I started off this morning by cleaning off my desk. (Finally, right?) It was such a cluttered mess that I just couldn't even think about sewing on it when it was covered like that. I didn't manage to get everything put away since there's still several things that are without homes, but I got a lot of things that I had been neglecting to put away back to where they belong. I also ended up sticking Joe and Cindy Sad Eyes back on the bookshelf. I do plan on working on their outfits some more, but since they're not getting working on at the moment I might as well put them somewhere else until I come back to them.
But even with my desk clean(er) I didn't start sewing. Instead I went out again. I'm going through another one of those phases where I get the chance to go out a lot and do so. I even hit up all of the thrift stores even though I had just been there yesterday. I actually had an excuse for going to the Salvation Army. My dad bought a DVD from there yesterday and when we were home he found out the case was empty. So we needed to go and try to return it, I had no excuses for the other two stores.
We were able to return the DVD for store credit, which was quickly spent again. I didn't find a whole lot there (no shock since I had been there yesterday), but I did find this spool of ribbon. I believe it's from the seventies. What's interesting about it is it's a spool of ribbon designed like cheater cloth for quilting. The "fabric squares" are tiny, and should work for Barbie. I thought it would be cute for a 70's era dress, but my mom suggested that it might work for Barbie quilts. I don't think any of it was ever used. I had to take out the original staple holding the ribbon together, and it unrolls to six feet which is the length it came new. So I got brand new vintage ribbon! It is a little stiff, so I'm going to try soaking a bit to see if that helps soften it. I also picked up another book for my mother, and a board game for her, both for Christmas. I only spent 2.50 for all of that, and that was the only thing I got from any of the thrift stores.
I also hit up Hobby Lobby again. I was actually going in there for a totally frivolous reason (but then, I kind of always am). They have a small Cinderella cross stitch ornament type things. I don't cross stitch, but my Mom does, and she said she would make it for me. I was going to buy it yesterday, but decided to use the coupon on the green thread instead. So I was going to buy it today, but when examining it, I saw that you could get either Cinderella or the Prince, and it looked like they came out of a bigger design. And sure enough looking to the right and up, there it was. It was a bigger image of both of them. It was also a lot more complicated and expensive. I decided that if I was going to buy one it would be the bigger one. But I didn't buy it today, it's one thing to agree to making something that's 2X2 inches, it's another to do one that's 5X7. So I needed to ask my mom if she was willing to make the more complicated version. Also this one was a lot more expensive and I wanted to wait until it was on sale on it's own.
So I wandered around for a bit after deciding that. Did you know the Christmas fabric I bought yesterday was now gone? I knew that there wasn't much left when I got some but I wasn't expecting it to be totally gone. I even checked the remnant section to see if there was any there, and there wasn't. I almost got out of there empty handed but then I found it. They brought back their clearance section! I bemoaned the loss of it a couple months ago, but found I made less impulse buys when it was gone, but it was not meant to be. And of course I just had to look at everything that was there... and buy some of it!
Now, I almost walked away except that had something I actually needed, and once I had plans for that the flood gated were opened. In the clearance section they had some khaki fabric. I wanted this a while ago to make a pair of pants for Joe, but it was like nine dollars a yard, way too much to spend on the dolls. Now they had it for five dollars a yard, a much better price, but I still only got half a yard. I also picked up a half yard of this sailor looking fabric. I've been eying this fabric for a while now, but couldn't justify getting any at it's original price. Again it was marked down to 5 dollars a yard, so I decided to get it now. Hopefully a project will come around for it. I also picked up a total impulse fabric. It's kind of Mod looking with it's bright colors and flowers, this was the cheapest at 2.50 a yard. Again I only got a half yard. Not sure what to do with this one, but felt maybe I could use it for something. I also ended up using the coupon again for more thread. I don't have any thread to use for the khaki pants and I didn't want to make them with thread that didn't match. So I bought some that did. Funny story, the thread that was named khaki wasn't even a close match to the fabric, it was much too green. "Buff" ended up being the right color for it, which was weird. I guess khaki is different colors depending on the company.