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fabrics on my wish list

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behind the scenes

 My inspiration board (which includes a Polaroid from our wedding and plastic deer)
Over the past few weeks, I've been working hard to organize my typically cluttered workspace--our spare room--so today, I thought I'd share a few pictures.  
I keep all of my aida cloth, buttons, felt, and hardware (like snaps and D-rings) in these drawers, which I picked up at a yard sale in middle or high school.
On top of the drawers is a spool rack made by my great-grandfather, who also made dollhouse furniture, as well as a Plain & Thimble sewing kit given to me by a friend.
On the wall above my sewing machine, I've hung a shower caddy, which I've loaded up with pretty fat quarters and scraps of fabric.
I also have embroidery hoops, a measuring tape, and a bag that I picked up at a market in San Antonio, which holds all of my knitting supplies, hanging from the caddy.
At any given time, I usually have a couple of projects going. Pictured above are blocks for a quilt that I'm working on (I'm using this Red Pepper Quilts tutorial), and pictured below are some French knot napkins in various stages, as well as the top of my little trees quilt, which I hope to finish this weekend.
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birthday goodies

For my birthday last Wednesday, my fabulous family and friends showered me with lots of fabric and crafty goodies.
I received more super cute fabric from Japan...
...a pack of coordinated fat quarters from CityCraft, my favorite fabric store in Dallas...
...pretty fabric, vintage buttons, and darling straight pins...
...a rotary cutter and mat...
...and a patchwork pin cushion and sewing tool holder to drape over the sofa armrest (made by my mom!).
All in all, it was an excellent birthday. Thank you, everyone, for the thoughtful gifts!
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christmas loot: fabric from japan

From my brother and sister-in-law, who live in Japan:
Four lovely yards of cotton fabric.
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