Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Little Window Shopping: Material Girls

There are two fabric stores Madison and I have to visit EVERY TIME we come to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Material Girls Quilts is one of them.  It is located at 1645 W. Towne Center Dr., South Jordan, Utah {or just South of the Redwood Rd. and 10600 intersection, South and on the same side of the road as Harmon's grocery store.

Never have I seen such a spunky, bright, fun quilt/fabric store.  Mads and I usually come to touch all the latest fabrics and to pick a pattern to make when we get back home.  I love, LoVe. LOVE that Material Girls has their patterns made up all over the store.  

Also, I can't tell you how many times we have been to this store, and this was the first time I noticed the bike and other misc. antiques up on the shelf above all the fabulous fabrics.  SEW CUTE!  This place has all sorts of antiques woven throughout the displays and products.  

Besides fabric and patterns, Material Girls has a fun section of zippers, ribbons, trims, and awesome specialty fabrics I can't help but run my fingers over.

I am going to be quite now.  Just take a minute and soak it all in...

The cute little bicycle stitchery was my chosen pattern for this visit ;0}

This dress pattern, the Macy Giggles, WAS going to come home with me, but they were all out.  I will be strong and stick to my one pattern per visit rule...for a few more days.

That pillow made of rosettes is so, so cute in person.  I love rosettes!  I need to get that pattern too ;0}  No sense in telling Mr. SewCakeMaker right now.  I will just wait until the pillow is finished to let him know.  JK

I had to take a pic of this cute little sign they have in the classroom.  It reminds me of a few fabulous ladies I know ;0}  You know who you are!

And check this out!  It is the cutest sewing kit I  have ever seen.  Just the method of keeping it closed is adorable.  The pattern is by Abbey Lane Quilts and comes with the zipper bags that go inside...
Yep.  That would have made packing for my trip a little easier...or at least look better.

This little bit of randomness was just cute.  It looks to me like a table number for a party or wedding or something.  Cute and spunky.

So, if you live in Utah, or are just stopping in for a visit, check out Material Girls.  There is enough eye candy in this store to give you quite an ocular cavity.  Haha.  I know.  Not funny.
But when you are worn out from all the fabulousness in Material Girls Quilts, there is a cute little cupcake shop across the street so you grab a sweet treat and let everything you just saw sink into your brain ;0}

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Little Window Shopping: Poppy Seed Projects

Welcome to my new favorite wood craft store!  Poppy Seed Projects in Sandy, Utah.  I saw this store in a pin about three years ago.  It has been that long since we were in Utah.  It was the first store on my list for this shopping trip, even if it wasn't the first one I got to go to ;0}

As you can see on the door, they do not open until Noon on any given day.  They reserve the morning to get vinyl picked and supplies made for purchase every day.  As for the particulars, they are located just off 90th and the I-15, on the southwest side of the freeway.  The actual address is 
477 W. 9160 S. 
Sandy, UT  84070

Sunday: CLOSED
Mon-Fri: 12:00-5:30
Sat: 12:00-4:00 

You can see more at

Here is a little, just a little sampling, of what I saw in the store.  I can't even wait to show you!!!

If you have followed my blog for a while you know we did these temple blocks for Super Saturday a few years back.  Well, if you haven't made your own yet, all the stuff is available here.  Kits are only $3.50.   I bought the one on the far right that says Praise to the Man.  It was perfect with the trip our youth just took to Nauvoo, Illinois.  

Right next to that were these cute divided plaques.  I have seen printed church pictures used on these, but this with personal family photos was precious.  Want.

Please excuse the lame phone camera pictures.  You know how it is, one picture is so fabulous it blows your mind and the next is a blurry mess.  I had to show you this cute little tin, so we will both have to put up with the blur.  Sorry.   Anyway, what a cute gift or busy box to keep a little one occupied for a bit.  They had a basket of these kits for sale that included a sheet of pictures, the tin, and the small tiles cut from bead board.  You paint the tiles and glue on the pictures and that is pretty much it!  My kids would spend more time stacking them tall or lining them up to make a sidewalk than they would playing the matching game, but it all fits the purpose ;0}  I really want one of these in my church bag.  There are so many times I end up wishing I had a little toy to keep a little one busy, even now that my own are getting so big.

Love, love, love the nativity blocks.  Love them!
And how precious is that picture?!?  I love that it is so uniquely shaped.  It makes it even more eye catching.

You can figure by now that I want pretty much everything pictured in this post, but this...
When I walked into my Mother-in-law's house the first night we were in town, her board like this was the first thing I noticed.  It is just this huge board where you can hang all your random loose photos that you love but are too lazy to frame ;0}  OK, not too lazy, just too tired..or busy..or cheap..or short on shelf space or WHATEVER!  Really, REALLY WANT!

I love that Poppy Seed Projects has so many simple, fun decorations for every day life.  Above that, they have all sorts of adorable, trendy crafts for the holidays.  These aren't the same old, dark, moss covered crafts yo' mama made.  They are fresh and clean and so, SO CUTE!!!

Oh pink and blue!  How do I love you!!!
Love.  Gotta have.

Here are a few more of various holidays...

I might as well throw the wedding ideas in with the seasonal, right?  Adorbs.  I love wedding signage.  These are just the best {lego movie}

Did I mention that they did not pay me to write this post.  I did obtain permission to share my photos and my opinion, and baby, this place rocks!

They have all sorts of LDS projects available...

Primary, Young Women, and Youth.  Mission ideas and more.

I also grabbed one of these.  I have a very, VERY meager craft budget this trip, but I was still able to leave the store with a bag full of fun for less than $15.  I love the eye glass paper on the block.  Bought it up by the register so I can CopyCat this block exactly ;0}

Apparently this is one of the original projects that started it all seven years ago.  One lovely lady made the project, ended up sharing it at church, word spread.  Soon the one lady became two.  The two ladies became so popular simply by word of mouth that they were able to open a store four years later.  The store has been open now for three years.  For a while they did the cutting on site.  Now the store is simply for sales and they do the cutting at another location.  I can see how they would grow so quickly with such amazing talent.

These shaped wood plaques were what got my interest on Pinterest so many years ago.  I just, just LOVE THEM.  How precious is this!?!  Now that I am doing photography, I really would love to bring my two passions, wood and photos, together in a similar way.

Some more plaque/frames on display...

Cute calendar and menu boards that would make my Mom job more enjoyable when doing the mundane.  

I can't give you a peek at the store without showing you the "store" part.  Why not start here...
Yep.  Best playplace in a craftstore EVER!  Kids were singing to "Let it Go" as we shopped.  Quite fitting don't you think?  That pile of boxes right before the playroom would be the clearance table.  They have various wood and projects at discounted prices AND a box of vinyl scrap that is only $.25 a sheet!!!!  I bought about $4 of vinyl for $.50.  NOW it isn't a problem that I forgot to bring some with me ;0}

Did I mention I am a total fan now.  

Up by the register they have a fabulously adorable selection of paper, the very same they used in the samples of the projects on display.  They also sell the cutest bottles of latex paint, also the same as used in producing their samples.  I love the little Poppy Seed Projects labels.  These ladies have really done a fabulous job branding their products and business.  I am super impressed.

A glimpse of the shelves in the back.  This probably only makes me excited, but it is just so pretty.  I am trying to get my garage to look like this so I can get production a tad more efficient.

Lastly, they have a classroom, clean and well lit, ready for you to come and make projects right in the store.  Give them a call when you are in town.  It will totally make your trip.  I have been in town less than a week and have gone there twice with two different friends.  Even Sharon, my long lost Minnesota friend that moved here all the way back in April came, professing not to be that into wood, but walked away anxious for the chance to come back.  

The two ladies that work the counter are the most friendly, smiley staff I have met in a long time.  Be sure to tell them Vanessa from Minnesota told you about the store.  If you take an Instagram picture and post it while you are in there you will get 10% off your purchase!

OK,I am done with my sales pitch.  I am off to bed, finally.  Have a great weekend and I will be back with more fabulous places you need to visit soon!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Little Window Shopping: Tai Pan Trading

Tai Pan Trading just so happened to be our first stop on our Salt Lake City window shopping spree this week.  I know I posted about Tai Pan just a couple months ago after our trip to St. George, but this location had all different tidbits of amazingness.

Before you go though, make sure your cart pusher is willing.  It makes your trip way more enjoyable.  Apparently he was misinformed about our shopping trip today.  He assumed we meant Walmart and Target when we said shopping, not home decor, scrapbooking, and woodcrafts :0}  That will teach him not to assume!

Now just prepare yourself for a whole post of randomness and mostly about shabby items that suit my personal tastes.  First, I have seen these ladder shelves tons of times before, but this one was adorably painted and something I would actually love to have in my house if we had even the slightest amount of room in there.  

It would be really cute in a garden too.  Or outside your potting shed???  As if I garden or use the potting shed for anything remotely similar to potting...

K, this door had me standing there staring for a while.  You see, I am on this kick {when I say "kick" I mean spending long hours thinking about...not actually doing.  Let's get that straight} to get my work space organized in a fun and creative way.  While I don't totally love this particular display, I can see a great deal of potential.  I have a couple old doors just sitting around wishing for purpose in their lives.  I can totally see making these boxes and putting something like this up around my work table....had I the space.  Maybe we can just get rid of the kids?  That would make more space for my craft business...Just Kidding!  I finally got them doing the dishes.  I need to work that opportunity for a while still ;0}

Two things here...One, check it out!  More randomly places, funky boxes for storage.  Second, my little sister has been making these...
and asked me to keep an eye out for colored burlap.  Tai Pan has tons of burlap on spools in a bunch of colors.  They have a fabulous assortment of floral stuff and baskets too.  I love them all.  That is why I take so long to just walk through this store.  I have to see and touch everything!

The Salt Lake Tai Pan had a huge selection of glass and dishes.  Even better, it was all on sale from the already cheap prices.  

Another strange obsession lately.  I haven't actually bought any of these awesome jars yet, but one of these days I will figure out how to store them without breakage and these guys will be mine!  

Now this one was weird!  I walked up thinking, "Oh, that looks like my grandma's china hutch"...Tweet..Tweeeeet...

Sorry for the horrible picture, but YES!  This has been turned into a birdcage!!!  A totally awesome birdcage that has made me either want to get a bird or be a bird.  It is a toss up.  I seriously have NEVER wanted a pet bird...EVER, but now...hmmmm...

I was caressing this lovely yellow crate when a sales person came up and told me it wasn't for sale.  I said, "I know.  I just love it though."  These crates are all over the store and used for display purposes.  Yep.  Need some.  I MAY have taken this picture for more reasons than to show you.  Not that I am a CopyCat or anything.  It isn't like I can buy it.  They are not for sale.  You heard the guy.  My only option would be to make my own...How much trunk space do we have left for the trip home???

This is the point my not so patient cart pusher was pushing me towards the door, visions of Walmart video game kiosks dancing in his head. I just started snapping shots of impressive displays.  I love so much about this display.  Those clocks are classic, the chair covers debonair, the wall hanging with the wreaths...should be in my cart.

The holiday displays are so fun.  Why can't my holiday displays be this fun.  Oh yeah!  Space.  What a terrible thorn in my side.  Ok, love the black and white chevron, all the tin, rustic white furniture and just a touch of rusty orange and olive green.  Inspiring.

These adorable votive holders caught my eye first because we have another wedding in the family coming up next summer.  These would be so cute hanging in the trees!!!

But they also had this tree sitting next to the display all decked out with votive holders!  It was so sweet.  I can think of a thousand different situations where that tree full of glowing votives would be so cool.  p.s.  I want that yellow stand it is sitting on.  I want two.  They will be my night stands and I shall call them nightstands and they will hold my water all night long.

Can you tell I am totally lacking sleep.  I better finish up this post and get to bed.  More Utah touring tomorrow!!!

Love, love, love.

Have I mentioned recently that yellow is my favorite color???  Love it.  Always have, always will.  It makes me a trip to Tai Pan Trading.  Next time I write about my love of this store, I should contact them and make them pay me to share my feelings.  Then maybe I can leave the store with a full cart and make a few of these things mine!!!

More shopping tomorrow and eventually, major card making and some totally fun woodcrafts.  No time to sleep!!!!  Must craft on.