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Sew What's New?

Well.......I didn't quite meet the criteria for a monthly update but I feel guilty if I'm not in front of the sewing machine, cutting out or doing the finishing work by hand.  This weekend marked the end of the summer season of fairs and shows, I think. Booked myself a little tight this year.  A show a month doesnt sound too bad until you try to get enough product done between shows.  And then there has been the heat!  The She Shed is a bit of a sweat lodge during the summer, but I'll be missing these days when I'm bundled in three layers and sewing with gloves on this winter!
I have done 9 shows in the first  8 months of the year and there are 4 more that I have booked right now for the rest of 2017, but I'm sure a couple more will pop up.  It gets to be a bit addictive!
My beautiful little She Shed looks like something exploded in there.  Apparently the hooks that we mounted for the shelving units are cheap and dont do well in warm temps either.  Went in one morning and three very full shelves of material had crashed.....but as most were winter stacks I've let them be until I need them. Unfortunately they fell in front of the material I did need, so like a good hoarder I've been walking on the stacks to get to other stacks.
After a very hot and long 4 day show., I opened the door to find the shelves that held other assorted crafting supplies had sheared off the hooks too sending things on and around my sewing maching.  I couldnt ignore this catastrophe as something had hit the sewing machine and an almost full can of varnish had emptied itself on my sewing table and all that was sitting there.  Many projects and patterns had to be tossed and my clothesline became the drying rack for patterns and instructions.  Hopefully I have some backup patterns.......but I wont know until the fabric mountain is put back on some shelves and I can get to my pattern cabinet!!!
I'm still hooked by the vintage style.  There are many artistic flares than can be added that dont always work on other, more contemporary styles.  I've been fortunate with some great material scores lately...and some of fabrics that arent that easy to come by. "Upcycling" also works great with these styles.  I was very fortunate to meet a lady at one of the shows early this summer that had acquired some vintage hats and hat boxes and asked if I would be interested in them.  Would I?!  Not only do they look fantastic as displays but they have given me a couple of new ideas and styles to try.  I also find that the 'vintage' style hats that Im sewing serve as a catalyst for memories.  I have heard some great stories about mothers or aunts or others in people's  lives that wore this particular hat and all the tales that folks remember about them.  Even the shows that may have low sales are always rich with conversation. 
Dang!  I just remembered I have another show of sorts.....this week!  We are setting up a booth to promote our Zombie Ball and a call for volunteers for this year's Haunted House t the County Fair.  So I guess I have to factor in another long and warm 4 day show in the total.
Mike wanted to make sure that I tell you that the lack of a sewing update is in no way reflective or due to his negligence. He has reminded me often that I needed to write something.  So he's off the hook and I've shared some thoughts.  The shows have been good, the styles have been fun and I'm eager to start the next project and hit some new material stores.  Can one have too much fabric?  I think not~
Hope you all have a great end to your summer and that your creative juices keep flowing.
Mary Robina
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