I am getting back into the swing of things with a revisit of one of my favorite Blog features! Today I'm excited to share this fun retro beauty mainly because my mother found this one on a treasure hunt! I suppose this business is becoming a family affair.
This is a very large scale novelty cotton print made to look like a richly colored and intricate tapestry. It had me fooled until I picked it up! Definitely high quality cotton as you would expect for dressmaking or quilting and I suppose it would even be suitable for some light upholstery projects.
It's not immediately what I would of grabbed; I gravitate towards pale calicos, but the longer I handle this one the more I appreciate this big scale, brightly colored design. Sort of just the thing we need at the tale end of Summer and beginning of Fall.
It's been a really hard 2 weeks as I've been pretty ill. Yesterday, I think, was the first day in quite a while that I felt like I still belong in the human race. So, as you can imagine, the store and online shops have just come to a resounding thud of inactivity.
Right before I fell ill, I was able to launch my new mason ball jar towel design and whip up this new flat zipper pouch (more are cut and awaiting my attention next to the sewing machine.)
Also, yesterday I finally made something! This adorable crochet hat, pattern available on Ravelry as the Delaney Hat.
Isn't it adorable?! Plus it felt sooooo good to accomplish anything. The pattern, I found is a little skimpy on yardage required. This was suppose to be the 3 to 6 month size and as I got a a bit too far, I realized I had to make a hybrid of sorts that should fit a newborn fine.
Also, a little before my brief demise, I opened up a teeny shop with big cartel -- strictly my silk-screened towels with a rotation of my most popular styles and seasonal limited editions.
I plan to market my businesses a little different in the coming year. We'll be experimenting more with online (including blogging a lot more - YAY). This also means we will be pulling away from our brick and mortar, Nest Interiors in Ponchatoula, LA. We have no intentions of closing but are looking at a much reduced schedule so I can go where the customers are -- online. It may not be forever, but it will be squarely set in the hands of the people of our small town...if they want this business locally its up to them.
Here's a fun new project that's been a long time coming...my new Pump up the Jam Blue Mason Jar towels.
Just listed this week, they are garnering a lot of attention, including requests for different colors...which may all be possible. But its been a small feat to get this far. First, I ran out of ink for the transparencies (I had one left of those -- so it was fingers crossed when I was all set to print). Further drama ensued when it was time to set up the screen -- despite several years doing this, it took three tries to get a nice clean image that you see today. Handmade can also mean Headache-made.
So, voila...they are here and I'm pairing a couple as a gift sets with my friend, Sherri's slumped mason jars. They are great little dishes to be used as spoon rests or soap dishes...all re-purposed from actual mason jars!
The mason jar spoon rest are also available individually on my main website; quantities are limited. And keep watch for next week when I launch a sister style to this towel!