Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cashmere Flower Pins

I made a few of my flower pins, yesterday. Mostly spring colors.

They make great gifts!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Within this past month, my aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer, had surgery, recovered, and also traveled to Disneyland.

Today is the day, she starts her chemotherapy.

I was told once, by a friend who went through chemo, that she would often get super cold during her treatments. When I found out that my aunt was going to go through chemo, I decided that she needed a snuggly blankie in case she experienced this "getting cold" bit too. Not only is pink the "color" for breast cancer awareness, it's her favorite color too!

With all these new and unexpected changes in her life, she recently shared this in an email:

I feel very much at peace and know that God is in control of my life, whatever he has instore for me. One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." That verse has helped me through a lot and continues to help me now. None of us know what lies ahead of us each day but we know God is in control and with His perfect timing we can have peace in that blessing.

God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Day In The Studio

I was recently commissioned to create a vintage chenille baby quilt.

While I was putting this blanket together, I was reminded how much I love vintage chenille.
There is nothing like it!

Hopefully, baby Ryder will love to snuggle up in his new quilt.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Studio Reveal!

It's done! Well, mostly done anyways... I still have a few "little" things to do.
It is so nice to finally have my own space to spread out and work. Yesterday, I completed my first custom order utilizing my new studio - it was so wonderful!

As you can tell, I love color! I chose to mainly use my favorite colors of pink, red, and turquoise.

In one of the cubbie holes, I had my hubby hang pieces of plastic gutters for ribbon storage.
I can't tell you how great this is! It's so nice not having to dig through my previous mess of tangled ribbon.

I love my center island too. The top measures 39 1/4 x 57 1/2 - lots of room to lay out projects.
And, it's the perfect height to stand at while cutting fabric.

This view looks towards the hallway that leads to my fabric room.

This picture shows the entrance into the studio, and the other cubbie where my fabulous (still needs a liner) cart (that will eventually catch dirty laundry from the shoot) sits.

Besides having a nice place to work, I now also, have a great fabric room.
Although, it's not exactly how I wanted everything organized, it works well enough.

I really tried so hard not to use plastic tubs. I just couldn't make it work.
I did however, condense my chenille remnants down to only seven 105 qt, and six 58 qt tubs - yikes!

Having this studio project complete, feels so good!

I'm linking up to these parties today:

Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Found Treasures

Here are a few treasures I picked up at the Ruffles and Rust spring show.
The show was fabulous with lots of cool "junk" to be found!
Don't cha love my new 7-up vase?
I think it's the coolest - repurposing at its best!

Whenever I spot a bucket of buttons. I dig.
I found some beauties for a grand total of $2.

Couldn't pass up the vintage sequin purse.
A perfect addition to my vintage little purse collection.

This little wooden cheese box makes a fun display piece.

I'm always on the lookout for old children's tin watering cans and sand buckets.
I don't have a collection yet (this is only my 2nd piece) but I'm trying - ha!

My most favorite find of the day was an old wicker vase with barbola roses.
Love, love, love.
It was actually gold, and since I'm not a big fan of gold, I fixed that by painting it white. I'm pretty sure it had been white once before since that's what was showing beneath some of the chippy gold.

If you weren't able to make it to the show, you now have a chance to experience a little Ruffles and Rust yourself. Timi, the shows creator, has teamed up with Annie (Annie's on First) fame, and opened Ruffles and Rust Square in Snohomish.
I can't wait to check it out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Studio Update

Well... things are moving right along in the studio.
Last week the girls had mid-winter break from school.
We didn't have to go or be anywhere. It was so nice to stay home!
I was able to get most of my fabrics organized into the fabric room, furniture painted (before snow), and just plain organize sewing and crafting supplies.
I even got a few things hung up on the walls!

I'm loving how it's coming together, things are getting put away, and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel - yay!