Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Well, that was silly of me

I finished the backpack/tote bag and brought it to Purl without taking a photo! I seem to do things like that more and more frequently these days. If we get a little natural light sometime soon I'll try to take a few photos of the bag and several other things I've neglected to show you.


Instead, here is a photo of our latest toy, which probably excites me more than it does Tsia. It's a game in which you select a card and then reach into a muslin bag without looking and try to find the corresponding wooden shape by touch only. It sounds like fun for a two-year-old, but I can think of a million other ways to play with this toy, which is why I like it so much. In fact, some of the little shapes have joined me at the computer today. But I bought it for Tsia. Really.

And can you see that gorgeous linen on which our little friends are standing? It's not a good photo, but that's the REAL reason for the picture. I discovered a little shop in the garment district today. Read this carefully, now: I bought natural-colored, 100% linen handkerchief and mid-weight plainweaves for $7 a yard! Yes, you read that correctly. Last week I looked at a similar quality for which the price was $25 a yard. And, even better, the shop has a website from which you can order: Gray Line Linen Inc. The mid-weight that I bought is called the "Judy," and it's delicious. Expect a bit of embroidery soon.



Here's another bag in progress. I promise I'll take photos of this one. Maybe tomorrow, if we can rustle up a little sunshine in these parts.

P.S. Let me just add, for those of you who may not know, that $7 a yard is approximately the equivalent of a wholesale price for someone who might be buying hundreds of yards. When I was in the design business the really high-end European linens started at about $7. Gray Line is a European importer and converter, and the linen is a fantastic quality. Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Love the look of that game! Would you mind telling where you got it from? Thanks.

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  2. Of course! We bought it at Kid O, which also has a website: kidonyc.com I don't see the game on their site, but it's called Touche Et Trouve (French for "Feel and Find"), and I'm sure that if you called or emailed they would be happy to help. Cheers!

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  4. Ooh, love the linen. Did you see the new linen at Purl too? I'm sure it's not $7 a yard, unfortunately. Is it anything like that silk burlap you have (which B&J will apparently only make known to you)?

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  5. Oh yet another reason to take a trip to NY (with a spare suitcase to carry all the fabric and yarn back)

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  6. Thanks for the linen link! Tsia's game is really cute too.

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  7. Thanks for posting the linen link. I will be using them soon! I had a linen project in mind but bulked at the $18/ yard price. This makes the whole project seem more feasible.

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  8. Carrie7:14 PM

    Great find on the linen! Thanks for passing along the tip.

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  9. oh wowie... thank you so much for the linen link... i think. when i spend all my money there - and then some - i am not entirely sure i will be that thankful, although i will be so terribly happy.

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  10. ok, i had to come back over here and thank you again... i clicked the manhattan store link on their sight... how did you not burst into tears upon crossing their threshold? i am nearly a puddle of joy just looking at the photo online.

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  11. that sunshine yellow is beautiful!
    and thank you for sharing the linen shop... i just bought my first little bit of 100% linen and i am hooked.

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  12. Okay, I'm totally with you on the game and wood pieces. Where did you get them, I want them too?

    The linen is fabulous as well, great deal! I just used my linen on a vintage smock pattern that I did a little extra work on for my niece...it's up on my blog if you want to see it, http://wishesdreamslove.blogspot.com/

    Can't wait to see what you do with the linen!

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  13. ooo, thanks liesl! I've probably walked right by this store and never gone in. I am definitely headed up there soon. Thanks for the tip! :)

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  14. Hi
    I have that same game!! My MIL bought it for my daughter in Perth Australia! We have had fun with it. Thanks for the tip about the linen.
    Cheers
    A stranger called Corina who will have her own blog soon.

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  15. Anonymous12:08 AM

    Thank you SO MUCH for the linen source -- I've been looking and linen is very hard to find. You are my friend for life!

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