Friday Featured Fabric

December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Vintage Fat Quarters

Take this as a sign of new things to come…this week’s Friday Featured Fabric is a great vintage set of fat quarters available now.  I never waste any fabric; so, all my odds and ends are finding themselves a home in fat quarter packs, charm packs, and scrap bags that will be available in early 2013!  Keep me in mind when you need something special for any new projects!

vintage fat quarter

–Lisa LeBlanc

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December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Friday Featured Fabric

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

vintage winter scene barkcloth

This week’s highlight is actually a remnant of barkcloth from my personal collection.  It’s a winter scene with so much to explore.  I was going to fussy cut this for a winter pennant banner and C stopped me, telling me this was the most beautiful fabric and I just couldn’t.  I kind of have to agree as I can just get lost in each little scene running into one another; I’m thinking a long narrow pillow for the couch?

Here’s some shop news:

–Lisa LeBlanc

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12-12-12

December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

12-12-12 sale on anything and everything in my Etsy shop!

All day long it’s 12/12/12 and that means it’s also 12% off everything in my Etsy shop!  That includes all my cross stitch patterns (including Downton Abbey), vintage linens and fabrics, and my silk-screened towel collection.  Just use the coupon code TWELVE at checkout.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Filling My Stocking…

December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I feel like I’ve been channeling a bad Grumpy Cat meme (who I just adore btw); so, I decided to get my holiday bah-humbug under control. Yesterday morning I finally gave into a couple things I’ve been wanting…desperately!  I can’t tell you haw many times I’ve admired this pretty set of notecards offered by Ravelry, I think I will frame one.

Next, I settled on a book – it seems forever since I actually sat and read.  My hands are always busy; well, until my hand injury.  So, I settled on a Christmas themed book from the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley I Am Half-Sick of Shadows – it’s one of my favorite series!  If you like English novels set in grand homes and gardens with a bit of intrigue…this is the book for you, plus the eleven year old heroine is someone your grown-up self will admire quite a bit.

Lastly, I surprised myself when Craftsy had a flash sale last night and I enrolled in stupendous stitching, which is an exploration on textile surface design!  I probably won’t have much time for this until next Summer…but I couldn’t pass it up!

Ok, my stocking is full now…and I think I might just be able to brave the holidays!

***PS…Thanks bunches to the Contented Sparrow for featuring my Downton Abbey Cross Stitch Pattern Duo – xoxo

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Everything is Shinny…

December 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

christmas parade

The Christmas season is well underway in our small (and balmy) town of Ponchatoula.  Last night was our annual Christmas parade; it was a beautiful night and the parade passes right in front of our shop – which makes it awfully nice considering what a loooong day it had been.  I opened early to start rearranging tables and shelves…as lots of items had already sold this season (yea!), part two of a quilt class was in full force by noon in the sewing area of the shop, sales were good throughout the day but this time of year I feel like I do more entertaining than business.  Including one customer’s husband that decided to lay down on the ground with my dog and have a smooch fest (Chico totally hated it btw)…I’m glad people feel comfortable to be themselves in my shop but sometimes I wish they’d be a little less…especially when I’m having to step over them to assist other customers.  Oh and the children…I should preface this with, I’m not generally a “kid” person, but I do really feel for kids that get drug into the shop; the first thing you hear from mom or grandma is a stern “don’t YOU touch anything!”  Honestly, how can you not help yourself…everything is shinny.  Even mom and/or grandma has their paws all over everything that within moments of them leaving, I’ll swoop in to put the lid back on the candle, fold the shirt they threw on top of the pile, find the doo-dad that fell behind the shelf they didn’t think I saw.  Anyway, I had pretty much enough of hearing children’s hands being slapped, yelled at, then yanked one armed to the car…you know for being children.  C came to help out around 2:30 and I finally sat down and just sat there dazed.    Today I’m off; C volunteered to open on our normally closed Sunday, so we could keep up the holiday momentum but also, to give me a little break.  I’ll catch up on a few more silk-screening projects, and if there’s time complete a sewing project…even though what would really do me some good is putting my feet up and watching sappy Christmas movies.

And while the Holidays are on the brain, here are some specials just listed or reduced you may want to take advantage of:

–Lisa LeBlanc

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A New Project

December 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

I know I said no new projects before Christmas!  I couldn’t help myself, ok?  Since I’ve not been able to embroidered or crochet because of my hand injury, I’m rediscovering some of my old loves like sewing and silk-screening.  A few months back, you may recall when I introduced my new fabric collection with Spoonflower, Julia’s Kitchen, based on Julia Child’s fleur de lis motif in her book the Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  I took the design in a new direction and began to work with it on some small silk-screened runs.

Here’s a peek of Julia’s iconic fleur de lis trio incorporated in these fun citrus towels.  I had planned on screening this design on crisp white towels but they are back-ordered until January.  Initially disappointed, I am so glad it pushed me to try something different.  These are certainly more lively, just like Julia herself!

purchase one of these limited edition towel right here.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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