Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Impulse Fabric

I have no idea why, but this pink and blue fishy fabric caught my eye and I had to have it.  After pondering for a while on what purpose it might serve, I came across a pattern online for a fabric basket.  I spent most of the weekend re-organizing my linen closet, so I thought it would make a great place to stash hotel samples, soaps and travel size items.  The fish would be cheery inside the closet and brighten things up.  Since I have a nasty habit of following directions carefully, but not reading them beforehand, I missed the sizing of the basket until I was halfway finished and noticed that it was turning out to be incredibly small.  The finished product is roughly 6x5x4--about the size of a large makeup bag. It is adorable, but I'm still at a loss as to how it could be used.  Any ideas?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fabulous Find Friday

I think I have finally mastered the search mechanism on Etsy.  After blinding stumbling aimlessly looking for the perfect items, it suddenly dawned on me that recommendations from people whose taste I admire might be the best way to go.  Whoa, was I right!  Simply find a seller who has taste similar to yours and look at their favorites or their circle.  Presto!  The ring dishes pictured above so perfectly capture my taste that I let out a little squeal when I saw them.  I actually ordered the bud vase in the same colors and two things will drive me crazy until I receive it--one, they are made to order so you don't know exactly what it will look like until it arrives and since it is made to order, there is a long-ish lead time.  Two things I am really not good with--waiting and surprises.  I will let you know how it turns out.  In the meantime, check out Cynthia Vardan's shop for some really inspiring pieces: http://www.etsy.com/people/cynthiavardhan?ref=ls_profile

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

First product from the fabric haul

More to come like this-I'm pretty happy with the finished product.  I think it looks pretty fab on the dishwasher!  Waverly fabrics make everything look better.
I have a huge soft spot for Nantucket and few things remind me of that adorable island more than the hydrangea.  When planning my front garden, which is basically a huge mulched bed that enjoys blazing sunshine almost all day long, planting several of these puffy, soothing beauties was a no brainer.  After successfully murdering the first batch that was planted, a second round was installed.  An errant landscaper did everything he could think of to perpetrate their demise, but miraculously, they seem to have finally survived to the point that they are blooming enough for me to cut some flowers to enjoy inside.  This is the first bloom of the year and I'm ecstatic that they are back.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fabrigasm Weekend

I have been a super frustrated individual for some months now because two things happened in my life that created a great conflict.  One, I discovered Amy Butler fabrics (yes, apparently I HAVE been living under a rock, but more on that later) and two, could not find a single store within reasonable driving distance of my house that carried them.  I am happy to tell you that as of this weekend, not only has that problem been solved, but I have been led straight into an addiction that is sure to increase the rewards points on my Visa card straight into complimentary Hawaiian vacation territory.

The first thing that pushed me down the evil path of destruction was my good friend Sarah telling me about a wholesale home dec fabric outlet in Delaware.  Yup, wholesale, outlet--tax free.  Stick a fork in me.  Interior Alternatives is a veritable wonderland of high end wholesale fabric that I nearly fainted when I walked through the door.  One problem--not a single bolt of Amy Butler fabric in sight.  One giant armload of bargains later, I was happy, but still unfulfilled.  Sunday brought another cloudy, semi-chilly day, which allowed me to feel less guilty about not working outside and broadening my retail search.  I had been on the Amy Butler website earlier and looked up store locations with zero success.  Fabrics on the Hill in Chestnut Hill, PA was suggested and yielded nothing but being yelled at for having the audacity to enter with a coffee cup in my hand.  I get it, but I am an adult and had they been nice about it, I might have not have turned on my heel and marched out the door upon realizing that they didn't have what I was looking for and then had no desire to give them any business.  With a little more diligent examination, the search showed a store in Narberth called Cloth and Bobbin.  Hmm, my curiosity was piqued and after reading the glowing reviews on Yelp.com, I couldn't wait to visit.  I wasn't disappointed.  They didn't carry the entire Amy line, but had all of the quilting fabrics as well as some others that I might never have found.  Their owner Johanna was one of the nicest, most welcoming shop owners I have encountered in a long time and I can't wait to return.  A quick shot of my weekend haul is shown below.  I cannot wait to dig in!