Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gratitude Contest Winner and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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


The approach of Thanksgiving always makes me think about how much I have in my life to be grateful for: 4 awesome kids who mostly get along, and whom I genuinely like; an incredible husband who is my rock; the ability to lose myself in creating and the time to do it; and the new opportunities that keep presenting themselves to me, and allow me to grow in the vocation I am passionate about--helping people create and appreciate aesthetics, teaching them techniques and skills to do so, and tickling their imagination. I am also incredibly appreciative for the support my online friends and customers (although often its hard to separate the two) have given me as I've made my way along the journey of opening and growing The Fabric Fairy--I seriously have the BEST customers.

What are you thankful for this year? Leave a comment sharing your thoughts, so we can all appreciate more of the often un-noticed miracles in life. The most thought provoking response provided by Tuesday, 11/24 will win a $20 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Let the swapping begin!

Give Handmade this Holiday Season!

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 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.
Don’t forget to include your return address and email for confirmation/mailing purposes!

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

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Karin Johnson from Madison! Karin won 1 yard of each of the Joel Dewberry fabrics that The Fabric Fairy carries! Wow... that is a total of 37 yards! I can not wait to see the fabulous creations from that!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Grand Opening

So little time, so much to do, but …the grand opening went off without a hitch! With limited time to execute upon returning from Quilt Market…I think I can safely say it was, all in all, a SUCCESS! It was such an amazing feeling for all of us at The Fabric Fairy to finally meet so many of our Madison area friends with whom we had only connected with online prior to this, as well as to meet new local sewers and crafters. We had people coming from as far away as neighboring states, and as close as down the street! I think the best part was seeing how excited everyone was when they walked in and saw our setup!

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!