26 May 2007

Textile Sale Goods!



I hopped the Go Train to Toronto yesterday (about 45 min ride into the city) to attend the annual Textile Yardage Sale at the Textile Museum. I've attended about 5 years now and i have to tell you it is an awesome event. Where else can you peruse literally hundreds upon hundreds of fabric swatches, rolls and scads of buttons, trims, vintage items, books, wool and yarn, patterns, craft stuff, sewing notions , whilst having fabric snatched out of your hand, getting pinned to a table with five rows of women behind you trying to get a peek at the goodies, not to mention getting elbowed, feet crushed, smelling somebodies unwashed hair in front of you, then lining up with hordes of women carrying overflowing armloads of treasures in the checkout line.


Let me tell you it ain't easy getting stuff without getting bruises and squashed toes. Next year i think i'll wear football gear and steel boots. ACK! But really, I do enjoy scoring neat stuff that will inspire to start sewing again. I've been so distracted with gardening lately, i've been ignoring my poor lonely sewing machine.......
so what do i plan to do with my new stash you ask?

use this bright and cheerful striped canvas to make cute summer bags, maybe nautical themed stencils printed over top......


these funky cherry and daisy pieces will make cute pockets for my bags or perhaps some cute change purses...



these are perfect for fall bags..........



scored some cute vintage buttons and an acrylic spool holder, i think.....could possibly hold rings too.


this embroidered vintage linen will look so cute on my dresser after i press it abit...


pretty pink satin ribbon...


i found 4 sewing and craft books...these two both have 'simple' in the titles, i likee that!

these have lots of cute projects...


I then dragged my loot over to City Hall area where there is a huge fountain and lots of tourists and a stage, where tap dancers, young and old, were entertaining folks in colorful glittery costumes, the colors intensified in the blazing sun...it was muggy and hot!!! After 10 minutes sitting and watching cute pixieish little girls vigourously tapping away with permasmiles, and with no protection, spf or hat or umbrella i spotted a Starbucks nearby and thought i would treat myself to a yummy overpriced frappacino for my parched mouth. OH MY....you must go and get yourself an Orange Mocha frap!!!! It is the most delicious concoction, creamy chocolatey orange cold and deeeeelicious...and they top it with whipped cream( 1000 calories, me thinks) and that was my lunch people!! I practically needed to take out a mortgage, who thinks i'm right? Yes, they are pricey but a must in the summer months. Next time no whipped cream, since my pants are getting tighter! So i caught an early train back to beat the crowded commuter trains, even though it would have been nice stay longer...but i was all shopped out anyway and was anxious to start some new projects....i will post about soon!

9 comments:

Vanessa V said...

You are a girl after my own heart!! Love it all, especially the striped and the buttons! I just love stripes! And I love that you drank a 1000+ calorie drink! You are the best! I hate getting squished and stepped on too.. But it wsa worth it...And, so glad you stopped to enjoy the glittered dancers!! xxxxoooo

saffron said...

Oh! Too much fun!! Lucky you! I look forward to seeing your creations.

And I also envy your ferns in the post from your Victoria Day. It looks so lovely up there in the green climate!

Have a wonderful Day/Evening!
-saffron

Steph said...

Oh, I love shopping for supplies! Can't wait to see what you do with all your new goodies.

diane said...

ooo everything you bought is so lovely! have fun with all of that great fabric!

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

That would have been fun! Love that embroidered linen too. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it all. Great Victoria Day pics!

tea
xo

diane said...

oh, and i lived in midtown manhattan- so perfect! but now i'll be moving to another borough of new york city- Queens

tatjana said...

Oh no! I had no idea! But I prolly shouldn't be buying fabric now anyway :D I love everything you found, but especially the buttons! Can I go with you next year? ;)

Tricia said...

of course tatjana! that would be fun!

Marisa said...

Good words.

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