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jumping on the bandwagon

It’s that time of year again- time to shop for everyone you know and don’t forget to make it very obvious to others what you would like for Christmas. Here is my head start on gift ideas I might be partial to…
Get the detail on everything above and many other magnificent ideas at Wanelo.


And if you are in Utah (or have a relative who passes out buddy pass airline tickets and can get here this weekend) be sure to stop by the Beehive Bazaar Handmade Art and Craft– in it’s 9th year, it’s quite literally the best Utah has to offer in local handmade goods, and what it better than handmade? Nothing!

The best fabric shopping in the world

Just in case you’ve been really tied up in knots wondering if my sewing machine is still perched out on the sand, fully exposed to the salty elements, I’ll dispel your worries- here is the real sewing station- still fantastic but in closer proximity to a plug and a lot more shady.


Here is what I’ve gotten sewn- hardly anything, thanks to the call of the surf and sun… and aren’t you happy for me? I’m happy for myself, especially happy when I took a leave of absence to trip up to downtown LA  to one of my favorite places to fabric shop. ever.



Ahh, the garment district, a fabric lovers mecca. Michael Levine on Maple Ave. is pictured above, I think I was in there for at least 2 hours- it felt like 10 minutes. Not the cheapest store but its nice to have so much under one roof. For instance- I bought zippers at Michael Levine for about $1.35 each, then saw the same zippers around the corner for about .33 cents each. Same goes with fabric- if you are a super saver, shop around the neigborhood and negotiate prices as you go, Michael Levine doesn’t negotiate.


Alexander Henry prints- I always love.




Block after block of fabrics & trim- then- gowns, cheap clothing, shoes, suitcases, Angry Birds everything, taco and ice cream carts…





Here’s what I came home with: a few upholstery weights, canvas and linens.


And just a couple of cotton fabrics- filling in some gaps in the fabric stash and picking up a yard or two of prints I fancied.


In no particular order and not meant to go together…

What I really needed was zippers, belting, bias tape and all that little stuff I hate running out of and having to make a trip to the store. All stocked up now- HOORAY!


Of course now I’m sitting here thinking about that one other thing I should have grabbed… oh well, I think I’ll lay on the beach for a few more days and worry about it all later!