Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sewing Treasures

I had to share the wonderful find I ran in to at the thrift store! I use not to go to these then until reading blogs and seeing all the fabulous things people were finding. So, one day I thought I'd give it a try when I was dropping off something there to donate. Now, it's become a new addiction of mine! Sometimes I drive by and think, "Let me stop and see what they have." Well, this particular day, I hit the jackpot at this location. Look at all boxes of sewing kits I found. Originally they were marked $19.99. I got them for $1.99 each. The small boxes are filled with 9 fat quarters, the larger ones have 18 .. EACH !! They are actually kits to make a lap throw or quilted tote bag. I just wanted them for all the fat quarters! Where in this world can you find 18 fat quarters for $1.99? I was hurrying to put them in my cart. As I'm putting in the last one, another lady says "Man, I'm just a few minutes too late!" Yep, she was .. I bought them all! Am I a bad person for not sharing with her? I just couldn't bring myself to take them out of my basket and give her 1/2. After all, I was there first! lol My fat quarter stash is growing .. I've got to get busy with some scrappy quilts!

Monday, April 4, 2011

To Be A Little Girl Again !

Saturday I was off to the fabric store to purchase material for my partner in the "Flirty Apron Swap". When I walked in the door at Hancock Fabrics, the entry way was lined with bargin clearance material. Normally I walk right by this because most of it is something I can't use for quilting. But on the top of the huge pile was this adorable (quilted) material. The little girls caught my eye! The back is pattern pieces cut outs .. just adorable!

I looked at it, immediately put it in my basket and headed to find what I came for! What a find! I kept looking at it while I was walking around and just felt like I was a little girl again! This is exactly how I looked when I was young. Starched little frilly dresses, black Mary Jane shoes and white nylon socks with lace around them. It just brought back such happy memories as a child. My daughter is 26 and I have no granddaughters but I had to purchase some .. just incase .. one day ... maybe maybe .. and if not, then I can be a little girl again.

When I got home and to my sewing studio, I couldn't help but lay it on the child's table I have beside my Suzie Homemaker Oven. The oven was mine when I was little (Santa brought it to me!) and is over 45 years old .. and still works! What a precious site it was!

When I get tired of playing big girl, I can go in there and pretend .. pretend I have no worries, no problems and my dad is still around so I can have a daddy/daughter hug. See .. I even have an apple pie cooling on top of the stove!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

When did it become spring?

I work so much every week .. normally about 70 hours a week. I leave when it's dark and I get home when it's dark. Friday I worked only 8 hours (felt like I was on vacation!) and once I left the area I work in and headed home in the country I couldn't believe my eyes. The fields and roadsides were filled with beautiful wild flowers and green grass. I thought "When Did Spring Get Here? I work in Houston (where the population is 5 million) so once I get out of the city limits and head to my small town, I feel the stress leaving me when I see such beauty. I was glad to have my camera and had to stop for a few pics. These flowers were lining the roadside at the end of my street.

I live on a street where most everyone has around 20 - 50 acres. They raise horses, chickens and cows. We only have 2.5 acres (with no animals other than our two dogs who live in the house!) so I love when it's green outside and I can see the animals grazing on the beautiful land. I wish everyone could enjoy this each day.