Well, I packed up and headed across Phoenix to check out the Phoenix Textile Show this morning. It's about an hour's drive and I very rarely have a reason to go to that part of town. If I had to give it a fabric rating it would be lame' (without the accent). My rep didn't even know about some of the fabrics coming out (the ones I've already told you about) and most of the fabric samples he had were fabrics that have been in my store awhile. I normally wouldn't snark about a fabric rep on my blog but since he doesn't even look at their own website I doubt he'll be lurking around these parts.
I did go ahead and order Tanya Whelan's new French Hat Box and Jennifer Paganelli's upcoming Shall We Dance lines (coming in June). I ordered Jennifer's Pretty Please line last week and expected it would be here next month-ish but I found out today it's already shipped out and will be here by Wednesday!
I picked up a couple of great magazines this week. Look at the cover of Studios! That's Melissa Averinos' studio/store and it's oh-so-great (and Melissa has an great announcement)! And yes, she is working on more fabric. Whew!
And I had to have Quilter's Home because Mark Lipinski (that handsome guy on the cover) is from Pittsburgh and the Spring Quilt Market (next month!!!) is in Pittsburgh. Mark has a great article on 10 places you must go when in Pittsburgh. It's a fun article and I'll be happy if we can hit a couple of the places. Joey and I sat in on Mark's schoolhouse series class in Houston and we both agreed it was, by far, the best presentation there for a store owner. We laughed our heads off (one offended lady got up and walked out!) and left with some incredibly helpful ideas.
Oh, and look at who's studio is also in the Studios magazine! It's Monica, the Happy Zombie! I adore Monica. She lives in Astoria, Oregon (my homestate!) and loves Lewis and Clark, whom I adore to the point of tears sometimes (although they would've been up a creek without the woman). I love her studio and it needs to be in a magazine (so there it is! and there she is!).
I made another romper for my little guy and I wanted to share it with you but he had 5 juice boxes after church yesterday and soaked clear through his romper and even soaked his shoes (and then he soaked through has replacement outfit too!). It was gross (it wasn't just pee and that's all I'm saying). But I did get this cute picture last night. Joey grabbed the pink bear/bunny in one of those claw machines at Walmart the other day and was quite the hero (Skate adores it). The bear/bunny says "Happy Easter 2008" on it! That cracks me up.
Asher's determined to find that sneaky Waldo. What did he do that he needs to keep hiding from everybody? It's like he's in the witness protection program or something (ditch the hat dude, you'll be safer). You have to stop and wonder sometimes.
Oh and I finally figure out Twitter! Heather (who's working on some very fun stuff right now) gave me over the phone lessons and I now understand it so if you want to follow me I'm @jonag over there (I'll try to get one of those sidebar things). I want to follow you too (don't I sound like a stalker?)!
Oh and look up next to my url!! I have a favicon. What's a favicon you ask? Well it's that little box with a "J" in it (it's kind of a robin's egg blue). I replaced the little Typepad lily pad with my own thing! You can go to this site and make one for your blog (free!). I got the "J" off of 1001 free fonts (which I love!). I wanted something a little more exciting (like a spool of thread which is thrilling) but since it's only 16 x 16 pixels I had to keep it simple. Try it!
And it's pattern week here at my place! First Anna Maria Horner's patterns showed up, then today I received some new apron patterns from Megan of Brassy Apple (gorgeous apron, great price!). I met Megan in person at last Spring's Quilt Market in Portland but I already knew her from the ebay boutique world and I'm so glad she's sharing her talent with us. Another one of my ebay boutique friends is Patty Young and her patterns are shipping out now too (should be here Wednesday). It's going to be a great week and actually I'm so overwhelmed by everything I'm sitting here at my computer blogging (when I really want to curl up in a corner and suck my thumb).
Love this packaging! Have a great week!! (Oh, and I want to apologize for having an Easter sale so late. I had NO idea Easter was coming up this soon. I thought it was near the end of the month!)