Sunday, December 20, 2009
Maureen Winter, founder, designer, and seamstress-in-chief of Moes Monkeys, sent handmade jammies for all 4 of my kids out of Fabric Fairy fabric (matching monkey on pink for the three girls, and airplanes for my son)! Not only are these my kids fabric jammies and the ones they look for straight out of the laundry, but I loved them so much that this photo was the cover of our Christmas card this year! Thank you again, Maureen!!!
Speaking of monkeys, Christina Marrs of Little Sidekick on Etsy sent this beautiful monkey hat she crocheted. It was intended for Annie, the baby, but all of the girls insist on taking turns wearing it. :-) I should mention that they all like to wear it backwards for some reason, so I don't have a photo of it being worn facing the correct direction (you can check Christina's site for photos of the hat being worn the proper way), but I think you'll agree that it is absolutely adorable either way! Christina is also the extremely talented lead singer of the Asylum Street Spankers, and sent us a copy of their acclaimed children's album, Mommy Says No! If you haven't seen them perform, check them out on You Tube--you won't be disappointed--they put on an incredible show!
Last but not least, I have to tell you about an incredible teenager I have come to know who is the daughter of one of my dear customers. Christine Palmer made me a custom fairy emoticon (click here to see her sprinkle fairy dust) as a surprise after I commented that I liked the dancing bunny emoticon she had made for her mother. Christine is not only talented at making emoticons, she has also created several websites including one catering to homeschooled youth and one catering to siblings of autistic youth (her youngest sister is autistic), sews and sells waldorf dolls, and is an award winning essayist who is planning to attend college and get a degree in material science engineering! You are sew impressive Christine--may your future be filled with lots of lucky fairy dust!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Speaking of giving, I'm in the mood to give away fabric, so I thought a little contest might be fun. Reply to this post with the best handmade gift you have ever given or received. The 3 most original, interesting, unique entries will each win a $10 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy. :-) I can't wait to hear everyones stories!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tomorrow we are supposed to get a blizzard, and the whole family will be snowbound in the house together. Busy as I am these days, I am feeling a thrill at the prospect of the forced coziness. I have great plans for a jammy day, complete with holiday baking, candy making, crafting, and a bit of holiday sewing. For the first time, this year the kids are actually old enough to participate in a lot of these activities with me (well, some of them--my 16-month-old will be happily playing next to us). The enthusiasm is palpable around here among all of us, and hearing my kids brainstorm about the creative projects they want to undertake makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Speaking of firsts, The Fabric Fairy has begun stocking domestic quilting cottons alongside our famous ginormous knit collection. While we've had a selection of exquisite Asian and European cotton imports for quite a while, it wasn't until we visited Quilt Market this Fall that we were inspired to begin stocking some of the gorgeous domestic designer cottons we saw. Many of these new fabrics will be trickling in throughout the coming months, but I am excited to introduce some of our first groups.
Perhaps my favorite new collection of the season is Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson, which you can see in the background in the photo of Sandi and me from Quiltmarket. It is so evocative of everything that is fresh and sweet and carefree about spring blossoms and summer picnics in the meadow that even at this time of year, when I'm feeling so inspired by the creative rush of the holiday season, I feel sorely tempted to put it all aside and sew peasant tops, tiered skirts, and sundresses for my girls.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
You know, this was a really hard decision. There was clearly so much reflection and sincerity in each comment. I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond and who shared so openly. It is incredible how grateful and optimistic people are in the midst of such economically and personally difficult times. I really enjoyed reading all of these!
I had to pick one person though, so Samze, CONGRATULATIONS! You won the gift certificate! Please email your contact info to me at contact@thefabricfairydotcom, and I will get the certificate on its way to you in time for some holiday sewing. :-)
Everyone, a huge HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you!!! Enjoy the time with your families. We are having a fun feast here today in our household--I'll try to post some pictures later!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I love giving and receiving handmade items for the holidays, so I thought…let's do a handmade gift swap! Here’s the deal…All those interested in sending 10 personally handmade items will then receive 10 personally handmade items from other crafters/artists from across the U.S. How fun is that?! Here are the guidelines/rules:
- Send 10 items which fit in a flat rate ship box worth $10.45 to The Fabric Fairy, along with $10.45 payment for your return items by Friday, 11/27. Items should be valued at about $15 (market price, not cost of materials). If you're not sure what the market value of your item would be, you can ask friends what they would pay for it. ;)
- Along with your 10 items and payment for return shipping, (you can send the payment via paypal to email@example.com marked "personal"), please include a Wish List! What would you like us to keep an eye out for you?! We probably will not be able to meet all of your handmade desires, but if something comes along that you've been dying for, we'd like to make sure it ends up in your box!
- Once all of the items are received, I will sort through the holiday goodies and ship out your new gifts by Friday, 12/4.
I am sooooo excited to see everyone’s creative goodness! Feel free to include business cards to put in the packages as well!! Let the swapping begin!!
The Fabric Fairy
C/O Holiday Swap
5353 Maly Rd.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The party was in our new CREATE StudioLounge. With six shiny new sewing machines perched along the windowed wall, a sitting area w/couches (perfect for sorting through our enormous swatch collection and selecting fabrics, perusing one of the crafting books in our lending library while sipping tea, or just chatting with friends), a colorful children's play area, project tables, and shelves of tempting fabric, patterns and embellishments, its truly a treat for the senses!...THEN, we would take guests on a sneak peak tour of the back room where we cut and ship, and there were audible gasps! Yes, we have a thing for fabric, and we find it hard to say no to purchasing something we love!
It was an exciting day with TONS of yummy food (Sammy and Bethie were so excited that I brought home leftover of the chocolate covered strawberries!), a sewing project, an embroidery demonstration, a drawing for an ENORMOUS pile of fabric, and local artists-Prettifications and Storyline Design showing their original work and doing some demonstrations as well. I was thrilled to see that there was a lot of anticipation for the upcoming crafting and sewing Iessons and birthday parties. I'm pretty sure everyone went home and crashed…I know the PJ’s went on soon as I stepped foot in the door!Thank you to everyone who helped put the event together and to all of our new friends! We hope that you visit often, craft, sew, and lounge around with us!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Seriously, is this not ADORABLE!? Patty Young has inspired me once again with the Asian-inspired shirt and sewing pattern, Kyoko! http://www.thefabricfairy.com/index.php/retail/kyoko-boutique-sewing-pattern-for-modkid-by-patty-young.html Little bit funky but so so chic! I can’t wait to get on the sewing machine and try making these for my girls out of some of their favorite Japanese fabrics (although I love it so much in Patty's own fabrics that it is tempting just to replicate what she has done...).
What is also great about this pattern is that it is loose-fitting and no need for buttons, zippers or snaps. I am sure many of you can attest to a busy parent’s schedule…How efficient is this?! Pull it up, pull it over…let’s go!
Getting the pattern scoop from Patty Young at Quilt Market She was one of my first customers, and I am so proud of all that she has accomplished!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
First thing Saturday morning we hit the market show floor which, by the way, probably spanned at least a football field! It was HUGE!! Since this was our first market, we really didn't realize the scope until we arrived! We figured we would start at one end and methodically work our way through. Well, after only working our way through 5 aisles in 5 hours we realized we would have to move a little faster and stop oohing and aahing at everything we saw! It's hard though when everything is so saturated with color and is begging to be looked at and touched!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
While I was busy throwing heaps of fairy dust at our server, we also got in some great new nature inspired woven fabrics from Joel Dewberry, some polkas that pop, and some of the cuddliest animal prints!
I appreciate the way all of our friends took our situation with such understanding--I'm sew sorry if this gave you any headaches. Now we can all get back on track. Lets sew :)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
It began as a normal trip to Ikea, a simple 2 hour highway drive to a store that is right off of the highway.We left early, but not too early, calculating and planning so that we would avoid both Madison and Chicago rush hours. We figured (generously in our minds) 2 hours for the trip down, 3 hours for shopping, and 2 hours for the return trip, putting us back home mid afternoon.
About 20 minutes into our trip, it began to pour. I'm talking a torrential downpour complete with gusty winds. This continued for our entire drive, letting up only occasionally for a few minutes. Once in Illinois, construction started, which apparently drives somepeople insane because they were taking god-awful risks to advance one car length. Nearing out turn-off, we found out that our exit was closed due to flooding. No, it had just happened, so of course there weren't any detour signs. We waved at the store, aware that we were going further and further away from our destinationm and unsure of how to correct the situation. We tried to turn around at the Oasis, a rest stop that is pretty close down the highway. No dice--we could only go back onto the highway going the same direction. Finally, we decided to turn around at Ohare airport, which we knew had to have an exit ramp back onto the Northbound highway. Well, apparently, it is the access road that is marked (and we didn't know it was the access road) rather than the highway itself. We ended up taking a lovely 2 hour tour of the local streets surrounding the airport, then using a compass, made our way back to road that the store was located on (we gave up asking for directions after the second person steered us the wrong way).
As luck would have it, the sky was clearing and sunny as we entered the parking lot. As Murphy's Law would have it, the storm reappeared at the exact moment that we had gotten out of the car and started walking (did I mention that I had my 10 month old baby with me in a sling?). Wet, exhausted, hungry, and, um, wet, we rested for a little while, than shopped. Ikea is a lovely store, and I hope to return there one day when I get my guts up again for the drive.
A few hours later as we were about to start checking out with our four carts, the lights went out. They did go back on again about a minute later, but I truly lived in dread of the implications of being unable to make my purchases after 10 hours of heinous effort. We celebrated as the lights came back on.
Our celebration was short lived however. About 10 minutes later, as we were exactly half way through checking out, the front end manager rushed over. Apparently, there was more water than the room could handle, and it was about to start raining down right on top of where we were standing. Seriously.
Attempting to get back on to the highway in a torrential downpour at night with the roads still closed was another hour-long feat in and of itself, but I am honestly too exhausted (and if you have made it this far, you have been incredibly patient--thank you for letting me vent) to go into much detail. Suffice to say, we got home at 11:30 at night.
As I took my contacts out before bed, I breathed a sigh of relief that my incredibly tired eyes could rest after all the strain while I was driving (Debi navigated). I couldn't remember the last time I had put them through so much. The next day I woke up with pink eye in both eyes and the flu.
I did have some good scores though, so maybe it was all worth it...
Monday, June 15, 2009
Can you guess what it is?
Hint #1 is that it has to do with change.
This photo is a hint #2. :-)
Hint #3 is that we are having a sale, 15% off of everything in our store, now through Tuesday, June 23rd.
The first person to post here with the correct guess receives a surprise box of yummy fabric!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
To celebrate, I'm having a contest! Submit photos of Elephants on Parade in sewn up, and the most original project wins a $15 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy! Entries are due July 31, 2009.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
In our Mother's Day newsletter, in addition to our sale on all fabric in the Mamas Deserve Yummy Fabric Too category, we announced our contest for best garment made out of fabric from this category. Congratulations to Cheryl Bush for her stylish, flattering, and immaculately sewn maternity dress created from Tea Dot Flower Cotton Lycra Knit Fabric! Cheryl wins a $25.00 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy. Coming in as close runners up were Ally Gillotte with her Floral Fantasy nursing dress, and Stacy Schlyler with her Simply Summer Cotton Interlock blouse. These ladies will each receive $5.00 gift certificates to The Fabric Fairy.
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. This was our first contest, and we were testing the waters a bit. We had so much fun with it though, that we will be making these a regular event!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm not quite sure yet where I'll be going with this blog, and I'm okay with that. It may end up being a melange of projects, games, giveaways, contests, tutorials, fabric news, swaps, etc. It may end up being my way of sharing with you bits of my undertakings and adventures. Bookmark The Handmade Muse, subscribe to the RSS feed, and find out!