Gettin' Back To My Roots!

May 3, 2011 05:33 by ehouston

Or, ruts, depending on what part of the country you are from.  What I mean to say is that I have been trying to really think about the content of my online shops lately and get back to what I had intended to do in the first place.  After taking stock, literally, I realized that some items were looking a little “thrown in to the mix”.  One thing that has always bothered me are shops that seem to be all over the place in the way of products.  And, the ones that stay focused seem so organized and clean.  I want my shops to be organized and clean too!

Step one: Stop Whining!

Step Two: Start to do more work with my vintage fabrics.  The main reason I got interested in the idea of opening a shop was to provide an offering of vintage or reproduction vintage fabric products for the home.  I wanted people to feel like they could decorate with their Heywood Wakefield blonde wood furniture and add bedding that matched the era.  Or, at least felt a little more congruent than the typical puffy comforter set found at the big box shops.  How many times have you seen shots of a restored Victorian or brownstone and the nursery is all Pooh-Beared out?  It’s like stepping into a time warp a la Twilight Zone.  Their home is beautifully restored with period pieces mixed in with some more modern finds, but then the nursery looks like Babies R Us exploded in their when the door was shut.  Or, the bathrooms feel like you walked into Bed, Bath and Beyond and said, “I’ll take one of everything”.

These were the thoughts that compelled me to get in the game in the first place.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a good mix up of styles and fun things popping up in very unexpected places.  However, I just wanted to put some items out there that would allow folks to keep the consistency throughout their abode.  I started with these


(Baby Quilts in striped reproduction vintage fabrics.) 

and these

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(Baby Quilts in a checkerboard reproduction vintage fabric pattern.  Available in Pink and Green or Blue and Yellow.)

and have finally come full circle with some larger sized bedding options.


Full/Queen size vintage fabric embellished quilt in Japanese waves

I am so thrilled to finally be able to get this item listed.  I never imagined how hard it would be to sew a large piece like this while working around the whims of a toddler.  (I’m such an idiot, right?  All you veteran moms out there are just laughing your heads off right now, I know!).  With that said, I have several others in the works and will be listing them as time permits.  It’s a juggling act, but I am so glad to be getting back to what I had started.  To create something functional out of bits and pieces of discarded or no longer loved vintage fabrics is a real thrill.  I know, I’m just a textile junky I suppose.

Come on by the shop and check out the new vintage fabric items I have been listing recently.  You might just find something retro-cool to finish off your space.

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Artfire Collections and Etsy Treasuries!

April 20, 2011 06:39 by ehouston

We are back from a much needed long weekend and visit with great friends and family.  Gosh we miss Nashville, TN!  Oh well.  But, on a very bright note, a couple of my shop items were featured at both Etsy and Artfire recently. 

This collection at was curated by Four Corners USA and it’s called, Made In America, Virginia!


Lovely.  Included here, are my Changing Pads with Pouch in reproduction vintage fabrics.

Over at Etsy, my funky neon Beach Ball was added to another funny treasury. 


This one was curated by Lavinia’s Room and encourages all of us moms to get out of the kitchen and have a good time!

So, come on.  Get out there and add some comments or click on through and order something nice for yourself.

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Crafting: Baby Quilts

March 10, 2010 04:32 by ehouston

As many of you know from browsing my shops I have created some simple baby quilts using reproduction vintage fabrics from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, along with a few from actual vintage fabrics. 

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Simple Striped Baby Quilts from reproduction fabrics.


Vintage fabric baby quilt with Airplane design.

Since the arrival of the Little Guy I have received many emails asking which of my quilts I used for his nursery, or did I make something special for his space?  FINALLY, I am getting around to answering ‘what inquiring minds want to know’.  You all may remember that I noted in a previous nursery DIY post here that I was unable to make the bedding for the nursery due to the tight time frame of moving, getting settled and the baby’s due date.  This was a pretty sad situation for me considering I had always dreamed of being “that mom”.  The one that made all kinds of things for their child starting with their first bed set.  It’s funny, as a child I can remember dreaming of this scenario, but never once do I remember thinking about or planning my wedding as so many young girls do.  Weird, huh?  Anyway, I was bummed about not having the time to create the cool textiles for his room, but I was able to find something that fit the bill for a hip  mod look.


The cozy crib with Ticklicious Bedding.

Fortunately, years ago I did have the foresight to set aside one of my favorite handmade quilts.  In the back of my mind I envisioned that one day I would have a little boy and I would decorate his room with a retro rocket/space theme.  Flash forward a few years and nursery decor actually trended toward this theme in a really cute way.  Flash forward again to the time of my pregnancy and I suddenly wanted less of a theme and more of an overall “look”.  Something that could transition with few changes from baby to toddler to little boy.  I think we hit the mark pretty well with our playful circle paint treatment and we are quite happy with how the nursery turned out. 

Now back to the handmade quilt that I WAS able to share with my Little Guy.  As I wrote above, this is a piece that I actually created several years ago.  However, when I would attend a craft fair, show my stock to friends and family for gifts, or post items in my online shops I always held this one back.  Initially I was unsure of why I kept it aside, then I thought it was because I only had a tiny bit of the rocket fabric left, finally I realized I thought I wanted a vintage spacey theme for my possible future child’s room and this was a perfect starter piece.  The rest you all know and shortly before his arrival I pulled it out and laid it on the floor to admire it. 


Even though his room was not a space theme and the colors were not a match to anything else in our home I knew it was the perfect size for clean and cozy playtime on the floor any where we go. 


Plus, I had to face it, the vintage fabrics just make me (and the Little Dictator) smile.  One other thing I recently noticed, now that he is really starting to touch and feel things, is that I could not have picked a better combo of textiles for a learning baby.  It has both visual and tactile fun since the vintage rocket fabric is seersucker (bumpy for those of you that are not in the know on this) and the blue polka-dot fabric is flocked (fuzzy or felted).  Then of course, the vintage red polka-dot and blue constellation fabrics, along with the newer mod oval backing fabric add nice geometric patterns for visual interest.  (Bonus- the constellation fabric actually glows in the dark if held to the light for a while).  Couldn’t ask for more in a baby quilt and I hope he grows to love this one as much as I have.

Tell me about your simple baby gift designs, or nursery bedding sets.  Have any of you created something from scratch to outfit your little one’s room, or play area?  Have you used new, vintage or a combo of fabrics for these projects?  Did it start as a gift and end up in your home?  I love to hear from you guys, so do tell!

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