Saturday, March 3, 2012

For the Love of Stash

There seem to be quite a few people who are impressed by (read: make fun of, hahaha) my fabric stash. I love all of the rainbow-ey goodness. And really, when you are trying to get a pot-holder finished there probably won't be a fabric store open when you need it, or there's no time to go to one. I had the top all pieced and needed a fabric to go on the inside. If there had been no stash I couldn't have pulled all of this out in matter of seconds, pow! :

And there it was. The green polka dots auditioned successfully and were given the part. So huzzah! for the mighty stash and pity the unbelievers.

Friday, March 2, 2012

American Sign Language Fabric and a Giveaway

'Tis the season for American Sign Language in fabrics. There is a giveaway going on by Timeless Treasures on the Sew Timeless web-site. They are giving away an entire fat quarter set by Samarra Khaja that includes ASL and Braille designs and a great tote bag. How nice is that. You can learn something extra while you sew with your language fabrics. You can hop over to the Timeless Treasures giveaway to enter too!

Then I remembered that the other night I was looking through a blog that I like by the name of My Aunt June who has new screen printed ASL or Visual Language fabric in rainbow colors that she has designed and is selling. You might take a look as I quite like them.

As I'm talking about alphabets and letters... You can also get free samples of type, or alphabets, from Dover Publications like this one:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy Mail!

Just look at all these lovely things! I was lucky to win a few things in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day/Week. There is such generosity in people and I love it. This package especially made my day because up to that point there was going to be great sadness in the land. I also realized I didn't tell you who it was yet, it's the amazing Annissa Ljanta of the Grow Mama Blog. You should check out her blog, there's a wonderful sense of her inner life and bits of calm thrown in with the creativity. She's also got a shop on the New Zealand Felt site/online place that feels a bit like Etsy.

Here's what happened that day:

I had my project all set up to sew (fabric, tools, setting up on the kitchen table, getting the sewing machine out, getting the right thread and scissors, I-have-no-sewing-space-clutter-getting-of-stuff-out, etc.) pressed the foot pedal on the machine. ..... (read as silence). Nothing. Absolutely nothing happened. My dearly hated, I mean loved?, Singer had decided to respond not at all to my attempts to make it sew. It's passive aggressive and was upset that I'd made it sew the day before. Grrar! The thought of taking down all my things and getting zilch done was so sad.

And then I went to get the mail and found this! I parcel all the way from New Zealand! It was filled with this vintagey barkcloth loveliness and an herbal book. Even the stamps are beautiful. There is a headband that is the perfect size for my head, a tissue-package-cover in mustard (one of my favorite colors) and this great lined glasses case. I don't think she even knew I wear glasses! I put my glasses in the picture so you can see how well they go with everything she gave me. I cannot tell you how that one package balanced out my day. "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things." For that days sadness there was equal parts happiness, hmm no, there was more than equal parts happiness. It was double happiness because it was shared. Thanks so much!