Well, we just returned from a trip to northern New Mexico and Colorado. It’s always so good to get away. I’ll tell you more about our trip later, but wanted to show you some goodies I picked up.
Before I go into that, I took this pocket journal with me that I had made earlier for the trip.
There is a pocket for every day. It was so neat having a place for all of the stuff from each day. In the pockets are tickets, receipts, business cards, maps, napkins, and brochures. I also had a couple pieces of blank paper in each pocket to write notes on. Now, when I scrapbook this trip, I’ll have everything together.
I was amazed at how easy this project was and how useful. If you want to make one yourself, check out the tutorial on this page.
I found these first two pieces of lovely material from India at Santa Fe Fabrics.
The gray background gives this a retro look. I’d love to find a stamp to recreate this design.
Another print I’ve never seen before and again from India.
Then the last piece of fabric I found at this store was one I thought I might be able to copy.
They also had some wonderful trims from India and some great Japanese oil cloth. However, I wanted to save money for my next stop.
The next store, Pfeifers Studio was located in a small strip mall near our bed and breakfast. We spotted a bookstore, but when I walked by this store I just had to check it out. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all of the wood print blocks hanging on the wall. I had to buy these two.
The sales guy told me that they were not old – maybe 10 years old – but had been used on fabric. There were several others that were older, but I just fell in love with these. They are quite large compared to the three others I bought this past year online. To give you an idea of the size of these stamps, the circular one is 5 inches in diameter. Can’t wait to play with them.
My last purchase was from the Kokopelli Quilting Company. I wanted to buy a piece of fabric that looked like the Southwest. I had no problem finding that and more in this wonderful shop.
Love the pots! And then this next one.
I love this one especially. I can see cutting this up and using with some of my dyed fabric.
So much inspiration. So much fun. But, as always, it’s good to be back home.
WOW! I LOVE everything about this post! I’m so intrigued with the pocket journal! This would be a lovely thing for kids to do and I’d be tempted to leave it as is for my baby as he gets older. I’ve started a scrapbook but never stuck with it. I go back to my ” precious box ” and take out my memorable pieces one by one and enjoy it anyway. This is such a lovely way to have it organised by DAY! Thanks for posting the lovely fabrics and presses as well- never knew such presses exsisted. Always thought it was stamped on by some machine or otherwise bland way. Love learning new things from you!
Flora, Thank you!! Thanks for your kind words. Lynda
I love the pocket journal idea for a vacation. We really try to keep track of what we do and who we meet etc when we are away. I think the pocket journal would make things a lot easier.
I really can’t wait to hear about your vacation. My father lived in New Mexico and I haven’t been there for over 30 years. I hope Sante Fe is as beautiful as it used to be!
Love the fabrics you purchased! The Kokopelli Quilting Co has a great website!
Love the new blog layout too!
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Robin, I wasn’t sure how the pocket journal would work, but it was perfect. I’ve also made a smaller version but not really usable as far as saving large things from the trip. Might be a great idea for coupons. Hum…
Kokopelli Quilting Company was awesome. I could not believe all of the bright fabric. I could have stayed there all day. And they were so nice!
I’ve been looking to change the blog and saw one I really liked. I found out the theme and told Dave about it. It was funny that he had looked at another blog with the same theme and he had wanted to change his too. So we both changed ours at the same time!! Like minds for sure. Thanks for the comment.
Vacation pics will come soon. So much to weed through. Lynda
Sounds like a great trip! Love the pocket journal and that bird fabric is gorgeous!! I also really like the new blog design, it suits you better than the old one (as far as I’ve come to know you 😉 ).
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The pocket journal is adorable and I love the fabrics you bought! I might be able to help you re-create the bird print. Fun foam is a great way to make stamps. I have made birds with fun foam and with a pencil you can embed details into it. I should have a post on that on my blog somewhere. Check out this post: http://katherinesands.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/oh-no-its-love-again/
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Kathy, thanks for the link! That’s perfect. Love your birdie! Duh! Didn’t think about making one.