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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Treasures from Trip Home

Inspiring quote for today:
"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight." -Jim Rohn

I took a short trip to New Mexico this week to see Mom and Dad and had a great time with them.........and a bonus.....also got to visit a little with my Brother and Sister too.............

While I was there, I spirited my Mom away to visit the local second hand stores to see what fabric treasures we might find.................I can report that I made a fantastic buy!  I have been dissatisfied lately with the fabric I chose for my JustTakes2 quilt along.  I love the design and color but it isn't 100% cotton and I have been struggling when it comes time to press it......sometimes some of my hard work has literally MELTED when I have pressed it!  I got so discouraged that I just stopped and decided to change fabrics............well guess what?  I found the most PERFECT fabric!  ...............It is a violet, teal, and cream 100% cotton plaid by Kaufman and it matches my companion JustTakes2 fabric perfectly!  I got 13 yards of it for less than a dollar a yard!  So I will have enough for the backing too!  WooHoo!  See what you all think:

The fabric is scotch guarded but I think it will wash out..........anyway.........I am ready to start anew with JustTakes2!  (I'm a poet and don't know it!)

Ok next................we stopped at a "Dream Fabric Shop" in Ruidoso (No, that's not the real name.........it is really named Martha's Fabrics....LOL) and after I drooled for a good half hour......................well if you don't believe me, just look!  This is definitely a "drooling place"!






The good news is that Martha had some sale fabrics and I came away with a couple of half yard cuts of some dreamy picks.......(My Sis and I usually buy a half yard so each of us can have a fat quarter!)
Here is what I finally decided on at Marthas.....well I have been trying to NOT buy anymore fabric!   My stash is overflowing!  (Of course.....your stash NEVER has what you need for a project, right???)  So I am proud of myself because I only bought these two fabrics:


Pretty sweet, huh?

oh yeah.................and I also got some of that giant rick-rack to match the Kaufman print.....sorry but I just remembered that so I don't have a photo but you all know what I'm talking about.............
OH!  and for the last treasure..............on my way home I stopped at one more second hand store before I left town and found a fabulous plastic zip-loc back full of BUTTONS!  It was only $2!  There were a couple of real treasures in there........some huge white buttons I can use for throw pillows and some other pretty little things that who knows?  They might even make their way into one of Ida's giveaways!  Check it out:

Well it is just about time to wrap this post up but I did make out with one more little jewel.............Mom had a nice box of Merlot which I "tested" out while I was there.....you know, just to see if it was still ok............My Sis had taken it there last time she visited.......it isn't her favorite....and my Mom said (and I quote) "When you are my age and taking all this medication, you can't even drink a glass of wine anymore!   If you like it, just take it!"   So I made it home with some beautiful fabric, a bag full of vintage buttons, and some Merlot...............But MOST important..........I got to see my Mama and Daddy.................that is the best thing I got from this trip.............


.............................Ta ta For Now.....................

7 good friend(s) left a comment:

Cherie said...

Wow If they had shops like that over here...which the probably do in London...but I'm not in that area...I'd never leave. I'd say I was going out and not return home till like the shop closes. Great choices on the fabric. That shop really does look drool worthy!! =D

shez said...

lovely post and some great buys,well done.

Rachel said...

Great finds!!!

iluvmybugs said...

What fun!! A visit with family and some great shopping deals..TFS!
~Terry~

Josie McRazie said...

Holy Moses 13 yds of Kofman for less than a 1 a yd... I need to go where you went! What great finds! Oh and the parents always a bonus!! hehe

Hilachas said...

Wow! You've been busy re-doing your blog page. Looks fantastic. I KNOW you had a nice visit with Mama and Dad. They loved having you there too.

Hilachas said...

Yes! You did it. I like the way your mosaic banner looks :)