Ideas and suggestions for window treatments, slipcovers, nursery decor and bedding...and other thoughts and inspirations for your home and garden...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Artisan Style Jacket----Perfect for Autumn

Taking a little time to sew some artisan, one-of-a-kind clothing pieces.  ...as time allows---and, time does not allow much for these fun wearables!










This cropped jacket was made with an antique script heavy slubbed cotton in orange and brown/black on white....totally lined piece, so it may be worn on the reverse side...which is a classic black and white lightweight cotton gingham.  The open weave ruffles are made with 100% linen---and left unfinished for a cute, shabby look.

Cropped length of approximately 23"
Long sleeves may be rolled up or left ruffled
Front width----29"
Back width ----29"

Made over-sized for layering----such a fun piece to wear!








Please visit the Clothesline Casuals section of my etsy shop for this piece and other artisan clothing!



Monday, August 28, 2017

Filling Orders and Ready for some New Ideas----Remembering Craft Shows in the Fall


Working in the shop today----not unlike any other, really----but, as I am answering etsy messages, and checking my fabric stock, and sewing orders for shipping, I remember our life this time of year when the children were young.  You see, there were no computers then, no online sales, I really think there was not even a word "online".....and, yet, we marketed our wares...we were artists then (we did not know it, though)...we just worked and looked forward to this time of year----to be able to pull out all the stops and work hard and long hours getting ready for "craft shows"....our market.  The autumn season was the perfect setting for our array of snowmen, santas, angels, and anything and everything old world Christmas.  From quilted stockings to 5 foot tall Santas and Snowmen....mantle blocks and ornaments...trinket boxes and our displays----yes, our shoppers always wanted to buy our displays.  We were country when country wasn't cool---we had shabby things cause that's how we rolled, it's what we had...so our displays were tables that Bobby made from old doors...and barnboard shelves---just bits and pieces of our lives---simple and country.  Our children lived that life with us----not sure that they loved "craft show season", but it was the time of year that we flourished at our market.  

So, I am so thrilled that our daughter was accepted to show at the Vintage Holiday Market in Birmingham, Alabama this fall...it will be quite the experience and learning opportunity for her and her 2 "elves"----they are all so excited, especially the boys----they are a major help to Lauren's shop---and, do they take their job seriously!

You can see more info about the show on facebook...

@vintagemarketdaysbirmingham


Now---back to the shop----finished this sweet, long ruffled 18"x18" baby pink pillow sham for a client---what a darling baby girl shower gift!  I have the same handkerchief washed linen in pale blue for a different pastel.




Heavy weight bright white linen chair seat cushions----with Turkish corner boxing and zip closures---just insert your feather/down pillow.

Machine wash and dry.

Easy clean-up.

Thank you for considering my etsy shop---I would love to sew for you and your home!  I appreciate my clients!






Sunday, August 27, 2017

Life Has Given us Lemons-Lots and Lots of Lemons----and We Love Them!

Although it may appear that Bobby is practicing his lasso skills, he is actually helping me to save my lemons! 

This tree---we've had our ups and downs...from being in a large pot on my front porch where it almost froze to death one year...until I finally gave in and agreed that it must be planted...just to see what could/would happen.  Surely, it has to be better?



And-----yes, in Southeast Alabama in the summertime, it is better----so much happier and healthier...and the branches are loaded, and heavy!  My brother-in-law assured me just last week that the lemon tree will probably not make it through this winter (I guess it's supposed to be a really hard winter in the South this year)----but, I have to believe!  I love believing and hoping and wishing----so, here's to a winter that is wonderful and cold, but one that my lemon tree will survive!

I think we should harvest over 50 lemons from our tree this fall!

For these lemons life has dealt, we are thankful...and wishful, and hopeful, and believing in a fall season full of good things for our family!  So many of us work for ourselves, by ourselves...and, we are constantly busy----working on new ideas, planning new items for the etsy shop, and doing our very best to keep our priorities in check.  May we be ever mindful of what is important!


Please visit my shop of washed linen home décor and  clothing.  Thank you for considering my shop!









Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Washed Linen...makes a Fantastic Slipcover!!

While you were away.....at the lake or beach or with family and friends...I completed this slipcover!  I do believe it is my favorite to date....I think I say that very same thing each time I complete a project :)  But it is the linen-the washed linen...and in natural-such a beautiful, neutral color.  It can't be wrong anywhere.  As a matter of fact---I think it is absolutely perfect, especially for Betty Jo!









This 2 cushion sofa is showing a bit of its age in its red stripe upholstery...and the seat cushions are worn and sort of  thin.  When Betty Jo called to ask about slipcover options for her sofa-I immediately suggested linen.  And not a crisp pressed linen...but a fabulously casual, washed linen-in natural!
This sofa required about 18 yards of fabric....for the slipcover in a tailored style.  Cushion covers with cording and zipper closures-and an extra piece of  bonded poly batting added about an inch to the cushion....and that gives the sofa a little more personality and comfort.
I made the slipcover for the main sofa body with a little bit of oversize...not too much....just a bit....for a casual appearance-and, to be able to remove the slip for necessary washes.
 My workshop is rediculously packed with too much fabric....and supplies and pieces of furniture to slip...and nursery bedding...and pillows.  So please understand if you come my way or notice the backgrounds in the photos I post....that everything you see has a purpose...or, just maybe, a potential purpose as a part of a sewing project...or furniture re-do.  Thank you, God....for work and clients!  I love what I do!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Artsy Potting Table

Just in time for your Springtime gardening projects-an artsy potting bench!  Bobby made this one with salvaged finds including the old wood door with great single pane windows-leaving the door knob and lock intact, rough wood re-purposed from a shipping crate,  some random vintage iron pieces to add a bit of personality, and even a few pieces of  old kitchen flatware....flattened and shaped into hooks for functionality.
This piece is a large one...measuring 78" tall and 31" wide.  The table area allows 25x24" of work space at a comfortable height  of 35".  There is a lower shelf of equal size below to hold potting soil and extra clay pots.
A couple of great add-ons for this piece include the side mounted iron towel bar....how cool is that?...made from an old iron rod...and the wood box to keep your scissors, twine, and small garden tools in check. Bobby even made a small shelf and attached it to the window area of the door--this shelf could hold small bedding plants, seed packets and even a little topiary for decoration.  Bobby added a pale antiqued aqua to the work table and accessories for a little color and fun!
Use your own ideas, too...to make this unique piece work into your porch or patio!  Aside from the traditional  gardening use, this table could function as an outdoor grilling "prep table"...or beverage center....or a serving  table loaded with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails for an outdoor get-together around the pool.  Bobby has an early Friday delivery planned for this piece...to his booth at Old South Antique Mall in Dothan, Alabama...stop by and take a look if you are close-by! 







Have a great week-end!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bobby's Latest Tables from the Workshop!

Bobby has been quite busy as of late....and, I do mean late....at night... :)
And he has a couple of great new tables available...they were delivered to our new booth at Old South Antique Mall in Dothan, Alabama...just this afternoon.  I think you will agree that each has a unique style...and each could serve most any purpose you could imagine.  So...a few photos to share...and I will give you sizing details...just in case you are wondering...
The long buffet style table would be great at just that....a serving table.  It would also function equally in your entry or mudroom...with baskets on the lower shelf to hold just what you need.  An old shutter door serves as the top of this piece.  The buffet table measures 16x78x34 inches tall...
Table #2....oh...this is a great one!  A beautifully rustic foyer table...or that's what I call it!  A vintage window 45x23 tops this handmade item...and with Bobby's carpentry skills...farmhouse style legs have been added along with a skirted surround below the window top.  This table has a finished height of 35". 
So...use them as you would like...in a new home, your cottage...or at the lake or beach...these tables can suit most any purpose and be great conversation pieces to add to your collection!
Check out our smaller...down-sized booth at Old South Antique Mall in Dothan....334-794-7568.
We will be adding original pieces and slipcovered items as our time allows :)







Or call Bobby (334-268-0114) if you have a special request for a piece of farmhouse or cottage style furniture!
Hope you have a Happy Easter!!!