Shopping Weekend

I went to visit my sister this weekend and went on a bit of a shopping spree! We hit the mall and our usual spots, and I also stopped in to her local Joanns. Even though most Joanns stores are pretty much the same, every once in a while I'll find one or two fabrics that either my store doesn't have or has sold out of.

The fabric on the left is a retro floral knit that I haven't seen at my store. The owl fabric is one I've used a lot in knit, but my store sold out of the woven print a long time ago. The print on the right just jumped out at me and made me think of Spring.

We also spent 4 hours at IKEA! I absolutely, positively LOVE IKEA. Among some of my finds there was this white polka dotted laminated fabric, something I didn't realize they carried. This will probably become a little lunch tote for my mom's birthday next month.

The best part of my shopping trip was picking up a few things to reorganize my sewing space. Here's my messy space before....

And here's after. I got a new bookcase to store fabric and some magazine files for patterns.....and did some cleaning.

I am totally in love with this little rail and container set I picked up for $5. It holds all my scissors and pens etc, and is at such a nice angle that it's easy to grab stuff and throw it back in. I almost wish I'd bought the longer rail and gotten more containers. Oh well, next time!

I also did a little lighting upgrade. I've been using this light that I bought from IKEA a while ago. Only problem is, it just plugs in, it doesn't have a switch. So I visited Home Depot today and bought a little switch you wire in yourself.
I contemplated waiting for my husband to come home, but that's not my style. I'm a jump in and do it (and maybe ruin it) kind of person. And I'm proud to say that I did it! Maybe not the best job....I think the wires aren't supposed to show on the ends, but hey, it works! I did tell my daughter to stand back the first time I plugged it in and tried to turn it on. I was fairly convinced it might blow up.

No more climbing under the desk to plug in my light!

Hope you had a good weekend!


  1. Love that fabric... perfect for spring. And your space is great; I can't wait till we move soon when I can have my very own sewing room.. yay! I am having a great giveaway on my blog right now of 5 sewing patterns. Come check it out at: http://sandysewz.blogspot.com/2011/03/one-good-turn-deserves-another-and-now.html

  2. Great minds think alike! Our Joann's DOES have that knit - I bought a yard of it for my stash about a week ago! :)

  3. I have a yard or so of the black and white polka-dot oilcloth from Ikea and it's awesome. I've used it for bibs, changing mats, and I have similar plans for a lunch tote.