Posted by pamela on Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I've done it.  I'm here.  Blogging.  In Blog Land.  Please be gentle with me as I enter this new world/phase/adventure.  I promise to try very hard not to bore you, but hey, no one is perfect.

We have over two feet of snow here at Del Ray Fabrics and that has left me completely nauseous from eating huge piles of chocolate chip cookies.  Now that the cookies have lost their hold on me, I find myself with time to ponder and no good excuse for not blogging a bit, so here I am.

Del Ray Fabrics, as you may have noticed, has a bit of a fifities theme going on.  A vibe, if you will.  I can explain that.  It started with this:

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Janet Lambert novels.  I found them in the Blacksburg, Virginia Public Library when I was 10 years old.  I read them all.  The Patty and Ginger stories were my favorites, not the least because Patty's boyfriend, Spark Plug, was dreamy.  Jut look at him there with his blond hair and smile.  I could not wait to be a teenager and have a Spark Plug all my own.  We would sit in a booth at the soda fountain after school, and go to sock hops and football games (Spark Plug was a Varsity star, of course), and drink coffee to feel like adults.

It didn't go that way.  It was 1975 when I turned into a teenager, and I did not know anyone named Spark Plug.  I did not make the cheerleading team.  I did not "go steady".  I did not pass go.  But a girl can dream.  I still love that Janet Lambert world and want to live there.  When I was a kid, department stores had a fabric section.  In the middle of the fabric section, there were long tables set up with chairs and big books of sewing patterns.  Some fabric stores still have these.  Del Ray Fabrics definitely does.  And I love to spend afternoons there looking at patterns and fabrics and dreaming.  Imagining myself in evening gowns and going to school ensembles like Ginger is wearing.  I haven't changed in that this phase is still my favorite part of sewing. 

I hope you are having lots of fabric dreams and inspiration!

I'll be back soon,




  • I love Fuschia Tree Carmine in Amy Butler's new Soul Blossom line. It makes me think of taking walk in the Japanese countryside...
    by Ann Wesensten on 15 April 2010 at 11:28 p.m.
  • And *that* m'dear, is why your friends bring you wine. You keep us a-giggling. Your story-telling is a joy to read! To heck with the blog, when's a book coming out?!
    by Denise on 05 March 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
  • I'm switching to Oatmeal Raison - it is snowing again here in Iowa. I think I will have to do tunnels in the backyard for my yorkies and do agility training instead of the snow maze so they can do their business. *pouring another glass of wine for my whine* I love the fabric and your wonderful personality! Spark Plug reminds me of a poster I had on my wall when I was younger - I probably got it out of some silly magazine! Soooooo DREAMY! WOW! I think I'll lock myself in my sewing room! Enjoy and thanks for the smiles!
    by Theresa Jordison on 19 February 2010 at 9:53 a.m.
  • You are so 2010 and hip with your blogging! Do you tweet too? I am just glad someone I know can remember back to when you were 10! I wish I could. Anyway.... you rock baby! Dana
    by Dana Haden on 18 February 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
  • Great story Pam. I can see why you thought Spark Plug was dreamy.
    by Cindy Luby on 16 February 2010 at 9:14 p.m.