Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What's New...

We're on the doorstep to Summer officially and even though things have slowed down a bit, lots of new items are arriving at the shop daily to keep me busy.  Here's a sampling of my favorites over the last couple of weeks...
Pretty Fleur de Lis Glass Cloches - In Store Only
Thimble Necklaces
A Chunky Knit Afghan Blanket
A Distinctive Vintage Metal Candleholder

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Da Zink Planter

My garden has everything now, including the kitchen sink...or zink as some say down here near New Orleans.  We savaged this old cast iron sink from our building, The Old Nehi Building in Ponchatoula, when we were updating the warehouse bathrooms.  The building is from 1925 and the warehouse is from 1945...so, it's safe to say the sink dates back to about that time.

My father-in-law, who helped with the renovation, also helped himself to the sink.  When I noticed he had put it in the back of his truck, I had to ask what he was doing with my sink.  "Selling it for salvage"...oh hell no.
He wanted to know what big plan I had for it...I didn't say as I was a bit unsure but there was no way I was letting go of that piece of history.  He would die if he could see it now...well, more like scoff and grunt a wordless disapproval.  I think it's wonderful.  It took both C and I to lift it and anchor it to the part of the fence where it comes to a strong cross, then just to add a little more security, a bungee cord right under the sink lip.
The only problem now is that our plants are doing so well and quickly out growing the sink basin.  We might need to shop for some mid-summer replacements.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Monday, June 16, 2014

On Negative Feedback...

This might resonate with some of you that do a bit of online selling and honestly I wasn't going to say anything but the whole thing has become so comical that I felt there was a lesson to be learned as well as a laugh.

About a week or so ago, I received my first negative feedback from an online sale.  The venue - Ebay.  I consider it the Wal-mart of online selling, I never promote anything I typically sell there because it's usually things I'm clearancing and just want to be rid of...quick and easy.  Plus the e-bay shopper seems to be ultra deal oriented.  That being said, I've not had too much trouble until recently.

I listed this really nice over-sized floral upholstery fabric that I had stashed for over a year.  I think I was going to make pillows...it never happened.  I decided to go ahead and list it but it really did not fit in my Etsy shop and not a fit either for my brick and mortar shop...so Ebay it is. 

It sells, approximately 3 yards for $12 with free shipping.  I just wanted it gone but I knew I pretty much gave it away.  No big whoop, right, someone is going to use it and I wasn't!  The day I receive payment, I checked it once more but realized I forgot my rotary cutter to trim off this funky end beyond the 3 yards.  Thinking like a person that sews - I think what the hay - I will throw it in...nearly 1/2 yard more in fabric that is slightly altered but could be used!

nice marble floors, huh?
Two days later (I mailed it Priority too!)  I get this accusatory message that begins with "What the hell is this?!!!" asking why I lied in my listing.  She opens a Case against me because it is not as described.  I'm cool about it and let her know that is just the extra at the end - you do actually have approximately 3 yards as I listed it.  Message after message, that I'm wrong and again a liar...then she sends me this picture.  Looks just like the ratty extra end...and it does show it a little bit going into that third yard (not that we know where that tape ends - but she's not the liar, I am, right?)  I offer to refund the one yard - $4.  She agrees and we go through the process with the Ebay Resolution Center.  I authorize for the refund to automatically be deducted from my account except something goes amiss.  It never happens - I can only suspect she closed the case without accepting my refund. 
Better Off Dead movie fans will get this
So, day after day, she repeatedly messaged me - I want my four dollars.  I ignored her - ask e-bay, lady.  Finally I block her from messaging me and she leaves negative feedback.  Disappointing, as I felt like I had been had from the get go.  A couple days later, I was actually still mulling over the whole transaction and more importantly WHO obsessively fights over four dollars.  Between Paypal and Ebay, did you know not only do you have someone's home address, email but their phone number too!
Orange is the New Black Fans will get this
Good thing I'm not a crazy person!  I did however Google the sh*t out of her.  Not much to tell other than she was against Prop8 (that's nice), a Harry Potter fan and calls herself a muggle, and is a self-professed "marketing guru".  Though all I could find was a fan devotion page she runs with some other poor souls for an American Idol contestant that came up ninth one year and then had a drug conviction...not even someone fun like Sanjaya.  About the only thing I learned was to stop giving things away and my fabric now lives here in Boca Raton, FL:

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Featured Friday Fabric - Coming Up Roses

This week I wanted to feature a growing collection of rose floral vintage novelty print fabrics that I've acquired on recent jaunts through Texas and Mississippi. 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/191901952/vintage-vip-cranston-textiles-novelty 
This vintage VIP/Cranston textile is so lovely with large scale blossoms on a twilighty blue.  One yard is available exclusively here on my Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/189621722/vintage-wamsutta-pale-pink-floral-rose
A wamsutta vintage print, this is a neat fabric with pink and the ever elusive blue rose.  On a pale print twill-like background.  3/4th of a yard is available here.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192694226/vintage-rose-floral-print-fabric-remnant
New to the shop this week!  And the oldest of the bunch.  I estimate this is from the 1960's, maybe 50's.  It's a good sized remnant - big pink blossoms on a black background...colors are very good for the age.  Nearly 7/8th of a yard is available here.

 --Lisa LeBlanc

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Ripple in Time...

This weekend I got my life back so to speak...
I finally finished this massive crochet ripple blanket.  Started way back in October of last year just three weeks before C's birthday.  I just knew I could finish it in time.  *laughs hysterically*

It took nearly one hour for each row - times a gazillion!  And of course one of the colors I selected from the brand Loops and Threads Impeccable (Michael's Brand) was discontinued and I had to scout Ebay and Etsy to find a highly overpriced skein just to complete this.  Now it's done....ahhhh...a very warm queen sized blanket in June.  She says she loves it anyways (I am the worst gift giver)

I used this pattern but obviously increased the size.
It has a nice numerical layout to the color that I could appreciate - 7-5-3-1 

I picked Loops and Threads because it was the most economical and softest yarn that I could get in large quantities (until it gets discontinued).  I used the following:
Grass
Amethyst
Aqua
Arbor Rose
Emerald

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cardinal Rule

This weekend we stumbled on to this guy...and I do mean stumbled.  Can you see him?  It's a wee little cardinal bird baby!  Very well camouflaged...I knew something was up only because of its parents loud worried chirps.  I could find no nest in which he might of fallen from...so, I googled.  Apparently, in regards to baby cardinals the question is whether or not it has feathers.  If so, it's more than likely a fledgling learning to fly.
And indeed, by the time I returned...he had moved a good bit.  With very spurty flying jumps.  I decided to keep my distance and observe from a far.  And then he decided to follow me much to the dismay of his parents!
"are you my mother?!"  Nope! 
This is where we had to say our goodbyes!  (at least until you are grown up and can reach the feeders little guy).  His parents ushered him on into a more secluded part of the under brush and I went back inside to finish binging on Orange is the New Black.   (are you watching?  ermahgerd!)

Don't forget I'm offering a freebie alphabet pattern this month when you download my digital Orange is the New Black Cross Stitch Pattern from Etsy.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Orange is the New Black Cross Stitch Special


https://www.etsy.com/listing/159255228/orange-is-the-new-black-cross-stitch
Just a quick hello! as we're on the road today.  I wanted to let everyone know that to celebrate the eve of Season 2 of Orange is the New Black, I am offering up a freebie alphabet pattern that I used in the original pattern.  Now thru the rest of June when you purchase my pattern from my Etsy shop, the additional pattern will be an automatic download.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's a Wrap!

We survived our town's massive City Wide Yard Sale...ermahgerd.  Plus 60% change rain was scheduled...we got 100%.  Despite the weather, waking up before dawn, huddling under a wet tent, we did amazingly well.  And so did many of our fellow yardsellians.
We had so much; many things did not make it out for the sale...there's always next year, right?
We always have one oddball item...the clown suit was it!  So much interest...finally as we were closing someone called to see if we still had it and came right over.
I even got away for a bit to shop...this is one of my favorite houses.  This year I got to know the sellers and they were a hoot...invited me back when it was calm and dry to dig thru remnant fabric and trim...yes, please!
Next stop was another yearly favorite - R&M Daylilies.  I always pick up a few even though I'm running out of spots to stuff them at the house and the shop.

This is one of the prettiest, best kept secrets in Ponchatoula...as their entire yard is dedicated to daylilies!
And here is a little custom work I did for the Yard Sale committee to celebrate their 5th year.  T-shirts and totes!
I had to incorporate and already existing image from their posters and make it silkscreen "friendly" - we opted to leave off a date so they could be used again and again.  I love the totes - perfect for thrifting with a big wide gusset.  (This year we could of used some printed umbrellas tho!)

If you would like to visit Ponchatoula for our next big Yard Sale, follow along on the committee's Facebook page.  This year brought tourist from as far as New York and California -- it's a big deal!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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