After exercising tonight, I didn't feel like going straight home (Hubbie teaches until late on Monday nights and it gets a little lonely sometimes) so I stopped by Barnes and Noble for a cup of holiday tea and browsed in the crafty section. I found a really neat book of simple sewing projects called Amy Butler's In Stitches which had to go straight on my wish list. She has patterns and projects for feminine but modern handcrafts such as an apron, quilted throw, and a fringed belt/scarf. If you are an experienced seamstress these will not be very exciting to you. But if you are new to sewing and are looking for some fresh, hip projects that don't look like they came from circa 1985, check this one out.
After googling the author's name, I discovered that Amy Butler makes way cool fabric. This led me to an online fabric shop called The Fat Quarter Shop. Which really made me want to become a quilter! All the fabrics are delicious. This is a wonderful online shop, if you've never visited. I don't know if my life can handle another hobby which is likely as addictive and expensive as cross stitch. (Did I mention that I'd love to learn to knit, too?)
Pay It Forward Update:
I've had two lovely ladies sign up for my pay it forward ~ thank you, Vonna and Wendy! I'd love to have three more special friends to send gifts to. Please see post below! I should mention that I would be happy to mail overseas.