…and slowly back away

At today’s Scrapbooking Convention I saw a t-shirt that described me perfectly.  As the reigning queen of unfinished projects, I came home and thought “I am going to complete something today”.  Well, was I wrong!  I thought after my quick binding tutorial the other night from Megan, that I finally understood the concept.  I now have three huge seams to rip out and will be finishing the project by hand (as I know I should have done to begin with).  At that point I realized it was time to slowly back away from the sewing machine.  Lessons learned today include:

  1. If the sewing is going to show through on the front, sew on the front and not the back.
  2. Don’t machine sew what your gut tells you to hand sew despite the increased labor on what you thought would be a ‘simple’ project.
  3. Don’t go to the Scrapbooking Convention with cash, oh wait, that’s another subject!
Stitching Gone Wrong

Stitching Gone Wrong

Sock Monkey Fabric!

Sock Monkey Fabric!

Let me go back to the start of my day…I headed out to the Scrapbooking Convention and on the way there realized I was going to pass the 35th Ave Sew & Vac/Fabric World.  This store came recommended to me from a co-worker and it was like a fabric wonderland.  Definitely the largest selection of fabric I have seen to date and lots of examples to look at on the walls.  I left inspired thinking of Christmas & birthday presents.  Thankfully I managed to leave there with only ideas and a class schedule.

Next, was the main event, the Scrapbooking Convention out in Glendale.  My major purchase out there was a starting kit for photo mosaics.  I was very fascinated by this as to me it is a method for decorating the entire page in photos.

Christmas Tree Decorated with Brads

Christmas Tree Decorated with Brads

I picked up some adorable brads at the Eyelet Outlet, cute rub-ons from Melissa Frances and some clearance paper from Scrapbook Pal.  The best deals of the day though were at the Dollar Scrapbooking booth.  The line for this booth wrapped around itself and was definitely the post popular booth in the whole place.  I picked up several packs of brads, stickers and rub-ons.  Most items (not all) were only $1, it really was a great deal!

I was intrigued by the couple of vendors selling crafting furniture.  The one that really stood out to me was the Original Scrap Box.  The pieces there on display including were gorgeous.  When they are closed up, they look like real furniture.

After that, it was off to Joann’s to use a coupon and get some adhesive, but they did not have what I needed.  Next stop – Michael’s – and they had it and more.  Had a great coupon a co-worker gave me for their friends and family sale; which was 20% your entire purchase including sale items.  They had some great clearance card stock which will be useful for Operation Write Home cards!

After all this crafting excitement it was time to return home and work on something…

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2 Responses to …and slowly back away

  1. Megan says:

    Don’t back away! Once you master “stitching in the ditch” you’ll love it. And who wouldn’t love a technique with that illiteration…or rhyming…or whatever. I learned it from my college costume design professor and the world of sewing opened up. That and how to line a jacket “through the collar” which was amazing, but I never managed to get the hang of it.

  2. Valerie says:

    I’ll have to fight you for the right to wear the Queen t-shirt.

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