An Ode to JoAnn Fabrics

Were I less exhausted, I would consider writing a more poetic ode to JoAnn fabrics.  Alas, JoAnn will have to settle for this blog post.

This weekend was a flurry of activity for me.  I flew up North to visit my family and throw my sister a bridal shower.  All in all, I think it was a nice event.  I even got to wear the dress I worked on last week.  We had beautiful weather, and it was great to see old friends and family.  There was lots of food and even more drink.  I was introduced to several new drink recipes that I might have to put in my repertoire – “chocolate covered pretzel” shot, and tequila shots chased with pickle juice.  The second sounds disgusting, but is strangely good.  My favorite parts of the weekend?

1)  Megan walking up the hill to her shower.  And of course celebrating the fantastic day later that evening with some sisterly drinking.  Here’s a shot of Mom and I with the bride-to-be.

2)  Baking the cupcakes for the shower with my cousin, Lucy, who I rarely get to see.  It was fantastic hanging out with her as we toiled over some bird cupcakes.  (The theme of the shower was “love birds” … so we turned the ducks from the recipe into blue and white birds.)

3)  Going to the JoAnn Fabric store with Mom after the shower.  Below are the goodies I returned with:

Yep, more future pajama pants.  The giraffes will belong to me.  The cute birdies will go to my sister, whose bridal shower theme was Love Birds.  The print on the flannel fabric just seemed too appropriate to pass up 🙂  The floral jersey knit fabric I bought will be used for a top.

My whole reason for this post, and the only way to tie it to sewing, is to say how very awesome the JoAnn store is.  Hancock is nice, but the sheer amount of fabric that JoAnn has surpasses it by a LOT.  I mean, there were long rows of knit fabrics.  I surely would have left with more of them had they been on sale.  The amount of different flannel prints was amazing.  The Hancock knit section?  Barely 25% the size of the JoAnn area.

I am looking forward to Mom’s visit down South in a few weeks, when she and I might be able to sew together.  Maybe I will be able to download some of her extensive sewing knowledge into my brain.

What’s up next?  Not really sure.  I will make my sister’s pajamas in the next couple weeks so that my parents can bring them back home for her.  May work on the flowery top.  May start to worry about my next costume, including beginning to draft the pattern changes.



2 comments for “An Ode to JoAnn Fabrics

  1. May 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

    We need to start a petition to get a JoAnn’s in Charleston. I’m so jealous of those giraffes I can’t stand it. Still kicking myself for not buying that knit elephant fabric at Hancock.

  2. May 22, 2012 at 12:53 am

    The sewing visit with your mom sounds fun!


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