Monday, August 21, 2006

Just a little fabric shopping






















Sticking to my LIST of fabrics that I need, here is a photo of my latest fabric purchases... first and foremost - red novelty flannel for a 2nd pair of PJ's for Little Boy (as promised - I DID tell him he could pick out more fabric but not until I finished the 1st pair), and of course, his little snippet of a novelty of his choice (trains this time around). He is getting a nice collection of novelties!

Let's see... purple flower-y fabric for a border and the green and blue will go in the same quilt. Orange for an inner border for my hexigon flowers. And - a few fat quarters for stash variety - I think I am using 1 light blue as a sky background and then I bought 2 browns to audition for an applique squirrel for a wall hanging.

I must say - I was very pleased with my self-restraint at the fabric store! The plan for today is to at least get the 2nd pair of PJ's cut out... we will see!

About that LIST - I keep a little notebook in my bag and always write down what I want to make, yardage needed, yardage I already have, etc. I also make a big show of getting the list out, referring to it and checking things off as we find it in the store - for Little Boy's benefit. Before we go shopping for anything he helps me make a list. He now really understands that if we are going grocery shopping we only buy what is on the list! No more melt-downs over not getting some sugar cereal or whatever. And - at the bottom of every grocery list - only for Good Little Boy's - M&M's (to share with Momma), or bubbles, or some other little treat. Because everyone deserves a treat every now and again (or does that count as bribery?). In anycase - the list is a real life saver when it comes to avoiding temper tantrums! Oh - and it keeps me organized too - double bonus!
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12 comments:

Doodlebug Gail said...

Love Little Boy's fabric choices! My DD has a collection of "cat fabrics" which she loves. The LIST you work on with Little Boy will have more advantages than you think when he starts to read - what a thrill both my kids got out of reading the list in the store!

Passionate Quilter said...

Good for you--for lots of things...
-showing great restraint in the fabric store and sticking to your list
-letting Little Boy choose some special fabric
-showing LB the importance of not over-indulging and sticking to lists
-treating LB on occasion :)

I've said it before and I'll say it again--you are a good Mommy, he's a lucky Little Boy!

cher said...

well done on the shopping. LB has a very clever mummy.

quiltpixie said...

way to go 0-- you're as good as santa making a list and checking it twice! I make a list to be sure to get those items and not forget them, but sure don't limit myself to the list :-)

Love littleb boy's novelty fabrics. The kids got a good eye...

Nancy said...

Lovely purchases there. Pretty soon you'll be able to make little boy an I Spy quilt with all HIS stash.

Good for you sticking to a list. And for teaching little boy early how not to make impulse purchases. And yes good little boys do deserve a treat for being good.

Dawn said...

Well what a clever idea for Little Boy and the list! Wish I would have been that smart when my kids were young. Actually - they need it more now that they are teens! :)

Patti said...

What a smart mother you are! And what a good example you are setting him. He'll grow up so much more financially savvy than most kids his age.

Bonnie said...

Good idea on the list. Just remember to take it with you! (I usually leave mine at home.)
Nice fabrics. I especially like the lavender flower.

Linda_J said...

whatever works to keep you--and Little Boy--on track. I bet he has an interesting stash by now!

Sweet P said...

I've started keeping a list with me for the fabric and quilting tools I need. It is way too easy to overspend. I wish I would have made lists when I took my children shopping. I probably would have a few less gray hairs now if I did that.

ForestJane said...

IF I was REALLY good, mom used to give me a penny for the gumball machines at the front of the store, on the way out... lol

Of course, back then you got 4 or 5 little gumballs and maybe a cheap little toy for your penny. Now the same deal would cost you at least 50 cents.

So when's he going to start sewing all his novelty fabric together into a quilt? lol

Mary said...

I also make shopping lists - what a good idea to use the list with your son to set expectations before going out.