Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I Bought On My September Vacation

Although I dragged my behind and put it off as long as possible - by procrastinating for several days and then by going for coffee with a friend yesterday morning - the studio is now clean. To be honest, I wasn't sure that I could actually get all the fabric I'd bought into the stash closet... which would mean dealing with my escalating fabric buying habits... which I really didn't want to look at too closely right now... so you can imagine how...





... delighted I was to move everything around and free up four and a half feet of shelving. YES YES - room for more fabric. When I phoned my friend to tell her what I'd managed to accomplish, she was stunned. Really? How did I do that? Apparently, it's a magic stash closet, every expanding, oh so accommodating, and now adorned with the logo from the brochure I picked up in Portland.





I had a carefully detailed shopping plan before I left that completely went out the window. One yummy ball of yarn became eleven black, six blue, and seven green - on sale - but still more than one. And one souvenir piece of fabric became...





... eleven - also on sale - plus the striped linen (bottom of the first picture) that was a remnant from MarcyTilton.com and arrived in the mail while I was gone. The fabrics are a mix of linen, cotton, and knits. The olive-lime-ish piece is net with black velvet dots that are scattered somewhat randomly. It's for an overlay but on what; I have no idea.





Shape Shape 2 contains a pattern for a combo A-line Skirt/Harem Pants that I've been admiring for a while. Sheri had sewn it and seeing it sewn was all it took to absolutely NEED to have the book. I bought Knit Your Socks On Straight not because I love knitting, or even wearing, hand knit socks but because I've tried every other sock knitting method and I wanted to try this one too. Just because. I was on the look out for Essentially Feminine Knits after seeing it at knit night just before I left. Not only is there an elegant and sophisticated poncho pattern but many of the sweaters have unusual lines and details and surprise backs.





The pattern is the Modern Silhouette Vest by Crossroads, part of Indygo Junction, Inc. I saw a model made up at Fabric of Vision and it was far more interesting in person than on the pattern cover. The rayon fabric is also from Fabric of Vision. One of my assignments from Diane in the coaching session was to find items that represented fluid to me. This fabric was one as...





... was this dress from the thrift store. Considering the size of the shoulder pads, it's most likely from the eighties. There was no label. I have no idea what size the garment is or the fabric content but it's a somewhat see-through knit with a flocked design. The bottom portion is long enough that I can cut it off and make a skirt from it and by adjusting the length from the top, the waist should work out.





Fluid to me was not just a movement, it's a flowing attitude of adjusting around the rocks and boulders of our lives and keeping on keeping on. This "charm" symbolized that for me.





And fluid is also about the evolution of our style which seems to be slightly behind the evolution of our personality and preferences. These three shrug pictures are from Sublime knitting books. The one above is more "prissy" like and conservative. This next one...





...is somewhat sassier with more flow and movement. It's less conservative and would be far more flattering on my figure. The third one...





... isn't necessarily the most flattering one but it represents the attitude I'm developing into of something just a little bit more unusual, less main stream, more individualized. Since the knot and the curved hemline would do great things for my bust, they might also minimize my tummy... or... sigh... I could exercise. SO much easier to knit.





I seem to have developed a fondness for thrift store furniture. This time it's not a chair, it's an end table. I bought this at Farmhouse Funk in Astoria which is on 10th and my car was parked on 14th. Luckily, it's quite light. The basket underneath was 40% off at Michaels. It has a lid which made it just perfect for...





... my yarn stash. I threw the black skeins on top, closed the lid, and pushed it under the end table. Together, the table and basket add warmth to the living room without adding visual clutter. That's another thing I learned on my vacation - that my house is perhaps a little too open and could use some warmer, more personal, and visually interesting things to look at. I'm working on that.





I picked up this doorknob at Vintage Hardware in Astoria. It's not vintage. You can order more. They only had one in stock so I brought it home to see what I think. The cupboards above my computer desk have six doorknobs. This adds personality so I may order five more.





The wind chime is currently hanging over the door to the studio and tinkles every time I walk by. I want to replace the purple net hanging cord with a silver chain and hang the chimes from the ceiling but not until I get wheels put on my work island and decide if I'm going to move the studio around. I don't want them to end up hanging in my face.

SO... that about covers it. I've talked about where I went, what I painted, what I learned and what I bought on my September vacation and now it's probably about time to move on to a new topic. Like getting to work in the studio. Thanks for sharing my holiday with me.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - invitations to a friend's home and the example of others

Change, even when it's for the good, can be frightening. But if you are going to transform your life through a journey to prosperity, you must try to learn to welcome change. 
- Edwene Gaines

15 comments:

  1. Love the Fabric Depot sticker! If I had one for my fabric cabinet, it would need to say "Warning: Contents under Pressure." ;-)

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    1. LOL - at this rate, things may reach that stage.

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  2. I laughed about your magic stash closet, just before I sighed with envy. Mine seems never to grow, but perhaps it will have a better chance when our construction is complete and I can finally move my art-projects stash into its own closet. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with those of us who couldn't be there.

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    1. Having a closet of its own is fabulous for the stash. Although it doesn't sound like it, the closet does help me manage accumulation because I don't allow myself to ooze. The yarn in the basket in the living room is the first time ever that I've stored a supply - other than the dyes and paints - in another room and as Howard said, it makes sense, you knit there. The paints in the laundry room with the sink make sense too. Hmm... is this justification - VBG.

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  3. I'm glad that you had a great time. It is a great feeling when the fabric collection fits into its storage space.

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    1. SUCH a surprise to actually find I had room to spare. Not at all what I expected.

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  4. Myrna, Myrna, you are a lady with a mission, no doubt about it! I have a large stash closet full and bursting with garment fabric. I keep buying it with plans to start sewing clothes again, so far I just keep accumulating fabric and patterns...... and quilting. (((smile))) I keep thinking 'when I loose weight' or 'when I find just the right ...whatever" and I refold the fabric and sit down at my long arm! I appreciate the candor in your posts, they illustrate a process which inspires those of us who are stalled in one creative area or another. That said, so glad you had a good time and returned home safely. If ever you are near Western Pa. give me a heads up!!!

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    1. Don't wait. Clothes are so much fun to sew and it's "just" a matter of figuring out which adjustments will work for you time to time. I know "just" encompasses a lot of learning but it truly is worth the journey. Start simple. Move on from there. YES YES. I'd love to visit you in Pa. If I go that way, I"ll definitely let you know and ditto, you're welcome to stop by here.

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  5. Waving across the pond at celkalee. Fabric - tick, patterns - tick, good intentions - tick.

    Still trying to get my head round the idea of buying more fabric and ending up with an extra four and a half feet of shelving :-)

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    1. Hey Sue, can you believe I sewed everything I wore for most of my life until the last 10 years. They I started quilting and whoosh, the clothing gene went right out the window!!! I only have time for one or the other!

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    2. LOL - it's a "magic" closet. I did take out the yarn so I'm sure that's part of it but also not all the piles were as tall as they could be so some got taller.

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  6. I havnt commented recenly but then i havnt felt the need.These days you are overflowing with inspiration and happiness.Do you go back and read your posts from when you were searching for your path and doubted your abilities.So im here just saying im so happy for you :)

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    1. I'm glad that what I'm writing is coming out bubbling. I'm trying really hard not to be dragged down by the stress of the mess of the rest of my life. While I wouldn't say I've found a path - especially in terms of earning income - I did decid to stop looking and concentrate on having fun and developing my skills. Apparently this is a good choice. I'm allowing the path to appear when and if... Thanks for caring.

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