Thursday, October 22, 2009

Long story followed by a giveaway

Happy 100 posts day!

I accidentally on purpose bought the most expensive fabric I've ever bought yesterday. I don't feel one ounce guilty about it because it has to have balance out with all the thrifty sewing I've been doing lately. I'm getting ahead of myself. Step into my time machine. Did you put your seat belt on? Good! We're not going far.

So the Chainsaw is away from home for a few days. He usually works from home, but some guys from his company are in Denver for a few days. They requested that he stay there with them to get more work done.

City driving scares the crap out of me. I'm from South Dakota. I remember when driving in Rapid City scared me, and now it's nothing compared to driving through Denver. I can do it, and I will, but my heart rate goes up to like 503, I have white knuckles, and I'm super terrified that someone is going to rear end me.

I didn't want to be without a car for several days, so Felix and I went with Chainsaw to drop him off in the big city. I decided that if I was already going to be getting my pants scared off, I might as well try to check out the Fancy Tiger. I've always wanted to go.

Of course, it was 9:45 am and they don't open until 11 am. Felix and I checked out a kind of fancy looking Goodwill. I found not one item for my Halloween costume, but scored some snow boots for Felix and new (to me) jeans for myself. Everything else on this street (except the sex shop) appeared to be closed. It was snowing and cold. I was in the city, and damn if I wasn't going to walk through the doors of Fancy Tiger before I admitted city defeat.

I was desperately wishing for a coffee shop or at least somewhere warm, when I looked up and saw a sign that said coffee. The front of the building looked like a bar. I open the door a crack and see a man standing BEHIND A BAR. I'm pretty sure it's a bar, ok? I ask if Felix and I can come in. I have got to get this kid to a bathroom before he states he needs one, and we're cold. Bathroom mission accomplished. Felix of course decides we need to sit AT THE BAR. Not in a comfy booth, but on a stool where we might make small talk about skeletons and glowing lights in the bar for 30 minutes with the bartender. I guess this joint doubles as a coffee shop in the morning or something. Felix did not want to leave the bar to go to the Fancy Tiger at 11, but I talked him into it.

I walk into Fancy Tiger, which is a super small joint. However, the stuff it has room for is awesome. They have fancy threads, sashiko floss, craft books, and the coolest, nicest fabrics. And that's just on the sewing side. The other side was dedicated to yarn and it's best friends knit and crochet.

I think I made 4 or 5 laps around the store just looking at fabric, thinking I probably wouldn't buy any. THEN IT HAPPENED. I saw some Enchino, which I've always thought looked so cool on the internet. It's $18/yard price tag effectively kept me from ever considering owning a piece of the glory for myself. Then I did something I should have never done: I touched it. It felt amazing. I left with half a yard.

My enchino

It's sitting on the table looking at me, begging me to touch it. I think I may end up playing hard to get. I might iron it in a bit, and then it's going to have to wait around for me to call and see if it wants to get together with my creative energy.

Ok, that was a pretty long story. In summary, I took Felix to hang out a bar and got my grubby hams on some Enchino.

If you stuck through the whole story you will now be rewarded with my 100 post giveaway.

Pardon the flash, but Felix wanted to show you his "reluctant to give this to you" face.

Felix and my giveaway


Cosmetics case

So what it is exactly? I'm calling it a cosmetics case. I'm not going to lie- it's kind of a prototype. There are a few messy parts here and there, but it's pretty cute.

Want to win this for yourself? Here are the ways you can enter:

1. Comment here (preferably with a hilarious knock knock joke).
2. Subscribe/follow my blog. (if you are already a subscribed, that counts!)
3. Tell your friends- twitter, facebook, blog, whatever!

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. I know it's a pain, but it makes my life easier.

Also, keep checking back. I have a couple more things I'd like to bestow upon you! I have a purse or two that need new homes and a gift certificate to my shop is not out of the question.

Good luck!


Pamela said...

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Dwayne who?
Dwayne the bathtub -- I'm dwowning

W.F. said...

Splash -- Lauren really likes her wallet and I gave the other to a dear friend. They're perfect for hiking -- when you don't wanna carry a big purse but you may need an ID, some cash, etc.

NOW -- do you think you could do something big enough for a huge iPod? She has the biggest one I think -- it measures 4 inches in length, 2 1/2 in width, and about 3/8 inches thick. She requests a pouch for headphones, but no snaps or zippers cuz it'll damage the iPod. Velcro is your friend.

I will gladly pay you like 40 bucks for an attractive iPod case for Lauren. She would love me (and you) so much for it.

Have any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Im not posting this for the give away but just had to say that is the cutest reluctant to give you face i have seen....cute little man! Oh..and the cosmetic bag is really cute too! mamawheat

Elizabeth said...

Knock knock!
Who's there?
Ivana who?
Ivana suck your blood! (and win this bag too!!)

Elizabeth said...

x2 since I follow your blog.

Here's a bonus knock knock joke:

Knock knock!
Who's there?
Olive who?
Olive Halloween!

Vanessa said...

Graham got this off NPR a couple of weeks ago.

Knock knock?
Who's there?
Knock knock?
Who's there?
Knock knock?
Who's there?
Knock knock?
Who's there?
Philip Glass.

Anonymous said...

knock knock
who's there?
doctor who?
why ask when you already know!

(sorry a bit lame but my daughter likes it!)

lovely little case - please enter me for the drawing :)

Anonymous said...

ive become a follower too :)

Candice said...

I love the bag, and you're little guy is adorable!

Knock, Knock.
Who's there?
Tank who?
You're welcome!

Thank you for this opportunity! (I'm over here visiting via SMS!)

Anonymous said...

Ok, my comment comes without the hilarious Knock knock joke. Sorry but I suck at that kind of humour. I like reading the other comments though.

I really loved reading your story about buying the most expensive fabric. A bit of an adventure. I have a phobia of driving in the big city too (though ours is way smaller thatn yours), I'm never sure that I'm in the right lane for turing off, and they keep changing the one way streets. There are several fancy fabric shops I've never been to. I might just have to pluck up the courage one day.

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower in google reader :-) P.S. Meant to say that Felix looks so cute !!!

Candice said...

I'm a follower! :)

Conter Creative Consulting said...

Hi there, hi hi hi, it's Meghann here. I really really love these cosmetic bags and I really really want one! And, OF COURSE Felix is amazing and adorable!!!

Oh, knock knock
Who's there?
Dishes who?
Dishes the police, open up and let us in!

Love, Meg

Jennie Chambers said...

Knock knock?
Who's there?
Jew who?
Jews not gonna tip you!

Sorry but that's the cleanest I know :)
Thanks sweetie and enter me in!!!!

Brandy Roth said...

Knock Knock
Who's There?
Boo, Who?
Don't cry it is only a joke.


Brandy Roth said...

Shared on FB :D

Kaye said...

Knock Knock!
Who's There?
Anita Who?
I Anita bath, how bout you?

I have an Aunt Anita and when my son was Felix size, he would always say Aunt Anita bath. Just couldn't say Anita by itself. Love your story and your fabric.

Swedish said...

This is the only knock knock joke I know...

Knock, Knock!
Who's there?
Orange who?
Orange you going to let me in, it's cold out here!


Swedish said...

I'm a follower now too.

I found you through SMS forums!

Jenn said...

I just stumbled onto your blog, and it seems really awesome, plus that is a really adorable bag!

Jenn said...

Oh, and I just became a follower!

becky said...

oh, felix is the cutest little thing!!! i also like the bag!
here's my joke, (it was josh"s fave)
what is purple and goes slam slam slam slam? - a 4 door grape!!luv, mamme