Fabric Haul

This week I received two fabric orders. One from Missouri Star Quilt Company and one from Bear Creek Quilting Company. I’ve ordered many times from Missouri Star but it was my first time ordering from Bear Creek and I must say I am very happy with their service and fabric and will very likely order from them again! :) (I’m always happy when I find new fabric online shops that aren’t overpriced…so if you know a good one, please let me know in the comments!)

The first two fabrics came from Missouri Star together with a plain navy blue fabric that will be the backing for a quilt I’ll be making as well as a plain beige fabric that will be the border of that quilt. I just love the colors of these flowery, friendly fabrics, so I ordered half a yard of each to make fabric bins out of them. I had all the fabrics in my shopping cart for a while as I was waiting for a good Daily Deal. Last week they had a triangle template for free (yay!) so I finally got to order my lovely fabric and I looooove it!

The reason I found and ordered from Bear Creek is this lovely fabric:

I came across it when I was looking at fabrics on Fabric.com but it was out of stock, saying it would be available again on January 11, which was not the case. I was bummed, so I searched for the fabric name and finally found it at Bear Creek and ordered 2 yards. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet but I just wanted to make sure I have it. 😉 The colors are amazing and I love looking at it. By the way, it’s called “Princess on a Pea Around the World Lanterns” and it’s by Elizabeth’s Studio. I got it within three days…and it’s still out of stock at Fabric.com 😉

And the last fabric was a spontaneous buy because Mr. M. and I love fishing and have a huge collection of fishing lures, so I figured I could make something out of this cute fabric:

It’s also by Elizabeth’s Studio and is called “Top Rod Fishing Lures Cream”.

The past two days I’ve been working on a quilt for my friend in Montana (YES, I got my machine back, after only one week. Woohoo!) and I should be done soon. I’ll post a few pictures when it’s done. And after that I already have a bunch of other projects lined up. Several fabric bins, a wall hanging as well as two quilts. I can’t wait! 😀

Pre-cut fabric from Craftsy.com

Yesterday I received my very first order from Craftsy.com. I’ve heard of them before but never really checked out their supply store, until last week. They had an end-of-year sale going on and I found a few cute fabrics that I liked and ordered.

I really like buying pre-cuts because there are some beautiful fabric collections out there and they save me a lot of cutting time. 😉

Normally I stick with charm packs (40-42 5×5 inch squares) because I like to use them for my quilts. For a while now I wanted to buy a layer cake (40-42 10×10 inch squares) but they’re kinda expensive. When I saw Craftsy had them on sale, I HAD to buy one… and I love it!

I got the “Sultan’s Garden” Patty Cake (I guess not everyone calls it a layer cake) and it was 35% off (it’s actually still on sale as I am writing this). The colors and patterns are beautiful. There are 20 different patterns, 2 squares of each.

I picked my favorite ones to show you:

I don’t know yet what I’m going to make with them. Probably a quilt. (Mr. M. and I will be drowning in quilts by the end of the winter if I keep going like this haha). I might cut them into 5 inch squares or just make a quilt with big 10 inch squares. I haven’t done that before, so it might be cool to try it.

Believe it or not…

…I’m back!

After neglecting my blog for years, I’ve decided to give it another try. You can (kinda) blame my sewing machine for it. 😛 I bought it the week before Thanksgiving and have been sewing ever since. (Is there a Quilters Anonymous?!). I figured I’d need something to get me through the long, snowy Maine winters so I decided to finally get a sewing machine and learn how to quilt. My learning turned into an obsession and now it’s one of my favorite things to do ever.

And yesterday morning it happened; my machine broke. :( After I took it apart 4 times to clean and check and try and test, Mr. M. took it apart a 5th time to do some more checking but we both couldn’t figure out what had happened to my baby so I decided to bring it in for repair, which I did this morning. They told me it’d take up to two weeks to get the machine fixed because they have a lot of work at the moment.

TWO WEEKS!?!?

What am I supposed to do for two weeks without my machine!? Update my blog. LOL

I figured, since I’ve been super creative lately, I could share my creations and obsessions with you guys (in case anyone is still reading my blog of course haha). Luckily winter in Maine isn’t too bad so far, which means I can still spend some time outside. I hope we won’t get snowed in until I get my machine back though!

Anyways…I hope y’all have a happy new year! Talk to you soon! :)

Happy Easter!

I hope all of my readers (who celebrate this holiday) have a happy Easter! :)

It’s been quiet on my blog for the past few weeks because my motivation has been absent due to lots of stress and sickness. I also haven’t been writing a whole lot lately and so I’ve only sent out very few letters. Thankfully I have very understanding penpals who patiently wait for my letters. 😉

Eventhough I don’t have much to tell right now I thought I’d share some colorful outgoing mail of this month:

Oh and since it’s still so dark and grey outside (winter when will you finally leave?!) I want to share some more color with you…this is some of the yarn I’m using for my granny square blanket…and I received it a few weeks ago. ♥

Happy weekend and happy Easter!

Online Store Review: Postcardlocker.com

I love buying things online so I thought why not write reviews of the stores I buy my things at.

Note: My reviews are solely based on my opinions and experiences with the stores and I do not get paid to write my reviews.

So my first review will be about the postcard online store Postcardlocker.com. As you all know I’m addicted to postcards. 😉 For a long time I’ve been looking for online stores that sell touristy postcards. My search was not very successful – until I found Postcardlocker! I was so happy when I came across the online store and saw all the beautiful postcards they sell and I (almost) immediately had to place my first test order.

But before you go to their site now and buy up all the postcards…finish reading my review first. 😉 Seriously!

About Postcardlocker.com

Postcardlocker.com is an online postcard store based in Guyana, a small country in South America. At the time of this blog post they have 1,259 different postcards in their assortment – which can feel like heaven for a postcard addict. 😛

What they sell

They sell mainly touristy postcards from many different places (mainly the Americas), landscapes, lighthouses, cities, animals/wildlife, Did you know cards, flag and map cards, postcard packets, postcard books, cartoon cards and many others. They even sell cards in bulk.

Prices, Payment and Shipping

Prices: Single postcards mostly sell for 30 cents, which is the same price postcards cost where I live. Some cost a little more. Postcard packets and books cost more – obviously.

Payment: They accept online payments through 2checkout.com accepting a variety of credit cards, debit cards and PayPal.

Shipping: The shipping cost depends on where you live and how much you order. Shipping for my order was $3.98. They dispatch their orders within 1 to 3 business days via Air Mail and the shipping can take 5 to 35 days, depending on where in the world you live. I received my order 20 days after dispatch. They ship to most destinations world wide and do not accept returns.

My thoughts and experience

At the first glance this store sounds/looks too good to be true…because they have such a big variety and sell cards from so many cool places. I did some more research because I wanted to know more about the quality of their cards and whether they just print copies of the original cards. I found one very short comment about the quality of Postcardlocker.com cards by someone who had ordered from them before, and it didn’t sound too bad. I thought about it for a little while and decided to give it a try. After all, the prices are very good and the shipping was not bad either.

So I placed a test order of the following 16 postcards and I paid a total of $9.06, which included shipping from Guyana to the USA. (You can find more pictures at the end of this post)

When I received the cards I was surprised how nice they were. If Postcardlocker.com just prints copies of the original cards, they have done a very nice job. The cards look and feel just like the cards you buy at a store. The only one thing I really did NOT like about the cards was their smell. 😕 They all have a very strong chemical smell which lets me assume that they really do their own printing. I’ve tried to air them out but the smell wouldn’t go away. So I put them in a plastic bag with baking soda which normally does a great job in absorbing bad smells…but after a week the cards still smell bad. :( Not sure what I’m going to do next.

What I have noticed however are the different “types” of cards. Some look and feel more like originals and smell less bad:

And the rest of them says “printed in Korea” and smells very bad, especially on their back side:

So I’m not sure what to make of this. I still love their cards because they’re so beautiful and come from places I’ll probably never get to visit. As I know me, I’ll probably order more. 😉 But first I have to figure out how I can get rid of that smell.

One more thing I like about Postcardlocker.com is their offer to send you a written and stamped postcard from Guyana (normally it’s 58 cents but right now it’s discounted to 35 cents)….so you get an original for your collection! :) This card will be mailed separately from your order.

With my order I also received 5 free postcards as a gift:

What I like about Postcardlocker.com

  • Big variety
  • Low prices
  • Affordable shipping

What I don’t like about Postcardlocker.com

  • Postcards have a very bad smell and might be self-printed.

Have you ordered from Postcardlocker.com before? If yes, what was your experience? And did your cards also smell so bad? What did you do to get rid of the smell?

Here are the cards I’ve ordered (note: the card quality is very good…my photos however are not because it was too dark when I took the pictures ;-))

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