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Friday, 2 March 2012

Cheap Thrills & Some Fancy Schmancy

The right color.  Why is it so hard to find?  Painters have it better I think.  They have standard colors in any medium of paint.  They can also blend.  I swear, I have 20 shades of green thread and still feel I never have the right color.  The same goes for yellow.  I can pick a bright, strong yellow in several different brands, and no two will be the same.  I'm doing up another canola field, and can you believe I cannot find the right yellow!?


It shouldn't be so difficult.  Canola is yellow, yellow, yellow.  I ended up running out to the store again and purchased these.  I took them home, and the embroidery floss is perfect.  Not too dull.  Not too light.  Not too neon.  Not too warm.  Not too sparkly.  It's perfect.  That's the great thing about embroidery floss - there are a bazillion numbered shades of every color.  I have since completed about 1500 french knots with it.  I'm about half way done.

Great news!  A new Value Village opened near my house just days ago.  It's a few blocks away from where our quilt guild meets.  I went with Arwen & her tooth-fairy money to do some treasure hunting.  There wasn't a lot, but I did come home with bags of these for just a couple dollars.


The colors are fabulous - lots of naturals for landscapes.  Believe it or not, there are no two colors alike in that pile.  What a terrific lot!  I'm sure I'll use them in my winter-scapes.  And then I saw these for a dollar...


It's a bag of 4 packs of Candlewicking floss.  Nice!  Then I came home to search for hours on the internet for postcard stamps - like rubber stamps for inking the backs of the postcards.  I have a plain one, but I want fancy-schmancy.  What an ordeal.  Michael's doesn't carry them and didn't seem to care to order them for me.  They pretty much put all the scrapbooking places out of business.  So I looked on the internet.  I fill out all this info only to find they don't ship to Canada.  GAH!  I found some really pretty ones, but they won't arrive until after jurying.  Oh well.  I did speak to the last scrapbooking place in the city, and the woman I spoke with has one and will let me use it while I wait for my order to come in.  (THANK YOU!!)  Goodness me.  I have too many to put through my printer, so I want a pretty stamp that I can use.  (I'm not sure Staples makes them pretty enough, you know?)  Aren't these lovely?  These are what I'm waiting for.


Fancy-schmancy!  Unfortunately, it's a whopping $30 to express ship one sheet of acrylic stamps to my house.  I'll wait for it to arrive locally.  Then I have to buy the ink.  Goodness me.  I'll have to get all those scrap-bookers into sewing up their postcards in my classes so that I can make the bucks to buy the goods.  lol  Isn't that always the way?  : )

7 comments:

Kathy MacKie said...

Awesome find-great stuff indeed.

Raychill Canuck said...

Cool finds. I'm assuming when you said you called the local scrapbooking store, you called the one in Sutherland. There is a new one up in Lawson Heights called Scrapbooking Studio - it's next to the Pizza Hut on Primrose Drive.

Patti said...

Hey Monika! did you try Prairie Chicks in Hague? They have a tonne of scrapbooking stuff....

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

Very fancy indeed!

Mary Ann said...

Candlewicking...I had forgotten about that crafty past time.

Faith said...

The yellows are beautiful. You can blend the floss, too, when you can't find the right color. It might not look quite the same as blended paint, and up close it doesn't seem to work, but it actually works pretty well on the finished piece.

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

Thanks Faith : )
Good tip! I do blend threads a lot... but for Canola, it's really one straight color. It's a weird field. This floss is great! whew.
~Monika

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