I did some fabric shopping over the weekend. To my surprise there was a sale going on at the Fabric Warehouse: 40% off ALL fabrics! How lucky! I'm not sure if you are familiar with what a Fabric Warehouse looks like, but it is appropriately named. At least the fabric warehouses that I know of... they really look like warehouses! There are a few of them in my area. Sometimes I have to walk down a scary alley behind a parking lot or walk down a mysterious dark staircase! I always get an unwelcome feeling. A prickly feeling that I'm-not-supposed-to-be-here-because-there-are-bad-guys-waiting-in-the-bushes feeling! But once inside, I feel safe because there are always other customers. Most of them look like humble grandmas. If the warehouse is safe enough for grandma, than its safe enough for me! *Whew* this is an adventure in itself!
Fabric warehouses are huge! Inside, you'll see massive aisles of fabric. Stacks and stacks of fabric. Then then gigantic shelves filled with rolls of fabric. There is always a huge selection and best of all, the prices are very reasonable.
Because the sale was already a massive discount, they weren't cutting 'remnant fabrics'. This is how I ended up with so much fabric; I had to buy everything as is. Normally I buy one yard to make a small batch of rice dolls. With the sale I ended up with almost three yards of each fabric. This is ok because it saves me from going back to the scary warehouse and now I'm set for the Winter.
Two lucky things happened at the warehouse! I ran out of the aqua color for Boo-Boo Bear Rice Dolls. After some digging (yes, sometimes you have to dig!) I found the EXACT fabric for Boo-Boo Bear! It may not seem like a big deal to you, but when I go to the fabric warehouse, I NEVER find the same fabric twice!! It is impossible to source a fabric once its gone! I bought the original Boo Boo Bear fabric months ago and returned a few times to replace it with no luck. I guess that was my lucky day! The second lucky thing is that I finally found an adequate substitute for Mischief Kitten. The fabric is soft and cozy and almost identical to the stash that I had just finished. The color is a little darker than before, and I kind of prefer this :)
I have a couple of ideas for my Etsy shop and I here's a hint about the "secret":
What I find strange about my ideas is that a lot of them come to me while I am fabric shopping. Two things happen simultaneously.
1. I have an animal database in my brain.
2. When I see a unique fabric color, it activates the animal database and the fabric speaks to me, telling me what critter must be created.
I know it sounds crazy, but its true! Its like how ideas sometimes come to you from dreams :)
I am going to be very busy for the next couple of weeks. I will be involved with two craft shows in December! I'll be sure to let you know all the details!
That's all for now!