Last year, I bought a copy of this book
about Japanese style gifts made from fabric. It has a lot of cute pouches and little things pieced together from different fabrics. Since I’m taking a break from cosplay stuff for a few weeks, I thought this would be a good time to finally try out some of the projects in there. I’ve been slowly collecting bits of fabric to use for them (both Japanese print handkerchiefs bought at cons and regular quilting cottons) but wanted some more before I started. So, I went shopping for supplies yesterday. ^_^
I went by Daytona Trimming first to pick up some cords to use as drawstrings. Wasn’t sure what colors I would end up using yet and they were 3 yards/$1 so I bought a bunch of different colors. I walked over to Kinokuniya next and saw a parade going up the street outside. Had tea in the cafe and picked up the latest volume of Trinity Blood for my sister’s birthday present.
My last stop was going to be near FIT so I started wandering downtown after that. I was rather surprised when I went by Toho Shoji and saw half of the storefront boarded up. o_O They were open and things looked mostly normal on the inside. But except for some broken fragments at the top, the glass on the boarded up side was all gone. The doors were also missing and the metal door frame slightly warped. o_o; Made me wonder if a car had hit the store but the fire hydrant and trees nearby seemed unscathed. Whatever happened, I hope no one was hurt. The shop was normal the last time I was in there to get beads for my Tamaki earrings so whatever it was must have happened within the last few weeks.
Kept walking down 6th Ave and found a street fair. Looked through some of the tables and picked up a pretty compact for $6. ^_^ Saw some glass pendants and beads for sale cheaply, too, but didn’t have ideas for things to make with any of them so that was the only thing I bought.
Finally met up with ifuritaoni
, who I’d made plans to hang out with, and we browsed through The City Quilter
on 25th Street. I’d heard it mentioned before by a friend who quilts but it was my first time actually going there. They had mostly cottons and tons of prints, some of them rather quirky or random. (among other things, Jetsons characters, chocolate covered strawberries, and handcuffs o_O) There were some that reminded me of lolita clothes, too. I ended up buying 1/4 yard each of 16 different fabrics, mostly Japanese prints. ^_^ (No, I’m not going to try to put them all into a single project. :-P) If anyone is ever looking for Japanese prints around the city, I suggest checking this shop out since I’ve never seen much of those styles in the fashion district.
Went downtown to get a ride home with my father. I guess I was lucky because as soon as I got in the car, it started raining and within a few minutes, it was pouring despite the sun still being out! Saw a rainbow after it stopped.
Got home and then went out again for dinner with my family and relatives to celebrate my sister’s birthday. It was a pretty nice Saturday. ^_^ I’d like to do this kind of stuff more often over the summer. If anyone wants to go shopping for fabric or crafty things together or have lunch sometime, let me know. I’m free most Saturdays (probably doing things with my family for July 4th though) and could possibly go out once in a while on a weekday.