Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Darren Gygi continues to amaze me.  Every new set he introduces is better than the last and that is quite a feat.  Each piece of art is beautifully printed and professionally gallery wrapped.

This is the artist in his studio:
These are just a few pieces of many.

E-mail for an online catalog.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New line! Maxxi Photo Frames.

Some exciting news!  I've just picked up a new line of photo frames and for their launch they are offering a great promotion!  Below are just a few of their many designs.

Minimum $300 order receives 1/2 freight allowance.Minimum $500 receives full freight allowance.
I know we are in December but I thought you might want to take advantage of this special offer.

This offer is good through the end of January 2015.

E-mail for a complete catalog:

Monday, November 17, 2014


These are some great holiday gifts.  The labels come in themes for Christmas, Valentine's, home, French decor, inspirational.  They fit on flameless candles and wine bottles.

This is what the back of the wrapped candle looks like.  Black ribbon is tightened like a corset.

Just a sample of the many Christmas images available.

These are some everyday images. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fabric Flower Pocket Tutorial

I was looking for a way to use up some scrap fabric.  I had used this french fabric for a bench cushion and thought it would work well.  I'm also going to make some in burlap and do some stamping for decoration.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 7 1/2" x 9"

Sew up 2 long sides and the bottom short side.  I used a 1/4" seam but you can also use a 1/2" seam.

Snip the corners and turn right side out.

Here's the finished pocket.  You can now hem the top or leave it raw.  I left it raw since I was using it to put flowers in and I was going to use a lace trim.

I decided to glue the lace trim and this was my first choice in glue but, alas, I hadn't used it in a long time and  the glue had dried up!!  

I ended up using tacky glue and it worked fine but drying time was longer.  You can also sew on your trim.

Here's the finished pocket - make sure glue dries completely.

I made a burlap rosette, glued it on my pocket and here it is waiting to dry.


Here is an example of one done in burlap.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Redwork Embroidery

I love my job!  When I'm out on appointments I will break for thrift and antique shops.  I have to admit the antique shops are usually for research but sometimes I'll find something I just can't pass up!   But the thrift shops have the prices I like. For instance, I love redwork embroidery and have stitched up quite a few pieces myself.  Here's a recent find - a pillowcase with a beautiful ruffle with just a hint of cutwork.  It's hard to tell how old it actually is but it's not too new.

Great saying!

The stitching is excellent.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to clean your vintage linens and lace

Cleaning your vintage linens and lace.

1/2 Cup Cascade
1/2 Cup Biz
1/2 Gallon of cool to lukewarm water

Fill your washer or tub with cool water - I used my kitchen sink.  Add the Cascade and Biz to the water.  Allow the cloth to soak overnight or at least 8 hours.  Check the stained areas.  If they are clean, drain the solution and rinse in cool water.  Allow to air dry.  If the stains remain, mix a new solution and soak again.  Depending on the type of stains, it may take two or three soaks but they should come out.  Rinse in cool water until all soap is out.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Tripar International is a leading source for display pieces.  Not only will they enhance the beauty of your store, they are also great to sell to the consumer.  Here are just a few of the scarf displays available.  There are also easels, risers, stands, tables and much, much more!
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