No pictures of him, as his 2-1/2 hour excursion was painful enough. But, it was a most interesting time for both of us.
1. They have foam! 5-inch foam for me to make new cushions for the porch chairs. He put a piece on the floor and sat upon it. Not quite thick enough, so he added a 1″ section on top, and at which point he determined that we had the proper combination. And he was thoroughly impressed with the rolls and rolls (and rolls) of outdoor fabric to make said covers. (Oh my, how in the world to put a zipper in this big thing???)
But it gets better….
2. Next up, he asked a clerk if they have any “canvas-y stuff”. Yes they did indeed have canvas-y stuff, and we were directed to walls of lovely canvas bolts. This will eventually be used to make a cover for the leather couch that has had one too many encounters with cat claws. At this moment, I am leaning toward a solid, with contrast stitching in a diamond pattern. That will come down the road a bit.
3. Wonder of wonders, there were other men at the fabric store! In fact, a man joined us at the pattern books, where hub discovered all the amazing things I can make for the house that will save us countless decorating dollars. Curtains, table mats, pillows, you name it. HA!
Hubby’s take-away? Men buy fabric and notions! And he was happy to see me so happy, milling about, touching, studying, figuring, etc. He understands that a fabric store for me is what a hardware store is for him. All the textures and doodads just waiting to be made into something spectacular!
My take-away? The 1/2 yard of interfacing and spool of thread that were the only items on my list … and a fabric marking kit, linen for pinafore with cotton calico for the reverse, and a cutting mat to protect the dining room table. Everything was at least 40% off. Everybody wins!