Friday, February 22, 2013

maddie and maps


this week i had the pleasure of stomping around the garment district for the second time in months with maddie, and later that day with christine.  before miss fish arrived, we had giant portions of espresso, and stumbled into the most blinged out store in town: hai trimmings.  i wouldn't be surprised if you haven't been there.  at the moment it's under scaffolding, and you can't see much from the window, but this long narrow store is the technicolor side of oz.  i was able to snap this one lonely shot before catching the sign NO PHOTOGRAPHS PLEASE.

maddie somehow walked out of the joint with the most romantic and classic piece they had to offer. i walked out with 24 sew on gold pointy studs.

by now, you've heard about THE MAP, yes?  this is why we need it, yo!  i keep slapping myself a la i coulda had a V8 when i see the sewasaurus rexes i've missed while on the lam.  and a joint like this needs a pin too.  a sparkly, twirling, flashy pin.

a few tips if you haven't mapped yourself yet: first, read mastermind vicki's post.  then, if you had trouble like i did, don't go trying to pin yourself via tablet/iphone/gadget.  it won't work.  use le computer, and you'll also need the least fancified of your browsers.  for me, that's safari (chrome and firefox wouldn't let me edit the map). now...some enterprising soul needs to add colors to those pins, like blue for sewists and red for stores...vicki, you've got oodles of time, no?

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  1. the map truly is genius! i LOVE being able to see were all my favorite crafty persons on live on the planet, makes me dream of travels...

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  2. HAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHH free time?!?!? does that laughter seem hysterical enough? With everyone telling me what a genius I am, I managed to totally forget that my daughter's passport has expired, and we're 2 working days away from a trip to the US of A, where they are a bit strict about having a passport and all.....shit....I'm sitting here waiting for my man to come rescue me with photos and forms and we have to go grovel before the bureaucrats at la régie. Pray for me.

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    1. oh NO. i hope the passport gods were with you... hey, come to new york. okay? okay.

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    2. Got a new passport for the littlest one with 6 hours to spare....way down in Florida with family for the next 10 days, and didn't bring a single sewy thing with me. This may call for an inaugural visit to JoAnne's.

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  3. Can't wait to see what you do with the studs! Rocker chic anyone?

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  4. I just added myself today as well, and a shop in Brno, because THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE OF THIS KIND OF STUFF IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC!!! There, I went oona-fied on you.
    Don't you have a studded dress already? You'll make it work, you will.

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    1. YEAH ALL CAPS! i do indeed have a studded dress, but they're rounded and flat. these are spiky!

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  5. Wow that map is so cool- and I love studs- awesome!

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  6. I can't wait to see what those studs are for. Somehow I know it's going to be fancy.

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  7. Okay, clearly I need to go to this store pronto. I need feather trim for a flapper dress. And stuff to make a headpiece like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/239253798926398081/

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    1. oddly enough i have some feathers, straight from the peacock, in my mitts.. when you headed here???

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    2. EY!! i recognize that pinterest avatar! i love it!!!

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  8. Were you at Hai's on 38th St.? How can they make a rule you can't take a photo?!! I love that store, but sometimes I really need a picture to show.

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    1. yep, that's it! i mean pics would only help them out! the owner was tres friendly, in that borderline too friendly way, but he stayed tame. i bet i could get him to allow a wee blog post.

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  9. The map is such a great idea! And it further emphasizes the fact that I will need to go to Toronto for a sewing meet up someday....

    In other news, I had a dream two nights ago that I was completing the jumble and the jumble unscrambled to spell OONABALLOONA. Just fyi, you've officially seeped into my subconscious lol.

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  10. Is that marabou trim?!

    Did you ever use those iron-on studs from Fabric Planet in Los Angeles? (PS, I was fired for "not being passionate about the job" and I laughed) I've had one stud fall off a tee shirt, but it was not in a great place so I don't blame it for seeking greener pastures.

    I love the sewing map! I've had a ridiculously hard time connecting with other sewing bloggers in LA, but the map did lead me to discover a supposed treasure trove in Hawthorne, just south of LA, and I'm going to make a trip soon!

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    1. um, seriously? did they SEE the shot of you standing on top of a table?!

      my studs are still on, but i ironed the bejesus out of them :). i've heard of the hawthorne place too, leme know how it is!

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  11. Dude, obviously those signs are meant to read "No photographs except bloggers"! It's free advertising, dudes. /sigh.

    I totally pinned myself from Chrome. Crappy that was a pain for you, though. :(

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    1. i have no idea why chrome wouldn't play for me! it's my favorite browser.

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