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V and Co: visits home ec in iowa city


 the other week i was invited to hang out with a few wonderful people. we went to a great shop down in iowa city, iowa. it was a pretty crazy weekend as there was a hawkeye game (and not just any game THE game against the cyclones. heaven help me i don’t even follow football and know all the details) anyways that wasn’t the only thing going on that weekend, there was also the president coming into town, and some festival…which i can’t remember right now but i have a feeling it had to do with corn? don’t quote me on that.

 anyways, as part of our get together we got to come in and hang out in codi’s shop called home ec. it’s really cute and homey and wonderful.

 every corner was filled with thread, yarn, notions, and fabric choices that are jut wonderful.

 she had knits, and echino, melody miller, coated fabrics and japanese fabrics. that’s not all she had, she had a lot more…but those are the ones i was drooling over and so i didn’t get to take pictures of the other stuff.

 the atmosphere was laid back, and yummy. in the front you had the sewing machines and some fabrics and notions…as you moved back…

 you were surrounded by wonderful yarn (wish i knew how to use it!) and a place to sit relax and work on a project while you ate your yummy pastry from the bakery she has in the store.

 she has classes on how to make this beautiful shirt (that most people have either heard of or have made one or want to make one) the tova which is the talented jenny gordy’s very popular pattern. she teaches this class at home ec.

i will be teaching a class there soon. i’ll let you know when it comes closer to the time. 🙂

 here is jenny and greta looking all smug and cheeky. kidding they were a hoot and we had a blast. here     greta is showing jenny her new fabric lines with marcus.

 so if you are in the iowa city area make sure you look up home ec and tell codi V and Co sent you.


on our little trip linzee wanted to show me some of the awesome thrifting that goes on in this cute college town.

 i didn’t walk away with too much stuff i was trying to be good. 🙂

 but i did find this lamp that is going in my eldest noisemaker’s room. it looks great in his “map” room.

 speaking of the eldest noisemaker…apparently i’m rubbing off onto him because he came home from scout camp with that bowling pin. when the husband saw him with it he said “what in the? where did you get that and what are you going to do with that?”

noisemaker answers “i found it! isn’t it cool? i’m going to use it as decoration in my room.”

as the husband hangs and shakes his head in disgust, you pan to my face and i’m beaming with pride. 🙂 first off it was free and it serves the purpose of nothing other than a cool fixture for decoration. job well done son. now you and i both can confuse the your father. 🙂

 i found a vintage quilt that instantly had to make it come home with me. when linzee asked what i was going to do with it i answered “hide it from my husband.” seriously. it has no purpose except looking pretty. kidding the husband saw it and again i get the look of “WHERE IS THAT GOING?”

it’s made me pick up my double wedding quilt, and i’m excited to keep going on it because i want it to be a vintage quilt someday as well, hopefully one that will stay in the family. 

have a lovely and productive day. 🙂 i’m hoping for one!!!!