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Well, last week's Friday Faves Favorite Things Party didn't have the overwhelming response I had hoped for. If you forgot about it or just didn't have time to comment, you still can and I will love you for it!
One wonderful thing did come out of that party though. A fellow grandmother blogger, Nana Kelly at What's Nana Making, introduced me to a great fabric resource! The website is called Connecting Threads and I have fallen so in love with it that I have applied to be in their affiliate program. (I am not an affiliate yet, but Nana Kelly is, so that is her link to the site!)
Connecting Threads is a site made for quilters, but of course you can use their fabrics for whatever projects you would like. Their prices are wonderful. If you are like me, I always head straight to the clearance section to shop first. Did you see those fabric samples in the collage above? They are all from the 30 PAGES of clearance fabric that are on Connecting Threads. The prices start at $ 2.79 per yard! Then, when you go to the regular fabric page, there are about 50 something collections of fabric. That means, in each collection there are groupings of fabric that coordinate with one another. This makes sense when you are selling to quilters and crafters. The regular prices start at a reasonable $4.19 per yard. All of the fabric I have looked at is 100% cotton and 44 inches wide. They also have flannel and Luxe fabrics. When you first sign onto the page, you get a 15% discount off of your first order!
Besides fabric, Connecting Threads also has (obviously) thread at a great price and kits for a myriad of items. Here are some of my favorites. Click on the gallery to get a good view of them:
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Welcome to the party everyone! Have you ever been to or even heard of a Favorite Things Party? I have only read about them, (check out those 2 links), but the idea sounds pretty appealing to me. I mean, we all have things in our lives that we absolutely love to use, the shirt that is the most comfortable, the appliance we use everyday, the cosmetic that makes us feel beautiful, the book that spoke to us. Things like that. And, when I have something like that, I love to tell people about it so that they can enjoy that awesome thing as well. That is the idea behind a Favorite Things Party.
Most Favorite Things Parties are celebrated in person, where guests come together and share the things that are their favorites with the other guests and everyone gets to take home either one of each of everyone else's favorite thing, or at least one of the favorite things. The Host can provide a gift bag to hold everything and specify a price limit so that guests can bring enough gifts for each of the 4-5 people invited, or the party can be a little larger and run like a white elephant exchange where you don't know exactly what you will be getting because everyone just brings one item. But, it will be something that someone highly recommends. Then, there are refreshments and chatting and just a lot of fun together with a small group of friends.
Well, since today marks Friday Faves #90 we thought it would be fun to have an online Favorite Things Party with all of you! Every Friday we tell you some of our favorite things that fall under various categories. This week we are turning it into a party! We would like you to tell us 1 or 2 of YOUR favorite things, in any family friendly category that you would like and think that we would love also. Give us a link to it! If it is an affiliate link for you, that is great! We will be pinning this party for everyone to see and definitely checking out your links to see if we want to make some of your favorite things become our favorites as well. As a matter of fact, next week I will feature some of the things that you share that catch my eye. So, leave pictures and I will use them and link them to you if you are a blogger. (By participating, you are giving me permission to use your photos on my blog to promote you and your favorite thing!)
I thought about doing this party as a linky party, but I want my readers who aren't bloggers to have an easy time participating, so we are using the comments section for your links. So, go ahead, what are a couple of your favorite things right now? I know! It is hard to chose just 2 things, but if this party turns out to be a success, we will do it again when we hit the Friday Faves 100 mark!
Helen's Favorite Things
This was a hard decision! Well, #1 was easy, but #2, I was torn between a few things. But, I won't break my own rule. I am only sharing 2 things... this time! Just click the image to go to the link.
Two years ago, my family got together and bought me my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer! I love this thing. It has changed my life when it comes to baking. Things seem to mix up so much more quickly. It is so powerful. It is beautiful and looks great on my counter where it resides constantly! I always wanted one, but I was unprepared for how wonderful it really is to have it!
The next favorite thing is less expensive and I think it was either Maddy or Alicia who recommended it to me. It is Full and Soft Mascara by Maybelline. I have tried other mascaras in between using this one, but I always end up going back to Full and Soft. I love the wand size, the way it covers and the look of my eyes when I use it.
Now, go ahead! Head on down to the comments and add YOUR favorite thing! The party will be open all weekend! I can't wait to see what you love!
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Back in September, I shared with you the beginnings of my craft room. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, I am turning one of the bedrooms into a room where I can sew, craft, blog and do all kinds of projects to my heart's content without having to clutter and clear off the dining room table!
As the holidays came around, things were standing still in there and I hadn't decided what to do with the floor. I couldn't move on without getting the floor taken care of. Thank heavens my husband took things in hand and told me that laying the floor and working on my room would be his Christmas present to me this year! What a great gift, and he has worked so hard!
To begin with, he took me to Lowe's and had me pick out the flooring. After much deliberation, I chose this wood laminate flooring! We chose Quick Step Brand. It is a very DIY friendly click-lock system and the underlayment pad is attached, saving time and money! I chose the Restoration Oak color, but there are many other colors available. I love the look of this one.
If you remember, there are a bunch of built in shelves on one side of the room which are going to be great for my craft supply storage, but the previous owner who built them didn't remove the baseboard when he built them in. So, while the rest of the room will be getting taller baseboards, we had to put a 3/4 round strip along the shelf wall to hide the raw edges of the flooring. But, since it is under the desk, it won't really show anyway. As you can see in the picture, we also have to replace the wall socket plates.
For the sewing desk support, my husband and son-in-law took a trip to the building recycling center and purchased those two banks of drawers. They are well made and in great shape. You may notice that the drawer banks are slightly different from each other, but I think that adds to the charm. The drawer pulls are slightly different, and I may or may not change them out to match. What do you think? Husband and SIL painted them white, after sanding and priming them and built a frame to hold the melamine top of the desk. The edge will be finished white and the top around the wall will be trimmed out. Since I took this picture, hubby has drilled the hole in the top of the counter for the cords to go through.
He rounded the corners for me because I am a klutz and didn't want to have perpetual bruises on my hips. Plus, if my grandchildren are in there with me, I didn't want sharp corners for little heads to hit.
What do you think? I have to tell you that I am thrilled so far! I have even already used my sewing machine on that desk! (Here is the post!)
Here is what is left on the to do list:
It sounds like a long list, but I don't think most of it will take long. Except for maybe the organizing part! But, I am so excited to do it because organizing that room will lead to others becoming more organized as I move my craft supplies to their permanent home. I can hardly wait to show you it as we move farther along in the process!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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