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Warehouse Sale Madness!

November 16, 2007

Julianne frog outfit.JPGEvery Fall and Spring has a huge warehouse sale. Last weekend, we had our fall event. We sell end rolls, returns, slightly damaged, etc. fabric at drastically reduced prices.  For those lucky enough to live in the Atlanta area and some lucky enough to be in town, this has become quite the event. I work on one of our cutting tables and I have a blast with all of our excited and frenzied customers.

 Last Spring I had the pleasure of meeting a very memorable group of sewers ( If I did not think I would look like a fool, I would invite myself to their sewing sessions). They kept returning to my table with the best fabrics... Alexander Henry, Amy Butler,  Moda, on and on. I was very impressed with their keen eye and tenacity.  Even though CJ (ring leader), Shannon, Maribel and Winnie were 50th in line this year and a stones throw behind their "warehouse sale shopping nemesis" they managed to find their magic and appear at my table all morning with incredible fabrics.  I just had to know how they did this...Before the sale started I didn't find these beautiful fabrics for my own stash!  So I observed their behavior and was able to pick up on a few of their methods. They also shared a few of their secrets with me. Of course I cannot disclose this highly sensitive information with you but let's just say these chicks are smart! I can however share some of their creations from the great bargains they purchased from our sale. After hugs goodbye to my special girls I made them promise to send me pictures.  CJ and Shannon sent me these photos of clothes they made for their children from the warehouse sale last Spring. Wow what talent...not to mention adorable models! has the best customers!

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Ciao for now and happy sewing!


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Accidental Cat Lady?

October 24, 2007

max.jpgI have always loved animals and I grew up with lots of pets, but this is crazy!  About 2 years ago, I was living happily with my two older cats Mitzi and Mac until one fateful day when strange noises started coming from the garage.  At least 2 days passed before we identified what the funny squeaking noise was...A two week old black and white kitten, his eyes still shut just barley hanging on to life.  We rushed to the vet and were told not to get our hopes up but that we could try and nurse the kitten to health. Nurse the kitten we did. Every 2 hours (yes middle of the night too) we heated special kitten milk and fed this tiny thing. He went along to tennis matches, friends houses, even on our  vacation so he wouldn't miss a feeding.My husband named him Max and we gave him lots of love. We do not max2.jpghave children of our own and this little kitty became our child substitute and still is.  Max is now a fat cat who runs our house! In the meantime Max's mom took up residency in our backyard and had three more litters of kittens. In our basement, under the was kitty city.  We worked with a kitten rescue group and were able to provide veterinary attention (spayed & shots) as well as find homes for most of her kittens.  Mom is now spayed, vaccinated and living with us.  The cats "r" us dust has settled and now my husband I have a total of 6 cats!  Max, of course, is the boss.


  cat-pillow-details.jpgSo why the story?  If you have read any of my earlier blogs then you know my home decor is inspired by my life passions. When I first saw the Alexander Henry Elizakitten  fabric of Victorian costumed cats I  knew I had come across a unique print. It screamed "NANCY'S HOUSE".  The cats on this print resemble Max, Sunny, Lari, Mac, Momma and NB (New Buddy) looking donned and regal.  Within seconds I knew I was going to make decorative throw pillows.  I wanted these to be nice so I consulted my sewing mentor and Max's babysitter Vicki.  Not only is Vicki a very talented seamstress she is also very creative and she had some ideas of her own.  She suggested that we cut the frames out, center Max and assemble the rest of the court in the corners. Brilliant! She thought of exactly what I wanted.  We selected brown soft suede, gold gimp and down pillow forms. Vicki wanted to share her quilting experience with me and offered to help during lunch time hours. Well we stay on the go around here and this lunchtime project just wasn't happening.  Finally I asked her to please sew them and send me a bill. Thankfully she agreed!

cat-pillow.jpg I ask you...are they not FABULOUS?


Where we get our inspiration from is different for everyone.  If you are crazy about your pets or love animals check out our animal print section and see what inspires you. 

The creative lot here is constantly coming up with new ideas and projects. We enjoy sharing them with each other and hope that you are enjoying them too!

Happy Sewing!

Ciao for now!




The Fabric of our Lives

September 19, 2007

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A few years back my best friend Ann purchased a furnished "rental" condo in a resort area on the South Carolina coast. While the place had good bones, it was blah, blah, blah. Think basic furnishings, sparse accents, no window treatments...just no personality. Our mission was to turn this place into a cozy nest without breaking the bank account. We purchased new bedding, lamps, accessories and fabrics.  We set out on a six hour drive to begin a two day makeover. While Ann got busy hanging pictures and arranging things, I got busy with the fabric. First up for me...drapery panels. I used a plaid promotional dupioni silk. Wow, they instantly brightened and added life to the room!  Next, it's on to decorative throw pillows. I really wanted to pull all the colors from the plaid silk throughout the room.  Accent pillows are such a quick way to accomplish just that. My last significant project, and the one I am most proud of, is that I covered a headboard. I had no confidence that I could pull this off. As it turns out, it was so simple!  All I did was lay batting, then stretch and staple the fabric. Bye, bye boring old headboard!  I wish I would have known it was going to be this easy.  I am sure I could have used Fabri-tac to add some cute embellishments!PICT0130.jpg


PICT0127.jpg PICT0126.jpg PICT0121.jpgWe are so proud of our quick makeover. It must have turned out well because I have not yet been able to claim my free week...The place is always rented!  I have 2 projects under way right now that I am excited about.  Vicki is going to help me because these are more detailed. Hope to have them ready by my next blog entry!

Ciao for now!




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