Maybe you've noticed, maybe you haven't....the blog has gotten a makeover! I'm so excited for this fresh new look-it's got my favorite colors (minus coral, I didn't want to totally match Ava's nursery), some new features, and a sleek new design. Up on top you can navigate to the Home, About, Tutorials, Patterns (soon! So excited about this!), Recipes, Parties, and Advertising links-those are mostly the same....let me show you a few new things...
This is probably old news to most bloggers-but I have a working search bar! Search for the word "nerd", "Wizard", "piping" or "fabric" (All of those words have found something on the blog....what? I am a loud and proud nerd slash fabric slash piping lover. Oh and I made Wizard of Oz cupcakes once.) That's located right above the welcome message on the top right.
Also, a fun little "pin it!" heart pops up when you hover over a photo! Too cute, huh? Pretty handy, too.
Tags and archives are still on the right hand sidebar, and there's a new button too, if you're so inclined. :)
On to the fabric shopping! I got to meet up with the lovely Stef from Girl. Inspired a few weeks ago-we met up in Berkeley for some fabric shopping and lunch! We picked two stores to hit up, and man were they good ones. More on that in a bit...can I first gush about Stef for a minute? She is sooo sweet, fun to talk to, and we had a BLAST together. It's so amazing when you meet someone who just "gets" all the blogger and sewing stuff. Like, when we got lunch (Indian, AHmazing) we both whipped out our phones to snap photos and instagram it and it was awesome to not feel awkward about it. (Rory gives me a hard time about my Insta-habit, lol) My awesome mom and Grandma took Sadie and Charlotte for the day, and Ava tagged along. She did great! Basically a happy little camper hanging out in her bjorn. She was like "puhlease guys. I got this". #fabricshoppingpro
So the first place we hit up is called Stonemountain and Daughter and it is the cutest shop that is deceivingly huge! They have a main area full of every quilting cotton you could imagine (and more!), rows of notions, another room full of apparel fabric, AND an room upstairs with more fabric and space where they have their sewing classes. Let's just say if I lived closer to it we'd be broke. But we'd be warm because we could huddle up with the piles of fabric I'd have bought.
This was our combined cart about halfway through our time there. Whoa. It was amazing. We met one of the owners, Suzan, she was so nice and complimentary of our (mound) of fabric choices! She even snapped a picture of us to share on their facebook wall. :) She gave us a little discount too, which was super sweet of her.
The second store was called Discount Fabrics, also in Berkeley. This place had giant rolls of fabric awesomeness. We definitely got a workout there, pulling out rolls upon rolls of fabric, but they had some amazing knits and apparel fabric, plus some special occasion stuff. (and leather!) Again, with the cart FULL of fabric. We had a hard time restraining ourselves, obviously. (we're already planning another trip sometime!)
Here's my total haul...yum. I need to join FPA. Fabric Petters Anonymous. Seriously I couldn't stop stroking them-so soft and pretty and full of sewing potential. Anyone else want to join my sad little meeting FPA meeting? I'll make cupcakes!
Some of these fabrics will be showcased in outfits for Project Run and Play! woohoo! I can't wait to show you guys what I've been working on for the past few weeks! I just can't wait! (I juust said that...sheesh I really am excited.)
And...just cause I can, I'll end with the sweetest picture I can find. Aww.
BTW I've been MIA on Instagram since Saturday because I shattered my iphone screen last Thursday and have a loaner phone until our insurance gets a new phone in to replace it. I feel like I've lost an appendage! Might be a TAD addicted to that app. ;}