Friday, November 1, 2013

Shopping Therapy!

It's been a while since I did some serious, quilting-related shopping.  Well I certainly put an end to that yesterday!

After we dropped Ollie off at the doggie beauty shop, Mr. Painted Quilt played chauffeur and took me to several of my favorite shops.

I shopped...



and shopped...



and shopped some more.




Would you be able to pass these by?



Me either!

And what about these?



And look what was waiting for me in our mail box when we arrived back at home.  This glorious fat quarter bundle of Mid Winter Reds by Minick & Simpson for Moda arrived in my mailbox yesterday as well.


I have the P-E-R-F-E-C-T project in mind for them.



These patterns arrived earlier in the week.  I just love Silver Thimble designs.



My friend Darlene's new quilt shop opened today.  She gifted me with this Moda bag which will see a lot of use in the upcoming months as I travel back and forth to her shop for some "sit-and-sew" sessions with sewing friends.





Because she has been so busy working at getting her shop ready to open, I am making this little wool pincushion sample for one of her upcoming workshops.




 Here's Ollie today...the day after his beauty treatment.  He's grubby already!


I tried to stay clean...honest!
And look what the groomer gave him...a red crystal earring!  

We just about freaked until she told us that it was affixed with a non-toxic children's glue and will probably fall off in a couple of days.

Pretty spiffy, huh?



Happy stitching! 

41 comments:

Francis Gortmaker said...

Happy sewing! Good choice, I love that fabric!

Candace said...

You'll be sewing up a storm inside while the storm rages outside, Kaaren! Ollie is one cool dude with his boy earring!
Cheers!

Karen said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to see what you do with all those fabrics Kaaren! Good for you. Give Ollie a pat on the head - cool guy!

Pat said...

I don't know which I like the most Ollie's earring or your fabrics. LOL.

Really do like the fabrics. Daisy is waving hi at Ollie.

tink's mom said...

What fun you've had. Can't wait to see the end results of this spree. Ollie is always adorable no matter what.

Gayle said...

Oh MY! You are a consummate shopper and I envy all your new purchases! Every one of them is so yummy!

brandy1 said...

The fabrics are lovely.Patting and stroking them is therapy in itself let alone the wonderful colours. Loved Ollie's earring, adorable. We had a poodle and when he was groomed came back looking so beautiful with green bows above his lovely long ears. Didn't matter that he was a boy.The looks he gave us when we arrived to bring him home cracked me up, the desperateness of "get these stupid things out of my hair" look. We didn't take them out, he shook and shook his head'til they fell out. Will always remember that.Shirley N.Z.

Janet O. said...

I could use you as my personal shopper, for sure!! You know how to find the goodies! : )
I actually have that little pincushion kit, just haven't got it made, yet.
Oh, Ollie is stunning bejeweled. That is too funny!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Great stash haul--love it all. Poor Ollie-it's hard for a guy to stay clean

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Ollie's story made me giggle! We had a cat who would pick up fleas in the summer when we would go to our cottage. I would have to give him a flea bath. He was very good about letting me bathe him although he looked like a drowned rat. Afterwards we would towel dry him and fluff his fur a bit. He would be so pretty - orange and white tabby. The kids would let him outside where he would promptly roll in the dirt and be absolutely filthy! grrr... The kids thought it was hysterical but the dang cat did it every single time!

Merilyn said...

A little bit of fabric acquisition is always good for a quilter's soul!!!!! I especially like the fabric with the feathers on it in the first photo - you couldn't tell me what line that comes from?
Ollie always looks very cute after he's been to the beauty parlor! Love the little pincushion project too, one day I'll have to try wool applique, I love the results and extra embellishments people do on them!! Have a lovely weekend!!!!!

Louise said...

You made some beautiful selections. What fun...and check out that Ollie sporting a bit of bling!

Sheila said...

Wonderful fabrics , I am sure you will create something lovely with this selection . Ollie looks pretty cute with his earring .

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Look at all that yummy fabric!!!! Yea! YOU!

Robin said...

Kaaren: Thanks for the pictures of Ollie with your fabric addiction. After following your blog for the past couple of years and being without a dog for the past year, you and Ollie were an encouragement to adopt a rescue Westie about a month ago. She is 4 years old and truly a wonderful addition for us. Monday she will get her beauty treatment. Enjoy your weekend and thanks again for all you do. I love your blog.

WoolenSails said...

fabric shopping is the best therapy and you got some beautiful fabrics and patterns. I do have some of the blue minis, will be fun to make a doll quilt with. I love the snowman and stars pincushion, still have left over money so I will see if they have that in the ebay shop.

Debbie

Sherry said...

Oh, I love fabric shopping therapy. Just seeing your fabrics was therapy for me. I will be doing some shopping next week, can't wait. Ollie's earring is pretty cute,

Diane said...

what great things you got there! nothing like stocking up! Ollie certainly looks dapper. I know Otis is going to want some ear bling when he goes in for his spa treatment in a week or so--have to get him beautified for the holidays!!

Lesley said...

You sure have some great fabrics and patterns here! Will look forward to seeing what you do with them!

Kris said...

Wow, what a haul you and Mr. Painted Quilt made!! Great choices too!! And Ollie is so cute, whether clean or not, red earring or not!! :-)) Have fun sewing and sewing and sewing!!

Pam in IL said...

Ahh, nothing better than retail therapy and it looks like you had some great therapy! That wool pincushion you're working on is so cute.

Ollie is so adorable!

Maureen said...

A great shopping trip! You have such a great eye for fabrics. And, you certainly deserve the shopping trip. Have fun sewing.

Darlene said...

Oh, you had a wonderful day. Shopping therapy is always a very good thing.

Ollie is a dapper dude. :-)

Susannah said...

Hi Kaaren, Hope you are feeling better each and every day. I love your fabrics. What beautiful colors that go together so well, I keep wondering what pattern you will use. Well, I will just have to wait and see. Have fun and enjoy all of your sewing.

Did you know that I received a brand new sewing machine last spring and have hardly used it because I had a "trigger thumb" on my right hand and now I have it on my left thumb. Another surgery again next Friday.

Have a spectacular weekend!

Susannah

margaret said...

what a wonderful spend you had!!

Elizabeth said...

You pick the loveliest fabrics and such fun patterns, I wish I lived nearer to your quilt shop as it is just my style. Love the snowman pin cushion, such fun and very useful although I'm not sure I could put pins in it. Glad to hear you had a fun shopping day. Ollie is sew sweet.

gracie said...

Wonderful shopping stuff...and that Ollie, love the earring.

sajuki said...

great !
Greetings from Poland :)
Katarzyna


www.sajuki.blogspot.com

KaHolly said...

Glad you had such a fun, productive shopping day out! Your hubby's a keeper!

moosecraft said...

Oh my, oh my! That Ollie just keeps getting more and more handsome! That "earring" is cute! Awesome fabric choices and the PG wool pinkeep is a must stitch! What is the item with the hexies? Is it notecards? Glad you are healing and able to get out of the house more... have a wonderful weekend!

Noela said...

You have had a wonderful time shopping. So many lovely things. Hugs.....

Stephanie said...

Well I'd say you scored some goodness! Lots to keep you busy this Winter.

Shelley said...

I just loved your shopping trip Kaaren lol. You picked all the right colors :) And the yummy bundle of reds....can't wait to see THAT project! And I have to tell you..that quilt you made and showed just before you ended up in hospital last time, and we all wanted to know where to get the pattern..well, no wonder I liked it..it's all cut out and sitting in my UFO box from 2 years ago lol. Guess that means I still like it :) going to check out the patterns you showed. Have a great sew time with all your goodies:)

Lori said...

love your shopping. Ollie is such a cutie. I really love the earring idea for him. Too cute.

Jacqueline said...

Whoo hoo love all your fabric choices and can't wait to see the finished projects unfold.

I would freak over that earring too. But oh so cute especially knowing it isn't permanent.

Heartsdesire said...

I think you outdid yourself in the shopping department. I love everything, and I know you'll have fun cutting into those fabulous Midwinter Reds. I've certainly been tempted to buy that collection, but there are so many others that I also want. What's a quilter to do. Really, I should shop my own stash.

The Prairie Stitcher said...

Know you'll have fun with all your purchases. Love the Midwinter Red collection. Did buy a charm pack of it, but haven't used it yet. So many projects in mind--so little time.

The Prairie Stitcher said...

Know you'll have fun with all your purchases. Love the Midwinter Red collection. Did buy a charm pack of it, but haven't used it yet. So many projects in mind--so little time.

Rosa said...

have fun playing with your beautiful goodies!!

Jeanna said...

Now that is what I would consider and over-the-top successful day of shopping therapy!

Ollie is too adorable...the earring scared me there for a second.

The Mayo Family said...

Okay first I was looking (drooling) at all your lovely fabrics!
You do such a nice job posting pic's....makes me want to shop! ha
Then I see sweet lil-Ollie and my girl's are saying "ah look how sweet"...then we see his lil-earring....oh my oh! Cute.... (he is a dog after all)
He is the sweetest!
Glad you are doing better & you got to meet your blogging friend, sounded like a lovely day!
Blessings~
Lori