My Google RSS feed page of craft blogs has not changed in days! Lots of bloggers on summer vacation and not writing! However, I haven't written in days and I have no legitimate excuse. Lots going on at jcaroline- we got in Amy Butler's Nigella fabric, which I was told we wouldn't get even one piece until September and we got almost all the pieces last week. I did get it on the web and I am going to create some color boards (where we show you combinations of fabric, trim and ribbons) with the gorgeous stuff this week. I have to apologize for my color boards- I did a few over a year ago. I think they are a great idea and people even commented about how much they enjoyed them, but I didn't keep it up. I will be better about it!
My niece, Mary Louise, is in town for two weeks and being the creative photography type that she is, she already helped me get a ton of new trims on the web (that have been sitting waiting to be photographed for six weeks now?) and will help me with color boards this week.
Last week my new Sewist 521 sewing machine and MyLock 204D serger from Janome arrived. I will be doing some sewing projects for their new website, so I'll let you know when the first one will be up. There is nothing better than a new machine to improve your sewing! I have only spent a couple of hours with the sewing machine, but I already love the top-loading bobbin with the clear cover (you can see when your bobbin is running low), love the buttonholder (very easy), and that your "default" settings (stitch length, stitch width) aren't reset when the machine is turned off. (Especially important since my old machine would come unplugged unexpectedly and it reset your current stitch settings.) I have also never had a machine where you could drop the feed dogs, so I'm most excited to use that feature.
We also got in a bunch of cool buttons last week. Those will be on the web shortly (courtesy of Mary Louise). And some 100% wool felt. And some new Alexander Henry.