Friday, January 29, 2010


The truth is I have no idea how to make the One World One Heart post stay at the top of my blog. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Also, I apologize to the blogs I normally read on a daily basis for not getting to you lately. I am doing my best to visit all the blogs involved in the One World One Heart event and that is proving VERY time-consuming! Fun, but a real commitment to get to them all.

I made this duvet cover (8 years ago now) from bandanas. As bandanas are not a very substantial fabric, I knew I had to line each one. When I mentioned this to a friend at the time, she said something to the effect that if she were making it for herself, she wouldn't bother. I thought, wow, if I'm doing it for myself, then I'd do an even better job than if it was for someone else. I always do the very best I can when making things for others and why would I deserve anything less? So I lined them. The back side is a pink print. I'd take a picture of it right now except my exchange student is asleep under it and I am not going to wake him up just to get a picture. I always thought I'd make another using more 'boy' colors, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Wooden, ladder-back chair + tissue linen + full, gathered skirt
+ big bow = Princess Slipcover

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Just a bit of a departure for today's post!

Yes, I was born with black hair!
It never fell out, it just grew in blonde. My mother said I looked like a ferret, with black tips on my blonde hair.
Until eventually, it was all blonde. This was our dog, Gesundheit. My mother got her about 6 months before she had me. Nothing like having a puppy, a brand new baby and being in college, all at the same time!
Perhaps this is when my love of short skirts began. Twirly is good, too!
This was the day my mother graduated from med school. I was 6, Pepper was 5 and Brian was about a year old. My brother Michael is not pictured.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


We are having a rainy week here in California, which, of course, we need. I leaned out my back door yesterday to get a shot of the pink sky at sunset.
I wondered if the rain would show up in the photo. Well, it did, but not in the way I thought it would. I guess you can figure out that the spots you see are actually rain drops.
And because it was raining, I sat the entire day and made roses from yellow linen. They look kind of orangy here, but they are really a light lemon yellow. I am going to be putting these on the backs of white denim slipcovers for folding chairs.

Monday, January 18, 2010


This is what I call a fancy, ruffly curtain. The challenge with this window is it's a dormer and the ceiling makes it impossible to mount the rod any higher than just above the frame. Plus figuring out how to make a ruffle and welting with a rod pocket gave me fits.
The roman shade on the the window has a shaped bottom edge. It was the first, and last, time I'd ever done that. My client was going to hang a tassel on the center point, but when the shade is closed, the tassel would lay on the window sill. So, she chose to leave it bare.
In the hallway nook, she found a floor sample panel for sale at Calico Corner's. The deal there was there was just the one and it wasn't long enough for this window. The fabric was still available so we ordered more for the bottom and enough to make another panel to match.
Since I had to add fabric to the bottom of the first panel and there was no way to hide that fact, we got the gold check and I made banding which I then sewed over the seam and since just one row would have looked odd, I did 3 rows. Once they were up, there was no way to tell that one had been added on to and the other was made to match.

As I've said several times, it is never easy to correct someone else's mistakes. Neither is it easy to copy someone else's work. It worked out here because my client understood the challenges and was willing to allow me to do what was necessary to get the desired result.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


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Friday, January 15, 2010


I got two each of the chandeliers and crowns made for the Farmers Market on Sunday. These are linen and I have to say that I prefer the denim. The linen, though pretty, is a bit too slippery for my taste. I will be selling them for $45 each or 2/$80.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Duck cloth is not quite as heavy as denim, but it is just as durable. This is the home of a local La Jolla artist and she liked the look of all the furniture being neutral so that her art work took center stage.
A Victorian sofa gets a new life.
Back view with buttons. Is there any other way for me to do it?

An unexpected pop of color on the back of this wing chair.

By slipcovering all pieces in a room in the same fabric, it unifies the room.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I decided that the back of this slipcover was just too boring and plain, so I made these roses out of linen. (I thought the denim would be too stiff.)
I am really happy with how it turned out. This slipcover is for a metal folding chair and as it is a standard size, there is a pattern for it. I've never made a slipcover from a purchased pattern. It wasn't hard but wasn't as easy as you might think. Because I am used to actually cutting the fabric on the chair, as I am cutting, I figure out the best way to do it and know how I am going to have to sew it together. That step was eliminated here and so made it just a little challenging sewing it together.
I hemmed it higher than normal since this is my chair for the Farmers Market and I really don't want it getting filthy every week. I made the flowers to snap on and off, so I don't have to wash them along with the cover. Smart, huh?
The front looks positively plain after the cute back. I am not sure there is really anything to be done about it though. Any ideas?

This chair was my practice slipcover. I am going to be making these to sell at the Point Loma Farmers Market. I got crowns and chandeliers printed on white linen and they will be available on Sunday. I will probably post them in my Market Place, as well. Unless, of course, I sell them all on Sunday. Which could well happen, as it did last Sunday. Someone bought most of my pillows and the B&W toile slipcovered bench!

Monday, January 11, 2010


These fabulous jeans are the work of Deb Hodge and are available here.
This is the girl version of the boyfriend jeans. Instead of being the large, over-sized, loose fitting jeans, these are a more snug fit.
(Or I need a bigger size!)
Love the jeweled sea horse!
And the jeweled scallop shell.
Lace and silk and velvet ribbon.
You will definitely have the prettiest jeans in town!

Friday, January 8, 2010


I am so happy to announce that Deb Hodge has finally opened her web site. It is, of course, called Breathing Beside Us and will feature all the fabulous things she designs and makes. For a truly original gift for you or for someone special, be sure to check it out.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


It is very hard (okay, you really cannot tell) to see the different patterns of matelasse in this slipcover. I did this from old bedspreads and table skirts my client had laying around, not being used. I think I used about 5 different patterns, but because it was all white, it worked beautifully.
And, most importantly, her cat really seemed to like 'her' new chair!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The back side of the pillows.
The front of the pillows.
The pillows are reversible.
The hard part is deciding which side to have showing. I made these today to coordinate with the ottoman slipcover I made a while back. They are not meant to necessarily sit on the ottoman, but, rather to go in the same room. I posted them on my Market Place site. The ottoman is for sale as well, though as shipping would be so much, it is really more of a local item. If you are interested, just let me know.

I am now participating in the Point Loma Farmers Market each Sunday from 9:30a - 2:30p, where I will be selling my pillows and other various goodies. If you are local, be sure to stop by. Deb Hodge and Dyanna Cooley are in the booth beside me.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Not the type of chair that one would normally think about having a slipcover made for.
It just goes to show you that, truly, pretty much anything can be slipcovered.
This also shows you that two completely different fabrics can actually be used together. The welting, the inside of the pleats and the sash are all the blue and white toile. Perhaps a bit of a strange combination, but it really didn't look bad. Hey, I don't pick 'em, I just make what I'm given to make.

Friday, January 1, 2010


This sad, seen-better-days-sofa got a new outfit!
What a difference! Okay, so it's kind of boring, or at least it is not as festive or as colorful as before, but even I have to say that it looks infinitely better. In fact, it doesn't even look like the same sofa.
As many slipcovers as I have made (100's, maybe even 1000!) I am still amazed at the transformation that takes place. Slipcovers are the best way I know to completely change the look of a piece of furniture and the room it is in.