Monday, April 27, 2009

Fabrics... ooooh lah lah!!! Amy Butler included =)

Met a lady on Craigslist selling beautiful fabrics at $2/yard. She even came to my place for me to pic out which ones I liked. Total: $40 (fabric, a pair of bamboo purse handles, and 3 sets of patterns for purses).



Vintage Thread Cabinet


I found this sewing cabinet from a thift store in Poway, CA. I almost passed it up but couldn't resist this hand made beauty. For $12.50, I think it's well-worth the price.

Cherry Fabric and Joann Shopping Day

What a timely month and sale it is at Jo-Anne fabric and craft stores. March is National Craft Month and what better reason than Spring season coming up to be inspired and get into full gear just before the summer. I received a mini-magazine from the store with all the goodies for sale chocked full of coupons. I headed over with some ideas and possibilities in mind for some upcoming projects. While there, I walked aisle after aisle and my head kept spinning with even more possibilities and creations. Despite failing at my goal of leaving with only 1 thing, I did manage to limit it to three items and save 40% on everything. They let me use 3 coupons in one transaction because they were 3 different categories and 3 different coupons. Imagine that... My three purchases were:

Cherry-print fabric for a summer tube top dress. One yard of this stuff is enough to make a dress for me and the baby.

Schmetz Machine Embroidery Needles to do some machine embroidery on the summer dresses.

Sulky Sticky+ Stabilizer to put on the fabric before performing any embroidery. This keeps the fabric from shifting or stretching as the machine does its stuff.

Total Bill = $23.31.

So go ahead... get isnspired. Hit up your local J0-Ann store or go to and shop with your fingertips!

Schmetz Machine Embroidery Needle Assorted (3)11/75-(2)14/90Shop Anytime & Save

47" TV Cozy (Martha Stewart Craft of the Day)

The first of many 'Project of the Day' projects I want to make.

Sew up some Buttonholes?

This concept comes from a story I read in the classic little book I Dare You. A professor once hit upon a great discovery while buttoning up his vest. Or rather, he hit upon the discovery because his vest wouldn’t button up. His little daughter had sewn up some of the buttonholes by mistake. His fingers were going along as usual in their most intricate operations of buttoning a button, when something happened. A button wouldn’t button.

His fingers fumbled helplessly for a moment, then sent out a call for help. His mind woke up. The eyes looked down………a new idea was born, or rather a new understanding of an old idea. What the professor had discovered was that fingers can remember. You know how automatic things can become, riding a bicycle, using a keyboard, or even driving home from the office.

Then the professor began playing pranks on his classes, and he found that the answer was always the same. As long as they could keep on doing the things they had always done, their minds wouldn’t work. It was only when he figuratively sewed up their buttonholes, stole their notebooks, locked the doors, upset their routine, that any thinking was done.

So he came to the great, and now generally accepted, conclusion that the mind of man is “an emergency organ.” That it relegates everything possible to automatic functions as long as it is able, and that it is only when the old order of things won’t work any longer that it gets on the job and starts working. Keeping things the same may be keeping you stupid.

* Maybe that job loss is an opportunity for your brain to wake up and discover meaningful work rather than just a paycheck.

* Maybe having the bank refuse your loan application will prompt your brain to come up with a better solution.

* Maybe that flat tire will trigger a great invention that will make you a millionaire.

* Maybe the warning about high blood pressure will wake you up to better health and richer relationships.

So my advice is this: Sew up some buttonholes in your life this week. Drive a different route home from work. Read a book you would not normally read. Write your name with the hand opposite your normal dominance to see how it wakes up your brain. Take time to stop to help a stranded motorist. Volunteer to help on a community project. And welcome the unexpected “closed buttonholes” this week. You may be surprised at having your brain turn on. Who knows what creative ideas or solutions you may discover.

- Dan Miller, author of No More Mondays