Art? Sewing? Retail? Mental Illness??

Here at the shop I'm pretty open about the fact that I have struggle with mental illness most of my life. One of my more recent break downs came to a crumbling halt when I went to go jump off the Bear Mountain Bridge. Crazy, I know! But mental illness doesn't make sense, mental illness doesn't care that you have customers to attend to. Meds that keep me calm enough to not jump in front of cars don't care that I also have to be able to do math and help people figure out yardage and stuff.

Erin the artist??

I had a whole long post about this. And I mean loooong. I decided to delete and start over because I was doing too much dancing around the topic. It was hitting a bit too close to home. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the blessing of meeting new people and invariably the topic of work comes up. Either indirectly or directly the other party in the conversation learns that I know how to put two pieces of fabric together. And lately these strangers have all used a word to describe me that I would have never ever in a million years used: Artist. 

Let's Talk About.... Home Decorating

Home decorating can be both fun and stressful... I mean going through all those books and trying to decide the best style of fabrics as well as color can be tricky. But there are plenty of resources available to you to help you choose the look and the colors you want for your home. Here are a few tips to help you when you come into the store to choose that perfect fabric!

Wrap and Zap Batting

Today I've decided to change it up a bit and do a little information on one of the newer products we have here at the store. Today I want to talk about Wrap and Zap batting. This batting is specifically designed for use in your projects that end up in the microwave. Things like those cute potato wraps or bowl cozies that are so easy and fun to make, especially as the holidays approach. The package comes with a free pattern to make a 'baked potato zapper' and since it is made of 100% cotton there is no more worries it will melt in the microwave!

My brown sparkly skirt

Several years ago a rep came into the store with all these fabric samples. There were linens and cottons and wools and all sorts of gorgeous swatches of fabric and Linda and I went CRAZY over them. The sad part is that some of them are still in the store today, still sitting on the shelf waiting for that perfect project to come along and be turned into something that will be enjoyed and loved.

The new summer wardrobe

​The new Simplicity patterns are in and I've been sewing up a storm. When I saw this pattern in the book I immediately fell in love. Of course it's one thing to fall in love with  a pattern- It's a whole other ball of yarn to actually get that perfect fabric and actually get it done. I took one quick walk around the store and this one fabric just caught my eye as 'the one':