15 August, 2006

Is Enough Ever Enough?
... or when to say when?...
A recent post by my niece, and a follow-up comment by my son got me to thinking, what store/shop is if for you that starts your heart to racing and reaching in your pocket/purse for your credit card? Where is that treasure chest for you? Naturally, for me, it is quilt shops. I collect fabric for my "stash", one never knows when one might need the exact right shade of cheddar orange; peacock blue or eggplant. It's best to be prepared and have it when one needs it, right? If it all ended there, it might be fine, but it's more; so much more-- the tantalizing threads, the compelling patterns and books,
new marking tools to try,
and... (oh, yes!) the latest batting for machine quilting!

This is a photo of my "stash", a portion of the closet in my studio; this is NOT the quilt shop!
Enough should be enough, right?


Just walking into my favorite shop makes my heart race, maybe even skip a beat! I think it's been blamed on pheremones, (I heard one time that bolts of fabric produce them) those chemicals in the brain that are responsible for a physiological response to attraction...
I believe that.
I have recently been asked to write product reviews for a newsletter published by my local, favorite, quilt shop. I doubt there's anyone better qualified.


My soul is fed with needle and thread, what is it for you?


Life is good!

5 comments:

Jim V said...

I've seen the stash closet personally. I think as family, we all need to face the facts:


It's time for an intervention...


Of course, a successful intervention would cut down on the quilt production, so maybe that's not such a great idea after all...

I have actually personally benefitted from "The Stash". My daughter sleeps every night under a quilt hand made by Mrs. Goodneedle. It is astonishing, and it's a learning quilt, so each square is a different image. You can't pull that off without a pretty good stash, and alot of talent and love.

Okay, fine! The intervention is off. This has all the earmarks of a healthy addiction.

DISCOM said...

I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT WHEN YOUR SON SHOWED ME YOUR STASH CLOSET MY HEART SKIPPED A BEAT..... NOT BECAUSE IT WAS FULL OF SEWING GOODIES BUT BECAUSE I WAS PICTURING HOW IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE BIG ENOUGH TO HOLD ALL OF MY CLOTHES AND SHOES. I CONFESS THAT I WAS GREEN WITH ENVY.

ON ANOTHER NOTE - DO YOU THINK OF HARLEY STUCK AROUND FOR A WHILE SHE MIGHT GET HER OWN QUILT FROM THE TALENTED MRS.GOODNEEDLE?

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Awww, guys! You're too sweet. I'm serious, though; Discom has admitted that it's clothes and shoes for her. What is it for the rest of you? What tempts you beyond reason?

Jim V said...

I guess when it comes to temptations I don't have that many any more, but perhaps just because I've worn my big temptation out: Kitchen stuff.

Okay, forget it. That's still a temptation. I'm not allowed to walk into a William Sonoma with money of any form. I have all the cool cooking stuff except the huge-dollar frying pans. I don't care how well I cook, I can't see dropping $200 on a frying pan. It's just bacon...

But I have the Kitchenaid mixer and blender, a bread machine, stuff like that. Of course I never use the bread machine, I'm a "from scratch" kinda guy. But my true obsession is the less expensive, but really nice stuff. Like a scraper. A really really top quality scraper (a.k.a. spatula, even though it's not really a spatula) is like $9.00. Sure, who would pay that much for a chunk of rubber on a stick, but it's REALLY different than a cheap one, and still only $9.00. That's a pretty affordable obsession, no?

Most of what I have has been purchased with gift cards, or received as gifts. I have the pizza stone, but I also have the pizza peel (giant wooden spatula) that makes homeade pizzas really fun. I have the two prong digital thermometer for perfect turkey every time. And all sorts of little hand tools for the kitchen.

Suddenly I'm thinking of all the stuff I DON'T have!!!! AAAAGH!!! You've broken me! I was under control for so long!!! The beast within has been released.

Where's there a William Sonoma around here, I don't have a meat tenderizer!!! How can I go on????

I blame you. I will be the best supplied bankrupt cook in history...

Kyle said...

Ummm... temptaions beyond reason...

1.) My mom's almond cookies at Christmas time.

2.) Icecream, any time of the year

3.) Real Italian pizza

4.) Anything that tasted good and is bad for me.


How do I battle these temptations?

1.) Cycling

2.) Skiing

3.) Climbing

4.) Thinking about Skiing

5.) Running

6.) Wishing I was Skiing

7.) Racket sports

8.) Dreaming about Skiing

9.) Rollerblading with the dog

10.) Wondering when I will ski next.

Even though I cannot ski as much as I wish, I know that all the thoughts of fresh powder and making first tracks helps. Not to mention the sunny, warmer afternoon blasting down the mountain in a t-shirt and ski pants, whilst in a tuck position... Going really fast...