Monday, October 5, 2015

Changing my blog name and Address!

Hello Everyone,
I have moved everything over to my new blog Mara Creates,   I no longer Secretly Stitch, and have my sewing machine out on the dining room table a lot of time.  I have moved all of my content over there, and will slowly be spiffing it up, for a big reveal on November 1st, when I have my first project in a magazine, so exciting!  See you around.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Said WIth Love Advent Calendar

Hello Everyone,
From the title you probably guessed I am getting ready to Celebrate Christmas Early!  And I am so excited that it is only 3 months away, can you believe it?
Are you ready to celebrate?  Do you have a hand made Advent Calendar to help you celebrate, or would you like to make one?

This is the Advent Calendar created by Anne Boundy of Said With Love.

Anne is hosting a Sew Along to make your own Advent Calendar, it is a relaxed Sew Along and there is no pressure, but I know I will be so excited to hang mine up on December 1st, here are the dates for the Sew Along.

Our Sew Along Schedule

26th Septemberpurchase the pattern (a PDF will be emailed to you), select your fabric and start cutting
3rd October – start making the pockets
10th October – finish all the pockets (there are 25 of them to make!)
17th October – make the tree main section and borders
24th October – sewing on the buttons
31st October – catch up
7th November – quilting and binding
14th November – round up of the sew along
If you are on Instagram you can show your progress with the hashtag #SWLAdventCalendarSAL

I must admit my favorite part was decorating the tree, it went from this

to this.
added some buttons on the tree with metallic thread and little puffed up presents underneath.
The big buttons were fun to put on too, especially with my button pins, haha.
Taking photos of it was hard, since it does come out to a fairly large size, I had to stand on a chair in order to get a full picture of it and our little stray kitty was wondering just what I was doing.
I have it all packed up right now and can't wait for the next 68 days to pass so I can hang it up properly.
I was a pattern tester for the Said With Love Advent Calendar, but I do love this pattern, it is charm pack friendly and you use all of the little pieces of fabric, and this will be a family treasure.
Are you going to join us in the Sew Along?  You can find the pattern here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

FABulous Home Sewn

I want to introduce you to my friend Fenna of FABulous Home Sewn, go on over to her blog and browse around, she sews lots of things for her kids, she has 5!!
You can read more about her in the Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Hop, where she was featured this summer as one of the Great Canadian Designers!
And she makes the most wonderful patterns that make up great gifts for children or even for yourself, she is working on a handbag right now the pattern should be out soon and it looks fantastic.

She is giving one of her patterns above, the winners choice, to my 4 Kids Christmas Swap Participants, who made their mosaics and posted them on IG.

Drumroll.......And the winner is: Threehoneybees,   Congratulations!!!

Here are a few more pictures and some links to more of what I have made with her patterns, I have the Perfect Petal Purse and the Pirates Treasure Wallet, all of her patterns can be found on Craftsy.
 It is so hard to find something to sew up for boys, I have made these for my nephews and 2 for my son, the picture below shows it in action, he loves being able to pay for things by himself.
I have made 4 perfect petal purses, now I cheat a little when making them, I sew the interfacing onto a strip of fabric when making the leaves and then I sew the strips right sides together around the cut out leaf interfacing and then cut the leaves with my wavy rotary cutter, it makes making this purse super easy and can be done within one day and looks super adorable!  See more pictures here, with that change to the pattern.
 A BEE-autiful Sunflower Perfect Petal Purse, I just doubled the petals on this one.
Do I have any money?

More photos can be found here, here, here and here.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

For The Kids Christmas Swap

I am addicted to swaps, and now my kids are too!
They love it when mail comes in but get very sad when they find out that it's not for them (mommy gets most of the packages)
So how about we do a swap that is just for our kids or gandkids!

In order to participate in this swap you must have an OPEN IG account, I'm sorry no Private accounts, I realize some people don't want family/children's photos out there, and you can make an account just for swapping, but I also believe especially in this swap that you will want to see at least one photo of the child you will be sending too.  Thank you.  If you do not have IG, but would still like to play along, shoot me an e-mail and we can see what we can do,

Here are the details:
  1. Sign Up for how many children you want to sew for, 1, 2, 3 or 4, if more than that, please send me an e-mail first,
  2. Tell me the sexes you want to sew for, maybe you have all girls and you want to sew for some boys, or perhaps the opposite, or in my case I would like to sew for both boys and girls.
  3. You will make one medium SEWN item, ie. pillowcase, hoop art for the wall, purses, bags, on the go art bag, etc.  I will be making a Pinterest board filled with inspiration, tag me on Pinterest if you find some great tutorials and ideas too, I am grecomara on Pinterest.
  4. You will make one item that doesn't cost you money to make, I am in the bad habit of buying new fabric for every swap I am in, so this is the item where I want you to look for something else, that to a kid would be just as fun, maybe even more fun to receive than the sewn item.  Like today my son received some remolded crayons in the shape of Darth Vader and Storm Troopers, he has had a blast playing with these (she did buy the molds, but for very cheap on Amazon).  I made dinosaur eggs for some swap kids a few weeks ago, and those were with basic items we had in the kitchen, something like that for the second item in the swap.
  5. Okay now we will spend money, $5 , purchase a small gift item and have it nicely wrapped for the child, this is a Christmas swap, in fact try to wrap all the items, this item can be a few things adding up to $5, say a small toy and candy.  But let's try not to spend more than $5.
  6. Send some information about where you live, a post card is good, or maybe a magazine clipping, so they can see where in the world their gift came from.
  7. For EACH child you sign up for you will also send a FQ (Fat Quarter, or same amount of scraps) for the sewing/swap addicted Mama/Grandma/Man.
Okay, got it, 3 gifts PER child, you sign up to swap with 2/3/4 children you will be partnered with someone who has 2/3/4 children and you will be sending 3 items to EACH child. You don't have to send a postcard to each child, but the gifts need to be separated AND labeled, but of course can be shipped in the same package.  The only time this is not the case is if you sign up for just swapping for 1 child and then you send 3 gifts to just that one child and one FQ for the mama.  For each child you sign up for you will be sending 1 FQ (or equal amount) of fabric to the mama, (hey I also like presents too!), sign up for 1 child/1 FQ, 2 children/2 FQ's, 3 children/3 FQ's, 4 children/4 FQ's.

RULES/DATES:  Very important and I am a stickler to rules and will contact you via e-mail if I feel you are not participating correctly or following the rules, you will have 5 days to respond to me and if not you will be dropped from the swap.  Got it okay!
  1. Swap Sign Ups open between July 4th to July 26th (Parents Day, how cool is that!)
  2. Swap Partners Assigned by July 31st (this is a SECRET Swap, but each group will be small so it will be an intimate group and you will be able to follow each other without detection :)
  3. You must make a post about your childs/childrens desires and loves by August 15th, I love using Pinterest, but you can also write a blog post or make a mosaic and let your partner know about these options via a picture or post to your OPEN IG account and using your groups hashtag.
  4. Post a fabric pull or a pattern design/ free tutorial idea that you think would look wonderful for the child you are making FOR by September 15th.
  5. I want to see a progress shot by October 15th, this is important, if I don't see anything by this date, I will give you five days to contact me (I will be contacting you, trust me) and if you do not contact me with some kind of communication (really I am open with the communication, e-mail, IG DM, or just even a comment on one of my pictures to let me know where you are at in this swap) you will be dropped!!!
  6. SHIP DATE: International shipping date is November 16th.  Same Country ship date: December 5th.  We want these packages to arrive before Christmas, so if you can ship early please go ahead and do so and let your swap mama or myself (mara_makes) know when you have shipped. Thank you.
  7. Please, Please if you can respond/heart/comment on at least 1/4 or 1/3 of the photos shared to the hashtag you are a member of, input, praise, and friendship is greatly appreciated in this swap.  I will really love this to happen and if you feel you have an especially quite partner, please inform me and I will give a friendly nudge to them so they can participate in this fun for the kids swap!!!
Are you ready!
  1. You are making something beautiful for a kid!
  2. Please make sure that what you are sending to this child is of a quality that you would like your child to receive. 
  3. Trim away all threads, ensure that all thread ends are tied off, sunk in. (a real pet peeve of mine, come on, how easy is this)
  4.  That all seams are finished and stitched in properly. (kids are really hard on their stuff, and this is very important, they can't be constantly warned to be careful)
  5. Have FUN!  I love creating something new and making my kids the guinea pigs is always fun!  I made these cute Hello Kitty purses for a swap, but I first tested my pattern on a bag for my daughter and realized that although I thought it would be a good idea to have the shoulder strap in front and in back of the ear, it in fact made the shoulder strap very twisty.
 So this way my daughter got the "dud" and I sent the 2 good ones, but she still loves her dud Hello Kitty Purse.

So after reading all of that (are you still awake) do you want to join in this Fun Swap, all about making something awesome for a child, so that your child also receives something wonderful, then sign up here!

Swap Giveaways:
The really fun part, I will be hosting 3 giveaways during this swap, so be sure to keep your ears/eyes open and share this swap with all of your buddies!  Giveaway dates correspond to the deadlines listed in the Rules section: August 15th, September 15th and October 15th!
"this is an IG swap, but if you do not have IG and wish to participate, please e-mail me, maybe we can work something out."

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sewing for the kids!

The reason I started sewing was because I wanted to make my daughter some cute outfits.
My mom flew from America with a sewing machine in her overhead baggage, but it took me 2 years to pull it out and actually sew with it, when my daughter was born, something about little girls just makes you want me want to sew!  So of course she gets the majority of my sewn items, but every once in a while I will sew something up for my son, like this wallet.
This is the 5th Pirate's Treasure Wallet I have sewn up, this pattern is from Fenna of Fabulous Home Sewn, the first one was for my son, last year, and he loves it.
He thinks he is rich and uses it to buy himself treats, like ice cream above, he is also very sweet and even bought his sister a birthday present with "his own money" now those are quotes, because obviously the money is from me, lol!
The inside has 3 card slots, a clear vinyl slot (Nik likes to use this area to place his treasures) a zippered change pocket that comes in very handy, also a place to place bills (not going to happen).  He has used his little wallet so much, I have also sent all of the nephews one.  I thought I would sew up a new one for his first grade graduation present.
Graduation photo!
 See he is even holding his old one here, it goes everywhere with him, and it was time for a new one.

The month before I sewed up the Perfect Petal Purse a pattern also my Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn.
adding extra long petals and an embroidered bee for the front.

Next up on my list is the long awaited Secret Garden Dress, I have had this pattern since the beginning before the designer named herself Audrey & Tiffany, and when she was selling it on Craftsy.
I've had these fabrics picked for the dress, well for ages, like I said, it's just my daughter is very hard to sew for since she is not a regular size so I have to fiddle with the patterns and it's kind of a pain, but this dress reminded me of butterflies and ladybugs (I have a second selection of fabrics with butterflies on them, so if this one works I will be making another one)
I hope to get to make this before the Canadian Pattern Designer Challenge ends, and if I do I will add the pictures here, but if not, just check out this dress it is a beauty and also check out all of the other Canadian Designers, you will recognize some of them I am sure!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Pretty Perfect Fabric and Patterns

Pretty Perfect Fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics!  "Feel the Difference" is their motto, and it is a good one, love the feel of their fabrics, I can even tell when it is AGF fabrics and they don't have their selvedge, just by the feel of them.
AGF is having a giveaway of 100 yards,  in order to enter the giveaway you must post a selfie of yourself with something you have made with AGF.  A selfie is a “photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone and shared via social media”
How good are you at doing Selfies? 
I am NOT very good at taking selfies, so difficult, eekk.. you can see my nose hairs, oh now you can't see my nose at all, talk about double chin, hey where'd the bag go?  so on and so forth, I took about a dozen different selfies.

So I made 2 items to enter, one is the Pretty Floral Divided Tote by Thread Riding Hood.

I made it out of the new Skopelos fabric designed by Katarina Roccella, these are the 2 exterior fabrics, Paparounes Pastel (that's poppies in greek) and Greeka Skouro (the greek key like symbol in Dark -Skouro) and for the Interior I used Underground Route from the Jungle Ave collection by Sara Lawson.
I took these pictures at a girlfriends shop, she sells Greek trinkets.
Paralia means beach in Greek, but it is also a place here in Greece.
 I tried to take some selfie pictures at the outdoor market or in Greek - Bazaari, but was feeling pretty exposed with everyone walking around and several neighbors were asking what I was doing, the Greek community always wants to know what that strange foreign women is up too.
I used some hardware from Emmaline Bags, the handmade bag label and a magnetic snap inside.

I picked up some strawberries at the market and picked up 2 birthday packages from the post office.
I also made the Perfect Petal Purse for my daughter a pattern made by Fenna from a Fabulous Home Sewn. out of Art Gallery Elements, Floral and Nature, I love basics and just love AGF Elements, can't wait to get my hands on some of the newer Prisma ones.
For that selfie you will need to go see it on my Instagram account :) -link on the side bar.
 I made a little stumpwork bee for the center of this sunflower purse.  I even made him wings out of some AGF fabrics, but decided that they were a little too big and was afraid they might get caught on things as my daughter wore her new purse.

So no wings for the little guy, but surrounded by delicious french knots representing the center of the sunflower.

The zipper has some bag bling with an Emmaline bags handcrafted zipper pull

See a Pretty Perfect Fabric and Pattern Pairing!
Did you make anything out of AGF?
#ShowUsHowYouAGF, #artgalleryfabrics & #wearefabrics

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All The Skirts

Hello All, I whipped up a skirt for my daughter over the weekend, I have been meaning to make one for a while out of this fabric that I bought from the Fat Quarter Shop.
"Pepe in Paris" by Riley Blake Designs and the text print is "Surrounded By Love" by Deb Strain for Moda
When I ordered this fabric I knew I wanted to make something for my daughter with it and along came the Skirt Fixation link up of "All the Skirts" and all of the pretty skirts made using Oliver & S patterns, I really need some good patterns, but I do love what I whipped up.

The skirt, an appliqued shirt and a purse to match!
I designed all of it myself based off of my daughters measurements, she is a little chubby compared to patterns.

The purse is felt with the fringe at the bottom, I sewed up the sides with a zigzag stitch using Aurifil Variegated Thread #3840
I made some pockets for the skirt, because as we all know little girls love pockets.
One on each side, the text print peeks out just a little on the top and is also used as the lining of the pocket.
I really hate hemming clothes so I did something to the bottom of the skirt so I wouldn't have to hem it, not sure what it would be called, but I just used the text print again and then added the trim.

But my daughter doesn't like the trim so much now because it keeps getting caught in her shoes, so I will be taking it off, but it will be okay cause the text print is what made it easy for me not to have to hem the skirt.
I need to learn the trick on how to get kids to stand still for photography shoots, bribery does not work on this child of mine.
It's still cold here in Greece for the morning walks to school.

running ahead of her, maybe I can get a front shot, just made her run faster :)
So on a hanger will have to get you a better picture of what the outfit looks like.
Linking up to "All the Skirts" with Skirt Fixation!

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Challenge and FairyTales!

My friend Fenna who has the blog Fabulous Home Sewn is doing a Photo Contest with her patterns, she is the one who created the really cute Perfect Petal purse, that I made here.

and also the Pirate wallet, she has a few more new patterns that you should also take a look at.

Check out all of the awesome prizes available here.
The pictures are due at the end of this month May 31st! You can purchase her patterns on Craftsy.

And now to talk about Fairy Tales.
I am in a swap on Instagram (okay a few to many swaps on Instagram) and one of them is the SPD FairyTale Swap, well I really let my partner down in not telling her what fairy tale I like, but my problem is I like them ALL!  I went to Wikipedia and looked at the List of Fairy Tales, OMG, it is so cool, you can loose yourself in there, finding new fairy tales, reading the history behind them, it is so much fun!
So short story, darling partner, I don't have a favorite Fairy Tale, I think they are all pretty darn cool, I especially like the ones that have a moral or "parent warning" in them, like "The boy who Cried Wolf" which is Greek by the way, cool right!
I had fun finding new ones like "The bee and the Orange Tree", I can see this mini being made out of some Tula Pink fabric! (one of my favorite designers)
Tula Pink, The Birds & the Bees, Tree of Life
I didn't even know that "The Little Mermaid" was a fairy tale, I thought it was a Disney cartoon, but it is in fact a Hans Christian Andersen Story from 1837!  Who knew right, well I didn't, I love mermaids! and the real story is so much more interesting than Disneys remake :) Although a tad sader, but the moral of the story is so much more interesting.

So the short story is, make something you love and I will also love it, if you can contain a book of the fairy tale or a written note of which fairy tale you are making the mini from I will really appreciate it.  I love reading and finding new stories and sharing them with my children who still love to hear mommy read to them.
I am on Pinterest and Flickr if you need more ideas into what kind of style I like, my user name is grecomara.
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I am Gemini

Hear me Roar...  Haha, okay just kidding it is probably the Leo who roars.
This is mostly for my partner in the #zodiacminiswap being held on Instagram.
But if you would like to learn a little bit more about me, then please read on.

It was hard to make a mosaic board about your star sign, mostly I came up with quotes when I wrote Gemini Zodiac on google, I have placed my favorite quotes on my Pinterest board, I am Gemini!
There are only a handful of pictures that I have found, other than the traditional Gemini sign.
I really liked this one, cause it represents both my Zodiac sign and also my Chinese Horoscope, Year of the Dragon.
Source and Designer can be found here.
I guess some people don't like signs and horoscopes and stuff, but I do, okay I don't go out and read my daily horoscope, but I really just love reading about different people and also to see if there is any truth to what is written about me, I have a ton of books, these are the only ones I could find quickly.
 The top two are written by Robert Lee Camp and are more specific, like they go by the day you were born, I have a friend who does Yearly Reports based off of this specific horoscope reading and it is really dead one, example below of just what is in the book.

Let's have fun and do a little Greek History of the twins or διδυμος (in Greek, Gemini/Διδυμοι) .  The ancient Greeks told of the seduction of Leda by Zues (that darn Zues seducing all of the women) who transformed himself into a swap (okay I had to leave that there after I proofread, cause that is where my head always is in swaps, haha, but it is supposed to read SWAN) for the purpose: Leda laid two eggs, one containing here children by her mortal husband, Castor and Clytemnestra, and the other her immortal offspring, Pollux and Helen.  When Castor was killed, Pollux mourned his brother's death so deeply that Zeus raised his dead twin to immortality.  Well that's that story, hehe, let's have mine:

The Gemini-born are highly intellectual, love change, and love to talk.
Well I don't know if I would say I am highly intellectual, but if it is something I am interested in, you only have to tell me how to do it once, and I can memorize it.  But on the other hand if I am not interested in what ever intellectual thing is going on it will just go in one ear and out the other.  Same thing with loving to talk, I can talk to complete strangers very easily IF I find them interesting, but if I have nothing to say then I don't talk, because I feel when I talk it should be to say something important, not just to hear myself speak.  LOVE CHANGE, YES, that one is right on!  I could paint a room a dozen times over, go on vacation to a different spot every time, etc.  I didn't realize how different this was until I married my husband and well he does not like change, if I move the couch he freaks out... So yeah not much change happening here lately.

People born under the sign of Gemini love to converse. They spend a lot of time on the phone, sending emails, and chatting with people they may or may not know personally. They love to ask questions because they have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They are likely to gain information from a wide variety of sources. An encyclopedia is just as good as a co-worker who is recounting gossip from a recent tabloid.
Like I said above not so much, I can talk if I find the conversation stimulating, or I am talking with a best buddy.  But I can also sit quietly in the corner.  I get most of my knowledge from the internet nowadays, if I want to learn something I type it into the computer.  I don't find Greeks very intelligent at least not the ones I am around so not very many conversations with them.

Gemini loves change and variety. A Gem will become bored and restless if stuck in the same place or situation for too long. Gems love freedom and traveling to different countries. They find true joy in the journey. They also love working on multiple tasks, usually leaving them all unfinished. They lack the focus to complete one assignment. Instead, they spread their energy out over as much as they can. People born under the Twins actually love to have more than one of everything in their lives, not just jobs. This includes careers and lovers. After all, "twin" means "two".
Ummm.. yeah, the above is all me, as you can see I am an American living in Greece and totally dig the idea of moving to Australia with my husband and kids whenever he brings it up (cause the economic situation here is not good) but it is my husband who is always like, "oh you can't do that, you won't be able to live in Australia", ha, see how well he knows me, I always argue, Hey I'm livin' in Greece.  But it is really HIM who doesn't want to move.
This is from the book I mentioned above, this is my Planetary Ruling Card.

The second sentence Yes, just take a look at my kitchen table right now as I am writing this, I have 4 sewing projects I am working on right now and that doesn't include the 3 over on my ironing board in the corner or the ones that are down in my dungeon  I mean craft room.
one end of the table has space for a computer or for my sewing machine :)
This is why I enjoy joining challenges, cause it gives me a deadline to complete something, Swaps also are awesome cause they do the same thing, you need to finish it by a certain date and it needs to be a mini or a pouch or whatever, but there are specifics, which is really good for me. I have been meaning to make my Mom a purse since last June, and all I have done is picked the pattern and ironed the fabric, but since no one is around to say hey did you finish that purse for you mom, well it isn't getting done, I even set my own dates, like first it was for Thanksgiving then for Christmas now for Mother's day (probably going to miss that one) so then it will be back to being a birthday gift for her in June (gosh I hope I can get it done this year!)
The last sentence, two of everything, yeah me again, first I just love to collect stuff, we have 3 cars, 1 vespa and I am hoping we can get another one this year ;) I used to always have 2 jobs, or if I couldn't do 2 jobs I would volunteer somewhere for my time off, always staying busy.  I took College classes after getting my bachelors degree just because I could and I liked learning.  In college I always had more than one boyfriend, my roommate kept track of the dates for me :)

The Twins are adaptable and versatile, which comes in handy since they have that love of change. They love to be around many different kinds of people. Often the Gemini-born are drawn to the arts, such as theatre or creative writing. Many famous writers and performers were born under Gemini, such as William Butler Yeats, Marilyn Monroe, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Johnny Depp.
My art for the moment is sewing, but that is not to say that it will not change in the future.  As you can see from my poor neglected blog I don't write much and it's not because I don't have anything to write it's because I really wish they would invent that computer chip that they put inside of your head and you could say "Computer on, write blog post, blah, blah, blah......" and it would write it out for you.  I have a ton of things to say when I am doing the dishes or making beds, but getting the time to write on a computer, with my 2 crazy kids screaming in the background (well let's just say right now I have a huge headache and the only thing that is keeping me sane is drinking my coke and eating some nuts)

Gems are lively and energetic, with a witty sense of humor. They are usually trendy, loving to take part in the latest fad. Trends offer them endless change, and a Gem is usually bored with one fad by the time the next rolls along.
My humor is very sarcastic, so I don't use it much, my husband isn't fast enough to catch on to it, and I have no desire to explain what I am saying.  And fashion not really for me.. I like to be comfortable and with huge boobs I just dress in a t-shirt and jeans.  And trends or fads, I just don't have the time or energy to want to follow them, I create my own trends (haha).

Though highly intellectual, Gems aren’t known for their deep understanding of anything. Instead, a Gem usually gets to know a little about something and then becomes bored. They grasp the initial information about a subject quickly, and then move on. They become frustrated if those around them do not absorb information as fast as they do because that means they must spend longer on one subject than they would prefer.
Yeah pretty much says it all.  I know a little about a lot of stuff, but I am definitely not an expert on any one topic.  But if I find a subject interesting I will learn as much as I can before I do move on to the next interest.

Though Gems are usually seen as upbeat, they do have an "evil-twin". Though only revealed to those closest to them, Gems can be moody and discouraged. They often become sarcastic when upset.
My husband can attest to this ;)

My birth card in the book mentioned above is the Queen of Diamonds, and this is pretty true about me also.

Have you seen my Sunday Stash posts, hahaha, yeah I have a spending problem and love showering gifts on my friends.  Good thing I married a man who is tight with the billfold.

Well I hope that kind of helps, or maybe not, jeez who knows, I am still deciding on what to make my partner.  Just go with her favorite colors, and add her sign, or.... I really have no idea. good thing we have some time to think and create.
P.S. I love Books, but don't buy any since the shipping cost is CRAZY, when we go to the States I always pack one suitcase with my old books and stop in a shop that does exchanges, this is mostly for my murder suspense and romance books.  All hardcover books I keep, but they have been moved to the dark outer corners of the basement to make room for my growing fabric collection on my bookcase.
I like all colors, my favorite changes daily recently I have been loving a raspberry pink color, but seriously it changes daily my hobby room is going to be mostly blues and sea themed.
It is impossible to find any sewing related items in my town, I have exhausted the local supply of colorful zippers and plastic buttons cost .60cents each (yeah crazy right, I picked out 10 the last time I was in the shop to make some cute pins and when she told me 6euros I flipped out)  I found 2 bead shops last time I was in our closest large town and my husband has promised we will go one day when the kids are in school (they were running like hooligans along the busy street)
Hey look how much I talked today!