Personally, I have dozens of vintage patterns. For me, it's not about the monetary value (I got most of them for $1.00 each at an antique shop) - it's about having something I love. I own nothing I don't love, and I own nothing that I don't use. Otherwise, what's the point? You become a slave to your possessions.
That being said, if my vintage patterns have already been cut, I use them as is. If they have not, I trace them. I also have vintage embroidery transfers. Again, I trace them (with a heat transfer pencil) to preserve the original sheets, many of which are so fragile they would fall apart if I even tried to use them. I hope someday my girls will love these patterns as much as I do, and then I will be able to pass them along to them.
Hah! I actually thought, "Huh. 12:01 isn't so late. I get to sleep in tomorrow. I should stay up to check." And then I envisioned myself sitting at the computer clicking the refresh button repetitively until something changed...
And THEN I envisioned myself with red-rimmed eyes trying to get the right breakfast to the right kiddo in the morning, swishing with facial toner, and putting salt in my coffee. Because I just don't do mornings. Ever.
85%~ That is a wonderful website you gave for the fabric store. Do you know anyone who has used their online shopping feature?
Sorry, no. My mom has called them looking for things, and said they were huge helps on the phone, but she never actually made a purchase. One of the employees was telling me that lots of clothing stylists and interior designers use it, though. She was mentioning some celebrity names, which was interesting. The place is clean, and has phenomenal fabric, but it looks kinda junky with handwritten signs everywhere and old fixtures. Not upscale at all, but I guess that's how they keep the prices so low.
I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that work doesn't drive elvissatx batty, so she can assign us earlier rather than later. Well, I guess I hope work isn't bad for her in any event... But I do have ulterior motives as well.
=) My husband has the day off on Monday, so he can watch the kids while I wander alone through the fabric store, soaking up ideas.
I can't wait to start deciding who to pair with who.
Just for curiosity's sake... What do you consider when deciding whom to pair with whom? Is it completely random, or do you use info from our questionnaires? (Sorry - my first swap so I am being nosy about all this...)