Now That The Olympics Are Over…

14 Aug

…I can get back to sewing regularly and blogging a little more often. It was once my goal to blog once a day, but i’ve come to realize that with our crazy life there are just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. Caleb starts school in two weeks so i may find myself with a teeny bit more time, but the time he is in school is still packed with Speech Therapy for my little Bug. My hubby also starts school again in two weeks so the focus will shift to him getting time to study and all that fun stuff. There really is a lot going on here! I actually didn’t realize how busy we are going to be come September until just now. Wow. Well, we’ll manage like we always do and somehow still find time to connect with each other and spend some quality time together, starting with Sundays. My hubby came up with the idea to have one night a week where we do a fun dinner that the kids can help make. First up on the list is homemade pizza! I’m looking forward to this Sunday and beginning a new tradition with my boys. Time to start a new Pinterest board and get to pinning!

In other news I stitched up a few more crayon rolls that need to be shipped out to my brother in law this week. I was a little late on getting these together as we had 2 birthdays to celebrate last week (my hubby’s and mine), but as the saying goes, better late than never! Although it is another push to get that Etsy shop open…soon, soon.

I just love that Alexander Henry print so much!! My sister and I made a trip to M&L Fabrics Discount Store today in Anaheim and after reading some of the Yelp reviews I was a little worried about what to expect. Glad I went in with an open mind because I was blown away by it’s awesomeness. The women who work there were so nice and helpful, quite the opposite of what some other Yelpers experienced. Think Downtown prices without the Downtown chaos. Everything was neat, organized, and clearly labeled. They had aisles and aisles of flat fold fabric for $2.49/yd!!! What??!!! There were even some designer prints mixed in there. Yes, it is a little overwhelming and there is a lot to go through in this section, but I was already planning my next trip out and quilt designs were flying through my head. The center of the store was dedicated to the designer/import fabrics and I was in HEAVEN. Alexander Henry, Robert Kaufman, Heather Bailey, Denise Schmidt…I could go on. All priced fairly and considering I don’t have to pay shipping, cheaper than online! Here is my loot, all totaling $24, which my sister paid for as a Birthday present to me. Isn’t she the best?

You can see the remnants I got on top and how low the price was for them, yes one of them does say $0.43. Pretty awesome right? I can’t wait to use these! After a pretty successful trip to the OC we headed to Long Beach to a little store I found online called The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse. I googled thrift stores near me and saw this, went to the homepage and thought, wow, this place is for me! This store is filled with some awesome stuff. They had all kinds of crafting supplies and then some. I love the concept of this store and I hope that it thrives because I will definitely be going back to this store and donating items i won’t be using. Here’s what I got minus what my sister got (cooking tongs, 2 boxes of paperclips, and a string of beads) all for under $3.

I just loved the old thread spools and thought they would look cute when photographing my stuff. The film roll canister (with film) will be used to make a flash diffuser I saw on Pinterest, and I thought I could use the cute charms on zipper pulls for little pouches. It was great to have some sister time and find some awesome new stores to shop at! Now I better get some sewing done while the hubby and kids are out of the house. I leave you with a cute little stack of Vintage Modern hexies i’m stitching up to go on a tote bag I’m making for myself.

 

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