12.30.2010

winding down

I don't know where this holiday season went - or this entire year for that matter - I just know that it happened much too quickly. We spent a quiet Christmas at home, much needed after the last minute rush of orders and post office runs, gift wrapping, tree decorating, and cookie baking. We're going out to dinner with friends tonight with drinks and gift exchange at our house beforehand. A nice way to finish out the year. We stopped going out on New Year's Eve years ago—honestly I'd rather sleep :)

It was a bit slow this year for Primrose Design and holiday orders were off a bit - I'm sure due to the economy. But I did pick up a few wholesale accounts this past year and hope to continue with that in the coming year. I got two catalog requests for shops in Mississippi and Texas this week so that gives me hope! And the shops where I sell now continue to be good venues for me.

I'll be working on cutting expenses, too, and switching web hosts will be part of that. I'm not looking forward to moving all the files (800-something at last count) but I can save a lot by doing it. The site will likely be kind of wonky while the switch is happening but I'll let you know ahead of time.

And I'll be moving some of my vintage things over to my Etsy shop to try for a wider audience. And unloading some things I've bought but don't plan to use. Part of my cleaning-up-the-studio efforts, which I'm also working on this week.

Since I haven't posted for two weeks I never said happy holidays (I never got to the Christmas cards either) so I'll send you best wishes now for the coming year. Happy New Year!

12.13.2010

gifts for expectant parents

This will be my last gift idea post since my cutoff date for holiday shipping is Wednesday. That's not to say that, if you order later and I ship Priority, that it won't get there in time for Christmas. But, I've had two packages arrive this past week and both took exactly five days, and that was with Priority shipping. So, I think they're running a bit slow this year.

I have some great vintage things for babies and expectant parents who are planning a vintage look for their nursery. I always have the duck diaper pins available but I still have some of the even rarer bunny diaper pins in yellow, light blue, and mint green. $4.50 for a package of four.

bunny diaper pins

This sweet yellow flannel bib has an embroidered white duckling with purple bow and flowers. $7.50

embroidered duck bib

A set of eight vintage birth announcement cards (with envelopes) feature a red-haired baby boy in a sailboat with a rabbit and a bluebird and two little ducks swimming nearby. So cute. $4

birth announcements

This vintage white flannel kimono or sacque (a long robe that's open in front and ties at the neck) has a sweet jumping dog and duck toy embroidered in pink and blue with pink trim and satin ribbon bow. $18

flannel sacque

If this isn't too much cuteness for you, you'll find more items in the Kid Stuff section, including a vintage strip-pieced quilt, more bibs, an embroidered Bambi crib sheet, and a ceramic duck planter that would make a super cute holder for Q-tips.

Don't forget the discount! Receive 20% off your Primrose Design order by entering discount code HOLIDAY when you check out. For guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas (in the U.S. only) please order by December 15th. Offer expires at midnight December 31, 2010.

12.09.2010

gifts for vintage fashionistas

I have several vintage purses and bags in the Accessories section of my website that might be the perfect thing for the vintage-loving fashionista or collector of vintage accessories on your shopping list. The first two are black with multicolored faux needlepoint and gold-toned metal hardware.

vintage bag
Black Tapestry Purse, $9

vintage faux needlepoint bag
Faux Needlepoint Purse, $18

The second two feature beading. The white on white bag, which can be used either as a clutch or a handbag (there's a chain that tucks inside out of the way), has tubular beads positioned to form diamond shapes in amongst the circular beads. The other has bright blue beads attached as the bag was crocheted. Both of these have gold-toned hardware as well.

vintage beaded bag
Vintage Beaded Purse, $10

vintage beaded bag
Blue Beaded Crocheted Purse, $15

Don't forget the discount! Receive 20% off your Primrose Design order by entering discount code HOLIDAY when you check out. For guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas (in the U.S. only) please order by December 15th. Offer expires at midnight December 31, 2010.

12.07.2010

gift ideas for students

For the student on your list, how about a pretty notebook cover? These come with a marbled composition notebook tucked inside, and when they fill that up with class notes, they can slip out the old book and add a new one. It ties closed so they can fill it with loose papers and notes and it will all stay together.

Covered Notebook
Covered Notebook, $20

A key fob always comes in handy and these make great stocking stuffers. I love the bright colors of the fabrics and can always find my keys, even when they're buried in my overstuffed handbag. Yes, I do test all my products :)

Key Fob
Key fob, $6.50

When I was in college and headed out to party, carrying a handbag was too bulky and too much trouble. I would have loved a mini wallet to slip into my pocket. It's just big enough to hold an I.D. or drivers license, and a credit card or small amount of cash. I don't know how many times I washed my driver's license (paper back then) accidentally when I left it in my pocket after coming home late.

Mini Wallet
Mini wallet, $10

Receive 20% off your Primrose Design order by entering discount code HOLIDAY when you check out. For guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas (in the U.S. only) please order by December 15th. Offer expires at midnight December 31, 2010.

12.05.2010

gift ideas for knitters

My website has gotten so big that many people don't know that I sell all sorts of vintage things in addition to my handcrafted items. One of those items are vintage pattern books for knitting and crochet. There are books for beginning knitters, and books with patterns that are advanced enough for experienced knitters. Everything from sweaters for babies to socks and mittens for adults.

Knitting Pattern Book
Vintage 1950 Bear Brand Baby Book, $8.50

Knitting Pattern Book
Vintage 1941 Socks and Mittens for the Family, $6

I also sell vintage buttons, and some of the ornate metal buttons just cry out for a sweater to embellish.

Silver Flower Buttons
Silver Flower Buttons, $4.50 for three


Receive 20% off your Primrose Design order by entering discount code HOLIDAY when you check out. For guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas (in the U.S. only) please order by December 15th. Offer expires at midnight December 31, 2010.

12.03.2010

gift ideas for cooks

I thought I'd do a few posts with gift ideas from my shop, and while I was thinking of ideas, realized that I have an awful lot of things for people who like to cook. Maybe it's because I do, too! I'm making stock today from the leftover turkey we had a few days ago (we went to a friend's house for Thanksgiving but made our own turkey afterward) and making decisions about which Christmas cookies I'll be making this year.

Vintage Aprons
Vintage holiday apron with poinsettias, $15

How about a vintage apron for the cook on your gift list? I have lots of pretty ones, and a few with Christmas themes, too. Buy a vintage apron and you'll receive a package of my vintage-inspired recipe cards for free!

Vintage-Inspired Recipe Cards
Vintage-inspired recipe cards, $4.50 (free with apron purchase)

I still have lots of the patchwork pot holders that I've been making this year, several with food themes—like carrots, peas, and grapes.

Grapes Pot Holder
Grapes patchwork pot holder, $12 (or two for $20)

Tea towels always come in handy in the kitchen, and I sell two styles—one with vintage fabric and rick rack trim, the other with vintage fabric, rick rack, and embroidery. The designs, which come from vintage transfer patterns, are hand-embroidered by me in colors to coordinate with the fabrics used.

Vintage Feedsack Tea Towel
Tea towel embellished with vintage feedsack fabric and rick rack, $18

Receive 20% off your Primrose Design order by entering discount code HOLIDAY when you check out. For guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas (in the U.S. only) please order by December 15th. Offer expires at midnight December 31, 2010.