I decided that I deserved a "do-over" today.
I started with waffles and jam for breakfast. The jam was the last tablespoon of homemade plum-peach given to me by a wonderful friend. I'm not allowed to tell you who it is, but I will say that their name appears over on the left hand side. Talented in the studio and in the kitchen!
It was another beautiful day so I decided to take a field trip to a store in Northeast Minneapolis that I'd visited online but never in person, Crafty Planet. First I had to take the oath of "no more supplies" (left hand raised, right hand on any craft book) before I could get in the car.
I practically swooned when I walked in the door. Rows and rows of contemporary craft books, the most charming fabric I'd seen anywhere and gorgeous yarn. ("But you don't knit," you say! Except I do sometimes. Not often, but I can.) I found 2 bolts of fabric made up of repro hankies from the 30's and 40's...not just printed, but stitched together! Despite a gorgeous day outside, the shop was pretty busy and everyone was having so much fun. A woman looking at yarns told me that she had too many projects going on at once because she kept buying more yarn! Well, duh. Who wouldn't, if you lived nearby. Another woman was stocking up because she'd recently moved to Madison and couldn't find a good fabric store in her new hometown. The owner/clerk was very sympathetic and promised they could stay in touch through their online store.
I did cave in, but only just a little. I found a pad of transfer paper...paper that you can trace your own designs on and then iron them onto fabric to embroider. I refrained from buying any of the beautiful books or fabric. But of course, now the car knows the way over there.
I came home and decided to see if I could work with Blogger a bit to improve the look and positioning of my photos (thanks, Eero!). While online I was surfing around and found a new and wonderful blog, Green Chair Press. I love her letterpress broadsides, and she seems to organize her posts in a way that I can only envy. She's a very generous soul and has links to some great projects, advice and some supplies that I've been searching for everywhere! However, I will remember my oath of no new supplies and calmly bookmark the pages for further reference.
A wonderful day, but I still haven't decided on Hedi or Bruce.