Oooh I am feeling very spoiled. Very spoiled indeed. Lots of goodies for me recently, some gifts, some purchases, and a win.
First up, I won this cute fat quarter bundle of Erin McMorris fabric during the Quilting Gallery blog hop from Cat Patches. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but it's very sweet fabric. Maybe a quilt for SCAN (our guild's charity) once I get back into the swing of sewing & quilting.
Next up, for my birthday I got an Amazon gift card from my mom, which I used to get a couple of quilting books that I've had my eye on for quite a while. Both books are great inspiration for using scraps, something I'll probably be doing a lot of once were paying for 2 kids in day care and my fabric budget gets slashed :)
I also splurged a bit and got the full fat quarter bundle of Madrona Road from The Intrepid Thread, which I got for a great deal with a coupon. I have to tell you, Julie at that shop provides amazing service. I ordered the bundle on Friday afternoon and it was waiting in my mailbox on Monday when I got home from work, and I only paid the standard shipping. I've got a few ideas of what I want to do with this, but since I probably won't get to it before the baby's born, I will probably just admire the pretty bundle for a few months!
Finally, the jackpot of presents, or "my husband wins some major brownie points." First, for my birthday last month he got me an iPad. Yes we share a bank account, but I've been wanting one for a while and never would have taken the plunge if it wasn't a gift. But even my beloved iPad pales in comparison to....
My new sewing machine, a Janome Horizon 7700!! I am SO excited about this one, even though I probably won't get to use it to its full potential for a few months. This was definitely an impulse buy. We took my machine, a perfectly good Brother NX-450Q in for services, and somehow left with this. We did get a really good deal with the trade and also because this was the floor model. I paid about $1200 LESS than MSRP, which is pretty good!
I will plan on doing a full review once I have a little more experience with it, but I will say once I got home with it, it was not love at first sew. My Brother was much more user-friendly, and it felt like going from a Honda Civic to an army tank. But after sewing on it for over a week now (still no FMQ yet, can't WAIT to try that), I am getting used to it and am really starting to love it.
Well that's enough of my bragging. I have to say though, after a rough summer it's nice to be spoiled! Although now that I think about it, maybe hubby is just building up to refusing to do diapers or something...nah! ;)