Monday, April 09, 2007

She's crafty

All training and work and anything else had to be put on hold during my lunch hour today.

I had a very important mission to accomplish. I had to get a new helmet flower.

We got our new Giro helmets in this weekend and I sported it on Sunday. But, as lovely as it was, it just wasn't cutting it for me. It was flowerless.

I tried to remember where Soni got the cute little flower that I have been sporting in my old helmet. And then I remembered....a craft store.

craft store. Like, with, craft things.

I am so not a craft things person.

I googled up the closest crafts store in Morgan Hill and found a place called JoAnns or something. I walked in and let me just say....why haven't you people told me about these craft stores?

I spent forever walking up and down all the aisles of fun. Gone are the days of bags of googly eyes and popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners. Crafts are totally hot and trendy now.

(By the way, when did this whole scrapbooking thing start? That stuff is just plain out of control. Looks like a lot of work for some pictures. I didn't even know people printed out pictures anymore, much less went to that kind of trouble. I used to just raise the film over the sticky page in an album, throw a bunch of pics in that seemed somewhat the same, and stuck the sticky page back on top)

I found my fake flowers and some other stuff and then I spotted some shiny sparkly fabric that I knew would just be perfect for something meaningless and bella. I had to have it.

I loaded up three of those fabric roll thingies in my cart with the fake flowers and my other stuff and headed for the register.

The cashier looked at the giant rolls of fabric in my cart and asked if I had measured the whole roll. I was confused, don't they know how much material they put in a roll before they put it on the shelves?

Luckily, before my ignorance could be made audible, the cashier instructed me to go to the cutting desk place to have my fabric measured and cut.


I rolled my cart over to the big cutting desk place and put my rolls up on the counter. The lady with the smock and the scissors and the giant button that read "Lou Ann" (Do they all put "Ann" after their names, I wondered) asked me how much.


I must have had that same blank look on my face as when the butcher asks me that. Because, at the butcher, before I can mumble out an "I have no idea, can't you weigh it, spice it, and cook it up for me?", they always ask me for how many people or something helpful.

And Lou Ann asked me what I would be using it for. Which was nice and all, but I had no idea what I was using it for. I just knew it was bright and sparkly and fun and I would maybe use it to cover a table at Sea Otter, or a wall at a bella party, or a part of a costume, or....and the thought of explaining how I needed it for a women's bike racing team and didn't know yet what I wanted to do with it, just seemed ridiculous.

So I told her "2". Wasn't even sure what the unit of measurement was, but 2 seemed good. Now I have 6 yards of sparkly bright fabric (Glitter Organza for the initiated)to figure out what to do with.

And a new flower for my helmet.


At 6:36 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger Ippoc Amic said...

we have a sewing type of store near our house...there is a whole new jargon to be learned communicating with those fabric people...

At 7:00 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger Flandria said...

oh my, the helmet looks so cool on you...

At 7:14 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

Bunny just saw the word "JoAnns" and got all jumpy and excited....

At 7:15 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

you are so damn funny.

At 7:48 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger X Bunny said...

BBR i used to live in stores like that....

reminds me of a story my sister tells from when she was in europe as a young college kid

she and her friend go into a cheese store in france to buy some cheese...neither one speaks more french than i do and so they decide to ask for 'brie' cuz it's one french cheese word they know

the store person manages to communicate that he needs to measure out how much they want

the only thing she could come up with was: 'a kilo'

i don't know what happened after that but i think they ended up with a lot of cheese and had spent their day's food allowance on it

At 8:13 PM, April 09, 2007, Blogger Lilly Bella said...

You are so so funny, where the heck do you think I got the fabellaus white tiger fur fabric?

...and tons and tons of boas?

Do you think we can drape the fab fabric over the bar? I still have that bar.

but I also have the go go boxes, which do I bring?! Last year we used the go go boxes for the bar.

I love craft stores. They give me all sorts of ideas, but my projects never turn out. Now Steven, he is real crafty...but don't tell anyone! He said he would kill me and anyone I told. Shh...

At 12:00 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger ginmtb said...

Try being a man and buying something from those stores. Man, the looks. Is it because I'm a hottie or a dude buying fabric?

At 6:35 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger lauren said...

i'm like you in craft stores. i think the one over here is called michael's.

i've noticed that moms at my kid's schools have hobbies called "crafting". they make crafts. but i'm not sure what they do with them when their done.

they have craft parties.

the one thing i do know how to do is go to a fabric store and pick out fabric for tablecloths. with kids you always need tablecloths around.

anyway, you pick out the groovy design and then they'll put the vinyly stuff on it, so it turns into a real wipable table cloth.

At 7:09 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger marscat said...

i thought for sure VB was a craft store ho...

At 7:19 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger X Bunny said...

now scrapbooking is different--they have separate stores just for that

frightens me

At 2:59 PM, April 10, 2007, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Today's Sea Otter shopping trip was a trip to the hardware store for duct tape, zip ties and harware-y stuff.

nothing exciting to blog about.

except that I did manage to find pink zip ties

At 3:00 PM, April 10, 2007, Blogger Velo Bella said...

And I wish I know about the vinyl-y stuff

At 7:08 AM, April 11, 2007, Blogger X Bunny said...

pink, blue, yellow zip ties
they are good for holding flair onto bike frames

At 11:55 AM, April 11, 2007, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

JoAnn and Michael should have a lovechild...and name it "Heaven".

At 4:36 PM, April 11, 2007, Blogger X Bunny said...

i hate when the lines get long during their sales and you get behind somebody at the cutting table who is getting 1/2 yard of every color gingham that exists because it is on sale from $1.09 a yard to 89 cents a yard

i've never been able to complain about that to anyone before

At 8:50 AM, April 12, 2007, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

I haven't bought fabric in quite a while (with the exception of some fleecy stuff I thought I was going to make into a panda-shrug for costume cross), but when I was buying I generally stuck to the scraps pile. Since I don't have a sewing machine & so I stitch everything by hand (small projects! small projects!), the scraps were perfect & always had the best designs.

Maybe we can have a craft table at Lauren's blog-b-que :). I'll bring the duct tape!


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