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October Recap And A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31, 2011 07:24 by ehouston

I have been wanting to make these regular posts for a while now, but with only one under my belt so far about August, I figured October 2011 will officially mark the first opportunity to pull everything together.  In addition to a monthly recap I will be putting up a Project Page as an index for anyone interested in creating something they have seen here.  I hope you all enjoy my  attempts at website organization!

October 2011 in a nutshell:

I started this month out with a bit of environmentally sound inspiration after discovering GreenCraft magazine at my local Joann’s ETC. store.  While I have yet to create any specific item I spied in the pages, I definitely saw this as a jumping off point for my holiday gift giving.  I always try to add some handmade gifts from the heart and this year I hope to incorporate more recycled, or rediscovered, items as I like to call them.  Usually I reserve such things for smaller holidays, but not this year.  Get ready family!  I hope I don’t disappoint.  Open-mouthed smile

In honor of thinking “green”, I also tried out a local annual clothing consignment sale and managed to unload a few items during a big closet purge

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While I did not make a monetary killing, I did pay for my consignor fee and all the purchases I ended up making for myself.  So, I broke completely even and learned that the sales are very hit or miss, but not to give up after just one shot.  My plan of attack for this coming spring will be to put in some of what I consigned this past month, plus a whole bunch of warmer weather items.  Maybe by this time next year I will have really whittled the pile down.  By the way, I only suggest this approach to someone that has a lot of closet space and no immediate need for cash or more storage.  Well, I guess I always have an immediate need for more cash!  But you get what I am saying.

We had tons of family fun this past month attending fall festivals, parades, a pumpkin patch and a trunk or treat.  You would think the Little Guy is all worn out and done at this point, but instead I just managed to create an activity monster.  It’s hard not to jump on the fall fun bandwagon when so many of these events are free, but I now understand those moms that talk about setting the bar low so things can only go up.  Genius, simply genius!

I talked a bit about my need to get off the carbs and professed my love of all things bakery related

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They say that admitting your problem is the first step, but the truth be known, I have been gorging myself on homemade artesian and other fruit breads ever since.  I know, I know, pathetic!  For those of you that love carbs too, I will be sharing that artesian bread recipe this next month!  Tease!  YEP!

I also lamented the discovery of my Nashville, TN Dream home finally going on the market.  This news still gives me a sick stomach and lump in the ol’ throat.

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Dream Home For Sale (picture courtesy of Zillow.com/Remax Elite, Nashville, TN)

I have spent many a day-dreaming moment placing our furniture in the rooms and redecorating the space to suite our needs.  The patio would be FABULOUS if I could just get my hands on it and all our friends would love to come to our parties by the pool!  Speaking of yard work, the last of the holly bushes was finally planted a couple of weekends ago and that part of the fall spruce up is complete.  Hopefully I will manage to get out there and pull all the hoses and flower pots in before too many more freezing nights.  I can’t believe it was snowing just a state away over this past weekend!

It appears that most of this month was about decorating, or really more about rearranging our existing décor, and using what we have in new ways.  I managed to pull together some much needed side tables for our family room, and this next month I will show you all how I solved my table tray issue with diaper boxes.  Yeah, more uses for junk!

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I also performed some decorating miracles (not really, but we are very happy with the changes!) in the formal living room by just moving things around.

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And, softened the hollow sound of our upstairs hallway by hanging up some of my favorite quilts, but with a little twist.

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Wow, I guess I accomplished more in October than I thought!  Here’s to the next month and the million item and growing “To-do” list!

Take care everyone and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Etsy Treasury : Welcome Home

September 13, 2011 23:00 by ehouston

I am definitely welcomed home when looking at this fabulous grouping of fall items.  This Treasury was curated by Britta Folden of Queen B Quilts.  Not only does Britta put together lovely items, but she has a great little shop specializing in T-Shirt quilts.  What a great way to capture your T-shirt memories without having to dig in your dresser to remember who, what, where and when?

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She was kind enough to feature my Vintage Fabric Stroller Quilt in Red, Navy and White.  But, I just want to cuddle up in that warm cardigan, hang that lovely wreath on my front door, sit back with my feet on that cute heart rug and throw back about 10 of those red velvet whoopie pies. 

Man, what an afternoon that would be!

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Etsy Treasury : Shades Of Blue

August 3, 2011 23:00 by ehouston

I guess I’m not the only one that cannot get enough of this color.  The curator of this Treasury is Seastyle and their shop is full of beachy treasures.

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My lovely ocean inspired Vintage Fabric Embellished Quilt with Japanese Waves is a featured member of this collection.

Enjoy!

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Etsy Treasury–Esty Crafters….

May 16, 2011 05:11 by ehouston

This beautiful Etsy Treasury was curated and posted today by Pasture Rose, whose shop is full of cute and unique fabrics.

She was kind enough to include my new addition to the shop, the Vintage Fabric Quilt – Japanese Waves, to this group of stunning designs.

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Etsy Treasuries–Whoo Hoo!

April 27, 2011 00:45 by ehouston

Gotta love a yellow bird and bunny filled spring time Treasury!  This one was curated by Grazim, whose shop is stuffed to the brim with the most beautiful hand-felted items.

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My Vintage Fabric Wall Art in orange, brown and yellow was featured in this one.

The most recent Etsy Treasury I found one of my items listed in was a Shop Local, Virginia grouping.

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19Cindy76 curated this Treasury featuring her favorite items from shops in and around the Richmond, VA area.  She included my listing for Vintage Fabric Tooth Fairy Pillows.

So, click, comment and purchase, ya’ll!

;o)

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What Was That Lassie? You Found a Tattered Quilt....And It Needs To Be Rescued?

December 2, 2008 07:12 by ehouston

During this time of year, when the seasons change and the weather gets cool I find myself pulling out all my vintage quilts to have a look at what I have collected over the years.  I live in a smaller home and unfortunately I don't have a place to display my quilts out in the open, or a place where they would really look good and make sense with the rest of my decor.  Although, I tend to create on the cutesy side, my home is more vintage modern, where Danish and Japanese furnishings take center stage.  So, my quilts are relegated to the guest room closet and several other baskets and bins that keep them tucked out of site.  I have to bring them out at least once a year just to look over their fun colors and textiles, run my fingers over the intensely tiny hand stitches and gently pat all the little tattered spots with puffy cotton batting peeking out.  After a moment of weakness, mentioned several months ago on this blog, regarding a huge de-stash I also swore off buying any more vintage quilts until I have a better place to keep them.  I had also started bringing home quilts that had pretty much lost all hope for life, requiring complete reconstruction into something new and they were taking over my craft space. 

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One of those little projects involved a Sun Bonnet Sue quilt from at least the 40's.  I say "at least the 40's" because most of the fabrics used appear to be Feedsacks from the 1920's and 1930's, but I am not sure that the quilt was constructed during those decades....either way, it was VERY old.  The edges of this quilt were nearly gone and it had spots in the middle that appeared to have been chewed away.  I have no idea how this quilt ended up with all these serious injuries in such strange spots, but it was obvious that it could not go on in its current state.  So, rather than just pulling the plug I decided to make fairy pocket pillows, or Tooth Fairy pillows...however you want to look at it...out of the lovely, hand-pieced and hand embroidered little ladies.  The results have been in my Etsy shop for a while, and just recently I took pictures of each version to make a FLICKR set so that buyers could see each fairy in all her glory.  I am posting this in the hope that the next time you see an old quilt that is just limping along you give it a second look.  Don't let it be tossed away, instead talk that vendor down to a fair price and give it new life!

Happy Crafting!


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