I did it!

My submissions to HHG are on their way. I was a little worried at first that I couldn't contribute pillows, but that turned out to be a good thing. It forced me to be more creative and I was able to try some of the things I'd been planning but that I never found the time for. All of which will now be added to my site as products for sale. So, coming soon are (1) tea towels with fabric borders and embroidered motifs from vintage transfer patterns; (2) lavender sachet bundles made from vintage fabrics and tied with vintage grosgrain ribbon; and (3) cards of buttons made from vintage fabric scraps. Sneak peek here:

It's been rainy and cold here in Pennsylvania this spring. Not so perfect for working in my garden, but very good for working indoors in my studio. I've actually been quite busy with graphic design lately (yes, I do that, too), but I always manage to squeeze in a little sewing time no matter how busy I get with other things.

I'm looking forward to another big estate sale this weekend. Memorial Day weekend is the official start of "the season" around here and I'm excited about what things I'll find this year. I've already planned two out-of-my-area trips for later in the summer - one to southeastern PA in July and one to New York state in August. I'll keep you posted on what treasures I find!



I know it's spring but it's still so cold here in the mornings that it doesn't feel much like it. Soon I'll be spending more time out in my garden but for now I'm in my studio as much as possible every day. My studio is a spare bedroom converted into a space used exclusively for sewing. I like that I can keep materials that I'm working with out in sight and that I can be as messy as I want to be. A trip to IKEA for new shelves is in the works - the armoire where I keep my fabrics is threatening to overflow very soon. Can't...resist...vintage...fabrics.

I've signed up to be part of the Happily Handmade giveaway for summer. For those of you who don't know what this is you can find more about it at the official website (http://www.happilyhandmadegiveaway.com). Basically you will be able to sign up to win one of many (34 this spring!) gift baskets filled with cool things donated by indie designers. When you sign up for my mailing list (or with anyone else who is part of the group), you'll be entered to win. You get a chance to win free stuff and help support independent craftspeople, I get more subscribers to my list, we who participate get more exposure - everyone is happy! There are pictures of the spring baskets at the website if you'd like a sneak preview of the kinds of things you might win. All I can say is that there are some awesome designers out there!

The winner for the spring giveaway is being chosen today and the new contest starts on June 1. So more details to come. My pillows are too large for the baskets so I'll be donating some smaller items - things I've been planning and working on this winter. I'm going to be a little mysterious about them for now, but hope to post photos soon.

Happy Cinco de Mayo today!