Hi! I'm Melissa Averinos. 

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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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271: unbuttoned

hi friends.

Thanks for all the love. I can really use it, actually.

There is some great blog-land coverage of Market going on, so I hope you won't mind if I take a little longer to post all that I have.  I just can't seem to get my brain on board with the Market Report action.

But in the meantime,  if you want to see and hear how spazzy I am in real life, you can check out the
live podcast I did on Boutique Cafe with the lovely Daria. That's a lot of links for one sentence.

(Just so you know, I can call myself a spaz, but I would prefer it if you didn't call me that, ok?)

I wasn't too nervous since it was very casual and I really like Daria. It was just us chatting and being silly like we would if we weren't, you know, streaming it live for the world to see. Ahem.

Daria was such a sweetie, she got all misty after taping because she was so proud of me! Isn't that so sweet?

I just can't post without some eye candy, so I will pepper this post with  some shots of a booth full of vintage buttons!

Organized by color! Be still, my heart.

That one in the foreground was killin' me with it's gold glittery stripe.


So once I get going in a few days, I will share about some new friends and people I met last time that I got to know better.

I will show a pair of beautiful yet evil shoes, David Butler drinking an ibeer, a Westminster booth catastrophe and other highlights.

Or would that be lowlights?

xo, m

Reader Comments (13)

I LOVE the buttons. I'm off to listen to the podcast now. And I'm sure you're NOT a spaz....just so many places to go/things going on. As long as you are enjoying this moment in your life. That's all that counts!
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Drooling over the buttons and that beautiful quilt made with your fabric!!!!I'm sure that some of the girls from the Trendy textiles team on etsy already informed you that there will be the launch starting on November 18 featuring Sugar snap;)
I still haven't chance to buy it , but will do it ASAP!!!!
It is so inspiring and beautiful!!!
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina
spaz is an offensive word, whenever it is used by anyone or about anyone
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertea and cake
You're Pixie-Perfect.
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpam
Aren't you worried it'll be hard to let go of any of these way cool things you've collected for your shop when someone tries to buy something!? No fighting with customers!!!
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteringri
It's your blog so do whatever feels right to you, no? LOVE that quilt in your fabric. So pretty and fresh and not so, I don't know, grandma quilty. If you know what I mean.
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterapple cyder
I had to cover my eyes and run the other way when I saw that button booth. I would have left Houston with no money if I hadn't!

Oh, and would you believe Sarah's shipment of Sugar Snap arrived yesterday? I may have picked up a little of it today ...
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary
M... fantastic button images! I love love love that booth and spend way too much. Fantastic pics girly girl. Great seeing you, love the collection. And yes more time more goofyness for us both, yes?
Tina G
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTina
hey, lots of button love from here accross the pond - language differences and all! Karen x
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertea and cake
I really wish I could pull off a pixie cut like you can! You look fantastic!

spaz is an offensive word? huh. I have been using it like Im proud of it about myself.

maybe that's why they all look at me weird.. *smirk* (shh.. I think it's more than just that!)

you know.. after blowing an interview today, I think Im finally realizing something. Be proud of who you are and don't always say or do whatever just because it impresses ANYONE. I kinda just went along with what dude man was saying today and damn, I wish I had just stopped, gathered myself and actually just WAS myself.

It's hard sometimes when you are in a dreamy like state to actually keep in check with who you really are. Even at thirty, Im still going through these lessons over and over again.

I would be a very interesting shop owner.. *smirk* which is my dream..

good luck lovely lady! I thought the live feed was fantastic!

maybe one day you'll stop by my blog?
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersenacia
LOVE Those buttons...I am glad I didn't see anything like that at Portland this spring...Linda would have liked them, but we have no extra dough for them...maybe next year at Pittsburgh, I can buy em and write em off as supplies? research? .....
Looking forward to more tales of Houston!
October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScott
I didn't see the button vendor until the third day, on which I went a little button crazy. I bought some of the ones in your bottom photo. God, I love those buttons.
November 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
Adorable: yes; Lovely: yes; inspiring: yes; spaz: NEVER!

You are incredible. It made my night to see you at Fabric 2.0, so cute and sweet... it was great. I miss you already.

These buttons are making me insane, I want them. I have SO many vintage buttons and I am always wanting more. Always. This gave me more button-lust.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

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