Wednesday, March 14, 2012

joy in the mail


I've always loved getting packages in the mail. It does not matter a bit that they are packages I purchased for myself! It still makes me want to dance a jig when brown paper packages show up on my doorstep or in the mailbox. It's like magic. And let's just be honest, I'm so absentminded that the arrival of ordered items is still sometimes a surprise. Sad, but true.

You can see above that I purchased two colorways of my favorite design from Rashida's Washi fabric line. I love the whole fun look of the washi tape going this way and that, and I can really see it being sewn up into some cute clothes. Maybe a shirt for me. Speaking of shirts, are you getting geared up to sew yourself a spring top? I'm trying to work up the gumption. And also speaking of which, my fellow Atlantans, Ms. Spring Top Week herself will be at Whipstitch on the 23rd and 24th. I'm going to try to make it over there.


Continuing on with nice 'surprises' in the mail, I bought this pretty bias binding and this gently used copy of...this lovely book for which I do not have the title. Because I do not read Japanese. But if I had to name it, I'd call it Way Cool Lucky Happy Stitchy Felt Stuff. Since that is completely unhelpful, here's the ISBN:
ISBN978-4-579-11115-2

It may be out of print by now. I found both items at this lovely etsy shop (Hi, Jennifer!) and I'm so happy that she was willing to part with this book because I've been lusting after it since I found it at Robyn's house a few months ago. I spent quite a few minutes browsing the book at her dining table when I probably should have been concentrating on my friend who is moving to Brazil. But look at the pretty pretty pictures!





 And especially this little bag:

I dig all the bright, layered, embroidered felt shapes. So me. Besides opening packages tied up with string, I'm also working up a pattern for the Operation Incognito mustache kit, so hopefully that will be available soon.

11 comments:

  1. I have that same book....it is so beautiful isn't it. But damn I just haven't found the time to make any of the lovely projects.
    Amanda

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  2. that book could have been made by you - what a perfect find!

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  3. My favorite thigns: brown paper packages (tied up with string, but I'll take packing tape in a pinch, or always, lame no strings attached general rule of mailing stuff.... HA!) washi tape, felt, bakers twine.... all favorite things! I love that washi tape fabric, it will make the cutest anything!

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  4. Wow, that book is totally your style! It's wonderful! How do you find these things?! I also love your fabric, and that binding is to die for. Where did you get it? I'm like you. I forget I've ordered things, and it's a surprise to me when they come! LOL!

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  5. WOW! What a fun surprise! I came to see what your blog what up to & found some of my stuff in a pic!! I hope you love it & have fun sewing! :O)

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  6. that washi fabric is divine! there is some wonderful ideas in that japanese book too-- i love those!

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  7. Oooooh...love all your pretty purchases. I very much want to make that hanging vine/flower, felt thingy. And that fabric is really cute. May have to check it out.

    I keep feeling this vague panic arise in me over the fact that I only have two weeks to purchase and receive any crafty goodies. I'm overwhelmed, therefore stumped. You know me. What do I NEED???

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  8. Robyn, I'm afraid you are asking the impossible. You know me, I'm the one who packs a taffeta formal on a weekend trip to see my mom, just in case I'm invited to a state dinner. Seeing past clutter to the essentials is not my strength. In packing anyways. So I'd say buy one of everything, just in case. LOL.

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  9. Ooh I do so love that washi tape fabric too, and I've been seeing it absolutely everywhere! I may have to break down and get some...

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  10. I love receiving packages in the mail even if I'm the one who ordered them, too. There's just so much excitement they bring.
    Btw-As someone who does know Japanese, the book's main title (can't actually see the subtitle) is loosely translated to "Felt is Fun". There definitely seems to be a lot of fun felt projects in there:D

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  11. Haru, thank you! Now the mystery of the book title has been revealed. Because Felt IS Fun. Perfect.

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