Stash Building: Dori Discovers eBay!

eBay is a magical place. You can buy anything from memorabilia to cheap electronics. It’s an odd place with a lot going on at all times from bidding to straight buying.

Years ago I discovered eBay as a great place to build my stash. For a decent price, I could buy and collect fabric sets. Fat quarters, pre-cuts, full yards. You name it, they have it. I’ve yet to use much of that fabric but it’s there for me to play with.

Not long after starting our little blog here, I told my mom about eBay and even showed her a little of my stash I had built when I had that nice disposable income. She oohed and aahhed over my pretty fabrics.

Recently, I found out that she had finally took some time to shop eBay and bought a few things herself. And boy did she shop! The joke at my parents’ house is that my dad needn’t check the mail any more because the majority of it is all for my mom!

She picked up two Robert Kaufman towers of fat quarters.

There was also a tower of fat quarters by Riley Blake Designs. I totally see a baby girl quilt in this set!

To go with the fat quarters, she also picked up some pre-cut 5×5 squares of the same patterns. Such cute little monkeys!

Oddly, as she was showing me her last bit of her fabric haul, I felt like I recognized the fabric.

That was when I looked at the salvage edge and saw that it was a Judie Rothermel set for  Marcus Fabrics, a fabric designer I have a WHOLE box of fat quarters from. Without knowing it, she had picked up fabric from the same designer as I had, just in different patterns and colors.

What can I say! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

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Side Stitches: DIY Lunch Bag for Jake

I like the idea of reusable materials and items in my home. I recently went through a cleaning frenzy and got rid of all the plastic containers in my kitchen and switched to tin or glass. Why? Well, we had so many mismatched, cracked or plastic containers with missing lids that I had a hard time using them and washing them was not easy.

Also they can only be run through the dishwasher on the top shelf so that meant my top shelf was always overflowing and there was never enough room to get everything in. So I gave up, tossed them all out and bought a few glassware sets.

Ahhh…much better. In my craze to find a more sustainable way to do everything, I ran across this blog, Prudent Baby. I was enthralled! Lots of DIY projects and sewing tutorials. But this project, DIY Fabric Lunch Bag, was the search that brought me to the site. And since I was on a crafting roll with all the quilts I had lined up to finish, I HAD to give it a try.

Some material I found for my little dragon

So, I went in search of dragon material and found this adorable pattern. Was able to find it for sale on eBay for $6.00 a yard. Why dragons? Because my son is a dragon.

What I wake up to in the morning...

Almost literally.

And I knew he’d just die if he could have a dragon lunch baggies for his first days in Kindergarten this Fall.

Too cute!

Isn’t it just priceless? Those chubby dragons are just too cute to pass up. So I bought a yard of it in the hopes to attempt the lunch bag DIY project and make at least one if not two.

After that, I’m tempted to try making baggies that are also reusable with this DIY Cloth Snack Baggies project. Other than finding the lining to make the baggies icky proof, I’m ready to take it on!

MOAR PLEASE!!!

Ooooh, I've got mail!!

On Friday this arrived along with a box that is hidden underneath it. I knew it would be there but still, it’s nice to arrive home to a package in your mailbox.

Some black and white fat quarters

First package contained some black and white fat quarters that I just loved! They are simple yet clean. I have a plan for some of them already.

A set of light colored fat quarters

After that, I opened the box and in it contained 4 different fat quarter bundles all with this antique vintage feel to them. The colors are simple: browns, blues, blacks, white and off white. I could see a few different possibilities with these.

This bundle had a mixture of colors.

Another great set with the mix of black and brown. The patterns are lively and bright without being too much.

A bundle of mostly brown hues

Now this set wasn’t a favorite. I like it and it will work in well with the others but…there is something about the color combos I’m not in love with. I think it might be a tad too yellow for my tastes.

This bundle was not what I was hoping for.

Sadly this bundle was not what I was expecting. For some reasons what I had pictured were more lively blues and browns and a healthy mixture of the two. The browns in this felt too red. And the blues were too deep. But if I pull this bundle apart and use it with others, it should work out ok.

Overall it was a very pleasing catch! My stash is bulking up quite nice. I should have at least two more purchases arriving in the mail and I looked forward to sharing those too.

Spring has sprung!

Spring has started to show it’s little face around our complex. Flowers are blooming, fruit is ripening and the days are lasting longer and longer. It’s been hot enough to swim and even sleep with the windows open and the fans running. I’m enjoying the warmer weather except that it almost feels like we’ve skipped Spring and headed straight into Summer.

After all the rain this year, though, it should be a rather beautiful time of the year.