You see, Hubby isn't a gleeful shopper, so each year I pick out my own Christmas gift. It makes him happy, and that way I get what I want. I usually pick one "big" thing rather than a bunch of smaller ones, so that it's easier to remember from year to year what my special gift was.
For a while now I've been wrangling for an iPad (I'm a Mac kind of gal). But suddenly I decided that I wanted to do something creative, to make something with my hands that you can't eat.
So I decided that this is what I want for Christmas this year:
Yep, I decided that I wanted a sewing machine for Christmas. And this one in particular, the Brother SE-400, is a great entry-level machine that allows you to sew, quilt, and embroider. It gets great reviews, even from people who own much more expensive machines and wanted a lighter-weight model to carry to classes and sewing circles.
And this is the point where all my close friends and family say, "You want whaaa-aat???" Which would normally be followed with, "But, why???"
Because...I want to make pretty things. I want to be able to make small quilts and runners, and monogram and embroider. I want to get more in touch with my "girly" side and learn a skill that women have been practicing for centuries.
And if I eventually get to the point I could be considered somewhat "competent", then I might like to share some of the things I make in my online shop.
This is probably the fault of all my friends who are so very crafty. I have friends who blog about the wonderful things that they make: dolls and quilts and soap and signs and such. I'm always so impressed, and just a wee bit envious.
This explains why you see me adding more and more quilt and sewing blogs to my blog list: it's because I need a lot of help and inspiration.
Last week I spent a few hours in a great quilt shop and learned a lot, both from the ladies who work in the shop and the friendly customers who took me under their wings. I'm meeting one of them tomorrow morning at a sewing get-together she invited me to attend, and she's promised to bring me a few beginning patterns to try and some fabric to get started with.
*Sigh*...aren't folks friendly in Idaho?
I haven't bought my sewing machine yet; I'm still asking for feedback and advice from ladies who are much more experienced. (hint, hint)
P.S. If you haven't already, be sure to enter my giveaway for this cutie. Click here for details.
P.P.S. I forgot to tell you how big he is: about 9" x 7" x 1.5". He's bigger than you think!