OK, so here’s the deal. Wherever I go, after hand shakes and hugs and autographs, I’m asked what kind of cologne I’m wearing. Now, here’s my scent secret. First I use this body moisturizer that I buy at Bath & Body Works, that I put on after I shower. It’s called Energy, from their Aromatherapy line. I love, love, love it, and as you can see. It was just on sale. I bought 4 bottles the other day.
As for cologne, I use Dunhill. It’s the bomb. Very nice and I always, ALWAYS, get comments on it. I just bought a new bottle for myself and, gave Evan what was left of my older bottle so that he can be Mac Daddy, Jr. The combination of the two scents gives me my signature scent.
Now, turnips, if I’ve had an onion bagel and a cup of coffee before we meet, all bets are off at how alluring my cologne mixture will be!
It’s a crock alright . . .
I found the following product description for a new crock-pot on AOL last week. Once again mixing the word “quilt” with “grandma” as if there is no other kind of quilt but an old one, a family quilt, or a ‘grandma’ quilt. Will the stereotype ever be broken?
What’s Changed:The venerable crock pot, long a staple of the American kitchen, is trying to become the ultimate multi-tasker for the contemporary two-income family that wants to eat healthy. Crock-Pot’s owner, Jarden Consumer Solutions, wants the slow cooker to become a “trophy” product that people want to give as gifts and buy for themselves. So new cookers will come in bright colors — no more cream and burgundy — and will feature updated packaging that evokes savory root vegetables rather than grandma’s quilt. (Ohhh no they di-ent!)
I went for a walk with my buddy, Toby Preston of Kindred Quilts (Clinton, NJ) the other day and we stopped at the local Clinton pet shop, Fur Majesty. Apparently, each week, they take in a new, adoptable puppy. Look at this one! How fricking cute. You know, it’s hard for me to pass up bringing home a puppy — any puppy. Used to be that way with men but that was many, many waist sizes ago! 🙂
Here’s Toby with the pup. Cute, huh?
I love the little widow’s peak on his forehead!
The shop owner took me by the hand to show me the new T-shirts they are selling with the message SPAY AND NEUTER. While the graphics are hysterical, it’s an important message. Tulip is fixed and Petunia is about to be spayed, too. It’s the best thing for everyone!
There is a woman’s cut (about $35) and a heavier men’s cut (about $39). I love them. If you’re interested in buying one of these T-shirts, give the shop a call at (908) 730-7977.
A New Thread Recommendation
While I was at Toby’s shop, she turned me on to some new threads, Invisifil, that she’s been raving about so, of course, I bought an assortment (which I needed like I needed another hole in my head — or rip in my jeans). They cost about $3 a spool. Toby uses them for Sharon Schamber’s machine appliqueing technique. I have to admit, Toby’s machine applique work and these treads look great. Now, you know I probably won’t do a thing with these threads, but daddy HAD TO have them!
Quilt Fest New Jersey
I visited Quilt Fest New Jersey a few weeks ago. My krakow line was selling! Here it is in a booth and here are the vendors who were selling it!
I found this doll in another booth and had to have her. You know what a ‘ho I am for Indian crafts and design.
This photo does these wools no justice, but I had to have them for a rug hooking project I’ve been working on (for 4 years or more LOL). Believe it or not, they are skin-tone. The camera didn’t pick up the true colors as they are HUMAN skin-tone, not SWAMP THING skin-tone!
Princeton, New Jersey
Jeff and I took a day to run around Princeton, New Jersey. It’s really not very far from us so we took advantage of a warmer, non-rainy day.
Princeton is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. It’s a beautiful and historical town (as you can see in the pics) with tons of great restaurants and fun high-end places to shop. The kitchen shop is phenomenal as is the toy store. We bought Evan an crepe making machine for his birthday (he wants to be a chef — but so far, no crepes)! The bookstore is also a place where book lovers can wander for hours. Of course I left with an armful of books. There is a great bead store and a fabulous cupcake shop.
Honestly, isn’t it the cutest town?
Jeff HAD to visit his favorite store, Simon Pearce, where he picked up a piece of crystal (so not my thing).
Jeff took home the larger of the two bowls. I have no idea what he plans to put in it? Cheese curls? LOL
The barber shop was adorable. Like stepping back in time!
There was a time that I thought that Birkenstocks looked like Flintstone shoes. That is, until I bought my first pair. I’m a Birkenstock convert and I love mine (they last forever, too).
Believe it or not, these colorful sandals are Berks! LOVE THEM!
These suckahs ARE NOT Birkenstock but I saw them in a window and snapped a pic. They are fierce, but what kind of S&M broad would actually wear these?
I’m just about sure that Jeff and I are buying a ginormous quilt block themed hand hooked hall runner for our center hall form Amy Karyn. What a beautiful store. Fabulous help. Great stuff. If you’re in Princeton, check it out.
In the window were these cute “patchwork” eggs. I don’t think they were for sale, but more of a display. The thing is that I’ve been making these kinds of “Easter” eggs for years (although they look great in a grapevine bowl all year round). I’m going to do a blog class on how to make these eggs in a few weeks. Keep coming back!
I am a slut for paper products — stationary, binders, greeting cards, blank books — you name it. This shop had me pulling out my credit cards! Shit.
Now, here’s the weird thing: It’s MARCH! At least 50% of Princeton still had Christmas decorations in their windows. The Papery was one of those shops, but it was so pretty that I snapped a photo.
The other weird thing about upscale Princeton is that it is clearly the FASHION DON’T capitol of the world.* I couldn’t get pictures of the over-abundance of weird or just plain butt-ugly fashion combos without getting jumped, but take my word for it.
*Author and Princetonite, Meg Cox, is the queen of tasteful fashion. She must be a Princeton transplant because she ALWAYS looks very well put together!
Welcome to my new passion. It’s ratting out . . .
Princeton, New Jersey
as a member of
The Worst Customer Service Hall of Fame
I remembered that there used to be a quilt shop in Princeton. I had heard that it was going under years ago. When I visited at that time, it was half fabric and half knitting. I dragged poor Jeff from one side of town to the other (you know how that is — if there is a craft/fiber shop within 100-miles then walking isn’t a problem) to find this joint. And why not? Daddy had money to burn!
When I saw the awning, I hyperventilated. I could feel the cash in my pocket start to dance. Even better, not only was it a knitting shop (sadly knitting is so jumping the shark) but it was also a needlepoint shop! You may not know this, but I used to PAINT needlepoint canvases for shops when I was in college for extra cash. So I was jazzed. I love to buy needlepoint canvases (although, admittedly, they are very expensive). I also buy yarn for embellishment projects (that I never quite get around to).
When we walked into the very pretty shop, there was a lady knitting at a table. The shopkeeper was also sitting at the table. They weren’t talking with each other. Just doing their own thing.
We walked in and smiled. The shopkeeper look right through us then turned her head. She totally ignored us. No “Hello” or “Can I help you?” or “Kiss my ass” or anything!
We walked around the shop for a few seconds looking at things and I found some very expensive but beautiful yarn skeins I wanted — but still nothing from the shopkeeper. Jeff even commented on the chilly reception and how stuffy the place felt. Look, it’s not like she or the shop was busy – no one was in there but us (gee, wonder why?). Clearly she was just ignoring us.
A few minutes later, two women walked in the door. As soon as the bell hanging on the door rang, the shopkeeper pipes up “HELLLLLLO! CAN I HELP YOU, LADIES?”
I put down the yarn (about $160-bucks worth so far) and we walked out. Buyer beware. If you shop here you’re nuts. I will never EVER go back there again.
There are so many other independant shops who are struggling or are more than willing to treat all of their customers with respect and common manners and courtesy that it is our duty as consumers to seek those shops out and support them. Dudes, this goes for quilt shops as well. If you’re not treated well by a shop owner or shop help, simply do not shop there and spread the word. They don’t deserve your cash.
That’s why I’m suggesting that if you happen to find yourself in Princeton, New Jersey SKIP a visit to PINS & NEEDLES. It’s a very pretty shop with really shitty manners. It sucks.
While I was walking through town, I snapped a few pictures of patchworky things in the windows. Loved this purse. See what you can do with some embellishment in a simple patchwork design?
I wasn’t wild about the purse, but I thought that the design was applique inspirational. Keep your eyes open for designs that would translate to applique or patchwork. It’s all around you IF you open your eyes.
The Princeton Campus
How could I visit Princeton without showing you the campus. It’s breathtaking.
Believe it or not, these are DORMS!
Introducing: Freak of the Week!
Now, I don’t mind criticism, I’m a big boy who realizes that I push the comfort circles of some folks — and I enjoy and invite reasonable, healthy and cordial debate. I don’t expect for everyone to agree with my point of view and opinions (I’d be a little scared if you did), but I’m over the idiots who write the most vile, name-calling, inaccurate and mean spirited letters and blog posts under the dark cloak of a screen name thinking that it’s both appropriate and necessary.
So read this blog on occasional Freaky Fridays as I crown a FREAK OF THE WEEK.
Now, you may agree with me, or you may agree with the freak. You may respond to me or you may respond directly to the freak. It doesn’t matter either way. It’s all just an excerise in physics (every action creates a positive or negative reaction) but it’s time to reveal the passive/aggressive pathology of the small but “freaky” handful of ridiculous , self-righteous, and self-absorbed nasty Quiltzillas.
Stone throwers beware!