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crafts and all things made by hand. Creative ideas, using linen and lace in a creative manner.

Valentines Day Sale


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The late - great Red Foxx - Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr

Well, we did it.  “Mom and Me”  went down to the store and drew hearts on a ton of inventory. Everywhere you look you should see a heart.  What this means for you is that the items with a heart on them are now 25% off their normal low price.  I forgot to tell Mom that this was the reason we were drawing hearts on the tags.  She almost had her own “heart” attack over it. (get it)   She reminded me of Red Foxx as Fred Sanford on the old TV Show “Sanford and Sons.”  (Hand over chest – looking skyward)

Stop in the store (downtown Colorado Springs at 324 E, Pikes Peak) and every item with a red heart on the tag – take it up to the counter and they will automatically take 25% off its already low price. 

I’ve got some new ideas I am trying out that I will write about later today.  I’m putting the finishing touches on them now. 

Until next time, repurpose, recycle, and stay green. 

 

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Ready to Spring Forward


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I love fall colors.  The rich warm browns, the warm yellows, the burnt oranges.   I say this because I don’t want you to think me callous when I say I am looking forward to spring.   We just put much of our linen on sale for Valentine’s day, and while I know it’s not quite spring yet, it’s the holiday before Easter and that is when we trot out all of our Spring colors.  That got me thinking about spring and the rest is history.  I can hardly wait.

As many of you know, I search for unique ways to repurpose stuff, especially linens.  Well, I found a great site called Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)  You need to sign up to request access to enjoy the benefits offered by this site, but believe me – it’s worth it.  It’s a Treasure Shoppe on the internet, all by itself.  Take time to read how to use the site, than explore.  Be careful however, it’s addictive.  I get so many great ideas there, I don’t want to leave.  In between clicks I do manage to say hello to my husband – once in awhile, then back to the research.

When you are granted full user access, just for giggles, type in “repurpose.”   You’ll be there all night.

Until next time, repurpose, recycle and stay green.

A Long – Short Week


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Friday night, after a long – but too short Christmas break, I finally closed the classroom door and was happy to get home and hit my easy chair. Tomorrow, (Sat) we are heading to the store to add in some more lace and vintage material, then it’s off to the Antique Show here in Colorado Springs.

An idea for you teachers. Two years ago, I made seat back pouches for all my elementary student chairs. The kids would come in, put their books and personal items into the pouch, keeping everything off the floor and out of the way.  Naturally I used repurposed material. In this case, it was old car seat covers I had found, but any heavy canvas material would do.

Instructions:   Measure the width of your chairs and the length from the top of the chair to the seat.  I will bet that you creative types will already know how to sew the rest, but for those who don’t try this.  Take your length measurement times 2 1/2. plus 2 inch’s.  e.g If you measured 15 inches from the top of the seat back to the seat, then the length of the canvas you will need is about 38 + 2 or 40 inches.  The last 8 inches is the pouch part.  The first fold is at 15 inches.  The second fold, folded inside itself is at 30 inch’s  (I hem the top and bottom of the strip one inch before I fold anything, so that’s why the extra length.)  The width of the piece is two inches wider then your seat back.  Now sew the side edges and turn everything inside out.  Your pouch part is now on the outside and ready to be filled.  Slip the whole thing over the seat back and your done.  Do this 25 more times and you have a classroom full of happy kids with new seat pouches and a clean floor.

Until next time, recycle, repurpose and stay green.

Colors and Fabric by Season


Even though we deal in vintage linen and lace and stock a myriad of colors, we still try to coördinate our offerings with the seasons.  Our buyers are often craft or decorating people with upcoming special projects they are building months in advance.   Still, color and fabric type are important.

It’s winter as I write this and we find a lot of our wool and embroidered products going fast.  Anything blended that has wool goes quick as well.  Silk is popular with us and proper year round but the lighter silks for dresses and skirts are more summer wear while the heavier, multi-layered silks are right during the winter.   Summer is for lightweight cotton, light weight silk and linen.  Fabrics that have a loose weave and are made of a breathable fabric are great for summer. Fall is the season for wool.  Heavy weight cotton is also appropriate.  Spring is similar in terms of fabrics but you can also wear summer weights during spring.  Here in Colorado we tend to “layer” ourselves in both summer and fall weights.

We also look at colors of the season.  Traditionally winter colors are the darkest and much of our displays today have dark colors showing.  Starting with the blacks, winter colors go to charcoal, grey, browns, olives, golden’s, navy, burgundy, so on. )  Summer is the greatest pastel season (pale pink, butter yellow, baby blue, light mint, crisp white, etc)  Again, fall is often full of rusts, olives, camels, beige, light browns and so on.   Spring is light blues, roses, aqua’s, beige, and so on.   We are getting ready to rotate our stock from winter to spring.  (We do this months in advance because people are already starting to think of their spring projects.)

Don’t rely on color for what to wear.  Designers are using all colors in all seasons and craft people should follow suit.  Winter white is very popular and black is still a year round color.

The other day for example, a woman walked in and asked if we had any Hawaiian prints.  We had one or two, but a large selection is hard to find.  Here it is – dead of winter and she wants Hawaiian prints.  She said if we were vintage we should stock more Hawaiian.  After all it was very popular in the 70’s.  Go figure.