Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mail Call #2 and a Request

Yep -- I do take requests -- if they're reasonable, and I'm able. But first let's wrap up the squishy goodies I got in the mail last week shall we?

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.

11 comments:

Felicia said...

LOL Oh my goodness! I think I need my sunglasses! Their teeth are so bright :) For some reason that really sticks in my head from watching their show as a kid. I LOVED the old Batman shows too!

Yes, I can't imagine trying to explain records or 45s! Thank you so much for sharing your childhood treasures with us. And you're pretty awesome to find the quilting connection :)

Samantha said...

you won at sew mama sew? I am sew jealous. Ouch, sorry! I really wanted to win the amy butler pattern last week!

And, LOVE the dolls! I have my had-to-get-it-or-I-would-die Cabbage Patch Kid, Valerie Cassandra, still in my bedroom to this day.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I love Donny and marie!!! Too cool!
Those giveaways were great, you are very lucky at present. Also, just a note-it can be a no-buy month if you buy stuff, put it on credit card, then pay the next month. No money changed hands in no-buy month!!! What a plan! Tracey

The Calico Cat said...

Oh my - I had Donnie & Marie too! & Holly Hobby... I have very few relics from my childhood though...

I want that new line of Heather Ross fabric too...

Carole said...

Congrads on winning! I love fun mail! Hey, Marie also has an embroidery machine and cards. When did she decide to become domesticated? Happy quilting!

Valerie said...

félicitations ! (I've never won anything !) the Heather Ross lightning bugs range is so cute ! I'm trying to make July& Aug two no-(fabric)-buy months... trying... but Tracey's idea sounds so... good !

Quilting Journey said...

If June is a 'no buy' month, then why in the world are you tempting fabric addicts with such beauties? You absolute temptress, you! Donny and Marie dolls??? Oh my gosh, somewhere we have some oldies but goodies stashed in our attic, but I doubt I would ever be seen again even if I could squeeze my way into it!

Judy said...

Thanks for trip down memory lane! As far as no-buy....isn't that like trying to stick to a diet when there is chocolate in the house? My reasoning (excuse) is that I will use it all - someday. :>)

Lisa D. said...

Wow, I somehow missed this post with your WINNINGS! Congrats, you got some cool stuff!

Kairle said...

Sorry I haven't been by in a while (I'm so far behind), but I just had to comment on Marie's quilting fabric line...

I happened to be in one of my LQSs a while back. There was just me and one other customer in the shop. It seemed pretty obvious that this woman was somewhat new to quilting because of some of the questions that she was asking the staff. I really wasn't paying much attention until I got up to the cash register and was a little surprised to find that this woman had left her Louis Vuitton bag sitting wide open on the counter. Of course, that piqued my curiousty so I looked up to see who the woman was. Sure enough...Marie Osmond.

I got a bit of a chuckle when I heard that she was launching a quilt fabric line. I know she does quite a bit of sewing, but I guess if you have a famous name you can design your own line of fabrics. lol!

Meredith said...

Wow did seeing Donnie and Maria bring back memories my first dark haired "barbie" doll. Takes me back to my childhood!