Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happiness is...

Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my last post. It sure is an interesting topic - essentially how people communicate online and what is appropriate. I guess there are insensitive people in our everyday communities, but the internet allows for more anonymity than in other situations, so those people feel free to let their negativity out. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" seems apt here.

Anyway, on to more cheerful things :-)

Happiness is: (or was for me last Saturday)

• Hopping in the car by myself and heading off for a couple of hours. I love being with my kids, but a couple of weeks without any time alone takes its toll - and one of those weeks was solo parenting, so it felt like a lot longer!

• Going fabric shopping (what else? ;-) for supplies for my eagerly awaited Minoru Jacket pattern

• Finding a fabric for the outer that I'm happy with, after doing about 20 laps of my favourite fabric shop The Remnant Warehouse

• The lovely and extremely helpful sales assistant showing me to the remnant zipper boxes (3 for $1!)

• Looking for inspiration for contrasting zipper and top stitch colour (a la Very Purple Person's lovely version) and finding a gorgeous chartreuse coloured silver metal toothed open-ended (double opening!) zipper (OK, now being excited about that is really nerdy, I know)

• Finally finding an excuse to purchase some gorgeous, long-time coveted fabric (Amy Butler's Laurel Dots in cilantro) - for the jacket lining. The background colour works beautifully with the zipper and top stitching thread and the pale blue should pick up beautifully on the subtle texture of the exterior fabric. Ahh, don't you love it when it all comes together :-)

• Happily watching the lovely sales assistant measure said beautiful fabric and hearing that it's the end of roll so I get even more for my money, which will allow me to use it for the sleeve lining too!

• Waiting to pay for my goodies and learning that I'd qualified for a $20 discount on my loyalty card. Woo hoo!

Now I just hope that my sewing skills and patience will allow me to do the pattern justice, and that the vision in my head actually turns out looking good! It's always a gamble.

When I told the Mr and kids about my exciting afternoon, there was a pause then the Mr said "mummy doesn't get out much". True, but funny (and nice) how little things can make me happy :-)

There's nothing wrong with a grown woman hugging her fabric... is there?!


  1. Absolutely nothing wrong with hugging fabric!Especially that fabric! And I never knew The Remnant Warehouse existed, so was delighted to check it out. Thanks for the link.
    P.s a couple of hours child free of retail therapy equates to joy for me too.

  2. I cant wait to see the finsihed jacket. Its sure to look gorgeous with those fabric combinations.
    Mimi @ Vanilla Rose

  3. It's so great to have projects to eagerly anticipate.. all the very best. You deserve it for surviving school holidays... and a week solo at that!

    Your post about the pininterest comments reminded me of one that my sister posted about a while back - when craft turns mean. She had found a post on another's site which was a crocheted scarf and the comments turned feral - one which we forever joke about is the comment that likened the scarf to "clown's vomit". Now whenever we make something awful we joke, "at least it's not clown's vomit" .

    Reclaim those beads! Wear them loud and proud!

    I won't say "don't worry about what other's say" because that's not possible - occasionally I say something insensitive and it's good I feel bad about it - sometimes others say something that hurts my feelings and the hurt is something to live with.

    I am yet to have my pininterest moment - but it is coming, for sure. Someone will pin something like, "what not to sew" and "how not to wear it" for sure, and when that moment comes I'll feel deflated.

    But then I'll find some way to mock it and feel better pretty quickly ;)

  4. you're a braver woman than I am to tackle the minoru. But oh how I'd love to have it in my wardrobe. Can't wait to see yours


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