Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Feeling Fall...

It's still a bit warm in Southern Louisiana, but mornings are becoming cooler and cooler.  I made a scarf.  Mom found 3 mohair skeins of a discontinued Lang Yarns colorway for next to nothing.  This pattern made use of all three with a slight modification to the pattern...I can't wait to wear it! 
The sparrows started arriving this weekend...a sure sign cooler weather is on the way.  Here are my feathered friends, the white-throated sparrow and slightly smaller chipping sparrow...a tad dull coloring but each has lovely song just in time for gray days.
Our biggest concern this winter is Pepe, we have no idea how old he is but is showing signs of arthritis when the mornings are chill.  So far, he lets me pamper him and has agreed to no jumping off or on the bed.  His sister pups tend to cuddle near him so someone is always with him day and night...but it is hard to think about letting go.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/208859319/pump-up-the-jam-green-mason-canning-jar
And a little work work happened this weekend.  I changed up the colors of my Pump Up the Jam Canning towel in a hand-mixed green.  I had some request for this color to match the reintroduction of Ball's green jars...just a small run of 6 to see how they do. 

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Call me Butter...

It seems like it's taken me months (make that years) to reinvent this particular design!  It's back with a new look -- my "Call Me Butter 'Cause I'm on A Roll" kitchen towel.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/208255344/call-me-butter-cause-im-on-a-roll-silk
And just in time for the holidays when all the dinner rolls are out on good behavior!  I think its just the thing to have hanging around when nosy in-laws are poking around your kitchen, checking out your spread.  Or even for that stuffy hostess (possibly your in-law...yes, I have issues!)  Wouldn't you love to see that face when she opens this?  She might even smile?  Probably not.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/208255344/call-me-butter-cause-im-on-a-roll-silk
Right now these are in store and listed on Etsy.  I plan to list them on the main website and a few other accessible places, including Unique Boutique in Tullahoma, TN (if you are on the way to Nashville).

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Featured Friday Fabric - Rue Indienne

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205668630/moda-french-general-rue-indienne-fat
This week's featured fabric is a pretty new collection from Moda, Rue Indienne, designed by one of my all time favorites, French General.  The line is inspired by botanical prints coming out of 18th century India. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205668630/moda-french-general-rue-indienne-fat
I'm offering a fat pack of 8 fat quarters including some really gorgeous paisleys, botanical and small prints.  These are a 30% linen/ 70% cotton blend - making them luxurious to work with, be it home goods or perhaps even a hand bag?!  Squee!

I have a limited quantity, get them here.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home and Away

Yesterday at the shop, I cleaned up globs of lotion of the floor and found 2 broken items, including one of our delicate wooden thread organizers (I literally wanted to cry when I left for the day).
https://www.etsy.com/listing/187515272/sale-vintage-strawberry-wooden-thread?ref=shop_home_active_5

It sounds like a mad drove of children ran through the shop; unfortunately, they are better behaved than the adults that passed through.  One even announced over the weekend she had the flu as she was checking out.  Sigh.

I've been trying to carve out some me time to regain some sanity before we get really busy with the holidays.  And I've been loving my home time away from the shop more and more.  (I wonder why?!)
I caught up with the latest Flavia de Luce book (such a good series!). Next up is Gone Girl, but probably not until I stop binging on Gilmore Girls.  I've never watched it; to which C tells me everyone did. I guess I had a lot going on during the late 90's...but it is so 90's fabulous with its flip phones, dial-up internet and no mention of gluten free...ahh, those were the days. 
And I'm happy to report with Fall on the way some of my adorable feathered guests have returned. These are Inca Doves, a little further East of their habitat (thank Global Warming).  So far 4 are already milling about the feeders.
Also, we have some fellas about to take off for the season.  This is a Yellow Breasted Vireo.  This being my first year bird watching, I never noticed Vireos before...this is one of the two I've seen this season.  One of the uber-adorable ways to identify a vireo is the band between the eyes...in birding terms it's called "spectacles."  So consider Vireos the librarians of birds!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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