Sunday 31 August 2014

Retail Therapy

So to say that August has been a busy month is a little bit of an understatement. You may have heard me go on about it before. Or not, seeing as I seem to never be blogging these days.

Weddings, church responsibilities, vacations- that are more exhausting than relaxing- and buying a house have happened this month. Add to that facing the reality of going back to work at a high needs school after a maternity leave. And teaching a grade I've never taught before.

Second graders know nothing- like literally nothing.  I asked one of the them during our dinosaur research how tall their dinosaur was and they replied 21 cm. They had measured the picture of the dinosaur in the book! Not quite what I was looking for, but I guess at least they can use a ruler and measure. You have to find the silver linings whenever and whenever you can.

In lieu of no sewing to ease the stress of the day, I have taken to a little late night retail therapy to soothe my frazzled brain.

It felt so good, it might have gotten a little out of hand. But who can resist Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi or Cotton and Steel? I may have more coming. Ok, I do have more coming.

And all of a sudden I decided that I needed ribbons. I don't regret that buy though. They are pretty. Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner and Tula Pink. Now I just need to find something to use them on...

And then like some drunken night of adventure, I have no idea how Micheal Miller gnomes and children sucking lollipops ended up in my cart. I must have thought it was a good idea at the time...

I also stopped by a quilt shop that I had never been to before and found some great Tula Pink, Urban Mod by Art Gallery Fabrics and Frippery by Thomas Knauer. I'm slightly in love with the Thomas Knauer.

The lady who was cutting my material suggested that I get a babysitter the next time I came in so I could browse without the companionship of my sons, who were slightly terrorizing the place. I didn't know if I should be offended that she was trying to get rid of my sons or acknowledge that it might be a great, if not expensive, idea.

I also stocked up on some Essex linen. And of course the boys found some fabric that they wanted. Super heroes- anyone surprised?

Hopefully, as things calm down, people get back to school and everyone gets back into a routine of sorts, all the buying will eventually translate into making!
Until then retail therapy!

Linking up, because I actually have something to show!

Molli Sparkles


  1. Ha ha for those gnomes and lollipos.

  2. I love that aqua, with the tiny triangles, lines and dots. Lush! Hope life settles down for you soon, schools just about to start here, and I'm not looking forward to it - summer might not bee good for getting sewing done, but it sure is fun.

  3. Oh dear, good luck with second graders. I have a good friend who just switched from 2nd to 4th and she's a bit nervous about a new grade level, too. The retail therapy looks great. I am really attracted to the arrows. :)

  4. Those ribbons would make a beautiful lanyard... I usually have one around my neck at school for my USB drive. Keeps me from losing it! And I'm very jealous of your Cotton & Steel arrows... that seems to be the one print from that collection that I keep coming back to when fabric ogling!

  5. I love the logic of the literal kid!
    I think if I were teaching second graders, it would end up with real drunken nights! I don't know how teachers do it.
    I get the superheroes fabric. One of my proudest aunty moments was getting my nephews superhero costumes for Christmas. LOTS of negotiation was needed to encourage them not to wear them to church on Christmas Day.

  6. I love Frippery. It was was one of the first fabric collections I bought and I still have a half yard bundle awaiting a project!


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