Friday Featured Fabric

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Vintage Cotton Blue Rose Fabric - 1 yard

This week’s pick for the Friday Featured Fabric is a vintage bit of yardage with blue roses that I Loooove!  Seriously, if I didn’t have a project in mind, I wouldn’t have it up for grabs!  This is a cotton fabric with a good weight…maybe cotton duck…might be a little bit more lightweight than that?  Anywho, I would recommend it for totes and handbags.  Also, someone painstakingly fringed the edges of this remnant which makes it a perfect ready to use small tablecloth or dresser scarf.

Also, in other fabric-y shop news:

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Holiday Home Preview

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s a peek of what’s going on at home…we started unpacking the Christmas ornaments on Thanksgiving and decorating in earnest.  Still some things to do…but its a lot of fun setting it up.  Christmas is such a kid centered holiday, but growing up, I couldn’t wait until I was adult and could have my holiday, my way.  In fact, in my college dorm, I was the one with the fully decorated tree, including presents beneath, with hot chocolate brewing in my mini microwave…I’ve always been a nest maker – trying to build roots wherever I went.  The store can be a bit traditional for my taste, so at home I have free range.  Most of what I like is candy colored and packed with glitter.  I have a lot of vintage ornaments that I’ve happily married with new acquisitions from the shop.  A lot of people ask me what’s my decorating secret at the store and home…um, here it goes…see an empty spot?  shove something glittery in it.  (and that’s 4 years of design school talking!)

The one challenge at home though is cats.  We have three – and basically, in years past, my tabletop tinsel tree is just a big ol’ giant cat toy.  We’ve stopped putting anything breakable on the actual tree and moved those types to a garland over the doorway – which everyone raves about to me.  So far, the tree this year has been knocked over 2-1/2 times…not by the cats…by me!  I say 2-1/2 because I caught it once…so, I guess this is a good system for the clumsy.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Small Successes…

November 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

Today was great…even better than great.  We had a record number of visitors and sales for Small Business Saturday in the shop.  It’s funny that this whole event is spurred on by the credit card company, American Express and we only had a few use their card.  The majority just wanted us to know they supported us and wanted us to remain open…that in itself is huge, where on most any given day – retail loyalty can be…meh.  For me, its been an emotional couple of days; today, two years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer.  I left the doctor’s office, went to my store and opened it; not saying a word to anyone…just doing my job.  And even though time has passed, anniversaries like this make me wonder if I’m moving away from diagnosis or toward recurrence.  It’s something I haven’t been very good at putting feelings into words but let me just say days like today are gratifying and a visible reminder that all these days, hours, and minutes have been productive and meaningful.
And, by the way…I have the best dog in the whole world.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Stitches From The Time Vault…

November 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sorting through some of my old toys (that are now considered vintage…ho hum), I came across this cross stitch kit for kids that I did many, many years ago.  I completely forgot about it!  I may have had a little box too that I stitched the lid.  It’s labeled Fisher-Price Toys 1981 on the back, so I would have been 6 or 7 depending when I received it.  I think I can almost remember working on this…what a fun find and a bit humorous that I didn’t really veer to far from my past!  Happy Monday Y’all!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday Featured Fabric

November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week’s pick for the Friday Featured Fabric is a pre-cut kit from Moda/United Notions.  Made especially for those new to sewing with an interest in quilting, I absolutely adore this kit.  It includes a fun, vintage style charm pack of (52) 5″ x 5″ printed cottons, coordinating bias tape, yarn, a needle – as well as step by step flash cards!  All in an adorable red floral canvas tote (I love bags, so this sold me!).  When finished you will have a 36″ x 26.5″ quilt top!  I know, you’ll probably want to keep this all to yourself, but it really would make a sweet gift for a daughter or granddaughter…think of the memories to be made; besides a cute patchwork quilt!!  Get it here or here.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Here and There…

November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s that time of year where the store is just rocking!  Which is always wonderful but equally exhausting.  I’ve been trying to squirrel away time here and there when I can.  Two weeks ago I took a day off and went back to Jackson, MS to do some serious thrifting AND I found the loveliest restaurant tucked away in a boutique hotel.  Seriously, if you ever should find yourself in Jackson, try to find the Fairview Inn and their in-house restaurant Sophia’s.  I had the Amberjack with a chipolte-coconut broth and black bean mash potatoes.  Next visit I’m tempted to try the Mississippi Hot Brown…it sounded intriguing!

This past weekend I went to the Three Rivers Festival in Covington, LA and was really blown away with the entire show.  I found some unique wood turned utensils from the Spoon Mill and then a bread bowl I just love in a bright violet from Clement Clayworks.  Here’s my pumpkin bread I made yesterday (one of the seven included recipes).  It’s really good with coffee!

So between the day trips, lots of new things have come in at the shop and online; right now I’m working on a special holiday gift set that will be a freebie for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday that includes these “Heaux Heaux Heaux” pencils…that’s Ho Ho Ho in Cajun!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Socks for Sandy

November 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

My lovely friend Laura, who just happens to be located in one of the worst areas in New Jersey hit by Hurricane Sandy is mobilizing an amazing effort to get some of these people basic items like socks, hats, gloves and scarves.  As a Katrina survivor (and Gustav), I know how great this need is, so if you have any winter items just sitting in closet, please put them in a box and mail them to Laura; her address is listed on this post on her blog.  For those of you near my shop in Louisiana, I am collecting items thru the week and mailing for you on Friday afternoon.

I’ve spent most of my day off today collecting items to ship; first at the thrift shop and then digging in my own closet.  (Believe me, in South Louisiana, you collect a lot of winter gear that never gets used!).  It’s been a bit emotional for me as I thought a lot about the Tumblr blog NOLA to New York, and the stories of my fellow New Orleanians sharing what Katrina gave them.  For me, if I had to single out one lesson, it would have to be “survival”.  I learned a lot in those early days, months and yes, even years in recovery from so many people that when I was diagnosed with cancer five years later the idea of not surviving just wasn’t even a fathomable option.  So, carry on New York, New Jersey, and affected areas…better, stronger days are truly ahead.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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