I'm not a fabric snob. There are some designers I really like (ahem, Heather Bailey, ahem), but I really don't choose my fabrics based on such things.
I tend to peruse fabric online (probably a bit too much) since moving away from my favorite fabric store. And let's face it, I don't have oodles of time to spend in the fabric store these days anyway (unless of course I dare to tread with my 1 and 3 year old kids in tow). Whilst I peruse, quite often Little Miss peeks over my shoulder and likes to interject things like, "OH MOM, I REALLY WANT THAT ONE!!" about pretty much everything. Super helpful.
Anyway, so rewind a few days ago to when I finished that little toddler apron for my niece. I had asked L.M. if she was going to want an apron too (BEFORE I actually stitched anything up - - so I could cut out enough for 2 aprons at once) and she had politely declined. You see, she had gotten a cute little apron from my mom for Christmas last year (to go with the kick-butt kitchen set we got her) and she wears it daily as she pretends to cook up goodies for me. Anyway, she let me know that her present apron was sufficient. Great! So while she was sleeping, I ran up the one for my niece.
Fast forward to the next morning when Little Miss lays her eyes on it.
LM: Mom! Is this for me?!
Me: No, honey. Remember, this one is for your cousin.
LM: Can you make me one? Huh?! Can you can you?!
Me: Seriously? Remember how you told me you didn't need one because you already have one?
LM: Oh. Yeah. But I think you should make me one too.
And then she informed me that it needed to have elephants on it.
She has requested and begged and kind of badgered me about this "elephant apron" ever since.
So you see, I was FORCED to go looking at fabric online to try and find some elephant fabric. ;)
I also had a special little project in mind for her (totally unrelated to either elephants or aprons), but was still on the hunt for the right fabric.
Not sure what link I clicked through from what other link from wherever to actually find them, but I did. And WOAH. What a feast for the eyes! I had to restrain myself quite a bit from dumping all sorts of lovelies in the little virtual cart. In the end I settled on 3:
The Forest Collage I bought just because. I have no idea what I'm going to use it for, but I LOVE it. It's not typical flat quilting cotton, it's got a bit of texturing to it and looks even better in person in my opinion. The elephants . . . see above. :) The Tinkerbell and Peter Pan are in reserve for my special Little Miss project. She did not pick this out but she did see it today when the mail came and she was smitten.
So was I! How cute is this?