at the center of the Anti-Craft capital of the world
1. and still more buttons!, 2. Back Forty Quilting, Port Gibson, MS, 3. Fabric Crush, 4. spring fabrics and yarns
Ok, so that title is a bit of an exaggeration but fits in with my current mood. I'm cranky and feel like griping. I would kill to have an awesome, fully stocked fabric shop like the ones in the photos in my town. Twice this week my creative plans were dashed by the fact that unless you scrapbook, there are no places in my area to get proper sewing supplies or fabric! And it's only going to get worse. The local quilt shop just recently went out of business. The chicks who work in the fabric department of Hobby Lobby said they won't be carrying as much interfacing type stuff anymore, and Walmart has plans to do away with their fabric department altogether. Granted, Walmart's fabric department is pretty craptastic, but still. I take what I can get, ya know? Grrr. All I wanted was some Timtex/Peltex (out of stock at Walmart and no longer carried by the HobLob), elastic thread, and some grommets. I broke down and ordered the Peltex online but thought surely elastic thread was a commonplace sewing notion. Big fat NO. I got strange looks when I asked for it. Elastic thread. . . a mythical creature, who knew? Anyone else live in a sewing supply black hole? Do you just break down and order everything online and pay crazy shipping? For instance, I can get a spool of elastic thread online for about a $1.50, but the shipping is $4. Wha? I must start planning ahead. No more sewing on a whim.
So, why the big need for elastic thread? I have some shirts I want to refashion/reconstruct for myself and I really want to try Dana of Made's Summer Vacation Dress Tutorial. SO cute. Guess I'll be taking a road trip in the next few days. Yes, I have to drive at least 45 minutes to get to the closet Joann's. If I want to go to a cool ,hip, independently owned fabric shop, I have to drive at least 2 hours! That is a long way to go with a McScreamy toddler in tow. Trust me, I know because we tried that once. Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket while I'm in Georgia and that way, if I win, I can open my own fabric shop/studio!