Friday Featured Fabric

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ready for a little Christmas in July?  How about this beautiful collection from Moda designed by French General?  New for this holiday season, Esprit de Noel; reminiscent of a French Christmas (though these are gorgeous enough to stand alone in any season).  I’ve offered up a tiny bit in my Etsy shop; chunks of charming fat eighths.  Plenty enough for small projects to begin the holiday season.

Right now for a limited time, these sweet fabrics are shipping FREE!

Back in stock:

 

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Seen and Heard

July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am SO inspired by the next three artists I’m about to share with you.  All I found searching hashtags in instagram and each does something special with one of my three loves: cross stitch, fabric and yarn (specifically crochet!)

image courtesy of hookaway

How about some faux taxidermy???  Adorable, unique and yes a little weird…in a good way.  This Etsy shop opened up just last month and already is nearly empty.  Check out sold items as this artist accepts custom request.  I need a unicorn, just sayin’

image courtesy of The Humble Carnival

An A+ for packaging as well as a tremendous overall concept of beautifully crocheted animals with accoutrements.  All wrapped up and sure to be a treasure for any child.  Visit this Etsy shop often as these one of a kind creatures seem to sell quickly.

image courtesy of Kate Blandford

Ermahgerd…last but certainly not least is Kate Blandford.  She is just awesomesauce…cross stitch fabrics through spoonflower and note cards, patterns, and embroidered items through her Etsy shop.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Final Thoughts…

July 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Steotchalong has finally come to a close.  Finishing any cross stitch project makes me a bit sad, I have to admit.  It’s one of those time consuming (but totally worth it) crafts that it just sort of becomes apart you.   No one knew who or what this would be in the beginning days as it was a mystery; kudos to Steotch for putting together an amazing event and challenging pattern.  It turned out to be Samuel L. Jackson’s character from Pulp Fiction.  I was kinda hoping it was this guy…

I have no idea who he is, but I’d like to think of him as sort of my fairy godfather of embroidery work.  Anywho, I remember seeing Pulp Fiction in my college movie theater back in the day.  It was the most high profile movie they had had in long time and I think at $2 a ticket.  That was still a deal in the mid-nineties; that being so,  I nearly was trampled on as they opened the doors to crazed  students flooding  in to snatch the best seats.  Afterwards, beyond being nearly trampled to death, I was actually troubled by the whole movie and remember not being able to sleep a wink that night.  And it wasn’t so much that it was scary or gruesome, but that I actually really liked it.

If you’d like to stitch your own Pulp Fiction cross stitch, the patterns are currently available on the Steotch website and you can stitch at your own pace.  The last pattern available is the quote to the right…three choices are available; I picked the faux biblical quote (it sort of matched my mood du jour) – though, I made the “L” a bit more swoopie to mimic the “A”.  And, if you do stitch the pattern or have been stitching, please be kind and donate a little (or a hella of a lot) to Steotch in the linked post.  Take it from someone that writes patterns, this is quality work and should be rewarded.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Downton Way Down Under

June 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

image courtesy of kirstatron

It’s always a treat to find my work in other people’s feeds…here’s one of my newer customers all the way down in New Zealand stitching my Downton Abbey Alphabet Sampler!  Squee!!  I love…LOVE…how she used metallic thread for the key and needle…just darling!

Also – I  just received another batch of  gorgeous Bohin stork scissors.  They are the last pair you’ll ever need and such a fancy treat to see when you peek into your notions box.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Friday Featured Fabric

June 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week for my Friday Featured Fabric, I wanted to highlight several vintage and out of print pre-cut packs I’ve listed in my Etsy shop the last couple of weeks.  Some really unique and unusual fabrics are available from fat eighths to over-sized fat quarters; the best part is they are all shipping FREE in the continental US!  Take advantage of this as I’m not sure when I will pull this offer…or pull the fabrics should I decide the perfect project for any one of them (you’ve been warned!)

A particular favorite…3 variations in scale of purple roses!

a fat eighth pack with a nice selection of out of print high end quilt cottons and vintage

a fun and funky floral fat pack

an out of print rarity – quilt weight cotton Asian inspired Brunschwig & Fils over-sized fat quarter

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Silk-screened Successes…

June 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Feet up, lights low…I’m trying to relax and come down from today while Chico attempts to drag a dirty pair of sweats (someone must of left on the floor – not me) on to her favorite chair.  She’s not even a foot tall, so it’s taking her a while…but she’s determined to join it under the pillow (where she thinks I don’t know about her stash of missing socks and the occasional unmentionable *sigh*).

Today was great for a Tuesday, in the summer, of a small – fairly insignificant town.  My efforts busting booty on Monday to push out a lot of silk-screened items paid off today.  This adorable Cajun crawfish towel (2.0 of the this design) – quickly sold out online and in the store.  A new batch is drying as we speak.  It’s funny how I’ll spend hours sewing, cross stitching or crocheting…but out of everything I make people are just drawn to my silk-screened work.  Not that it’s that much easier in comparison but I think we finally have a good system down between sources of screens, inks, and blanks.  For a time though – I was failing pretty regularly.  When I would announce it was the night I would silk-screen, C would gasp “oh no!” and wait for me to explode in a fit of tears.  It was that much of a nightmare!

To prove that I like to keep challenging myself – or as C considers “making it hard on myself” – I’ve also been dabbling into a few accessory items.  I love scarves – however, they must be lightweight because it’s just shy of 100 degrees here AND let’s face it, in Southeast Louisiana it will not be considerably cooler come winter.  I found the perfect jersey knit – a polyester, not cotton, giving these scarves a lovely drape.  I wanted a big chunky chevron…so large that I actually had to paper cut the design to screen it.  They are lovely but quite a challenge…that loosey goosey fabric wants to move without being properly tacked and then there is a massive amount of ink being to push though the screen.  It took every bit of my being to keep the ink on the correct place in the scarf – we succeeded but found ourselves, the table, and the dog – day glo neon.  (Sort of like Tobias – “I blue myself” but with neon).  More colors are coming, we just need to build up our endurance and decide what color we want to be.

Still available from my Manic Make-it Monday are these new polka dot towels.  I’m using a new vendor for blanks, so I got just a few colorways of the design.  So far – I love it.  It’s a nice neutral gold, but near New Orleans it so reads “Saints” football.  So, we hope, a double win for the shop…as we’re not huge fans of glitzy (overpriced) licensed sports merch…so it’s nice to have a handmade option to blend.

Bedtime is calling…as more towels to iron in the AM, a trip to the post office, and meeting with vendors…and possible a taco salad.

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Be Our Guest…

June 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Whew…it was quite a weekend (today is my fake-Sunday as I am in retail and have Monday’s off thankfully– which also makes Tuesday the new Monday).  We spent much of our time off this weekend babysitting our three year old nephew and dog sitting two 70 to 90 pound dogs.  Everyone had a wedding to attend – tho, we did not – and we became the drop off point.  Miraculously, after 1 toddler, 6 dogs, and 3 cats – the house is still intact!  In fact, the biggest baby of them all was the 90lbs sheep dog – who unfortunately cried through most of the night – and when I say cry –  I actually mean blood curdling barks followed by high pitched whines.  *sigh*

I’ve been on a sewing kick for a couple weeks now and started making these super cute crayon wallets.  We always need something for that age range between 3 to 5 in the shop and this seems like such a positive thing for children to respond to (rather than games or movies on a phone).  I’m debating on whether or not to put them in my Etsy shop…it’s a bit of a divergence for me from what is there now.  But largely, I’m fielding SO many convos daily on my existing items (some are so odd I feel I need to post a greatest hits soon) – I feel like it would turn into “I like that but I want it different.”  

Fortunately they do sell themselves in the store as my nephew helped himself to one.  Gosh, I hope he doesn’t grow up to become a shoplifter.  He grabbed my money cat too – I attempted to explain what it is and that it’s not working.  He told me it was “cute” and meowed at it for 15 minutes.  (let’s hope that was the attention it needed!)

So, Monday arrived and with the house guests gone and C at work, I realized I was finally alone…deliciously alone!  Not all Mondays for me are created equally but this one panned out to be just the right balance of productive and relaxing.  I started early in the garden with a few minor projects.  I didn’t last long because its getting near 100 degrees before lunch.  Despite the heat, everything was very much alive!  The birds were fighting over the feeder I put up; even a lot of activity over at the hummingbird feeder.  To my surprise, I found a turtle just finishing laying eggs in the garden…so glad I know where they are because she was very good at covering her tracks.

After all the garden fun (I even saw a snake).  I cooled off for a bit and watched the rest of Bomb Girls (bummer its already been cancelled – I always preferred Meg Tilly over Jennifer) and made grilled cheese.  It really feels like summer with a grilled cheese sandwich – most of my summers growing up, I was on my own during the day and had to fend for myself.  I quickly learned I had a knack for the art of the grilled cheese sandwich.  Today’s was just perfection with sharp cheddar and Virginia ham.  Ahhh, after I regained my strength, I silk-screened a couple new towel designs – I’ll share those in the next day or so; they are SO cute!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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