The first mailbox goodie was this selection of lovely fat quarters from the ladies over at Blue Meadow Designs. These are from their Bohemian Rhapsody line of fabrics for RJR and the colors are just yummy. Not my usual fabric choices, but I can see having some serious fun playing with these.
The next bundle of fabric love came to me from Sew Mama Sew. It's a yard of a fun fabric from Heather Ross (Lightning Bugs collection by Free Spirit) that reminds me of my first two wheeler bike. Mine was a red and white Schwinn with a banana seat and a little basket. God I loved that thing. I rode it everywhere. Or at least that's what it seemed like. I've been in love with this line for ages, but just never got any of it. And now, she has a new line out with some really fantastic prints that I NEED to get. I sense another obsession coming on.
But wait. Didn't I declare that June was a no-buy month for myself? Didn't I say that I needed to work on (possibly even finish) a project or two before I could buy new fabrics? Did I break my vow? Nope. (ok, well, yes -- but that's the subject for a different post and happened last weekend -- there were extenuating circumstances is all I'm going to say right now). Nope, these two packages of fabric goodness were NOT the product of late night button clicking at online fabric stores (though nothing wrong with that at all). These goodies I WON! Totally free. WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The lovely ladies at Blue Moon had a giveaway on their blog. While I did NOT win the custom journal cover, they sent "consolation" prizes to those who had commented. What a consolation prize! Thanks Cori and Myra! (and btw -- you really should go check out their blog and site. They have some adorable patterns and photos hanging around). The wonderful fabric from Sew Mama Sew was another blog drawing win. These ladies have a drawing just about every week and give away fabrics, patterns, etc. I won a Free Fabric Friday giveaway that let me choose one yard of anything available in the online store. Do you know how hard it was for me to CHOOSE???? EEEEKKKK! They have such fun fabrics (and some great kitschy stitchery patterns too).
Ok, the commercial endorsement portion of my blog is now over (I realized I was gushing and beginning to sound like a paid advertisement -- but really, give me some free fabric I love and you will find me gushing all over the place). On to the request! Felicia over at Fluffy Flowers posted recently about her Holly Hobby doll from the 70's and asked about what childhood toys we kept tucked away. I mentioned two of my toys I have in boxes and she asked if I would post photos. So here they are...
She's a little bit country. He's a little bit rock-n-roll. And together they are a pure flashback to the 70's TV show "Donnie and Marie". Original costumes, though the shoes, socks (purple of course!) and microphones have long since been lost to the ravages of actually playing with my barbies! Also gone is the stage they came with (a "set" from the show) but I do think I still have the floppy black 45 (ah yes, 45's -- hard to explain these to young people these days when they don't understand records) with the song that came with the playset on it somewhere. I have nothing to PLAY it on mind you -- but I have the 45.I'm still looking for the Holly Hobby colorforms I mentioned Felicia -- but those are buried in a box that is rather deep in a closet I try not go into very often. (it's scary in there -- and well, there's lots of stuff. Stuff I should get rid of. Stuff I don't want to think about. You know. stuff). If I can find them -- I should also have my Batman set (based on the TV show I believe) and my Scooby Doo set as well -- I'll take pictures of all of them.
And lest you think that Donnie and Marie have NOTHING to do with quilting. Au contraire! As an FYI Marie Osmond is now a quilt fabric designer. The fabrics aren't my cup of tea, but they are kind of pretty. So there, I can connect this random bit of nostalgia to quilting. Phew.
Yet another long winded post, but I am done for the day. Have a great Tuesday and more soon -- projects to share, fabric to fess up to, all sorts of goodness.