Thursday, June 30, 2011

From: The Garden

Despite the fact that I neglect her so... I cherish the fact that my dear, sweet, garden still sends me little "love letters" from time to time.

... are you looking for yours?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


So, did you happen to notice the fun and playful pinwheels that were at the front of our booth with the fabric display?

For all you out there who love beautiful fabrics, but hate to sew... this one is for you. Such a simple, easy, no sew project that would be so adorable as table decorations, a cute little "extra" to add to a flower arrangement, or just a fun project with the kids.

Wanna do it yourself? Here's what you need:

A few of your favorite coordinating fabrics

Medium to heavy weight iron-in interfacing
Double sided iron-in interfacing (Wonder Under or Vliesofix)

Dowel rods or other stick

Flat head sewing pins

Hammer/small nails
Scissors or cutting mat and roll cutter

Cut two squares from two different coordinating fabrics. For the large pinwheel I used a 6 inch (ca. 15 cm) square and a 5 inch (ca. 12.5 cm) for the small one. Place squares on medium/heavy weight interfacing and iron. Cut excess interfacing. Sandwich the double sided interfacing between each of the interfaced squares. Iron & trim. (here's a picture of how the pinwheel should look showing cutting and pinning marks) Mark the center of the square, this is where your pin goes later. Cut from the corner of each of the four corners towards the center being careful to not cut all the way to the center mark. Pull one cut edge from each side towards the center, repeat with other three sides overlapping in the center. Run the pin through the pulled up edges through the center mark. Make a small pre-hole in the dowel rod using the hammer and nail. Place head pin in the pre-hole of the dowel rod and lightly hammer in place.

For finishing touches ideas:

Pick a favorite vase or container. For stability, fill with floral foam. Poke finished pinwheel rods through foam. Cover top with moss. Add decorative accents as desired.

Looking for these bright and colorful Erin McMorris fabrics?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Long Awaited Booth

Now that I've had a little time to reflect after the show, there are a few things about the booth that I realized after looking back:

1. Every time we do a show, (which is essentially now once a year due to the little one) once everything is put together and decorated, I marvel at how much stuff I have and once again realize that I could actually open a store tomorrow and not have to worry about having any empty spots.

2. When I take into consideration that we did this show last year with a brand new three month old baby, I have to ask myself if I even remember it or if I was totally out of my mind.

3. Having actually taken photos of the booth this year, I realized that I have done lots more than I have had the time to take photos of and show you... thus often I end up spewing a lot of hot air about the fact that I am busy, but am too busy to show you just how busy I am.

With all that being said, I will make you wait no longer for the photos from the show... wheh, it's nice to breathe again.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Park & Garden "In Color"

After we got home from the show and I sorted through my pictures, I noticed a real trend when I looked at them as a grouping. I'm not really sure if it was the fact that I am naturally drawn to purples and pinks, or if it was simply that these were the trend colors that dominated the stands, and obviously my camera lens. Either way... purple really does it for me, and always has. So much so that my mother-in-law has thought for years that it is my favorite color instead of green.

Hmmm... kinda makes one reconsider the status of things.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


So we made it back from a really long weekend of work... playing with fabrics all day, soaking in the atmosphere of beautiful and inspiring surroundings, and speaking in a foreign language for five days... that's right, count 'em, FIVE continuous days of speaking nothing but German... wheh! So needless to say, I'm running slow and trying to play catch up right now.

How about if I make it simple today... a little less chat and a few photos to inspire. Even though I'm a color girl, I was so inspired by these earthy neutrals and whites.

... don't worry, the color's coming... it always comes.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Park & Garden 2011

This is the last that you will hear from me for a little while... this weekend we are heading out for our big show, Park & Garden at Gut Stockseehof. I have several new things to take along, despite the fact that I have not had the time to show them all to you... but good things come to those who wait, right?

On another note... if you happen to be at the show this weekend, I would love to meet you! It makes things more personal for me when I have a chance to meet some of you who "tune in" week after week. Last year I had a reader, another "Ausländer" living in Germany, stop by right at the same time that the little guy needed a snack... it would have been so nice to have a chat.

But I won't leave you without a little taste of what's to come... just a few impressions from last year's Park & Garden that I found on their website.

Hope to see you there!
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