In between all my travels and uckiness, I was able to squeeze in a great local event here in Philly.
Behold my lovely traded fabrics!
That's right. They were traded! i.e. free. I went to the Philadelphia Sewing Collective annual Fabric swap, and since I brought a HUGE bag of fabrics from home to trade I was able to exchange it for this awesome goodness.
The leather is screaming to to be made into a pillow. The plaid, well it wants to be a shirt, and the wool blend, perhaps a skirt of some sort...
I also managed to grab this huge bolt of white cotton (I'm guessing at least 10 yds worth) which has found a happy home nestled between my other bolts...see it there over on the right?
I am planning on using it as I would muslin. Being a rather tall fit, it's tough to just "make" something without scrapping it after the first go round. And who knows, maybe the cotton would look great gussied up with these vintage trims.
As soon as a I picked them off the table a sweet woman came running up to tell me that they were from her Great Aunt's stash that she inherited after she passed away...she was glad they had found a happy home. So am I!
This was a great event and if you live in Philly I highly suggest you go next year! I haven't done much with the Collective before now but I have heard of some awesome stuff coming up:
-Our seamstress from Trading Spaces, Tara, is set to teach a home decor sewing class. She is such a sweetie and a great teacher.
-Sewing Pattern phenom Aimee Dolby's Betsy Ross Patterns will be used in some upcoming intro classes. Folks, her patterns rock and I am jealous.
It's been a whirlwind two weeks with trips to both coasts, down south and to the midwest!
When I got home I was SLAMMED with a horrible cold/flu that knocked my socks off for a week, all the while I was working my tail off trying to get a project out the door. Geesh. Not the best timing if I do say so myself.
But luckily, all was not lost, while I was nursing myself to health, the weather turned lovely, the trees and flowers are blooming (*achooo*) and all seems right with the world.
O and I were sitting on our back deck last night (our inagural outdoor dinner of the year) and we both agreed that we just love living in the northeast. When the weather finally turns nice you just feel so damn grateful!
Walking the streets this weekend you couldn't deny that EVERYONE was out enjoying the sunshine. The neighborhood kids were playing in the streets, impromptu BBQ's were announced, the outdoor markets were bustling with people, and the sound of birds chirping in the trees outside our window reminded us that spring had indeed arrived.
In just two short weeks I'll begin planting my flowers and this year I have hopes to create a small garden on our roof deck!
After a crazy few months of weather...spring has arrived...and this time I don't think she is going anywhere.