I actually think adults celebrating Halloween is kind of silly; at least the sudden emphasis on Halloween decorating in shelter magazines is a bit over the top. I never look forward to the October issues any more. But, that's just me. And it is a holiday so a good reason to have a sale.

Halloween Sale at Primrose Design

This sale is for the Primrose Design website only and you have to spend more than $10. I'll be away on Saturday so all orders received over the weekend will ship on Monday. And don't worry, I'll explain who Billy and Frisky are in another post :)


show recap

I don't know why I always forget to take photos at my shows—I guess I'm too busy with other things. These were taken as I was closing down and finally remembered that I hadn't taken any.

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Key fobs on my vintage carousel rack

The show went pretty well. It was a gorgeous day and I'm surprised that more people weren't out and about. But I did make a few sales, including a pillow! And I did need to restock the shelves with Primrose products so, all-in-all, it was a productive trip.

Primrose pillows
A sofa filled with Primrose Design pillows

I had a long table upstairs, which is where the retail location of Tea Street Vintage resides, and had a great time chatting with Emily Caretti about vintage clothing. If you can't make it to the retail shop you'll find some great vintage things at her Etsy shop, also called Tea Street Vintage.

Tea Street Vintage
Tea Street Vintage, upstairs at Hello Bluebird

Next up is the Abington Community Library Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, November 13th, from 10-4. This is a benefit for the library, and includes a basket raffle of goodies donated by local businesses and a Teen Leadership Committee bake sale.

In case you haven't heard, the new Pennsylvania budget has reduced library funding a further 8.4% after last year's cut of 27.9%. The major component of the new cut is a 9% reduction in subsidies for public libraries. With the poor economic climate, libraries are busier than ever, and they really need your support. Personally I use this library weekly—I can't tell you the last time I bought a book.


trunk show

handmade harvest at hello bluebird

I hope you'll join me this Saturday at a special Primrose Design trunk show at Hello Bluebird in West Reading, Pennsylvania—if you live close enough, that is. It's part of Handmade Harvest and I'll be there from 12 to 5 pm with lots of new pillows and more goodies from my entire line, including a few things that are not currently sold in the shop (key fobs and vintage button hairpins). There will be a few other artists on hand and it's a great opportunity to do a little early holiday shopping!

So, I'm busy this week getting ready for the show. And trying to finish some custom handkerchief pillows. And write directions for a holiday project for Inspired Ideas. And complete questions for an interview to appear on a well-known fabric blog. Yes, I have more than I can handle this week. And when that's all over I have a local craft show to prepare for; details to come.

Hello Bluebird, 609 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611


weekend away

I spent Friday night and most of Saturday traveling around the Phoenixville and Skippack areas of southeastern Pennsylvania. Friday night just happened to be Phoenixville's First Friday event but was also their yearly Octoberfest so all the shops were open late, the restaurants were full, the bars were hopping. Not quite my kind of scene but that's OK—it was fun. We ate dinner at a newish bistro whose menu sounded good but was a bit disappointing in person. The better meal was breakfast the next morning at Irish Joe's Cafe, an old-fashioned diner/lunch counter type place with the very best pancakes I've ever had. Orange-cranberry-pecan and the size of small plates—two of them. This was a special but the menu features an oatmeal-raisin version that I'm sure are just as good. As for shops, Hipster Home was fun and I got a pretty striped scarf and some woven-together-button napkin rings on sale there. You know how I love things made from buttons! If you love jewelry and unusual gifts, be sure to check out Diving Cat Studio and Gallery.

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Hipster Home button napkin rings

Straw, twig, and leaf bird from Diving Cat Studio

After our pancake breakfast on Saturday we headed north to Skippack. We arrived to find ourselves in the middle of Skippack Days, a town-wide festival and craft show. Along with the many shops that line the main street, there were hundreds of craft and food booths in every available space. I have to say that, after a while, most of the crafts started looking the same to me. Everyone seemed to be doing the same beaded jewelry, baby burp cloths, primitive bird houses, tie-dyed t-shirts (surely these aren't back in style again?). The booths that really stood out, and the ones I actually went into, were the ones that offered a unique twist on the usual fare. I wish there had been more of them. My one purchase of the day (besides a replacement for my 9 inch cake pan at the cookware store) was a gorgeous crocheted silver wire and pearl bracelet made by Jayne Stilley of Jeanne de Jeanne. I'm partial to pearls and silver but all of her work, especially her necklaces, was just stunning.

Jeanne de Jeanne crocheted silver wire and pearl bracelet

We had a wonderful lunch on the patio at Brasserie 73, very French cafe. Grilled chicken with sliced Granny Smith apples, field greens, and toasted walnut mayo on a baguette. So yummy. Will definitely be back for dinner - hopefully we can snag one of the tables near the fireplace!