Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pardon me while I adore some material things

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If I were to only ever go on about love of family, or admiration for the act of pulling needle and thread through fabric I might misrepresent myself. There are actual things, you know as in they don't speak or hug .... (or do they?)... but things, that make me happy. Anyway, this week feels like a bonus week. Like another MrsPacman appeared on the screen and told me to keep playing (did you know I held the high score at the local roller skating rink in the 6th grade for like 3 weeks? Why do I put such information in question form, as though there is a chance you would know?) Back to my bonus round. Juliana was meant to be boarding her flight back to school right about this very minute. But a few days ago she decided ohhhh, let's just switch it to Thursday. So we did, and that was great, though it cost me a little to switch it (I would spend an embarrassingly dumb amount to have her for an extra hour.) Yesterday when all the other kids were off to their schools and Juliana and I had the house to ourselves, we were tucked into the upstairs studio tooling away at some projects together. "Maybe I should stay until Saturday, there's no real reason to be there earlier than Saturday." (Out of her view I was nodding, nodding, fist pumping, nodding, obnoxious.)

"Oh, okay, honey, whatever you think."

So yes, this is my bonus round.
But with my brain, I already anticipate needing something to look forward to after Saturday comes. I start making a mental stack. Of things. Lovely things, but very likely they would fall into the distraction category. But with this new year upon us... I am looking forward to so much. I thought I would share these morsels with you over the next several days. Distractions anyone?

(Yay! Its almost as good as my my white patch Levi's being clean AND I've saved enough allowance to get into the roller rink and defend my high score.)

I don't have to look forward to today's thing, because it's already here! These velveteens remind me why I love my work so much. They are definitely a favorite. And really they feel like the type of design work that I hold myself back from a little bit, so as not to go overboard. Well, I am gladly swimming in these, without a lifesaver.

I hope you love them as much as I do. I wrote up a little ditty about working with velveteens over here a ways back.

Up next, wool tapestries!
xoxo, AnnaMaria
(Who does realize that blathering on about one more week with my daughter at home is somewhat similar to talking about love of family. I'm sorry. It slipped.)
(Who also realizes that there are many people who would just say, look the velveteens are available, enjoy them. I'm sorry I can't do that.)


30 comments:

  1. So, so pretty! Enjoy your time together!!

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  2. Gorgeous velveteens!

    And I love that you can't do that. It's what makes you you. Don't change!

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  3. it's really the love of family that keeps me coming back. not that i don't love your fabrics... because i really LOVE them. but the way you talk about your family and your love of doing what you do... it's a beautiful thing. sometimes you make me laugh and cry in the same post! you are truly gifted. thank you for sharing always :)-jenny

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  4. I love that you talk about family too, don't get me wrong I adore your fabric but your prose is worth taking time out of the day to sit and read. Acknowledging all our blessings can only ever be a good thing :)

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  5. I love your fabrics. You are by far my favorite designer and one of the reasons I sew. I LOVE the bluish velveteen that looks like it has flower trellises hanging down from it. I can't say love enough. BUT the reason I read your blog and maybe a factor in my loving your fabrics as much as I do, is the love you have for your family. As a mom of 7, that is really valuable to me.

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  6. Love your fabrics - I am definitely a fabric-addict- and your new book! Thanks for your posts - I can relate!

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  7. Can I just (((hug))) you?
    You make me smile, and giggle, and nod my head in appreciation. Don't change, Anna Maria.
    Oh, and nice velveteens, by the way!

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  8. Anna, oh thank you! You make me feel sitting right next to you with a good cup of coffee and a big piece of cake while chatting about family love and gorgeous fabrics!
    XO from Germany, Nicole

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  9. Just lovely! You and your daughter and velveteens. And the roller skating..congrats on all of these.

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  10. That photo really shows the colors! I need new fat cushy pillows for my couch. There's been some complaining that the felted wool ones are scratchy (Ok, I admit it, they are! I always flip the microfiber suede side over to hide the felted one).

    Can I choose? Teal Summer Totem or brown?

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  11. The velveteens just glow. They're radiant! It must be lovely to work with them.

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  12. I have my stack of these luxe velveteens sitting on the shelf I had put in right over my sewing machine. It is where I will be putting my "inspiration stack" so to speak. I won't lie. They are so nice to look at in the lovely, perfect stack, I'm almost nervous to take them down to cut into them. I'll be spending the rest of my day mustering up the courage to do this very thing. Also, thank you for the italicized portion of this post. I love the humanity you add to your blog.

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  13. I love these new velveteens! I bought some Bubble Burst recently and made an a-line skirt for the holidays with it and I just love it so much. I even take it out of my closet sometimes just to touch/look/feel. I'm geeky like that but I know lots of others probably do the same. They are luscious!

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  14. These fabrics look exquisite!

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  15. I am lucky enough to have some of these velveteen cuts in my stash. For Christmas this year I sewed a scarf for one of my neices using the print in the lower, left of the photo from the post - with the peaches and cream background and the pink flowers. It came out beautifully and I could tell she liked it when she opened it. Then when I saw her on New Year's day wearing her scarf looking gorgeous in a pink wool pea coat! I swear my heart skipped a beat.

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  16. have you ever quilted with velveteens? I think it would be beautiful, but not sure if it would be too heavy.

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  17. Jason- yes, see last post :)

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  18. As always it's such a joy to read your posts and I really enjoy that you aren't inclined to just say "the velveteens are now available...". Enjoy your time with your daughter!

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  19. Anonymous9:37 PM

    and the fact you go on is why I love reading what you post.
    Mary Jo

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  20. MMmm....so yummy! Just finishing a baby quilt with your flannels (I've got a girl due in March) maybe she needs a velveteen one too?!?!

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  21. Love this post... and the velveteens. Our children have no idea, do they?

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  22. I always love all colors and all patterns that you present !!!

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  23. what would you recommend backing a quilt with velveteen fabrics? Beth

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  24. A lovely post all around, I can "see" you fist pumping and nodding your head while fondling those gorgeous pillows, I must have them!

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  25. Anonymous1:00 PM

    So glad you can't "just do that"!! enjoy your precious time
    liz xx

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  26. don't apologize and don't change. I can totally relate to thinking of an extra week, day, or moment with any of my kids as a bonus. They are super people, why wouldn't I want to spend as much time as possible with them?

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  27. I just adore your patterns and prints! Keep them coming!

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  28. Me gusto mucho! Quiero todas las telas, son lindas. Besos en tu corazòn.

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