I love the mail!

The USPS has been very generous these days…


First, these gorgeous wax print African fabrics from Rosa. She also sent the cutest patterns that I must get to work on straight away! thank you Rosa!!


Then, the fabric and wool felt I ordered from Colonial Crafts showed up way earlier than expected. Right on super fast shipping! And they tied everything up in lovely ribbon. Pretty 🙂


Lastly my Amazon order arrived. I bought up these Lois Lenski books after panicking that the reissue of The Little Farm is now unavailable. I just love Lois Lenski’s illustrations. They so remind me of my childhood and the Betsy, Tacy and Tib books. (not sure what’s up with the cover illustrations on these but the illustrations inside are by Lenski) And no, I wasn’t a kid in the 1950s, but you wouldn’t know it by the books I read!

4 thoughts on “I love the mail!

  1. Kelly says:

    What are some of the stores in the Chicago area that you like? I have a few favorite yarn stores here (two in the city, one in the suburbs), but sometimes I’m stumped with finding other *nice* crafty-art things — like that lovely wool felt, for example. Also, are the resale shops you frequent in the Oak Park/suburb area or in the city? Again, it’s easy enough to find them in the city, but I’m always looking for more resources.

  2. hillary says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I found the squares of really thick soft wool felt at Windmill City Quilts in Batavia and then I found more wool felt, not as thick but nice, at Hancock and then this lovely stuff above online at Colonial Crafts. QBU Prairie Shop also in Batavia is the other quilt shop I recently discovered. Have you been to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston? I was never really that impressed with it but I should give it another shot as I haven’t been there in ages. I really just find most things at the usual suspects Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Hancock, Joanns and then search online for anything I can’t find there. As far as yarn stores the 3 I go to most often are Tangled Web here in Oak Park, Have Ewe Any Wool in Elmhurst and Wool & Company in St. Charles. What stores do you go to in the City? I used to go to Arcadia Knitting when I lived up by there. I like to order yarn online too.. elann.com. The only good thrifting, unfortunately, is in the city.

  3. kelly says:

    Yeah, Arcadia in the city is very nice. Unfortunately, it’s far enough away from my apartment and I don’t have a car, so I don’t go often. But that’s not unfortunate — I really should stay out of yarn stores. I also like the Knitting Workshop on Lincoln…but only at the end-of-season sale. Otherwise, I can’t afford anything there.
    In the suburbs, I like a store in Naperville — I think it’s called Jefferson Street Yarns, or something.
    I’m looking forward to making trips to some of these fabric shops!
    Have you considered selling your bags at any of the craft-art shows, like Depart-ment?

  4. alishia says:

    I was just thinking about “Cowboy Small” when I read about the picturebook book that you want. Then I read this! How great! I have a copy of “Cowboy Small” that was discharged from a school library. I never read it when I was little, but I fell in love with it at the age of twenty-six.

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