Recently, I bought a book called "Kanzashi in Bloom".
And I made this: It's yellow and coral cotton fabric, artificial stamens and a button in the center.
What fun! It's basically origami, using fabric. I have some other fabric set out to make another. There are several folding techniques that I want to try. I'll probably wear these on suit jackets. Making them is addictive, but what a fun way to be out of control!
I have "new to me" sewing books. I have the original Couture sewing book by Claire Shaeffer, but couldn't resist buying her revised edition. Twinkle Sews and and Pattern Magic 2, I bought just to study the drafting. The Couture book by Linda Maynard is a beautifully photographed book, full of very good techniques.
There is a new fabric store in town! For the Michigan people, it's called "Sew Many Things", in Clinton Twp. It's small, but has some nice fabrics with Haberman's prices. I couldn't leave without buying something. Three pieces-one navy knit and two cottons for lightweight, summer jackets.
Off to make a flower. Since I can't grow them, fabricating them is the next best thing. Plus, your hands don't get dirty!