Wow! Was that a fast week for everyone else? It was here--fast and busy. Whew!
For Thanksgiving we headed up to my parents' ranch two hours away. Because it's such a long drive, I've only been there once in the last 3 years, and paid dearly for it later, so it has been a while. The ranch used to belong to my grandparents and is now a corporation between my mother and her twin sister and their husbands, and is now up for sale, so there's been a great deal of cleaning and sorting. Since I haven't lived there in over 20 years, anything I wanted of mine I've long since brought home, but I did find an old box that belonged to my grandmother that always had spools and small toys in it when I was a kid. Some of the spools are wooden, so I brought that and will clean it up. Originally she used it to carry bottles for the twins when they traveled. It's just one of those things that is totally worthless but carries fond memories. My mother gave me these:
We came back Friday, stopping at Joann Fabrics in Ontario for the Black Friday sale. I'm not sure I've EVER shopped anywhere on Black Friday, but that store on Black Friday is less of a nightmare than the Boise store at any time, and I was hoping to find more of the white tulle (found) and the glittery leaf print (didn't find), I wanted to pick up a bolt of paper-backed fusible webbing while it was 60% off, and I still needed two black prints for the wall hanging pattern I bought in Victoria:
They had THE most beautiful completed one hanging up, and we both really liked it, but ever since then I've been trying to line up pieces and supplies for this thing. It's more complicated than anything I've ever made, so I'm buying fabric in full yards because I figure some of it is going to end up in the blender. I think I'll be set to go after the holidays though. The only thing I might not have by then is muslin because I have almost gone through my stash of it. I'm going on a crafting buying-ban again on January 1, but rather than scramble at the end of the month, I might make allowances for a new bolt of muslin (seriously a bolt--I use it for everything) when I need it. Or maybe I'll order one before the end of the year.
There has been a definite increase in the fabric stash this fall, which you can blame squarely on these:
I'm hoping to finish decorating today, so I'll have pictures soon, but I did have to show you this: