting for a few days and passing along what they know to me. I’ll be all set when that happens. There are three skeins (one already in a ball…bless the winder’s little heart) of Lion Brand Homespun and a piece of really pretty fabric. The detail is not very clear, but it’s a very delicate, cross stitch pattern (not really cross stitch). It may become pillow cases. It’s got a nice, smooth feel to it.
After leaving the thrift store I went directly to the fabric store without stopping at GO…I did not go to jail either. :) I always take my time when I get among all those bolts of fabric. Narrowing down what I will take home is so hard, and I rarely feel like I narrowed my selections down quite enough. Checkout is the only part I don’t love…except that my finds are truly mine when I walk away. Every piece I bought today was at least 30% off.
From the top:
Father’s Day is coming…rapidly. My dad is very difficult to buy for. His sight is very compromised by Macular Degeneration, and his poor body is worn out from hard work and longevity. Many moons ago he graduated from Mississippi State. I bought State fabric and will make him two pillow cases. The fabric has a wonderful smooth feel and will be perfect to lay his head on while he’s in bed. Maybe they will give him sweet dreams of college days when he was young and didn’t hurt so bad.
The purple batik is for my Fat Quarter Swap. Before the end of the month I have to cut it and get it in the mail.
The blue cornflower-type floral really struck my fancy while I was looking for my next Barcelona skirt. Sadly there was not nearly enough yardage…but I bought what they had anyway. It will make a gorgeous apron.
The next two are my next Barcelona skirt…the blue tie dye should sew up nicely, and the 100% cotton broadcloth will make a really comfy lining.
The two greens are for the same purpose…a skirt for me. This is my “going green” effort of the week. HA!
Kellie used the word thang” in a comment she made to another post and made me think of THAT PURPLE THANG. If you sew and have not discovered this wacky little tool, I recommend you ask a local shopkeeper to look into getting some. They are handy little boogers. The are better than any awl I’ve ever used for making points perfectly pointy. The curved tip can be used to push or pull a point to it’s pointiest. The curved end is also great for pushing curved seams out while you press them flat. The flat end is wonderful for turning small ties and tubes right-side out. The slit in the flat end is great for pulling ribbon or small elastic through casings, etc. This little tool costs under $3.00 at the current rate of inflation, and it’s usefulness exceeds it’s price by far. I would imagine it does things I have not discovered. I misplaced mine one afternoon, and that gave cause for a search party until I found it. I bought a standby just in case I lose it again, so if you decide to buy one…save yourself a trip and buy two or more. They make great little “happys” for your sewing buddies.
Until next time…
May you have the two greatest gifts of all… someone to love and someone who loves you.
~ John Sinor ~