Friday Featured Fabric

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week’s feature is a darling pre-cut kit from Moda Fabric.  Packed neatly in a small bakery box, the fabric selections look delicious!  Inside you’ll find a “honey bun” of pre-cut strips and 3 mini charm packs — and a pattern for not just one quilt but two!  It makes a darling mini quilt top that is 26″ x 26″…I think it’s perfect for a patchwork pillow top, doll quilt, or just to hone those quilting skills.  The boxes come in two choices; the grey has a great vintage feel with grey neutrals and a pop of red, the yellow box will give you a more primitive, rustic look with warm earthy neutrals.

 

These are a special edition and I have a limited number to offer…so get yours right here!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Making the Most of March

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

March feels weird these days to me.  I’m coming up on another anniversary; April 4th, 2011 was my last radiation treatment at MD Anderson (after a full 30 treatments).  I remember it well, I left on a very blustery February day and came home in April – already hot with Spring in full swing.  A whole month had gone by without me.  So, even tho this March has been super challenging with the building repairs…I try to take time and notice what’s changing and how I’m changing.

Part of my effort to “change for the better”  is I’ve decided to learn how to quilt.  This is my third month completing the Craftsy Block of the Month – this month was the Economy Block.  I was really excited as this, THIS is what I think of as REAL quilting.  I had no chance to squirrel away a whole day to complete it so I broke it into bite sized pieces – pre-cutting all my fabric one day.  Watching the video class.  And then, finally, assembly…sewing!  Something, was lost in translation with all my stops and starts.  I remembered in the first class that we were to use a scant 1/4″ – I thought it was for ALL blocks.  Ugh, it was not…I figured it out half way through and made it work, tho my points are a little off sadly.  But that’s what learning is for, right?  Mistakes and all.  I do love how you can fussy cut and feature a fabric in the center.  I picked this one (it’s from IKEA, gah!) to coordinate with a flower basket applique we will be attempting in later months.

See my progress:

–Lisa LeBlanc

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The Finish Line

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Two months has been a long wait to fill our apartments; but we finally got the A-OK to proceed with occupancy after the repairs.  Again, I’m not sure why my town of Ponchatoula makes it so hard for businesses to do business here.  It’s a darling town – but you really have to be from here to make it here.  Which is a shame, because we could ALL be a lot stronger if city leaders weren’t so adamant about some succeeding and others struggling.

Anywho, whenever the apartments are vacant I use the lull as a great backdrop for my product pictures.  I’ve even toyed with the idea of switching the shop to upstairs because the views and light are tremendous!  Here’s a sweet pair of vintage sheer strawberry drapery panels – I love the view of one of our old oak trees across the street.

Here’s one of the cute archival papers from Cavallini against the brick wall…all bathed in natural light.  I guess its been the only perk of the vacancy after crazy tenant #1 and #2 left, but I’m glad the two new families are thrilled to be going to each and adding a new chapter to theirs and my life.  *fingers crossed* we are all happy for a long time!

 

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Looking From Above

March 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Back in the early 90’s I had the chance to study “historic preservation” at an authentic French Chateau (through a group that I’m sure crashed and burned years ago).  Though it turned out to be a real place, the experience was a bit more “indentured servant” than educational – so I thought.  I spent 12 hour plus days with a couple that had bought a 16th century chateau, assisting them from digging out hedges, holding flash lights as they fixed roof leaks, cleaning (16th century dirt, for sure).  For barely a 20 year old design student – I was tres unimpressed.

Little did I know, years later I would buy my own chateau…that’s French for old-a** money pit…which I love.  It’s actually, the Old Nehi Botting Company in our town, originally built in 1925.  So, in hind-sight, I wish I could sincerely apologize to my French family from years gone by for being a little American .  I can’t tell you the countless hours we’ve spent doing so much of the renovations ourselves.  And though it sounds like a hassle, it feels like you are actually breathing life back in these old buildings.

This week, though, we let the professionals take this job.  We are in the midst of re-roofing the oldest part of the building and will cap the parapet walls that line the perimeter.  See that thickness…those are 12″ thick walls!  This place is a tank!  Needless to say it’s been hard to stop for a minute and blog – something I really wish I could teach the dog to do!  I should be back in full force next week  – until then, have a great weekend everybody!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday Featured Fabric

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

When I listed this fabric Wednesday…I just knew it deserved a spot as my Featured Friday Fabric.  I kind of have to pinch myself a little bit to believe *I* have this…This is vintage Greeff.  A company from Great Britain that was purchased by Schumacher later on(also a well respected fabric and wall covering company in their own right).  This is original tho…and on a gorgeous thick linen.  The print features a bit of a tropical scene with intertwined vines and a bevy of pink blossoms…with the oddest little birds – the selvage calls this print “Lansdowne”.  I just love it.  I’ve saved a bit for myself but have made 2 yards available to the public.  The width being about 47″ makes a 1 yard length a crazy amount of fabric…but the repeat is just huge!  so you may want to apply to a canvas or make large pillows.  The choice is yours…either way you are going to LOVE this!

Also, an update on my scrap packs…a few more have been listed and these have larger sized pieces (so, not as many individual pieces as the 60 – 70 piece packs offered but the same weight with the same quality).  Check them out here.  I also have one pack available that is strictly vintage cotton suitable for quilting – available here.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Downton Abbey Cross Stitch Patterns are 2 fo $10

March 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ok, Y’all…it’s time for us to move on and stop morning Lady Sybil, Matthew, and Season 3 – let’s get ready for next season!  I’m offering up both of my Downton Abbey Cross Stitch Patterns at an even deeper discount than normally…like, 2 for $10!  Yea!!!

I’m running this special price through lucky March 17th.  Just think – you could have both complete and framed before Lady Mary remarries!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Julia Child Revisited

March 13, 2013 § 3 Comments

I still can’t decide.

I’ve screened a few sets of the Julia Child inspired Fleur de Lis trio in the past (here and here) but I really can’t settle on a blank to give me the look I want to standardize.

Here’s another try…a nice blue stripe running the length of the towel with the trio in uniform grey.  I like it…but oh was it hard to get the correct registration on each towel…those tiny fleur de lis motifs had to land in just the right spot each time!  Oy!  That’s the number one reason there’s just two being offered at this time.  So if it speaks to you – please grab it here.

It’s been fun silk-screening a bit more regularly – gosh, compared to my other hobbies of crochet, cross-stitch and now soap making – this is the fastest thing I can produce!  Last month I had two large orders online that nearly wiped out my stock again, so I am back to building it up once more.  I’m pleased tho, that one of the orders gave me a sweet review on EVERY style of towel she purchased thru Etsy including this particular one:

Fabulous!! Love the antique look of this fleur de lis!! Will shop here again. Thanks for offering such great quality items!!

She’s talking about my oatmeal linen towels…which are still out of stock currently.  I’ve printed a big run of them, they are just waiting to be heat set.  Hopefully, they will be up by end of the week – gosh, they are sooooo pretty!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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