4/21/17

Sachets...A Vintage Aromatherapy

For most of April I have been making the most of what seems like another 'OverDoSue' collection of old lace, embroidered dresser scarves, bits and pieces of crochet and cutter quilt scraps.  I am motivated by having a place to display and market the things made from these handmade and once perhaps treasured needle works.

No question that the baskets, tubs and boxes are over done collections, but what fun rummaging through and deciding how this piece or that scrap will be remade and repurposed in to something entirely different from what it once was.  I hope the original needle worker approves...even when taking scissors to a piece that once took hours of patient stitching.

Making 'Sachets' has been a two times new item for me.  First, by stitching small embroidered pieces in to pouches with backings and or linings of organdy and adding lace, ribbon and buttons for trim and hangers.  Secondly, making the sachet filling from my own rose bushes and a pound of organic dried lavender.  Do you know how much lavender is in a pound...lots!  Have you ever dried huge rose petals...once dried they are one fourth their bloomed size.  It takes lots of rose petals to make a batch of aromatic rose and lavender filling, and a few drops of rose scented oil.

As much fun as they are to make, the Sachets are even more fun to display.  Finding creative ways to display them is a challenge.  Space is a big consideration and expense another.  These lace and organdy sachets make the most of the space this hand towel stand has to offer and as a $2.99 Goodwill find...well, it's affordable.  Don't you love the organdy yoyo's and rose buttons?  And Oh...they smell so wonderful.
You know...we all need a little 'Vintage Aromatherapy' once in awhile! 

4/7/17

Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio Shots


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3/28/17

P&P's From Texas Wildflower Fabric Stash

The wildflowers are blooming throughout Texas and in my Home Studio's Wildflower Fabric Stash!  This is a coveted stash!  Texas wildflower fabrics are hard to come by and when you find them...they are pricey...usually because they are top quality fabrics.  So, when I dig into my stash, I make the most of it...specific projects and use every little scrap.  Here's what's bloomin' in my Home Studio for Sue's Fiber& Fabric Studio.
 
Pillow Cases
Potholders
 
 
 

3/26/17

Too Busy Minding My Own Business...Sorry AtoZ!

I find myself yo-yoing around about AtoZ.  One spin of the yoyo...I'm IN!!!  Next fling, I'm walkin' the dog...if only I ever could get that yoyo skill...but no, I'm actually walking the dog and thinking..."I can't do AtoZ this April.  I'll be doing good to 'Mind My Own Business' much less AtoZ's Listless List!"  Soooo, as of right this very minute and every minute after...I'm OUT!
 
I'm Too Busy Minding MY OWN Business!
Minding My Own Easter Bunnies Business!

3/21/17

AtoZ 2017...Nothin' to Somethin'

Should I decide to participate in the AtoZ Challenge this year, I have the Letter A covered.  As far as the rest of the alphabet...IDK...I don't know...and that is my dilemma.  After five years of writing about my Ancestors (AtoZ My Family Tree), Quilting (AtoZ The Lone Star Quilting Bee), Old Photo Collection (AtoZ Fiction From Forgotten Fotos),  Myself (Growing Up In The 1950's-60's), and Everything Else (AtoZ Art To Zippers)....for the sixth year...I got nothin'!!!
Unless...'Flying by the Seat of My Pants'...counts!
 
OH!!! I think I have an idea for Letter B!
Minding My Own Business!
OH!!!...I think I've found a Theme!

3/17/17

Lost My Hippity Hoppity Mind

Is it true what they say about 'Bunnies'...they multiply faster than a speeding ticket?  I started over a month ago making bunnies for Family 2nd Saturday at The Chicken Farm Art Center.  At Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio the kids activity is going to be 'Stuff A Bunny'.  Kids will get a flat stitched bunny...like the one under the machine...with an opening for stuffing.  I'll stitch up the opening and they will bow their bunny and attach a hanger. 
 
Cute as they are and as much fun as they will be for the kids....I think I've lost my hippity hoppity mind!  I already have a basket full ready to stuff...thinking I was good to go!  Ah NO...I found out today that basketful will not make the hunt when the hoard of kids come hopping down the Bunny Trail to Sue's Bunny Stuffing.  Seems last Family 2nd Saturday...which I missed...was a huge success and everyone that came can hardly wait for Bunny Hop! 
Yikes...makin' more bunnies...I may jump down a rabbit hole!

Saint Patrick's Day...I'm Irish...Who Knew!

In years past...on Saint Patrick's Day...I wore green so as NOT to get pinched
...and because I like green.
This year, it's a different story!
My DNA says I am 29% Irish!
Alas! I can find NO typical Irish surnames in my Family Tree!
Hmmmm....A trip to Ireland...on my Bucket List!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Ya'll!!!

3/15/17

Pinned OnLine Quilt Story

Are you a quilter?  No, but my grandmother was. She had one of those frames that dropped from the ceiling. I remember playing under the quilt while she and friends would sit around the frame and stitch. 
 
My question of 'Are you a quilter?' to folks who visit my shop is often answered with the 'Grandmother's Quilt Frame' story.  Funny thing is...the stories almost always are shared by the men who patiently wait while their wives browse and shop.  I bet their grandmothers are smiling in heaven!  I know I smile when my grandchildren reminisce about times spent with me in my sewing room or talk about their favorite quilt. 
 
I've come to realize that every quilt has a story whether it was made yesterday or many yesterdays ago.  Stories of yesterday's quilts may not have a history story to tell yet, but still their maker made choices in fabrics, design, size and more often than not...a specific reason for creating a quilt.  Many yesterdays ago quilts easily have a story to tell without first hand knowledge, a label or a grandchild's memory.
 
Take for instance, the quilt pinned on line.  Forgive the pun that brings yesterdays old school Show and Tell in to todays technology.  I couldn't resist, and besides, I'm thinking the 'Old School Clothespin On Line' was the inspiration for the 'Online Pin'terst'...wish I had thought of it! 
 
This is the 'Lajitas Quilt Shop' where I purchased the quilt top 'Pinned OnLine'.  Although it was many yesterdays ago, I remember it well, and the story told by the quilt shop proprietor.

Lajitas, Texas, is an unlikely place for a quilt shop with it's desert location on the border of Texas and Mexico.  Just across the border on the other side of the Rio Grande lies a small village accessed only by crossing the river...usually in an aluminum boat rigorously paddled...depending on whether the Rio Grande is roaring or slow running.

I digress...the quilt top story...armed with donated treadle sewing machines, fabric, scissors and basic sewing supplies a group of Texas women crossed the Rio Grande to teach the village girls and women the art of quilting.  Yes, you got it...no electricity...therefore, the treadle machines.  The resulting quilt tops were a boon to the economy for the village and a binding tie..no quilt pun intended...between women of two close but separate countries.

'It Takes A Village'
Quilted and Pinned
by
CollectInTexas Gal

3/4/17

Second First Saturday for SFFS at The Chicken Farm Art Center

 Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio is READY for it's Second First Saturday at The Chicken Farm Art Center!  Yesterday..Friday March 3rd...was 'Gettin' Er Ready' day, and believe me I was 'Shakin' My Shamrocks'...after all, I AM 29% Irish!  The other 71% Mutt was tail waggin' to keep up with all the 'GREEN Goin' On'.  How bout it...Lads and Lassie's...wanna a tour?

Well, come on in!!!!
The studio is a whopping 16x16 ft. space, and even though a Wee Bit small compared to my last shop, it sure beats my former space at The Chicken Farm....a 10x10 Pink Tent!  Just steps inside the door your first view is the center of the room cutting table with the 'Make An Apron' display.  On the left is the Clutter Counter...cause I'm a Clutter Bug and want You to buy my 'Clutter Stuff'.  Oh, and behind the counter you will want a closer look at my 'Funky Chicken Row by Row Quilt'.  I'll get that picture for you later.  Right now, please turn to your left and face the back wall....
Whoa!  It's my Irish Apronistas...Modella and Maneykin..'Wearin' O' the Green'!  Oops, looks like Maneykin's slip is showing.  To her right is the display of Rag Rugs, Baskets, Microwave Bowl Warmers and Thread Clutter...baskets full...need some thread!  Now, please step back to the cutting table and check out the Apron Fabric and the front window corner...
About the 'Make An Apron' display...I'm still pushing patterns and kitchen fabrics for folks to make their own...that POST...HERE.  Of course...if you want a custom made apron...I'm your Lassie!  And...you can choose other fabrics from  'The Fabric Wall'...there on your right!  Oh, and there's more fabrics here....
TaDa!!!  How about a closeup of some of my favorite fabrics...can't believe I'm parting with it!
 
Thank-you so much for coming through my door!

3/2/17

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day!
On March 2, 1836, Texas declared it's independence from Mexico and became
The Republic of Texas.
Fifty-four delegates of the Convention of 1836 began meeting on March 1 at the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos, located today between present-day Houston and Austin. Each of the settlements of Texas were represented by delegates elected one month earlier. The convention elected Richard Ellis president of the convention, and Herbert S. Kimble secretary.  
 
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2/26/17

Modella and Maneykin~Best Apron Sales Girls Ever

I was planning on SELLING my stash of Apron appropriate fabrics.  You know those with a kitchen theme...like forks and spoons or egg baskets and what's better than Roosters....ah...nothing.  I had 4 Aprons left from my 2013-2015 Apronista Attacks...posts HERE and HERE and HERE.  My plan was for those 4 leftovers to be inspirations for folks to buy my leftover fabrics and make their own Aprons.
I spent several hours last Thursday in Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio setting up the display.  I even went through Freebie Patterns to go with the purchase of Apron Fabric.  And I was willing to part with...sell...my one copy of 'A Is for Apron'. 
The whole 'Make Your Own Apron' thing was a total flop!

Every customer that walked through the door headed straight for 'Modella'.  There she is in her lime green shirt and Lucky Shamrock Apron and wearing nothing else.  I swear she is my best sales girl.  Her and her Irish brogue!  She used that Irish charm on a customer visiting Texas from Canada and before I knew it he had her apron-less and was giving her his name and asking for her number.  O'Connell was his name and that apron was for his sweet daughter Colleen.

Before I could get Modella re-Aproned, another apron lover was stripping down Modella's sister Maneykin.  I had barely gotten her covered with the pink pillow slip and that cute pink ruffled apron with the blue ties.

 I was pointing out the Apron fabrics, patterns and book to this lady, but NOOOOO she wasn't interested in MAKING an Apron.

So there stood Maneykin in nothing but her pink pillow slip and me....well, 
I was swiping with Square and my 29% Irish eyes were smiling!

2/21/17

Home Studio Tuesday Tour

Tuesday Tour of Home Studio...Window Shelf Collection
Having TWO Studios is working out quite well for me.  For the first three days of the week...Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday...my Home Studio is where you will find me.  That leaves Thursday, Friday and Saturday as designated days at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio.  One of my daily must do's is posting on Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio's Facebook Page.  It's part of letting everyone know about the 'Daily and Weekly Specials'.
 
 Like these from last week at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio
Thursday Threads
Finally Friday Final Markdowns
Scrappy Saturday
 
And this week at Home Studio
Monday Made to Match
Tuesday Tour of Home Studio...Collection Closeup
 
To be continued on Wordless Wednesday!
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2/14/17

Dividing Dual Duty and DMC

Those of us who sew are quite familiar with Dual Duty and DMC as staples of our sewing rooms and sewing boxes.  In my case not only are they necessary supplies...they are another obsession/addiction/over collectible!  I'm pretty sure the 'Hanging by a Thread' quote was posted with me in mind.  Yes, I'm talking about THREAD!  Dual Duty is an all purpose thread produced by Coats and Clark.  HERE is a bit of Coats and Clark Thread history.

DMC, as you can see, is embroidery floss.  It has been around since the mid 1700's when it's trade name was established after it's French owner Daniel Dollfus and his wife Anne-Marie Mieg ...ie..Dollfus-Mieg & Compagnie...or...D.M.C.  You will also notice a J&P Coats skein...yes, they make embroidery thread, too.  And I have some of both.  Some new and some used.  That's why I am dividing.  The used I keep...the new...well, it is ready to sell.
 
First Tray....Done!
Now to find an empty shelf at Sue's Fiber & Fabric Studio.
I think this one will do Dual Duty!

2/10/17

Here's My OPEN Sign

Ready for 'Last Saturday Before Valentines Day' event!
 LOVE LOVE LOVE my Studio!!!

2/7/17

OUT of TENT BOOTH...and...

...IN to ROOF ROOM!
After years of pitching a TENT at the Chicken Farm Art Center's First Saturday Event, I pulled up stakes and staked a claim on Studio #15.  Hung my Shingle on the shingled roof room.  Moved in for First Saturday February 4th with Booth Booty and had a Bountiful good day! 
There you have the FIBER part of Sue's Fiber & Fabric Studio.
Now back to work on the FABRIC part!

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