Saturday, May 22, 2010

Busy day

Well, today was quite a busy day--I wish I had pictures to show for it, but as it is I don't.

The day started out early--at 7:30. That wouldn't be so early if I hadn't stayed up till 3:00 at a sleepover. Ah, the joys of single life. I'm enjoying "girl time" while I have it. :-) Rebekah Durling was kind enough to rise long before the rest of us to make breakfast--and let me say, that's some kind of friend. To bed at 3, and up at 6:30 to make homemade waffles.

From the Durlings I hurried over to a friends house. Her neighbor recently passed away, and had wanted to give Richard and I some furniture to start out with. Her children took what they wanted, the rest was fair game. Richard and I took most of it. We got:
A book case (usual stuff, not durable but it'll last a few moves)
A second bookcase (hand made by one of the sons 30 years ago in shopclass. Solid wood. Very large and durable.)
A cabinet (usual stuff--nice folding doors)
A second cabinet (solid unfinished wood. Large, durable.)
A Recliner (comfortable, lightly worn, neutral color)
An end table (enclosed, good condition though some wear, lots of storage space

Plus some assorted odds and ends from the garage sale--such as a grill kit (new) pampered chef items (new), a couple skirts, and assorted glass vases that will be used for wedding decorations.

Also, while we were doing this, my aunt Denice called and said she had a wedding present for me.
:D :D :D :D A PIANO!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I was feeling pretty peppy after all of this, but the day wasn't over yet. No, I had to make a stop by Golden D'Or--my latest favorite fabric store--for the Bridesmaid fabric.

The trip this time brought back a lot of memories that the first trip hadn't brought. Many, many years ago Amanda and I decided to make presents for two fellas we knew. They were outdoorsy types, who enjoyed history (of the sword fighting variety), and were in desperate need of good sturdy hooded cloaks. Daniel knew of a good place in Downtown Dallas that had a lot of inexpensive fabric outlets. We're talking hole in the wall places, here. As in, the entrances of some places were designed for 18 wheelers to back up into--not really a proper door. It reminded me of a bazaar, sort of. In a very American, run-down sort of way. We made our way through piles and piles of the assorted fabrics, searching for the perfect durable fabric for a couple of good looking cloaks. Finally we found it. A gray and a green, perfectly suiting the two young men.

Amanda and I were thrilled--as were the young men. We promptly set to work and soon after had two worthy gifts. We even waterproofed them, and I happen to know that at least one of the young men continued to use his cloak for many years. The fabric (and trip to the Dallas Fabric Quarter) scraps were subsequently immortalized in a friendship quilt I made for Amanda. We were, however, strictly ordered to not RETURN to the Dallas Fabric Quarter without someone who was 6 feet tall, much larger than us, and well versed in the defense of young ladies.

But today I disobeyed that command--though I can plead ignorance. I didn't realize it was the same place until I drove around the block. It is a pretty run down area, though--at one point I was looking for a parking lot and the safest place to park was across the street at a Club. I couldn't bring myself to that so I parked in a less open spot. The easiest way to find Golden D'Or is to look for Lipstick "Gentleman's" Club--the fabric shop is right next door. Daniel sure did warn me well. :)

But I got my fabric. And it is beautiful. And I have just over 45 yards of it. Hurray!!!

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