Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Creative Space

Ah, it's that time of the week again ..... time for My Creative Space, courtesy of Kootoyoo.

My space is chockablock right now, with all of the lovely goodies I picked up at the fabulous Stitches and Craft show last Saturday. In the middle you can see a copy of Mixtape - I'm a subscriber now! - and on the left are two lovely Melly and Me patterns.

I'm going to use the pink and white patterned fabric behind Mixtape to make the flamingo I think. He has wonderful knobbly knees that are just crying out to be made up.

There's also three metres of new fabric from Anna Maria Horner, which is going to become a 1950's style dress with a scoop neck, seamed waist, and full circle skirt. It's going to be eye-poppingly bright in this teal and orange print, but that's the way I like it.

I love this guilty secret here, posted by someone on the Craft Secrets wall. This woman has stolen my identity! I'm constantly having to sneak new crafty supplies into the house so that My One True Love doesn't see.

I know I shouldn't feel guilty, as I have a specific budget and (usually) stick to it .... but the volume of it, people, the volume.

My fabric stash is so big that I fully expect to come home one day and find that it's eaten the cats and made a bid for independence out the front door. Watch out, rampant stash on the loose! I can see the six o'clock news headlines now. I'd have to shame-facedly admit that yes, I allowed the stash to get to this size. I knew it was wrong. I knew someday it would come back to haunt me. And I'd have to make a tearful apology to the Australian public, vowing to enter some kind of Fabrics Anonymous 12-step program.

I added to the stash considerably at the Stitches and Craft Show. Look at the expression of amazement on that Babushka's face there when she saw what I had done.

On the right hand side of the top photo you can see a darling Japanese print by Kokka, with pictures of a cute black cat doing cute things. All the text is in German, so it reads Die Schwarzen cat, etc. It's very cute.

And there are some delightfully bright ribbons - I've already used some of the orange one on Toof, in the post below this one.

See the yellow tape measure? It's NOT a tape measure - it's a ribbon! I absolutely loved this one, so I bought ten metres of it because I've never seen it before and not sure I'll ever see it again.
My stash philosophy, you may have guessed, relies heavily on quantity. If you like something, buy enough of it so that you don't get Fabric Regret, where you nearly have enough to make something lovely .... but not quite. It's happened to me often enough that I've started taking preventative measures.

I try to live a life without regrets, you see. And that is precisely the reason I need to convert our attic into an Amazing Stash Storage facility.

Onwards and upwards, o great stash of mine!


Selina said...

oh you cracked me up! my husband always says "happy wife, happy life" so that is my mantra when out fabric shopping!! it gets me over the guilts every time!

CurlyPops said...

I have that very same quantity problem. I never ever buy less than a metre of anything. I just can't help it!

Michelle M said...

hehehe I love reading your story with your creative space it brings so much pleasure. You did grab some really nice fabrics at the show. Oh how I miss those shows I used to go all the time but these days live too far away to attend one.
Michelle M

Courtney said...

giant knitting needles!!! woooow thats super cute! Im going to have to check out this mixedtape blog I see it everywhere! now Im off to look at it hehe

Michelle said...

There is no such thing as too much fabric!

Maureen said...

Oh the crafty goodies we love, and yes, my bags come on hidden amongst the groceries at times. DH sees the charge, but as you say, it's the volume! We are funny aren't we.

Kirsty said...

That secret is great & gave me a giggle. My husband calls my supplies "crap". Harsh but probably fair as most of it comes from Op Shops.

Hoppo Bumpo said...

You made me guffaw out loud. Fabric Regret? I absolutely love it. I shall be using that as my future rationalisation!!

Hope you'll post the finished dress. That Anna Maria fabric is divine.

Tinniegirl said...

How wonderful is that secret note. Love it.