Adventures in Baltimore

Earlier this Summer my friend Jessee and I decided we wanted to join a quilt guild (this will require a whole post of it’s own!) First we decided to try out the Baltimore quilt guild because it seemed like it was going to be the easiest for us travel wise. Jessee is really familiar with Baltimore since she lived there for awhile and said she wouldn’t mind driving us. One day when we were going to be heading to Baltimore for a meeting, our friend Stevi told us about an estate sale her boss was having. We decided to head to the city early so we could stop there first.

The house was amazing! Four floors of all kinds of artwork, vintage goods, books, and more! One bathroom had walls covered in coins from floor to ceiling. I wish I could of taken better photos. We actually went on what was the last day of the sale, so I can’t even begin to imagine how it might have looked on day one. Afterwards we still had time before the quilt guild meeting so we headed to The PaperMoon Diner for lunch.

If you’ve never been The PaperMoon Diner it is a fun restaurant that is colorful, and covered with knick-knacks, and seemed so perfectly appropriate after the estate sale. I had eaten there before, but it had been a long time. All I remembered is they had a tasty crunchberry milkshake, and lots of fun things to look at.
Here is what I ended up buying at the sale. I have always wanted an old circus punk and the cat one was really calling my name. I kept texting photos of everything to Tom because I was overwhelmed and not sure what to buy, he agreed that he liked the cat punk the best, so that made it even easier to choose. Of course I kicked myself later for not buying a few of the dolls I really liked, but ended up sticking with doll heads instead.

July’s Plush Of The Month Club Boxes

Plush Of The Month Club for June was all about the cookies! I have had it in my mind for a long time that I wanted to make plush chocolate chip cookies. I did so much research trying to find beads that looked like chips, and usually what I found were very tiny, but I didn’t want to make tiny cookies. I even looked into making beads out of something like polymer clay, or even changing the idea to a different kind of cookie. I sewed a bunch of proto-types trying to figure out something that felt right, but in the end I found some bronze chip shaped beads thanks to help from my friend Jessee, and I was able to stick to my original plan of chocolate chip cookies. I felt that the bronze color still helped them look like chocolate chips, but decided to also come up with a silly little story about the chips for anyone who might feel they were not quite as authentic as they would like them to be.

I drew a vintage style cookie jar and screen printed it onto tote bags with a fun hot pink ink. I created the little mini comic, and cut and folded each one by hand. This was my first time making a single sided one page style zine, and I loved the way you make one cut, a few folds and you have a cute little booklet! As for the sweet treat these boxes contained a package of chocolate chip cookies from a company called Linden’s that has been making and selling cookies since 1928. I was first attracted to them because they have such a vintage feel to the packaging, but then I read that the cookies are still made from the original recipe, and were apparently cookies that lots of school have been selling for decades. I thought this might bring a bit of fun nostalgia to some POM members and I’ve actually had a few people contact me saying they were the cookies they used to buy at school. All in all it was such a fun box to put together and I hope made the members happy cookie monsters.

Salvation Army Fabric Fair (York Edition)

Back in our busy month of June we spent one Thursday in York Pa for the annual Salvation Army Fabric Fair. This show isn’t quite as crowded as the Chambersburg PA one, and its maybe a little bit smaller in terms of stuff, but it is always really fun to dig through all the piles of crafty goodness in search of treasure.
Besides fabric you can find sewing machines, yarn, sewing notions, and every kind of craft supply you could imagine.

I did buy those clown faces for Molly, and you can see all the stuff I found for myself in the bottom photo. Only a little fabric, a huge pile of zippers (at 50¢ a bundle you can’t beat that price), some knitting needles, fabric measuring tapes, yarn for dyeing, and yarn for spinning as core yarn, or something I might want to ply with.