I forgot to mention this, and it actually seems like a freaky thing to be surprised by, but I am!
I picked blueberries on Friday at a little orchard north of Frederick. It's a tradition that we celebrate Independence Day by picking fruit (I guess cause my parents were off anyway that day). We picked cherries two or three weeks ago, but Friday was blueberry day. So I went and did that. Picked 5 pounds, which doesn't seem like a lot til you actually are rolling blueberries off the bush for an hour. Note to self: you are planting blueberry bushes at someone's house next spring.
Anyway, on the way home, in my continuing effort to conserve gas, I stopped at the huge Joanne's in Frederick (on the Golden Mile) to get the backing fabric for my stocking. And I walked around to see what they had. They don't have the best selection of stitchy stuff anymore, which made me a little sad. I used to find the best stuff there. Absolutely the best. Not so much anymore. So I went back to the fabric section to look around.
I wish I could sew. I think the one thing I would love to have in my wardrobe would be a sheath dress in a beautiful rich Chinese silk brocade. I think that would be the most lovely thing, very sophistocated. So of course I had to walk over and look at those, LOL. And the eyelets. OK, I looked at all the fabric. One of these days I won't be so fat and I can have dresses made, right?
I wanted to check to see if they had muslin for me to make some of those primitive stitchery patterns I bought recently. I think they would be kinda fun and different from my usual stitching. I had looked for some in the huge fabric store by work, G Street Fabrics, which I highly recommend if you love to sew because they stock couture fabrics, but they didn't have any that I could find.
Joannes had it. Lots of different shades. Lovely.
And they had the most beautiful fabrics suitable for finishing. I was in heaven. It was way better than a regular Joanne's--they only seem to stock current season fabrics--and the prices were reasonable. I stood, transfixed, by fall fabrics. Fall fabrics in July! Not only fall fabrics, but fall fabrics one could actually USE and they were PRETTY. Last year, when we were looking for supplies, I couldn't really find a lot that I liked, and here it was. I restrained myself and didn't buy any fabric . . . but I will. Oh, yes, I'll be back!