Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I met Dana at Whipstitch

lulabellsdaughter & Made

Oh yes I did. 

When I heard that Dana Willard was going to be signing her new book at Whipstitch, I had to figure out a way to make down there.  I have been reading Dana’s blog Made for a while now.  Probably since I started reading blogs.  Even though she has some great sewing tutorials, I probably remember her for her freezer stenciling the best.  That and her love of Project Runway. 

She was very nice and easy to talk to too!  She said that I looked familiar, but seeing as how this is only the second time in blog history that I have posted my photo I said that she wouldn’t have known me.  {That and I’m pretty sure she hasn’t seen my little blog.}  I also made sure to mention that we had shared a few emails over picking out geranimals shirts at WM though. 

Then I asked if she would mind taking a photo with me so that I could share it on said little blog that I have been totally neglecting.  And then it happened.  I could feel my skin burning.  Can you see it in the picture?  Of course you can!  I was going to edit out the fact that it looks like I have some kind of skin condition, but really it just adds to it doesn’t it?  I really wasn’t nervous ya’ll.  I don’t know what happened. 

This is what she signed.

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I’m really glad I got her book, Fabrics A to Z, because it wasn’t what I was expecting.  I know she had talked about what her book was about, but somehow it escaped me that it was really like a dictionary of fabrics.  As I looked at it that night I really wanted to read it to my husband  (but I didn’t because he would have given me the same look as when he tries to explain velocity and grain and  . . . I don’t know what else because my eyes glaze over).  But check it out, this book has words like acetate, wood pulp cellulose, natural weed suppressor, and 1940s movie stars.  I know!   Not only does it have handy information like properties, how to work with it, and care instructions, but there is other neat information as well.  I’m so glad that I have added this one into my sewing library. 

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Monday, July 16, 2012

I <3 Thrifting Day!

All I can say is wow!  I remember summer as a child being so . . . well lazy.  Filled with play, the pool, camping, and lots and lots of book reading.  When did summer get so  . . . full?  I think I had this mistaken idea that I was going to be able to slow down this summer just like I remembered as a child.  Boy was I wrong.  

I was able to squeeze in a day of thrifting with Rhoda {Southern Hospitality} and other lovely ladies for I Love Thrifting Day!  It was a lot of fun! 

source:  :  Southern Hospitality

No, I’m not pictured above.  Why?  I was already getting my thrift on.  Hey, some of these ladies are pro’s! 

Here is where Rhoda found me . . . . schlepping my buggy around. 

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Here is what I found:

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Not very exciting.  I had better luck last year I think.  In fact most of this actually came from the first stop.  I think my problem was that I had a list. 

The stroller is for a church donation.  I’m not even sure why I bought the strainers.  I just thought they had a neat look.  I thought they might make cool storage baskets or I could use them for blanching vegetables for canning. 

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The books are classics Kipling novels, and of course Star Wars toys.  And a practically new Joey & Rory cd that I have been thinking about buying.  I found it for $2.  And even better is that it has a song with Zac Brown on it.   I think I spent less than $15 for everything.  The biggest deal was the books.  They were 4 for a $1.00!  I can’t remember what the price per book was, but you had to get 4 to get them at that price.  So another thrifter threw in her book so we would  get the sales price!  What a deal! 

There where a lot of fun and odd things this time around.  I didn’t even get a picture of my favorite find.  I really wanted to bring it home, but I knew that if I did that would be the end of my thrifting days.  It was this weird college of Elvis pictures that had been printed onto a wooden frame.  I was also surprised to see one of these hanging around.  I wonder if you could get phone service on this?  Wouldn’t that be hilarious? 

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If you go to Rhoda’s post you can see more.

I was hoping to go to some yard sales this summer, but so far that hasn’t happened.  It’s just too hot!
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