Saturday, January 30, 2010

French Fabric Blogging Notecards

I couldn't decide what to name these 5.5 x 4.5 fabric notecards, that I created today. They are just too pretty to shove in a drawer. My idea was to create notecards so pretty you would keep them near your computer to jot ideas on. I added vintage ledger paper to the backs just for that. What do you think? Did I succeed? How many do you want? I love making these.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Primitive French Burlap Pouches

Currently for sale in my shop these long burlap pouches with candles.

French Themed Journal Covers

There are two ways to cover a blank journal. One way is to place the fabric directly to the cover and the another way is to make an actual removal jacket. I have plans for plenty of these in the future.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Another Package from France

It's always my Birthday when I get a package from Tongue in Cheek Shop! Corey's packages are a delight to receive. She wraps each one so carefully and she uses bits and scraps of French paper to decorate the wrapping. I love sellers who take the time to wrap so beautifully.

My very first package from an online shop called The Beautiful Life, was wrapped so beautiful, I vowed if I ever became a seller, I would do the same. And I do. Just ask my customers. The day I don't enjoy wrapping my customer's purchases, is the day I close my little shop.

Now back to creating......

Thursday, January 21, 2010

French Kissed

When I was a newbie on Etsy I found a shop named French Kissed. I loved each and every digital postcard she sold! I spent hours narrowing down my favorites and if you are a francophile, you will too. You will notice me incorporating her postcards I've purchased, into my art. This book is just one of many to come.

Each postcard has a story and Trishia will tell it and she tells it so well. Little did I realize, she was a writer by occupation and I could read any story she blesses us all with, until the wee hours of the night. French Kissed is now a blog and if you don't follow it, you will be missing out on the most humorous posts, not to mention her beautiful French postcards!

Not just anyone can travel to France to start her collection, work very hard on their business, raise a family, work a day job and keep a great sense of humor about it all. Trishia does and I'm in awe of women like her!

Welcome to Blog Land, Trishia, we are so glad you joined us. Oh, it takes time to get the courage to start posting but then you realize how much fun it really is. You are a natural at it and it shows. You have so much to say and you say it well. Am I too old to say "YOU GO GIRL"???

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fabric Covered Journals

Coffee staining lace, fabric and vintage pieces I have collected over the years has become pieces of putting a fabric journal together. Hodge podge pieces of this and that and making it all come together, takes time. More journals to come in the next few weeks.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Paris Art

On the west side of the "Loop" Chicago, is a Salvation Army Thrift Store that my friend Mary told me about. Upstairs past all the donated furniture, donated clothes and on the very top floor in the corner, was an antique shop. IN THE SALVATION ARMY you ask? Yes, there it was, filled with antiques. Go Figure. All those wealthy ladies in Michigan Avenue multi-million dollar townhomes must have donated all this beautiful stuff. It was like a dream come true. Addicting to say the least. I searched through many a boxes and one day I found this hand sketched or water color from France. I went back to work at my law firm and several attorneys tried to purchase it from me. I've always wanted to research the art style of this picture. It's a keeper.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Parisian Journal

Ah, my new love, cloth covered journals. I am loving my new sewing machine. Who knew I would be sitting at a sewing machine, creating journal covers, tags, memory books.

Friday, January 8, 2010

El Nathan

When I was a little girl our summer trips included visiting El Nathan in SE Missouri. My Mother's family has owned this building and property since the 1930's and was purchased by her Aunt. I remember thinking how big and filled with antiques El Nathan was. El Nathan homes started in England, then New York and follows the works of George Muller and Sister Abigail Luffe. It is a beautiful place filled with loving Christian people. I simply adore this old photo of El Nathan as I remember it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Page from a French Book

I often purchase old French books that are crumbling in your hands and sometimes just French book pages. How sweet the pages are, with their edges all brown. I remember receiving this page from a book and wanting to share it somehow.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Mother's Basic Black Dress

My parents in San Francisco at the "Top of the Mark" - I loved my Mother's basic black dress, I have 3 of them.