I may have officially started my fabric fast…. five days ago, but there are still two packages somewhere in the molasses-in-winter slow slow slow postal system. (I realize there’s a lot of stat holiday downtime this time of year, but cmon!) So, in the absence of any new textiles to show you, I might as well show you those couple crafty things I got in my Christmas gifts this year. (Well. I’m not showing you my gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork, since any old viewer could lift that string of numbers and walk away with my $75 worth of stuff :D)
My mom has a tendency to buy me kitchen gadgetry for Christmas, even though I don’t have my own kitchen (I rent from my sister and thus share kitchen space, so basically nothing in the kitchen is mine, except a few things I use and they don’t, like a stick blender and my microplane grater), but she’s been trying to pick up crafty things for me lately instead. It’s kind of a crapshoot, because she doesn’t know what I have or what I’ll use and so I’ve gotten weird angle rulers in the past and templates and things that I’ve never used/aren’t likely to use.
This year, she went around to a couple quilting stores with me a couple months before Christmas, so she picked up some Wonder Clips for me, since she’d seen me using them earlier that day:
I had a package of the small ones, but I’m happy to have a second package of them – they’re great for binding. Anyone have thoughts on using the large ones? They seem so big in comparison and I can’t quite figure out what I’ll use them for.
She also bought me some fabric from Stampin’ Up, which is a paper-craft company who has recently branched out (in a small way) into fabrics. The wife of a friend of mine used to sell Stampin’ Up and I used to say whenever I saw the catalogues that if only they had fabric versions, I’d probably go broke buying it (I bought paper from the friend’s wife once, about 5 years ago, and still haven’t opened the package… needless to say, paper crafts and I don’t get on), but then when they did go into fabric, they never seemed to print the stuff I actually liked. They sell it in groups like this, where you get all three prints together, regardless of if you only like one of the three or whatever.
This isn’t something I’d have bought for myself, but it’s now a part of my stash. And I think I’m going to turn it into pot holders/hot pads for Christmas gifts for next year. I just need to figure out how to neatly machine sew a binding, because I don’t want to hand-bind a bunch of pot-holders. I suppose they’d be quick though…
I also was given a bit of money for Christmas, so I bought myself a gorgeous colouring book. And if you’re a fan of colouring or have someone in your life that is, I’d completely recommend this book! I don’t have permission to share any part of the book, so I’ll direct you here to Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread site, where she posted (with permission) a few interior shots. (It’s her fault I own this. Just saying.) [Edited to add: I really didn’t explain myself well. Mary wrote to the publisher & artist/author and got permission to run a stitch-along type project using one of the drawings from the book. She hasn’t said yet which page she’ll be working through, but depending what it is, I might stitch-along with her. The book is really lovely and I think it’ll translate really well to embroidery.] I don’t need another embroidery project to start and not finish, but depending what Mary’s stitch-along turns out to be, I might throw up my hands and give in to my constant desire to start new things. (Ahem. Because I totally started something new yesterday that I’d forgotten to include on my Wish List because I forgot I had it. It’s a sickness, I tell you, this starting new things. But this one is small, so I should be able to finish it soon!)
So that’s all that. Hopefully next week I’ll have some lovely, lovely fabric to pet and coo over. If Canada Post ever decides to get my stuff through Customs. (Bet they’re going to make me pay tax/duty for the Craftsy one. I just have a feeling. It wasn’t heinously expensive – under $100 – but it’s going to be a big damn box, and I swear I get taxed on big damn boxes more often than little ones, even when the little ones are worth a lot.)
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