Letting it Out

As I mentioned last week, the boys and I took an impromptu vacation to Minnesota.  In addition to our regular activities like the Como Zoo, a lake day, visits with friends and family, Ikea shopping, a quick HomeGoods date with my blog pal Jen, and indulging in all the foods of home, I made my way to a new store.  My cousin and pseudo sister told me about it, and she happily let me tag along.  Where did we go?  SR Harris Fabric Outlet in Brooklyn Park.  Jenna warned me, telling me it was 30,000 square feet filled with fabrics.  Well, now I believe her.  Look at this:

That’s one aisle of fabrics stacked over my head.  Surprisingly, the store is organized pretty well.  Cottons for quilting in one area.

Rows of home decorating fabrics.  A shelf covered in bolts of silks, taffeta, and tulle.

I had to practice serious restraint not to walk home with an carload of various silks, knowing full well it doesn’t stand a chance against my kids.

And the ribbon.  Oh, the ribbon!  Several end cap shelves of assorted ribbon.  I especially loved the velvet trims.

In a way, SR Harris reminded me of Ikea.  Huge store with plenty to look at, great prices (everything is 50% off the list price), and a do it yourself attitude.  Get this, you cut your own fabric!  How awesome is that?!?  So now, let me show you what I came home with.

Forgive me, because I don’t know most of the names.  The green stripe is actually from my Ikea shopping trip.  I couldn’t see a designer of the blue stripe, but it’s a nice weight canvas type fabric for $5.00 per yard.  P Kauffman makes the blue swirl, and I think the gray is by Ralph Lauren.  Both home dec fabrics are originally $19.99 per yard, but everything is half off.  No clue about the white sequin brand, but it was too fun to pass up.

Like a raccoon, my eyes like shiny, sparkly things.  I got a 1/2 yard to make an accent pillow or two.  To top it off, I got a few yards of an aqua grosgrain ribbon for 35 cents a yard and two yards of green velvet ribbon for 50 cents a yard.  Perhaps I’ll add it to a plain pillow cover for more detail or around a lamp shade.  Haven’t decided yet, but I’ve decided to buy things I love to work in.

Minnesotans, this is definitely worth a stop if you’re looking for any fabric.  I can’t wait to go back again to see what other treasures I can dig up.

Do you have a go to fabric store?  Do you go looking for something specific?  Or just by what catches your attention without a plan for it?