Fabric Heaven.

8 09 2010

Warning. Sewing nerd, fabric junkie post ahead.

A while ago, in November, I said I was going to go to the Rainbow’s End Quilt Shoppe in Duneden, FL. Well, we didn’t go. My choice.

However, after spending the last two weeks with The Nana, and discussing some secret projects I have in my brain, I asked to go there on the way to the airport before I came home. Thankfully, The GrandPa agreed to take us there.

I kid you not, this place is spectacular. Their photo stream does NOT do the place justice. It is a fabric junkie’s heaven.

Their main room is general quilting fabrics. And they have some killer stuff. Things I’ve never even seen online. That is most of what you see in the photo stream. What I loved was that in each section, they had fat quarters or so of most of the fabrics, so you didn’t have to buy yardage.

So I picked up these, after weeding out others in my basket… Each piece was $2.75. Not bad for FQ’s at a specialty shop, in my opinion. These are for Secret Project #1.

You get one guess as to whom this fabric & project is for, based on this fabric. It's pretty easy, I think... 🙂

The main room also had a big section of Halloween fabrics. The Nana and I spent some time there picking out a couple fabrics. I’m going to make Little C a Halloween treat bag. (Super blurry photos, courtesy of yours truly & my camera. Oy.)

The dots are going to be the handle of the bag, and maybe part of the bag. No decision yet. And the other is the body of the bag. Cute, no?

Back to this shop… They also have a tiny room with just felt. ONLY FELT. In so many colors that I was overwhelmed and could not remember what colors of felt I needed for my upcoming felt foods. Colors I know I cannot get at Joann’s or Michael’s… I was in shock…

But then I entered a giant room. With only Christmas fabrics. ONLY. About 3/4 of the size of the main room… I walked in, looked to my right and found my choice, but I wandered around to find others, but none so cute. (I also spied a sectioned off area that I KNOW had Valentine’s Day fabrics…)

So I bought these, for a super secret project:

Awesome, right?? Except I have 7 fabrics. And the pattern I have calls for TWELVE prints and three solids. TWELVE???  I’ve already taken two different fabric lines and melded them together to make the seven work… And I thought I had too many… (Truth be told, I had my netbook, with the pattern on it, so I could have checked, but I didn’t.) So now I have to find these lines elsewhere and buy more. And hope a big FQ will work.

Whatever. I love a challenge, especially in sewing.

I ended up buying 11 pieces of fabric. OMG. I’ve never, ever spent this much on such small pieces of fabric. But it was so worth it when I got home and opened the rolls and saw them… SO. WORTH. IT.

OH! I forgot to tell anyone this… I had a last minute sewing job in Florida!! When The Nana and I went to watch Little C on Labor Day weekend, one of Lili’s friends asked about me making pillow cases for her kids pillows for daycare… I took the job, used The Nana’s sewing machine and made four super cute pillow cases in no time and made some money on vacation!

Again, back to the Rainbow’s End shop… If you sew, love fabric and are ever near Tampa, Clearwater or St. Pete’s… GO THERE. If I lived near there and had a job, I’d make serious extra money making quilts from the fabric they have there. My brain was exploded with ideas!!

Thanks to The Nana for telling me about the shop, and for The GrandPa for not only taking us there, but for being a champ and dealing with me and The Nana acting like crazy sewing ladies in there, mostly me…  He even grabbed The Nana at one point to show her stuff. (I think he found the felt room as well.)

Super cute.

24 06 2010

A few weeks ago, my friend Karen, who runs the Etsy shop, The Rocking Pony, offered up a free sample of a few new designs she was working on, with the shirt intended for a little girl…

*ding ding ding*

Why, Little C would look adorable in one of her shirts! I was late to the party and each of the designs I requested was already taken, so we decided on an octopus.

Karen sent me a message a few days ago & said it was going in the mail… It arrived yesterday, and oh my goodness is it adorable.

Click on the picture to go to the Etsy page for the Baby Octopus shirt!

If you haven’t checked out Etsy in general yet, go do so. So many crafty people, selling all kinds of fun stuff.

If you’re in the market for a cute t-shirt, or even a custom t-shirt, check out Karen’s site.

And, you know, if you want quilts, or baby stuff, or a felt Sack Lunch or something, you can always visit MY Etsy site – Little C and Me. 🙂 ‘Cause you know, I’m still unemployed and need to get income somewhere.

Difficult decision.

24 04 2010

After a few weeks of thinking about it, I told the rugby captains the other night that I couldn’t play this season.

I realized that I’m not having fun and with my trying to find a job that works around my school schedule, requesting every Tuesday, Thursday and most Saturdays off just isn’t going to cut it.

It kind of dawned on me though that if I get into school full time in the fall, this could very well be my entering full retirement from playing rugby.

That sucks.

But it’s the best decision for me now. So I have to stick to it.

This week’s to do list:

18 04 2010

In no real particular order…

  • Go to CCAC Boyce and find out about finalizing my application to the Allied Health school. Can school start tomorrow? Please?
  • Figure out what the issue is with my 2010-2011 FAFSA, since I received a letter yesterday from CCAC saying I have to produce some letter from their website & my 2009 tax return. What the heck?
  • Go to my House of Representative‘s office and see if they can help me with finding money for school since I’m getting nowhere fast. And half of the websites I find are either not working or seriously difficult to use. Hello Federal Government!
  • Continue applying to jobs & hopefully finally secure at least a part time job.
  • Babysit my little friend, R, for a little while on Monday afternoon.
  • Go to Joann’s & get some more chenille so I can finish a new fabric letter set & get it up on the Etsy site.
  • Also go shopping at Joann’s with R’s mommy so that I can make some ridiculously fun things for her friend. It’s gonna be So. Much. Fun. That lady has some great ideas!
  • Stop by ClumberKim‘s house to learn her family’s bedtime rituals so that I can baby sit for her two awesome kiddos on later in the week.
  • Maybe attend rugby practice on Tuesday if I have time.
  • Maybe play rugby on Saturday. If my old body will cooperate. Heh.
  • Find a part time job. Which is proving to be a pain in the a**. Right now it’s as bad as the full time job search. (Yes, this on the list TWICE.)
  • Remember the fun times I had this weekend on Friday and Saturday with the rugby folk and their friends. Some of my rugby friends have some pretty cool friends. (Hi Blondie! I think you know who you are… note: the drive in…) And I’m glad I got to talk to them over the weekend in length.

PB & J, anyone?

9 02 2010

I expanded my little Sack o’ Lunch to include PB & J. The J of the grape colored felt variety.

Who’s hungry??? Anyone?

I’m not entirely happy with the shapes yet. But it’s okay for now. I need to make my own PB&J and take pics to recreate what it really looks like. I’m picky like that.

I also need to look into other things besides Grape jelly, that is my favorite, but I know others prefer Strawberry and Raspberry and others. I hope they make felt in those colors, or similar. Who knows.

All I know is I can’t move my car for perhaps forever and I’m not going to JoAnn’s anytime soon on my own.

When you should listen.

2 02 2010

I try to not tell people what to do here. (Unless you are a stupid rugby player, bar patron, or stupid college rugby player.)

Because I don’t often (ok, ever) do what people tell ME to do…

Also, I am a moron. true story. (Purty sure Lili and everyone else I know who reads this will agree with me on that one…)

So when @BurghBaby told me to add things to my Etsy site – MONTHS AGO.She’ll tell you…  I didn’t listen. Totally didn’t listen, and then I did have other projects, such as Little C’s presents and such…

And then last Saturday I went to A’s birthday party. With a Sack O’ Lunch and chalkboard/placemat set in tow…

My girl, A, wasn’t immediately taken with my gift – if I were four and got High School Musical Dolls and Hungry Hungry Hippos and a doctor’s set (cannot find a link for it, but OMG it was great! way to go @tehamy!!!) for my birthday? I wouldn’t care either…

Today I learned that my little buddy apparently did have a great birthday party (so glad, since I tried to convince her to come out of hiding for her cake and presents. She didn’t hide from me, for once. I’m over the moon happy, yo. also, she sat on my lap to watch TV. I love my little friends…) and she has been LOVING all of her birthday gifts? So, so happy. For myself and others. I like to think we all love to make kids happy…

When @BurghBaby told me on Saturday to go home & immediately put my Sack O’ Lunch up for sale? I didn’t listen. And then the mommies at the party (I was the only singleton there… no biggie) remarked on how neat that thing looked. And someone said they couldn’t believe I made it… But I did.

I also learned that the Sack O’ Lunch is in play rotation… And I got another demand from @BurghBaby to update Etsy…

And I’m sorry, but I’m a lot of a perfectionist when it comes to my sewing things… I’m still a bit nervous over my sewing ability. According to my inspection at Christmas of the things I gave to Lili at her baby shower, everything looked ok, save for one Ring Toy of Death ring that only I thought needed help…Mom and Lili thought I saw things they didn’t…. I just don’t want My Little C, or any of my little friends munching on polyfiberfill.

But, through all my precautions for Mollie, the doll I gave to Little C for Christmas, Little C somehow managed to get some of her yarn hair into her mouth and crawl away with it…  Leaving Lili to wonder “How do you have Mollie’s hair in you mouth when Mollie is clear across the play floor?”

So tonight, I updated my Etsy. And I added what @BurghBaby told me to add. And I love @BurghBaby, because she tweeted the dang thing. And now Ive had nearly 120 views to that single item…

No sales yet, but my karma belief tells me that if I keep doing what I’m doing, eventually multiple folk will see what I’m doing, and that I do it RIGHT, and dang near perfect, and they’ll buy from me.

I promise to fix any sewing errors that come up in my products. At my cost. I’ll pay for you to return anything you can’t fix yourself, and I’ll fix it and send it back. I want my buyers to get GOOD, WELL MADE THINGS. ALWAYS.

The moral of this story is: 1) listen to @BurghBaby when she tells you to do something. and 2) don’t worry about being such a perfectionist. Your work will speak for you where you can’t.

That is all….

Sack O’ Lunch.

28 01 2010

It’s done. Well, not entirely. I still have the placemat/chalkboard to finish. But it’s ready to go, all “pinned” together using paper clips since table cloth & chalkboard materials are not pin friendly.

But anyway:

THE brown "paper" bag!

The whole set, minus the placemat thingy, of course…

Please to ignore my little bobbin case & thread in the background. Oopsie.

And the sammich, bag o’ chips and swiss cake roll IN the bag:

Yep. I’m happy with it. Tomorrow I finish the chalkboard thingy. I’m excited.


In other news, Lili and I have been talking a lot about baby/toddler tutu’s lately. And I discovered in a recent trip to JoAnn’s that they sell spools of 5 or 6″ tulle. It’s in the “2 for $5” section!

So when I visited JoAnn’s this evening, I decided to buy one of said spools. My choices were tan, yellow, ugly orange, bright royal blue (which I, the OMG royal blue obsessed lady, walked away from) and purple. I chose purple, since The Nana thinks My Little C is adorable in purple & lavender.

When I got home, I looked at the label on the spool.

Do you see that? 25 yards. TWENTY FIVE YARDS of 6″ (measured it!) tulle. In bright purple. WTH am I going to do with 25 yards of purple tulle?

Um, those of you with little ladies (*ahem* BurghBaby, ClumberKim, RedPenMama, and others) would you like a purple tutu? Or three? Yes? Leave me a comment. Imma want to get rid of this stuff soon. It’s going to annoy me sooner or later…

Hooray for crazy maybe bad decisions?


27 01 2010

I’ve said before that I have a serious addiction problem with fabric & JoAnn’s. I really do. I admit it. That’s the first step, right?

Well part of that problem is JoAnn’s remnant bins. A lovely little area where they put the leftovers of a bolt of fabric. These can be as much as nearly nothing to almost a yard of fabric. All sold at a good, healthy discount.

I always stop by this little area just to see what they have to offer. And occasionally I buy things from the remnants.

The issue with this is that what I buy, I usually have NO use for at the time. But what’s amazing is that after I buy one of these remnants and let it sit there on my table or on my couch, I eventually come up with a use for it…

Like red & white checker-board and plain white table cloth fabric… No use for it at the time, but then a few days later, Lili called and said she’d like plastic-backed bibs to protect Little C’s clothes.  Result? Bibs with the table cloth fabric on the back. And on the front. Win!

Like 8mil and 4mil plastic sheeting. Yet again, no idea what I’d use it for at the time. But with a little cotton fabric & some ModPodge, you end up with plastic coated fabric that can be used in bibs! Win!

And the black chalkboard fabric. Chalkboard fabric? WTH is that?! Who cares. I’ve found a purpose for it and the purpose is freaking brilliant. Amazing!

And did you know you have to prime it? Huh?

You apparently need to rub chalk all over it and then wipe with a soft cloth… Then it’s ready for use. Huh?

Well, no matter, I’ve primed a piece of said fabric for a fun birthday project I’m working on…

Results to come soon. For now, here’s the chalkboard fabric in use, somewhat….


25 01 2010

That’s what I’ve been. Sick.

I helped out a friend last Wednesday and babysat her girls for the day. The girls were awesome! They welcomed me in and showed me their toys. It was like we were old friends! It was so much fun.

I watched Veggie Tales for the first time. And I laughed out loud. Seriously. We watched Bolt! one and a half times. We played with the Littlest Pet Shop toys (never knew that existed!)

On Thursday, my friend – the mom – ended up with the “sickness.”

Never did I think I’d get what they had a few days earlier. But I did. Oops.

So I spent much of Thursday laying about, and Friday and Saturday being sick.

I still don’t feel 100% right. So tired. All the time. Although I do feel better than I did on Friday. And Saturday, for that matter.

I’ve managed to stay awake for hours at a time now. And I’ve started a few things I mentioned before, and a new one:

Who told me to try another cross-stitch project? Maybe the sickness? Because it’s not fun. I haven’t done one in oh, forever, and it’s not fun.

Eventually that will be Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. Not quite finished yet, obviously.

I also started that Sack Lunch from felt…

Bologna & Cheese!



Bag o’ Chips! With 6 or so individual chips… one of which might be a ridged chip (testing the waters, if you will)

And, the best thing, I think

A swiss cake roll, aka Ding Dong aka Ho-Ho. Whatever. But how cool is that?

I still have to make the bread, the baggie for the bread and the paper bag. I can’t wait. So much fun!!

The Little Ones…

19 01 2010

I’m happy to report here that Ali McMutrie and somewhere around 40+ little folk arrived here in the ‘Burgh today. See That’s Church for the whole story, and the family’s approved releases.

I’m so impressed with That’s Church and Ginny. This one event should prove to her that even though her stopping her original blog and outing herself, and all the bad stuff that went with it, it was worth it. I know it’s not a new job, she and I are in the same spot there, but helping this way? Is awesome.

Heck, I made a simple quilt for someone that made them happy and that made my month!!

I wish I had a passport & the clearances needed to work and help with those kids. I would have, had I kept with my college major. The ONE time in my life that my major would have done some good. Dang.

Or I wish I could sew those kids something that would help… Ginny if you get any requests, please, I have nothing to do all day, I’ll do it! Freebies! (aka freebies only for the BRESMA kids. I’ll sew anything they need for free. and only the BRESMA kids.)


In other news, I’m working a cute little felt sandwich set. Little sammich pieces – bread, bologna, lettuce, tomato; a bag for the sammich, a bag o’ chips with little chips inside and a brown lunch bag. HOW CUTE IS THAT?

Probably for someone else before Little C, but we’ll see.


I’ve also apparently lost my mind. I’m starting a new ring toy of death…

Tada!!! The Ring Toy of Death!!!

I sort of think I’m crazy to do it… But, everyone who has seen Littlle C’s ring toy has loved it. So I decided to try another one. Even though it was rough. At least I know sort of what I’m doing this time.

Good luck to me!


Oh, and I’m taking care of one of my Tweet friend’s girls tomorrow, and I’m super excited. They seem like energetic, fun little ladies. And I can’t wait!!! Hooray for me!