Monday, December 27, 2010

my vintage love

I do love it. This is my pattern. The one I collect. Pink Dogwood. I still remember when I went with my mom to pick it out. It was like choosing a wedding pattern. Serious stuff for a serious collection.


My Mom made sure that each of her girl's had a pattern. Which I think put her in a good spot for gift giving. She always knew what we liked! This blue glass, Moderntone, is Mary's pattern. Which I always thought was a good one for a military wife with two boys.


And Judith started out with this pretty pink Cherry Blossom pattern. So lovely and pink. She now just likes getting any glass that is pink. But I do like to pick this one for her when I can find it.

My Mom has a beautiful green pattern of glass. That I couldn't find a picture of to show you. It is a fun pattern because they never made any wine glasses only water goblets. That glass was produced only during prohibition. No alcohol was allowed!


But now, this is the glass that I buy for her. She got a few pieces of it for Christmas. One I paid 50 cents for, don't tell her! My mom remembers it being sold at the grocery store, and never liked it then. That's when she only bought Waterford glass. Our tastes are always changing!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

thrifted christmas

Gosh I love to thrift! I cannot remember the last time I went to the mall. And my local mall is nice. But thrift I love! If you get a Christmas present from me, I guarantee something in it will be thrifted. I buy thrift for my neighbors, husband, kids, sisters, and my mother.

Well I found a bag of these loopy flowers in November. I'm sure I bought them for no more than $2. They are made with such nice fuzzy yarn in perfect vintage colors. They even had a loop on the back of each one to hang them from the tree.

Well my plan was to hot glue them onto a wreath for my side door. So it hangs nicely inside my house. I added a loop of vintage pom poms and it still needed a touch more of somethin'. So after I scanned my tree I spotted this perfect handmade (also thrifted from 2009) ornament. The clown pedals away perfectly on my wreath now and they compliment each other so nicely - don't you think?

Monday, December 20, 2010

sew excited

I ordered this book for my girl as a Christmas present. Maybe. I think we will start going through it as soon as it comes to my door! I am so excited to get it and start teaching her and her girlfriends to sew.

Friday, December 17, 2010

meet the neighbors

The best part about doing a huge craft show is meeting your neighbors. And great neighbors are soo important. You need someone to pass the time with, share some laughs, share some snacks. And it's fantastic when you love the art that they create.

Meet Lisa Lau from Piecemaker Jewelry. I met her and her mother Susanna from Hawaii. She had a beautiful booth full of dramatic earrings and necklaces that all the girls adored.

Her earrings were my favorite. They were romantic and feminine, yet bold and sexy!

And this is Eleni Georgiene, Dolls of Cuteness. Her booth was right across from me. And I let out a little squeal when she turned on the record player and her dolls started spinning along.

Such a cute display! So perfect and tiny was her woodland theme. These dolls were just irresistible.

I hope you can imagine what a fun show this was. So when you hear of the next Bazaar Bizarre, make it there!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

home now

I had such a fantastic and exhausting weekend in San Francisco. Bazaar Bizarre rocks! They had a cocktail/craft party and everything!

When I first came into the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason I was so overwhelmed with the displays that everyone was putting up. People were bringing in boards, branches, umbrellas, meat. Everything! I was just dragging in my usual folded up table. Feeling like the girl from little ol' Lincoln.

But once I left a panic message for my good friend that wasn't around to answer my call (you know who you are), I pulled it together. I had my usual table, and display stuff. Plus a blue storage bin that I was hauling all my inventory in. That was to be covered with my lavender scarf and set up with my little white rack of onesies. It gave me the bit of depth and dimension in display that I needed.

The crisis was averted and I had fun setting up. I sold a ton of stuff. Which feels so great when people love what I make and are at an event like this, ready to shop.

I met a ton of great people. I had wonderful table neighbors. But did not take nearly enough pictures of everyone. So I will be posting about those that I did take pictures of. You can watch my facebook for more about some others that I have no pics but I did get business cards. And you can also visit the Bazaar Bizarre flickr page for a great collection of pics.

Friday, December 10, 2010

i'm off

I'm off for the weekend. A long weekend to lovely San Francisco! I will be leaving today and hopefully get to Japan town for a little Christmas shopping and sushi dinner tonight.

I finished all of my sewing (pretty much) that I wanted to do. I made just a ton of new items for this show. And I hope to have a sparse if not empty table by Sunday night.

And here are the babushka dolls that I wanted to show you. Standing nice and tall, like the good girls that they are! They were a crafty little dream to make. More sisters will be joining them soon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

twelve and counting

Now I am up to twelve little doll quilts. You can see the variety I had mentioned. There are still about three others that I have already cut out and pieced. They just still need to be put together. Like humpty dumpty, I need to sew them up.

Here is the latest doll quilt that I have finished. It is made with a bunch of different sized yo-yo's. I love making these! I used a different piece of vintage repoduction fabric for each one.
I then added a bit of wide ric rac to the quilt. I love that extra touch and it brings the whole thing together.

Tomorrow I'll show you the dolls that I have been making to go on top of these quilts!

Monday, December 6, 2010

the princess and the pea

Inspired by the raw edge circle quilt.

I don't know if you heard, but I am making doll quilts. A big stack of them!

All sorts of different sizes and all sorts of different styles. Making me feel like I'm a real quilter now!

Inspired by the ticker tape quilt.

I have eleven doll quilts made so far! And right now, I am only showing you two of them.

I think I will have to make a little green pea to hide in my pile of quilts.

All of this to get ready for Bazaar Bizarre, coming up next weekend!