hey guys. My car's battery died so I have some time to kill while it charges up. I didn't get to craft at all this weekend because we had family visiting... I thought it was next weekend! Anyway we went to the Grand Canyon and I forgot sunscreen, so now I'M the lobsterchicky!
My favorite crafting medium is sewing - you can do so much with fabric! Clothes, purses, quilts, more purses... plus you can fix things like holey seat cushions, ripped jeans, fraying towels... yay sewing!
Unfortunately, my least favorite crafting medium is also... sewing. Mostly because I've never had a really awesome, never-fail sewing machine. I'm actually on my fourth hand-me-down machine... the first one was my mom's from when she was in high school! The second was a used one we picked up in a thrift store that used to be attached to a table. It weighed like 500 pounds! It was too heavy to move when I went to grad school, so I got another used one off craigslist. I couldn't figure out how to thread the damn thing for the life of me, so I called Singer to get a manual. After numerous frustrating phone calls (they told me it wasn't a Singer, the serial numbers didn't match or something, I wanted to strangle them because it said SINGER on it in huge red letters), we finally figured out that it was a CANADIAN Singer sewing machine, and I finally got the stupid manual (in English and French). But, I had to sell it when I moved to France for a year. So, I picked up my current machine just a few weeks ago (also from craigslist) from a lady who turned out to live less than half a mile away from me (I can actually see her house from my backyard)! Phew!
One of these days I'll plunk down the cash for a real, solid machine, but for now my 1983 Singer is doing okay.
best part of crafting: eating granola. (i friggin' love granola, like whoa. and i tend to make it whenever i craft. so, i have basically been swimming in granola. not to mention i made some to take my needle club last night, but i forgot it. so i have extra amounts of g-nola. whooo!)
worst part: getting fat from eating granola.
OMG I am eating granola RIGHT NOW.
In other news, my "medium" project for vegiegirl is coming along nicely. I'm taking my time with it because I want it to be really nice. I have awesome ideas all lined up for the "small" projects, it's so hard not to start working on them all at once!
yeah Michael's and Joanne's are right next to each other where I live, too... I've never liked Michael's, something about being overwhelmed with fake flowers. Our Joanne's is pretty nice, they have a good fabric selection and the people that work there are cool. There's also a local place that specializes in quilts. I really want to support small business and shop there, but his prices are just too expensive! I was in the market for a rotary cutter a few weeks ago and his were almost twice as expensive as Joanne's, even on sale!
I didn't know WalMart had a craft section until recently... but I hate WalMart. It's not that I feel guilty shopping there ('cause I shop at Target too and they're not so different in the eyes of Michael Moore lol), it's just that it's too big and crowded. I can never find what I need without walking all over the store 4 times, and then you get to the checkout and there's inevitably someone ahead of me in line trying to buy 400 bags of diapers or something... so yeah. Go Joannes!
well I just put the zipper in my dress, and guess what? The damn thing's too small! Well, at least that means I don't have to finish the hem!! I'm too lazy to try to fix it, so it's probably just going to sit in my closet for N years until I get tired of it and turn it into tea towels or something.
But that's means I'm now free to craft for the swap! I followed the craftster advice... just start cutting.
I was at Joanne's today (between Michael's and Joanne's, which do you prefer?) and I just saw great thing after great thing... gotta get back to my sewing machine!