Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fabric shopping, couldn't you just go broke?

I went to my SAS Fabrics yesterday searching for some upholstery fabric to recover the dinette cushions in the Airstream.  The lovely fawn-mauve cut velveteen is just not doing it for me this century.  There are big "discussions" in the Airstream community regarding the pros and cons of keeping older models original or updating.  Just like politics, there are 2 vocal sides to that isle. I have seen apoplexy over the issue of painting the cabinets.  My POV, you pay for the gas to haul the thing around and you can tell me what to keep, until then, she's mine to do with as I please!

But, I digress.

I found the dinette fabric almost as soon as I walked in.  It coordinates beautifully with the curtains and has that mod-retro look.  But then I made the mistake, or the strategic decision, of "just looking around" and walked by the remnant bins.  Now these are cardboard boxes placed on tables with a beautiful  hodge-podge of cotton and cotton/poly folded pieces.  What could be more fun?  I found Michael Miller, Amy Butler, Alice Kennedy and Free Spirit.  Yes, they were all hiding in those bins, a bit cramped but none the worse.  Can you say Jackpot!  I kept circling the table, coming back to the Michael Miller Posey Garden and then I found the other 2 pieces that coordinated.  And wouldn't you know, just that morning I was sitting on my front porch, looking at the throw pillows and thinking I would have to recover them due to fading by the sun.
  Done, done and done!  And all the fabrics, yes even the uphostery, were $3.99 a yard.

Purty, huh?

6 comments:

  1. Why do I ever try to do these things without you? I was so pleased with myself that my DR chair upholstery was 30% off at Joann's, but that still didn't take it down to $3.99/yard. I'm trying not to cry.

    Love your choices, though.

    ~Michelle

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  2. That fabric is stunning!!! Love love it. I am re-doing an airstream as well, it is so much fun that there are so many new vintage-look yet contemporary fabrics out there to work with! I found a beautiful shower curtain at K-mart the other day that I hemmed down to fit the airstream's tiny shower. It is so cute- very Jonathan Adler- marked down from $26.00 to $4.00. Hey hey!

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  3. Laurie, Laurie, Laurie,

    Where can I see photos?

    Judy

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  4. you actually KNOW the names of fabric designers?!?

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  5. Olga, Yes. There are a few who do quilt and home dec fabrics that are recognizable. Every industry has its stars.

    Judy

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