Thursday, December 17, 2009

A few of my favorite things

I love photos taken very close to pretty things. I looked around at my
Christmas decorations and realized I had some pretty things that
I just wanted to remember. Here's a few of my favorites.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Keep 'em busy!

Thought I'd share a few recent pics! What is the age when little ones stop wanting to help and start needing to be nagged to do the simplest tasks? I guess I should enjoy this while it lasts!

Your package has been shipped and is on it's way!

What are the child labor laws for toddlers under the age of 2?

After all, you're never too young to earn your keep!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's a girl!

My little sister (and by little I mean 28) and her husband are expecting their first child in March. They have recently found out that it will be a little girl. I'm so excited! It may be my only chance to fawn over a girl! Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade having a son for anything in the world, but oh....girly things are just so much prettier!

After spending a few hours shopping online...we live a couple hours away from each other so that's how we do it... looking at fabrics for the nursery, we have decided to go with a few prints from the Botanica collection by Patricia Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. They are so soft and pretty, yet have just a touch of sophistication that isn't overly "baby-ish". Here's the four we picked out:

Of course I couldn't just buy the yardage we need, I decided to get the whole bolts. I figured whatever we have left over, which will probably be a lot, will find its way into my shop.

So here are some ideas we have, and bear in mind that neither of us sew really well. In fact, I don't think she even knows how to use a sewing machine, but that's beside the point. She wants to do some basic fabric covered panels for the wall, almost like fabric wrapped canvases. She just wants something simple, yet with a big impact.

My idea was to take some old frames that she has and cover the mats with the fabric. Then, black and white or sepia toned pics of the baby/parents would go inside. I'll have to play around and see which color photos would work best.

She wants a cushion cover for a chest that she was given, and I'm considering taking on the task of making a crib bumper. I need to look for a pattern or an idea somewhere because I don't know how to begin!

If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to share! Especially if it is a no/low sew project!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

~Give Thanks Sale~

With a fully stocked shop, a growing business, and a great family, I plan to have a super holiday "Give Thanks Sale" at Fabric Flair. My biggest decision was whether or not to move everything that is on sale into the "SALE" section. There is just too much! I'd have one really, really, big section. So shoppers will find mark downs throughout the entire shop. Here are only a few of the great discounts you will find. Be sure to check out my shop for more great deals!

And for great prices on brand
new lines from Sandi Henderson and Paula Prass,

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Next up, Woodland Delight from Paula Prass!

I was thrilled to get the shipping notification that my order of Woodland Delight from the wonderful and talented Paula Prass will be arriving on Monday. I'm so excited that I almost wanted to begin listing it already! But I know from experience not to get ahead of myself. See it before selling it, is what I have to force myself to stick to!

So here is some general info and previews, and next week I'll get the listings for the collection pieces that I personally chose to carry at Fabric Flair. I wish I could have carried the entire series, but the budget doesn't allow that quite yet.

These are the 3 color ways for Woodland Delight.
I especially love the combinations of grey, red, and blue.
I feel like it takes me back, but in a modern way.

And some inspiration to go with it!

Photos are from Paula's personal blog, Show and Tell

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Meadowsweet from Sandi Henderson has arrived!

I am so excited to have this gorgeous and fresh fabric in my shop! Sandi Henderson has done very well this time around (as she always does). This is just so beautiful!

The browns, oranges, and greens are my personal favorites,
but really, what's not to love!

There are 2 colorways and I'm excited to have a bit from each.

On her blog Sandi describes the collection as as fresh, crisp, bright,
and inspired by the sweet things you would find in a meadow.
Photos taken from Sandi's Blog, Portobello Pixie.

Here are a few of my favorites and where you can get them!

Be sure to stop by to see all the great fabrics from this collection listed at Fabric Flair!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Looking for Other Great Supplies?

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Adding a few more from the Alhambra II Collection

Today I received a shipment of a few more fabrics from Patricia Bravo's Alhambra II collection for Art Gallery. One of the difficulties I have when I look at an Art Gallery collection is trying to decide which ones to pair together in sets. All the fabrics coordinate so well that just about any 2 will go together. The sets are fun to make and I find I have to hold back or I'd list just about every combination possible!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Decor Shop Closing on Etsy

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to close my Simplicity Interiors shop on Etsy. After all, it's where I began. My love for creating-to-decorate drove me to want to make decor that I could share with others. Unfortunately I have reached a crossroads. My love of fabric has launched me full steam ahead into selling quilting and decor fabric at Fabric Flair, and now I just do not have the time to spend. My wonderful little, high-maintenance, almost 2 year old does not allow me any time to sew. Nor am I able to realize the 20 million other ideas waiting to be crafted that are floating around in my head!

So I am marking everything down to store clearance prices, running a store closing sale, and then moving on, hopefully to bigger and better things! And who knows, eventually my little one will go to kindergarten, maybe I'll get some time then!

Here are a few of my favorites!