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Dreaming Out Loud

January 8th, 2009

I spotted this La Piña Flour at WinCo Foods in Longview, WA.  I embarrassed the heck out of my husband when I snapped this photo with my iPhone.   Yes… people were looking at me in that odd, curious sort of way.  But I was looking at THEM in the same odd, curious sort of way…. People, people, PEOPLE… don’t you see what is before us??? OMG! FOOD… in FABRIC packaging!

Fantasy #1: The good peeps at La Piña Flour read my post and the lovely comments left about feedsacks - and decided to produce this:
La Piña Flour

Fantasy #2: The peeps at Gold Medal, C&H, Peet’s and Cocoa Puffs will read it too.

Fantasy #3:  Above peeps will contact Moda peeps.
Floursack Fantasy
Sweet by Urban Chicks (aka Pam’s BFF’s), Baskets of Flowers by Mary Engelbreit and Oh-Cherry-Oh! by Me & My Sister

Fantasy #4:  Safeway would build me a covered parking space (out of the rain).  I’d be there EVERY day, after all.

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64 Responses

  1. The fabulous Ashley Ann allegedly said:

    Silly lady!

    So I take it you couldn’t convince yourself to buy 25 pounds of flour?



  2. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Aaaah…wouldn’t it be great if groceries came packaged in FABRIC?! Just think of all the fab fabric…and for free!



  3. The fabulous Concha allegedly said:

    Wow, we’re back to the 1930’s! I wish I’d seen it with my own eyes. :) I know I would have taken a picture as well!



  4. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Sounds like a great idea to me! Have they contacted you yet?



  5. The fabulous Ginny allegedly said:

    Oh my Gosh, I love the second one down, The blue, but what to do with all that flour. Ugg that would mean I would have to bake, hmmm cookies, and brownies and cakes, then I would get fatter, sigh, nope no pretty blue for me, my waistline just can’t handle it :(



  6. The fabulous Lemon Tree Tami allegedly said:

    My dad has memories of his mom “forcing” him to wear shirts that she made from feedsacks. Of course the designs were usually little ditzy florals so he wasn’t exactly thrilled. I like your idea better … get Moda to make them for the flour, sugar and other goods. Oooh, pasta would be a favorite in our household. Then we could all have feedsack quilts and purses. Wouldn’t life be grand? :-)



  7. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    that’s awesome!!!
    hahahaha.



  8. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Talk about fantasies! Here is to wishing many fantasies come true!



  9. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Yet another reason to be cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!



  10. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    I would love to collect these but where am I going to put all that flour and sugar!

    Wait for it, wait for it…

    Amish Friendship Bread for everyone! Yay! And when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE in the world. Solution to end world hunger.



  11. The fabulous Elaine allegedly said:

    OMG, I would have had to bought it right then and there. We don’t have one of those stores in this area…not at all familar with the name. But I tell you I shall be looking at Sam’s, Costco, Wal-mart…but haven’t see 25 lbs of flour or sugat at Wal-mart only Sam’s, Costco, BJ’s. If I find it I’ll be making a lot of rolls and cakes..LOL



  12. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Now, that IS a fabulous fantasy! I’d certainly bake a lot more than I do now.
    :-)



  13. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Wow, isn’t that interesting? I would have bought it. You can freeze flour…



  14. The fabulous Becky G. allegedly said:

    Okay, so, if White Lily flour starts coming in bags like that, I’ll switch to buying by 25 pound bags - so pretty!!! Blessings, Becky G.



  15. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    You didn’t buy the flour? What is wrong with you woman?



  16. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    Oh Monica…you crack me up. By the way, you might want to look at your feet to see if they are webbed yet. I can’t believe how much rain you got yesterday! Good excuse to stay inside and sew, sew, sew.



  17. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    I second your motion and move to vote.
    All in favor of the Happy Zombie making the world a better place say “Yea!”
    YEA!



  18. The fabulous jenny allegedly said:

    I love it! Especially the Peets and the Cocoa Puffs! That would be a glorious find!



  19. The fabulous Jana allegedly said:

    That is a great fantasy. Think of how fabric packaging would decrease all the stuff in landfills!



  20. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Did you buy some?
    Maybe we should send a petition to all these food makers.
    And aren’t you at Safeway every day anyway? I am, which is why they don’t feel the need to build me a covered parking space I suppose.



  21. The fabulous Christina allegedly said:

    There’s a store in town that sells flour in the same fabrics and my crafty 11yo daughter covets them. I like them too but know that I wouldn’t live long enough to use up that much flour.



  22. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Ahhh I saw flour sacks at the market and really really wanted to buy a lot of flour just to have them. Except I don’t use much flour and that seems wasteful. But hey it would be awesome if COFFEE came in fabric. Peets, take heed…



  23. The fabulous Lynnette allegedly said:

    Hi,

    We’ve been to the Safeway in your town. Do they have the fireplace going to dry your wet self after you venture in to shop their aisles? Thanks for the great photos. The next time I’m at Von’s I’m giving groceries a better look.

    What fun!!



  24. The fabulous Lis allegedly said:

    Ahaha! Cute flour bags. I would have to start baking my own bread if flour came in bags from Moda. And then I wouldn’t have time to quilt, so it would defeat the purpose. LOL!



  25. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    I knew it. You peeps on the west coast are smokin’ something. ‘Cause that’s the only place a fantastic fantasy like that could be born.

    You need to do some serious marketing. Pot or not.



  26. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    Now you’re talkin’!



  27. The fabulous Carla F. allegedly said:

    Oh my, how funny!! I’d love to see some flour sacks like those in our stores! Love your fantasies especially covered parking.



  28. The fabulous auntiepami allegedly said:

    Here’s what you do. You buy the flour, take it to the food bank on the condition you get the sack back. It’s a win-win.



  29. The fabulous Erin K allegedly said:

    I always buy flour in 25lb sacks. But I’m totally missing out. My sack is the same sack that normal size flour is in, that weird paper stuff.

    I’m TICKED!!! I want fabric flour sacks!



  30. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    I agree, if coffee came in fabric, that would be great. I would have a stash larger than I already have!

    I like this dream of yours.



  31. The fabulous randi allegedly said:

    Wow! Wouldn’t that be a dream come true!!!



  32. The fabulous Ricki allegedly said:

    I heart your fantasies!



  33. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    YEA! Here’s my vote for Zombie Cocoa Puffs in fabric bags. Oh, and Cheeto’s please! Then we could take those very cool fabric bags and make ubber-cool pennie pockets that would win every contest Martha could ever come up with!!
    (I’m gonna go and buy those bags of flour and make 900 loaves of cranberry bread~)



  34. The fabulous Joni allegedly said:

    OMG I just love your site! It is so friendly and cute!

    My daughter works at JoAnn Fabrics in town, so you’ve probably seen her, her name is Stephanie and she was just recently promoted to closing manager.

    I found your site through NCO and have now saved it to my favorites



  35. The fabulous Chris allegedly said:

    Omgosh, what ever next??? But I would have loved that; as a child as my grand father used to take off my dress and pop a hessian sack on me when we went to his allotment to keep my dress clean.. I went home with a clean dress and filthy nicks!

    That was back in 1947 when I was 5!

    Chris in UK



  36. The fabulous sara allegedly said:

    Hysterical! I hope Fantasy #3 comes true … I would DEFINITELY buy more groceries in that case.



  37. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Things I would DEFINITELY like to see in fabric…

    Millstone Coffee
    Tillamook Cheese (Oregon cows are happier than Wisconsin cows..neener neener!)
    Cheetos
    Charmin Toilet paper (perfect for fat quarters)
    I think EVERYTHING should be wrapped in fabric. :) Now THAT would be a perfect world.



  38. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    Look at that! I don’t know how I would have walked out of there without one. Sooo cute! If Moda made the fabrics, I’d have to open a bakery! –Jen in NY



  39. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    HOw fun !!! but what if you don’t need that much flour ? Do you think it would be frowned upon if you brought your fabric scissors with you and a CLEAN garbage bag …. cut out arm holes and a head hole, dumped the flour in the garbage bag , left it on the shelf at the store and walked out of there wearing your new sleeveless blouse ? (after paying for just the bag, not the flour you left in the garbage bag on the store shelf?).



  40. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Another fab idea! You are so full of it(I mean them, ideas, that is!).
    I will definitely keep my eyes posted for those bags in all the local markets here.
    How cool would Moda be to take your idea????

    Stay dry!
    xo



  41. The fabulous girlsmama allegedly said:

    I wish we had a Winco near. My mom has one and it’s fabulous. I have a whole collection of the old flour sacks for the early 1900’s. I’ll have to start looking for the new ones…



  42. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    That is way too cool. This is definitely the year to bring back feed cloth packaging! Everything should be packaged in fabric. I was thinking about that this Christmas. We hardly exchanged any gifts but I think once my wrapping paper is gone (it will be a while) I will only wrap things in fabric.



  43. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    I LUV your sense of humor,your my twin.I do stuff like that too!My husband tries to act like he does not know me………Amy



  44. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Forgot the web page, I’m tired……



  45. The fabulous lilyhaven allegedly said:

    Fantastic idea!!! The world would be such a prettier place if everything was packaged in beautiful fabric. :)

    Shannon



  46. The fabulous Jodi allegedly said:

    ROTFLMBO.



  47. The fabulous Rose allegedly said:

    Anyone that doesn’t quilt or sew just wouldn’t understand!!



  48. The fabulous Lallee allegedly said:

    Wouldn’t you know I JUST put myself on a ‘no flour no sugar’ diet !!!!! I’m going to have to rethink this whole thing. Beauty always comes before health in this instance :) The cosmetic industry certainly understand it’s all about the packaging. Maybe food will catch on. Oh the danger in store for me if they do. Oh, and I hope they bring back the cute glasses in the soap boxes too, and the kitchen towels! Keep the fantasies going!



  49. The fabulous Bonnie allegedly said:

    My Mom grew up during the 30’s on an Egg Farm. They got the chicken feed in sacks, which served MANY purposes when emptied. I still have in her “hope chest” the ‘Minnie Mouse’ costume she made from several sacks.
    More sacks — more sacks. For those in the floating Seattle area, there is a Winco just off Highway 167 at the 212th Street exit (to the east).
    Off I fly (float)
    Here’s to your awesome ideas in 2009 your Royal Zombiness,
    hugs, Bonnie



  50. The fabulous Dawn allegedly said:

    OHHH, it would be so cool if they sold food in fabric again! Keep dreamin’!!



  51. The fabulous Julie (Knitsational) allegedly said:

    I would be there everyday, too, if food came dressed like that! So glad you snapped us a pic. :)



  52. The fabulous Karen S allegedly said:

    Oh! Oh! I’ll make bread for everybody, just share your sacks with me! And don’t you think we need some REPRODUCTION 1930′S sacks?????



  53. The fabulous Laurie Miller allegedly said:

    Love it!!! Do you think Safeway could squeeze a covered space in for me too. I’d be there with you every day. Imagine the possibilites! (I guess you already did :>)…



  54. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    You are toooo funny McMonica!!!! Is McD’s watching you too?????



  55. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    Monica, You are too funny! We did have some Flour sacks in our booth at Market. We did a bake shop and made 50 lb size bags of flour, sugar, etc. We joked about how it has come full circle. We are now making flour sacks out of new fabrics instead of using flour sacks as the fabric.



  56. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Who wants plastic and paper containers? Certainly not me. This is something that packagers should never have stopped. Fabric is the ultimate recyclable. Did I spell that right? Oh well, who cares. Anyway up with fabric! My fantasy is you leading the cause and all of us following.



  57. The fabulous SoBella Creations allegedly said:

    How wonderful would it be for our food to be packaged in something we could reuse. My husband has feedsack pillowcases and loves them. I don’t know what he will do when we can no longer find them for him.



  58. The fabulous nadine allegedly said:

    I grew up in Longview? do you live there. You are probably the first person who I have ever heard mentions Longview. My sisters still live there, my little sis, works at the Hospital. Too funny!!
    (my hometown is actually Rainier, Or) but I love the pic.
    Nadine



  59. The fabulous Deb allegedly said:

    About 17 years ago I lived in Stratton, NE and was thrilled to discover that the local grocery store sold flour in fabric bags still! Of course, I did *alot* of baking….and sewing!



  60. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    A girl’s gotta have fantasies to keep her goin’ everyday, say what? I wish everything was packaged in fabric! I’m sure the hubby would be thrilled(?)….NOT!



  61. The fabulous Becky G. allegedly said:

    Thought you might like to visit my blog for today’s post - I think you’ll appreciate my little walk down memory lane! Blessings, Becky G.



  62. The fabulous karen allegedly said:

    I’m enjoying your blog! I love those flour sacks, and all the color in your stuff! Really cheery! I laughed when you mentioned the photo shoot at Winco, I did that to Randy at our local Safeway when they ran out of food during the snowy weather. Us photographers have to stick together, right? Actually, my photography isn’t so hot, but I couldn’t resist. Bet you’re enjoying that beautiful weather down the river from me! Karen



  63. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    I suddenly see new ideas for my fabric stash. I would LOVE to see more fabric packaging, can you imagine?

    Clerk: “Paper or Plastic?”

    Me: “Oh, neither! I’ll just wrap it in a yard of this fabulous designer fabric!”

    I love your fantasies!



  64. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    LOVE THAT! Did you travel back in time or what!



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