Monday, May 5, 2014

Buttons & Friendship

One of the greatest gifts in life is friendship. Like any other relationship, it's not always smooth and inevitably some situation will come along to test the commitment. There may be pain and loss just as there is laughter and shared fun but the friendships that make it through are strong and steadfast, helpful in the ups and downs of life, precious.





Caroline and I have been friends for thirty-six years. For most of those she has lived 1,200 miles north of me and we've maintained our friendship through calls, cards, emails, and visits.





We've made a point of going on a sewing holiday together each year. Next month, she's meeting me in Portland for the weekend when I'm on my way back from the Design Outside The Lines workshop. We're planning to spend one day shopping downtown and one day shopping for fabric although I still need to do some research into what to see and how to get there.





One of Caroline's loves is buttons. I received an email a few weeks ago that the button shop had been sold and was moving to the southern United States. Luckily, Caroline was in town on the first of May and we were able to take a trip to the shop in Vernon about an hour and a quarter away and buy a "few" buttons before it was packed up and moved. Where Caroline lives there is even less selection than here in Kamloops so it was a real treat for her and since Sunday was her birthday, my gift was buttons. AND...





... of course I got a few for myself too. The colors aren't showing on my monitor as well as I'd like. The fuchsia one earlier is more purple, the woven one above is more charcoal, the first square is a lighter grey, and the purple square below is much brighter and - LOL - apparently upside down. I didn't notice that until I sized the picture. Either way, they're fun.





While I wasn't able to go to the button shop very often, it was wonderful to have this resource nearby. The shop had over a million and a half buttons in all shapes, sizes, and colors in metal and glass and plastic and leather and wood and... Many of us are going to miss it.





I bought another of this black with silver glass beads buttons that I used on a purse recently. It was too beautiful and worked so well that I needed another one.

These past few weeks of no sewing have been the longest period without that I can remember. I still haven't finished the floral knit dress. Mostly, I've been sleeping in, napping, and moving slow. I scratched my right eye with the mascara brush and needed to keep it closed to help with healing and at the same time the stress of the mess of the rest of my life has been catching up with me. My energy levels need boosting.

I did clean the studio this weekend and have everything arranged to start sewing again only I'm having trouble getting started so I may need to push things a little since I'm leaving for the workshop at the end of the month and still don't have the challenge project finished or most of the new clothes I wanted to sew to take along... which I really need... or I could quite possibly be n-k-d ! ! ! Perhaps a deadline will help - VBG.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - naps

16 comments:

  1. One of my little bits of self-knowledge gleaned from the last couple of years is that I am indeed a deadline sewer. I do amazing things when someone needs it in half an hour. Glad you had some time with your friend. Hugs.

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    1. LOL - I prefer to have time but I guess I'll figure out the tighter deadline approach. Thanks for the hug. Much appreciated.

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  2. You've been missed here. I hope you recover some of your energy and have fun sewing some new clothes for yourself. Too bad about the button store closing. Have you ever visited the Button Boutique here in Victoria? They have a wonderful selection. Many handmade buttons.

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    1. Thank you. I'd love some energy... and... VBG... some new clothes. I haven't been to the Button Boutique. I didn't even know about it. It's been years since I've been in Victoria but I'll keep it in mind for next time. I have been to Button Button in Vancouver. This shop that closed was their supplier.

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  3. Having lived in the Portland area for a long time (recently moved to Central Oregon)' I highly recommend Fabric Depot on 122nd and Stark. It boasts as one of the biggest fabric stores and has a fabulous selection. Sign up on their website and you will know what's on sale when you visit and will get coupons. The Mill End store and the Pendleton outlet located on the Milwaukee expressway are not to be missed as well. Downtown Portland has Josephine's Dry Goods, but it's small and I never found much there compared to the other places. Have a wonderful time in the Rose City with your friend!

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    1. Josephine's has closed, but there are several small fabric stores on the east side of town that are fun. Let me know if you want suggestions, Myrna.

      And we have THE BEST button store downtown--the Button Emporium, right across from the Central Library. Amazing buttons, trims, lace. Really a treasure. I worry that the owners will retire.

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    2. Thank you for all the suggestions. I've been to Fabric Depot before and it's definitely on our list and I've heard good things about the Mill End store. Other than fabric and the button shop that Jean recommended, what is downtown? We're interested in some higher end boutiques as well to look at details and Caroline also loves shoe stores.

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    3. Jean, I'd love more ideas - boutiques, shoe stores, galleries, places to eat downtown. We thought we'd spend one day there and the next shopping since I wasn't sure if the downtown would be open on Sunday. The Button Emporium sounds like a great place to start.

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    4. We lost our Mill End store. I understood all Mill Ends were closing, but I could be wrong.

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  4. Hope things resolve SOON for you! Love all those pretty buttons :) And you are lucky to have such a good friend.

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    1. I fear that answers could be a long time coming but hopefully wishes will make it sooner. Right now, the next test my husband needs is scheduled for August 13th but we're hoping it can be sped up. - - - I am very luck to have such a good friend and to share my favourite subject.

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  5. Lovely to see you back in "blog-dom" and sending good thoughts that your sewing mojo returns soon.

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    1. Thank you. LOL - I have something to write about tomorrow but I'll need to finish that dress if I want to share something on Wednesday. That may be the push I need. I hope.

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  6. I see that the most obvious suggestions I had thought of have already been mentioned: Fabric Depot, Mill Ends, and the Button Emporium and Ribbonry...
    http://www.buttonemporium.com/contact_us.php

    While I rarely shop for clothing, in downtown or anywhere else for that matter, one shop I Iove to look in for inspiration is "Changes/Designs to Wear" which is attached to "The Real Mother Goose" craft gallery downtown.
    http://www.therealmothergoose.com/collections/collections_changes.htm

    I don't know if it is of any interest to you, but there is a wonderful fabric store that sells all sorts of outdoor and technical fabrics and notions on the northwest end of town: Rose City Textiles. Most all of their fabric is ends of rolls from various manufacturers, and while not all bargain priced, is much that is not available elsewhere.
    http://www.fabricline.com/

    if anything else comes to mind, I will add more comments. I hope that you enjoy your time visiting Portland - I have lived here for the last ten years and even before then, it was my go-to city for fabric shopping

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    1. Thanks for all these suggestions Alison. I'll certainly check into them. I've been in the Real Mother Goose shop at the airport and would definitely like to see the downtown one.

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  7. oh, just thought of two more useful links for you:

    This is the portland area public transit site "TriMet"; has a good trip planning function and lots of information about how to get around from place to place... Even when I had a car, I would often not take it downtown but just get around on the bus,streetcar, and Max trains. You and your friend might want to park your car somewhere near downtown and just do that, maybe...
    http://trimet.org/index.htm

    One place I often eat downtown is Sushi Ichiban, the quality is good and the prices are astonishingly low. Not sure if that is your sort of food, but I have taken many out of town guests there and they always enjoy it...
    https://plus.google.com/112942086014729484633/about?gl=us&hl=en

    Also, there are food carts in "food cart pods" all over downtown, can't particularly recommend any specifically, but it is a really Portland sort of thing, probably as many different varieties of ethnic and domestic cuisine as could be imagined... here is one site that is a sort of "guidebook" :
    http://www.foodcartsportland.com/maps/

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