Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I FARTed over the weekend.

That's right. I admit it. I FARTed.

This past weekend, my sister in law, her mom, her best friend from college, my dad's wife, and I went on a Fabric Acquisition Road Trip (or FART, as we like to call it).

Wait ... you didn't actually think that I was talking about the kind of farting that schoolboys talk about, did you?? Heavens no ... I would never think of proclaiming that from my blogging rooftop. ;o)

Anyway ... so, as I was saying ... the "girls" went up to my dad's mountain cabin for a fun-filled sewing retreat. We drove up on Thursday afternoon and returned on Sunday afternoon. It was definitely a much-needed break from our daily lives. Especially for my sister-in-law, who left her three young children with my brother and never looked back!

I'll post soon about our whole weekend in the cabin, but for now, let's just talk about the fun fabric that we "acquired" during our road trip. The famous Mary Jo's Cloth Store is about a 90 minute drive from the cabin, so we - of course - drove down there for a little shopping on Friday.

Yes ... this is my sister-in-law and I standing by the Mary Jo's sign. We know we're freaks.

I tried to capture the enormity of the store with these pictures, but I seriously didn't do it justice. Let me tell you ... if you haven't been to Mary Jo's, it's well worth the trip. It's like a huge fabric warehouse ... they have high quality fabrics of all types, and their prices are very very reasonable. And there is SO MUCH to choose from! We try to make the trip there once or twice a year. I wish it were more often ... mostly because of the fantastic selection of reproduction fabrics from the civil war and the 1930's. Suzanne and I were like giddy little school girls picking out all the different fabrics that we wanted to have cut. At home, we would have to pay over $9 a yard for these prints, but up there, they averaged under $5 a yard. WELL worth the effort.

Again, I know I'm a freak. And yes ... I was kissing my fabric. That's how much I love love love these 1930's prints. I mean just look at the colors! How can you NOT want to kiss them??!!?? I took some better pictures of all our fabric purchases below ... YUMMY colors!!!! I have some BIG plans for these fabrics!

And, do you want to know what the best part of the whole trip was??!!?? Suzanne and I made a new friend ... We met good 'ole Mary Jo herself. She was VERY gracious to let us take a picture with her ... such a nice woman. I'm sure I saw a thought bubble above her head while we were taking this picture that said "silly girls ..."

That's right ... it's our new BFF Mary Jo. Love it.


Suzanne said...

I have been stalking Google Reader for this post! Great Job! and, of course...


Valerie said...

The green-eyed monster of jealousy is sitting in my lap right now. I LOVE all of those reproduction prints as well, and that is a steal to find them for $5 and less a yard. Way to go!!! Of course, now you'll have to share with the rest of us what you end up doing with them...:)

Sara said...

suzanne ... HAHAHAHA i forgot to add the most important part of the post! duh! I'll have to add it to my next one. :o)

Sara said...

valerie ... it's definitely well worth the ride (near or far) to mary jo's ... the prices and selection are fantastic! i'll definitely post about all my projects with those fabrics, as soon as I can find the time to get working on them!