Tuesday, November 30, 2010


 Okay, you might have guessed a few of things I did for Cotier.  I made these pillows.
 And the pillows and cushions on this spool chair.  Not the ottoman, though.  It is upholstered.
 The curtains in the 'kitchen' are in lieu of doors and block the view of the things stored inside.
 The red and white definitely add zip to the mainly blue and white color scheme of the store.
 I did the cushions and pillow on this rattan chair.  I probably should have either taken the throw pillow off or turned it sideways.  This picture just looks likes a big blob of blue and white!
More throw pillows.

I also did some behind-the-scenes stuff.  I skirted Pat's desk (again to hide what's stored underneath) and made another skirt for a table that holds the fax machine and other assorted office 'junk'.  I'm not showing you those pictures because the office was still kind of a mess in the rush to get the store looking good and opened.  So if you are in the area, please stop by and check out all the great stuff for yourself.  Cotier is another great addition to Coronado!

Monday, November 29, 2010


1053 B Avenue
Coronado, CA  92118

I did several of the items in these pictures, but since there is so much to see, I'll do a separate post in a couple of days and show you those particular things.


Friday, November 26, 2010


 I think these may be the BEST slipcovers I have ever done!  They certainly were not the easiest, but they sure did turn out amazingly well.  And, most importantly, my client was beyond thrilled!

 It is hard to tell in the photos, but the main fabric is a hot pink (fake) ultra suede.  Suede isn't exactly hard to work with and it sews nicely.  It is just hard to pin.  I have some very sore fingers.  This is when the leather thimble is a necessary notion.
 This is the same client I did the green slipcovers for a while back and there wasn't enough of that fabric, so I used white on one side of the cushions.  Well, the white on these slipcovers is the same white from that job.  It works well for large pieces, but making the small pleated ruffle around the top was very challenging.
 It sure does look good though.  I'd say it was worth all the difficulty.

My favorite part - the backs.  I especially love the pink buttons on the white skirt.
 And these two pictures show the original chairs.

And don't forget to enter my sea star necklace giveaway!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Wishing everyone the Happiest of Thanksgivings!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I am giving away 4 different sea star charm necklaces.  For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this blog post or on my Facebook.  I will again use random generator to determine which 4 lucky people will receive one of my necklaces.  This drawing will take place 3 December 2010.  
Good luck!

Aqua glitter with beads and a heart charm.
 Light green glitter with a giant 'pearl' and small seashell.
 Silver glitter with a small glass bottle and beads.
 Purple glitter with beads, a key charm and a 'faith' charm.

All necklaces slip over your head.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I actually got caught up in my day and forgot that I was to draw and announce my winners today.  In total, there were 19 entries.  I used random generator and it gave me #5, who is Val from Val's Art Studio and #19 who is Julie Marie from Idyll Hours!!!  Congratulations to you both!!!  

Tomorrow or Sunday I will announce my next giveaway and here is a sneak peak at what it will be:

My sea star necklaces!  There are all different and unique.  I will choose 3-5 winners, depending on how many entries I get.  

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Tomorrow's the day!  
I'll be using the random number generator to choose 2 winners of my Vintage Quilt Christmas Stockings.

To be included in my giveaway, you can leave a comment here or on the original 10 November post.  I'll notify the winners by e-mail so be sure I have that information .  You do not have to have a blog to participate.  All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


 As if the velvet, or make that, the challenging velvet slipcover I posted about last time wasn't enough, I am currently doing another.  This velvet is just the same - a big, fat pain to work with.  I had not done a velvet slipcover in forever, but that seems to be the way it goes.  Sometimes all I do is white denim or white linen.  Now, apparently, it's velvet.  Anyone else want to drive me a little crazy?  Just choose a velvet and ask me to do a slipcover!

 It looks relatively harmless cut on the loveseat, doesn't it?  Well, let me tell you, in case you did not already know, looks CAN be deceiving!  Because it is such a pain, the actual construction is taking me far longer than it should.  I'll post a picture of the finished slipcover just as soon as I get it done and delivered. 

Just a reminder:  There is still time to enter my Vintage Christmas Stocking Giveaway.  I'll be drawing 2 names on Friday at some point.  That gives you plenty of time to leave a comment to be included. If you don't want or need the stockings yourself, they would make a great gift.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Some velvets, like cotton velveteen, are pretty easy to work with.  This velvet was not.  It washes really nicely and that's about the best I can say about it.  I was unable to line the skirt (which I really dislike) because, no matter what I do, I cannot get the two fabrics to go together.  Even if I sewed it by hand, which is never gonna happen, I don't think it would work.  Luckily it doesn't look bad, it just isn't what I usually am able to do.
 Side view
 This velvet was even harder to work with than I first realized.  When I took the slipcover to install it, I got it on and the back wouldn't button.  Now, I knew I had cut it correctly and I could see that the skirt was pulling in a way that made it not fit.  Rats!  I ended up cutting the skirt off the slipcover while it was still on the sofa.  I did this mainly to make sure that it actually fit.  It did.  The way to 'fix' it was to more or less stretch it while sewing it back on.  It was more annoying than anything.  I hate messing up, but like I've said before, it is so much easier to fix my own mistakes than someone else's.

This is the before shot.  And behind the sofa, you can see the window seat with it's old cushions.  In the first picture of this post you can see the new cushions.  I haven't done the back pillows yet, so I'm saving it for a future post.

Don't forget to look at my previous post and enter my giveaway for the vintage Christmas stockings.  I am in a 'giving mood' and have decided to have several more giveaways when this one is done.  Next up, my sea star necklaces.  So please enter and tell your friends to enter, too!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


 Okay, it took me long enough to come up with a good giveaway.  These stockings are approximately 16" long and are made from a vintage quilt.  I also used a vintage hanky as the cuff at the top.
As there are 4 stockings, I will choose two winners and each will receive two stockings.  Leave me a comment to enter and be sure to leave your contact information so that I can get a hold of you if you win.
You do not have to be a follower, but if you are or if you become one, I will add your name twice.  Since this blog posts on my Facebook wall, if you see it there and wish to enter the drawing, you must do more than just click on 'like.'  You will need to go to my actual blog and leave a comment.

Good luck to everyone and I will draw the winners on 
19 November 2010.