October 27, 2014

It's snowing! 

The 3rd Annual Snow Sale has begun... This year I have upped the discount from 15% to 20% to celebrate and appreciate my amazing customers. 

Use the code SNOW20 until midnight Oct 29 (MST) on everything in the shop at Emmaline Bags. Let it snow!! Janelle & Chantal (...my fantastic friend and helper.) 

(Note: orders will be filled in the order they are received. Orders may take 1-2 days to ship. Some items may go out of stock, and this sale is only valid while supplies last.)


October 3, 2014

5 Days of GIVEAWAY:: DAY 5 - and all about B&J Fabrics.

  As you all know..... In celebration of reaching 5000 followers on Facebook, 1,000,000 page views on my blog, and 1200+ members in the Emmaline Sewing Patterns Group this month, I am holding

and this is the LAST DAY!!  

Thank you all for participating all week long. It's been a lot of fun reading all of your comments and I can't wait to give 5 of you prizes on Saturday. I wish I could give one to all of you. I hope you will follow along in the future, as I do try to do giveaways often. 

Gorgeous window display at the second floor entry.
I have a few more pictures of my trip to New York to share with you. I know how much you all like fabric so I wanted to show you B&J Fabrics.  It's right on Fashion Ave and like most of the fabric shops there, you wouldn't even know it was there unless someone told you. A very small sign in a second story window is the only thing that will tell you. Advice: When you go to the garment district in Manhattan, make a list of all the button, zipper, trim, thread, and fabric places you want to go because you WILL pass them and not know until later. I did find that out - later. 

Notable points about B&J Fabrics:  You can shop on their website, and they boast the largest selection of Liberty of London. You get a free bag when you shop there (I like bags). All the fabrics are on rolls, not bolts, and you do not pull out the rolls and take them to the cutting table. It was a bit confusing at first, but then... "oooh wooooow"... we all figured it out. All of the fabrics from the rolls have an end cut hanging on a hanger with a number on it. All of the hangers are in the sections of their substrates. So you just go through the hangers like clothes in a closet and pull out the ones you want and take them to an available cutting table. Students get swatches cut from these. The cutter person guy, a.k.a. Staff, looks at the roll number on the hanger and runs off and collects them. I found that it took a while for the staff to search through the rolls and find the right ones, but I think it might be a space saving thing because they really have a lot of fabric in there. 

Fabric hanging on hangers. Can you spot Waldo, I mean me? I always have sunglasses on my head.
I had never touched Liberty of London Tana lawn fabric before, until that day, and I really didn't know what the fuss was all about. Umm... now I do. It's so, so soft and the print is so very fine and delicate. I ended up with only two... but now that I know where to buy it, I might end up with more. I think these will be linings in some very special bags I want to make for ME, ME, ME! They are way nicer in person, trust me. I went with the blue peacock feathers in mind, but came out with these two:

This is me getting my liberty cut.

Happy Canadian sporting a "Butterfly Sling Purse" getting  Liberty of London
This is my cutter person guy. He was a good sport. Actually, Sheila was having such a hard time taking the picture. She was quite far away and I kept staying "hurry up!" and I put my bunny ears up and she said it looked like I was giving him the finger so she wanted to take another. He knew what I was doing, so I just said "I am going to put bunny ears behind your head and you just look down and pretend you don't know, okay?" He thought I was odd, I could tell. He was right. Look at my sunburn from sitting on the double-decker bus the previous day.

Say cheese! Nice sunburn.
These are some pictures I took of Manhattan while getting said sunburn on the double-decker bus. I will just go through them very quickly... This tour was a highlight of the trip for me.  I can't wait to go back some day. CLICK THESE TO ENLARGE!!

5th Avenue, Flatiron District - looking to Uptown. 

The Brooklyn Bridge, 1883

The Empire State Building, 5th Ave, New York.

The Flatiron Building, 5th and Broadway, 1902

Macy's on the left and the Empire State Building, center. 
I have a lot of pictures of things like Lego Stature of Liberty, the Lego Chrysler Building, Grand Central Statioin, Amy Butler and I, Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Harlem, Brooklyn...  Okay, I have over 1000 pictures, so do you just want to win a prize?

from the Online Fabric Store!! (Great selection of quality canvas duck prints, vinyl, and decor cottons for bag making!!)

from my shop, Emmaline Bags!!

Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below, all prizes will be drawn randomly 
by Rafflecopter on Saturday October 4th at noon (MST).  
Prizes will be mailed out to the winners after they have 
replied and confirmed their mailing addresses.

Also, use the discount code: 5000FANS
 at emmalinebags.com from now until MIDNIGHT October 3rd get a 15% discount when you buy 2 or more items!!

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October 1, 2014

5 Days of GIVEAWAY:: DAY 4 - Plus, how I became a Protester!

Welcome to day 4 of 5 Days of Giveaway! 
I am loving your blogpost comments, and I want you to know that while I am reading ALL of them, I cannot respond to them all. Thank you!

11 FQs AND Emmaline Bags Store Credit!

READ THIS! Before I get on to the contest, you are going to have to endure a little story about adventure and spontaneity while on holidays. As some of you know, I traveled to NYC with 5 friend from here in Alberta, and met up with 2 friends from Ontario and one from NZ.  We had a blast!

This story is about a day I planned to go with Natalie and Jo from Ontario and Deb from NZ to the Museum of Natural History.  It was going to be a nice quiet afternoon looking at previously alive things. They are always quiet and relaxing, aren't they? (Unless you are in the movie, Night at Museum.) This is a picture I took of the museum while driving by on the top of the double-decker bus the day before, whilst wearing my herringbone wool wrap and handmade flower pin that you read about in yesterday's post.  Isn't it lovely and relatively quiet looking?

Click to enlarge.
On our way to the Museum, the subway was PACKED, just like in the movies!!! It was only my second time on it, so I just thought it was normal. Very NY. When at the Columbus Circle stop, right at the start of Central Park, we heard the announcement, "for those of you going to the rally, this is your stop. Next stop Harlem - 125 street".   ACK! Harlem?  We were supposed to get off at the Museum station.  Everyone was getting off! The four of us ran for the exit and one of us muttered, something about maybe it was an express train? But oh well, we could go up and walk to the Museum. And a rally? I thought, " a rally, how cute!"

Columbus Circle, Manhattan. 

A couple of weeks ago I had never been in a New York subway train, and a couple of weeks ago I had never been in a protest. Now I can say that I not only rode the subway to the Museum of Natural History in NYC, but also came up from the below the street into the largest protest in the world, the protest for climate change with 310,000 people! OOPS! That was unexpected, but rather exciting.

Moral of the will be given in the middle of the story: Always consult current events if you don't want to end up on the same street as 310,000 people, and if you do end up on the street with 310,000 people - enjoy the atmosphere because you won't be going anywhere fast.

We ended up detouring through Central Park for a while, as walking against the crowd was not working. We decided a parallel route might work.

Click to Enlarge!

I got to see parts of the park that I didn't know I would see that day. It's 843 acres, you know.

We eventually made our way to the steps of the museum.

Somehow we were all wearing protest buttons and carrying stickers and papers that we never started with. Security told us we had to put them in our bags though because protesters were not allowed in the museum.  Protesters? It was peaceful!! I did pocket the button and stickers and I am very happy I did, because my daughter loved receiving them when I got home. I had hoped to pick up a poster for her of the Statue of Liberty holding a wind mill turbine instead of a torch, but sadly when we came out much, much later - they were all gone.

At the time, we did not know there were 310,000 people, but we could tell there were a few thousand. It wasn't until we were in the museum basement at lunch that we googled the NBC news and found out. The museum was amazing and I feel very lucky to have gotten to see it. We kind of raced through, but I saw some elephants and plenty of awesome bones.

I was going to show you my pictures from B&J Fabrics on Fashion Ave.. but I think I've gone on long enough, so I will share those with you tomorrow.

ON to the Giveaway! 
(Sorry, but if I am going to try to give you free things, you must endure my stories! )

Thursday Oct 2, 2014 - Giveaway!! 
11 FQ's Waterfront Park by Violet Craft
AND $15 Store credit from my shop Emmaline Bags

Also, use the discount code: 5000FANS
 at emmalinebags.com from now until October 3rd get a 15% discount when you buy 2 or more items!!

Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below, all prizes will be drawn randomly 
by Rafflecopter on Saturday October 4th at noon (MST).  
Prizes will be mailed out to the winners after they have 
replied and confirmed their mailing addresses.

You can still enter in the previous contests from this week, they are right here on my blog! Make sure you stop in tomorrow for the LAST DAY and a great prize from the Online Fabric Store!!

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