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Valentines Day Sale


Fred Sanford
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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Pinterest.com Image by stevegarfield via Flickr

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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Image via Wikipedia. United States Olympic Center

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.

A Great Day for Shopping


Bobbin Lace, Tucked in the Craft Room
Bobbin Lace

It has been a great day.  Met a beautiful grandmother who had a great selection of vintage linens and old lace she wanted to sell.   Our arms were full by the time we left and most of it will soon be in the store.   What was as great was her charm and outlook on life.  She had such a refreshing – and yes, a positive outlook, that it was a treat to talk with her.   I told her of my resolution to shut off the news and end my subscription to the newspaper.  Her response was “did that years ago.”  Go figure.

On another positive note, about two months ago, we found some lace curtains; Scranton lace to be exact and my husband did some research on the Scranton Lace Company.   From all the reports he found, and the documentary on the History Channel, it turns out this company was a fantastic company to work for.  They opened in 1897 and closed their doors in 2002.  At one time they had over 1500 employees producing some of the finest Nottingham lace money could buy.  What was more important was how they treated their employees.  Between the in-house bowling alley, the gymnasium, the movie auditorium and the employee medical center AND daycare, they really cared for their people.  They made them feel like part of the company and that the employees were important to the success of the firm.   I won’t go into any more details here, but suffice to say, if you want to read about a special time in American Manufacturing history, read about the Scranton Lace Company.   It will make you wish for the old days again.  If any of you readers are familiar with Scranton and the Scranton lace company, write me.

Until next time recycle, repurpose and stay green.

Resolution for the new year


I woke up early this Sunday morning of the first day of 2012, resolved to not look back.   That’s right, NOT to look back.  That may be hard for a person who deals in vintage linen and lace, but that was my resolution.  I opened my Sunday paper and immediately the opening headline is “A look back on 2011.”  Who wants to?  2011 was a disaster.  Who wants to go back?

I prefer to look forward to the good times coming in 2012.  Sounds a little unrealistic I know, but that’s my attitude.  I hate negative anyway, so why surround myself with it.  I prefer the positive and that’s how I am going to approach the new year.  It’s going to be fun to record my posts and see if I can keep that attitude throughout the year.  I’m positive I can.  How about you?

Happy “Positive” New Year citizens and readers.  Shut off your news, end your subscription to the negative press, and learn to live happy.  You’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. Remember to reuse and recycle items as much as you can.

Until next time.

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.

About this Blog


Hello
My first post so I am still learning the system. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a mother and teacher who believes in Green living. I repurpose almost everything I can find. With that in mind, I recently purchased a small Vintage Linen and Lace shop in the Treasure Shoppe Antique Mall in Downtown Colorado Springs. The original owner was retiring and I couldn’t pass it up. It’s called Mom and Me because my mother in law and my daughter help me with it.
This blog will be part of the store, as I try to help other people / readers look for way in which they can repurpose not only linen, but other items I might find in the store along the way. Of course I will also take hints from readers, so if you have any, send them my way.

Until next time.