Saturday, March 28, 2009

Shabby Pink - Some Old and Some New

Hello and hope your Saturday morning is going well.

We have some pink scrunchies for lamp cords on So Shabby Pink. They are 8 feet long and very silky.

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I also used to make a jewelry line many years ago and picked up some of my old pieces for this bracelet. For a 7" wrist. Antiqued brass pieces.

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I like to give old things a totally new look. This is an old wooden phone note pad. Yes, it was even on our wall for a period of time. It has been redesigned into a lovely shabby chic style accessory for your message area.

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Thanks for stopping by. I will continue to update you on the slipcovers!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

60 Yards of White Demin for Shabby Chic Room


Years ago, maybe 6 years ago, I bought 4 bolts of white cotton denim. I love that white shabby chic style. My goal was to make some slipcovers for a sofa, a chair and an ottoman. I have finally broken down all barriers and began with the easiest piece, of course. Ugh, I have never make slipcovers before! I do think I can do this though. I have even dreamed about how to make it easier.
I want to share this new challenge with you as I go along, but my real purpose of tonight's post is to share something, after sewing all my life, that I discovered just last night. It is yet, another thing I used to see my mother do as she sewed for our family. I posted earlier that she was an expert seamstress. I started thinking about what it was that made her results so great! I mean, I know how to do the things she did but my results have not always been quite as excellent as hers. Then, it dawned on me. She HAND BASTED everything first!
You may think that is ridiculous. I have certainly thought it was a waste of time. I saw her do it when she made complex things but I have always thought I could get away with using straight pins. I also just have not wanted to take that time to hand baste. It is just so boring! It takes so long! I have just wanted to get on with it!
I have used welting many times for pillows and have always just pinned it all together. The sewing part was always a little tricky and I would struggle a bit, especially around the corners, but I would get through it and be glad that step was over.

I started on the ottoman last night as it is the easiest of all I am going to do. I started with the pins and pinned the welting I made (with the zipper foot) and took my time to get it even all the way around.
THEN, I HAND BASTED THE WHOLE THING - Yes, all the way around!

Oh, my gosh!! I cannot believe how well this first part has come out! Stitching the welting to the top of the ottoman cover was so easy and the finished product was better than I had hoped for! The corners were a breeze!
Well, I tell you. I may be the last to realize the importance of this step, but I am the happiest of persons to have taken the time to do it.
Hand basting. Who would have thought?
So glad you came by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

So Shabby Pink - Homer Laughlin Plates

I love plates. I love pretty pink, green, blue, yellow and all pastels. Did I mention Roses?

This is one of my Homer Laughlin square plates. I don't hide them in a cabinet either. I hang them on the walls. :-) More pictures next time!

Thanks for coming by,


Sunday, March 15, 2009

So Shabby Pink Pretty Pink Rose Pin Cushion

I shared with you in an earlier post that I really do love to sew. I have some sewing notions that were actually my mother's, so they are rather old and not necessarily pretty.

My mother was an excellent seamstress and her talents were not wasted as she put them to use for me and my sister. I believe she would have been a fantastic fashion designer as well. Even as a young girl of 10 or 11 years, I would sit for hours and watch her sew.

She made a lot of little notions for me. The most unusual was half of a large walnut shell stuffed with cotton and pink fabric made into a pin cushion! It had a tiny pipe cleaner handle and a bow tied to the handle.

Well, this is much larger than a walnut shell and prettier than the little pipe cleaner handle. I have this one for sale on our website So Shabby Pink. I'll be making more during this spring and summer.

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Pink paper rose with wired ribbon .

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Large rhinestone adorns the center of the rose.

Glad you came by,


Friday, March 06, 2009

So Shabby Pink - Almost Free Lunch

This coupon is now outdated. It was good while it lasted!

Hi there!

My husband comes home everyday for lunch and today I just didn't have anything fixed! I was painting and emailing and just failed to get it done. Soooo, I ran up to Arby's and used a coupon I found recently.

Click here for printable coupon for free sandwich with purchase of a drink.

Make sure you print one coupon for each person. They required that we make separate orders but that was okay.

Have a nice lunch!