Thursday, June 25, 2009

The best fabric ever in the history of the whole wide world.

Two weekends ago I had a yard sale. Basically I just put a bunch of junk in the driveway and spent the day weeding the front yard and occasionally someone stopped by and gave me money for the things I didn't want anymore. Sage willingly parted with a bunch of junky toys and I got rid of some excess sewing notions and a bunch of fabric that just wasn't my style. I advertised it as a "Recession Special - Nothing over $1!" and made $50. Afterward, I dropped the leftovers off at the thrift store and then couldn't resist going in to browse and maybe spend some of that new cash.

And there I found it - something I'd been searching for for years. It must have been karma or kismet or the fabric gods sending me a gift for sharing my stash with others that day. It was the kind of find that makes your heart start pounding and you grab it and hug it tight and expect someone to fight you for it. But no one did. It was mine, all mine! It was this:

(Click to enlarge, it's awesome.)

A rare vintage Sesame Street bed sheet featuring such long lost characters as Mr. Hooper, David, Farley, Roosevelt Franklin (and his mother), Sherlock Hemlock, as well as Big Bird, Oscar, Grover, Cookie Monster, Snuffy, Ernie and Bert. I had bid on it a few times on ebay over the years but always got outbid (and watched one go for over $60!). I got this one for $2.50 - and not just a little bit, this much:

A whole swing set full! Sage thought it made a nice tent:

I, however, envisioned sundresses and skirts and pillows and bags and lots of other wonderful new things. But first I vowed to make something for McKenna and something for me. The rest will go to kokoleo. Here's what I made today:

And although we've never done the matchy-matchy mother / daughter thing before, I couldn't resist making this for me:

I can't wait to see what else will become of it. Thanks, fabric gods.


Niena said...

OMG lovely fabric. where did u buy the fabric. love it. can i get it online.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Wow!! Great find! I have never seen a sheet like that but I can totally understand why you have been searching for it.

undeadgoat said...

Nice . . . if you're going to do matchy-matchy, why not go 100% quirky? Pink pinstripes are just *so* passé . . .

Heidi said...

So cute!

Jenny said...

very cool!!!

ps -- love your shoes too!!!

Frogsiren said...

Sweet! I like 'em. Nice legs too, KB.

KB said...

Thanks everybody. In addition to my undying love for Sesame Street, I've got a thing for cityscapes and brick buildings too... which would explain my obsession with this fabric I guess.

Marcie said...

Will you be making any dresses in a size 5 with it???

KB said...

Hmmm, Marcie, I'll let you know. I had to put it away for a while so I can work on commissions but I'll probably get it back out soon.

jmb_craftypickle said...

That is the best fabric karma story I have heard in a LONG time. Congrats and it happened to the best person. Look at the loveliness that you have already made with it! Woo-Hoo!

sugarcreekstuff said...

Yay! Love your new fabric, and clothes. I love how Snuffys body is in 4 different windows.

I found a twin 3 piece set of vintage disney sheets last summer at the thrift shop, ,
I still havent had the heart to chop them up, but have been using them in our camper for bedding.

@winkshesaid said...

I have a huge Sesame Street weakness, too, and that fabric is just the best. It makes me super happy.

Becky said...

Wow! That is awesome!!!

Note to self - pay closer attention to the sheets at the Thrift stores!

Poppy (xperimentl) said...

What an awesome score, all of our favorite old school characters! The dress and skirt are absolutely adorable! I just bought a collection of Sesame Street books at a thrift store that I had as a kid. My children thought I was a little nuts, but I was ecstatic.
The Recession Special Sale is a wonderful idea, too. I might have to steal that one for some extra thrift store spending money.

KB said...

Oooo, is it the Sesame Street Treasury? We love those books in our house.

Sewing-Chick said...

Totally awesome score! I can't believe how high it was going for on ebay!

Todd said...

My brother and I had this bed sheet and comforter set when we were kids. Just seeing it brings back waves of memories. Awesome dress too, by the way.

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