6/25/17

Rejuvenating Jewelry Case and Jewelry In June

"Hang on to it...you never know when you will NEED it again".
I'm patting myself on the back for hanging on to an old jewelry case that has been in service one time or another through a family thrift store, umpteen Junktique Booths, and now in Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio.  All toll, it's spent as many as thirty years displaying shop/booth jewels or covered in dust while awaiting it's next assignment.  So, here it is...Rejuvenated in June 2017...along with a few Vintage Rejuvenated Jewels.
After a Steel Wool scrubbing and polishing, a new padded faux suede lining in the bottom and Windexing the plexi-glass...dadah...ready for Vintage Bling!  Oh, and several pieces of my new BoHo Line of Fiber&Bead necklaces and Wrap Bracelets.
As you can imagine, I am still patting myself on the back for hanging on to this jewelry display case...it's now a 'Family Heirloom' and back in service....as it should be!  If you are interested in seeing more displayed Jewelry...both Vintage Bling and Boho Fiber/Bead pieces...here are links to Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio Facebook Page.  Thanks for Looking and Liking!
 

6/19/17

Better Knitter...Better Blogger...Really!

Truth be told, I've about given up becoming a 'Better Knitter', and by the looks of my Blog Stats the same could be said for my Blogging.   Oh sure, I have a list of excuses about as long as the last cast on I did for a lace shawl...several years ago.   I guess I'll have to call it finished since it's about as likely I'll knit or purl back across those kabillion cast on stitches as my going to Estonia.  I should have known from previous projects that called for really, really thin lace weight yarn and really, really, really, tiny needles on a really, really long circular thingy.  And, I really, really thought I wanted to be a Lace Knitter!  
So much for Vogue Knitting's 25 TIPS FOR FASTER KNITTING.
SALE...$9 per hank
 And so much for Knit Pics gorgeous lace weight yarn intended for a shawl from
Knitted Lace of Estonia!
 
Hmmmm...I betcha #1 is Post More Often...Really!

6/16/17

Patriotism by the Bundle

Late in May I began going through my Patriotic Fabric Stash to get ready for a display at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio.  What a surprise to discover my Red, White and Blue Stars, Stripes and all things patriotic was hardly enough to be raising 'Old Glory' up the flag pole.  But, as I have done for earlier holidays and celebration events, I managed to do July 4th justice.
Who knew you could Bundle Patriotism!!!

6/12/17

Tool Bar...Download for June

Betcha thought this was about a new Tool Bar App!
I wish it was...I'd be stringing $$$Bills instead of Beads!
 
As it is, this Tool Bar lineup has the potential to perpetuate Beads to Bucks!  Let me explain...then you will know why this is my first download for June.  June 1st fell on a Thursday,  two days before my biggest $$$Day...or potential for...at The First Saturday Event/Show/Sale.  It happens on the first Saturday of every month, and as a Studio Artist at The Chicken Farm Art Center, I make the most of the days before getting Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio #15 ready for that Saturday.  So there you have it...my excuse for not kicking off June on the first.
 
And...here's why it's taken me until today...the 12th...to post in June.
Home Studio Re-Do to make room for Jewelry Tool Bar!
Now I must get busy at the Bar!  July 1st is on a Saturday! 
Cheers June!!!

5/29/17

Trending In Bohemian Zelena

Have you noticed how the 'Boho Trend' has caught on fire in Fashion, Jewelry, Home D├ęcor and just about every aspect that pertains to the Design Industry?  I have always been drawn to the Bohemian/Gypsy/Hippie look and culture.  I once was a young wannabe Hippie Girl, but Lone Star Cowboys and Iowa Farm Girls did not raise Flower Children...unless named Daisy, Violet, Rose or even Petunia. Can you imagine...Petunia Sue!

It wasn't until I began researching my Iowa Farm Girl Mother's Family Tree, that I understood why I felt so drawn and in tune with the Bohemian/Gypsy/Hippie culture.  Turns out my Mother left behind her Czech ancestry and converted to Texan when she married a Texas man...that story Love At First Sight.  Truth be told, she was almost as surprised at her Bohemian heritage as was I.  She never knew her immigrant grandparents and her parents were intent on becoming successful first generation American farmers during the difficult years of the Great Depression.
I am So Boho...at least 42% according to my DNA. 
  Great Grandfather Thomas born in Bohemia Czechoslovakia.
Great Grandmother Sophia...1st generation Bohemia American.
 
'Zelena'
One of a kind Boho 3x wrap bracelet with Czech glass beads crochet embedded in 4 strands of satin finished Perle Cotton cord. Hand beaded in seed beads, the round closure bead fastens the wrapped band comfortably around a 7-8 inch wrist and slightly looser on a smaller wrist. Bracelet measure 25" from Loop to Closure Bead. Can also be worn as a necklace or ankle wrap.

'Zelena' means green in Czech...the language of my Bohemian Ancestors.

5/22/17

It's All About 'The Details'


The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. Charles Swindoll

Pay attention to details.  The most important things are often overlooked
in the search for things greater than the obvious.

Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.  Leonardo da Vinci

These three pieces have been RE-MADE with attention to DETAILS.
If at first something doesn't sale...redo, repurpose and resale!  CollectInTexas Gal

5/19/17

Hummer Time

You know how one thing leads to another?  Of course you do, it's a common malady among people like me who have the 'Dori Syndrome'..."Oh, Look...something shiny".

Turns out the something shiny caught my eye while fishing (pun intended) for clasps for several necklaces I made from a strand of beautiful porcelain and glass beads that belonged to my mother.

 Like I said...'One thing leads to another', and before I knew it, my worktable was cleared of fabric, rotary cutters, rulers etc., etc., and replaced with 'Jewelry Making Stuff' and a new idea I have been contemplating....
 ...combining Fabric/Fiber with beads, chains and charms.
 
 Hummer Time!
 
 
 

5/1/17

May Day Center Pieces At Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio


Welcoming May with Mother's Day Monthly Themed Center.
This display welcomes visitors as they enter the shop. 
It changes monthly to reflect a season/holiday/special event, etc. 
The Fiber Center is front and center in the shop and occupies the space visitors see first as they make their way into the shop.  The Fiber Center is the newest addition to the shop and features things from my Knitting and Crochet Collections/Stashes.  Having this Fiber Center offers shoppers a discount on books and magazines as well as a variety of yarn.  It gives me the opportunity to market items I enjoy making like stitch markers, jewelry, cards and knitting needle stem YoYo Flowers.  Most importantly, the Fiber Center will feature the Crocheted Shawls and Ponchos I have made and the 'Color Combo Kits' I have put together.  I'll post photos of the those later in May.
To the right of the Fiber Center is the Fabric Center...which is greatly condensed from when I first opened.  I am finding that in this shopping environment, the majority of quilters/sewers are more likely to pick up 'Bundled' and 'Short Yardage' fabrics.  Like 'Designer Packets', Fat Quarters, and Color Combo Quiltmaker bags.  Next on the tour is the Rag Rug and Basket Center...or at least the majority of the rugs.  Others are displayed in the Monthly Center.
Then of course there is the Quilt/Blanket/Bedding Center which occupies the third wall of the studio with one of the two windows that face the open area of The Chicken Farm Art Center.  Here also, are baskets of threads and other sewing notions.
Across from the Quilt/Bedding Center is the 'Kitchen Center' which is on the back side of the Fiber Center.  Aprons have been good sellers and the Microwave Bowl Warmers and Potholders are perhaps my best sellers.  I keep a stack of ready to stitch together warmers and potholders beside my sewing machine and sew on them just about everyday.  They are a great way to use up scraps and/or short yardage pieces. 
Lastly on the tour is the check out counter. 
 I am always happy to see you here on CollectInTexas Gal,
 and would be thrilled for you to come see my shop in person.
Happy May Day 2017!

4/27/17

Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner Bowl Warmers & Potholders

My use it or lose it philosophy is pretty much still at the top of my list as far as downsizing the fabric stash.  However, there 's a new twist...I'm not the Target User or Loser!!!  In fact, I'm the Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner with these Microwave Bowl Warmers and Potholders.  They are the best sellers at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio at The Chicken Farm Art Center! 
I mean who doesn't love Cherries and Chocolate?
What's better than Chilies, Cowboys and Texas?
Not Much!!!

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


Contact Me for details on Quilts, Baskets, Jewelry and Fabric Bundles HERE.
Online Shopping Available!

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!

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