Wednesday, February 25, 2009


 We started working on this project a year ago.  
Finally, I delivered the coverlet yesterday.
The tab top bed curtains, the coverlet, the pillow shams and the throw pillows---I made them all.
The tab top detail
This curtain hangs between the bedroom and the office and can be shut to close off any undone work.
An extra throw pillow (made from the same fabric as the coverlet) to tie the chair into the bed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Another great shop in Coronado is The Attic.  It is located at 1112 Tenth Street.
Vintage hankies.
No more boring luggage tags and since everyone seems to have black luggage, these bright tags make it easier to spot your suitcase in a sea of black.
A beautiful chandelier.
A fancy mirror, perfect for asking "who's the fairest of them all?"
Pretty 'stuff '
Vintage linens
Coronado is a beachy town.
More seashore inspired goodies.
A beautiful sea fan.
You can read more about The Attic at:

Sunday, February 22, 2009


We had a full house today at Rita Reade's soldering class.
Hard at work.
Soldered at both ends.  It's not exactly hard, it just isn't easy. 
The flower I chose for the end of my pen.
Patty's, Debbie's and my finished flower pens.  They make a lovely bouquet!
After we finished, Rita's wonderful husband Dean served us homemade French onion soup.  It was delicious.
And last, but certainly not least, our wonderful teacher, Rita.  

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Val's Art Studio

"Coronado's most unique gallery featuring fine arts and crafts and local artists."
Val Hebert is one of the featured local artists.  Her sweaters are so adorable.  She is now offering matching skirts as well.  
Along with sweaters, she also makes lovely cards, pin cushions, pins and small pillows.
The pin cushions are the cutest!
Even the back of her sweaters are not forgotten.
Taken from outside the store, through the window, and still it is just as cute as can be.
If all of this isn't enough, Val also makes purses.  And again, her embellishments of all her pieces are what makes them even more special.
More purses.  Everything is one of a kind and unique.  You can check out Val's blog: or her Etsy shop:

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Me, Jane and Dana.
It's that time again:  San Diego Blogger Girls' Lunch at Miguel's in Coronado.  Margaritas, chips, salsa, guacamole and fun!  
Laughter and lunch can't be beat!
Debbie (Breathing Beside Us), Jane (Art Takes A Village) and me.
Dana (Tutu Monkey), Brittany (Debbie's beautiful daughter) and Joy (The Vintage Rabbit).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


It almost looks like a real house.  It is, in fact, the playhouse of my client's daughters.
It even has its own climbing roses.

The best part: real windows with real curtains.  We hung them 'backwards,' that is, with the fabric facing out so that it showed better from the outside.
The wallpaper and fabric for the curtains were both Ralph Lauren.
Even hanging this way, you can still see the plaid through the lining and the ruffle around the edges stands out more.  I don't know about you, but after I saw the finished 'house' I wanted to move in.  The only problem for me was I was a bit too tall.  Okay, a lot too tall.  Still, it was so inviting and sweet that I wished I were a little girl again.

Monday, February 16, 2009


I got this chair, free from a client, and since it was summer at the time, I slipcovered it in white duck cloth.  I have always thought, though, that just as we change our wardrobes according to the season, that we should do the same with our furniture.
Come winter, I made the chair a new 'dress' in a darker, more wintery print.  Ideally, each piece of furniture should have 4 different 'outfits', one for each season.  Of course, the problem then becomes, where and how to store all those extra slipcovers.  The reality is most people have just one slipcover for each piece, which is just fine.  The other thing I sometimes do is make extra cushion covers, as these are what generally need to be washed more so than the base, and it is far easier to wash just the cushion covers than the entire slipcover.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Yesterday, I finally got to Vignettes for their Valentine's Day Extravaganza.  And my favorite spot?  The Vintage Rabbit!
Joy's talent and creativity shines through in everything she makes and sells.
It is all so colorful and happy.
I went home with these beautiful file folders (why they even make boring, plain, old manila files anymore is a mystery to me), a lovely magnet for my refrigerator and
this lovely gift bag, which I will be keeping.

Friday, February 13, 2009


This love seat was rescued from the alley.  This is the 'before' shot.
And this is 'after.'  I am not usually a big fan of using multiple fabrics in slipcovers, though I thought it turned out very nicely.  There are 3 different patterns in this one.  My friend sold this love seat in her shop.
The back view, showing the contrast buttons and welting.
This is the 'before' chair and ottoman that the woman who purchased the love seat already had.
The 'after' shot.  I used an additional fabric on the chair and ottoman.  All in all, it turned out well and was perfect for her daughter's playroom.