Friday, March 27, 2015

Facebook Special

Our shop is having a Facebook Special today and tomorrow.

You've never seen our Facebook page?

Well, there's no time like the present!
Click here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fabric flowers

It may be too early yet for real flowers, but we can beckon the season with some made from fabric!

These were made by a friend, she made them from an old quilt.
Love them!

These were made from the same quilt.
Such fun spring decor!

I made these ones, the ones on the left and right were made in the same style.
The quilt I used had lots of different patterns within it.

I made the ones in the middle from burlap and scraps of fabric.
Each flower has 4 circle layers, and is finished off with a button in the middle.

All of the flowers are available in our shop in Moundsville, WV.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring is in the Air

Here in Moundsville, WV, the snow is finally melting, and Spring is in the air! The winter wasn't bad, until February, and then it hit with full force. After several weeks of brutal cold and snow, the highs in the 40's are feeling like a heat wave. What is that hill you ask? That is the Grave Creek Mound, built by the Adena Indians around 150 BC as a burial ground. Our town MOUNDsville was named after it, and it is just down the street from my shop, within easy walking distance.

Inside my shop, we are concentrating on Spring too. After a long winter, the brighter colors are so refreshing and uplifting.

Several customers have told me they are looking for turquoise decor right now. It pairs well with red, or yellow, or even brown.

These are displayed in a suitcase, or perhaps it was a typewriter case, or held a musical instrument. The green tone floral scarf threw over the back softens the hard edges and dresses it up a bit.

Here again, a vintage scarf adds to the look.

I hear the birds singing outside my window as I type.
They may indeed be singing "Oh Happy Day"!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Burlap Sacks and Old Windows

Old window frames....

Plus old potato sacks....

Equals some pretty cool, (and country!) wall decor.

This one is hung in our display window.

Hard to get a decent photo there, due to the glass, the reflections, and...
well... to be perfectly honest, the dirty windows may have something to do with it.

In my defense, it's been too cold to wash the windows.
But since it's supposed to be in the 50's all week, 
it may be time to break out the cleaning supplies and do a little spring cleaning!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shelves with Heart Cutouts Updated

I was watching What Not to Wear on TLC the other day, and Carmindy was talking to a lady as she was teaching her how to do her makeup. The lady had prominent cheekbones, and had always tried to hide them. But rather than hide them, Carmindy accentuated the ladies cheekbones, which brought out her natural beauty. Carmindy said that women tend to try to hide what they see as their prominent feature, which is a mistake. Instead, they should highlight it and bring out their own unique beauty.

I decided to try that idea on.............. shelves!

Remember when cut out hearts in shelves were all the rage? Now, those once popular shelves are thrift shop cast offs. A dime a dozen.

Well, a bit more expensive than that. But you get my point.

I know some crafter's will put something on top of the heart to hide it. But, using Carmindy's advice, I decided to accentuate it instead, with a scrap from a an old cutter quilt.

The pictures aren't the best, but hopefully you can see them well enough to get the idea.

I just cut a rectangular section, and positioned it where I like it.

Then I stapled it on the backside.

This shelf has some interesting rectangle cutouts on the sides.
Not sure what the original intention was, but I like it anyway.

This style shelf in particular is pretty easy to find in 
thrift shops and at yard sales.

So, what do you think?
Does Carmindy's advice work on the shelves?
Personally,  I think it does, but I'm interested in YOUR opinion.

Switching Gears to an Occasional Shop

For a loooooooooong time, I have wanted to switch our shop to an occasional shop. Until yesterday, we were open 5 ...