Friday, September 25, 2015

New this week...

Some incredible items arrived in our petite craft department.  These gorgeous wooden needle notions for one and the most exquisite fleur de lis ribbon.
Also, recently, our Moda precuts for "Hello Darling" and "Farmhouse" are finally in!  Both are available in jelly rolls and layer cakes -- I don't have to tell you how hot Hello Darling is as we sold a bit on pre-order, but don't overlook how lovely a collection Farmhouse is in this offering.
Hello Darling

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The World is Your Oyster... 
I fell in love with this fabric the moment I saw it!  The print really fits in nicely with a lot of themes I see myself bringing into the shop - warm, natural, and Southern inspired.  Oysters, themselves, seem to be a popular choice in decor too.
This really was an enjoyable sewing project, though I found myself working in spurts around the twins was manageable in a weekend!  I only have three in stock, so please don't wait until they're sold out or we'll have to say "awe, shucks!"  (sorry...bad oyster pun!)

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Watch Me Distract You With Sparkles
You know when you're not looking for yarn, you find amazing yarn that you just have to have???
really?  more yarn mom???
I fell for this pretty sequin yarn, an Issac Mizrahi yarn, exclusive of Michael's.  The whole collection is just beautiful but I settled on just two skeins...with no idea or plan on how to use it.  I turned to Ravelry and found this fast and enjoyable pattern.
It makes for a wonderfully lightweight lace mesh scarf and only used ONE skein for a 72" scarf! 
Doesn't it look great with my Autumn Druzy Necklace??
I'm selling this one on Etsy (support my yarn addiction, please!) and going off to make another one for keeps!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Baubles and Beads
Over the past few weeks I've found myself itching to return to jewelry making.  It was something I wholeheartedly loved as a teenager, something I dabbled in when we first opened the store 8 years ago...but now I feel I'm ready to explore (and tackle) bigger and more artistic pieces.

I think it was in early June when I went to market in Mississippi and visited Jennifer Thames lovely booth.

I loved everything...and bought quite a few things for the shop.  But the feeling of her booth and then seeing her work daily in the shop reinforced this is art...wearable art.  And that, brought me back to why we dreamed up our little shop so many moons ago. 

Most nights, after the twins are tucked in, I go to my nook and start beading.  Last night I looked up - it was 11:30 when I completed my latest necklace!  I was shocked, but it's been pure bliss to feel the accomplishment of creating these pieces.  I have few more pieces I'm dreaming up within the next week or two, so please follow my Etsy shop or visit our retail location in Ponchatoula, LA

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015


It seems like once I get comfortable with one season, the next is on its heels.  That's how I felt this morning, as I noticed the leaves beginning to brown up and drop to the ground.  Fall is not exactly pretty here in South Louisiana (albeit much much cooler).  And even though this was one of the hottest summers on record, I'll miss tank tops, flip flops and these ruby-throated hummingbirds.  One of my potters made several of these small hummingbird dishes for the shop and I just love them...

almost as much as my hummingbirds.  The ruby-throated will be here for another good month before they begin making their journey across the Gulf of Mexico.  I'm always amazed how something so tiny can go so far.  There's more and more word that other species of hummingbirds are starting to winter in our southern I will be maintaining my feeders for whomever may visit.
I've been a busy bee in the shop and online.  New from French General are these beautiful season inspired embroidery floss collections.  I have a limited number listed on Etsy; there is a beautiful free pattern from French General using these threads.
Also, some winter fabrics from Moda.  Two fat pack or fat quarter collections,  Tole Christmas, a more folky traditional collection and my personal favorite, Winterberry, a little more contemporary with that pretty robins egg blue throughout (that color is still as popular as ever.)
And last but not least, a reorder on Bohin "Middle Ages" embroidery scissors.  They are small, surgically sharp and will last forever.

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