Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Today I worked on Christmas decorations in the front and side windows at the store. I also had some new arrivals come in. It is always like Christmas opening up the boxes. It is so exciting to see what is in them and put the new items out. I also took a few things home for myself... My son Jim was finishing up on the iron fence and gates around the store. While Scott my youngest son brought his dog Molly by to see us. Molly has not been feeling to well the last day or so. So she went to the vet today. Hopefully her new medicine will help her. Molly was happy to see all of us and visit with Barney(the shopkeeper). Molly was our dog until Scott got married and borrowed her and forgot to return her. Really, Molly is very happy living at Scott's home, she is a only dog now...she gets all of the treats and no more sharing. I hope to have some pictures soon and post them.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
She picked out a lovely linen Chinoiserie fabric to apply to the headboard and to make a bedskirt out of. You can see the fabric on the bed. After applying the foam, she wrapped the headboard with the batting and brought it around the sides to the back.
And next went on the fabric! Voile!
And look what a beautiful job she did matching and seaming the fabric together:
Gorgeous! I thought the headboard was simply elegant the way that it was, but my daughter was insistent on tufting it to give it "a more posh look." And so this was the task that I was called in to help handle.
My daughter Brandy loves to decorate and design and sew. She promised she would send me pictures of her room once she made the matching bedskirt and has the room put together.
Here is a photo of her with her latest acquisition, a rescue puppy from Hurricane Ike:
One of the other sewing projects that we started at my daughter's home was making cafe curtains for some of my display hutches back at the boutique. We picked up some pretty black-and-white striped fabric from Dallas---a la French style! I designed one with my daughter and am taking it back home with me to try out before she finishes the rest of them off for me.
Tonight, I am back in California---my Texas trip went by too fast! Texas is an incredibly hospitable state, but it always so nice to be back home again too.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I love meeting all the fascinating people that come through my store. Some are our friendly locals, some are Bay Area city folks on their way to the beautiful outdoors of Yosemite, and others are from out-of-state and have scratched me in on their California travels. But all share in the appreciation of individualizing their homes with warm antiques, beautiful gift items, or accessorizing themselves with unique fashions that one can only find in a boutique.
If you should be passing through my area, please stop by if just to say "hi!" I would love to meet you and give you an "open house" tour of the rich history of my building!
Here are some of my favorite, hand-selected items from my travels:
My trusty shopkeeper and "Labrasset Hound," Barney:
Thank you for looking!